WashU is located in a region with historic charm, global presence, and competitive spirit. We are fortunate to live and work in an area that offers both urban amenities and a high quality of life that is still affordable.

As the Gateway to the West, our city has a rich history and culture. St. Louis has long welcomed international visitors and played host to the 1904 World’s Fair and Summer Olympics. The city’s neighborhoods are vibrant and varied, reflecting a mix of world influences. With countless cultural festivals, a wide variety of cuisines, legendary sports teams, music clubs, a thriving art scene and a world-class symphony, there is something for everyone in St. Louis.

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WashU faculty and staff give you a peek into their lives, sharing their favorite neighborhoods, events, and bistros.

Global connections in St. Louis

As a home base for major corporations and the region’s epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship, St. Louis is globally connected through our business ecosystem and a growing number of startups in the Cortex Innovation Community. Global businesses find success here because they can recruit and retain diverse talent across a wide spectrum of competencies and industries.

Many local and regional organizations have global ties and join Washington University in our commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive community. The St. Louis Mosaic Project, a regional initiative within the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the World Trade Center St. Louis, has a goal of transforming St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2025. St. Louis aims to be a cultural mosaic because this community believes that immigrants invigorate our region. The International Institute of St. Louis is an information hub for programs and services for immigrants and their families.

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Washington University students and staff on Art Hill in Forest Park.


The St. Louis region is one of the Midwest’s key cultural destinations, boasting an abundance of museums, music and theater venues, sporting events, fine dining and shopping districts. The following sites can help you find museums, restaurants, concerts, and anything else you might want to do in our city.

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