West University

The neighborhood known as “West U” offers two square miles of low-key, but high-end, living inside the 610 Loop.

Welcome to West University Place

A hidden gem offering suburban tranquility with city-style amenities
West University Place, lovingly known as West U, is an enchanting blend of small-town charm and big-city energy. Serene streets and bustling corners intermingle in this high-income haven close to the renowned Rice University.
With neighbors like Bellaire and Southside Place, West U is a conveniently-located area for families and working professionals where life's finer qualities flourish. From top-tier West University Elementary School to inviting local shops and eateries, there's much to discover in this self-contained paradise.

What to Love

  • Affluent community with a focus on family living
  • Proximity to city attractions, including the Museum District
  • Solid educational institutions make it a wise choice for homeowners

Local Lifestyle

Life in West U is all about family and community. Residents enjoy the best of both worlds with tranquil neighborhoods and vibrant community centers. Whether splashing in the swimming pool at the local rec center or participating in one of the nation's largest little leagues, there's always something to do.
The neighborhood is dotted with appealing pocket parks like Colonial Park, featuring a favorite community pool, and Friends Park, adorned with brick-lined walkways and an iconic clock tower. Catching up with friends at popular spots like Tiny’s No. 5 or shopping at the Rice Village Mall brings the essence of small-town living within the heart of a major urban area.

Dining and Entertainment

Tiny Boxwoods is a culinary masterpiece, offering a rich blend of flavors set within a charming and cozy environment. Praised for its delectable food and warm hospitality, Tiny Boxwoods presents a picturesque dining experience with its lush green outdoor seating.
Loved by both children and parents, Little Matt’s shines as a hidden gem with engaging activities and exceptional attention to detail. From birthday parties to educational programs, it's a place where smiles never fade and memories are built.
The Shopping District at Rice Village is a delightful blend of shopping and entertainment. With unique boutiques and well-known brands, it's a must-visit spot for retail enthusiasts. The lively events and friendly atmosphere make it a memorable destination.

Things to Do

Explore the plethora of recreational resources that bring families together in West U. From neighborhood pools to engaging programs at the local rec center, there's always an opportunity for family fun and connection. The area's Little League is a highlight, fostering community engagement and youth development.
Step into the tranquility of the community's charming pocket parks. Spend an afternoon at Colonial Park with its popular neighborhood pool, or take a leisurely stroll through Friends Park with its brick-lined walkways. These parks are perfect retreats to unwind and connect with neighbors and friends.


  • West University Elementary: Known for its academic excellence, this school is a prime reason many families choose to make their home in West U.



Overview for West University, TX

23,373 people live in West University, where the median age is 41.2 and the average individual income is $115,242.03. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

41.2 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for West University, TX

West University has 9,159 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in West University do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 23,373 people call West University home. The population density is 7,438.57 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

49.03 / 50.97%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
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Schools in West University, TX

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The following schools are within or nearby West University. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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St Mark's Episcopal School
PreK - 8th
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West University Elementary
PreK - 5th
5th - 12th
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