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Sick of Studying at Fordham?

Cristina Romano

Are you sick of studying in your apartment or inside the confines of FCLC? Well it’s time you switch things up a little bit, and get a change of scenery. So take your laptop and your books, and head someplace else immediately- that’s an order! Here are the five best indoor places to study that are all within walking distance (or less than a few subway stops away!)

The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Location: Broadway between 62nd and 63rd

Hours: M-F 8 a.m- 10 p.m , Sat- Sun, 9 a.m – 10 p.m

Perks: Free WiFi, comfortable environment, good for large study groups, clean bathrooms, food service from Tom Colicchio’s wichcraft café (you can’t study properly without good food!)

Downsides: Extremely difficult to find a table during the afternoon, not too many outlets to plug in your laptop, may become distracting on some nights due to free concerts, large tour groups often meet here allowing you to become easily distracted.


Gigi Café

Location: 2067 Broadway (Between 71st and 72nd)

Hours: M-S 6 a.m – 12 a.m, Sun 6 a.m – 10 p.m

Perks: Free WiFi, extensive menu makes it perfect for a breakfast, lunch or dinner study session with one of your friends from class, stays open late.

Downsides: Limited seating , may get loud at times, not good for larger group projects.


Sony Plaza

Location: 550 Madison Ave (Between 55th and 56th)

Hours: 7 a.m – 11 p.m, 7 days a week

Perks: Free WiFi, Large open space with many tables (226 chairs and 4-three person benches for a total seating of 238 people according to nyc.gov) and high ceilings, perfect for group projects, Starbucks!

Downsides: Often closes for various events, many tour groups and/or school groups find refuge in here during the day.


Aroma Espresso Bar

Location: 161 W. 72nd St. (Between Amsterdam and Columbus)

Hours: 7 a.m – 11 p.m, 7 days a week

Perks: Free 30-minute WiFi with code/pin, Upstairs and downstairs seating , amazing coffee and pastries (need I say more?), clean bathroom, relaxing, good environment for studying when Starbucks is too crowded.

Downsides: The free-30 minute WiFi, downstairs tables are awkward if you are juggling with an excessive amount of books/papers, no outlet power on the first floor.


Whole Foods

Location 10 Columbus Circle

Hours: 8 a.m – 11 p.m, 7 days a week

Perks: Free WiFi, you can stock up on groceries or get dinner before you start your study session, large tables allow you to spread out your work or study with a group, less than a block away from Fordham.

Downsides: Hard to get a table during lunch or dinner hours (unless you knock people over!), may be too loud if you are looking to do some serious studying.

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