Summer in St. Louis

A City of Neighborhoods

St. Louis’ many distinct neighborhoods mirror the city’s cosmopolitan diversity.  Food, music, and all the attributes of diverse cultures are intact in the city’s tightly knit communities. Jazz and blues—the city’s musical roots—can be heard every night in the Soulard neighborhood.  Wonderful Asian restaurants, historic Tower Grove Park, and the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden give a special flavor to the South Grand neighborhood. Some of the finest Italian restaurants in the nation are tucked in a neighborhood called “The Hill.”  In midtown, the Grand Arts Center and Entertainment District is home to the Symphony, the palatial Fox Theatre, Dance St. Louis, the Black Repertory Company, and many others. The most visible symbol of St. Louis is its noted Gateway Arch.  Designed by the late architect Eero Saarinen and completed in 1965, the Arch symbolizes St. Louis’ role as Gateway to the West.

Summer is one of the best times to experience St. Louis. On campus, attend our free music series, Jazz at Holmes. Enjoy concerts by the renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or catch a Cardinals game downtown. There are art fairs and house tours in beautiful turn-of-the-century neighborhoods. Fair St. Louis in Forest Park is the country's largest Fourth of July celebration, and during May and June the Opera Theatre of St. Louis offers electrifying programs.

St. Louis is a wonderful community filled with a wide array of affordable entertainment options, cultural attractions, unique neighborhoods.”

– Brian Phillips, Executive Director, Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation

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Washington University’s Neighbors

Three distinct neighborhoods surround our suburban Hilltop Campus.  You’ll be drawn to explore University City on the north, Clayton on the west and south, and Central West End on the east.  University City’s tree-lined residential streets are home to many professors and students.  Its eclectic shopping district, the Loop, is a frequent gathering place for students. Clayton, which has lovely residential sections, is the financial and business district for St. Louis County. The Central West End comprises large, turn of the century homes, apartments, art galleries, music clubs, unusual shops, and ethnic restaurants.

Between the University’s Hilltop and Medical campuses lies Forest Park.  Its 1,300 acres contain The Saint Louis Zoo, The Saint Louis Art Museum, The Missouri History Museum, The St. Louis Science CenterThe Muny, and many other attractions. Students use the park year-round to bike, golf, in-line skate, play tennis, or pursue other activities.

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"It's worth taking part in the program. You can learn more about the very different culture, study style, foods, and so on. You can make many new friends, too! The city is very beautiful and they have Forest Park very close to the campus. I believe you will want to come back to visit after the program is finished."

              Chenhui Hong
              2015 Program Participant