4.0 out of 10

University Heights

Ranked 35th best neighborhood in The Bronx
40.8579031860373 -73.9117719741105
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Retirees


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"A Mixed Bag"

University Heights encompasses a few sections that range from the bustle of Fordham Road to quiet streets near the aqueduct trail. There is a lesser known small trail called University Heights Woods overlooking the Deegan, the Aqueduct Trail Walk, and the park along West Fordham road,w here families BBQ on the weekends.

The infrastructure itself is interesting. Lots of little architectural treasures on side streets and the gated Fordham Hill Cooperatives, which supply the majority of the middle class residents. Sadly, there is also graffiti, drugs, and gang-related violence is a major issue. Many of the formerly majestic buildings now have a very rundown, depressed feel. Walking along the main drag, University Avenue, you can tell the area was very beautiful and vibrant in its heyday, but is now lacking in many areas.
  • The Metro-North station
  • Transportation
  • Dallas BBQ
  • High crime
  • Drugs (especially along 183 Street corridor and the Aqueduct walk)
  • Poverty
Recommended for
  • Students

"Not too thrilling of a neighborhood"

University Heights is the sort of standard low income neighborhood that you see in the Bronx. It is a pretty population dense area, making it all the more depressing of a place. There of course isn’t much to do for tourists in low income neighborhoods – there isn’t even much for the residents to do in this sort of neighborhood. The landscape is one filled with tenement housing that reach about six or so stories in the air – it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing place. I wouldn’t recommend this neighborhood for resident or tourist, and hopefully you’re not considering it.

Best Streets in University Heights

"Mega Shopping Area in the Bronx"
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Unranked Streets in University Heights

"On Andrews Avenue"
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Jerome Ave

"A good example of poor public policy"
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"On West 181st Street"
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