The Study Guide

STORY BY: TAYLOR WILLIAMS

The semester is winding down, and everyone’s hard at work, studying for exams and writing term papers. The library is packed, and you’re probably tired of being on campus all day, every day. So, why not go somewhere else? Here are four great study spots in Long Beach:

Viento y Agua

4007 E. Fourth St.

This is a funky local spot with an upbeat vibe. There’s usually plenty of seating and outlets. However, if you need silence while studying, avoid the nights there’s live entertainment: open Mic Night at 7 p.m. every Thursday and “Songwriters in the Round” at 8 p.m. on the last Friday of every month.

The Library Coffee House

3418 E. Broadway

This is a great spot for group study sessions. Attached to the main café area is a huge room with plenty tables—small and large—and a piano! Wednesday night is comedy night, so it might not be the best time to go if you need silence while you study.

Portfolio Coffeehouse

2300 E. Fourth St.

There’s usually less seating here, but there’s plenty of latte art. This spot has a hip vibe, as it’s in the heart of Fourth Street, Long Beach’s Retro Row. The menu is mostly traditional, but has a modern twist with items like blended green tea lattes. There’s also a variety of breakfast and brunch dishes to choose from!

Ballast Point

110 N. Marina Drive

OK, maybe grabbing a beer isn’t the most traditional study method, but Ballast is a popular brewery for a reason—and it has free Wi-Fi. It also happens to be one of the best spots in Long Beach to watch the sunset. So if you feel like taking the edge off before a big test, but still need to get some studying done, this is your spot.