Why University City?

The best place to be in Charlotte.

University City is an easy starting point and place to grow for business. There is a pipeline of strong talent, great workspaces, amenities for employers and employees, and the submarket is centrally located and easy to get to and from major residential areas in the Charlotte region. University City is an easy starting point and place to grow for business.

Location, Location, Location

Offering Class A and Class B office space to meet the business needs of large and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

With over 2,200 acres and 11.5 million square feet of office space, University Research Park is one of the nation’s largest.
UNC Charlotte and Atrium Health University City hospital anchor University City and provide immediate access to research, talent and medical amenities.
The region experiences four distinct seasons, allowing year-round use of the city’s 17,600 acres of parks, 37 miles of greenways and more than 30 public and private golf courses.

Attractions & Amenities

Fans and alumni come to see the Charlotte 49ers play football, basketball, golf, tennis and baseball among many other athletic events.

Racing fans come to Charlotte Motor Speedway to experience the thrill of NASCAR motorsports and zMax drag racing. Corporate partners and friends have the opportunity to bond over driving range sessions at Topgolf.

Music lovers cut loose at University City’s PNC Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts large concerts, annual festivals and events.

Shoppers seek retail therapy at Concord Mills and IKEA at Belgate Shopping Center, in addition to 30 other shopping centers. Of course, all visitors enjoy the growing number of restaurants and bars, many of which are international.

Workforce and Talent

With major companies, institutions and mid-sized businesses, University City is home to 80,000 employees. The smartest part of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte provides direct access to a highly educated workforce.

UNC Charlotte is an incubator for today’s innovators and entrepreneurs through programs like Ventureprise and City Startup Labs. Residents of University City are skilled and highly educated with 54% of residents earning an Associate degree or higher.


This community is one of the most culturally diverse and welcoming places to live in Charlotte. University City offers a variety of housing types and desirable neighborhoods.

There are single family homes on peaceful tree lined streets and planned communities, as well as apartments, townhomes and condos for those who prefer something more urban.

Out of town guests will find a variety of short and extended-stay hotel options for business and leisure travel. Full-service hotels offer premium accommodations, conference centers, restaurants and access to the LYNX Blue Line. Learn more about local accommodations here.


Healthy Choices in University City

From choosing healthy foods to taking time to enjoy nature and connect with community, here are a few ways to make healthy choices in University City. Choose healthy food. Learn more about University City's newest prepared health food store, Project LeanNation. Help a...

Spotlight On: Project LeanNation University City

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ted Williams, along with Domonique Williams, who's originally from Columbus, Ohio, opened Project LeanNation University City in September 2023. Though the two share a last name, there's no relation. They met through a group of...

Cybersecurity Tips: How to Keep Your Network Secure

By Nate Delanoy, Sr. Director of Product Management, Segra In Charlotte, NC, 100 business owners participated in a recent Travelers Institute survey giving their perception of cyber threats. Over half (51%) of them view cyberattacks as inevitable, while just under a...

UNC Charlotte’s International Festival Is Back

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, UNC Charlotte’s International Festival returns. Started in 1975, the event was one of Charlotte’s first intended to celebrate the area’s rich multicultural community. Today the International Festival is one of the largest...

Meet Brittany Anderson, a Teacher on a Mission 

Brittany Anderson is on a mission to change systemic educational challenges, particularly for young Black girls. At 37, the UNC Charlotte professor and University City resident has already won a National Science Foundation grant for over $1 million and was included on...

5 Questions With: Chef Tara Quinones, Papi’s Puerto Rican Cuisine

Where are you from and when did you open Papi’s? I was born in Manhattan and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York. I opened Papi's four years ago in June. Our family has been in the restaurant business sharing Puerto Rican cuisine for generations. My...

Get to Know Rob White, Owner of University City Axe House

Why did you decide to open Axe House in University City? We opened in February in University City, because it’s growing and expanding exponentially. I saw a niche for more diverse entertainment. There’s a lot for kids, but I wanted to create a live entertainment venue...

UNC Charlotte art students display work at Real African Art gallery

A group of University City community partners recently came together to support 13 UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture students to offer them tools and resources on how to run a small business in the creative industry. The Creative Entrepreneurship program is...

What will microtransit mean for University City?

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) plans to launch a new microtransit pilot program this year that removes the rigidity of bus stops and schedules from the transportation equation in University City.  For years, University City Partners, CATS, and other invested...