St. Louis’ affordability and friendly character make it an attractive location for graduate students. The fun and culture of a big city are here, but living is easy and affordable. The university helps by providing students a free pass to the metro-area public transportation system — MetroBus and MetroLink lightrail.

The Washington University Medical Center campus is located in the cosmopolitan Central West End neighborhood with its eclectic bookstores, coffee houses and sidewalk cafes. Housing options include affordable apartments in the Central West End and the School of Medicine’s Core Apartment Residences Hall on campus.

View of Washington University Medical Campus from Forest Park

St. Louis has much to offer, from plentiful music venues and museums for the arts lover, to St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Blues hockey for the sports enthusiast.  Outdoor activities can be found in and around the metropolitan area, with riverfront bike trails and the nearby Ozark mountains and river valleys that are perfect for backpacking, camping, fishing, and canoeing.  Forest Park lies across the street from the medical campus.  This massive green space – 500 acres larger than New York’s Central Park – offers countless facilities for athletics, cultural activities, and leisure.


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