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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 >
2711 Northeast 115th Street - 302
2711 Northeast 115th Street
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
1 Bedroom
$1,495
1815 Bellevue Ave - 506
1815 Bellevue Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
$1,500
1616 25th Avenue
1616 25th Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 05:02am
2 Bedrooms
$2,199
1715 Northwest 58th Street - 141
1715 Northwest 58th Street
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
$895
2403 6th Ave W - 6
2403 6th Avenue West
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
1 Bedroom
$1,425
999 Hiawatha Place South
999 Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA
Updated April 23 at 08:35am
Studio
$1,295
1 Bedroom
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1715 Northwest 58th Street - 312-Loft
1715 NW 58th St
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
$1,149
1506 NW 61st St - 105
1506 Northwest 61st Street
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
$1,141
155 17th Avenue - 202
155 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
$1,200
1425 Spring Street
1425 Spring St
Seattle, WA
Updated April 23 at 08:35am
1 Bedroom
$2,850
2233 14th Ave W
2233 14th Avenue West
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:04am
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
1522 18th Ave
1522 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated April 23 at 08:35am
2 Bedrooms
$4,950
1623 5th Ave N
1623 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Updated April 23 at 08:35am
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
3635 Phinney Ave N - Unit 7
3635 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
$1,100
1532 Cherrylane Place S.
1532 Cherrylane Place South
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
2 Bedrooms
$2,395
411 Bellevue Avenue East - 102
411 Bellevue Avenue East
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,250
2411 NW 57th Street
2411 Northwest 57th Street
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$3,500
1727 57th Str NW
1727 Northwest 57th Street
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
1 Bedroom
$2,100
1415 2nd Ave
1415 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated April 23 at 08:35am
1 Bedroom
$3,995
8508 Midvale Ave N # B
8508 Midvale Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
3 Bedrooms
$2,495
404 N. 85th St. - LL200
404 North 85th Street
Seattle, WA
Updated April 24 at 07:42am
Studio
$2,399
1766 N Northgate Way, Apt
1766 North Northgate Way
Seattle, WA
Updated November 7 at 09:35am
2 Bedrooms
$1,900
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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