U Heights Plaza

University District

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Neighborhood Partner

U heights Center & U District Partnership

Neighborhood Artist

Kendra Azari

About the neighborhood

The University of Washington campus and the surrounding area is a magnet for the twenty-something crowd in Seattle. But don’t be fooled—you don’t have to be a student to enjoy this lively and funky neighborhood. Surrounding the University of Washington, the University District is an eclectic mix of urban shopping areas; historic homes and architecture; and great cafes, pubs, restaurants, and theaters. The “U District” has a youthful and relaxed feel with lots of dining and shopping deals to take advantage of.

Much of the charm of the U District can be found in simply strolling the neighborhood. The University of Washington’s gorgeous grounds include historic buildings, gardens, sprawling green spaces and, in spring, blossoming cherry trees. “The Ave,” (University Way) is a popular gathering place, with lots of indie eateries and funky shops. And on 17th Avenue N.E., a tree-lined lane known as Greek Row, passersby can admire the stately mansions that house UW’s fraternities and sororities.