St. Louis: Residency Perspective from Washington University on Vimeo.

Where do residents live?

St. Louis offers residents both a high quality of life and a lower cost of living than the national average. While a resident enjoys the amenities of a large metropolitan area, his or her salary goes much further than in many other cities. For example, the cost of housing in St. Louis is low, and many residents can buy comfortable homes close to the Medical Center. Below is a map of where current residents live.


What do residents do for fun?


From the classic Italian restaurants of “The Hill” to the multiple ethnic restaurants of South Grand Avenue and the Delmar Loop to St Louis barbeque, there is no shortage to the variety and depth of dining options in St. Louis.

Central West End along Euclid and Maryland Avenue is a great place to go for a quick lunch or happy hour.  All the restaurants are within walking distance

During the summer, “Food Truck Fridays” take place at Tower Grove Park. Bring your own beer, wine and lawn chairs to relax with good food and music. The more famous food trucks make regular visits to the hospital behind the medical school during weekday lunch hours.

In addition to a multitude of great restaurants, St. Louis is home to Anheuser-Busch brewery as well as craft breweries such as Side Project Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, Urban Chestnut, Civil Life and Schlafly’s.

The Sauce ( and Feast ( magazine are monthly newsletters found at many restaurants that will feature and review local restaurants.


St Louis is a sports town. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 11 World Series Championships, and Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village are both great venues. The St. Louis Blues have been a competitive force in the NHL for many years. The Department of Surgery has season tickets to both professional sports teams and these are available to residents on a lottery or a first-come/first-serve basis.  The Metrolink has a stop at each of these downtown stadiums so parking doesn’t become a major issue. The newly built Ballpark Village provides the dining and entertainment that is located next door to Busch Stadium. This 20,000-square-foot entertainment center has a 40-foot LED screen and many other big screens to broadcast games even when you don’t have tickets to the game.


The St. Louis Symphony is the second oldest orchestra in the United States and has long been regarded as one of the best. The symphony – which has six Grammy awards and 56 Grammy nominations – performs a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. Among its programs are free summer concerts in local parks. Meanwhile, theatregoers may attend Broadway productions at the Fox Theatre, a 1920s movie palace restored to its former glory; outstanding live plays performed by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; and quality productions sung in English by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and accompanied by the St. Louis Symphony. The Stifel Theatre is home to multiple contemporary performances while the Pageant is another venue for musical performances with great acoustics and comfortable seating.

The St. Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museum with works from every culture and time. The Contemporary Art Museum, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Laumier Sculpture Park are all popular while the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis features one of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere.


Forest Park is one of the greatest attractions of St. Louis, and it is right across the street from the hospital! Many residents take advantage of the miles of running/biking trails as well as the free museums. It is the largest urban park in the United States, even larger than New York’s Central Park. There are even more running/hiking trails within driving distance at Castlewood State Park, Creve Coeur Park and the Katy Trail, which stretches 240 miles across Missouri.

In addition to Forest Park, the Missouri Botanical Garden – with its beautifully landscaped grounds – is close by and provides an excellent getaway from a busy lifestyle. Over the summer, the Missouri Botanical Gardens holds free admission on Wednesday evenings with live concerts.

And in the winter, Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park has daily open ice-skating while Hidden Valley Ski Resort features skiing and snow-tubing.


St. Louis Zoo

St. Louis Art Museum

St. Louis Science Center

Missouri History Museum

MUNY Theatre

City Garden

Free Annual Events

Ice Carnival in the Loop

The Great Balloon Race in Forest Park

Shakespeare in the Park

Greek Festival

Fair in St Louis at Forest Park to celebrate Fourth of July

St Patrick’s Day parade

Mardi Gras Parade

With Kids (or if you are just a big kid)

City Museum, Magic House, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Purina Farms, Six Flags St. Louis

The 630-foot Gateway Arch is also an iconic and popular attraction, which has a barrel-shaped tram that takes visitors to the top for views of the Mississippi River and downtown. Under the Arch is the Jefferson National Expansion Museum, which features exhibits telling the story of the exploration and settlement of the West. Another great place for a family outing is Grant’s Farm, home to more than 1,000 exotic animals from six continents.