15 great off-campus study spots in Austin

4:39 p.m Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 Things to Do
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Epoch Coffee at 221 W. North Loop Blvd. in Austin. Geoff West/American-Statesman

School’s back, y’all. All of Austin’s universities and colleges are back in session for the fall, which means coffee shops (and anywhere with Wi-Fi) are going to get crowded. Here are some suggestions for where to have some quiet space to write or cram for your next exam -- both the obvious and the off-the-beaten-path.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. Sharing is caring.

If you want round-the-clock caffeine and food, Bennu is your No. 1 stop. This classic 24-hour Austin shop features great coffee, gourmet mochas, indoor and outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi and plenty of parking. The best part? Bennu just opened a second location on South Congress

“But Austin360,” you say, “What if I don’t want ´╗┐just coffee while I study? What if I want a beer, too?” Well, there are a few places you can do that -- but Buzzmill just off of Riverside Drive should maybe be your first stop. Obviously it doesn’t serve beer all 24 hours it’s open, but it offers a variety of local beers on draft and in cans and bottles, as well as “elixirs” which are handmade cocktails. Just don’t have too many. You have studying to do.

Another good option is Epoch, which has two (soon to be three) locations not far from campus. The North Loop location is the only 24-hour joint and the most popular location (because it’s open 24/7) but you can get great coffee and good food at all locations.

The classic Austin coffee shop has expanded from its original location on South First Street to nine locations across the state, including five Austin locations and locations in Buda and Kyle. The original location gets bonus points, though, because it’s open until midnight on weeknights. 

Interior of Summermoon coffee house on Thursday, February 9, 2006. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

If coffee shops aren’t your bag, or if you’re one of those people who feels at ease surrounded by books (*raises hand*), there’s no better place to study than Austin’s premier local bookstore. The best part is that you can take a study break and peruse the stacks.

Three words: Honey Luv Latte. But seriously, this Burnet Road coffee shop and bakery is open 24 hours and is so cozy you’ll think you’re at your house.  

This 1880s-era house serves a full menu, so you can stay there from breakfast tacos to dinner plates while you study your day away. Or check out the Cameron Road location, which is more spacious. Cenote describes itself as “part coffeehouse, part wine bar, part tap room” so really, what more could you need?

It’s a small space, but if you manage to snag a spot, you’ll never want to leave. It also serves tacos from Veracruz All Natural, which without a doubt has some of the best tacos in town.

Back to that whole beer-and-coffee thing, but add baked goods from Easy Tiger and specialty espressos. 

If you’ve never had a toast from Sa-Ten, stop what you’re doing and go. This East Austin joint serves a full menu most of its open hours, and the location offers plenty of parking if you’re tired of circling parking lots at other local shops.

This beloved South Austin spot gets crowded, but for a good reason -- Stumptown Coffee, live music, local baked goods, local beer on top and two great food trucks out frontYou’ll never want to leave.

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Radio Coffee & Beer has officially opened in South Austin with both a coffee and beer focus.

Go to the land of endless delicious tea, flavored lemonades, Vietnamese coffee, toasts and more. Oh, and plenty of outlets.

If you’re a fan of vanilla lattes, cozy hangs and reasonable prices, scoot on over to this small, minimalist shop on the east side. 

Walking distance from campus, La Tazza Fresca stays open later than some of the other campus-area joints and has one of the best patios of any coffee shop in town.

This South First joint serves coffee, beer and wine and has a back deck overlooking a relaxing creek, as well as a must-try espresso. 

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