University Park , “a town within a city,” adjoins Highland Park and is minutes north of downtown Dallas . The town’s name originated from its location adjacent to Southern Methodist University. Predominantly a residential community, University Park today is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is known for its quality housing in a variety of styles. The town is served by the highly respected Highland Park Independent School District , which is widely recognized as one of the best public school systems in the United States . University Park is also home to exclusive shopping and a plethora of parks. The town’s location in north-central Dallas provides easy access to a range of cultural, recreational, shopping and business activities.