St. Louis' affordability and friendly character make it an attractive location for graduate students and postdocs, including those with families. The metropolitan area of 2.8 million people is large enough to offer quality cultural opportunities, but small enough to be livable. To those accustomed to prices in other parts of the country, St. Louis is surprisingly inexpensive. Visit the MoneyGeek Cost of Living Calculator​ to compare St. Louis cost of living and salaries with different cities.

The Washington University Campuses are located in the cosmopolitan neighborhoods of the Central West End, University City and Clayton (see Nearby Neighborhoods section below); where lifestyles are accommodated by affordable apartments with character and enriched by bookstores, coffeehouses and sidewalk cafes. 
Separated by the 1,300 acre Forest Park, the campuses are connected by the MetroLink light rail, as well as a MetroBus line. The School of Medicine campus is located east of the park in the Central West End neighborhood and the Danforth campus is located to the west near Clayton and the University City neighborhoods.

Check out Explore St. Louis for more information!​


Washington University's Off-Campus Housing Office provides apartment listings and renting information. The Apartment Referral Service (ARS) (http://ars.wustl.edu) provides comprehensive information on renting an apartment and also maintains lists of off-campus housing options. ARS maintains lists of non-University owned housing options and works with Quadra​ngle Housing​, the management company for all University-owned properties, many of which are on the MetroBus line.  The HomeShare St. Louis program (https://skinkerdebaliviere.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/home-stay-program/matches WashU graduate students seeking off-campus housing with homeowners who are older adults (65 years of age or older).​

Most people choose to live within a few miles of either campus in neighborhoods such as the Central West End, Clayton, Richmond Heights, Dogtown or the Loop. There are many safe areas around the campuses, but some areas do vary from street to street. We encourage you to check out your neighborhood before signing a lease, and if you are in doubt, contact Washington University’s Apartment Referral Service for more information. 

Additional rental resources:
Student Renter's Guide - Best Colleges
St. Louis Post-Dispatch On-line Classified Ads
The Riverfront Times Classified Ads (St. Louis’ alternative newsweekly)
Apartment Finder

Because of the low cost of living in St. Louis and the availability of affordable housing, many people choose to buy property rather than rent. If you are interested in purchasing a house, the St. Louis Association of Realtors is a good place to start as well as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Washington University does not investigate or endorse specific properties or landlords. Tenants are responsible to inspect a rental address and negotiate the lease terms with any landlord.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Below is a list of neighborhoods bordering the WUSTL campuses:


Streets: Aberdeen, Alamo, DeMun, Northwood, Rosebury, San Bonita, Skinker, and Southwood.

This neighborhood is well situated, close to Washington University's Danforth Campus, and tucked away between Skinker and Concordia Seminary. With Forest Park to the east, the area is quiet with reasonably to expensively priced apartments mixed with houses and families. You may even discover a few professors that live here. The Dorchester, a high rise overlooking Forest Park, is home to some students, while the rest of the 1920’s era apartments are generally large and well kept. Features a small shopping district on DeMun that includes antique stores, salons, a landromat, Jimmy’s on the Park, Sasha’s Wine Bar, and the original Kaldi’s Coffee House. Close to Schnucks, Hi-Pointe, and the Esquire.

Streets: Buckingham, Byron Place, Cromwell, Forest Court, Oxford, Parkdale, Wellington Way, Westwood, Wydown, and York.

This is a quiet, friendly area with a refreshing number of older people and young kids. However, this means that there aren’t that many students around either. The apartments are large and in the reasonable-to-expensive range for St. Louis and located approximately 1 mile from the Danforth Campus. There is limited shopping within walking distance, including Protzel’s Deli, Starbucks, a salon, and a dry cleaner. Downtown Clayton is relatively close by. 
University City
Streets: Washington Ave, University Drive, Kingsland, Kingsbury, The Loop  (Delmar Blvd)

