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Top 5 Studying Spots in Singapore

Studying at home can feel stifling at times. If a nice study spot is what you’re looking for, read on.

Afterhours Study

Some students are hard at work at Afterhours, a co-studying space that opened last November. Photo by Elysia Tay

With free wifi, free printing (first 20 pages in black and white) and free-flow snacks, Afterhours Study is worth checking out. Situated a short 5-minute walk from Redhill MRT, this newly opened space is perfect for students and working professionals who are looking for a quiet, affordable space that won’t chase you out just when you’re getting in the groove. 

In case your devices run out of juice, power outlets are also readily available for a recharge. The soft, soothing jazz music playing in the background, coupled with warm lighting, makes concentrating that much easier. It does get chilly though, so do bring along a jacket.

This co-studying space charges $2 per hour, with a mandatory $2 drink purchase. We recommend that you book to secure your seats prior to arrival. 

Address: 400 Lengkok Bahru, #01-01, Singapore 159049

Grids & Circles

Grids & Circles is a cosy cafe located in Chinatown. Photo by Elysia Tay

More than just a dining space, Grids & Circles has a retail section, events space, and it even showcases artworks from local artists.  Located in a three-storey shophouse in Chinatown, this quaint cafe is a dream to do work in with lots of natural light, free wifi and power outlets. You can often catch students and freelancers doing work here. There is a 2-hour dine-in limit on weekends, which may not be ideal if you’re planning to stay for hours.

The menu changes based on the time of the day, but most food items typically range from $8 to $20, with coffee starting from $4.50. 

Address: 200 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058749

Genius Central

Main entrance of Genius Central on a chill Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Elysia Tay

With an extremely spacious interior, free wifi, plenty of power outlets and no time limit to your study sessions, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why Genius Central is highly rated among those who are looking to get some serious work done. Its popularity does come with a downside though. On busy days, it’s difficult to get seats, so we’d recommend making a reservation before heading down.

The restaurant offers a highly extensive menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options. Expect to pay $20 and above for a main, but keep your eyes peeled for any promotions that they may run on their social media pages. 

Address: #01-01, 7-13 Amoy Street Far East Square, 049949

The Book Cafe

The spacious interior of The Book Cafe, with plenty of seats outside available for diners as well. Photo by Elysia Tay

The epitome of cosiness, The Book Cafe allows you to work while being surrounded by a sea of books. It’s equipped with free wifi and power outlets for your productivity needs. If you need a break from work, you can browse through the wide selection of books stacked on the shelves, or grab a bite to eat from their kitchen.

Drinks will set you back an average of $6, and the mains can cost up to $26. 
Address: 20 Martin Rd, #01-02 Seng Kee Building, Singapore 239070

Starbucks

The Starbucks outlet at Whitesands Mall on a Wednesday morning. Photo by Elysia Tay

It wouldn’t feel right if we don’t include Starbucks in this listicle. Established in Singapore in 1996, the brand currently has 147 locations islandwide. With so many outlets, you’re bound to find one near you. 

Providing free wifi and power outlets at every branch, it’s a great place to get some work done as you enjoy the pleasant music and coffee aroma. However, the studying rules can be a little finicky based on my observations. While some outlets allow you to stay for hours, others may ask you to give up your seat after a period of time, especially during peak hours and weekends.

Beverages are typically in the $7 range, and a small bite will set you back another $7 to $8. They offer seasonal drinks as well and often run promotions, so keep a lookout for the upcoming deals.

Address: Various locations

Studying Spots Breakdown

Edited by: Rachel Sin Ka Lam
Proofread by: Quek Si Min

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