Not from around here? You’re going to love St. Louis.

Amazing outdoor spaces, one-of-a-kind museums, world-class theater experiences, and a wealth of internship and job opportunities means this city doesn’t just have "something for everyone," it has something for you. SLU’s campus in Midtown St. Louis is the perfect home base for exploring all the city has to offer.

Where exactly is St. Louis?

Close to everything

St. Louis, Missouri, is located in the Midwestern United States near the Missouri-Illinois border. Founded on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Louis is home to the iconic Gateway Arch, nine Fortune 500 companies, thriving sports, cultural and food scenes, and much more.

Easily accessible by air, car and train, St. Louis is one of the largest cities in the Midwest. And with its rich history and more free attractions than any place in the U.S. outside of Washington, D.C., this city offers an affordable, exciting urban college experience.

When SLU was founded in 1818, it became the first college west of the Mississippi River! SLU holds the title for any number of firsts that came soon after, from the first medical school in the west to football’s first-ever forward pass.

When SLU was founded in 1818, it became the first college west of the Mississippi River! SLU holds the title for any number of firsts that came soon after, from the first medical school in the west to football’s first-ever forward pass.

Discover community

At SLU, you’ll find unique opportunities to get involved in the St. Louis community. Area businesses — from Fortune 500 companies to startups — along with nonprofits, world-class hospitals and research institutions, offer outstanding options for internships, practica and other hands-on learning.

More than 52,000 SLU alumni live in the St. Louis area, giving you a network of Billikens to connect with before and after graduation.

SLU was named the college in Missouri most likely to land you a job after graduation, according to Zippia. Additionally, service to the community is woven into academics and student life at SLU.

Get to know STL

What College Students Love About St. Louis

SLU Puts You in the Center of it All

Did you know that Saint Louis University’s campus neighbors both the Midtown, arts district and Cortex Innovation Community? This gives you easy access to the region’s top cultural attractions and innovative business startups. SLU is also part of the new Prospect Yards district, which is bringing a food hall, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a greenway trail and more within walking distance of campus.

SLU’s location also makes it convenient to catch a show at the Improv Shop, stop by the Public Media Commons for special food, music and cultural events, and see the newest movies at the Moolah theater.

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On Campus

  • Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena
  • Saint Louis University Museum of Art
  • SLU’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
  • Cupples House
  • U Theatre
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< 1 mile to …

  • Cortex, St. Louis’ urban innovation district
  • Prospect Yards dining and entertainment options
  • IKEA
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5-minute walk to …

  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • Fabulous Fox Theatre
  • Powell Symphony Hall
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5-minute drive to …

  • Forest Park (home to the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum and The Muny theater)
  • Downtown St. Louis (home to Busch Stadium, Enterprise Center and the Gateway Arch)
  • The South Grand and Tower Grove neighborhoods, home to some of St. Louis’s best ethnic dining

Whatever You’re Into, you’ll find it here

St. Louis is a lot of things: historic, diverse, growing, one of the best sports cities in the United States and home to an ever-changing food scene, including a growing number of food trucks.

Branching off from our vibrant downtown are dozens of unique neighborhoods, each with their own personality. SLU’s campus in Midtown St. Louis makes it easy for you to explore the neighborhood around you and all the attractions beyond.

St. Louis Neighborhoods to Know

SLU students say these are their favorite areas of the city to explore.


Home to SLU and the city’s esteemed arts district, rich with theatre and music.


In downtown St. Louis, you’ll find the Gateway Arch and the city’s home teams — the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues — plus lots of restaurants and the one-of-a-kind City Museum.

The Hill

Nationally known for Italian cuisine, this neighborhood is your spot for pasta, gelato and cannoli — and local-favorite toasted ravioli.

Central West End

Just minutes west of SLU, the CWE is a mix of sidewalk cafes, galleries, startups, apartments and homes.

The Loop

Named one of the “10 Great Streets in America,” the Delmar Loop is a thriving core of nightlife, with unique shops, music venues and restaurants.

South Grand + Tower Grove

Near SLU’s Medical Center, the South Grand strip includes funky boutiques and exotic cuisine.


This diverse neighborhood has one of the oldest farmers markets in the country, one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States (after New Orleans, of course) and the famed Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Dogtown + Maplewood

South of Forest Park, you’ll find gems like a historic Irish pub, a pinball bar, an artisan chocolate shop and a donut store devoted to unusual creations.


Outside the city limits, there’s a wealth of parks and hiking trails, plus a sculpture park, animal reserve, amusement park and even a ski resort.

SLU Students’ top 5 st. louis festivals and fairs

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