What Makes St. Louis a Great Place to Live and Learn
Saint Louis University's location in St. Louis, Missouri, puts you close to everything the city has to offer.
"The Arch" — St. Louis Gateway Arch
The massive shiny structure welcomes you to the city, reminds you of St. Louis' status as the "Gateway to the West" and invites you to see the view from the top. If you only have time to visit one St. Louis attraction, visit the Arch. You can buy tickets to the top at the Old Courthouse, just a few blocks west.
Tour the historic building where Adolphus Busch manufactured the "King of Beers."
Busch Stadium and the Scottrade Center
St. Louis is often called one of the nation's best sports cities. Enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the St. Louis Blues hockey team at the aforementioned venues in downtown St. Louis.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
The "New Cathedral" is about a mile from the Saint Louis University campus and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world, some 83,000 square feet of encrusted domes, ceilings, arches and walls. Take a tour or attend Mass.
One of St. Louis' newest landmarks is Citygarden, a two-block oasis in the shadows of downtown's high-rises. Walk amid lush landscaping and world-class modern sculpture, get your feet wet in the "spray plaza" or people-watch from the glass-walled gourmet café.
Don't let the name fool you; this isn't your typical museum. The City Museum is a one-of-a-kind wonderland for "big kids," with a 10-story slide, dizzying jungle gyms and maze-like caverns, most constructed from the city's reclaimed building materials: old bricks, salvaged metal and even an abandoned plane.
The beautiful 1,300-plus acres of Forest Park house the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Muny outdoor amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse — not to mention a golf course, tennis courts, a skating rink, and trails for biking, rollerblading and more.
Just steps away from Saint Louis University, the Grand Center Arts District of St. Louis is home to an array of theaters, museums, restaurants and more. Watch a touring Broadway musical, listen to the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or enjoy a contemporary art exhibit.
Here you can bike, dine, shop, take a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River — and even visit the Laclede's Landing Wax Museum.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
The 79 acres of the Missouri Botanical Gardens provide wonderful opportunities for leisurely strolls through rose gardens, the Japanese Garden and more.
The Greek Revival-style courthouse now serves as the home to historic exhibits and the film, The Gateway to the West. The Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is serving as the temporary ticketing and visitor's center while the Gateway Arch museum is under construction.
Great neighborhoods for dining, shopping and people-watching include the Hill, the Central West End, the Delmar Loop — where you'll find the St. Louis Walk of Fame, and the historic Soulard neighborhood — home to the country's second largest Mardi Gras celebration and an open-air farmer's market.
St. Louis events and travel resources:
- Being a Billiken: So Much More than SLU's Mascot
- College Matters: Where You Go to School Makes a Difference
- Fall Welcome at SLU: Your First Days at Saint Louis University
- Getting Involved at SLU: Here's How to Start
- Interested in Living in a Learning Community? Here's What You Need to Know.
- Mass at College Church: Spiritual Life at Saint Louis University
- SLU 101: Summer Orientation at SLU
- Tour SLU: Academics — An Inside Look at Our Classrooms, Study Spots and Library
- Tour SLU: Student Life — What's It Like to go to SLU?
- Tour SLU: Where to Eat and Sleep
- University 101: A Crash Course in Succeeding at Saint Louis University
- What Is a Billiken? An Inside Look at Saint Louis University's Iconic Mascot
- Why SLU Is the Right Choice