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Here's where you should study for finals in D.C.

Getting through finals week is a rite of passage that every college student has to endure, but students do not need to lock themselves on the silent floor of the library to study hard. A coffeeshop is a much more relaxed and fun place to finish all that last minute studying. Some of the best places to study are local coffee shops because they provide the three most important study materials: tables, chairs and coffee. For students looking for a calm environment to study in, there are plenty of local D.C. coffeeshops available.


Coffeehouse by day, bar by night, this Adams Morgan original coffeehouse is the perfect place to study hard while the sun is out, and then let loose when the sun goes down. During the day, there is a large window in the front that allows natural light to flood inside. Comfy chairs and couches are scattered throughout, and tables are set up for the perfect workplace. The coffee is absolutely delicious, and each cup comes with an animal cracker to top off the perfect study drink. If you're there all day and need a meal, Tryst has a full menu of brunch, appetizer, sandwich and salad options.

When the sun sets, the live music plays and party animals come in as the coffee house transforms into a hip, fun bar in AdMo. There is a even a full bar for those that are 21 or older.

Warning: No wifi on the weekends.

Where: 2459 18th St. NW

Metro: Red line, Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station

Compass Coffee in Shaw

Want to sip on local D.C. made coffee while studying? Try Compass Coffee in Shaw. There are four locations in D.C., but the location in Shaw was their first roastery and cafe. Plus, it is their largest location, so there is spacious seating even on its busiest days. The coffee itself is delicious, and the “Made in D.C.” painting on the brick wall is perfect for your Snapchat story. Make sure to walk around the beautiful neighborhood of Shaw when you need a study break!

Where: 1535 7th St. NW

Metro: Green line, Shaw-Howard University station


If you get a sweet tooth during your study hours, Dolcezza is the place to go. Not only do they have the tastiest coffee in D.C., but they also have some deliciously sweet gelato. There are six locations in D.C. and two in Fairfax, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth all over the District. Dupont Circle is the closest to AU and most spacious location with a large community table and bar to set up your laptop and notebook. What’s better than a study session with gelato?

Where: 1704 Connecticut Ave. NW

Metro: Red line, Dupont Circle station

Politics and Prose

For all the future politicians and political analysts, this coffeeshop is the perfect study and motivator for your next Politics in the U.S. exam. You can’t call yourself a true AU student until you cram for an exam or write a research paper at Politics and Prose. In addition to the speciality coffee of the month, you can order a yummy soup or a healthy salad to build up your energy throughout your study session. Be sure to peruse the books upstairs during your study breaks and maybe you’ll find your newest summer read.

Warning: No wifi on the weekends.

Where: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

Metro: N6 Metrobus to Western Ave. and 44th St.  

The Coffee Bar (TCB)

Located in the historic U Street Logan Circle area in D.C., this coffeeshop visit begins with the scenic walk from the metro to The Coffee Bar. Once inside, the baristas are exceptionally nice and funny. They are willing to spark up a good conversation before you delve deep into your studying. There is also nice counter seating in this cute and small coffee shop that has a feeling of comfort and home.

Warning: No wifi on the weekends.

Where: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

Metro: Green line, U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial station

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