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Life in St. Louis

The Gateway to the West is a thriving metropolitan area of 2.8 million people that retains the friendly character of the Midwest. The fun and culture of a big city are readily available, but living here is easy and affordable.

With world-class attractions many of them free and a rich cultural history, there’s always something to do in St. Louis. Some of our favorite things include:

- Watching local professional sports teams: the Cardinals (MLB) and Blues (NHL)

- Visiting beautiful Forest Park, home to the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, and Missouri History Museum (all free)

- Letting imagination run wild in City Museum

- Watching the breathtaking view of St. Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch

- Exploring the 110 miles of biking/walking greenways in the area

- Checking out the award-winning food and craft beer scene

Find out what our students love about living in St. Louis here.

Learn more about what makes St. Louis an exciting place to live and work:

“You’re Going Where?" - Monthly series from The Washington Post highlighting the best vacation destinations

“25 U.S. Cities That Millennials Can Afford — and Actually Want to Live In” - The Penny Hoarder

“Fastest Growing Startup Cities” - Business Insider

“Seven Cities With Hidden Cultural Gems” - Huffington Post

“25 Best Cities for Jobs 2017” - Glassdoor

“Best City Park” (Forest Park) - USA Today

“St. Louis Zoo: Best Free Attraction in the US” - USA Today

“52 Places to Go" - New York Times

“15 Best Cities for Beer Lovers” - Redfin

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