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University District

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Address: University Way Northeast and 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105

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The U District ain't what it used to be

University Way, known locally as 'the ave' was a lively place in the 60s and 70s, but is now pretty shabby and home manly to inexpensive ethnic restaurants catering to the large... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
DancingNancySeattle
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Seattle
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

University Way, known locally as 'the ave' was a lively place in the 60s and 70s, but is now pretty shabby and home manly to inexpensive ethnic restaurants catering to the large student population at nearby. I version of Washington. Numerous busses run to and from the Ave to downtown and capital hill, and the age is a great place... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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89 reviews 89 reviews
54 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

What I like about the U district near University of Washington is you can always find a decent place to eat at a reasonable price. There is a wide array of eating places, mostly small. Each time I visit the area, I always find a new place to get a quick bite.There are interesting places to shop, especially second hand... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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262 attraction reviews
367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

As expected near a major university, there are lots of shops, restaurants and pubs surrounding the university. Lots of energy generated from the thousands of students that roam the area. An interesting place to observe the diversity and antics of the UW students. Prices are nothing to get excited about though. I'm actually surprised that many of the restaurants are... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great medical facilities and University Village shopping was a lovely outdoor shopping mall with good variety in stores.

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Tucson, Arizona
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584 reviews 584 reviews
230 attraction reviews
661 helpful votes 661 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The only thing really going for this Seattle neighborhood is its proximity to the University of Washington. If you are visiting the U-Dub, then you may want to walk around this area. University Way is the heart of the district and is what many consider to be the entire district. It features cheap eateries (lots of Asian), coffee shops, clothing... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My sister and I spent a whole afternoon here during our trip to Seattle. Good thrift shopping and plenty of variety in restaurants. Make sure you visit UW campus.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A few restaurants, some clothes shops, nothing particularly stand-out. Nightlife wasn't particularly great either, visited in August so school was out, and there seemed to be quite a few homeless people sleeping in the doorways. They didn't appear to be overly aggressive but could be quite uncomfortable if walking on your own.

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Lloydminster, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Coming from a rather small city in Canada, and when I say small I mean small. We don't even have public transit!!! I was amazed at the bustling area of University District. It had everything a person would need to stay busy, from shopping to food. It didn't seem to matter where I went all the staff at these places... More 

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Seattle
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

When I moved to Seattle in the 60's the U District's "Ave" (the retail spine adjacent to the University of Washington campus) was a kind of a classy place with its University Book Store, Nordstrom's and other well established retailers like Porter-Jensen Jewelers. On top of that there were some very good restaurants. Today the book store is still there... More 

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illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

I don't like sports bars. But if you like TV screens, a loud sound system, games that end at midnight, endless TV timeouts, migraine-inducing video advertising, ice cold aluminum bleachers and mediocre football, this is the place for you. The only thing that kept me there until halftime was Beecher's excellent mac n cheese.

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