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.


What Will Vanguard’s Move Mean for University City?


Addressing Truck Parking Challenges: University City Takes Action

By Keith Stanley Commercial trucking stands as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, ensuring communities swiftly receive essential goods. From same-day deliveries to vital supplies like food and medicine, the trucking community is indispensable. Yet, amidst the demand...

Improving Walkability: Survey Results from Earth Day Festival 2024

University City Partners was excited to participate in UNC Charlotte’s Earth Day Festival 2024. Senior Development Manger Drew Gaertner and Intern Caleb Brewer spent several hours at the UCP booth answering questions about the organization, getting feedback from...

Armored Cow: Crafting Beer, Creating Community

Since National Beer Day is April 7, we decided to check in with Armored Cow Brewing Company's head brewer Andrew Kalinoski to ask him a few questions about what makes the brewery so special to the University City community.  What makes Armored Cow unique in the beer...

WCNC covers University City Partners’ Small Business Initiative

Locally owned businesses in University City get more resources Charlotte recently granted University City Partners more than $200,000. The nonprofit is pouring that money back into local entrepreneurs. MORE ABOUT OUR SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE Behind every small...

Vanguard announces move to University Research Park

Vanguard recently announced the consolidation of its Charlotte operations into an office complex in University Research Park. The Pennsylvania-based investment giant will move thousands of employees into the 700,000-square-foot space, which sits on 91 acres in...

SpringHill Suites Update 2024

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. In partnership with West Elm, the property elevated the lobby, guest rooms, fitness center, and more. See photos of the updates below. For questions...

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...