Top 14 Things to Do in West Campus Near the University of Texas at Austin
by Megan Mills
The West Campus neighborhood, in central Austin, is located just West of its namesake, The University of Texas at Austin. It is the heart of off-campus student living, and also home to a variety of restaurants, shops, and services.
At Waterloo, we love exploring Austin and all it has to offer. That’s why we have compiled a list of our favorite things to do in West Campus near the University of Texas at Austin.
14 Best Things to Do in West Campus Near UT Austin
Cain & Abels
Address: 2313 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
Since 1991, Cain & Abels, or “Abel’s” has been a staple neighborhood bar and grill in UT’s West Campus. With a full bar and a wide range of beer on tap, Abel’s provides a fun, laid-back atmosphere for UT students. If you get hungry, they serve a variety of American food and are sure to have something for every palette.
Address: 2552 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Located in West Campus’ newest hotel, Moxy Austin-University, Bar Moxy is a cocktail lounge offering creative drinks, great music, and a vibrant atmosphere. The lounge consists of an indoor ‘living room’ and outdoor ‘backyard’ space. If you get hungry, Zombie Taco is right next door, a 24-hour taco counter and walk-up window with plenty of options from breakfast tacos to burritos.
Otopia Rooftop (OTIS Hotel)
On the OTIS Hotel rooftop, Otopia shines as the only luxury rooftop pool & lounge in West Campus. Otopia offers a full menu of elevated cocktails and light fare. They also have a luxurious, heated rooftop pool available for hotel guests to enjoy.
Raku Sushi & Asian Bistro
Address: 2222 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
Raku Sushi & Asian Bistro is well-known among college students for its $2 sake bombs, affordable yet delicious sushi, yakisoba dishes, and fried rice. Located right in the heart of West Campus, students can’t beat this convenient spot.
Pluckers Wing Bar
Famous throughout Texas, Pluckers serves up wings, burgers, and more. They have daily specials, including trivia nights on Wednesdays! This sports bar and grill on Rio Grande is the perfect late-night spot for students craving some savory wings.
Address: 2828 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
This health-conscious smoothie chain is known for its juices, smoothies, and smoothie bowls that are fresh, vegan, and gluten-free. They also offer healthy meals-to-go if you are in the mood for something heartier to get through a long day of classes! If you are a UT student, the JuiceLand on Guadalupe is a great option for its tasty, convenient health food right next to campus.
Rancho Rio Eatery
Address: 2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
This food truck eatery located in West Campus Austin is the perfect spot for whatever you’re craving. With 10+ food trucks, Rancho Rio has something for every palette. Options include fried chicken, burgers, gyros, Brazilian food, pancakes, ice cream, and more! If you are near UT and want plenty of tasty options, Rancho Rio Eatery is the place to be.
Don Japanese Kitchen
Address: 411 W 23rd St, Austin, TX 78705
This former restaurant turned food truck is located right behind the University Co-op. On a mission to provide quality, authentic Japanese donburi at affordable prices, business is always booming at the Don Japanese Kitchen food truck. Customers can craft their own donburi and never fail to receive hefty portions, perfect for a student budget.
Address: 2904 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Buffalo Exchange buys, sells, and trades trendy vintage and used clothing and accessories. If you are a student looking to make some extra pocket money, you can sell them to Buffalo Exchange for cash or trade on the spot. This is a great shop to check out if you are looking to revamp your wardrobe or get rid of old clothes.
Address: 2246 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
A one-stop-shop for all things UT, the University Co-op carries a huge variety of Texas Longhorn merch, as well as used textbooks and school supplies. Whether you’re looking for a new game day outfit, a UT-themed gift, or supplies for your classes, the Co-op has you covered.
Address: 2322 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
The Drag’s newest boutique, Miss Behavin is a trendy, local spot for women’s clothing and accessories. Not only is it right across the street from UT’s campus, but many of the sales associates and models are UT students. If you need a last-minute outfit, a closet restock, or just want to shop for leisure, Miss Behavin is a great spot!
Lucky Lab Coffee Co.
A well-known study spot among UT students, Lucky Lab Coffee Co. offers handcrafted coffee & iced beverages just one block from the Drag. With a pet-friendly outdoor patio & courtyard, Lucky Lab is the perfect spot for a morning coffee, mid-day snack, or a caffeine boost between classes. They also have plenty of outdoor seating, making it a great spot to study or get some work done.
Located on the Drag right across the street from UT’s campus, Medici Roasting has been serving handcrafted coffee and pastries in its Guadalupe location since 2008. They have a variety of caffeinated drinks and pastries to fuel your next study session. With plenty of seating both upstairs and downstairs, this spot remains popular among UT students wanting to study in West Campus.
This globally renowned coffeehouse chain has not one, not two, but three locations within one mile of UT Austin. Starbucks has a location in the heart of West Campus, just two blocks from UT’s campus, which is always booming with students. This 24th street study spot has indoor and outdoor seating, WiFi, and plenty of outlets for students that want to get some work done.
We hope that this list helps give you ideas of things to do in West Campus!
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