Sometimes the coziness of our home is not the ideal place to study. In Porto, there are several options to do it. This college town is full of cafes, terraces and parks where students go to study, but if you are looking for a quieter place, we gathered suggestions that will help you put your studies up to date.
1. FMUP Library
Technically, this library does not belong to FMUP (Medicine College of the University of Porto), but to CIM (Medical Research Center), so anyone can go there to study. A quiet and warm place, very inviting to study on rainy and cold days, with huge windows and lots of lighting that helps to give a feeling of not being in a super closed space. With free Wi-Fi, print service, and computers, it’s a great choice for those in the health/science area because they have the best books. There are only two disadvantages: you cannot eat or drink inside the space and the opening hours are only from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
Address: R. Dr. Plácido da Costa s/n, Porto
Monday to Friday from 08:30 AM to 08:00 PM
2. Almeida Garrett Library
Better known as “Cristal Palace Library”, the Almeida Garrett is one of the best libraries in Porto. Public and with a large collection, with access to all content, the student can spend hours inside. Very quiet, with lots of plugs in every corner and free Wi-Fi. Pay attention to the time you go study there, since on Sundays it is closed and on Mondays it only opens from 02:00 PM. Tuesday to Saturday, it’s open from 10 AM to 06 PM.
Monday 02 to 06 PM, Tuesday to Friday from 10 AM to 06 PM
3. FEUP Library
It is the largest library in Porto and has the capacity to accommodate about 400 students. To enjoy the space you don’t necessarily have to be a student. It’s open from Monday to Friday, from 08:30 AM to 07:30 PM.
Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 07:30 PM
4. Polo Zero
Located at the bottom of the Garden of Olives, near the Clerigos Tower, Pole Zero is a predominantly university space, with excellent study tables, Wi-Fi and a great structure to help with your studies. There are two environments, one more formal and the other one more relaxed, with benches and ottomans. Please note that as it is a much-appreciated space, tables are not always available. Our tip is to arrive early.
Address: São Filipe de Nery Street, Porto
Open every day from 10 AM to midnight
5. Serralves Library
It is an art library with free access to all documents and Wi-Fi. This is a great option for anyone who is studying art. An environment with a lot of natural light and beautiful decoration. When the student wants to take a break, he can always visit Casa de Serralves or Parque de Serralves. The Library is open every day from 10 AM to 06 PM.
Address: Rua Dom João de Castro 210, Porto
Open every day from 10 AM to 06 PM
You have plenty of options to study in Porto. Studying in places like the ones we pointed gives a whole new boost to your motivation. Enjoy them and don’t forget to tag @inlifeportugal in your stories and posts when you follow our tips 😉.
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