Formerly called the Colorado Seminary, DU (University of Denver) was renamed when the school was moved from Downtown in 1886. From there, an entire community was build around the University to sustain the university life.

University life today keeps this neighborhood alive and vibrant, yet the quaint tree-lined streets, beautiful home architecture of Bungalow, Custom Builds and Mid-Century Modern keep the calm. A perfect balance.

Harvard Gulch Park, Newman Center and The Ritchie Center are just a few neighborhood attractions the residents can access easily. Want to watch the stars? Head to the Chamberlin Observatory. Whatever you enjoy, University neighborhood has something for everyone.

Lifestyle Highlights

Harvard Gulch Park – Featuring a 9-hole par 3 golf course, outdoor pool, walking paths and fitness center.

Newman Center for Performing Arts – Performance center for live music, opera and dance.

Ritchie Center – Complete complex for athletics, fitness, student programs, hockey, youth programs, events and concerts.

Chamberlin Observatory – Hosting weekly public nights on most Tuesday and Thursday nights. Check out the stars!

Wash Park – For picnics, athletic activities, boating or enjoying the flower gardens. Restaurants of DU – There are loads of casual, fun restaurants in the area including the original Chipotle. Click on ‘Restaurants of DU’ to find out more.

  • Neighborhood originally built around DU (Denver University)
  • Spectacular mountain views
  • Young and vibrant community
  • University of Denver
  • Newman Center for Performing Arts
  • Ritchie Center
  • Denver Soccer Stadium
  • Wellshire Golf Course
  • Denver Bike Route (D-18, D-11, D-9)
  • Limited RTD bus line; on main thoroughfares only
  • Light-Rail access
  • Close to I-25
  • Five Denver B-Cycle stations
  • Walkable through neighborhood, shopping and restaurants

Neighborhood Boundaries

S Downing St – S University Blvd

I-25 – E Dartmouth Ave

Surrounding Hoods

Wash Park



Public Schools

Asbury Elementary (ECE – 5)

Grant Beacon Middle School (6 – 8)

South High School (9 – 12)

Defining Qualities

Parking, walkable, neighborhood shopping and restaurants, Denver B-Cycle stations, Denver bike routes, tree-lined streets, golf course, on-street parking.

“Believe it or not I went to school at DU many years ago and never left! I love the neighborhood and the hustle and bustle of the students. It makes me feel young and alive! I can walk to most restaurants and shops right from my house.


Erin B 22 year resident of University (DU)