University Place

University Place

Brief History

University Place received its name in the 1800’s when the University of Puget Sound, purchased land to build a new campus,  but ended up selling the land back to the city. The City of University Place was formed on August 31, 1995.

By the mid-1800s, the land that has now been developed into Chambers Bay Golf Course was being used for industry. Over the years it was used by the lumber industry, as a railroad center, and a gravel mine before being reinvented as the world class golf course it is today. Chambers Bay, a Scottish-links styled golf course, has gained favorable reviews and has hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open.

H. C. Weaver Studio, Tacoma’s first movie studio, was sited at present-day Titlow Beach. During it’s time, it was the third-largest freestanding film production space in America, with the two larger facilities being located in Hollywood.


Information Source:  City of UP


Community Vibe

University Place is largely suburban in character and functions as a mixed business and residential area with waterfront on the Puget Sound. It is a nice quiet area that is close to the hustle and bustle of Tacoma.


Helpful Links

City of UP

Parks & Recreation

Parks Map

Chambers Bay Golf

Curran Apple Orchard

UP for Arts