Where to study in Melbourne


As a student myself, I know how difficult it could be to study or work from home: falling into the temptations of your bed or eating or napping or binging on crime watch daily videos or suddenly cleaning your entire house when you never do… yeah… guilty as charged. I don’t know about you but I’m the type of student that just cannot work at home. It just ensures that I don’t get too comfy.

If you’re just like me or if you’re just looking for some nice study areas in Melbourne’s CBD, then this list is perfect for you! From cafes to various libraries, you’re bound to find your perfect study destination.


  1. Starbucks



Your local Starbucks is the most popular destination to get some work done and can found all over the city. Order a coffee or get yourself a little snack, find your little corner and get working! Starbucks has a huge variety of drinks and nice sweet treats to keep your belly happy during the hours and hours of hard work. These Starbucks cafes aren’t the quietest places to be but do enjoy the atmosphere and remember to ask for the wifi code when ordering!

  • 295 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000
  • 2 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
  • 385 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
  • Melbourne Central
  1. City Library, State Library, and Library at the Dock

Of course when you think of dedicated study areas, the first place you think is, of course, a library. Here are three libraries found within Melbourne’s CBD. State Library is quite popular, with a dedicated study hall for group conversations and another level for complete silence. As it is quite popular, however, there is always a line of individuals waiting for the library to open, so make sure you get there just as early to secure the best spot!

City Library is a bit smaller compared to State and Docklands Libraries, but it provides an extensive collection of texts in various languages (Chinese and Vietnamese to name a few), music and film, local history, reference texts, nonfiction and fiction, you name it!

The last library is Docklands Library. The whole library is extremely quiet, as everyone is working away. Docklands has amazing facilities including: modern library service, free wifi, editing suites, recording studios, community meeting spaces, study areas, performance space, and other bookable spaces. Book a room or sit in the open study area by the windows with an amazing view of the dock.

  • City Library; 253 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 3000
  • State Library; 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000
  • Library at the Dock; 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
  1. Mr Tulk


Mr Tulk is a contemporary dining hall within the State Library, done with quiet study in the library? Why not head out to the side of the library where you can get some nice lunch and finish off work at the same time! Mr Tulk attracts university students with its affordable prices, atmosphere and fresh seasonal produce.

  • 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000
  1.  Cafe Giraffe

Cafe Giraffe is a cute hidden cafe with absolutely adorable decor and atmosphere. Walking in, you see the owner baking away right in front of you. The whole place feels extremely cosy, just as if you were at home. There are board games there to play, records to change, and imported books to read.

  • 302 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
  1. The Journal Cafe

Hidden within the City Library building, the Journal Cafe has communal tables and an atmosphere similar to a library, providing lots of reading material. Simplicity is key at this restaurant, centered on classic breakfasts such as crumpets, croissants and a variety of mouth-watering bruschettas. Upstairs, right about the Journal Cafe, is the Journal Canteen. The Journal Canteen offers traditional Italian cuisine. The Journal building is also popular with students.

  • 253 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 3000

With Melbourne’s huge love for coffee and its huge brunch culture (expensive but worth it!), there are hundreds of cafes to choose from. You are bound to find your perfect study destination, but hopefully this list has helped narrow the huge list down.

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