Let me study at a coffee shop: we both have every right to be there

Image courtesy of, man and woman working on tablet at coffee shop

The opinions expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the West Island News.

Earlier this week, I reached out to the virtual community asking for local coffee shops that allowed students to study. Some cafés have specific sections marked where you are not allowed to have a laptop, so I wanted to avoid an unnecessary trip and show up somewhere I knew I would be permitted to bring my school stuff.

I was stunned to see the backlash from fellow citizens telling me to “study at home”, or “go to a library” instead. One person did not hesitate to express their discontent at students “hogging tables” and “prohibiting paying customers from having somewhere to sit.”

Here I was, simply trying to get out of the house and get ahead on my homework, and somehow, someone found a way to bash it.

So, if you’ve ever been frustrated by studying students, perhaps this article will shed light on a perspective or two you may not have considered.

1. Cafés are more accessible than libraries