Top 5 places to study in Manchester this Autumn

Reading week has officially started at my university and I know that everyone wants a change of scenery. Below are some of my favourite places to plough through uni work.

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5. The Deli, Didsbury.

Reflecting the Italian coffee culture, The Deli had to be on the list. Visited by the masses, including footballers, I wouldn’t recommend it during times of deep concentration – it can get noisy. It is nice however, to take in a bit of life when seeking inspiration whilst brainstorming or catching up on current affairs. The food menu contains everything from a light bagel to delightfully stuffed peppers, for the days when you need a wholesome autumn treat.

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4. The Park.

The combination of autumnal colours and books is the pinnacle of inspiration. Being able to read for an hour whilst sipping a warm lemon and ginger tea is bliss. Then of course, you have the opportunity to watch the leaves fall when you need a bit of a break. It is known that Manchester is notorious for rain. What we often forget though, is that on dry days, we have a myriad of aesthetically pleasing parks. I’ll do a post on the best ones in the area at some point. The park in the photograph is Platt Fields, the best time of day is sunrise/sunset, when the colours are highlighted by the sun.

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3. Curzon Cinema, Knutsford.

Although studying in a cinema cafe may seem bizarre, Curzon Cinema is one of the most tranquil cafes I have ever visited. Often I’ll find that I’m the only person in the cafe for hours. There is a vast choice of nibbles, the seats are comfortable and the tables are perfectly sized. Technically Knutsford is in Cheshire and it is relatively far away – Don’t be deterred, you can make a day out of  it. After studying, there is Tatton park, shops or you can stay and watch a film in the intimate screening room which only seats 178.

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2. Foundation Coffee House.

This place was first introduced to me by the Costello brothers, Danny and Nick. It is in the Northern quarter. Unlike most of the cafes in this area, Foundation is very spacious. After reading full case reports (I’m studying law) its minimalistic charm can be a breath of fresh air to relax the mind.

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  1. Central Library.

Situated in the heart of Manchester, the newly renovated central library is of course my number one. Entering the reading room is like opening a wormhole into a parallel universe, the vacuum like silence is both alien and refreshing. Filled with  like-minded people, this is the place to visit if you want to be efficient and complete a big chunk of work with zero distraction.

In Sardinia romance is not dead.

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Even though this is a very late post, Sardinia is a place that deserves a mention.  We visited in July this summer, which was a bit before the high season over there.  My boyfriend Thomas and I are often deterred from seeking a romantic holiday. Paris, Venice, Rome and all the other cities of love seem like a lot of pressure. With reputation comes expectation. Of course they are marvellous places, but their popularity brings hassle for tourists.

Sardinia on the other hand was an incredibly sleepy island. Picturesque in every way from the nature, to the rustic Italian buildings. None of the beaches were over-crowded and the water was like silk. On our last day we managed to find a virtually untouched beach which could only be accessed by foot. A 15 minute walk in the blistering heat until we ended up paradise.

The market (pictured) was a quirky market with everything from antique coffee grinders to cashmere cardigans. Situated in the very charming little village of San Pantaleo on the hills. We actually ended up abandoning the market with our lemon gelatos to explore the rustic streets. Blue wooden doors, grapevines and cute three-wheel trucks were amongst our finds.

Sardinia is most definitely an island for those who want to take it slow and enjoy the many beauties of Italy, without the business of other tourist destinations.