With finals coming up you’ll probably be looking for a place to study that isn’t your room. I know from experience that studying at home results in me crawling into bed napping extensively. So, my solution to this problem has been to study in public places where there is easy access to caffeinated drinks and yummy snacks.
Plaza de San Ildefonso, 9, 28004 Madrid
If you’re looking for a low-key, hipstery cafe to work in, check out La Bicicleta. They’ve got wifi, a tasty brunch menu and lots of coffee drinks. They’re also sit-by-yourself-friendly so you can set yourself up at a table in the back and focus on studying and writing papers. They’re usually open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM everyday.
Plaza Cristino Martos, 2, 28015 Madrid
If you want good ambience, coffee and great carrot cake check out this cafe up by Plaza de España. It’s another great coffee joint with a cheap menú del día, free wifi and is study – friendly. They’re usually open from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM but they open later on weekends.
If you can’t work in noisy environments, Madrid and Alcála both have great libraries for studying:
**Keep in mind that libraries are closed on weekends so plan ahead with your studying**
Biblioteca Escuelas Pías – UNED
Calle del Sombrerete, 15, 28012 Madrid
If you live near Lavapiés or Embajadores I highly recommend checking out this study spot. You will have to get a library card to use the facility but you can do that at the front desk when you walk in as long as you have your passport number or Spanish residency card number with you. The library itself it absolutely gorgeous and is set inside the shell of an old building. There are multiple floors, tons of comfy seats and plenty of cubicles for you to get your work done with privacy. The library is open 5 days a week from 9:00 AM to 9:45 PM.
Biblioteca Pública Municipal Iván de Vargas
Calle San Justo, 5 28005 Madrid
I have not had the chance to visit the interior of this library but from online reviews it’s very spacious and modern. It’s in the neighborhood of La Latina and it is a very rare library that is open on Saturdays from 9:10 AM to 5:50 PM and Sundays from 9:10 AM to 1:50 PM so head on over if you have some last-minute weekend-cramming to do. The rest of the week the hours are from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM.
CRAI-Biblioteca – UAH
Edificio Cisneros, Universidad de Alcalá, Plaza de San Diego, s/n, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid
This is my favorite library even though it’s rather far away for Madrileños. It’s located right next to the Plaza de San Diego which is directly in front of the oldest UAH building surrounded by trees and colorful flowers. There is plenty of seating, the library is well-lit and it’s pretty new so all of the equipment and furniture is still clean and shiny. The best part about this library is that it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week!!!! AMAZING!!!!
And bonus! If you’re just super stressed and need some molten brownies, tea or coffee in an Alice in Wonderland-esque setting, head over to El Jardín Secreto (Calle Conde Duque, 2, 28015 Madrid). They’ve also got an amazing tapas menu which includes dumplings! They’re not laptop friendly and there’s no wifi so you have to take a break from studying while you’re there 🙂
Happy finals and good luck!