The 6600-6800 blocks of Washington, University, and Kingsbury are very popular. The area is close to the Danforth campus, and is located due north of the Law School building, between Forest Park Parkway and Delmar. The Delmar Loop is to the north and east of this area. You will find a high concentration of undergrads in this area because it is adjacent to both campus and shopping areas, and the university-owned Greenway and University Drive options are also in this area. The apartments are usually fairly spacious, although often in poorer shape than those in other areas. The Loop has an easygoing community spirit more evident than in some of the other areas. Many local merchants cater to students. Living south of Delmar is preferable to living north of Delmar for your safety.
Skinker/DeBaliviere Neighborhood
Located a few blocks northeast of the Danforth campus, this neighborhood is very popular with both undergraduates and graduate students. Apartments are generally spacious and reasonably priced. There is a strong neighborhood association that welcomes students interested in volunteering for community projects. The university-owned Rosedale and Horseshoe options are also located in this area. Parking can be a challenge, but the Skinker MetroLink stop at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway makes this an ideal neighborhood for those who want to be close to campus and also have interest in exploring the greater St. Louis area. Kayak’s Coffee, a branch of the St. Louis Public Library, and a few quirky establishments are in the neighborhood, and the Loop is just a short walk up Skinker. Forest Park is also just a few blocks away.
West End and Central West End (CWE)
About five blocks east of Skinker is DeBaliviere Place. DeBaliviere Place is in the area known as the “West End.” Many apartments have been recently renovated. The Euclid-McPherson area is close to the Medical School and is known as the “Central West End.” One of the most cosmopolitan areas in St. Louis, it contains a fascinating shopping area and tons of unique entertainment and nightlife. The Chase Park Plaza, one of St. Louis’ finest hotels, also has residences available. The neighborhoods are populated by many beautiful old houses along private streets and in other sections, picturesque sidewalk cafes and boutiques line the streets. The West End is served by the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink station, and the CWE is served by the Central West End Station. Trains and busses provide convenient connection to both the Medical School, Danforth Campus, and West Campus.
Maplewood and Richmond Heights
Students and postdocs with cars have a greatly expanded range of possibilities. Richmond Heights and Maplewood, both south on Big Bend, are loosely defined by Clayton Rd. to the north and Highway 44 to the south. Big Bend and Manchester roads serve as the heart of these residential communities with lots of housing in the student price range. Shopping and affordable eating are quite convenient.
Roughly the area between bounded by I-64/40, McCausland, Manchester, and Hampton.
Dogtown is a close-knit community that is popular with graduate students for its inexpensive housing and proximity to campus. The apartments and rental homes are generally midsized and inexpensive and there is significant population of life-long residents. There is a small business district as an old world feel and is found at the intersection of Tamm and Clayton. It includes the original Cairdea’s Coffee, Felix’s, and Seamus McDaniel’s Irish Pub. Dogtown is the center of St. Louis’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration and is a nice, quiet community that feels slightly more removed from WashU despite its proximity to campus. Forest Park and the Hi-Pointe are nearby
Other neighborhoods nearby (car probably required)
Brentwood, Downtown, Midtown, Tower Grove, and Olivette.
Many of these neighborhoods are accessible by MetroBus or MetroLink as well.

  • A. DeMun
  • B. Moorlands
  • C. University City
  • D. Skinker/DeBaliviere
  • E. West End
  • F. Central West End
  • G. Maplewood
  • H. Richmond Heights
  • I. Dogtown

Check out More Neighborhoods in St. Louis and the surrounding region  


​Washington University U-Pass Program

Washington University in St. Louis offers a comprehensive transportation program through Metro St. Louis, the region's public transportation agency.  The U-Pass program provides Metro passes for full-time students, benefits-eligible faculty and staff, and full-time employees of qualified service providers.  This program provides students and other members of the University community unlimited access to the St. Louis Metropolitan region on public transit.  In addition, there are three bus routes that specifically target the connection of Washington University's campuses to nearby residential and shopping areas.  For more information on the U-Pass program, please call (314) 935-5601 or visit https://parking.wustl.edu/items/metro-upass/​.  Metro route and schedule information is available online at metrostlouis.org.  Faculty, staff, and students who use the U-Pass as the primary mode of transportation to and from campus may enroll in the Occasional Parking program and are also eligible for the Citizens for Modern Transit Guaranteed Ride Home program.  See your DBBS Program Coordinator to register for the fall semester to become eligible for the U-Pass.

