(SPOT.ph) It’s hard to pinpoint why most people find themselves more productive when they’re studying or working outside the comfort of their homes, but walk into any café and you'll find people typing away on their laptops or going through stacks of readings as they power through their deadlines. But not all cafés are made equal: There are some with unstable Internet, too few electrical outlets, and loud crowds that might make it a little too distracting—which is why we now have study lounges. We round up 10 coworking spaces specifically made to boost your productivity and help you get work done, student or otherwise.
Unit 2A, Elizabeth Hall, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 7 a.m.
We all know how hard it is to pull an all-nighter just to get all your requirements done in time, so why not make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible? Diligence Cafe offers unlimited coffee so you won't be falling asleep while you work. But if you really need to catch those Zs, they also have napping areas ready for some quick shut-eye. They even have shower rooms and printers ready for when you’re heading straight to work or class.
Rates: P80 per hour; P250 per four hours; P450 for an overnight stay with free use of the shower room; and P3,500 for a month of access to their amenities, inclusive of five free uses of the shower room.
For more information, visit Diligence Cafe's Facebook page.
Plug It - Coworking Space & Study Hub
902 Eloisa Street corner España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila City
Contact: (02) 577-9577
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The first thing to check when you’re looking for a place to work is whether or not there are outlets you can use to make sure your devices don't run out of battery. That will be the least of your concerns at Plug It. Not only are there plenty of electrical outlets for your gadgets; it’s also easy to stay focused with the minimalist interiors and quiet ambience. Plus, they serve unlimited coffee that uses locally sourced coffee beans, so you’ll be supporting our local farmers while you work!
Rates: P60 per hour; P150 per three hours; and P450 for a whole-day stay
For more information, visit Plug It's website.
4/F LA Village, 2119 Claro M. Recto Avenue, Manila City
Contact: (02) 405-9379
Open from Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Working on a project with a large group? StudyHaven might be the perfect spot for you. You can reserve any of their meeting rooms for you and your groupmates—they’re well-lit and comfy, ensuring maximum productivity. The semi-enclosed Meeting Zones let you gather groups of up to eight. Needless to say, you can also drop by on your own in case you work better alone: Their Study Zone is a more laid-back coworking space while the Quiet Zone boasts a noise-free environment (where no eating is allowed). Don’t forget to bring your own tumbler or mug—StudyHaven's cutting back on its plastic use as part of their eco-friendly initiatives.
Rates: P50 per hour; P150 per four hours; and P300 for a whole-day stay. Photocopying and printing services are available upon request for a fee.
For more information, visit StudyHaven Inc.’s website.
40 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 855-6417
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Even if you’re not the type to brag about your study sessions, you’ll find it hard to resist posting a photo on Instagram if you’re staying at The Lib. Everything about the café is IG-worthy—even the food! The Lib used to be where the Center for Culinary Arts’ library was located (hence the name), so you’ll have a lot of food options to help you power through your deadlines. It’s more of a café than a study hub, but the atmosphere will definitely boost your productivity. Drop by during the day—the natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows illuminating the spacious-yet-cozy space will have you feeling motivated to work even on weekends.
For more information, visit The Lib’s Facebook page.
HomeRoom Co-Working and Study Lounge
Dioresa Plaza, 1521 Dapitan Street, Sampaloc, Manila
Open from Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The best thing about HomeRoom is how flexible their spaces are: Their desks are spacious, so you can whip out all your pens and highlighters and keep them on the table when you need them; but they also have cushioned seats and carpeting for those who prefer working on the floor. They offer unlimited snacks so you have something to munch on, but they also allow people to bring food from the outside. The pantry is separate from the study area so you don’t have to worry about bothering others while you have your dinner. They get plus points for having a shower area and a napping room, too.
Rates: P88 for 90 minutes; P188 per five hours; P388 for a half-day pass (1:30 p.m. until closing); P488 for a full day pass (from 10 a.m. until closing). You can also avail of a three-day all-day pass for P888 and a month's worth of unlimited all-day access for P4,888.
