Cincy’s A+ study spots help students make the grade

The sad truth is that the holidays are over, and exams are quickly approaching. While nothing can change the facts, there are simple ways to make these coming weeks a little more bearable. Sometimes students’ homes are a little hectic and crowded, which can make studying feel even more stressful. By choosing one of the study sites below, students can easily focus and get their work done.


Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Nearby Locations: Beechmont Ave., Hyde Park Plaza, Eastgate

Bonus Points: Starbucks offers a great studying spot, especially if it’s one of the chain’s bigger locations, where there are plenty of tables, booths, and couches. It also offers free Wi-Fi, and is well-known for its delicious drinks and bakery items.

Wrong Answers: The prices tend to be pretty high at Starbucks (a small mocha frappuccino is around $3.75), and some of their locations are only to-go, such as the Anderson Towne Center shop inside Kroger, meaning there won’t be anywhere to sit and study.

 Caribou Coffee

Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m. | Saturday 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.  |Sunday 6:30 a.m. – 9p.m.

Nearby Locations: Anderson Towne Center

Bonus Points: Caribou Coffee tends to be a little less crowded than Starbucks, but has as many food options with a little different variety. The prices are about the same (a small mocha cooler is around $3.25), so it just comes down to personal preference.The Anderson location also offers free Wi-Fi.

Wrong Answers: There is really only one location near McNick, and there are less available seats. Also, the setup of the café puts the waiting line near many of the chairs and tables.

Panera Bread

Hours: Monday-Friday 6am – 9 pm | Saturday-Sunday 7am – 9pm

Nearby Locations: Festival Market (on Beechmont), Hyde Park Plaza

Bonus Points: Similar in environment to Starbucks and Caribou, Panera lets you focus while enjoying a meal. There’s plenty of work space and their full menu allows for extended stays. They also have cozy additions like fireplaces that help customers settle in.

Wrong Answers: Since people go there for full meals, the atmosphere tends to be a little louder and lengthy. Also, it can get pretty crowded, especially around lunch time.

Barnes & Noble

Hours: Hours vary by location.  Kenwood location-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Nearby Locations: Kenwood, West Chester, Fields Ertel

Bonus Points: While some are still mourning the loss of Borders, book lovers will be happy to know there are still great bookstores out there. Many Barnes & Noble locations are very large, and offer plenty of room to sit. They also have free Wi-Fi and cafes at many of their stores.

Wrong Answers: There are usually kids running around, although that’s usually only in the children’s section. Also, outside of the café, there aren’t many tables to spread supplies out.


Hours: Monday –Thursday 7:30 am – 9:00 pm | Friday 7:30 am – 10:00 pm | Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Sunday  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 pm

Nearby Locations: Rookwood Pavilion

Bonus Points: Joseph-Beth offers many of the same advantages as Barnes & Noble involving its atmosphere. It also has a large teen section with tables, stools, and chairs for students to study at.

Wrong Answers: The café at Joseph-Beth is more of a restaurant, so it’s less practical to study there.


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