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Living in St. Louis

Minutes away from SLU, the Grand Center arts district of St. Louis is home to theaters, museums, restaurants and more. Here, you can watch a touring Broadway musical, listen to the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or enjoy a contemporary art exhibit.

Get out and see the city. The Gateway Arch, an iconic landmark you can witness from campus, looms over the city and welcomes you to St. Louis. Take a trip up to the top to glimpse a sparkling view of the city. Afterward, be sure to visit all the neighborhoods in between. From multicultural restaurants to historic streets and homes, you’ll spend your days enjoying cuisines both local and international. Wander through one of our 108 parks, covering 2,956 acres, or stroll through Forest Park—a city park bigger than even New York City’s Central Park.

For more exciting tips about living in St. Louis, visit our City Guide.

The city is just steps away

Getting Around the City

From the SLU campus, you are in the heart of St. Louis. You need only walk a few minutes in any direction to discover all that the vibrant city has to offer. Take a break between classes and grab your friends for a walk through the charming neighborhoods of St. Louis.

Hungry? Stop by one of hundreds of restaurants offering favorite dishes. The farmer’s market in the Delmar Loop offers fresh food and unique local finds to take back to your apartment or residence hall—or to eat while you’re venturing through the historic Soulard neighborhood. The area also plays home to the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the US.

Your explorations of St. Louis could last days—especially if you decide to take on the city’s museums or parks. A great bonus: St. Louis museums offer free admissions. You can fill your time with play at the City Museum, a wonderland of industrial slides and interactive fun. Or perhaps you’ll opt for sophistication at the Sint Louis Art Museum. With so much to see and do, you don’t have to limit yourself to one interest or one day. Fill your calendar with the monthly events, exhibits, concerts and festivities happening all over the city.

About St. Louis

So Much to Do

Living in St. Louis as an international student means unlimited options to see, explore and taste. The unique combination of multicultural flavors, architecture, sights, experiences and more make the midwestern city a modern metropolis and delightful place to call home. Your weekly calendar will quickly fill with live music and dinner with friends at a trendy restaurant near campus, visiting the Saint Louis Art Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park free of admission and soaking in the city’s culture. Take a brewery tour at Anheuser-Busch and pop into one of many boutiques lining the charming neighborhood streets. There is something to fall in love with around every corner of St. Louis.

Local and international flavors

A Variety of Foods for Any Budget

In addition to the dozens of culinary choices on SLU's campus (including stuffed pitas and tacos at the Billiken's Lair, 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.

Saint Louis shopping

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.

Cultural events

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.

Transportation in the Gateway City

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.

Get out and explore

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.

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