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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 >
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Harrison Square
312 2nd Ave W
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:49pm
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$1,881
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Close to Myrtle Edwards Park, Elliott Bay Trail, Key Arena, Pacific Science Center, King County Metro bus stops, Metropolitan Market, Hay Elementary, Microsoft Connector, Seattle Center, Kinnear Park, and Memorial Stadium. Amenities include in-unit laundry, bike room, onsite off leash dog park,
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The Chloe Apartments
1408 E Union St
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:49pm
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$1,780
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$2,948
Pet-friendly community offering planned social activities, a dry cleaning service, on-site retail and a pet washing station. Located in Squire Park along the western border near Seattle University.
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2300 Elliott
2300 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:49pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,833
2 Bedrooms
$2,321
Comfortable homes with waterfront views from the spacious rooftop deck. 100 Transit Score and 94 Walking Score, easy access to everything. Homes with in-unit laundry and a private patios or balconies. Pet-friendly, bike storage.
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Modera South Lake Union
435 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:31pm
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$2,038
1 Bedroom
$1,924
2 Bedrooms
$3,055
Brand-new apartments in South Lake Union with all the modern amenities. Quartz counters, balconies for entertaining, and spacious living areas with open plan kitchens. In-unit laundry. Common space includes gym and community social space.
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Ray
3636 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:21pm
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$2,111
1 Bedroom
$1,974
2 Bedrooms
$2,992
Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in the Fremont neighborhood put you near public transit, shopping, dining, health care and entertainment. Modern kitchens, hardwoods, in-unit laundry, patio/balcony. Enjoy pool, fitness center. Easy access to Hwy. 99.
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Astro
315 1st Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:16pm
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$1,650
1 Bedroom
$1,975
2 Bedrooms
$3,155
Pet-friendly studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with upgraded kitchens, granite counters, walk-in closets, in-unit laundry, patio/balcony. Amenities offer pool, bocce court, gym, bike storage, garage. Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Walk to Key Arena, Memorial Stadium.
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Zig Apartments
550 Broadway
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:01pm
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$1,727
1 Bedroom
$2,017
2 Bedrooms
$3,103
Apartments feature plank flooring, steel appliances, and private balconies or patios. Fitness studio, lobby lounge, pet wash and roof top dog run on-site. Located in a walkable area, near to the I-5.
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AVA Belltown
2800 Western Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 11:59am
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$1,860
1 Bedroom
$2,315
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Close to Olympic Sculpture Park, Elliott Bay Trail, Pier 70, Centennial Park, Belltown Cottage Park, Canlis Glass, Highway 99, Commuter/LightRail station, and Pacific Science Center. Pet-friendly, eco-friendly, exclusive zipcar membership for residents, custom blinds, bike racks and storage.
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AVA Capitol Hill
1530 Belmont Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 11:59am
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$1,907
1 Bedroom
$2,525
2 Bedrooms
$3,557
Units feature stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and walk-in closets. Within easy walking distance to shops, dining, and nightlife. Close proximity to I-5 Freeway and public transportation. Includes gym, dog park, courtyard, and clubhouse.
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AVA Ballard
5555 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 11:59am
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$1,620
1 Bedroom
$1,973
2 Bedrooms
$2,665
Close to Ballard Market, Gilman Playground, US Post Office, St. Alphonsus Church, Seattle Gymnastics Academy-Ballard, Swedish Medical Center Emergency Department, Nautilusnet.com, Inc. Pet-friendly apartments across from RapidRide stop on D-Line, high walkability, in-unit laundry, and rooftop deck.
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Ava Queen Anne
330 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 11:59am
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$1,700
1 Bedroom
$2,135
2 Bedrooms
$3,285
Unbeatable location right on Centennial Park and South Fountain Lawn. Luxurious apartments with washer/dryer in-unit, hardwood floors and granite counters. Beautiful water views and state-of-the-art fitness center.
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The Olivian
809 Olive Way
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 02:28pm
1 Bedroom
$2,947
2 Bedrooms
$3,802
Located in the Central Business District. Close to I-5 Express, Pacific Place Mall, Downtown Nordstrom, Westlake Center Mall, Washington State Convention Center, ACT Theatre, Amazon Campus, and Westlake Park. Pet-friendly apartments with on-floor recycling, walk-in closets, and oversized soaking tubs.
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1806 Apartments
1806 23rd Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:46am
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$950
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Anew 12th
1806 12th Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:46am
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$1,100
In the heart of Capitol Hill, close to Cal Anderson Park, Seattle Central College and Capitol Hill Station. Residents live in furnished units with kitchenettes and bookshelves. Community offers bike storage, laundry and convenience center.
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Anew Eleventh
422 11th Avenue East
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:46am
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$925
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Footprint Phinney
8731 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:46am
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$795
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Stream Belmont
500 Belmont Ave E
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:45am
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$1,750
1 Bedroom
$2,195
Large apartments with high ceilings, huge windows and modern finishes. Full-sized balconies for each unit. Located close to locally owned stores and restaurants on Capitol Hill.
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Zephyr
200 Belmont Ave E
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:45am
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$3,150
Great location in Capitol Hill close to shops, restaurants and public transit. Units are spacious and modern with floor-to-ceiling windows, hard-surface floors and gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances.
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Weatherford
1321 E John St
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:45am
1 Bedroom
$1,995
2 Bedrooms
$3,295
Community offers rooftop, 360 degree views and luxurious ambience. Apartments have open layout, designer finishes and full-height backsplashes. Located close to restaurants, shops and entertainment options.
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H2O Apartments
201 West Harrison Street
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:45am
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$1,695
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Just steps from hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars. Homes are eco-friendly with airy layouts and abundant natural light. Community has rooftop deck and sweeping views of surrounding city.
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Hawthorne Apartments
1618 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 10:45am
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$1,795
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Great location in Capitol Hill, one of Seattle's most bustling and exciting neighborhoods. Units feature maple cabinets, high ceilings and fireplaces. Community includes controlled entry, high-speed elevator and reserved garage parking.
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AMLI Arc
1800 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 01:56pm
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$2,334
1 Bedroom
$2,514
2 Bedrooms
$3,574
Close to the I-5 Express. Upscale apartment community within walking distance to the Westlake Center. Amenities include a communal chef's kitchen, private party room, fitness center, media room and rooftop deck with Seattle skyline views.
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Panorama Apartments
1100 University St
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 08:50am
1 Bedroom
$2,025
2 Bedrooms
$2,945
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High-rise apartment building with views across Seattle. Properties range from one-bedroom to penthouse apartments. Located downtown, close to the Paramount Theatre and Seattle Art Museum. Amenities include rooftop terraces, heated pool and spa.
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Hayes on Stone Way
3627 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA
Updated April 21 at 12:42pm
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$2,345
2 Bedrooms
$3,160
Modern 1-2 bedroom apartments in a quirky neighborhood not far from I-5. Thoughtfully designed floor plans feature kitchens and bathrooms with quartz slab countertops. Private terraces and views of Lake Union available in select homes.
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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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