Top 5 Study Spots to Concentrate in Toronto

Student girl in the garden

If you’re like me, then you have a hard time studying at home. More often than not, there are many temptations from the party-ready roommates to that oh-so-comfy looking bed. Those temptations can make it hard to focus on that 16-page essay due in two days.


This is why I prefer to look for quiet study spots near my home. There are a few different types of public spaces that provide the optimal environment for all different types of studiers. When choosing one of them you should consider the following:

  • study environment
  • opening hours for late-night or weekend studying
  • location and commuting time
  • distraction and procrastination opportunities

Keep reading to find out study spots in Toronto that will considerably improve your concentration, focus and study performance! Let’s dive into the 5 best places to study nearby.

1. The Ryerson Student Learning Centre

The Ryerson Student Learning Centre Building

I would say that the Ryerson Student Learning Centre is the top learning destination for students. In my opinion, one of the greatest benefits of this study spot is that it is located in the most dynamic and simultaneously convenient spot in Toronto – Yonge Street. You can easily get there from any part of the city as it’s right between Queen street (where you can catch 501 streetcars) and College street (where you can find the subway station). Secondly, when you get there for the first time you realize how spacious and modern this place really is! But the most inspirational place in there is the eight floor which they call “The Sky” where you can truly enjoy the most marvellous downtown view that sparks creativity for your school project and late night study.

2. Toronto Reference Library

Building of Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Reference Library is located just one subway station north from the Ryerson and serves as a clear-cut advantage when it comes to commuting. You can easily drop by anytime when you are on the green line of the subway. In fact, it is probably one of the biggest libraries in Toronto and was opened in 1977. The best part of it all is that it was fully renovated in 2014 and now it boasts a newly redesigned interior that has curving atrium as a centrepiece. You can find yourself a quiet place to study where you can dive into the education world while enjoying state of the art atmosphere.

3. Coffee shops

Coffee Shop Interior

You might be thinking “Yeah, of course, it all sounds great but what if I just don’t have time for going to those particular places”. What I usually do in this situation is to go to a quiet cafe near me where I know that I can find a spot to study and where no one is talking loudly. I don’t usually go to local Starbucks or Tim Hortons unless I see that there’s only a couple of people inside or I check if it is quite enough for me to focus. One of my favourite spots in Toronto is Jimmy’s Coffee on Portland Street. And the reason why it lures me in as a student is that they have a second floor where you don’t usually see that many people and can focus on your thoughts and ideas.

4. Harbourfront

Harbour Front walk

For the warmer seasons in Toronto, I strongly recommend going to Harbourfront and taking a seat on one of the benches along the water. There, you’ll enjoy the breeze of the Lake has a chance to clear your mind and rearrange your thoughts. At the same time, you can relish in all the boats passing by and airplanes taking off and landing at Billy Bishop Airport. This is by no means one of the best places to study in summer for me!

5. Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands View

Similar to Harbourfront mentioned above, this is a study spot specific to the spring and summer seasons. I would recommend it for the weekend study outside. If you are looking for a full change of scenery, hop on the ferry at Jack Layton terminal. Do not forget to bring a comfortable blanket, water and lots of snacks! This way you are turning your lack-luster study process into a picnic adventure with a perfect view of Toronto’s skyline.

Give a boost your studying for midterms or finals and find great study spots near you! Let me know how you like my places to study in the comment section below.

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