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Top 5 Study Spots in Edinburgh

When you’re not exploring Edinburgh and actually need to sit down and study here is a list of the top 5 study spots in the city to help you along the way.

1. Edinburgh University Library: open 07:30- 02:30 all week until 30th June, open 07:30-00:00 1st July-30th August 

It’s an obvious one but the main library offers long opening hours for early birds and night owls. Head to the 4th or 5th floor for some amazing views over Arthurs Seat and The Meadows. The library is pretty quiet this time of year with most of the full time undergraduate students finished with exams so you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself. One good tip is to head to “the gallery” on the 1st floor, it’s a more relaxed studying environment and you can chat with friends or eat some snacks without provoking the wrath of other students. Check with library staff if it’s open and how to locate it.

2.Teviot Row House: open Mon-Fri 09:00-Late, Sat and Sun, 11:00-Late

The world’s oldest purpose built student union is a beautiful place to study in and has the benefit of containing a bar and café where you can buy coffee and cake or burgers and pints. New Amphion offers a more relaxed atmosphere to study in, we also recommend sitting in the Lounge on the 2nd floor which features comfy sofas and a piano. 

3.The Meadows: Open 24/7

On the rare sunny day here in Edinburgh, head to the meadows to attempt some studying and get some much needed vitamin D as you cram for exams. Just try not to let the BBQs and football games distract you. 

4.Starbucks, Princes Street: open 07:00-21:00 all week

If you just can’t go without a Frappuccino when you’re writing an essay, the Starbucks on Princes Street has beautiful views of Edinburgh Castle to inspire you.  They also have free wifi and the usual arrangement of food and drink.

5. The National Museum of Scotland: open 10:00-17:00 all week

The National Museum provides loads of quiet areas to study. We recommend the Balcony Café where you can watch over the Grand Gallery, self-proclaimed as one of Scotland’s most beautiful places. Or try and find your own study nook somewhere else in the museum.

Catherine Struthers