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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Population
31,729

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$499,546
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,223
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    83%
  • Own
    17%

University District Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    999
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    595
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    3,816
    500
  • Theft
    4,338
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,533
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$49,571
National
$55,322
Children
4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    8%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Easy access to Downtown Seattle, Northgate, and minutes from Wallingford and Fremont. Practically every bus serving Downtown serves the U District.
Rents are getting pricey thanks to gleaming new apartments with foreign students, but street crime and homelessness still persists. Lack of much to do, but the biggest forte are an abundance of cheap eats.
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Though it is great having access to so many different bus routes, the University District is always very noisy. Even on weeknights it is difficult to go to bed before midnight due to the noise. The University of Washington brings a lot of traffic and people here during the day, however the surrounding shops, restaurants and stores continue to seem second-rate. When big name stores have come into the area, they take customers away from small businesses who then have to struggle. This results in a combination of really nice and really dilapidated buildings right next to each other. The new construction of apartments has also made it difficult for people to live here, raising the rents. So in this area, you either live in a really nice place or a place that is basically falling apart. In addition, parking is really, really difficult. Overall, it isn't my first choice of neighborhoods, but being without a car has made it a good current location.
If you are a college student then it is an extremely convenient place to live. Easy to understand the layout of the streets and not too many homeless outside of University Avenue. Expect the noise of college house and frat parties, because they are literally on every street. Don't expect to find cheap housing without living with a bunch of other people though; you might need to look for housing further away from campus for that.