Washington University's campus is located near safe and reasonably priced housing.

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Living in St. Louis: Housing and Dining

The possibilities are limitless and convenient. Among the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, St. Louis ranks second in the most-affordable housing market. Our city has gracious neighborhoods and safe housing options.

Washington University owns and operates several apartment complexes specifically for graduate students. Most graduate students live in one of the many privately-owned apartments located within a 10-block radius of the school. Both furnished and unfurnished rooms, apartments and houses are available. We recommend you consult with Apartment Referral Service (ARS), a resource for University students, faculty and staff looking for apartments, duplexes, condos or houses. See Olin's Guide to the Washington University Community for resources and tips for getting settled in St. Louis. Several months in advance of the new academic year, you should contact:

Apartment Referral Service

Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1049
7425 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105-2103

On- and Off-Campus Safety

Washington University in St. Louis strives to ensure the safety of all community members, on and off campus. For information about living in St. Louis, crime statistics, and safety initiatives, please visit the Washington University Police Department website.


Whether you feel like grocery shopping, grabbing a bite to go, or dining in, Washington University offers a variety of on-campus dining facilities. Visit the Dining Services website for menus and hours.

Starbucks and the Bauer Cafe are located in the atrium between Knight and Bauer Halls.

At Einstein Bros. Bagels on the first floor of Simon Hall you can enjoy signature bagels, coffee, salads and sandwiches.

The Cafe (DUC) is conveniently located on campus, behind Olin Business School on the first floor of the Danforth University Center. Make it your destination when you’re craving a salad, Thai or Chinese, Mexican, or all-American cuisine.

Craving the spice of life and able to venture off campus? St. Louis is well known for its award-winning restaurants, which include a plethora of authentic cuisines such as Asian, Indian, Lebanese, Mexican, American and more. And the campus is only minutes away from the most popular dining spots, including the Delmar Loop and the Central West End.

For more information on St. Louis, visit About St. Louis.