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Students do live in the Shaw neighborhood. It isn't my first pick for first years or otherwise, but it is reasonably priced and reasonably safe.

 

The reason it isn't recommended for first years is because it puts you further away from campus and the center of grad student activities (both socializing and work-related, almost all of which will happen in or near the CWE).

 

Thanks for the info! What about the Demun neighborhood? I've seen on here that Clayton is nice and it is right next to there so my guess is that it is a good area too?

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Demun is even better in my opinion. Everything bordering Clayton is nice except for parts of U. City

 

Thank you!!

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I wanted to thank everyone for answering all of my questions. I was able to find a great apartment in a safe area thanks to all of your experience!

 

Whoo! I'm glad you found a place and, if you're in town, I hope you're enjoying this gorgeous weather :D.

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I don't know if people have already posted what I'm about to post, but I thought I would add my two cents as I have lived in the St. Louis metro area for 15+ years.

 

- St. Louis isn't public transportation friendly. Well, at least not on the level of Chicago, San Fransisco, or New York. The buses and MetroLink do not get you close to your job or cool social areas. Its public transportation gets you somewhat close to your college campus, such as SLU, WashU, Webster, and UMSL. STL is easier to navigate with a car, bottom line.

- STL is very family friendly. There are many museums, a really nice zoo, active sports centers, and beautiful parks.

- Easy to find career in higher education, but difficult to find a career outside of higher education. There are many universities and colleges in STL, but also many across the bridge in Illinois such as Southwestern Illinois College, Lewis & Clark College, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and McKendree University. Major companies/establishments outside of higher education worth looking into: Purina, Ameren, Anheuser-Busch, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Boeing.

- The  St. Louis AmTrak station links north to Chicago, Illinois and links south to Dallas, Texas.

- There are many nice and affordable apartments and duplexes in Maplewood. Maplewood has a cute boutique environment where there are small independent shops, restaurants and bookstores. It is also close to downtown area. 

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Recently accepted to Wash U for Cog Neuro PhD! Haven't officially accepted yet as I have one other recruitment weekend to attend but will more than likely be attending Wash U in the fall =] 

I've been looking at Clayton on the Park, Lofts at the Highlands, and Cortona at Forest Park for apartments. Only concern is transportation to Wash U from the Lofts and Cortona (though it's only a 15 min bike). Tips?

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I live about the same distance as Clayton in the Park and drive to the med campus every day (I'm assuming this is where you're headed - neuro in DBBS?). Also, yay for WashU! :)

Biking is okay during fair weather and daylight hours, although St. Louis isn't the most bike friendly of places. With some of those apartments, you could cut through forest park and it would be a nice ride.

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44 minutes ago, BeakerBreaker said:

I live about the same distance as Clayton in the Park and drive to the med campus every day (I'm assuming this is where you're headed - neuro in DBBS?). Also, yay for WashU! :)

Biking is okay during fair weather and daylight hours, although St. Louis isn't the most bike friendly of places. With some of those apartments, you could cut through forest park and it would be a nice ride.

My PI's lab is on Danforth campus so it seems like it would be about a 15 minute bike through Forest Park and worse comes to worse, I can take an uber since the apartment is only 8 min away (according to google maps)

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2 hours ago, Dr. Brains said:

My PI's lab is on Danforth campus so it seems like it would be about a 15 minute bike through Forest Park and worse comes to worse, I can take an uber since the apartment is only 8 min away (according to google maps)

Forest Park is reasonably bike friendly most of the year. STL is kind of weird to bike in the winter though, as roads aren't really plowed if there's snow and it's mess. I've lived in Boston and there are many, many worse drivers in STL than Boston--just due to the overall unpredictability of drivers. 

 

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On 2/26/2016 at 4:00 PM, nevermind said:

Forest Park is reasonably bike friendly most of the year. STL is kind of weird to bike in the winter though, as roads aren't really plowed if there's snow and it's mess. I've lived in Boston and there are many, many worse drivers in STL than Boston--just due to the overall unpredictability of drivers. 

 

Thanks for the input. Maybe I'll have to look into some other transportation options. 

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I called Fontbonne this morning to accept my admission offer. I was wondering if anyone else has accepted there offer yet. I'm hoping to meet some people before the semester begins. I am from the St. Louis area and I'm so excited to move back there. I plan on doing the adult neurogenics emphais curriculum track. Does anyone know people who are already in the program?

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I have recently been accepted to both MSW programs at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I'm trying to make my decision between the two and am looking for any thoughts or suggestions on either program!

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Greetings fellow forum users,

I just found out that I've been accepted to the PhD program in political science at Washington University in St. Louis (beginning August 2017). Given that I am primarily interested in empirical legal studies and judicial politics, I'm fairly certain that I'll end up attending WashU for graduate study. That said, I'd like to try and get in touch with other individuals that have also been accepted by WashU just so I might get a head start in getting to know my cohort. So, if you or anyone you know has also been accepted to the PhD program in political science at WashU, please contact me! 

Best,

CS

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I didn't apply to WUSTL, but if you have any questions about the Lou, I'll try to answer them here or you can shoot me a PM.

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On 2/12/2018 at 5:00 PM, Tderossett said:

I was recently accepted to Saint Louis University's graduate program in psychology and I am curious as to the cost of living in STL. I know rent is pretty cheap, but what should I expect as far as electricity, internet, etc. for a one or two bedroom apartment? Thanks!

I would guess that you wouldn't be paying more than $100 combined in winter, but it is really gonna depend on the space and insulation. But congrats on SLU! Mid-town and South City (Tower Grove / Grand area) are fun! Excellent city for PhD budget!

