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University DistrictSeattle

As you stroll through the collection of urban shopping and historic homes, mix in with students rushing between classes or relaxing when their work is done.

The focal point of Seattle’s University District is the University of Washington, a prestigious public institution on a beautiful 700-acre (280-hectare) campus. Visit in the spring to see magnificent cherry blossoms on the Quad. Look for Denny Hall and the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory, both built in 1895. The Drumheller Fountain is the picturesque centerpiece of the campus, shooting water high in the air from a wide pool.

Visit some of the university’s cultural centers: the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Henry Art Gallery, the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse and the Brechemin Auditorium. Watch song, dance or dramatic performances at Meany Hall. Wear purple to cheer on U-Dub’s renowned football team playing other Pac-12 teams at Husky Stadium. Pre-game tailgating is popular among students, visiting alumni and other fans. Bring your own food and drinks.

The university campus is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of downtown Seattle. Cross a short bridge over the manmade Montlake Cut connecting Union Bay and Portage Bay. Stand on Montlake Bridge and gaze down at university rowers practicing in their slim hulls. Step inside the Conibear Shellhouse and look up at the Husky Clipper that the UW eight-oar team rowed to win a gold medal in the 1936 Olympics. Rent a canoe or kayak at the Waterfront Activities Center near the stadium for your own adventure on either of the bays.

Beyond the campus, find dining and shopping on University Way, known as The Ave by locals. Greek Row running north and south has fraternity and sorority homes in elegant mansions along a tree-lined boulevard. Hike along the local portion of the Burke-Gilman Trail that stretches between Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

If you’re a college student, you’ll quickly find your way around the University District. If you’re just visiting, simply ask friendly students for recommendations for their favorite spots.


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Top Hotels in University District

Graduate Seattle
Graduate Seattle
4 out of 5
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $108 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in University District, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Neptune Theater and University of Washington. Lake Union and University of Washington ...

4.2/5Excellent! (479 reviews)

"Good room. Coffee shop in the lobby with complimentary coffee, no coffee maker in the room. Friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 2, 2020

Graduate Seattle
Staypineapple, Watertown, University District Seattle
Staypineapple, Watertown, University District Seattle
3.5 out of 5
4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $102 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in University District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Washington and Neptune Theater. Lake Union and University of Washington ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Good hotel to stay. No complaints . Close to places I want to eat"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 29, 2020

Staypineapple, Watertown, University District Seattle
Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle University District
Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle University District
3 out of 5
4501 12th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $123 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in University District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Neptune Theater and University of Washington. Lake Union and University of Washington ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (579 reviews)

"Great location but restaurant attached was closed due to Covid."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle University District
College Inn – European Style Hotel
College Inn – European Style Hotel
1 out of 5
4000 University Way NE, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $109 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in University District, this historic inn is within a 10-minute walk of University of Washington and Neptune Theater. University of Washington Medical ...

3.7/5Good! (80 reviews)

"Nice location close to UW. Friendly staff and service."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2020

College Inn – European Style Hotel
Staypineapple, University Inn, University District Seattle
Staypineapple, University Inn, University District Seattle
2.5 out of 5
4140 Roosevelt Way Ne, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $130 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 30

Located in University District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Washington, Neptune Theater and Lake Union. University of Washington Medical ...

4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"The Hotel was comfortable. The staff were professional. Parking was convenient."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

Staypineapple, University Inn, University District Seattle
Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
2.5 out of 5
20717 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Angle Lake Park and Silver Dollar Casino. Valley Ridge Park and Highline Community College are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,723 reviews)

"Very difficult time for the hotel. Many COVID-19 restrictions but overall the experience was pleasant."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 5, 2020

Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
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