Resident Life in St. Louis

Rich in history, the St. Louis region boasts a low cost of living, a strong sense of community, an emphasis on culture, a multitude of family-friendly activities and a convenient Midwest location.

More for the Money

Ranked one of the most affordable cities in the U.S., the low cost of housing and daily expenses is just the start of what St. Louis offers. Free attractions in the city include the world-class St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Zoo.  Less than three miles from campus, you’ll find Forest Park, an urban park larger in acreage than Central Park and the perfect place to unwind. Free events throughout the year are popular with residents as well - from the Festival of Nations to outdoor concerts at the Missouri Botanical Garden, there’s always something to do in St. Louis.

Small Town Feel in a Big City

Walkable neighborhoods throughout the city are filled with unique restaurants, stores, event venues and places to live. Hundreds of apartments, condos and houses are within a 10-minute drive of SLU’s campus and, with St. Louis’ active real estate market, there are always plenty of new options.

You also don’t have to travel far from SLU’s campus to hit popular entertainment spots in the Central West End and Grand Center. Don’t miss out on Italian food on the Hill, antique shopping on Cherokee Street or a stop at the farmer’s market in Soulard, too.

Sports fans will feel at home in St. Louis as it was praised for being the best sports city in the U.S. From the storied Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals franchise to the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues to Billiken Basketball, you can cheer on your favorite teams throughout the year.

Moving Forward

Technology, financial and major health care corporations are just some of the industries calling St. Louis home, with job opportunities available in almost every field. Innovation is key in the city, with one of the biggest startup scenes developing right next to campus in the Cortex Innovation District. The area near the SLU Medical School is part of another redevelopment district that will bring restaurants, entertainment spaces and offices to the area.