Best Study Cafes Near Southern


A Her Campus blog by Esther Vinarov summarizes six reasons why studying at a cafe is better than at a library. They include (1)having food and drink right by you, (2)staying social, (3)receiving natural sunlight, (4)getting away, (5)feeling the right ambience, and (6)harnessing the power of distractions. We agree. Our McKee Library on campus have helpful resources and kind staff, but occasionally studying off campus can give you a richer experience.

We reached out to several students of our own and asked them what their favorite cafe to study is and came up with this list:

  • Frothy Monkey - 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
    “My favorite place to study is definitely Frothy Monkey. The space is clean, it is spacious, and it is warm inside. There is also a lot of cool items to order from the menu: both food and drinks. The coolest thing about this place is that there is a second floor that overlooks the rest of the cafe, and that is my favorite spot.” - Connor Yonkers, junior theology major 
  • Rembrandt's Coffee House - 204 High St, Chattanooga, TN 37403
    “I love to study at Rembrandt’s because I enjoy the atmosphere. The food’s great, and the location is excellent as well. It is easy to focus, I can get a lot done, and I feel like I’ve already entered the world of business because everybody there is professional or operating at a higher level. If you like gardens and birds and little waterfalls with classy coffee, that’s your place to go.” - Josh Wolcott, sophomore business administration major
  • Revelator Coffee Company - 10 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37405
    “One of my absolute favorite coffee shops to study is Revelator. Located on the Northshore of downtown Chatt, Revelator is surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, and is conveniently located near Coolidge Park. I also love the Revelator because it is spacious, modern, and very aesthetically pleasing… not to mention the great coffee.” - Starling Eargle, senior nursing major
  • The Local Juicery - 48 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408
    “I would say that Locals is my favorite place to go to in Chattanooga. I just love the atmosphere there, they have such a clean, energetic design that helps me feel motivated to study. The real reason that I like going there is because of the food options that they offer. All of the food/smoothies are plant based and vegan and most importantly, everything tastes amazing! I think maintaining good health is very important for students (and everyone!) especially since we are always running low on sleep and our brains need to be fully functioning while we study.” - Jeanna Toulouse, senior biophysics major
  • Wired Coffee Bar - 5707 Main Street, Ooltewah, TN 3736
    “Wired is my go to place to study for many reasons. One being that it is right down the street from SAU; this makes it very convenient to do some quick studying. The other reason is due to the coffee being a little more rich than your average Starbucks. I tend to like my coffee more on the stronger side, and Wired does the perfect job with mastering that balance between sweet and bitter.” - Alexa Smart, senior international studies major

This list is does not even begin to cover the host of cafes near Southern and Chattanooga. So come to Southern, and find for yourself a study cafe that suites your needs!

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