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University District

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Address: University Way Northeast and 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105
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College Town Feel In a Large City Setting

The University District is, not surprisingly, adjacent to the University of Washington's main campus. It's collection of shops and restaurants has the classic college town feel.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Mark P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The University District is, not surprisingly, adjacent to the University of Washington's main campus. It's collection of shops and restaurants has the classic college town feel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

34 years ago when I went to the UW the U District and the Ave were a dump and not much has changed. China First, Finn MacCools, Bulldog News, Post Office, Magus Books, UW Bookstore, the oriental gift shop, Bartell Drugs, and the Neptune are all still there. I think it looks about the same...

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

The Seattle university district is a standard U district with a big variety of stores, restaurants, clubs, cinema, etc. The University Bookstore is on the main street, University Way, and there are galleries and museums in the adjacent university campus.

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Englewood, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

We found the area to be littered and dirty. Traffic was outrageous! Parking was difficult to find! Street people were everywhere! This neighborhood needs cleaning!

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

HIGH POINTS Friendly area with lots of activities, easy to get around. Good selection of eating places with inexpensive price points. Found staff in all the restaurants, hotels, area shops to be exceptionally friendly and helpful. LOW POINTS Predictable limited parking available

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Thank Soonkeum
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

If you are ever bored this is a good place to go. Just wondering the streets, people watching, is surprisingly fun here. The place has an upbeat vibe that makes every visit different and fun. Once you get here there will be plenty to see and do. It's just a fun place to hang out!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We happened upon a huge street festival in the area. Wandered around, it was interesting because of the fesitval but otherwise I would not visit.

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Shoreline
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I grew up in this neighborhood, back when it was safe and sane and largely just the street for the university crowd, with funky shops and equally funky people. Alas, it has become a draw for homeless and meth-heads, and while I feel for both these groups, the constant panhandling detracts from the pleasure of what used to be a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Two excellent things you could do when visiting the University District. The farmers market on Saturday is one of the two year round farmers markets in the city. It's excellent this time of you. Another gem is Hatha Yoga Center on the corner of 47th & University Way. One of the best yoga studios in the city.

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Snowbird, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Interesting vibe, hippie-grunge-goth-old guy-hipster-you name it kind of place. Some decent places to eat, hotels have been updated to 1970's posh.

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