In the Neighborhood

St. Louis is known for being one of the most livable cities in the Midwest. The city itself is home to more than 300,000 residents living in 79 distinct neighborhoods, and the greater St. Louis area encompasses a network of surrounding counties and townships that are home to almost 3 million people. STLCOP students benefit from living and working in this vibrant, friendly city.

Central West End

The Central West End is one of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Located in the heart of the city, it showcases many grand private residences built at the turn of the 20th century. Dining, nightlife, shopping, and entertainment venues are plentiful in this pedestrian-friendly area, particularly along Euclid Avenue, which boasts more than 125 shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes, bistros, pubs, bars, salons, and other businesses.

Students are often seen studying at one of the neighborhood’s many sidewalk cafes and coffeehouses. Local businesses frequently host special events, art openings, musical performances, and other activities.

Of special note is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (New Cathedral), located on Lindell Boulevard at Newstead Avenue. The cathedral houses one of the world’s largest collections of mosaic art, a museum and gift shop. Area residents and visitors attend Cathedral Concerts, which feature world-class musicians performing sacred and classical music in the cathedral’s inspirational surroundings.

Beyond the CWE

Beyond the Central West End, exploring St. Louis is exciting and enlightening. There’s simply too much to list, but some highlights include:

  • The Gateway Arch: a 630-foot stainless steel monument on the St. Louis riverfront that attracts more than four million visitors each year. Part of the Core of Discovery attractions district, the Arch is an easy walk from the Old Courthouse and sits atop the underground Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which tells the tale of westward expansion from St. Louis, the “Gateway to the West.”
  • St. Louis Cardinals baseball, St. Louis Blues hockey and St. Louis Rams football give sports fans plenty to cheer about. The Missouri Botanical Garden comprises 79 acres of lush landscapes and conservatories and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the nation.

A Green Oasis in the Heart of the City

STLCOP is located adjacent to Forest Park, one of the nation’s largest and most visited urban parks. The park was dedicated in 1876 and is famous as the site of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. The Saint Louis Art Museum dates to this event and remains one of park’s most prominent attractions.

The park also contains:

  • The Saint Louis Zoo
  • The Missouri History Museum
  • The Saint Louis Science Center and Planetarium
  • The Muny, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater

Forest Park provides miles of walking and biking paths as well as Post-Dispatch Lake, where visitors can rent boats and dine by the water in the recently restored Boathouse. During the winter season, the Steinberg Skating Rink and Snowflake Cafe are a popular spot for fun cold-weather activity followed by a warm drink and rink-side snack.