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Top 5 Pool Decks Near UF (Updated for 2024)

By Julianna

Florida has been coined “The Sunshine State,” for a reason, as it is notable for its year-round sunny weather. Even as a college student, it’s nice to get away from the endless work by sitting back and taking time for yourself poolside near the University of Florida, escaping the endless Florida heat.

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At the Sweetwater leasing office, we frequently hear residents talk about how important amenities are to them, especially a pool deck. While Sweetwater offers an exciting pool and lounge courtyard along with other state-of-the-art amenities, we understand that it is important to know your options. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of the five best pools at student apartments near the University of Florida to help you make the most of your time at UF.

Best Pool Decks near the University of Florida

Hub on 3rd

Hub on 3rd Gainesville pool deck

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Address: 1258 NW 3rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Year Opened: 2020

Features: Hub on 3rd’s rooftop pool sits on the 7th floor deck, offering panoramic views of the northeast corner of UF campus. With a sundeck, hot tub, outdoor lounge and plenty of different types of seating, it’s a great spot to relax with friends.

The Standard

Rooftop Pool

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Address: 1360 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603

Year Opened: 2017

Features: The Standard’s main rooftop pool features various amenities, including a jumbotron, cabanas, various seating and an outdoor kitchen for grilling. The Standard’s VIP pool also offers stunning views of the northeast of UF’s campus and Century Tower, and features hot tubs, outdoor kitchen for grilling, and various seating for tanning or relaxing.

The Lark

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Address: 1245 SW 11th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Year Opened: 2018

Features: The Lark has a courtyard pool and lounge area, accompanied by features including private poolside cabanas, grilling stations, a hammock ledge and a hot tub. This spot is perfect for catching up with friends or simply just enjoying time to yourself!

Campus Circle

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Address: 1742 SW 38th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607

Year Opened: 2021

Features: Campus Circle’s massive saltwater pool features a poolside jumbotron, tons of sun chairs, and a huge party porch and lounge area, complete with ping pong tables and a grill area. This is definitely the place to be for a Gator football game watch party!

The Metropolitan

pool at the metropolitan in gainesville

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Address: 2209 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Year Opened: 2023

Features: The Met features a resort-style pool and lounge area, complete with a jumbotron perfect for watching football games and a hot tub with poolside cabanas. With plenty of seating around the pool, it’s the perfect place for soaking up the sun and catching up with friends.

We hope that this list gets you excited to check out the awesome pools and soak up the sun around Gainesville near the University of Florida! If you want to learn more about Sweetwater’s pool or other amenities, contact our leasing team.


Julianna is a Community Assistant at Sweetwater. She is a sophomore at UF majoring in Information Systems. Her go-to Daydreamer order is the Sweetwater Matcha!

February 19, 2024

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