Life in St. Louis
Saint Louis University's location in St. Louis, Missouri puts you close to anything and everything you like to do.
St. Louis, located in the heart of the United States, is the perfect setting for college students with plenty to do and see just minutes from campus. SLU’s urban campus is located in Midtown, which is home to plenty of art and music venues, famous restaurants and affordable housing.
Our location in the city of St. Louis also gives students access to one of the nation's most dynamic health care markets, providing many resources that can help students jump start their careers. St. Louis is home to four major health and hospital systems, two academic medical centers, excellent physicians, and a unique model for safety net services for the under-served and uninsured.
St. Louis also provides students with plenty of community service opportunities for those with a desire to help others. Our students work with many local community organizations including the Almost Home StL, Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers, Health Literacy Missouri and The Mission Continues.
Neighborhoods and Attractions
Grand Center is located at the heart of Midtown and is home to plenty of music venues, restaurants and several award winning art museums - the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Jazz at the Bistro.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre is located just down the street from the Frost Campus and hosts traveling musicals, such as "The Book of Mormon" and "Mamma Mia!" Musicians like Eddie Vedder and Death Cab for Cutie have also performed at the Fox.
Chaifetz Arena is located on the Frost Campus and is home to several of the Billikens athletic teams. In addition to being a student favorite sports venue, Chaifetz also hosts music concerts and shows, including Kendrick Lamar and American Idol Live.
Central West End and Forest Park
The Central West End is a popular place for college kids to live and hang out with sidewalk cafes, galleries, antique shops and boutiques. The Central West End has several annual events that bring visitors from all over the area - the Central West End Art Fair & Taste Festival is every June and the Greek Festival is held Labor Day weekend.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is about a mile from SLU's campus and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world. The Basilica includes 83,000 square feet of encrusted domes, ceilings, arches and walls. Guests can take a tour or attend Mass.
Forest Park is just minutes from SLU's campus and you can find students jogging, biking, golfing and picnicking in the park. Forest Park is the seventh largest urban park in the United States and is home to some of St. Louis' best activities, most of which are free. Be sure to check out the Science Center, The Muny outdoor theater, the Art Museum and the Zoo.
St. Louis is often called one of the best sports towns in the country. Be sure to check out a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, a Rams game at the Edward Jones Dome, a Blues game at the Scottrade Center or cheer on the SLU Billikens on campus.
The St. Louis Gateway Arch is the massive shiny structure located in the heart of downtown, welcoming you to the city. This national monument stands 630 feet tall and you can take a tram up to the top to see the best view in the city.
Laclede's Landing is another popular downtown spot that is located right on the Mississippi River. The Landing is made up of 19th century riverfront warehouses that have been turned into restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs.
The City Museum is fun for all ages, don't be fooled by the name! The museum includes seven-story slides, enchanted caves and more. The newest addition to the museum, the rooftop, features a four-story Ferris wheel, the Roof Top Cantina and some of the best views of downtown St. Louis.
Soulard is the city's oldest neighborhood - one that many college students call home. The area is features plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and is just five minutes from the Arch.
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery was founded in 1852 in St. Louis. Visitors can tour the brewery and discover how some of America's favorite beer is crafted. Those who are 21 and older can sample some of the products at the end of the tour.
The Soulard Farmer's Market opened in 1779 and is the oldest farmer's market west of the Mississippi. The market sells fresh produce, baked goods, exotic spices and more. The farmer's market is open Wednesday through Saturday.
The Loop is a six-block area with more than 140 boutiques, shops, restaurants, galleries and live entertainment. Delmar Boulevard was named one of the 10 great streets in America by the American Planning Association. The area was nicknamed the Loop after an old streetcar turnaround.
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