University Park is a suburb of Miami with a population of 26,317. University Park is in Miami-Dade County. Living in University Park offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In University Park there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in University Park and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in University Park are above average.
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I live on-campus at Florida International University. I've come all the way from Connecticut where I originally grew up because I prefer tropical weather. This area has a high amount of students due to the university, and I enjoy the student community. It is a high movement area and combines the big-city characteristics of Miami with the generally young population of college students. Overall accommodating and the people tend to be very spirited and friendly.
Florida International University has a nature preserve used for small-scale hiking and even has a student-run organic garden. Overall the green space in this area is thriving, though nothing compared to the large out-door ecosystem of the nearby Everglades. Area is very clean and well-maintained. I almost never see any cans or debris, though this may be specific to the University campus and not the University Park/ Tamiami area in general.
In this area there are several plazas with grocery and convenience stores that are well-stocked. There are also several malls, Dolphin Mall in particular is an outlet mall, which is nice for high-volume retail. I enjoy the availability of several specialty shops as well, such as beauty-supply stores, smoke shops, and frozen yogurt/smoothie shops. Overall a nice balance of small and large businesses.