Reasons to Open a Business in the U District
Looking to open a business in the U District? You’re looking in the right place. Below is the commonly requested information and tools for launching a business in Seattle’s U District. If you need additional information or help, please visit the online Business Resource Center or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
61% with a college degree
800 Licensed Businesses
300,000 Square Feet of Street Level Retail
2.5 Million Square Feet of Commercial and Office Space
Assessed Value in Excess of $2.5 Billion
Market Expansion Potential
Foot Traffic: The U District has a Walk Score of 91 and some of the highest pedestrian counts in Seattle. In fact, Redfin considers the U District a Walker’s Paradise. Pedestrian data is available from the 2012 University of Washington Student Project and the 2015 Transpo Group Study.
Demographics: Key demographics showing how the U District compares to the rest of Seattle and the surrounding area.
Retail Market Outlook: Retail store sector demand and growth in the U District from 2018-2028.
U District Light Rail Station: Opening in 2021, the U District Station will connect district businesses to the rest of Seattle’s growing light rail network. When the station opens, riders will be able to travel from Sea-Tac airport in 41 minutes and from Westlake in 8 minutes. By 2030, approximately 12,000 riders will board at U District Station daily. For a map and aerial photo of the station’s location, click here.
RapidRide - Bus Ridership: Can you guess the location of Seattle’s only north-side RapidRide station servicing at least 3 lines? Yep, the U District, which will be a major transfer hub in Seattle’s RapidRide network. With new routes scheduled to stop in the U District in 2021, 2022, and 2024, local businesses will be even more accessible to customers throughout metropolitan Seattle.
ORCA Program: Join 1,000+ Seattle businesses who offer the ORCA transit pass as an employee benefit. ORCA cards work on all the buses, trains, streetcars, and water taxis that commuters rely on, and Commute Seattle can help you tailor an ORCA for Business program to meet your budget. Best of all, local businesses new to commuter benefits may be eligible for a match of up to $10,000 when investing in an ORCA program. There's even a free consultation.
Services and Resources
Business Resource Center: The U District Partnership Business Resource Center serves all U District Business Improvement Area businesses and prospective businesses looking to enter the district by connecting them to the best available information and providing direct services to individual businesses.
Clean and Safe Program: A vibrant district of entrepreneurs, major employers, smart workers, and diverse residents needs a public realm that works for everybody. To ensure friendly, inviting, clean, and safe streets and public areas, the U District Partnership has initiated and manages an active program that focuses on crime and disorder hotspots, public rights-of-way, young adult support, community services, and partnerships with law enforcement and educational organizations.
List of Commercial Vacancies: The perfect space for your business is in the University District. We’ve even aggregated a downloadable list of commercial vacancies to help you find it.
U District Business Network: Next Quarterly Meeting in August
The U District Business Network: Comprised of business operators in the district coming together to provide a more unified, purposeful and effective University District business community voice and offer an information sharing platform for the University District community. Learn more about the Business Network and be notified of the next quarterly meeting in August.
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Communication Builds Community: If you are a business operator or property owner in the U District and haven’t sent us your contact information in 2018-19, please update it today.