Did you really study if you didn’t go to a coffee shop?
The semester is winding down and that means two things: exams are right around the corner and you have to start studying soon. Libraries on campus promise to be full to the brim the next weeks so unless you reserved a study room three months ago, you are going to need to find a place to call your studying safe haven.
Coffee shops make for a great place to study for finals. For the most part, they are quiet—with the exception of people viciously typing away on their laptops and the sounds of coffee being brewed. But those are more ambient noises rather than distractions. Sometimes the sounds of other people working is motivating (or, conversely, absolutely crippling). The music at most coffee shops are easy listening which makes for great background music, but if you are particular about your studying playlist, just grab your headphones before you head out.
While campus can boast numerous coffee shops on campus, we recommend getting away from campus and into the city for a cup of joe. COTA buses run all around the city, Uber is a thing, and your roommate probably owes you a free ride somewhere for all the times you had to clean the living room after he threw a party. What we are saying is, you have no excuses!
Just A Little Off Campus
2250 N. High St.
Kafe Kerouac isn’t your typical coffee shop. In addition to brewing up a great cup of coffee, Kafe Kerouac has live performers plus a record and book store attached to the coffee shop. If you are someone who likes to take mini breaks while you study, Kafe Kerouac should provide just enough distractions to help you calm your mind before you get back to the study grind.
2060 N. High St.
Look, I know you were hoping to find some ~cool and hip~ local coffee shops–and that’s what you will find on this list—but there’s nothing wrong with a little corporate coffee to help kick start your day of studying. Dunkin’ is usually pretty quiet throughout the day besides a few people popping in and out to grab a coffee before class so finding a table is easy and there’s typically parking right around Panda Express.
1998 N. High St.
Buckeye Donuts is not for the faint of heart. It’s usually slammed with people throughout the day, so remember this before you decided to set up shop at noon. I recommend hitting Buckeye Donuts in the evening or night since they are open 24/7 and usually throughout the weekdays, it’s much quieter at night. Plus, who doesn’t love celebrating the end of the day studying with a red velvet doughnut or some greasy ass mozzarella sticks?!
The Short North
One Line Coffee
745 N. High St.
One Line Coffee is a small coffee shop that sits right in the heart of the Short North. If you’ve been to other coffee shops in the area, you’ve probably noticed their big glass bottles of cold brew or heard their name being mentioned as the coffee bean supplier. Regardless where you might’ve seen One Line, their store is a perfect study spot. It’s quaint, but the wooden interior makes the shop feel warm and cozy. Speaking of cold brew, I highly recommend it with extra ice and a little bit of milk/cream.
Short North Coffee House
1203 N. High St.
Is it looking like a late night? Did you ask your damn boss for the night off but he still scheduled you anyway? Yeah, I know the feeling. Luckily, Short North Coffee House is open 24/7 for you just like it was for me during these times. Sip on your coffee until 4 a.m. if you damn well please and study until your eyes roll out of your head because as long as you are sippin’ a coffee, they aren’t going to kick you out to close up shop.
Stuaf’s Coffee Roasters
627 S. Third St.
Stauf’s in the German Village is like a millennial dream. The store design is sleek and it provides tons of open space and tables for you to study your day away at. The Stauf’s here is tucked away next to the iconic Book Loft so parking might be a little tricky here. If it’s busy, there’s always a Stauf’s in Grandview!