The library aka my second home. The library provides everything you could ever need to study for hours on end. Its open for 24/7 during finals and the Starbucks also extends its hours to 24 hours a day so you can have a constant caffeine fix. They have a ton of Wepas, copiers, and you can check out chargers, headphones, and pretty much anything else you need from the help desk. The library can get really crowded during finals so finding plugs can be hard and it tends to be cold and quiet.
If you’re guil-TEA of procrastinating:
The Scented Leaf. The Scented Leaf is one of my favorite places to study, and its conveniently located on University. I love the atmosphere which includes the choice between couches and tables, the music that is always playing and the friendly staff. When I first got to campus, I was a little intimidating since I knew nothing about tea other than I liked it. If you walk in and say it’s your first time, the staff will take you through all the teas and can even whip up a custom creation for you. I love getting a Matcha to start then with my $1 refill and free refill I always get teas on tap, seriously they have a great refill policy and a great reward program. They also have a selection of local snacks including cheesecakes, PHOD bars – I love the peanut butter one – and pronuts -healthy donuts.
If you have a latte to study:
Cartel. Cartel has two locations in Tucson, one at Grant and Campbell and one downtown on the street car line on Broadway. Cartel has great coffee – try the cold brew – and homemade pastries as well as an amazing open concept atmosphere. There is always lots of people studying and working which leads to a friendly but mostly studious environment with great coffee shop music playing in the background. There is also lots of access to plugs and parking at the one on Campbell which is my go to. The hours vary based on location.
Caffé Luce. Caffé Luce is located on Park between University and James E. Rogers. They have a wide selection of drinks right off campus. Some of my favorite drinks include the Dirty Chai and the Aztec Mocha. They have a good, but not great access to plugs, and the shop is small but has an open and light atmosphere and is usually full of students.
Starbucks on University. Starbucks might not be local but its tried and true. If you join their rewards program and hit green level, you get free coffee or tea refills while in store. The Starbucks on University is small but very cozy. There are a few small tables in the front and a huge table surrounded by a few more small ones in the back. Their store will be decked out for Christmas and the fireplace may even have a fire in it. If you are looking for Holiday drink, the peppermint mocha is my favorite.
Epic Café. Epic is located at 4th and University which is walkable from campus or offers street parking. Epic has good prices and pretty good access to plugs. They also serve food and pastries if you like to snack when you study.
*CAMPUS PRO TIP: Bring your own tumbler to Scoop (the old CCs in the student union) and get a coffee refill for cheap. I have a 20-ounce Yeti and get coffee for under $2.00
Good luck to all the SWEsters during this finals season!