University Hills is a neighborhood in Austin, though it is much farther from the University of Texas campus than you’d expect given its name. For example, the West Campus neighborhood is literally west of the UT Austin campus.
It is separated from the sprawling campus by “the Drag”, the many student-oriented businesses along Guadalupe Street.
Those range from bars and restaurants to clothing co-ops. The West Campus neighborhood is separated from the West End by a narrow strip called North Side, while North University neighborhood is north of UT Austin and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
And University Hills is several miles northeast of North University. Neighborhoods like Windsor Park, Mueller, Cherrywood and Hancock are between it and the flagship UT campus. And the college is on the other side of Interstate 35.
The University Hills area is better defined by the surrounding highways than higher education institutions. The curve of Highway 183 makes it the north and east borders of the subdivision.
Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt is the southern edge of the subdivision. Northeast Drive separates the University Hills area from Windsor Park, though some consider it part of the 22,000 strong Windsor Park area. Highway 290 is the northwestern boundary of the subdivision.
Dottie Jordan Neighborhood Park is located in University Hills. Little Walnut Creek passes through the park and the rest of the subdivision on its way to the Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt.
Winn Elementary School is in this community. It sits on Manor Road at the eastern edge of the community. Andrews Elementary School and Andrews School Park are on the west side of the neighborhood.
They’re on Northeast Drive where it curves north. There are bus stops in front of the school, and bus routes run along Loyola Lane, too. Manor Road is the only other major road with bus service. The University Hills branch of the Austin Public Library is on Loyola Lane.
Texas Empowerment Academy and the Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Academy are just outside of the neighborhood boundaries.
These are located at the intersection of Hampton Drive and Northeast Drive. Magnolia Montessori for All, the LBJ Early College High School and Garcia Middle School are in Walnut Bend.
Both the Magnolia Montessori for All and LBJ Early College High School are next to the Bluestein Shopping Center. That neighborhood is also the location of the Big Walnut Creek Nature Preserve.
The Austin Achieve Public Schools Manor Campus is located on Manor Road less than a mile south of the southern boundary of the neighborhood.
The Austin Achieve Elementary School and Northeast School upper school are north of the neighborhood’s northern boundary, though it is also on the other side of Highway 290.
You can’t cross the highway until you reach Berkman Drive. That route also takes you past Nelson Field and the Northeast Early College High School. The Clifton Career Development School is north of Nelson Field.
The Schieffer Tract is a green space near Manor Road and Springdale Road. That connects to the Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt.
If you take Springdale Road south to Rogge Lane, you’ll reach Pecan Springs School and the park of the same name. Rogge Lane is named for the historic Rogge Ranch House that still stands at the intersection of Rogge Lane and Springdale Road.