St. Louis Neighborhoods

With a plethora of unique neighborhoods and a variety of housing options, it’s easy to find a place that feels like home in St. Louis. Below are some resources to get you started!

The Graduate Student Senate Off-Campus Housing Committee has crafted an interactive storymap as a resource to help WashU graduate students find a place to live, ranking neighborhoods by affordability, safety, grocery accessibility, walkability, and transit, as well as listing neighborhood events and ways to search for housing within each neighborhood.

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University City

With its funky vibe and unique spirit, University City is one of St. Louis’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Only a few blocks north of campus, this dynamic, close-knit community is home to students, artists, and families, and features dining, nightlife and cultural offerings all within walking distance—particularly in the form of the nearby Delmar Loop.

  • Affordability: 5/5
  • Safety: 4/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 4/5
  • Walkability: 3/5
  • Transit: 3/5

 

Skinker DeBaliviere

Located a few blocks northeast of the Danforth campus, this neighborhood is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. It features a mix of apartment buildings and large homes, many built in the early 1900’s, standing along graceful tree-lined streets. The Skinker MetroLink stop makes this an ideal neighborhood for those who want to be close to campus and also have an interest in exploring the greater St. Louis area.

  • Affordability: 5/5
  • Safety: 4/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 3/5
  • Walkability: 4/5
  • Transit: 4/5

 

Central West End

One of the most cosmopolitan areas in St. Louis, the Central West End contains fascinating shopping areas and lots of unique entertainment and nightlife. The neighborhood is populated by many beautiful old houses along private streets. In other sections, picturesque sidewalk cafes and boutiques abound in this colorful and bustling area.

  • Affordability: 1/5
  • Safety: 3/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 4/5
  • Walkability: 4/5
  • Transit: 3/5

 

Clayton

A suave and wealthy neighborhood dominated by some of the tallest buildings in this part of the city, Clayton combines a bustling downtown with quiet, secure residential areas. Well-manicured parks, business districts, offices, restaurants, galleries and specialty boutiques and shops are all within walking distance.

  • Affordability: 1/5
  • Safety: 5/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 5/5
  • Walkability: 3/5
  • Transit: 3/5

 

DeMun

A small, historic district near Clatyon, Hi-Pointe-DeMun offers a unified, neoclassical feel in its dark brickwork buildings and shady, relaxed streets.

  • Affordability: 2/5
  • Safety: 4/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 2/5
  • Walkability: 5/5
  • Transit: 2/5

 

Dogtown

A traditionally Irish part of town, abutting The Hill (famous for its Italian restraunts), Dogtown sits just south of Forest Park.

  • Affordability: 5/5
  • Safety: 3/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 4/5
  • Walkability: 3/5
  • Transit: 2/5

 

Richmond Heights

Richmond Heights melds the resources of an urban area with the relaxed comfort of the suburbs.

  • Affordability: 3/5
  • Safety: 4/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 5/5
  • Walkability: 4/5
  • Transit: 1/5

 

Maplewood

A charming residential district with a strong sense of community, Maplewood offers a welcoming, close-knit neighborhood with plenty of public events and resources.

  • Affordability: 4/5
  • Safety: 3/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 5/5
  • Walkability: 4/5
  • Transit: 3/5

 

Downtown St. Louis

Truly in the heart of the action, Downtown St. Louis is bursting with attractions, events, resources, and a unique urban vibe.

  • Affordability: 1/5
  • Safety: 1/5
  • Grocery Accessibility: 3/5
  • Walkability: 5/5
  • Transit: 4/5

 

Tower Grove South

Although not included in the 2015 Off-Campus Housing Survey, this up-and-coming neighborhood has long been home to members of the WashU community. Boasting the beautiful Tower Grove Park, and very near the Botanical Gardens, this area offers a variety of new restaurants, bars, and retail and grocery options.