For more information, visit HomeRoom Co-Working and Study Lounge’s Facebook page.
1042 G.M. Tolentino Street, Sampaloc, Manila
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Freelancers in the creatives department will never tire of working at 933 Creatives (the sister branch of 933 Co-Working Manila). With deliberately mismatched interiors that, of course, work perfectly to make the place look quirky and creative, this coworking space has spots for everyone. Some desks give off a professional vibe, looking like cubicles that are reminiscent of traditional office spaces while some feature a more laid-back atmosphere. As a space meant for creatives, you can also request access to a drafting table. With fast WiFi, showers, a napping area, and free-flowing drinks and snacks, 933 Creatives is likely to boost your productivity and fuel your creativity.
Rates: P50 per hour; P120 per four hours; P150 per four hours with access to a dedicated desk or drafting table; P300 for a whole-day pass; and P350 for a whole-day pass with a dedicated desk or drafting table. You can also avail of the seven-day pass for P1,499 (valid within one month) and the 30-day pass for P3,999 (valid within three months).
For more information, visit 933 Manila’s website.
3/F 80 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Open daily from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
If you’re from Quezon City and you’re looking for a place to work in, don’t hesitate to drop by Cerebrew. Your deadlines won’t be so intimidating when you have bottomless drinks like lemonade, brewed coffee, and hot tea to keep you going. They also offer freshly cooked meals and other refreshments in case you get hungry. Cerebrew is a little bit like a hybrid between a coffee shop and a coworking space, so you’ll get a pretty expansive menu paired with the convenience of having reliable Internet connection, plenty of charging ports, napping areas, and shower services.
Rates: P50 per hour and P250 for a whole-day pass
EGI Taft Tower, Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila City
Contact: (02) 663-1512
Open from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from Saturday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Breeze through your deadlines with Uni Lounge’s relaxing and quiet atmosphere. They offer unlimited coffee, tea, and snacks to fuel your entire stay. The space is well-lit, so you can go through your notes with ease. Plus, they have book stands that you can use for when you’re catching up on your readings! The second floor has a more laid-back setup, with cushioned seats and a napping area available for customers.
Rates: P75 per hour and P50 per additional hour; P150 per three hours; P250 per six hours; P350 for a whole-day pass
For more information, visit Uni Lounge’s Facebook page.
Quarks and Quills Study Center and Work Cafe
43-H Nicanor Roxas corner Apo Street, Santa Teresita, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 871 9502
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Quarks and Quills Study Center and Work Cafe is, as the name aptly suggests, a coworking space, tutorial center, and restaurant all rolled into one. They started out as a study center, but after seeing most of their customers eating only fast-food grub, they began to expand their menu to offer healthier and more filling options. They also have a tutorial center with classes you can sign up for in case you need extra help.
For more information, visit Quarks and Quills Study Center and Work Cafe’s website.
OrangeDesk Coworking Space And Study Lounge
España Boulevard corner P. Noval Street, Manila City
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m.
At OrangeDesk, students are encouraged to be more creative with their study space. They have "grass-covered" platforms where you can sit, lie down, and study however you want, but they also have desks—small ones for the solo customer and long tables for groups—and sofa sets available for those who prefer the usual setup. Design students would be thrilled to know that OrangeDesk has drafting tables. They offer unlimited drinks and they have a napping area and a shower room. If you’re the type to bring your own food from home (or elsewhere), you can keep it in the fridge and heat it up in the oven later. The best part? They have a resident doggo named Sulley that you can play with to take away some of the stress!
Rates: For students: P50 per hour; P120 per four hours; P300 for a whole-day pass; P1,800 for a seven-day pass; and P4,500 for a thirty-day pass. For professionals: P50 per hour; P150 per four hours; P400 for a whole-day pass; P2,000 for a seven-day pass; and P5,000 for a thirty-day pass. You can also use their shower room for P60 (inclusive of bathroom kit) and lockers for P20 per four hours.
For more information, visit OrangeDesk's Facebook page.