8 June 2022 | Category: Student life

Favourite places to study off Wageningen campus

By betony

There are several nice places to study on campus, as covered in (Find your perfect study spot on campus). But sometimes what’s really needed to get in the zone is a change of scenery to the ‘outside’ world. Whether it’s to get that final draft finished or to chill with some friends and do some easy-going work in a cosy cafe to get the creative thoughts going.

This blog is a small reflection on some of the nice places I’ve found to study off-campus in Wageningen. If you’re feeling like trying out a completely new town check out this post for some inspiration.

De BBlthk

If you are a fan of studying in the library on campus but just looking for a small change of scenery then the public library of Wageningen ‘de bblthk’  might just be the place to go. Complete with creature comforts of any good library- lots of desk spaces, ample charging points a printer and a coffee machine, you’re perfectly set up for a good study session.

The opening hours for the weekend can be found here. It is open from 9 am to 5:30 pm during the week apart from Tuesdays and Fridays when it’s open until 8 pm. Another bonus is that you do not have to be a member of De Bblthk to make use of its services. Although if you are a member, some things such as using their computers are offered at a reduced rate. 

De Bblthk Study Place Photo Credit: de bblthk

Tulip study spot de bblthk Photo Credit: de bblthk






Cafes are my next go-to for studying places. Not all are ‘laptop friendly’ but there are still some great options in Wageningen. I will mention a few and the top reason I like to study there.

  • Hema: Great if you want to get your head down and be tucked away. It also has lots of charging spots.
  • Bagels & Beans: Can treat yourself to a nice lunch! And it is great for people watching. I usually come here when I need to do something a bit more chill and creative. Not if I’ve got a whole essay to write in one day.
  • Columbus: In my opinion the best coffee, and it has a super cosy interior.
  • Brownies & Downies: The best tea selection. Where I go if I have something that really needs to be done, then treat myself to the squidgiest brownie. 

Forest & Rijn

Of course, depending on what type of studying you need to do, your options are limited by whether there is a power supply and wi-fi. However, when studying for exams and my notes were already written up I would often take my revision cards to the Forest or the Rijn. Not only does it have the relaxing advantages of being in nature, but I would also take the opportunity to disconnect from the internet to really have no distractions.

If you are looking for peace and tranquillity though then you should really pick your times. The Rijn in the evening on a nice summer’s day may not necessarily be conductive to studying – surrounded by people relaxing, listening to music and having a beer!

*photo credits: Melina Audette

The Forest*

Drinks by the Rijn *

Sunset by the Rijn *







By betony

There are 2 comments.

  1. By: Howard Sindani · 07-07-2022 at 11:27

    Am a Kenyan,Nice article, I would love one day to study my masters in this wonderful institution.

  2. By: Tanuj Oundhakar · 29-05-2023 at 09:05

    Just a heads up for anyone going into Columbus Koffie – they have a very strict ’60 minutes computer’ policy; they want to keep the shop as a place for people to come and enjoy a drink or a sweet treat by themselves or others and less like a study area. Still, a nice place to do some reading!

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