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As one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Seattle, the U District is undergoing rapid change on a variety of fronts. Representing some of Seattle’s most diverse zip codes, the U District also has a unique history, serving as north Seattle’s urban center and international melting pot for over 100 years. The U District sits directly adjacent to the University of Washington, one of the state’s largest economic engines–bringing nearly 80,000 people to the area on a given day. The neighborhood is a mix of historic buildings and new construction, iconic businesses and exciting new enterprises, and an ever-evolving mix of long-term residents and perennial incoming people from around the world.

About The U District Partnership

The U District Partnership (UDP) is the primary place management organization for Seattle’s University District. Founded in 2015, UDP took over the role previously held by the University District Chamber of Commerce that served the neighborhood from 1914-2014. UDP is governed by a Board of Directors and is overseen by the UDBIA Ratepayer Advisory Board.

UDP’s programs continue to evolve with the neighborhood and are centered in the following core areas: Clean & Safe, Economic Development, Urban Vitality, Marketing & Events, and Homeless Outreach. UDP is an independent 501(c)(3) that is also partially funded by the U District Business Improvement Area (UDBIA) and serves the diverse population of residents, visitors, property owners, and businesses in Seattle’s University District neighborhood.


To serve all who work in, live in, and visit Seattle’s University District by fostering and sustaining a vibrant, diverse, and healthy neighborhood for the common good.

Explore the U District

The U District is filled with hundreds of small businesses that make it one of Seattle’s most celebrated neighborhoods. The U District is a destination for the curious, the passionate, and the adventurous; with new foods and experiences to be discovered every time you visit. Explore the U District neighborhood, head to udistrictseattle.com for help planning your next visit.