University Park

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As the name implies, University Park is a community that was built around a university, which is the Florida International University (FIU).

The Neighborhood

Located in what was once the Tamiami Airport, this census designated place called University Park is a community that rose up over the years, after the Florida International University was built here in the late 1960s, and after the city of Miami expanded westward.

The name of the community itself comes from a moniker that stuck through the years and was adopted as the official name of the neighborhood, since it did grow from what was once a mere university campus area.

This neighborhood is rather sizable, and is almost in a perfect square, stretching from SW 8th Street to Bird Road, and from SW 97th Avenue to the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. Coral Way dissects this community and the FIU campus is located at the northwestern part of the enclave.

Those who live here love the community because of how quiet and clean it is, as well as for its landscaping, the food, and how safe the enclave is.

The area is also considered a family friendly spot, and is an area that has quite a few places of interest to its name. Aside from the university, you can also find the Frost Art Museum, Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, FIU Stadium, and FIU Nature Preserve here.

There is also a huge park in this community, which is the Tamiami Park, located directly south of the university’s main campus.

Things To Do

As busy as this community is, what with numerous college students attending the university every year, it is no wonder that there are many interesting places for people to visit and explore here as well. Apart from the entertainment options and conveniences like supermarkets, retail outlets, and the requisite coffee shops, the neighborhood also has its go-to places for dining, and here are some of the top favorites:

Top Restaurants in University Park

1. Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar
Seafood, Latin American, Peruvian
10548 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33174
Phone number (305) 228-9200

2. Bravo! Peruvian Cuisine
Seafood, Peruvian, Sandwiches
10600 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33174
Phone number (786) 484-0591

3. Vicky Cafe FIU
Bakeries, Cuban
10975 SW 17th St
Miami, FL 33199
Phone number (305) 348-5454

4. specialTEA Lounge
Coffee & Tea, Tea Rooms, Sandwiches
10766 SW 24th St
Miami, FL 33165
Phone number (305) 554-8327

5. A-Mari-Mix Fresh Mex Fusion
9700 SW 24th St
Miami, FL 33165
Phone number (305) 603-9134

6. Farofa
Steakhouses, Brazilian
11865 SW 26th St
Miami, FL 33175
Phone number (305) 554-8815

7. 107 Coffee & Dessert
Desserts, Coffee & Tea, Asian Fusion
1679 SW 107th Ave
Miami, FL 33165
Phone number (786) 717-6378

8. Rinconcito 107 Latino
Cafeteria, Cuban, Sandwiches
70 NW 107th Ave
Miami, FL 33172
Phone number (305) 222-2229

9. Pincho Factory
Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
9860 SW 40th St
Olympia Heights, FL 33165
Phone number (305) 631-2038

10. Rafa’s Backyard Grill
Food Trucks, American (New), Burgers
9401 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165


The residences here consist mostly of a combination of multi-unit housing and single family homes, with most of the multi-unit residences found near or within the grounds of the campus itself. Here are some of the housing options in and near the neighborhood:

Condos and Apartments

  • Coral Way Village Condominium
  • Westbird Village Condominium
  • International Park Condominium
  • Town Park Apartments
  • Coral Park Apartments
  • Vista Verde at Westchester
  • Summer Grove Apartments
  • Spring Tree Apartments
  • Casa Luna Apartments
  • Westwood Apartments
  • Coral Haven Apartments
  • Westbrook Gardens Apartments
  • 109 Tower

Neighborhoods and Subdivisions

  • Toledo Subdivision
  • Coravo
  • Westbrooke Subdivision
  • Cubaranda Estates
  • Lee Manor
  • Ben-Car Subdivision
  • Coral Park Estates
  • Povoa Gardens
  • Jacqueline Subdivision
  • Hacienda Estates
  • Rosmont Subdivision
  • Coral Way Estates
  • Rich Heights
  • Park West Heights


University Park also has more than just college education within its borders, as evidenced by this list of middle pre-school, elementary, and middle school institutions.

Saint Agatha School
1125 SW 107th Ave Miami, FL 33174

Childrens Creative Learning Center At Fiu
11310 Southwest 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199

Peter Pan Childcare & Learning Center
2500 Southwest 107th Avenue Miami, FL 33165

West Dade Academy
10950 Southwest 34th Street Miami, FL 33165

Pizarro School for Montessori
9850 SW 24th St Miami, FL 33165

Coral Park Elementary School
1225 Sw 97th Ave Miami, FL 33174-2939

Rockway Elementary School
2790 Southwest 93rd Court Miami, FL 33165

Rockway Middle School
9393 Southwest 29th Terrace Miami, FL 33165

Real Estate Trends

University Park has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small community surrounding the main campus of a university to one that is considered an urban enclave that houses more than 25,000 people within its borders. The population here consists of a variety of people – from college students to young families to young professionals to retirees.

Majority of those living in and near the campus are, of course, the 20-somethings that attend the university, while the other areas have mostly families and some retirees living in the subdivisions and apartment complexes in the CDP. Most of the homes in the southern and eastern part of the neighborhood are occupied by the homeowners, but almost all of the residences located near the campus and within its grounds, are occupied by renters.

Median listing prices for homes here vary according to location, with homes that are further from the school costing more and those nearer the campus costing less. The same goes for rental rates, with those nearer and within campus grounds being cheaper than off-campus homes. Median rental rates for homes in the general area of the university is at $650 per room, while those located south of Coral Way have median rental rates of $754 to $816 per bedroom.

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