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From the East End Bohemeo's to ivy league shots of espresso, incoming collegiate fellows and those of us needing a caffeine fix near campus should heed our dean's list for college coffeehouses in the inner loop.

Being the fourth largest city in the U.S. — Houston, is home to many colleges and universities, but our list focuses on campuses that are strictly within the loop. Here are some of the spots college kids and those of us long past the age of late-night study sessions can go for a caffeine fix.

Did we miss your favorite coffeehouse near or on a central college Houston campus? Let us know all about your cheap eat favorites in the comments below or on the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dot Coffee Shop

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7006 Gulf Fwy
Houston, TX 77087
(713) 644-7669
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Since 1967, this 24/7 spot has been dishing up classic comfort food and cups of joe. The breakfast menu sports favorites like Heuvos Ranchero, the chicken fried steak wins raves, and the coffee’s still available day and night.

Dot Coffee Shop. [Photo: Facebook Dot Coffee Shop]

2. The Nook Cafe

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4701 Calhoun Rd Ste 150
Houston, TX 77004
(832) 831-3620
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Offering a variety of home-made juices, as well as pastries and desserts, this UH campus favorite even offers Cougar Blend coffee for the caffeine-needy. Weekly movie nights, live music and Sunday Fundays with $4 mimosas make this a great hangout, whether you’re a UH student of just dropping by.

The Nook Cafe. [Photo: Facebook The Nook Cafe]

3. Bohemeo's

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708 Telephone Rd Ste E
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 923-4277
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Funky, historic Eastwood is home to this laid-back spot, serving up locally roasted java, hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, and an array of pizzas, sandwiches and Mexican-style munchies. There’s a weekly Beatles Open Mic Night and revolving music acts, too.

Bohemeo's. [Photo: Yelp/Eric O.]

4. The Doshi House

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3419 Dowling St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 528-0060
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For TSU students, UH Coogs, or anyone looking for a fantastic selection of teas and vegetarian bites, Doshi is a must. The coffeehouse is situated in the Third Ward and is a relative newcomer on the coffeehouse scene, but the casual and artsy vibe, along with plenty of community events (and free wifi) make Doshi a standout in the neighborhood.

The Doshi House. [Photo: Yelp/Punya M.]

5. Rice: Coffeehouse

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When you buy your coffee here, you’re supporting an entirely student-run business, and you get to experience a boisterous, eclectic atmosphere. Inexpensive, locally brewed Katz’s coffee tops the menu offerings, which also include specialty coffee drinks (the mocha is particularly amazing), locally sourced pastries and yummies from Oh My! Pocket Pies.

Rice Coffeehouse. [Photo: Facebook/Rice Coffeehouse]

6. Mercantile

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5407 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
Brewing Amaya Roasting Company coffee, this Rice Village spot across from Torchy’s Tacos is an open, inviting space where coffee is elevated to an art form. Part espresso, part specialty grocery store, Mercantile is all experience.

Mercantile Rice Village. [Photo: Facebook/Mercantile]

7. Croissant-Brioche

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2435 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
(712) 526-9188
The café au laid is lovely here, but the pastries are the star of the show at this French-feeling, cozy Rice Village enclave. House-made sandwiches put in appearances at lunchtime, and this is the sort of place where you want to linger over your cup.

Croissant-Brioche. [Photo: Yelp/Justin A.]

8. Bosta Wine & Coffee

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1801 Binz St Ste 130
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 533-9560
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Tucked into the Museum District, Bosta serves those who need both coffee and wine, with eclectic offerings that showcase the spot’s fun and flair. Lattes, hot chocolate, cold brews, the iconic flat white and espresso all make an appearance on the menu, as do an assortment of continental pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, cheese and munchies.

Bosta Wine and Coffee. [Photo: Facebook/Bosta]

9. Woodbar

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3939 Montrose Blvd Ste K
Houston, TX 77006
Coffee here is rich and wonderful, but it’s the menu of small plates that makes it a great gathering place. Cheeses from Houston Dairy Maids, pulled pork tacos and eggplant and onion rings are just some of what make it a must-visit address when you want to nosh with a little sophistication.

Woodbar. [Photo: Photo Credit: Mark Hewko/MVVM Studio]

10. Siphon Coffee

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701 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 282-0142
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A daily drip coffee and tea, as well as a killer cold brew and carefully tended espresso drinks top the list of must-trys at this lively Montrose spot. Paninnis are served until 8 p.m., and the daily quiche, chocolate chip cookies and an array of pastries are available all day long.

Siphon Coffee. [Photo: Facebook/Siphon]

11. The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar

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300 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(281) 846-6995
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Jump on the METROrail and head down to this Main Street spot, an airy, easy sort of place where the menu transitions easily from day to night. Coffee drinks of all sorts are available, and food options include breakfast favorites, salads and desserts.

The Honeymoon. [Photo: Facebook/The Honeymoon]

12. Brochstein Pavilion (Rice University)

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This Rice Village coffee spot has an outpost on the Rice University campus, with gorgeous views. In addition to an array of coffee options, sandwiches and salads are on the menu, and a small variety of wines are available starting in the afternoon.

