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Living in St. Louis, Missouri 

St. Louis's nickname is The Gateway City because of its most famous attraction, the Gateway Arch. An iconic US monument, it’s the world's tallest arch and towers over the banks of the Mississippi River.   

At SLU, you are just minutes away from the Grand Center Arts District, home to great restaurants and museums. Find a great place to eat, see an art exhibit or enjoy the world-class St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on a night out. 

  • 1-hour flight to Chicago; 2-hour flight to Dallas and Atlanta 

  • baseball games at Busch Stadium  

  • Forest Park 

  • The City Museum  

  • The Muny Amphitheatre - located in Forest Park, this 100-year-old venue hosts musicals and theater productions. 

  • Jewel Box Greenhouse - an Art Deco greenhouse hidden in Forest Park. 

  • SLU Museum of Art - one of the best college art museums in the country. 

  • St. Louis Science Center - enjoy over 700 interactive experiences exploring the world of science.   

  • St. Louis Zoo - home to over 16,000 animals (many of them endangered).  

  • Citygarden - a sculpture park with interactive art and gardens. 

  • Grant's Farm - A 280-acre historic farm and landmark that is a refuge for over 900 animals. 

There's plenty of great restaurants to enjoy in downtown St. Louis. Check out our list below: 

  • Midtown Sushi and Ramen - a local place close to campus with rave reviews. 

  • Snarf's Sandwiches SLU - a regional chain with exciting sandwich options for lunch. 

  • Jazz St. Louis - get outstanding Southern cuisine while listening to live jazz. 

  • Bogart's Smokehouse - some of the best BBQ in the US. 

  • Anthonino's Taverna - don't forget to try the toasted ravioli, a St. Louis tradition. 

  • Blues City Deli - a local favorite with live music and great American food. 

  • The Billiken's Lair - the on-campus food court with Subway, Mexican food and Mediterranean food. 

  • City Foundry - home to a 20-vendor food hall just a few minutes from campus. 

No matter where you go in the St. Louis area, you can find great places to shop:  

  • St. Louis Galleria - mall with a huge selection of shops close to campus. 

  • Brentwood Square - mall with places like Nordstrom's, Whole Foods and The Container Store. 

  • Plaza Frontenac - an upscale shopping center with places like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. 

  • Delmar Loop - has over 145 specialty shops to explore. 

  • SLU Shuttles - we provide transportation to students around campus and drop-offs in the St. Louis area. 

  • SLU Ride - provides students with evening and weekend rides to buildings around campus. 

  • The Metro Transit system provides public transportation through MetroLink and the Call-A-Ride service. 

  • Ubers, Lyfts and taxis are readily available in St. Louis.  

  • There are four seasons in St. Louis.  

  • The average temperature ranges from 3° C in January to 32° C in July. 

  • You will need clothing for both warm and cold seasons. 

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