The University District, or "U-Dubs" as the locals call it, markets itself toward a college-age population. It's safe to say that this means two things: cheap food, and cheaper booze. Some restaurants even run on a purely donation basis. Whether you're craving Indian channa bhatura or a vegan sandwich, you'll find great ethnic and healthy options here.
The University of Washington -- the lifeblood of this district -- lends some superb scenery. Locals flock to the University during the springtime when the cherry blossoms paint the neighborhood with pops of pink and white. Although the University District has a secluded feel, Metro Transit buses run downtown regularly.
Safety can be an issue in this neighborhood. A year-round, seasonal homeless population, called the "Ave Rats," has been known to cause problems such as vandalism and harassment.
Most hotels can be found several blocks from the University's border, on both the western and northern edges. Since this neighborhood is pretty far from the popular tourist sites, you'll find lodging to be cheaper than in areas like Downtown Seattle or Belltown.
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