Whether it’s finals week and you have some serious studying to do, or it’s the weekend and you're catching up with friends – bubble tea is always a good idea. You'll always spot at least one U of M student walking down the street with a colorful boba drink in hand. Mumu Tea and Chatime are both located on the East Bank campus and offer a wide variety of deliciously flavored milk tea and plenty of space with communal tables that are great for studying. When finals roll around, you can expect these places to be packed, so arrive early or bring your eagle eyes in preparation of table hunting.
Get some work in between classes at 7 Corners Coffee Shop on the West Bank — there's plenty of space to spread out and collaborate on those group projects. If you just need a quick pick-me-up there's even a walk up window to order from. You can count on the selection here to taste great; the bakery items are made fresh from beloved local spots and the coffee comes from some of the best roasters and farmers around the world.
Located near the hub of East Bank, Bordertown Coffee is a former-frat-house-turned-cozy-coffee-shop-and-bakery. This is the ideal place to get a quick study (more like cram) session in before a midterm, catch up with friends after class, or schedule an office meeting in the ‘Library Room.’ Be sure to try the daily freshly baked goods, the banana bread is our favorite! If you are looking for somewhere to study in between classes, check out the Graduate. At night, this hotel hosts players from opposing teams, family members of students, visitors and by-passers, but during the day it is quite an aesthetically-pleasing study spot. Swing through the Starbucks that is a few steps away or the Caribou Coffee across the street before settling into the lobby and cracking open your textbooks.
When these places are crowded, we suggest studying at one of the many hidden gems scattered across campus. On hour seven of studying at Walter Library? Head to their basement and refuel at Wise Owl Café. Insider tip: The Engineering Library is a few steps away and has rooms available for rent for group projects and study sessions. A few minutes walk down Washington, there is a Caribou Coffee in the basement of Moos Tower.