Top five coffee shops for studying: College student edition

Fall is here, and with it comes the start of spooky activities, pumpkin flavored foods, and swapping that bathing suit out for some a sweater. For college students, fall also means the start of group projects, dozens of pages of reading, and, (most stressful of all,) midterms. No matter the major, all college students can agree that midterms bring out a level of stress that result in countless hours spent in the library. Eventually, even the library atmosphere doesn’t cut it.  Not to worry. Here are the top five coffee shops to study at for Queens students here in Charlotte.


5. Queens University of Charlotte Coffee House

holding a Starbucks coffee

First up: the Queens coffee shop. Its location provides a huge convenience because, much like everything else on campus, it is very close to everything. You can easily stop by in between classes to cram in a study session, or spend all day there if you desire. The reason it comes in fifth on our list is because it is on campus and easily assessable to everyone. If you decide to study here, you will run into everyone, and running into everyone leads to many distractions.  This could make things a bit difficult for studying.

Still, it is a great option for studying for those who do not have the means or time to leave campus, and still want to be able to do work in a coffee shop atmosphere.

Location: 1900 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28274

Mon – Thur: 7:30am – 11pm
Fri: 7am – 7pm
Sat:7:30am – 4pm
Sun: 12pm – 11pm

Customer Service: 5 out of 10
Coffee Quality: 5 out of 10
Atmosphere: 6 out of 10
Wifi Connection: 6 out of 10


4. Hex Coffee

Hex Coffee

Next on the list is Hex Coffee. Hex Coffee is another small shop, with friendly employees and even friendlier customers. Hex Coffee gets its mention because of the quiet and secluded atmosphere. It is perfect for studying, and, unlike the coffee house on campus, few people from Queens know about it, meaning it will have minimal distractions, so getting work done is easy.

Have I mentioned their great coffee? They have a variety of different flavors, with their most popular flavor usually on tap. The drink shown is their iced vanilla latte – super delicious and sweet.

The accessibility of the outlets for electronics is a major concern. Because of this, going alone or in a small group may be best.

A great plus to Hex: they are dog friendly! Not completely related to studying, but who doesn’t like seeing a dog when they are neck-deep in work? It may even be a bit of a stress release.

Location:125 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28203

Mon – Fri: 7am – 5pm
Sat: 8am – 5pm
Sun: 8am – 2pm

Customer Service: 9 out of 10
Coffee Quality: 10 out of 10
Atmosphere: 7 out of 10
Wifi Connection: 7 out of 10


3. Enderly Coffee

coffee mug

Hidden in an up-and-coming part of Charlotte, Enderly is the perfect place for those looking for a friendly but quiet place to study. What earned Enderly a spot on the list is their customer service. The employees are very friendly and hip, and make it a point to get to know each of their customers. It is a bit of a trek from campus and will make you venture a little bit outside of the Myers Park bubble Queens students live in, but the experience when entering makes the journey well worth it.

The coffee options are limited, but because of its location, it is never very busy. In other words, you will most likely always find a seat (even near an outlet). The drink featured is a regular black coffee, because sometimes that’s all you really need.

Location:2620 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28208

Tues – Sat: 7am – 2pm
Sun – Mon: Closed

Customer Service: 10 out of 10
Coffee Quality: 6 out of 10
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Wifi Connection: 9 out of 10


2. Amélie’s French Bakery & Café

coffee at amelie's

Coming in at second, although narrowly, is Amélie’s. The list wouldn’t be complete without including this bad-boy. Although a new location did just open near campus, the Amélie’s in NoDa remains the most iconic shop. Its 24-hour availability sets this shop apart from the rest, providing a space for the last minute, middle-of-the-night studier, as well as for the early morning or midday studier. No matter what the time is, you can trust Amélie’s as a place to go.

The only downside of this location is how busy it is. Finding a place to sit, especially a place near an outlet, is a challenge. The busyness also means it can get loud, so make sure to bring some headphones.

Once you find a spot, though, study with a nice cup of coffee and one of their many popular pastries. The drink featured is a Brown Butter Pecan Cafe Creme, another seasonal coffee.

Location: 2424 N Davidson St #102, Charlotte, NC, 28205

Hours: 24 Hours

Customer Service: 8 out of 10
Coffee Quality: 7 out of 10
Atmosphere: 8 out of 10
Wifi Connection: 9 out of 10


1.  Central Coffee

coffee on a table

For the grand finale, Central Coffee Company takes the title as best coffee shop for studying. This small coffee shop has 2 locations, but the best of the two is found in Southend. The vibrant atmosphere of Central provides a space perfect enough to keep your motivation high, but isn’t distracting to the point that you can’t get your work done. The shop is separated into two rooms: one room contains the entrances, as well as where the coffee is actually made, while the other room is more secluded, and is ideal for those who want to do their work in a more private setting. The atmosphere has to give Central the number one spot on the list.

As for the coffee, they have a variety of flavors and offer options for all dietary restrictions. You can taste the quality of the coffee immediately, no matter the flavor. The drink featured is a Pumpkin Pie Iced Coffee. Come in soon, this drink is seasonal and only available until November!

Location: 1700 Camden Rd #101, Charlotte, NC, 28203

Mon – Sat: 6am – 8pm
Sun: 7am – 7pm

Customer Service: 8 out of 10
Coffee Quality: 9 out of 10
Atmosphere: 10 out of 10
Wifi Connection: 9 out of 10


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Published by students of Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, N.C. 28274.