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Soft rays of sunlight streaming through the windows, a cool glass of iced coffee by the side. You’re working on the nth past year paper for the week with notes sprawled across the table. As the exam season creeps up, this is probably a familiar sight for most students.
If you would like a change of scenery from your desk at home or hostel room, or that corner in the school library, we've rounded up a list of affordable and conducive places to study in Singapore!
1. Afterhours Study: Keep on munching as you mug away
While the nearest Starbucks may first come to mind when thinking of places to study in Singapore, Afterhours Study is a great alternative for students looking for an affordable cafe to mug away. Starting from just S$2 per hour, students can use the conducive co-study space equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi. However, you may be required to purchase a drink alongside your package, that’ll allow you to enjoy free-flow snacks such as potato chips and Hello Panda biscuits (But hey, remember to snack in moderation!). There are also power sockets available to keep your laptops and tablets charged, as well as printing facilities for those who prefer working with pen and paper. Visit their website for bookings and more information.
Rates: S$2/hour per pax, Full Day Access at S$8 from Monday to Saturday, S$12 on Sundays
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 5:30pm to 10:00pm, Sunday – 10:30am to 10:00pm
Address: Leng Kee Community Club, 400 Lengkok Bahru, #01-01 Singapore 159049
2. Genius Central: Superfoods to get your brain juices flowing
Genius Central is a work-friendly, quiet and aesthetic café with good food and good vibes. It boasts a range of healthy and nutritious dishes, perfect to power you through the study grind. Prices start from S$10 for a smoothie bowl to S$26 for the more premium seafood items. There are also many gluten-free and vegan options available, such as the Creamy Mushroom Pasta (S$18) that uses a creamy cashew sauce instead of traditional cream.
Apart from the good food, patrons can also enjoy the café’s high-speed internet and power sockets to keep devices charged. In line with the heightened measures, Genius Central offers a one-table-per-person hot desk Day Pass which includes dining credits for a meal at the café. Visit their website for bookings and more information.
Rates: S$18++ for 8 hours (with S$18 dining credits), S$60++ for 4 hours for a private room (with S$60 dining credits)
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 8:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday – 8:00am to 4:00pm
Address: 7 Amoy Street, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 049949
3. Changi Lounge at Jewel: Pre-flight lounge vibes to help your grades take off
Changi Airport has been the ultimate go-to spot for students for one obvious reason - it is open 24 hours a day! And by now, we all know that when it comes to Jewel Changi airport, there’s always more than meets the eye. Nestled within Jewel Changi Airport, Changi Lounge is often frequented by working professionals or students looking for a space to get work done. Savour a pastry with a cup of coffee or tea while you study in the spacious and well-lit lounge. High-speed Wi-Fi access and ample charging points also enable you to work with peace of mind.
For lunch, you may enjoy a meal in the many restaurants around Jewel to keep you fuelled up. If you need a study break, take a therapeutic stroll around the HSBC Rain Vortex and Shiseido Forest Valley, and the simply let the white noise coming from the world's largest indoor waterfall take your mind off work. Visit the Changi Lounge website for bookings and more information.
Rates: Enjoy a limited time only promotional rate of S$10 for 2 hours and S$40 for a full day (11 hours from 9:00am to 9:00pm). Promotions end on the 31st of July 2021.
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9:00am to 9:00pm
Location: Jewel Changi Airport #01-304
4. The Autobus: Have a wheelie productive study session
Tucked in OUE Downtown Gallery, The Autobus is a spacious bicycle-themed café known for their customisable salad bowls and aromatic chai lattes. Starting at S$11, you may choose your own base, protein, sides, dressing and topping to create your own salad bowl.
On weekends, the café is often frequented by cycling enthusiasts stopping by for a meal after completing their routes. As the café is found in the heart of the Central Business District, some patrons might also be engaged in casual work meetings. The Autobus is hence perfect for students looking for a place to study with a slight buzz.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 11:00am to 6:00pm, Closed on Sundays
Address: 6A Shenton Way, #01-01 Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815
5. Lowercase: Sweet treats to keep you going
Frequented by students, Lowercase is a popular study spot located within the LASALLE campus in Singapore. Since it is a college café, students are more than welcome to whip out their laptops and notes, and study their day away while sipping on a cup of coffee or tea all afternoon.
The floor-to-ceiling windows allow a steady stream of natural light to peek in, keeping the ambience bright and conducive for a productive study session. There is also free Wi-Fi available and multiple power sockets to keep your devices charged.
For lunch, many patrons go for the Wild Mushroom Chicken which consists of grilled chicken topped with a creamy mushroom sauce with a side of crispy fries and coleslaw. For those with a sweet tooth, choose from a range of unique gelato flavours made in-house. From pistachio strawberry to Viet coffee, this dessert is the perfect treat to keep you motivated. More information is available on their website.
Opening Hours: Monday and Tuesday – 9:00am to 9:00pm, Wednesday to Friday – 9:00am to 10:30pm, Saturday – 11:00am to 10:30pm, Sunday – 11:00am – 6:00pm
Address: Block D LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street, Singapore 18794
If you find yourself experiencing a mind block or feeling lethargic in the middle of your study session, a simple change of environment might just be the solution. Check out these places to study in Singapore and get productive while you’re plugged into your earphones listening to your favourite Spotify study playlist or invite a few friends out for a group session.
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