University Park's businesses, churches, and schools are some of the City's greatest assets.
Snider Plaza opened in 1927 and remains a thriving retail shopping center in the heart of University Park. Located at the corner of Hillcrest and Lovers Lane, its shops and restaurants receive high accolades from citizens and visitors alike. Preston Center, located at the corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway, boasts upscale boutiques and fine dining establishments. There are also many wonderful shops and eateries located along Preston Road near Lovers Lane, on Lovers Lane near the Tollway and by SMU on Mockingbird.
Located throughout the City, the seven religious institutions within University Park are some of the most beautiful and well attended in the nation. Highland Park United Methodist Church and Highland Park Presbyterian Church were the homes of the largest congregations in the nation in the 1980's and maintain some of the most well-attended services for their faiths.
- Highland Park Presbyterian Church
- Highland Park United Methodist Church
- University Park United Methodist Church
- Park Cities Baptist Church
- Christ Lutheran Church
- Preston Road Church of Christ
- First Unitarian Church
The educational needs of University Park are met by the Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD), and Southern Methodist University (SMU).