A Culture of Learning
Life as a WashU grad student is multi-dimensional.
Our rich and diverse culture is immersive. Challenging, yet contemplative. It’s a supportive version of the fast-paced world where you can confidently and collaboratively work toward goals. At heart, we are focused, confident, and engaging. Achieving more doesn't just relate to your career. It’s about your whole life.
Classes and coursework are one part of the experience. Clubs and organizations, networking and social events, competitions and speaker series all help round out your experience. Our culture and variety make us who we are.
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As part of the Washington University Danforth campus, Olin Business School’s resources are vast. State-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology, experiential opportunities, databases, learning labs, and abundant dining options are just some of what our campus has to offer.
Green spaces provide beautiful outdoor areas to study and have fun. While our expertly designed buildings give you resources to enhance your learning, you also have many areas to relax and meet with classmates. Like the new Knight and Bauer Halls, where Weston Career Center advisors assist you with your internship and job search. Or Liberman Graduate Center, where you can grab a cup of coffee and study with friends.
Knight Hall and Bauer Hall
These brand-new buildings, totaling 177,000 square feet, are united under a five-story glass atrium. Host to MBA classes, these buildings provide plenty of space for group or individual study, and include a learning lab, a 325-seat auditorium, and more. They also house a café, Starbucks, faculty offices, and a community forum.
- Olin Graduate Programs Office, Knight Hall 3rd Floor – Stop by to get answers to your questions or meet with a member of the MBA student services staff.
- Weston Career Center (WCC), Knight Hall 2nd Floor – WCC partners with you to help you realize and achieve your career goals. Career advisors are there to give advice, help with résumé prep, and assist with internship and job placement. They’ll connect you with resources and employers, and provide any other career preparation and support you may need.
This 80,000-square-foot building contains a wide variety of resources. Within Simon Hall you’ll find classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty offices, an extensive library, a behavioral research laboratory, rooms for small-group study, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Some of the most utilized resources in Simon Hall include:
- Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) organizes hands-on learning experiences for students. You’ll get the opportunity to consult businesses from Fortune 500 companies to startups. To work with your classmates to address and solve specific marketing, operations, and financial challenges.
- Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is the hub of entrepreneurial activity on campus. It’s where you find encouragement for your ideas and get involved in entrepreneurial activities. All in a fostering and innovative environment.
- Kopolow Business Library and Computer Lab supports all your information needs. It supplies major business publications and an extensive collection of databases with articles, financial data, market research reports, stock analyses, and more.
Other Campus Resources
- Liberman Graduate Center is open to all graduate and professional students, the Liberman Graduate Center is a place to meet and connect with other graduate students from across all disciplines. Stop by to grab a coffee, eat lunch, check your email, study, or attend an event.
- Washington University’s main campus library also happens to sport the Olin name. The Olin Library, available to all students, is located east of Simon Hall in the middle of the campus, just beyond Graham Chapel.
- The Athletic Complex hosts a wide range of individual and group recreational and intramural activities. All students can access the complex with a valid student picture ID.
- Campus Bookstore is located on the ground floor of Mallinckrodt Center and stocks a variety of merchandise in addition to textbooks and school supplies. Grab a quick bite at Subway across the hall.
- Habif Health and Wellness Center, located in the Nathan Dardick House, provides high-quality medical care, health education, and counseling services to students.
- Parking and Transportation Services is where you purchase parking permits, check out shuttle schedules, and request your free Metro U-Pass, just by visiting the website. A free shuttle service is available to students. Travel between the university and the surrounding neighborhoods, including nearby shopping centers. For more information on public transportation provided by Metro, visit http://www.metrostlouis.org/.
Go beyond the classroom. Join your classmates for an on-campus event.
- The Washington University Assembly Series brings to campus world-renowned authors, activists, and scientists to speak on topics such as arts, education, journalism, politics, and world affairs.
- Attend Olin’s Century Club, a presentation series open to current students and alumni. Hear firsthand experiences from executives at today’s premier businesses.
- Edison Theatre, located in the Mallinckrodt Center, showcases national and international touring artists and companies.
- View exhibitions or attend lectures and special events throughout the year at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
- Watch a sporting event with one of Washington University’s several NCAA Division III championship teams. Visit bearsports.wustl.edu for a calendar.
For weekly updates on campus news, sports, and other events, see Student Life and the Record, Washington University's campus newspaper.
St. Louis is a small big city. And Washington University is conveniently located right in the center. Near thriving neighborhoods, public transportation, green spaces, shopping, restaurants, and a whole host of cultural attractions. You’ll be amazed at what St. Louis has to offer. Check out all that is St. Louis on the Living in St. Louis page.
St. Louis is not only convenient – it’s affordable. Most graduate students choose to live in one of the many privately owned apartments located within a 10-block radius of campus. But don’t wait to start looking for a place to live. We recommend you begin to look for off-campus housing several months before the first semester.
Finding housing doesn’t have to be painful. We offer resources that make finding affordable off-campus housing simple. Students typically choose to live in nearby neighborhoods like Clayton, The Loop, and DeMun. Others live a short Metro ride away in areas such as Downtown St. Louis, Soulard, and the Central West End.
Check out the nearby apartment complexes owned and operated by Washington University – specifically for graduate students – by consulting Quadrangle Housing at 314-935-5092. The Office for International Student and Scholars website also offers tips.
Apartment Referral Service
The Apartment Referral Service (ARS) is another great resource for finding local housing. ARS can help you locate housing, find a roommate, or direct you to helpful information regarding tenant rights and contracts. You can reach ARS at 314-935-5092.
Both furnished and unfurnished apartments, condos, and houses are available. You also have the option to request a roommate. Once your request is received, MBA Student Affairs will send you a list of other Olin MBA students seeking roommates.
On- and Off-Campus Safety
Washington University strives to ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff – whether you’re on or off campus. For information about living in St. Louis, crime statistics, and safety initiatives, visit the Washington University Police Department website.
The Bear Bucks program is a cashless system that allows you to use your student ID card to make purchases on and off campus. Add funds to your card by billing your student account through your WebSTAC
Whether you want to shop for groceries, grab a bite to go, or eat a sit-down dinner, Washington University offers a variety of on-campus options. Below are just a few of the many options available. Click here for hours and menus of Olin Business School dining. For a list of other on-campus dining options, menus, and hours, visit the Dining Services website.
- Starbucks – Grab a cup of coffee or tea, or enjoy a baked good before you head to class. Or stay awhile and study. Starbucks is located in the atrium between Knight Hall and Bauer Hall.
- Einstein Bros. Bagels – Enjoy coffee, bagels, pizza, salads, and sandwiches at Einstein Bros. Bagels, located on the ground floor of Simon Hall.
- Danforth University Center – Get a cup of locally roasted Kaldi's coffee or a freshly baked muffin in the morning. Enjoy Thai, Mexican, Italian, or American cuisine in the afternoon. All available at The Café, located on the first floor.
St. Louis is well-known for its award-winning restaurants. The city offers a plethora of culinary options from local specialties to ethnic fare from around the world. Explore and experience authentic St. Louis dishes like thin-crust St. Louis-style pizza, toasted ravioli, and gooey butter cake. The Washington University Danforth campus is close to many of St. Louis’s most popular dining spots. You’ll find them close by in The Loop, Clayton, and the Central West End, or go just a bit further to Downtown, Soulard, or The Hill, famous for its many Italian restaurants.