Students still welcome at some cafes

Students still welcome at some cafes

Earlier this week, a student posted online about how her belongings were removed when they were left unattended in a cafe and that she was lectured by the cafe staff for doing so.

Instead of garnering sympathy, the Facebook post, which went viral, caused an uproar. The student was slammed for her attitude. She apologised after being counselled by her school.

But many places welcome students, especially those who are considerate of other patrons. Based on students' recommendations, The New Paper on Sunday highlight some of these study spots:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

LOCATION Changi Airport Terminal 2 Departure Hall North

OPEN 24 hours

ACCESSIBILITY MRT, bus

WI-FI Free

POWER SOCKETS Not for public use

PRICES $2.60 for an original glazed doughnut

WHY STUDY THERE

It opened only in August, so it still has that "new" feel.

It also has a relaxed vibe considering the airport's hustle and bustle. The high backs on the round sofa seats make them feel almost like private cubicles.

It is handy for a quick sugar and caffeine fix. Some students revealed that sometimes doughnuts are given free.

Clean toilets are just a hop away, so little time is wasted away from the books.

Another plus point - it is relatively peaceful. No music is played in the outlet. The loudest noise comes from the coffee machine.

Some students are such regulars here that they even know the staff by name.

Full-time undergraduate Victoria Lee, 20, says: "It's like my second home."

She has given up on other cafes because she has been chased out too often.

For those who want to burn the midnight oil, this 24-hour cafe has hosted many students who stay the whole night and leave on the first bus home the next day.

Staff are friendly. There are even notices on the tables to say it is okay to study.

But students are urged to do so with consideration for other patrons. So do not hog seats during busy periods, be greedy with space or stay longer than needed.

Secondary 5 student, Jowis Chew, 18, says that before the posters were put up, some students took liberties.

She says: "If there are complaints, the manager does not chase us away. We would be asked nicely to share tables."

This venue is gaining popularity, so be warned that space is limited. The best seats are usually snapped up by 10am.

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