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The opportunities are endless

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Restaurants, shops, live music, and more!

Delmar Loop

WashU Campus

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Forest Park

Located on the east side of Forest Park and accessible via MetroLink

Across the street from Brookings Hall

Medical School

An oasis within the city All WashU students receive a Metro pass that can be used on both the MetroLink trains and Metro buses. There are two MetroLink stops on the Danforth Campus and one on the Medical campus that make for easy commuting around the St. Louis area.

Metro Link

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Botanical Garden

The airport is a short 15-minute drive to WashU

Lambert Airport


LIVE

The perfect size St. Louis offers the ideal balance of small-town feel and bigcity opportunities. It’s easy to get around, and you’ll see people you know off campus as well as on. But you’ll also have endless options when it comes to dining, entertainment, cultural attractions, and service opportunities. In addition, our city seems to have more than its share of free events and attractions.

Music, theater, and cultural area

Grand Center

Gateway Arch

Home to the St. Louis Cardinals MLB team

Busch Stadium

“ People in St. Louis are incredibly friendly. Everyone I’ve met is open and welcoming, and it’s easy to feel at home here.” — KE A T LE Y , OR E GON

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EXPLORE

What will top your list? Look around, and it’ll be easy to find. Maybe you’ll find one all-time favorite spot. Or maybe you’ll look for a new favorite place every weekend. No worries, St. Louis has you covered.

STL: Our favorite things

Spend a day at the Saint Louis Zoo (and admission is always free).

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If you have a craving for Italian food, there’s no better place than The Hill.

Walk along the lush landscapes at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Go to a free exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum or Missouri History Museum.


Within three miles of campus

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St. Louis is full of museums, parks,

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restaurants, and concert venues, and any given weekend I can easily find some new

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part of the city to explore. It also doesn’t hurt that most of the best things to do in St. Louis are completely free!

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Eat frozen custard concretes at Ted Drewes.

Watch a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

Discover the history of the Arch, the tallest national monument in the United States.

Decorate your new dorm room or apartment with some help from IKEA.

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IMMERSE

Around the neighborhood Some of the best things about St. Louis are literally just steps from the WashU campus. So when you feel like a change of scenery, simply step across the street to Forest Park, recently named the Best City Park by USA Today/10Best. Within its 1,300 acres lies an abundance of free attractions and activities. Or head to the Delmar Loop, only five minutes by foot from campus. The Loop is a diverse area offering eclectic shops, ethnic restaurants, theaters, cultural attractions, and more.

My favorite spot in St. Louis without a doubt is Forest Park. We are extremely lucky to have one of the largest urban parks in the United States right in our backyard. I like to go for a walk on a sunny day, but you can also go see the zoo, museums, and science center – all for free! — SAMH IT A , A R IZON A

FUN FACT Loop restaurants represent at least 12 different ethnicities, including Indian, Thai, Lebanese, Greek, Chinese, and Korean.

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PLAY

Activities abound Whether you’d rather take in nine innings amid a sea of Cardinal red or find a pickup game of ultimate Frisbee in the park, St. Louis offers plenty of ways to unwind and stay active. Hiking, biking, tennis, canoeing, softball…it’s all right here. We’re even home to the World Chess Hall of Fame.

St. Louis has it all. From the Cardinals to the Blues, Balloon Glow to Pedal the Cause, there’s always something fun to do. And the MetroLink will take you almost anywhere you want to go for free. You will not believe some of the special events that you can find in different parts of the city. St. Louis is a lively and buzzing city.” — JOSH, PENNSYLVANIA

FUN FACT When St. Louis got a National Hockey League franchise in 1967, the owner insisted on calling the team the Blues because of the strong musical culture in the city.

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LISTEN

Music to your ears St. Louis’ music scene is extremely active and beautifully diverse. On any given evening, you can choose from jazz or blues in intimate settings to rock or country in huge arenas…to everything in between. Musical theater is alive and well in St. Louis, as are hip-hop, open mic nights, and African drum circles.

I always knew I wanted to be in a city

with a vibrant music scene, so St. Louis was a perfect fit. It has something for everyone, including a musical history deeply rooted in blues and jazz, an incredible symphony orchestra, venues attracting big-name pop stars, and, luckily for me, a strong indie rock culture.” — C AROLIN E , CON N E CT ICUT

FUN FACT Recent concerts have featured: Ed Sheeran · Foo Fighters · Zac Brown Band · Sam Smith · Little Big Town · Taylor Swift · Smashing Pumpkins · Brad Paisley · Alabama Shakes · Common · OK Go

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ENGAGE

Offering time and talent When you move to St. Louis, we embrace you as one of our own. St. Louisans are also well known for embracing our community through philanthropy and service work. We build houses, tutor young students, pack food boxes, plant gardens…the list goes on and on. WashU offers a number of resources when it comes to involvement within the community. The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is an excellent resource for students, as it helps to foster student learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life.

I’m in a student group called Beat Therapy, and our mission is to use music to engage multiple populations in the St. Louis area in creative ways. I enjoy volunteering, because it allows me to engage with the community while sharing with others my passion for making and enjoying music. — LIAM , ILLIN OIS

FUN FACT St. Louis ranks 10th in the country when it comes to the percentage of people volunteering their time, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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LEARN

The city is your classroom At WashU, the learning extends far beyond the campus’ stone buildings. The knowledge and resources of this city are yours for the taking. You can do anything from tutoring young students at underprivileged schools to conducting research at the School of Medicine, from learning history at our museums to learning about human interaction as you help strengthen a community, from finding an internship with a Fortune 500 company to starting your own small business.

In my Community Building course at WashU, I experienced the importance of interacting with St. Louis residents. As opposed to learning concepts solely in the classroom, I was able to construct my own conception of St. Louis by listening to many different viewpoints in the community.” — M AT T , MA R Y LA N D

FUN FACT WashU’s Tyson Research Center provides a living landscape for environmental research and education at its 2,000-acre outdoor laboratory located a half-hour from campus.

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WORK

Opportunity awaits St. Louis is a great place to find your first summer internship or other work experience. Not only has the city been deemed the fastest-growing city for technology jobs, but the network for every profession is expansive. Plus, St. Louis offers a vibrant startup scene. Entrepreneurs will find collaborators, supporters, and a plethora of resources at their fingertips.

I interned at a health startup called Sparo Labs, located in T-REX, a co-working space and startup incubator in downtown St. Louis. I wasn’t just working for a cool startup founded by WashU alums; I was also interacting with people from other startups and saw career-building opportunities every day.” — D ER A , CA LIF OR N IA

Home to top companies, including Emerson Electric, Express Scripts, and Edward Jones Financial

St. Louis is the fastest-growing city for technology jobs, according to dice.com, a popular job board for tech jobs.

A regional center for plant and life sciences research, information technology, and advanced manufacturing

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St. Louis Brochure, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Washington University in St. Louis

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