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The University of Alberta in Edmonton is centrally located in Edmonton, right across the river from downtown. Although the University is comprised of four campuses, when we refer to the “University Area” we really mean the neighbourhoods closest to the main campus, including McKernan, Parkallen, Pleasantview, Queen Alexandra, Walterdale, Mayfair, Strathcona, Windsor Park, Ritchie, Hazeldean, Argyll, and Mill Creek Ravine.

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Community Resources and Recreation

One of the biggest resources in the university area is the University of Alberta Hospital, which is located on the university campus and is considered to be one of the nation's leading research and teaching hospitals. The University of Alberta Hospital offers a variety of services within the cardiac sciences, medicine, surgery, emergency care and trauma care.

The university campus offers a diverse array of recreational opportunities, including the Van Vliet Centre and Universiade Pavilion, which houses an aquatics centre, climbing wall, equipment room, squash and racquetball courts, and fitness and lifestyle centre. You can register for recreational activities at activityreg@ualberta.ca. The adjoining neighbourhood of Strathcona offers historic walking tours of central Edmonton, and the area is home to many city parks such as Garneau Park and Walterdale Park to the east and William Hawrelak Park to the west.

Local Access and Public Transportation

The university’s north campus is accessible via 87th Ave. to the east, 111th or 112th Ave. from Whyte Ave. to the south, which turns into University Ave. to the southwest and Groat Rd. to the west. Given that it is a university campus, the area is home to an assortment of walking and cycling trails. The campus and surrounding neighbourhood are serviced by the Edmonton Transit System (ETS), which supplies the area with bus services, as well as University Station, which is a light rail (LRT) station.

Education: Elementary and Secondary School

Of course the university is located in this neighbourhood, and the university actually houses an assortment of learning institutes and daycare opportunities for students, faculty and staff. The surrounding areas have other educational options, such as Strathcona High School, which has the largest Advance Placement program in Alberta, or Belgravia School, which is situated between University Farm and the University of Alberta. Belgravia School is known for their Outdoor Learning Centre, where students can learn and be creative in a dynamic, outdoor setting. The adjoining neighbourhood of Allendale is home to Allendale School, which is a public junior high school. The university area offers a variety of educational options for the whole family.

Income Demographics and Local Tax Rates

The university grounds and surrounding neighbourhood are heavily populated by students. There is a wide assortment of fraternity and student houses in the area, meaning that 49% of the residents in the closest adjoining residential community are between the ages of 20 and 29, according to edmonton.ca. Many full-time students do not have jobs, which affects the local employment rate. Thus, the median household income in the university area is approximately $33,000, one-person dwellings account for 51% of the homes in the area. Due to the area's proximity to impressive cultural, health and educational amenities, the average residential tax rate in the area is quite high compared to other residential areas of the city - costing homeowners anywhere between $2,400 and $3,000 per year.

Annual Events and Local Festivals

One of the biggest events on campus, Alumni Weekend, takes place at the beginning of the year. This is the university Alumni Association's signature annual event, and it occurs on the grounds of the university's north campus. The Alberta School of Business' Business Alumni Association (BAA) holds a grand annual dinner and talk by one of the country's leading businesspeople. Also, having university sports teams and clubs in the neighbourhood means there are countless varsity sports events to cheer on or cultural happenings to attend, even if you're not a student. Being so close to the downtown core, and having a variety of transit options, getting in and out of downtown to attend the annual Edmonton Poetry Festival or the Edmonton Pride Festival will be a snap.

The university area of Edmonton is an ideal neighbourhood for students, but it might also be a great fit for a growing family looking for a home or condo, given the amenities in the area and the proximity to health care, educational opportunities and to the downtown core. The University of Alberta's north campus has so much to offer residents who aren't even enrolled, and is surrounded by walking and cycling paths anyone can enjoy. If you’re looking for a new Edmonton home in the university area, check out the incredible real estate in this central Edmonton neighbourhood here.

Disclaimer: Information herein deemed reliable but not guaranteed by the EREB.

Listing information last updated on November 1st, 2014 at 8:32am CDT.