During your time as a student at Washington University School of Medicine, you will be immersed in a community that supports the success of every individual. We hope you participate in activities provided by Washington University, the School of Medicine, and beyond to enhance your time in St. Louis.
Student Academy of Audiology
Founded in 2009, SAA is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). It serves as a collective voice for audiology students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing a career in audiology. Washington University’s SAA chapter is extremely active, offering students social, academic, leadership, and philanthropic opportunities throughout the year.
Health Professional Student Leadership Council
The Health Professional Student Leadership Council (HPSLC) is an interprofessional group of healthcare students who strive to promote and advance the understanding of collaboration between all healthcare professions on the Washington University Medical Center Campus and beyond. These include medicine, audiology, deaf education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and pharmacy. HPSLC holds academic, social, and philanthropic events throughout the year with the common goal of providing effective patient care.
The Arts Commission is a student group dedicated to promoting the arts in the Washington University medical school community. They organize the Coffeehouse Concert Series three times a year, featuring a variety of talented students including soloists, poets, a capella groups like the Histones, and even clowns! The Arts Commission also publishes Hippocrene, the School of Medicine’s literary and visual arts magazine, puts on a winter concert for students, faculty and staff of the School of Medicine, and organizes an art show each year.
Medical School Musical
For the past 15 years, students at Washington University School of Medicine have produced and performed fully staged, choreographed and orchestrated Broadway musicals. The Medical School Musical is student-produced, with students performing onstage, conducting and playing in the pit orchestra, building sets, sewing costumes, directing, and running lights and sound. Past productions include hits like Guys and Dolls, Young Frankenstein, Legally Blonde, Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family and Shrek: The Musical! Over the years, PACS students have shared their talents by being a part of these productions.
Students’ Association of Speech and Hearing (SASH)
The Students’ Association of Speech and Hearing seeks to provide support and resources for students with an interest in speech and hearing sciences. Events and meetings will inform members about the field and what is involved in pursuing careers in speech and hearing sciences. Members will support one another as they pursue a field that is underrepresented on the WashU undergraduate campus.
Among our accomplished study body, you’ll also find talented artists, singers, athletes, and philanthropists who thrive on fulfilling their desire to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Dozens of campus groups and activities—many of them student initiated and run—allow School of Medicine students to develop these passions in areas including community service, civic activism and artistic expression.
Living in St. Louis
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 www.explorestlouis.com.
Washington University provides several resources to help students find housing, settle into St. Louis and WashU, and engage in our in diverse community.
Apartment Referral Services of Washington University in St. Louis can help you locate housing, find a roommate or assist with subleasing your space. ARS can also direct you to helpful information on everything from understanding your tenant rights to answering questions about roommates and contracts.
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.