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A Guide to Living in West University Place

West University Place, located in Harris County, a part of the Houston metropolitan area. West University Place had a population of 14,787 according to the 2010 United States Census. Just two miles west of Houston proper, West University Place gets its name from its coordinates in relation to Rice University.

Major Attractions

The West University Place Recreation Center is a central hub of community activities with its swimming pool, gymnasium and outdoor sports fields. A branch of the Harris County Library system also serves the West University Place residents. West University offers two large park areas, Friends Park and Colonial Park. Both include plenty of outdoor activity spaces for the entire family, but Colonial Park also offers an indoor recreational center, which includes a pool, racquetball courts, weight room and cardio workout room.

As a bedroom community of the larger Houston metropolitan area, West University Place residents have easy access to all the amenities and entertainment available in the metro area, including the extensive museum district, fine dining, theatre, opera and ballet. The major sports arenas of Houston also provide plenty of opportunity for West University Place residents with everything from major league baseball to soccer to some of the best equestrian shows in the nation.


AT&T has a telephone exchange within West University Place that offers some employment potential to local residents, however, the majority of West University Place residents commute outside the community to their places of employment throughout the greater Houston area. Commuting times are short, with most commutes averaging only 10 to 20 minutes. Home to the highest percentage of bachelor degree holders in the southern half of the U.S, West University Place residents hold prestigious positions in all areas of industry and education in the Houston area and are happy to keep their workplaces separate from their sheltered home life.

Churches and Places of Worship

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, located at 5308 Buffalo Speedway, the church provides a broad range of ministries for all age groups and interests.

West University United Methodist Church is located at 3611 University Boulevard. It has a long history, serving the area for over 75 years. Approximately half of is congregation of over 1,000 people reside within West University Place city limits, while the other half is drawn from the surrounding area.

Seventh Day Baptist Church is currently meeting in the Southwest Presbyterian Church building at 6033 South Rice Avenue in Bellaire on Saturdays. Its multi-cultural congregation is welcoming to people of all ages and from every social and economic background.

West University Baptist Church is located at 6218 Auden Street and is strongly connected to the community through both its preschool center and afterschool program for kids. With a history of over 80 years, the church congregation has a strong blend of generations, from foundational senior citizens to their many college age youth and plenty of young families.


West University Place students are part of the Houston Independent School District, and are zoned to attend classes at West University Elementary School, Pershing Middle School in Houston and Lamar High School, also in Houston. A Houston magnet school, The Rice School, is also available to K-8 students from West University Place. Middle school students in West University Place also have the option of enrolling in Pin Oak Middle School in Bellaire.

The only private school located directly in West University Place is St. Mark’s Episcopal School (K-8) Other private schools in the area which West University Place students have access to include The Post Oak School and Episcopal High School in Bellaire, School of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Braeswood Place in Houston, St. John’s School in Houston and St. Francis Episcopal Day School (Texas) in Piney Point.

Standardized Test Scores

Elementary students attending West University Elementary school rank extremely high in their standardized testing scores, in the top 10% for the state in reading and the top 10% for both math and science.

Childcare Options

West University Place families have both large and small daycare centers available for childcare. These can be either public or privately operated centers, some with religious affiliation and some fully secular. Often, families find that private, home-based daycare can be a better fit for their family, but are dread the process of screening applications and interviewing long lists of candidates. That’s why we’re pleased to offer our services to parents in the West University Place area, supplying highly-qualified nannies that have been carefully matched to the needs you’ve specified, with minimal hassle and no wasted time.


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