466 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 >
507 W Mercer St Ste 201
507 West Mercer Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
1 Bedroom
$1,650
2 Bedrooms
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3246 Conkling Pl W
3246 Conkling Place West
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
939 N 105th St, UnitA
939 North 105th Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
2 Bedrooms
$2,345
3618 NE 82nd St
3618 Northeast 82nd Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
3 Bedrooms
$3,495
10340 Fischer Place NE
10340 Fischer Place Northeast
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
4 Bedrooms
$4,495
159 Denny Way #204
159 Denny Way
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,200
12326 14th Ave NE #A
12326 14th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
3 Bedrooms
$2,595
3635 24th Pl W #2
3635 24th Place West
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
3 Bedrooms
$2,595
6546 24th Ave NW
6546 24th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
3 Bedrooms
$3,650
1317 N 155th St
1317 North 155th Street
Shoreline, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
425 23rd Ave S. #A-303
425 23rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
2 Bedrooms
$2,050
1752 N Northgate Way
1752 North Northgate Way
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
2 Bedrooms
$2,095
8516 Nesbit Ave. N. #C
8516 Nesbit Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
588 Bell St Unit 1801
588 Bell St
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 10:10am
2 Bedrooms
$3,750
1545 Nw 57th St
1545 Northwest 57th Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
1 Bedroom
$3,200
2 Bedrooms
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3800 Aurora Ave. North.
3800 Washington Highway 99
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
217 2nd Ave S
217 2nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
1 Bedroom
$1,850
1222 East Madison St
1222 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
Studio
$1,850
888 Western Ave
888 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
1 Bedroom
$2,125
825 Nickerson
825 West Nickerson Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
1 Bedroom
$2,195
410 30th Ave
410 30th Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
Studio
$5,500
823 56th
823 NW 56th St
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
2 Bedrooms
$3,800
ic2br 400 S Jackson St,
400 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,900
507 Ne Northgate Way
507 Northeast Northgate Way
Seattle, WA
Updated May 21 at 08:41am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,342
2 Bedrooms
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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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