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Life Outside the Hospital

Whether you are looking for a vibrant night life, great restaurants, affordable neighborhoods, or family fun activities, the St. Louis region offers it all.

Forbes Magazine recently ranked St. Louis in the Top 20 of the most affordable places to live in the United States. The city ranked 13th in the housing affordability index. Apartments, condominiums and residential neighborhoods are minutes from the Washington University Medical Center campus.

Directly across the street from the Medical Center is Forest Park — almost 1,300 acres (500 acres more than New York's Central Park!) that includes a nationally recognized zoo, a municipal golf course, tennis courts, hiking/biking trails, a skating rink, and an acclaimed science center. The park also is home to The Muny, one of the nation's oldest outdoor music theaters. Summer concerts and films also are shown regularly on "Art Hill" just below the St. Louis Art Museum.

If it's major league sports you want, we are home to three — the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, the St. Louis Blues Hockey team, and the St. Louis Rams football team, all just a short hop away on the city's regional rail transit system, which has a main stop directly on the Medical Center campus. A major draw near the baseball stadium is Ballpark Village, filled with open air sports bars, stores, and a baseball museum.


Also downtown is the internationally acclaimed City Museum, a wildly fun place to explore for children and adults. It's consistently ranked among the Top 5 kid attractions in the country.

The Medical Center is situated in the Central West End neighborhood, a popular area where you can find historic homes as well as many eclectic shops and restaurants. Nearby, "The Loop," a six-block entertainment district filled with restaurants, boutiques, galleries and restaurants, draws visitors and residents alike.

Outdoor activities are available at hundreds of area parks, lakes and nature trails. Just twenty minutes away from the Medical Center is a ski resort for recreational ski and snowboarding.

If you want affordable living with a world-class medical education, St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center offer the best of both worlds!