St. Louis is a great city for graduate students, with a lower than average cost of living, wonderful neighborhoods, and plenty of things to do. St. Louis offers all the cultural opportunities of a large city with the trademark friendliness of the Midwest.

Consistently ranked among the nation’s most affordable and best places to live and raise families, the St. Louis region offers many opportunities to watch or participate in a wide range of sports, recreational activities and cultural events. Not far from St. Louis’ urban core are the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozark Mountain region as well as outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing and spelunking in some of Missouri’s more than 6,000 caves.

The School of Medicine is located in the Central West End, which is home to an exciting array of restaurants, shops and apartments. Most students choose to live in one of the affordable neighborhoods near the program, and with the Metrolink’s Central West End stop in the heart of the Medical School campus, many find they don’t even need a car to get around. Forest Park is just blocks from campus with attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Art Museum and The Muny outdoor theater, which can all be enjoyed free of charge. At 1,293 acres, it is larger than Central Park. There are also trails for running, biking or walking, lakes to paddle and places to enjoy tennis, pickleball, soccer, softball, cricket and rugby. Discover more at

Washington University provides several resources to help students find housing, settle into St. Louis and WashU, and engage in our in diverse community.

Housing Options

The Dis-Orientation Guide

Written by first-year medical students for the next incoming class, the Dis-Orientation Guide a fantastic source for how to happily survive and thrive at Washington University School of Medicine.