The 40 acres can be overwhelming— especially for a freshman (or COVID era sophomore). Feeling lost on campus is something most new students are familiar with, and walking all over to find the best spots to chill is a no-go in the Texas heat. The best people to learn these insider spots from are students with a little more experience on-campus but let’s be real— sometimes asking can be a little intimidating, too. That said, here are some of the best spots on campus to get some R&R with friends according to a UT-veteran.
Located conveniently on The Drag, Cafe Medici is the perfect spot for a study date or a cold drink after a long day walking around campus. With two floors of seating, this spot has everything you need for a catch-up or a cram session. My personal favorite spot is by the windows on the second floor. What more could you ask for than a view of the tower while you sip on a latte and people watch?
2222 Guadalupe St B, Austin, TX 78705
Seating at the SAC
The student activity center has tons of indoor and outdoor seating to suit your needs. Head inside for a study group or relax outside in the shade. You can also grab some food at one of the restaurants inside. Options include Longhorn Coffee Co., Hook’em Hut and Beyond Burrito (and Chick-Fil-A if it ever reopens).
2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712
The Turtle Pond
This spot is a must-visit for all UT students. Acquaint yourself with the cuties who live in the pond and enjoy the serene environment. I highly recommend grabbing some coffee, snacks and a few friends then heading out for a picnic at the turtle pond. This area is especially nice in the spring when it’s cool enough to actually be outside for more than a few minutes.
2300 University Ave #2328, Austin, TX 78712
Need to escape from the stress of your classes but still want to feel a little productive? Browsing the art exhibits at The Blanton is sure to solve your problem. The best part is that admission is only $5 with a UT ID card, so a visit won’t break the bank. Check out their website for a list of upcoming exhibits and events.
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Dobie Twenty21 Courtyard
Get a bird’s eye view of the 40 acres from the Dobie rooftop courtyard. Complete with lawn furniture and astroturf, this is the perfect spot to get some sun and hang out on campus. Dobie is also home to a food court, so don’t hesitate to walk your food on up to the roof for an outdoor dining experience. Not to mention, they host fun events like craft fairs and ‘Drag on The Drag’ which you can find out more about on their website.
2021 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
UT has plenty of great areas that are perfect for any occasion. If these spots aren’t quite your style then go out, explore and find some that you love! College is about making the campus your own, so go out and do it!
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