wannabelawstudent wrote:FYI, I have a friend who is a med student at WUSTL and sent the following regarding housing in St Louis:
"I think the central west end is the most popular place to live for professional students. Both law and med. close to lots of good night life. I'd avoid living anywhere north of Delmar street. I wouldn't live downtown, kinda scary. Brentwood is more of a young family place but I like it. Hanley Station. Dogtown is great too, young people area. Great st pats day celebrations.
So in summary I'd look at Central West End, Dogtown, forest park, university city, Brentwood, maplewood, Richmond heights, Clayton and The Hill."
Dogtown sounds cool...
I have been living in stl for the past seven years so let me give u a brief overview of some neighborhoods
Central west end- definitely a more popular choice for young professionals to live and spend time in. Lots of cool restaurants and bars to go to and probably the best place to live within 5 minutes driving distance of washu for young single students.
Dogtown- a neighborhood that the irish immigrants took over and is still predominantly irish catholic. There are some good parts of this neighborhood. But i would not recommend this "has been" neighborhood to any young people that is new in stl.
Forest park (west end?)dont really know if there is a neighborhood in town called "forest park" but im assuming it is the areas surrounding the largest public city park in the u.s. i live a block or so north from the park and i highly recommend looking at the area called the west end whih is north of forest park south of delmar west of kings highway and east of debaliviere. This block of neighborhood has tons of cheap apartments and most of the residents are young professionals or grad school students. If you are living with your significant other i highly recommend this area.
University city/ delmar loop- there are some nice parts here, namely just north of the border between clayton and u city but besides that mostly ghetto and very hippy/druggy friendly Rents are cheap so unless $ is the biggest issue above all else, stay out.
Brentwood/maplewood/richmond hts- pretty much an urban suburbia for young middle class families to older lower middle class families. It is what it is. If you are married and have kids and want to live in a cozy little house live here. If you dont really care about experiencing the booming culture of stl live here. If not, there are better options in st louis.
Clayton- very nice suburban neighborhood that has a its own unique culture. Lots of professionals with family and $ live here. If money isnt an issue and you want to live in the suburbs that is 5 minutes from washu live here.
Overall i give the highest recommendations to central west end and west end (assuming you are a young single person) and lowest recommendations to university city.
This is obviously just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt and you should actually visit the neighborhoods yourself and find the right fit!