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Welcome to University District…one of Seattle’s oldest communities. The original streets are lined with trees and turn-of-the-century mansions, many of which now house University of Washington sororities and fraternities. With a base population of 35,000 and more than 50,000 students and staff at the university, this neighborhood is a busy one and very vibrant.
The University District is made up of the University of Washington itself (“U-Dub”), the student-friendly housing oriented around the commercial district on University Ave. (“the Ave”), and the single-family bungalows north of campus. The neighborhood residents include community activists, business owners, artists, intellectuals, and students of all ages, cultures, and lifestyles. Overall the U-District is young; the median age is 22 years, as student renters make up more than 90 percent of the area’s residents.
Two unique commercial districts provide residents and visitors with shopping, dining and entertainment: “the Ave” and “the Village.” On and around University Ave. you can find college-chic restaurants, music shops, specialty boutiques, coffee houses, taverns, bookstores and theatres. “The Ave” also features plenty of outdoor art, including some by members of the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (a UW program). The University Village, located NE of campus, could be classified as a much more upscale shopping experience. It is a popular outdoor mall with the national shops such as Pottery Barn, Create and Barrel, and H&M. And there are plenty of luxury-brand stores too, like Apple, Victoria Secrets, and Tiffany’s along with many local boutiques and restaurants that you would expect to see in any high-end galleria. But there are plenty students and others who are hanging out at the cafes and coffee shops just to meet with firends or to use the free WiFi to with their computers.
Beyond shopping and dining, there is much to enjoy in the U-district. The campus grounds and buildings are absolutely lovely with many museums, sporting events, and other areas open to the general public. Off campus there are self-guided art and culture audio tours, the Burke-Gilman Trail, and the annual University Street Fair to enjoy. The Street Fair is an energetic and exciting celebration of arts and crafts, community, music, and food. When the street fair ends the University District farmers market settles into the space just south of the University Heights Community Center every Saturday to offer fresh produce and quality products. Other U-District visitors enjoy an afternoon at the Henry Art Museum to view the contemporary art or attend an art workshop. Also popular is renting a canoe from campus or a kayak from Aqua Verde and paddling the short distance across Union Bay to Foster Island and the Washington Park Arboretum is another quintessential “Seattle” thing to do in the U. Come and enjoy the “college town” fun of the University District! Check out the lively blog devoted to the U-District called: U-District Daily.