For information on parking & shuttle routes on the Med School campus, visit the Washington University School of Medicine(WUSM) Transportation Office online or call 314-362-6824.

For information on parking and shuttle routes on the Danforth (main) campus, visit the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Transportation Office​ online or call 314-935-5601.​

Grocery Stores

Major grocery stores in the St. Louis area include Schnucks (http://www.schnucks.com), Dierbergs (http://www.dierbergs.com), Aldi (http://www.aldi.com) and Straub’s (http://www.straubs.com). If you will not have a car, you may want to consider the distance from your apartment to a grocery store. Please visit each store's website to find locations near you. There may also be smaller grocery stores and markets near your house or apartment.


The following are larger St. Louis area banks and credit unions:

Bank of America (800) 944-0404
US Bank (314) 425-2000/ 1-800-872-2657
Commerce Bank (314) 746-8700
National City Bank 888-622-4932
Pulaski Bank 314-878-2210/1-888-649-3320
Regions Bank 1-800-REGIONS
Reliance Bank 314-569-7200
Southwest Bank 1-888-811-3196
UMB Bank, N.A. 314-621-1000 
Credit Unions
First Community Credit Union (636) 728-3333, or 1-800-767-8880
St. Louis Community Credit Union 314-314-534-7610 (press 4) or 866-534-7610 (press 4).

Bank of America has a full service branch at the Danforth Campus and ATMS at the School of Medicine campus. US Bank has a branch at 216 S Kingshighway Blvd (at Forest Park Parkway) and an ATM at the Medical Center. St. Louis Community Credit Union also has an ATM at the Medical Center.​

Driver & Motor Vehicle Licenses

The Missouri​ Department of Revenue (DOR)​ handles driver licenses, motor vehicle licensing and titling, taxation and collection for all residents of the state of Missouri. 

Elections & Voter Information

The Missouri Office of the Secretary of State (http://www.sos.mo.gov) handles Elections and Voter Information.

On this website you can find Voter Registration Information, Election Calendars and Candidat​e Information. The election calendar will tell you the last day you may register to vote to participate in that election. This site will also link you to a site where you can find your legislators.

Income Taxes

Anyone who receives a stipend in the United States is required to file an income tax return – U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and Foreign Nationals. Non-immigrant visa holders who are considered tax exempt are also required to file a return. In addition, when non-immigrant visa holders complete a project in the U.S. and return home, they are still expected to file a tax return for the calendar year during which they left the U.S.

Unfortunately, Washington University is not able to provide specific assistance with filing taxes. However, here are some resources:

The most common taxes withheld from a salary are U.S. Federal Income Tax, Missouri State Income Tax, St. Louis City Earnings Tax and Social Security (FICA) / Medicare tax. For information on U.S. Federal Taxes, please access the Internal Revenue Service site at www.irs.gov. For information on Missouri state taxes, please go to the Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation at www.dor.state.mo.gov/tax. On these sites you can find information on what forms you need to file and instructions on how to file them.

The International Office (http://oisshome.wustl.edu) has some information for international students and scholars on their website at http://oisshome.wustl.edu/taxes/FilingTaxes.html as well as access to CINTAX software for non-resident filers.

Estimated Taxes
If you receive a fellowship or stipend, taxes may not be withheld from your paychecks. In this case, you will need to file and pay estimated taxes on a quarterly basis by the following schedule:

For the period of:

Taxes Due:
Jan. 1st through Mar. 31st Apr. 15th
Apr. 1st through May 31st Jun. 15th
Jun. 1st through Aug. 31st Sept. 15th
Sept. 1 through Dec. 31st Jan. 15th of the following year


For more information on how to file estimated taxes, please access the IRS website at www.irs.gov and search for "Estimated Taxes".

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