Getting around St. Louis and the metro area

Public transportation

You can ride the MetroLink, a light-rail train, to the steps of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. MetroLink provides transportation to the airport, Saint Louis Galleria mall, western suburbs, downtown (ball games and other sporting events), the WashU Danforth Campus and Illinois. All employees of Washington University receive free passes to MetroLink.


There is free parking for all residents at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Plus, nearly everything in St. Louis is within a 15-minute drive.


Very bike friendly city and can bike in easily from many surrounding neighborhoods. WashU and Barnes-Jewish encourage this alternative form of transportation and provide free lockers and showers. Many of our residents bike to work! View the secured bike parking facilities on the MAP_WUSM_Bike_Map.

Vibrant life

Missouri is a “crossroad” of America with both a rural and urban population. St. Louis is one of the best-kept secrets in the U.S.! The St. Louis metro area has a population of 2.81 million. St. Louis is affordable and accessible with a diverse city and suburban life within 10 minutes of the hospital. St. Louis has a large minority community within the city (>50%) and is an important city for refugee resettlement. St. Louis is a great place for both families and singles.


St. Louis is a city of neighborhoods, with our residents living in a variety of locations, from the Downtown STL and the Historic Soulard district to the western suburbs of the city and all areas between! Washington University Medical Campus and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are located in a neighborhood called the Central West End. There are many shops, restaurants, clubs, services and even a first-run movie theater and a fully equipped gym in the beautiful old Chase Park Plaza hotel. Explore more for information about the Central West End.

Attractions & activities

There are always lots of fun and exciting things going on in St. Louis. Take a look and visit some entertaining features of this old city. To learn more about things to do in the STL, please visit Explore St. Louis, the website of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.


  • St Louis City has 105 city parks, including Forest Park and Tower Grove.
  • St Louis County has 45 county parks, with hiking and biking trails, skating rinks, horse trails, white water rafting/floating and fishing.

Markets & fairs

  • Soulard Market is one of the oldest farmers markets in the country
  • Several global food/international markets are scattered throughout the area
  • The St. Louis Art Fair is one of the best in the country
  • Historic St. Louis Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Shakespeare Festival

Public institutions & museums

  • Saint Louis Art Museum – FREE
  • Missouri History Museum – FREE
  • Saint Louis Zoo – FREE: Top 10 zoo and one of three free zoos in the country
  • Saint Louis Science Center – FREE
  • The City Museum: “Essentially a three story playground created mostly from reused and recycled materials.”
  • Two children’s museums: St. Louis Children’s Museum and The Magic House
  • Missouri Botanical Garden – FREE on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. It is the oldest and second-largest in the U.S. with free weekly jazz concerts in the summer

Forest Park

  • One of the largest urban parks in the United States: At 1,293 acres, it is 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York with complete restoration in 2004.
  • Site of the 1904 World’s Fair
  • 36 holes of golf, driving range, tennis courts, baseball fields, boating, fishing, handball, ice skating.
  • Over 6 miles of paved trails for cycling, rollerblading, and jogging.
  • Numerous wooded hiking trails and picnic areas.
  • Multiple free events: The Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center, Annual Hot Air Balloon race, weekly summer Shakespeare Festival, Microbrew Festivals and more!

Music and theater

  • The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Peabody Opera House
  • The Pagent
  • Powell Symphony Hall
  • Fox Theatre
  • The Municipal Opera Association of St. Louis : The nation’s largest and oldest outdoor musical amphitheater

St. Louis is a great “Sports City” and home of the Cardinals (Busch Stadium), Rams (the Edward Jones Dome), and Blues (the Savvis Center)!

Cost of living

Housing here is extremely affordable: St. Louis average housing price is $223K compared to a national average of $353K. Everything from dining out to major attractions in St. Louis are all affordable on a resident’s budget. Forty percent of our neurology residents own their homes or condos. The map below shows the home locations of our residents.

Learn more about St. Louis on the School of Medicine website »