As an undergraduate or graduate student, you may want to spend all of your time on campus or in your luxury SLU housing, but don’t forget to take advantage of the surrounding city as well. St. Louis is a beloved city that attracts thousands of tourists every year. If you allow it to, St. Louis will not only become your new home, but also the backdrop to many of your college memories. Below is a compiled list of several of the highlights this delightful city has to offer.

St. Louis Tourist Sites

Whether you are looking for something to do on a Saturday or planning a trip for your family when they visit, there are plenty of exciting landmarks and museums in St. Louis. Explore the city by yourself or bring your roommate from your St. Louis student housing with you to experience what the city has to offer.

Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of many complementary attractions the city provides. With over 700 interactive exhibits, visitors of all ages will remain interested and excited to learn. Here, you can watch a space show at the Planetarium, relive the discovery of King Tut, reconstruct the Gateway Arch, and much more.

Gateway Arch

This world famous arch was built in 1965 to symbolize America’s westward expansion. Visitors can take witness the splendor of the city from the top of this 630 foot structure or from the ground underneath.

St. Louis Zoo

With over 18,000 animals, visitors are able to see many of nature’s finest up close. You can enjoy a guided tour of the main attractions on the Emerson Zooline Railroad or you can explore the exhibits for yourself. Along the way, you can watch penguins play at Penguin & Puffin Coast, socialize with stingrays at the Interactive Stingray Pool and walk through the 1904’s World Fair’s Bird Cage. As an added bonus, guests can experience everything the nationally acclaimed St. Louis Zoo has to offer free of charge.

Parks & Recreation in St. Louis, MO

While your luxury apartments in St. Louis, MO, offer plenty of entertaining amenities, don’t forget to discover what the city has to offer as well. Get some much needed fresh air when you visit St. Louis’s many beautiful parks and landscapes.

Forest Park

This 1300-acre park has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a beautiful place to have a picnic, have an exciting adventure or intense workout, Forest Park offers a solution. Among many other things, you will find an outdoor theatre, walking and jogging trails, an ice skating rink, paddle boats, golf courses and fishing areas.

Missouri Botanical Garden

When exploring St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a must see attraction. It is the oldest botanical garden in the United States and is considered to be one of the top three botanical gardens in the world. The Climatron allows guests to experience exotic rainforest plants, splendid waterfalls and tropical birds without having to travel. You can also enjoy a casual stroll through the garden as you observe impressive horticultural exhibits, statues and fountains.

Meramec Caverns

The Meramec Caverns are the underground home to beautiful mineral structures that took thousands of years to form. Above ground, there are a variety of exciting activities to discover including swimming, hiking, ziplining and canoeing.

Restaurants / Eateries in St. Louis, MO

At luxury apartments near St. Louis University, such as City Lofts on Laclede, you can hone your cooking skills with a gourmet kitchen and stainless steel appliances. However, even the best chef needs a break from cooking. Though St. Louis is known for its BBQ, it is home to many delicious restaurants that present all types of food and also serve signature dishes including gooey butter cake, pork steaks and toasted ravioli.

City Diner at the Fox

Are you in need of affordable yet delicious comfort food? If so, City Diner at the Fox is the answer. This restaurant features diner classics including grilled cheese, milkshakes, classic breakfast dishes and pork steak. It is also the perfect dinner choice if you are attending a show at the Fox Theatre.

Crave Coffeehouse

Every undergraduate and graduate student needs a regular study spot. Crave Coffeehouse is located in the heart of a historic church giving the space a unique atmosphere. With quality coffee, tasty sandwiches, friendly staff and free WiFi, Crave Coffeehouse will quickly become a favorite.

Crazy Bowls & Wraps

If you enjoy lighter, healthier options that still taste good, try out Crazy Bowls & Wraps. The menu boasts a wide assortment of healthy food with both vegetarian and vegan options. All of the dishes are prepared quickly with fresh ingredients, making it perfect for the student on the go.

Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria and Ristorante

This family-owned and operated restaurant is a local favorite, with a mission to bring people together over award-winning pizza. Make sure to visit Vito's in the afternoon during the lunch buffet, which is a favorite of St. Louis students.

The Fountain on Locust

The Fountain on Locust is an award-winning restaurant favored by St. Louis residents. Here, you can trust that your yummy dish will be made from scratch. Make sure you save room for dessert because The Fountain serves old-fashioned phosphate sodas and ice cream parlor specialties. Don’t forget to bring a camera, because the hand painted, art deco design makes The Fountain the most photographed restaurant in the city.

Field House Pub and Grill

If you are looking for the best place to watch the Cardinals game, the Field House Pub is the place to be. Well known for its burgers, pizza and nachos, you can eat your favorite dishes in full view of the nearest flat-screen TV. If you’re a bit daring, you might also want to participate in Jefe’s Seriously Hot Chicken Wing Challenge, which requires participants to eat 10 ghost pepper wings in five minutes.

Neighborhoods Near SLU

The city of St. Louis is a diverse melting pot of different cultures. Though you may want to choose St. Louis apartments near SLU, take some time to explore the various neighborhoods within the city, because each one has something unique to offer.

Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square is located a mere mile east from SLU campus. It boasts the first park west of the Mississippi with a 30 acre area complete with beautiful, old trees. Throughout the past several years, this neighborhood has experienced significant renovation to restore the area’s historic Victorian houses.


This neighborhood is home to the Soulard Farmers Market. This market, founded in 1779 represents vendors from a large variety of ethnicities including Croatians, Slovaks, Bohemians, Irish, German and Lebanese. Because of its strong French roots, Soulard hosts huge Mardi Gras and Bastille Day celebrations every year.

Delmar Loop

Delmar Loop is a six-block neighborhood that is merely a bus or MetroLink ride away from St. Louis University campus. This area is filled with a large selection of stores, restaurants and sources of entertainment. Blueberry Hill is perhaps the most famous restaurant and music venue in the neighborhood, and is frequented by famous musicians from around the country. The streets are paved with stars featuring well-known St. Louis residents.

Tower Grove East

Tower Grove East is a neighborhood located just south of SLU campus. It features splendid architecture and a small town community vibe. Simultaneously, Tower Grove East has a variety of markets and restaurants that reflect the diverse assortment of cultures.