West University Place is nicknamed “The Neighborhood City” and is mainly a bedroom community for upper-class families. West University, or often called West University or West U, is surrounded by Bellaire, Houston and Southside Place. It’s nearby Downtown Houston, The Medical Center, The Galleria and Houston’s Inner Loop. West University Elementary has one of the top ranked public schools in Texas and West University has great access to a large number of top ranked public and private schools. They have great parks in West U; Friends Park, the newest in the city, opened there in December 2007. It was formerly known as Rice Rocket Park. They also have a strong community and have a feel to the neighborhood that is hard to describe for outsiders.