Top Schools and Distinguished Inner Loop Living with a Homey Atmosphere and Strong Community Feel.
Named for its proximity to Rice University, West University Place was established as a small residential town in 1911 by A.D. Foreman. It is one of the most coveted pockets of Houston to live in, offering residents the best of everything in Houston: top-rated schools, short commutes to world class shopping and dining, proximity to the most popular attractions, and a unique blend of first-class homes and friendly neighbors that create a cozy feel in a big city.
In 1939, West University Place opted against consolidating with the City of Houston and has continued as an independent municipality whose city services, parks, police, pool and community events are unparalleled. Unlike Houston, which has no zoning laws, West U has maintained its strict code that protects residents from industrial development and requires 40 percent of every lot to be open space. Its strong sense of community engagement and involvement is alive and well today. You’ll find neighbors and families walking or biking to school, local parks, or meeting up at a quaint West U eatery just a couple of blocks down the road. And because the best schools and amenities are right at their fingertips, residents rarely have to drive more than five to ten minutes to get to their destination.
What’s There to Do in West University?
Although West U is just miles away from all the inner loop attractions— like the Theater District, the Museum District, Upper Kirby and the Galleria— residents can find so much to do just within a mile from their home. Rice Village, one of Houston’s most popular attractions, offers outdoor mall shopping with boutiques, brand name stores, and eateries. And while you can always catch a broadway show or the Houston Symphony in downtown Houston, the Main Street Theater— with its varied selection of plays and musicals for people of all ages— can be found right in your neighborhood. The Chamber of Music, also on Main Street, provides access to nine stellar performances each season.
Houston’s Museum District, with its nationally-recognized 19 museums, is just minutes away from West U. But you also have the Moody Center right on Main Street, a contemporary art gallery that also showcases experimental performances by visiting artists from around the world. To enjoy a simple weekend with the family, West U has its own community center complete with swimming pool and outdoor concerts where the neighborhood gathers— kids in tow— to dance the evening away. You can also take a quick stroll to any of the charming Edloe St. eateries to grab lunch, dinner, dessert, or to catch up with neighbors. The City of West University also operates nine parks including Colonial Park, Friends Pocket Park, Huffington Park, Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park, Judson Park, Liberty Hill Park, West University Recreation Center Playground, Whitt Johnson Park, and Wier Park.
Attractions and Amenities Near West University
West University Recreation Center Playground
Whitt Johnson Park