University City (Charlotte neighborhood)

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University City
UNC Charlotte
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • City CouncilGreg Phipps[1] (Democratic Party)
 • Total160,000
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip Code
28213, 28262, 28269
Area code(s)704, 980
WebsiteUniversity City Partners
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University City (sometimes University Area or U-City) is an edge city mostly within the city limits of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, surrounding the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus. It is found in northeastern Mecklenburg County, southeast of Interstate 85 and predominantly along University City Boulevard (NC 49) and W.T. Harris Boulevard (NC 24). Interstate 485 and US 29 (N. Tryon Street) also pass through the area. In 2019, the LYNX Blue Line was extended from Uptown Charlotte to University City. It is neighbored by the town of Harrisburg to the east and the city of Concord to the northeast. Attractions along University City's outskirts include Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Mills Mall.

University City is home to the University Research Park (located on the other side of I-85), one of the largest research parks in the state, and the PNC Music Pavilion. IKEA opened a store in University City on February 18, 2009.[3] This is the first and only IKEA in the Carolinas.

University City is also one of three Municipal Service Districts in Charlotte.[4]

University City has an estimated population of more than 160,000 within its unofficial borders, which includes parts of Charlotte, Concord and Harrisburg. Were it to be separated from the rest of Charlotte as its own city, University City would be North Carolina's seventh largest city.

Following the opening of the LYNX Blue Line in 2019, University City has seen an increase in development, similar to that of South End. As of 2020, the corridor following the Blue Line has 338,000 square feet of office space, 200 hotel rooms, 3,200 apartments, and an entertainment district anchored by a Topgolf under construction.[5] On July 1, 2020, Centene Corporation announced a 130-acre, $1 billion East Coast headquarters campus in University City.[6]

Private schools[edit]

  • Cannon School, located in nearby Concord, serves University City families
  • Countryside Montessori, located in University City, serves University City families
  • Northside Christian Academy, located in University City, serves University City families


  1. ^ "Greg Phipps, District 4 Representative". City of Charlotte. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Demographics by the Numbers" (PDF). University City Partners. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  3. ^ Charlotte Observer: IKEA vote set for tonight (May 21, 2007)
  4. ^ City of Charlotte: Municipal Service District Fact Sheet (October 21, 2008)
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