St. Louis’ historic Central West End (CWE) neighborhood is adjacent to St. Louis College of Pharmacy and St. Louis’ other internationally recognized medical colleges and facilities. The area is the nexus of a highly developed health care community, and STLCOP is situated right in the middle. Yet the neighborhood also has much to offer those seeking a rich and varied array of cultural, dining, and shopping venues. The CWE also borders Forest Park, one of the nation’s crown jewels of urban green space and home to some of the area’s most-visited cultural institutions, including the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and Saint Louis Science Center. Avid readers will value the nearby St. Louis Public Library Schlafly Branch on North Euclid Avenue. Public transportation is available via MetroBus and the Central West End MetroLink Station, providing several options for reaching one’s destination. Whether staying close to campus or exploring the greater St. Louis area, STLCOP students have a world of opportunities within reach!
Students in St. LouisSt. Louis is known for being one of the most livable cities in the Midwest. The city itself is getting ready to celebrate its 250th anniversary and is home to hundreds of thousands of residents living in 79 distinct neighborhoods. The greater St. Louis region encompasses the central city and a network of surrounding suburbs that are home to almost 3 million people in both Missouri and Illinois, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. STLCOP students benefit from living and working in this vibrant, friendly city.
- The Central West End is one of the city’s historic neighborhoods. Located adjacent to Forest Park, the area 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 for all to enjoy.
- An Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online and demonstrates the safety of the STLCOP campus.
- To get a better idea of STLCOP’s location in relation to St. Louis and the Central West End, check out our Virtual Tour.
Exploring Greater St. Louis
Beyond the Central West End, exploring St. Louis is a treat. There’s simply too much to list here, but those new to the city are awed by 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.
St. Louis’ bus and MetroLink light rail systems transport students to additional area attractions.