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University District

Home of the University of Washington and “The Ave”

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.

Attractions include the stellar collections at the Henry Art Gallery and Burke Museum. There are also acclaimed dance, theater and music performances at Meany Hall.

Those looking for outdoor pursuits will feel right at home among the students who can often be found kayaking on Lake Union or Portage Bay, biking the Burke-Gilman trail or catching a football game at Husky Stadium, known for its unique tailgating parties (some tailgaters arrive by yacht rather than by car).

University District Lodging

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University Motel Suites

  • Address 4731 12th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98105
  • Neighborhood University District
  • Phone (206) 522-4724
  • Website universitymotelsuites.com

University Inn

  • Address 4140 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA 98105
  • Neighborhood University District
  • Phone (206) 632-5055
  • Website universityinnseattle.com
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Watertown Hotel

  • Address 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA 98105
  • Neighborhood University District
  • Phone (206) 826-4242
  • Website watertownseattle.com
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