- Information About Life and Study in St. Louis
On Campus Transportation
The University offers several shuttle services during the academic year. For detailed schedule information, visit Transportation Services Home Page.
Grand Shuttle Service: runs between the Frost Campus and the Health Sciences Center from 7:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday. The shuttle does not run on weekends or holidays.
Billiken Loop Shuttle: runs a scheduled route around the main campus of Saint Louis University. The boundaries are Compton, Laclede, Vandeventer, and Lindell/Olive. It runs 7:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday. The shuttle does not run on weekends or holidays.
Weekend Shuttle: runs on Saturdays only. A scheduled route takes students to grocery stores, the Galleria shopping center, and other shopping locations. Shuttles depart Griesedieck Hall on the hour and half hour. Refer to Weekend Shuttle Schedule, Route and Times for more information concerning the dates and times for the weekend shuttle.
Public Transportation - Metro St. Louis
Public transportation is available to most destinations in the metro area. Visit www.metrostlouis.org for information, routes, and schedules for the buses and Metro Link Train. The nearest Metro Link Train station is just south of the Saint Louis University Frost Campus on Grand Blvd. Note: Due to construction on the Grand Boulevard Bridge beginning March 14, 2011, the Metro stop at Grand Blvd. may be offline for two to three weeks during the project. Please call Metro at 314-231-2345 before you leave to verify the service.
Taxis in St. Louis cost about $2.00 for the first 1/10 mile, then $2.00 for each additional mile, for one person. Usually there is a charge for extra passengers. Charges may be different for trips originating at Lambert Airport or if waiting time is expected. Request more information for specific charges when you call or before leaving in the taxi. Although taxis may be available in some popular destinations, you can call the taxi companies and they will arrange for a vehicle to pick you up.
- Laclede Cab (314) 652-3456
- Yellow Cab (314) 361-2345
There are many responsibilities and costs to consider when purchasing a car. You will have to pay for:
- License plates, registration, and taxes based on the car's price
- License plate renewals
- Car insurance
- State and emissions inspections
- Personal property tax
Missouri law requires that you have liability insurance, which covers damages to another person if you are involved in a car accident. Car insurance can be costly, so be sure to inquire with several agencies to get the best rate. Collision Insurance pays for damage to cars in an accident. Comprehensive Insurance covers any loss of the car due to accidents, theft, or vandalism. The rate will be based on the type of car, your age and driving record, where you live, how far you drive daily, and the type of coverage selected.
Getting a Drivers License
As an International Student, you can obtain a driver's license in the state of Missouri. The nearest Department of Revenue, Department of Motor Vehicles, which issues licenses, is located at 4626 South Kingshighway Blvd. (314-481-8668). You will have to pass a written test (you may request a non-English version in advance), vision test, and driving test to obtain a license. You will need your passport and proof of local residence, such as a utility bill in your name, in addition to a letter from the Office of International Services that proves you are a visa-holding student at the University. You do not need to have a social security number.
On campus parking is available for all SLU students. In order to park in a SLU parking garage or lot, you must purchase a parking permit through the Department of Parking and Card Services. To purchase a parking permit, go to the Department of Parking and Card Services in DuBourg Hall 33 or visit The Parking and Card Services Home Page.
Lambert International Airport is St. Louis's primary airport. All major airlines provide service to St. Louis. Due to recent changes in air travel, please contact your airline to inquire about baggage policies, check in procedures, and aircraft door closure procedures. For information about Lambert Airport, visit www.flystl.com.
There are two Amtrak train stations in the St. Louis area. One is downtown across from the Scottrade Center and the other is West County in downtown Kirkwood. For schedule and route information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com.
The Greyhound bus terminal is located north of downtown St. Louis at 430 South 15th Street (314 231-4485). For fares and schedules visit www.greyhound.com.