1. The university libraries: a student classic
Get out of your room and into the universe of books. University libraries are particularly suitable for studying. Our tip: Do not forget to bring a bibliobag or your another transparent bag! This saves you the hassle of rearranging books because handbags and backpacks are not allowed in most libraries.
Main library of the University of Vienna
Address: Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
The library of the University of Vienna is one of the most popular places for studying in Vienna. Therefore, you should definitely show up in time during exam period. With such a large crowd, it can happen that all seats are taken by the time you arrive. In the main library you study with other students along huge wooden tables. In summer you can also cram in the green inner courtyard.
Library of the Technical University of Vienna
Address: Resselgasse 4, 1040 Vienna
The library of the Technical University of Vienna provides its readers with over 1.5 million books, around 125,000 e-books and numerous specialist journals. The library also offers small study corners, in which one can study undisturbed. Should your mind want to wander, you can watch the hustle and bustle on Karlsplatz through the large windows all around.
Library of the University of Economics and Business Vienna
Address: Welthandelsplatz 1, Building LC, 1020 Vienna
WU Vienna offers what is probably the most modern library with large windows and lots of daylight. But watch out: All departments have different opening times if you are looking for specific books!
Law Faculty Library
Address: Schottenbastei 10–16, 1010 Vienna
The Juridicum library is a great alternative to the main library, which is nearly always fully occupied shortly before exam period. The library is not far from the main university and is more of an insider tip. Here, too, the early bird catches the worm: Whoever comes first, gets the best place to study with the limited number of seats available.
3. University library of the Medical University of Vienna (AKH study hall)
Address: Währinger Gürtel 18–20, 1090 Vienna
The AKH study hall is one of the most popular study spots in Vienna. Why? Among other things, this is due to the pleasant opening hours. However, you should note that the study room is located in a hospital, if that’s not your thing you should try another location.
4. Reading room in the Museum of Applied Arts
Address: Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,
The reading room in the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) is not necessarily an insider tip. Nevertheless, it is always worth a visit: The special thing there is clearly the large glass dome, which allows sufficient daylight into the reading room. Here, too, the following applies: first come, first served – the seats are tight. The reading room also offers a few interesting extras: It is also a suitable weekend place to study on Sundays, and WIFI and scanning up to A2 are free.
5. City Library
Address: Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna
The City Library is located directly above the U6 station Burggasse / Stadthalle and is full of books from all genres and for every taste. The great thing about the city library is that you don’t have to pay for a locker or carry your belongings around in a plastic bag. Here you can walk straight to the shelves and seats with all your belongings. A special highlight is the 2,000 square meter roof terrace.
Address: Gumpendorferstrasse 11, 1060 Vienna
The Café Sperl is a traditional Viennese coffee house. Here the staff is used to people deeply studying, which is why the waiters are very respectful. A visit to Café Sperl is being described by many as “an immersion in the history of Vienna”. Our tip: Definitely try the Sperl-Torte. It consists of delicate milk chocolate with vanilla, cinnamon and a delicious almond paste.
Address: Grillparzerstraße 6, 1010 Vienna
The Café Caspar is only a stone’s throw away from the main university and attracts students with its modern living room atmosphere. The founders of the café describe it as follows: “The café was created out of the desire to create a meeting place where you can share and exchange your own experiences in a cozy atmosphere with good food and drink.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?
7. The library of the “Arbeiterkammer”: a real insider tip
Address: Prinz Eugen Strasse 20–22, 1040 Vienna
The library of the “Arbeiterkammer” is an insider tip that is only slowly getting around among students. Even though we think it should remain a small, quiet oasis of studying, we do not want to withhold it from you. The only disadvantage of this study location are the “short” opening hours. With a little organization, however, you can definitely make the most of your time there.
8. The Cocoquadrat coworking space
Address: Wiedner Hauptstrasse 65, 1040 Vienna
Actually, this tip should belong to the coffee houses, but somehow it doesn’t. The Cocoquadrat is both a co-working space and a coffee shop as well. This makes it the perfect place to study together, which is definitely worth the price.
10. Your STUWO dormitory
The good is often very close: every STUWO student residence offers you plenty of spaces to study – alone or with friends. Some STUWO houses even have extra bright, friendly and quiet places for this: our learning lounges. After all, there is nothing more pleasant than having the perfect place to study right in front of your nose.