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Midterm study spots

Patrons Katie Juranke, right, Jeremy Doner, Paul Naeckery and Michelle Lee enjoy the Copa Vida’s atmosphere in Downtown Pasadena Calif. (Vanessa Benjamin / The Sundial)

With midterms coming up, many students are looking for good places to plug in, keep caffeinated and memorize half a semester’s worth of information and concepts. Here are a few spots to keep in mind.

Barclays Coffee 8976 Tampa Ave., Northridge, Calif. 91324

This coffee shop is a smaller store located about 1.2 miles from campus. Although there are are about six tables inside and four outside, barista Illya Albert says the tables stay pretty vacant in the mornings when people come in for a quick caffeine fix and move on.

The shop offers various types of crafted coffee and tea drinks, including soy options.

Wi-fi: Free (Outlets both indoors outdoors)

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Noise level: Fluctuates depending on hours, but stays in the lower range due to limited tables and overall smaller space.

Average coffee price: $

Barclay Coffee
CSUN’s civil engineering student Gabriela Castillo, USC 4th year doctorate student Edmund Want and USC doctorate student Vanessa Vongkulluksn take advantage of Barclay Coffee’s study friendly environment. Photo credit: Vanessa Benjamin


Caffe Vita 4459 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90027

Caffe Vita is known for being one of the top coffee places in Seattle and makes its California debut in Silverlake. It’s a good option for people looking to study late into the night. Caffe Vita offers a wide variety of coffee blends from organic French roast to Congo Tsheya. There’s also no time limit on tables. Loyola Marymount film major Amina Zadeh said that Caffe Vita is one of her go-to study spots because the small shop and background noise allow her to stay focused.

Wi-fi: Free to customers

Noise level: Quiet

Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Average coffee price: $

Silver Lake coffee connoisseur find a place to work and take in Caffe Vita’s moody atmosphere. Photo credit: Vanessa Benjamin


Copa Vida 70 S Raymond Ave., Pasadena, Calif. 91105


Copa Vida is located near the heart of Old Town Pasadena. It is one of the bigger coffee shops on this list, with a lot of tables, including a community table that fits several laptops and chargers. This coffee shop has better food options than the others, offering a range of items from traditional coffee pastries to chorizo scrambles.

Wi-fi: Available to customers during their weekday hours, but not available Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to how busy they are during that time.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Noise level: Moderate to quiet, a little noisier during peak morning hours (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.).

Average coffee price: $$

The Bourgeois Pig: Hollywood 5931 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90028

The Bourgeois Pig is one of the more interesting options to try. Customers can study late and take breaks at the pool table hidden in the back. There are different themes for different parts of the restaurant, including an enchanted forest, which really help to give a change of scenery.

Wi-fi: One hour free wi-fi per purchase; two hours if purchase exceeds $10.

Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Noise level: Moderate; varies by room.

Average coffee price: $$

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