By: Charlotte Blog Editor
Located less than ten miles from Charlotte’s CBD, the University area is the second largest employment center in the city thanks to its accessibility, direct access to UNC Charlotte’s talent pipeline, high quality office spaces, and abundant housing options. With a daytime workforce of 75,000 and 8.3 million square feet of office space, University City is a hub for a broad range of industries, including energy, technology, finance, healthcare, and back office support.
University City refers to the general area of Charlotte, which surrounds the largest university in the region, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). UNCC provides a direct pipeline to a highly educated workforce with 6,000 degrees granted each year. Businesses strategically choose University City for access to UNCC’s 28,000 student body, majoring in finance, healthcare, computer sciences, engineering, and energy related fields.
Home to a population of more than 170,000, University City offers a wide range of housing options from single-family homes located in golf course communities to extensive multifamily options, ranging from luxury apartments to more affordable housing options. The area is also home to some of Charlotte’s most popular entertainment venues. Sports fans and music enthusiasts flock to the area to enjoy the Charlotte Motor Speedway, UNC Charlotte 49ers Athletics, and PNC Music Pavilion. Additionally, the area is a popular shopping destination in the region. Concord Mills, located adjacent to University City, is one of the largest tourist attractions in North Carolina, attracting 17 million visitors annually. University City is also home to the only IKEA between Atlanta and Northern Virginia.
University City boasts the best transportation network in the region with seamless access to an extensive interstate network, two airports, and a newly delivered light rail service providing direct access to the Charlotte CBD. Charlotte’s three major interstates, I-85, I-77, and I-485, are located adjacent to University City. Residents and businesses have access to the Concord Regional Airport eight miles to the northeast and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport 15 miles southwest via I-85. The University area is positioned in one of the primary growth corridors in the city as the Charlotte LYNX light rail Blue Line Extension was just opened on March 16.