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Housing and Dining

St. Louis is a small big city. And Washington University is conveniently located right in the center. Near thriving neighborhoods, public transportation, green spaces, shopping, restaurants, and a whole host of cultural attractions. You’ll be amazed at what St. Louis has to offer. Check out all that is St. Louis on the Living in St. Louis page.


St. Louis is not only convenient – it’s affordable. Most graduate students choose to live in one of the many privately owned apartments located within a 10-block radius of campus. But don’t wait to start looking for a place to live. We recommend you begin to look for off-campus housing several months before the first semester.

Finding housing doesn’t have to be painful. We offer resources that make finding affordable off-campus housing simple. Students typically choose to live in nearby neighborhoods like Clayton, The Loop, and DeMun. Others live a short Metro ride away in areas such as Downtown St. Louis, Soulard, and the Central West End.

Quadrangle Housing

Check out the nearby apartment complexes owned and operated by Washington University – specifically for graduate students – by consulting Quadrangle Housing at 314-935-5092. The Office for International Student and Scholars website also offers tips.

Apartment Referral Service

The Apartment Referral Service (ARS) is another great resource for finding local housing. ARS can help you locate housing, find a roommate, or direct you to helpful information regarding tenant rights and contracts. You can reach ARS at 314-935-5092.

Both furnished and unfurnished apartments, condos, and houses are available. You also have the option to request a roommate. Once your request is received, MBA Student Affairs will send you a list of other Olin MBA students seeking roommates.

On- and Off-Campus Safety

Washington University strives to ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff – whether you’re on or off campus. For information about living in St. Louis, crime statistics, and safety initiatives, visit the Washington University Police Department website.


Bear Bucks

The Bear Bucks program is a cashless system that allows you to use your student ID card to make purchases on and off campus. Add funds to your card by billing your student account through your WebSTAC account.

On Campus

Whether you want to shop for groceries, grab a bite to go, or eat a sit-down dinner, Washington University offers a variety of on-campus options. Below are just a few of the many options available to students. For a list of other on-campus dining options, menus, and hours, visit the Dining Services website.

  • Starbucks – Grab a cup of coffee or tea, or enjoy a baked good before you head to class. Or stay awhile and study. Starbucks is located in the atrium between Knight Hall and Bauer Hall.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – Enjoy coffee, bagels, pizza, salads, and sandwiches at Einstein Bros. Bagels, located on the ground floor of Simon Hall.
  • Danforth University Center – Get a cup of locally roasted Kaldi's coffee or a freshly baked muffin in the morning. Enjoy Thai, Mexican, Italian, or American cuisine in the afternoon. All available at The Café, located on the first floor.


St. Louis is well-known for its award-winning restaurants. The city offers a plethora of culinary options from local specialties to ethnic fare from around the world. Explore and experience authentic St. Louis dishes like thin-crust St. Louis-style pizza, toasted ravioli, and gooey butter cake. The Washington University Danforth campus is close to many of St. Louis’s most popular dining spots. You’ll find them close by in The Loop, Clayton, and the Central West End, or go just a bit further to Downtown, Soulard, or The Hill, famous for its many Italian restaurants.