Best Study Spots in Your City

A change of pace is one of the best ways to boost your motivation and study routine. Studying at different places is proven to improve comprehension and retention. Here are ten of the best study spots you’ll find in your city:

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A change of pace is one of the best ways to boost your motivation and study routine. Studying at different places is proven to improve comprehension and retention. New Zealand has a range of study spots for every university student. Whether you’re looking for somewhere silent to catch up on readings or a hang-out spot to work on a group project, you’re bound to find the right place to suit your preferences and study needs. 

Here are ten of the best study spots you’ll find in your city:
1. University Library
For every student, the university library is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of a study spot. Your uni library is your designated spot for your study - it’s quiet with access to all your relevant course books right at your fingertips. This also makes the university library a great place to be when you’re working on research. Its convenient on-campus location means that it’s a nice place to get some studying done before or after lectures. 

2. University Campus
Besides the library, your university campus is full of other great study spaces, student-common areas, computer labs, even outside lecture theatres. These spaces around campus feel much less formal than libraries, making them great for group studying or those quick sessions in-between lectures. Most campuses will have a range of shared spaces for you to try out and add variety to your study routine. 

3. Public Library
If you live further away from your uni campus, your local public library is an option for those days where you need to get away from your home but don’t want to venture too far. Public libraries are generally quiet, and most of them have designated reading rooms for when you require complete silence. During weekdays the library tends to be pretty empty (provided you get there before school lets out), so there’s plenty of space available if you like spreading out. There’s also plenty to do during study breaks, have a flick through some magazines, or venture out to the local shops and grab a bite to eat. 
4. Art Gallery/Museum Library
If you like libraries but also want something a little more unique, most public museums and art galleries in NZ have special collections libraries or silent reading rooms that you can study within. These libraries are amongst the quietest and emptiest spaces available. They are an excellent option for students looking to eliminate all distractions and focus entirely on their studies. They can be valuable for university research projects, particularly if you require access to a source only accessible at one of these locations. Art galleries and museums are also one of the best places to be while on a study break, as they offer you a chance to get away from your studies while also satisfying your natural thirst for knowledge.

5. Café
For uni students, cafes are the perfect blend of study and hang-out space. Most cafés have free WiFi and plenty of power sockets – the bread and butter of a productive study session (and modern living, if we’re honest). They tend to have a mix of small and large tables, so a cafe is perfect whether you’re planning for group or solo study. And of course, one of the biggest perks of cafés is the exceptional coffee and food to keep you going during those long days. 

6. Park
If you’re the sort of student who finds yourself spending a lot of time staring longingly out the window, then it might be a good idea to listen to your instincts and take your notes outside. Being in the park, surrounded by grass and nature, is a peaceful way to help keep you relaxed while cramming. Some studies suggest spending time in a green environment can improve mood and self-esteem. It might be worth taking your studies to a park when your study routine requires a motivation boost.
7. Study Partner’s House
Studying at a study partner’s house can be a great way to combine the intimacy of home while keeping some distance between the areas you work and play. At a friend’s house, you won’t have your usual distractions, and, you will also have a partner to help keep you on track. Not to mention great company to hang out with during your study breaks. 

8. Public Square
If you need a quick change of pace after being in a café or library, there’s usually a public square nearby for you to get fresh air while studying. There are usually plenty of seating options and background noise, which some students find beneficial for their productivity. There’s also plenty to see and do during your study breaks. With the convenience of nearby restaurants and shops, it’s easy to find somewhere to reward yourself and your friends after your hard work. 

9. Home
Not every day has to be an adventure, and there may be some days where it’s most convenient and comfortable to stay at home. There are several perks to studying at home – saving precious time and energy on a commute, complete control over your study environment, and having everything you need right there at hand (including all your favourite snacks). 

10. The Beach
The beach might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of studying, but for those who enjoy revising outdoors, it can be a refreshing study spot if you know what you’re doing. During weekdays (outside the summer holidays, of course), beaches tend to be pretty empty, so this works well if you want to be outside without being around too much activity. Most beaches have picnic tables, so there’s plenty of space for you to layout your uni course books and notes. As a bonus, you’ll have the sound of ocean waves in the background to provide your busy mind with some solace. 

New Zealand is full of fantastic study spots - giving uni students plenty of options for when they need a change of scenery. Changing surroundings is an excellent way to keep your study routine fresh and exciting. It’s also a lot of fun getting to explore your city and university campus in between your studies. 

- Wendy Xu, Nxtstep Content Writer

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