RareExports wrote:Do many people live downtown? I've heard CWE is the social hub for students, but I imagine it's still possible to maintain a social life living downtown, right?
So you might already have a place by now, I haven't been around on the forum much recently, but I live downtown and can give you some insight. It isn't any more dangerous than CWE really if you don't stray too far north, and you're probably much less likely to have your car broken into if you have one since most buildings have secured parking. That said, you have to go in knowing that outside of restaurants, bars, office buildings and the stadiums there isn't a lot down here, and most Wash U students don't live down here so you will probably end up going to the CWE and Loop a lot to meet up with people, and it is a bit of a drive (or 20-25min on Metro) to campus every day. Also if you need to go shopping anywhere that isn't the supermarket/pharmacy you need to go a ways. The advantages are: less students, a different type of apartment (mostly loft style with big buildings), pretty solidly metro accessible and you do tend to get a lot for your money.
On the whole, unless you really want to live downtown the negatives probably outweigh the positives. You can be social downtown, but it won't be with WASHU people, it will be some SLU Law people and young professionals mostly.