11 Quiet Places to Study or Co-Work in Boston

Boston by night
Boston by night | © Emmanuel Huybrechts / Flickr

Boston is an innovative hub and an international center of education with 35 colleges, universities, and community colleges. That also means there are over 250,000 college students looking for places to study and learn. Add on the entrepreneurs and start-ups to that number, and there’s no doubt that there are a lot of people searching for quiet places to study and work in the city. Fortunately, Boston provides with these 11 perfect places to co-work and read.

1. Boston Public Library


Bates Hall at Boston Public Library, Boston
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The Boston Public Library is a gorgeous location to catch up on some work. Study in the marvelous Bates Hall or one of the many reading rooms. Take a study break in the café or read by the fountain in the courtyard when it’s warm outside.

2. Workbar Boston

Workbar Boston‘s co-working spaces strive to balance concentration and collaboration. With locations in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, there’s likely to be a Workbar near you. Pay for a membership and use conference rooms, phone rooms, high-speed wifi, and have access to office supplies, snacks, coffee, and tea.

Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 231 6159

3. Coalition

Coalition is a co-working community of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Members work in all industries including, tech, journalism, design, and more. Work alongside beautiful views of the Charles River and have access to conference rooms and high-speed wifi. Choose one of three tiers of membership, purchase a day pass, have access to a virtual office, or rent event space.

Coalition, 101 Arch St #1950, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 807 0940

4. District Hall

4. District Hall
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District Hall is a free co-working space open to entrepreneurs and the public. Sign up for free office hours with business experts, rent meeting spaces, or work in the open area. Grab a bite to eat at the café, or grab a drink and dinner after work in the connected Gather restaurant. Be sure to stop by for one of their Cafe Nights to meet new connections in Boston.

District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 982 3213

District Hall | © Sarah Nichols / Flickr

5. Impact Hub Boston

Impact Hub offers space for individual workers and teams. Collaborate with others or work alone to find creative solutions. Impact Hub holds several events, and memberships include conference rooms and access to the global Hub network. Choose from two different membership levels: community and residential.

Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 274 7900

6. Oficio

Oficio is located downtown on gorgeous Newbury Street. Meeting rooms are available to rent by the day or hour, and membership can either include an open co-working space, dedicated desks, or private offices. There are multiple seating options, coffee, tea, and snacks, and day passes are available, which could help out students looking to cram before midterms or finals.

Oficio, 30 Newbury St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 857 239 9843

7. Make Shift Boston

Make Shift Boston is a co-working space for socially minded creative professionals. The workspace is home to diverse working artists, activists, and creative people from across many industries, and it also acts as a community gathering area and exhibition space. Interested visitors can apply for full or shift-working membership.

Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 652 0549

8. The Thinking Cup

8. The Thinking Cup
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Students or remote workers looking for a place to study and work will enjoy The Thinking Cup. The beautifully designed café has three locations around Boston. Order loose leaf tea or Stumptown Coffee, and settle in at one of the many tables to get work done. While there is no wifi, it is the perfect place to unplug or hunker down to write a term paper.

Multiple locations in Boston, MA, USA

Thinking Cup | © Adamina / Flickr

9. Caffè Nero

Similar to The Thinking Cup, Caffè Nero has multiple locations across Boston, although it is a large-scale chain. However, they still serve delicious tea, coffee, and pastries. Several of their locations boast comfortable couches, bookcases, and fireplaces so that you can settle in and get to work.

Multiple locations in Boston, MA, USA

10. Christopher Columbus Park


Christopher Columbus Park
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Christopher Columbus Park is an outdoor park near the North End and the Boston Waterfront, and because of this, it’s only a great place to study and work if it’s warm and sunny outside. It has an expansive grassy area to sit down in, as well as benches, and there is wifi available. And if you get hungry, there are plenty of eating options nearby.

11. Cambridge Public Library

As if anyone could ever tire of the Boston Public Library, there is another option across the bridge in Cambridge. The Cambridge Public Library celebrates an inclusive community for all, and there are several reading rooms, with large glass windows, in which to study.

Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, USA, +1 617 349 4040

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