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5 off-campus study spots worth the trek

Finding the perfect study spot can make one go from full-out-panic-breakdown mode to easy-breezy-lemon-squeezy mode. OK, math equations still might not be so easy; however, a study spot really can make studying more enjoyable. Sure, the library is a great place to study with its access to computers, books and a quiet place to focus. Sometimes it is just simply more interesting to find another study area to change things up. We all know how impossible it can be to stare at that pale library wall for too long. Changing a study area can also act as an incentive to study if that final project has been put off for quite some time. Go treat yourself to a coffee or a snack at one of downtown St. Petersburg’s top five study spots.

  1. Craft Kafe

Just a five-minute walk from campus, Craft Kafe is conveniently located on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street. It is a perfect study spot for students because of their relative location to campus. Students can study for their next exam on a perfectly shaded and wide-open patio or sit inside for a cozier vibe with a blast of air conditioning. Their completely gluten-free and organic menu sets this cafe apart from all others.

Just because they practice a gluten-free lifestyle does not mean that they don’t have warm and flaky bakery treats to go along with their freshly brewed coffee. Craft Kafe has an assortment of baked goods that are made fresh daily. Oftentimes, they make a savory, gluten-free pizza topped with fresh veggies and cheeses, which tastes even better than the real deal. Better yet, satisfy a sweet tooth craving with their flourless chocolate brownie. Almost makes it OK to eat five, right?

  1. Karma

Another short walk from USFSP, Karma is the perfect study spot for any health nut on campus. This award-winning juice bar and eatery has menu items that range from smoothies and cold-pressed juices to salads and sandwiches. Karma’s menu variety gives every guest plenty of options. A must-try item on their menu is the Indulge bowl. It has a tart, acai base packed full of fresh strawberries, ripe bananas, satisfying granola, sweet chocolate chips and it is drizzled with honey for the perfect finish.

On top of their yummy and healthy food, Karma has a hip vibe with a variety of succulents, bright colors and fresh plants, making it (almost) fun to study. In fact, there is a large bookshelf located in the front of the store to give students a little more study inspo if needed.

Karma was established in 2015 with the purpose to create and educate healthy eating habits. Photo courtesy of Ally Analore/Connect.

Karma was established in 2015 with the purpose to create and educate healthy eating habits. Photo courtesy of Ally Analore/Connect.

  1. Annex 400 Beach

This is a convenient one-stop-shop cafe. It has everything from soups and sandwiches to gluten-free waffles to soft serve ice cream to Kahwa coffee. While the Annex has both indoor and outdoor seating, students can change their study space up and get a picnic lunch. The Annex will box their food up so guests can take it out to North Straub Park. What better way to study than under a shady tree, a view of the bay and a delicious sandwich? Don’t forget an ice-cold beer or a refreshing glass of wine as a treat for when studying is complete!

Annex 400 Beach sells picnic baskets packed with soccer balls, Frisbees and snacks. Photo courtesy of Ally Analore/Connect.

Annex 400 Beach sells picnic baskets packed with soccer balls, Frisbees and snacks. Photo courtesy of Ally Analore/Connect.

  1. Brew D Licious

There is nothing quite like this eclectic coffee shop located on Central Avenue. The walls are lined with quirky art, and guests drink their coffee on comfy couches. The authentic and cozy atmosphere at Brew D Licious provides the perfect environment to focus on homework and studying for exams.

It almost feels like home, without any study distractions such as tv, a bed or food. It doesn’t even have Wi-Fi, so no phone distractions either! This is the place to bring notes, a textbook and some flash cards to bang out that study sesh for finals and exams.

Brew D Licious brews an average of 15 different coffees to provide a distinct experience upon every visit. Their Elvis coffee, a perfectly sweetened coffee with peanut butter and bananas, will pair perfectly with the studying for that quiz tomorrow!

Brew D Licious offers 15 different types of coffee and no wifi. Photo courtesy of Ally Analore/Connect.

  1. InterMezzo

This is the study spot to go for all the Instagram fanatics on campus. The white aesthetic with an earthy yet chic vibe makes for both a calming study spot and a perfect new Instagram pic. InterMezzo is a coffee and cocktail bar. Yes, coffee and cocktails. Get a coffee to start a study sesh and a craft cocktail afterward to celebrate. The inspiration behind InterMezzo comes from European and American cafes from the 50s and 60s where creatives would meet to have drinks. It was literally designed for people to study and drink. Go like their Facebook page and join their email list to get a free cold brew! Plus, USFSP students get a 10 percent off discount if they show their student ID.

InterMizzo features an oyster bar Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. Photo courtesy of Ally Analore/Connect.

InterMizzo features an oyster bar Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. Photo courtesy of Ally Analore/Connect.

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