City of St. Louis

Living in St. Louis

Living in the 'Gateway City'

Known as the “Gateway City,” St. Louis is rich in American history, symbolized by the giant stainless steel Gateway Arch, standing 192 meters high on the banks of the Mississippi River.

St. Louis claims a number of significant cultural gems, including the world famous Gateway Arch; Forest Park, which is larger than New York City’s Central Park and contains the city’s free zoo, art museum, science center and history museum; and City Museum, which combines art and fun through recycled architecture.


Getting around the city

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 wonderland for "big kids," with seven-story slides, dizzying jungle gyms and maze-like caverns, most constructed from the city's reclaimed building materials: old bricks, salvaged metal and even abandoned planes.

The beautiful 1,371 acres of Forest Park house the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, The Muny Amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse—not to mention a golf course, tennis courts, a skating rink, and trails for biking, rollerblading and more.

Aerial views of SLU

A city of endless options

So much to do

St. Louis is a place where history and imagination collide, and the result is a destination like no other. The Gateway to the West offers exceptional music, arts and cultural options, as well as more free attractions than any place outside of Washington D.C. Attractions such as the Saint Louis Art Museum, Zoo, Science Center and Missouri History Museum offer free admission year-round, along with Citygarden, Grant’s Farm, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour. The region features dozens of unique shops and restaurants that contribute to St. Louis’ unique charm and multicultural flair.


Everything you need, everywhere you go

No matter where you go in the St. Louis area, you can find great places to shop. Malls like St. Louis Galleria and Brentwood Square have everything you need with dozens of stores. Go upscale at Plaza Frontenac, which offers department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. All are a short car or bus ride from campus.
Eating Out

A variety of foods for any budget

In addition to the dozens of culinary choices on SLU’s campus (including international cuisine at The Cafe, burgers and beers at the Billiken Club and a number of quick eating options), the surrounding area also offers a diverse dining scene. The city is known for good barbecue, and Bogart’s Smokehouse has some of the best. The Blues City Deli is known for some of the best sandwiches in town. And you have to get the toasted ravioli — a STL tradition — at any number of Italian restaurants in the area.

Great beauty and art

You don’t have to go far to find the best of St. Louis culture. The beautiful 1,371 acres of Forest Park — just a short trip from campus — house the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, The Muny Amphitheatre and the Jewel Box greenhouse. SLU also hosts the Museum of Art (SLUMA) and Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA). Powell Hall hosts the St. Louis Symphony while the Tivoli Theater has been showing movies and performances for nearly a century.
Weather and dress

What should I wear?

The St. Louis climate has four distinct seasons. Average temperature range from 3° C in January to 32° C in July. Most students at SLU dress casually. There is no official dress code. Due to weather changes, you will need clothing for both warm and cold seasons. All of these items are available for purchase in St. Louis upon arrival, so only pack what you need for the first few months after you arrive.
Tourism information

Getting around the city

Want to learn more about St. Louis? Visit Explore St. Louis and SLU's Events Calendar to find helpful information about St. Louis, Missouri, adjusting to life in the US, cultural organizations and events around the SLU campus.