It was formerly a municipality of its own, having been incorporated into Zurich in 1893.
The quarter has a population of 19,921, in an area of 2.46 km².
In 1962, the faculty of science of the University of Zürich proposed to establish the Irchelpark campus on the Strickhofareal. The first stage the construction of the university buildings was begun in 1973, and the campus was inaugurated in 1979. The construction of the second stage lasted from 1978 to 1983. The campus also houses the anthropological museum Anthropologisches Museum, and the cantonal Staatsarchiv Zürich. Built in 1901 as Rigiblick restaurant, the former Gastsaal was re-opened as Theater Rigiblick in 1984.
- Unterstrass seen from James Joyce plateau
- "Die Bekehrung des Apostels Paulus", Paulus church
- "Irchelpark" (in German). Universität Zürich. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- "Irchelpark" (in German). Grün Stadt Zürich. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- "Anthropologisches Museum" (in German). Universität Zürich. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- "Kleine Zürcher Verfassungsgeschichte 1218–2000" (PDF) (in German). Staatsarchiv Zürich. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
- Theater Rigiblick in: Tobias Hoffmann-Allenspach (5 December 2013). "Theatersaal Rigiblick, Zürich ZH" (in German). theaterwissenschaft.ch. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- Media related to Unterstrass at Wikimedia Commons