I'm failing to find a replacement for Univers Condensed to use on the Web. I'm using Typekit (portfolio), and right now using LFT Etica Web which is much wider than Univers. I tried Googleing but no luck, so I decided to sign up and ask the pros.


The great thing about Univers is that it comes in so many weights and widths. It's a real powerhouse of a typeface.

Very few typefaces come with the range of fonts that Univers does. So there's really no universal 'alternative'.

Now, if you are only using one particular weight of Univers, we could maybe find a font with similar metrics.

All that said, you don't need an alternative. You can license Univers as a web font:


  • I'm using the 59 Ultra Condensed and the 57 Condensed for subheaders and input labels, and the 47 Light Condensed for bigger headers, that's a steep price for all those, right? – pocesar Apr 20 '13 at 16:32
  • Yes, Univers isn't cheap. But you're not going to find a cohesive matched set of alternatives for all those weights, either. I'd suggest investing in the typeface, or reconsider your type choices and do some rethinking of the design. – DA01 Apr 20 '13 at 18:07

I would consider the google-font "Oswald" It comes only in 3 weights and has no italic or oblique version, but reminds me of the Univers Condensed type. Try changing Oswald 1pt less than Univers, regular -> light and bold -> regular.. Last, change tracking to +50..

That should do the job.. :-)..


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  • Thank you introducing me to Oswald. It has some very interesting angles and it has the perfect distribution of weights for what I want. I am going to enjoy my relationship with Oswald - welcome to me collection. Xandro – user24103 May 22 '14 at 21:15
  • the g letter is so different :( – sergiol Nov 26 '17 at 23:57

Roboto Condensed is a close alternative, and available on Google web fonts


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I've been looking for the same answer without pay a cent, so I found this font in typekit trial: https://typekit.com/fonts/nimbus-sans-condensed

I hope you like it.

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Nimbus Sans is as good as a font not named Univers gets. Similar number of font weights, as well.

  • When recommending a font it's a good practice to also include a link and screenshot of that font. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Mar 19 '19 at 13:56

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