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

Social

The outdoor patio at Cain and Abel’s, one of the most noteworthy bars in West Campus.

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.

Bar Moxy, one of West Campus’ newest bars, is located in Moxy Austin – University. Photo courtesy of Marriott International, Inc.

Bar Moxy

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.

 

The Otopia rooftop at the OTIS hotel offers stunning views of the UT tower and downtown Austin. Photo courtesy of White Lodging.

Otopia Rooftop (OTIS Hotel)

Address: 1901 San Antonio St Unit 1100, Austin, TX 78705

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.

Food/Restaurants

Raku Sushi and Asian Bistro is conveniently located in the heart of West Campus. Photo courtesy of The Texas Tasty.

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 is well known throughout Texas for its wings and trivia nights. Photo courtesy of KENS-TV.

Pluckers Wing Bar

Address: 2222 Rio Grande St Ste D116, Austin, TX 78705

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.

The Juiceland on 29th & Guadalupe is a short walk from UT’s campus. Photo courtesy of Juiceland.

JuiceLand

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, located on the corner of 26th Street and Rio Grande, has plenty of seating for customers. Photo courtesy of Randall Metting.

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 is a food truck conveniently located behind the University Co-op. Photo courtesy of The Infatuation Inc.

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.

Shopping

The Buffalo Exchange on Guadalupe is a great resale spot for UT students, conveniently located on the north edge of West Campus. Photo courtesy of Buffalo Exchange.

Buffalo Exchange

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.

The University Co-op is the perfect spot for UT students to purchase school supplies, textbooks, and Longhorn merchandise. Photo courtesy of Texas Student Media.

University Co-op

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.

Located on the Drag, Miss Behavin Austin is a great spot for students to shop for women’s clothing. Photo courtesy of BusinessYab.com.

Miss Behavin

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!

Coffee

Lucky Lab’s San Antonio location is located just one block from the UT Campus. Photo courtesy of The Austin Chronicle.

Lucky Lab Coffee Co.

Address: 2421 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78705

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.

The Guadalupe location of Medici Roasting, located on the Drag, has plenty of upstairs seating. Photo courtesy of The Austin Chronicle.

Medici Roasting

Address: 2222 Guadalupe St B, Austin, TX 78705

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.

The Starbucks on 24th Street is located only two blocks from the UT campus. Photo courtesy of BusinessYab.com.

Starbucks

Address: 504 W 24th St Suite B, Austin, TX 78705

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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