Salento at Rice University. [Photo: Facebook/Salento]

1. Dot Coffee Shop

7006 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77087
Since 1967, this 24/7 spot has been dishing up classic comfort food and cups of joe. The breakfast menu sports favorites like Heuvos Ranchero, the chicken fried steak wins raves, and the coffee’s still available day and night.

Dot Coffee Shop. [Photo: Facebook Dot Coffee Shop]

7006 Gulf Fwy
Houston, TX 77087

2. The Nook Cafe

4701 Calhoun Rd Ste 150, Houston, TX 77004
Offering a variety of home-made juices, as well as pastries and desserts, this UH campus favorite even offers Cougar Blend coffee for the caffeine-needy. Weekly movie nights, live music and Sunday Fundays with $4 mimosas make this a great hangout, whether you’re a UH student of just dropping by.

The Nook Cafe. [Photo: Facebook The Nook Cafe]

4701 Calhoun Rd Ste 150
Houston, TX 77004

3. Bohemeo's

708 Telephone Rd Ste E, Houston, TX 77023
Funky, historic Eastwood is home to this laid-back spot, serving up locally roasted java, hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, and an array of pizzas, sandwiches and Mexican-style munchies. There’s a weekly Beatles Open Mic Night and revolving music acts, too.

Bohemeo's. [Photo: Yelp/Eric O.]

708 Telephone Rd Ste E
Houston, TX 77023

4. The Doshi House

3419 Dowling St, Houston, TX 77004
For TSU students, UH Coogs, or anyone looking for a fantastic selection of teas and vegetarian bites, Doshi is a must. The coffeehouse is situated in the Third Ward and is a relative newcomer on the coffeehouse scene, but the casual and artsy vibe, along with plenty of community events (and free wifi) make Doshi a standout in the neighborhood.

The Doshi House. [Photo: Yelp/Punya M.]

3419 Dowling St
Houston, TX 77004

5. Rice: Coffeehouse

Houston, TX 77005
When you buy your coffee here, you’re supporting an entirely student-run business, and you get to experience a boisterous, eclectic atmosphere. Inexpensive, locally brewed Katz’s coffee tops the menu offerings, which also include specialty coffee drinks (the mocha is particularly amazing), locally sourced pastries and yummies from Oh My! Pocket Pies.

Rice Coffeehouse. [Photo: Facebook/Rice Coffeehouse]

6. Mercantile

5407 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
Brewing Amaya Roasting Company coffee, this Rice Village spot across from Torchy’s Tacos is an open, inviting space where coffee is elevated to an art form. Part espresso, part specialty grocery store, Mercantile is all experience.

Mercantile Rice Village. [Photo: Facebook/Mercantile]

5407 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

7. Croissant-Brioche

2435 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
The café au laid is lovely here, but the pastries are the star of the show at this French-feeling, cozy Rice Village enclave. House-made sandwiches put in appearances at lunchtime, and this is the sort of place where you want to linger over your cup.

Croissant-Brioche. [Photo: Yelp/Justin A.]

2435 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005

8. Bosta Wine & Coffee

1801 Binz St Ste 130, Houston, TX 77004
Tucked into the Museum District, Bosta serves those who need both coffee and wine, with eclectic offerings that showcase the spot’s fun and flair. Lattes, hot chocolate, cold brews, the iconic flat white and espresso all make an appearance on the menu, as do an assortment of continental pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, cheese and munchies.

Bosta Wine and Coffee. [Photo: Facebook/Bosta]

1801 Binz St Ste 130
Houston, TX 77004

9. Woodbar

3939 Montrose Blvd Ste K, Houston, TX 77006
Coffee here is rich and wonderful, but it’s the menu of small plates that makes it a great gathering place. Cheeses from Houston Dairy Maids, pulled pork tacos and eggplant and onion rings are just some of what make it a must-visit address when you want to nosh with a little sophistication.

Woodbar. [Photo: Photo Credit: Mark Hewko/MVVM Studio]

3939 Montrose Blvd Ste K
Houston, TX 77006

10. Siphon Coffee

701 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006
A daily drip coffee and tea, as well as a killer cold brew and carefully tended espresso drinks top the list of must-trys at this lively Montrose spot. Paninnis are served until 8 p.m., and the daily quiche, chocolate chip cookies and an array of pastries are available all day long.

Siphon Coffee. [Photo: Facebook/Siphon]

701 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77006

11. The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar

300 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Jump on the METROrail and head down to this Main Street spot, an airy, easy sort of place where the menu transitions easily from day to night. Coffee drinks of all sorts are available, and food options include breakfast favorites, salads and desserts.

The Honeymoon. [Photo: Facebook/The Honeymoon]

300 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

12. Brochstein Pavilion (Rice University)

Houston, TX 77005
This Rice Village coffee spot has an outpost on the Rice University campus, with gorgeous views. In addition to an array of coffee options, sandwiches and salads are on the menu, and a small variety of wines are available starting in the afternoon.

Salento at Rice University. [Photo: Facebook/Salento]

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