477 Apartments for rent in University District, Seattle, WA

The University District in Seattle caters primarily to University of Washington students. But life in the U-District, as it’s called by the locals, isn’t just about hittin... Read Guide >
526 1st Ave S #227
526 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,050
7943 ne 112th st
7943 Northeast 112th Street
Kirkland, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
4 Bedrooms
$6,500
10559 EVANSTON AVE
10559 Evanston Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
$2,350
9030 14th Ave NW #B
9030 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
3 Bedrooms
$2,700
501 N. 141st St.
501 North 141st Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
3 Bedrooms
$2,895
699 John Street
699 John Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,400
7000 Cleopatra Pl NW #205
7000 Cleopatra Place Northwest
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
11300 1st Ave NE #212
11300 1st Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
2 Bedrooms
$1,975
400 Melrose Avenue East Unit 104
400 Melrose Avenue East
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,695
Northgate Villas
10501 8th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
$1,700
3506 NE 92nd Street
3506 Northeast 92nd Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
5 Bedrooms
$3,745
8004 25th Ave NW
8004 25th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
2 Bedrooms
$2,575
1845 Evergreen Point Rd
1845 Evergreen Point Road
Medina, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
3 Bedrooms
$5,995
13713 Greenwood Ave N
13713 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
3 Bedrooms
$2,650
819 Virginia St #1910
819 Virginia St
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,950
2505 NE 82nd St
2505 Northeast 82nd Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
3 Bedrooms
$2,400
2911 2nd Ave #310
2911 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
$1,995
921 28th Ave S. #B
921 28th Avenue South
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
$2,795
2 Bedrooms
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3019 North East 143rd Street, Unit 6
3019 NE 143rd St
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
2 Bedrooms
$1,525
12334 31st Ave NE Apt 409
12334 31st Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
$1,650
1820 24th Ave Unit 1820
1820 24th Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
$1,995
733 Belmont Unit A
733 Belmont Pl E
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
2 Bedrooms
$2,275
6550 Greenwood Ave North #4
6550 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
1 Bedroom
$1,250
11742 20th Ave NE
11742 20th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA
Updated May 24 at 09:01am
3 Bedrooms
$2,100
City GuideUniversity District
The University District in Seattle caters primarily to University of Washington students. But life in the U-District, as it’s called by the locals, isn’t just about hitting the books. The quality of life in this neighborhood is so awesome that you won’t want to leave after graduation.

Transportation

  • Walkable
  • Biking
  • Driving
  • Public transportation (King County Metro and Community Transit buses; planned light rail in development)

Demographics

  • Graduate students
  • Young professionals (25-34)
  • Singles
  • Diverse

Close to:

  • University Village
  • Ravenna Park
  • Lake Union

Contains:

  • I-5
  • University of Washington
  • Neptune Theater
  • Union Bay Natural Area
  • Alaska Airlines Arena

University District in 3 Words: Lively, Convenient, Safe

Seattle’s University District has a long reputation as one of the most fun neighborhoods in the city. The overwhelming number of undergrad and graduate students who make this area their home attracts a youthful, creative energy that keeps the neighborhood buzzing. You can still find the artsy culture that Seattle made famous in the 90s, but it’s also an up-and-coming place where you can interact with people from all over the world.

Your new neighbors will tell you to head to The Ave when you’re looking for shopping or food. Don’t be confused: it’s actually University Way NE, but everyone calls it The Ave. It’s about 8 blocks of global cuisine from nearly every culture, as well as independent shops like The Globe bookstore. On The Ave, you’ll find ethnic delicacies like Indian food at Garam Masala and amazing Thai food at local legend Thai Tom. You can still appreciate the low-key, funky vibe of old-school Seattle at The Kraken Bar and Lounge—it’s a bit of a dive bar but cheap beer and live bands make for a good time.

You can definitely get by without a car in University District, since the area is one of Seattle’s most walkable neighborhoods. Biking is easy, and many bike rental shops in the area make it easy to get around on short trips. Public transit is currently limited to buses in the U-District, although you have the choice of either taking the King County Metro system buses or Community Transit buses, which are more localized to the U-District area. However, a planned expansion of the King County Metro system will soon bring a light rail stop to the neighborhood for easier access to the rest of Seattle.

Great schools and a walkable neighborhood with lots of nearby amenities makes U-District an attractive area to settle down. Its location near the University of Washington makes it an obvious choice for students. Some apartments in the University District even come fully furnished. However, because this neighborhood is highly in-demand, you’ll need to be prepared to pay a bit extra for all this convenience.

Fitness is a big part of the lifestyle in this conveniently located neighborhood. You’ll enjoy generally mild weather year-round and an abundance of outdoor parks and trails. Joggers and walkers enjoy the Burke-Gilman Trail that goes all through the neighborhood, and it’s especially beautiful in spring when the cherry blossom trees bloom.

When you’re looking for an apartment for rent in the University District, be prepared that you’ll be facing some steep competition. Although there is a wide variety of available housing, from rehabbed vintage lofts to brand-new condos in luxury buildings, almost all of it will require you to have a comfortable budget. However, if you’re on a tighter student budget, many people opt to live with roommates and can generally find them pretty easily. You’ll want to start looking for your apartment with some time to spare, although early summer is often the best time to find availability as students move out after the school year ends.

You can still find an occasional bargain on apartment rentals if you’re looking for a basic studio unit with few extra frills. But if you’re looking for a bit more luxury, you also have many great options—and it’s generally easier to find luxury units than those priced for student budgets. Many upscale apartments and condos offer amenities like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, onsite fitness centers, and rooftop patios. Many apartments for rent also allow you to bring a pet, though you should expect to pay extra deposits.

Whether you’re looking to stay in the U-District while you’re in school or decide to make it a more permanent home, you’ll love the time you spend here!

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