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On 2/12/2018 at 5:00 PM, Tderossett said:

I was recently accepted to Saint Louis University's graduate program in psychology and I am curious as to the cost of living in STL. I know rent is pretty cheap, but what should I expect as far as electricity, internet, etc. for a one or two bedroom apartment? Thanks!

It's pretty cheap. Graduated with my MA from SLU in Sociology. I stayed in the dorms because it was 2-year program, but ended up staying to work as I apply to PhD programs. I live in the CWE and found an affordable place under 900 that includes rent and utilities. Midtown is good, but be careful of the developed areas. Tower Grove park is banging! The Grove is as well. Are you going to have a car?

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Some people on this thread have complained of St. Louis' "lack of culture." Can anyone suggest areas that might have more of this, even if they aren't particularly overwhelming? I'm not looking for Brooklyn here, people, but some coffeeshops, galleries, co-ops, theaters, etc.? 

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On 2/15/2018 at 9:44 AM, narple said:

I would guess that you wouldn't be paying more than $100 combined in winter, but it is really gonna depend on the space and insulation. But congrats on SLU! Mid-town and South City (Tower Grove / Grand area) are fun! Excellent city for PhD budget!

Thank you! That is great to hear. That is much cheaper than I expected. 

5 hours ago, pinoysoc said:

It's pretty cheap. Graduated with my MA from SLU in Sociology. I stayed in the dorms because it was 2-year program, but ended up staying to work as I apply to PhD programs. I live in the CWE and found an affordable place under 900 that includes rent and utilities. Midtown is good, but be careful of the developed areas. Tower Grove park is banging! The Grove is as well. Are you going to have a car?

That is awesome. That is about what I pay in a much smaller college town (12 square miles, population ~ 19,000) which is great news. Yes, I have a good dependable car. I've seen where parking can be pretty pricey in some areas which sort of sucks but that is the only complaint I've had so far. 

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6 hours ago, Isocrates2.o said:

Some people on this thread have complained of St. Louis' "lack of culture." Can anyone suggest areas that might have more of this, even if they aren't particularly overwhelming? I'm not looking for Brooklyn here, people, but some coffeeshops, galleries, co-ops, theaters, etc.? 

So I grew up in StL. It is a neighborhood-based city, but great number of the metro area which is considered STL lives in the suburbs (50-60s white flight). This is changing to a certain extent, especially in the last 10-15 years, but it has also created a dialogue of safe and unsafe neighborhoods. This has been perpetuated both by the city population as a whole and institutions like SLU and WashU. So the result is that students tend to gravitate to the areas by campus that are considered "safe."

This being said, there are definitely areas that I, as a young person, would not want to walk through alone at night. These areas frequently border some of the most fun parts of the city too. My point is to take all the discussions of "safe/unsafe" areas with a grain of salt and go see the areas for yourself. 

But to your point about more "cultural areas": Cherokee street is the sort of LatinX and Mexican area of the city (though its small) its also a street with a lot of bars and STL style chill (small dance bars). The Grove (mentioned above) is STL's open queer scene (i.e. lots of gay bars and undergrads). The Hill (italian food and groceries); Benton Park=hipster-dom (but with a little money); Lafayette and Soulard are the French quarters (and excellent BBQ). The Loop used to be edgy and was the new area before the Grove (which was before Cherokee), but has been bought up a lot by Wash U. Grand/ Tower Grove are my personal favorites- yummy variety of food and on the affordable side. Botanical Gardens are also in the area and close to SLU. Mid-town is kinda industrial, but has lots of theaters small for standup and large for broadway. New hip restaurants etc. Central West End is sorta the affluent closer to the city area, best indie bookstore in the city (Left Bank Books) and lots of Med students. ON the opposite end of Forest park from WashU. Wash Ave is the downtown "Night Out Street". A lot of "business types chill around there. 

My descriptions are generalizations-and I am sure I skipped some good ones-but it gives you an idea of the layout.

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@stheart, There are some really cool things about Saint Louis.  I can't picture living there either, but every person I've ever known that has lived in Saint Louis LOVES it.  I've been there a weekend visiting a friend...I was blown away by the food and affordability and the city museum.  But I didn't get a chance to explore that much

 

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Any info on Fontbonne? Just received an acceptance and live close to St. Louis, so already pretty familiar with the area. But just any info on the school itself, the culture there, (what kind of students typically go there, super religious?), etc. Also, what type of housing is around there? How expensive for a one room apt? Thanks 

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I might go to WashU and really liked the Delmar Loop area, but I'm aware it's so-so safety wise. What would you suggest for someone who values walkability? I would ideally search for a place near campus. Sad to hear about public transport sucking, as I won't get a car nor plan to get one soon, really.

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On 3/11/2018 at 11:47 PM, Carly Rae Jepsen said:

I might go to WashU and really liked the Delmar Loop area, but I'm aware it's so-so safety wise. What would you suggest for someone who values walkability? I would ideally search for a place near campus. Sad to hear about public transport sucking, as I won't get a car nor plan to get one soon, really.

Delmar Loop is a great area. Lots of food and entertainment. That being said, just like every city, you have to learn the safe and not so safe areas. If you stay within the loop you should be fine. Same goes for most of the popular student living areas (CWE, Delmar/U City). To me St Louis is very easy to tell you are in an area you "shouldn't be in", you'll recognize that your surroundings have drastically changed.

Most of my student friends live in/around the loop, in the central west end, or by debaliviere/forest park(Recommend waiting to move to this area until after your first year). If you find a place in either of those though public transportation won't be an issue. Students have free access to metro/subway and you can get to most things you need (school, grocery store, entertainment) in less than 10 minutes. Walkability is great and even with cars most of us (that being my classmates) rarely use them for normal day to day. 

Feel free to PM if you have any more questions.

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