6 Best Pools in West Campus Near the University of Texas at Austin

by Megan Mills

We are all familiar with the scorching Texas heat that seems to persist throughout each summer. In the summer months, people of all ages are eager to cool off by the pool. And as college students, it’s always nice to have a spot to relax and cool down after a long day of classes.

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At the Waterloo leasing office, we often hear potential residents get excited about our amenities, especially our pool deck. While Waterloo offers a full suite of amenities, including a rooftop pool deck and hot tub, we understand that it’s important to know your options. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the best pools offered by student housing apartments in West Campus.

Best Pools in West Campus


Moontower’s rooftop pool deck with an in-pool tanning shelf, lounge seating, and a grilling station.

Address: 2204 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78705

Opened in: 2020

Defining Features: Moontower’s rooftop pool deck is a great place for students to soak up some sun, hang out with friends, or enjoy some me-time. Not only does it have city views, but this pool deck also features a grilling station, an in-pool tanning shelf, and lots of seating.

26 West

The 26 West pool deck, located in the center of the property, is the largest pool in West Campus. Photo courtesy of American Campus Communities.

Address: 600 W 26th St, Austin, TX 78705

Opened in: 2008

Defining Features: As one of the first resort-style pools to open in West Campus, 26 West became notorious for its pool long before luxury student housing was mainstream in the area. The 26 West pool area includes a hot tub, lounge pavilions, grilling station, and plenty of seating.

The Nine at West Campus

The Nine’s expansive pool deck is tucked into the trees, overlooking Pease Park. Photo courtesy of Niles Bolton Associates, Inc.

Address: 2518 Leon St, Austin, TX 78705

Opened in: 2018

Defining Features: The Nine at West Campus has a sleek pool deck nestled into the northwest edge of West Campus, overlooking Austin’s Pease Park. Their massive pool deck has an in-pool tanning shelf, grilling station, bar area, and a jumbotron. 

Ion Austin

Ion’s pool deck offers great views of the UT tower and downtown Austin. Photo courtesy of Scion group.

Address: 2100 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78705

Opened in: 2019

Defining Features: Ion Austin’s massive, terrace pool gives students a place to chill out with friends while getting maximum sunshine. With plenty of seating, an in-pool tanning shelf, and a jumbotron, their pool is a great spot to cool off on a sunny day.

The Standard at Austin

The Standard’s seventh-floor pool deck offers lounge seating, two hot tubs, and a jumbotron. Photo courtesy of Landmark Properties.

Address: 715 W. 23rd St, Austin, TX 78705 

Opened in: 2021

Defining Features: The Standard’s seventh-floor pool deck features a resort-style pool, two hot tubs, hammocks, fire pits, a Jumbotron, and an outdoor grill. Decked out with palm trees and lounge seating, this poolside spot will make you feel like you’re on vacation.


Waterloo’s rooftop pool deck offers up gorgeous views of Downtown Austin and UT’s campus.

Address: 2400 Seton Ave, Austin, TX 78705

Opening: 2022

Defining Features: Waterloo’s stunning rooftop pool deck features a bar, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, and killer views of the University of Texas campus and Downtown Austin. As the tallest building in West Campus, students can cool off and enjoy views from 30 stories high. 

We hope that this list helps you get started in exploring West Campus pools!

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