Welcome to University District
A friendly, residential community just north of University of Detroit Mercy
West of Woodward and south of Seven Mile, University District unwinds with stately avenues dotted by the famously charming Detroit architecture. Only a hop, skip, and a jump from the nationally-acclaimed University of Detroit Mercy, the inviting, friendly atmosphere of the University District makes it the perfect place for both retirees and, especially, young professionals to flock to.
Once farmland in the township of Greenfield, Michigan, back in the 1830s, University District began to take its shape as prime residential living in the mid-1800s, though it wasn’t annexed by the city of Detroit until 1916. Famously, the area was home to an eclectic mix - many musicians, as well as realtors and senior partners at law firms and insurance agencies.
Today, the auspicious beginnings of the University District are on full display. The elaborate stone patterns and marble exteriors catch the eye, while the homes themselves — most of which were built during the ‘golden age of housing’ — are absolutely stunning. Though the area is populated by predominantly Tudor homes, other styles such as Romanesque, Italianate, and contemporary all contribute to the attractive ambiance throughout the neighborhood.
Things to Love
- Friendly, “College Town” location
- Adjacent to eclectic and convenient Livernois Commercial District
- Easy access to great public and private amenities
People and Lifestyle
University District is, unsurprisingly, known for its proximity to the University of Detroit. This influence creates a friendly, bustling atmosphere in the peaceful neighborhood. A sought-after destination by young professionals and retirees alike, the hidden gem of the University District offers unparalleled living surrounded by an exceptional community.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
The University District is in a perfect location to enjoy a plethora of retail and restaurant options. From breweries to friendly shopping districts, this area has it all.
Boasting over 340,000 square feet of retail opportunity, Gateway Marketplace is anchored by Meijer’s Supercenter and is a veritable one-stop shop for any excursion. The walkable and charming Ferndale shopping district is lined with sophisticated boutiques, quaint shops, delicious eateries, and more. Flanking the community is the Livernois Commercial District, aptly nicknamed the “Avenue of Fashion,” which even has a bike path leading from the area to Ferndale.
Don’t forget to stop by the Motor City Brewing Works for some local beer and numerous events held in its charming taproom. An unbeatable spot in the Livernois Commercial District, Good Cakes and Bakes is a whimsical bakery brimming with sweet treats. Enjoy a different atmosphere by planning for a night at the world’s oldest jazz club, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.
Things to Do
Perfectly situated between the University of Detroit, other excellent neighborhoods like Bagley, and a wealth of shopping districts, University District offers countless activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Detroit’s annual Palmer Park Art Fair is only a few minutes away and offers local art, food, and live entertainment. You can’t miss this cultural extravaganza of local color. Continuing the love of both community and culture, Jazz on the Ave promises great live music and food for any music-lover and jazz aficionado (or amateur) in this annual celebration.
Palmer Park, home to 296 acres of green spaces and amenities, is a flawless example of the natural scene around the University District. From a splash park to bike paths to handball courts, Palmer Park is overflowing with options. The Detroit Golf Club, on the other hand, boasts a more elevated jaunt into nature in the form of offering fitness classes, tennis, and swimming in addition to a world-class golf course. As if that weren’t enough, University District also enjoys the use of the top-tier Sherwood Forest location of the Detroit Public Library system.
University District is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions
The School at Marygrove, top-tier early childhood educational opportunities
Detroit Public Schools Community District
University of Detroit Mercy
Jesuit High School and Academy, a private Jesuit boys school
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy
Detroit Public Schools Community District PK-8 grade school with a Montessori program
Palmer Park Preparatory Academy
GESU Catholic School