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Places to Study

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Ana Benaroya

Just because you are a MICA student doesn’t mean you’ll get to spend all your time in the studio. You’ll still have to cram and you’ll still need coffee. Of course, there are a thousand and one Starbucks in the city to drain your money and your lifeblood while you study, but fuck Starbucks. All these places have wifi, a steady supply of your favorite caffeine-delivery system, and the added benefit of being independently awesome.

Artifact Coffee (1500 Union Ave., [410] 235-1881, A Hampden spot where the reclaimed wood vibes are strong and the locally sourced food is tasty. It’s a change of pace from the typical coffee shop, but a switchup in scenery could be just what you need to actually focus.

The Bun Shop (239 W. Read St., [410] 989-2033) Sweet and savory flaky pastries go perfectly with acquiring knowledge. This place is huge enough to accommodate study groups, and the selection of buns is huge enough to accommodate every taste. And they stay open (3 a.m.) late!

Chocolatea Café (3811 Canterbury Road, [410] 366-0095, This popular spot is great for studying during the week, but is so full of students that study groups and laptops are not allowed during the weekends. It’s still a great place to choose from a wide selection of teas, and they make a mean udon.

Read Street Books and Coffee (229 W. Read St., [410] 669-4103) Go here when you need some kitty power to help you get through midterms and finals. The resident cat is very cute, and the manager, Lisette, gives a great book recommendation for when you get tired of studying and slurping coffee.

Red Emma’s ( Their new location is coming soon to Station North this fall, catty-corner to the Studio Center. It’s going to be spacious, filled with food, coffee, books, magazines, and public computers.

Station North Arts Café (1816 N. Charles St., [410] 625-6440, One of the best places in the city to overhear interesting conversations as you study. If you’re a lit major, “Downtown” Kevin Brown, the owner, is also the founder of the James Baldwin Society.

TriBeCa Coffee Roasters (1210 N. Charles St., [443] 869-4279) They’ve got the ’50s googie vibe going on and a lot of space to spread out all your heavy tomes.


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