The St. Louis region is one of the Midwest’s key cultural destinations, boasting an abundance of museums, music and theater venues, sporting events, fine dining and shopping districts.
The St. Louis Visitor’s Commission offers Explore St. Louis, a website offering information about St. Louis dining, events, cultural activities, children’s activities and transportation. It is an authority on what to see and do in the St. Louis area.
For more information about St. Louis and the neighborhoods surrounding Washington University in St. Louis’ campuses, please explore more about St. Louis on the central WUSTL website.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council provides a list of tenant rights, which you should be familiar with if you will be renting an apartment.
If you decide to rent an apartment or other housing off campus, it is strongly recommended that you purchase renter’s insurance. Renter’s insurance covers your personal property in case of fire, damage or theft. You can find an insurance agent by searching online.
The Washington University Police Department (WUPD) provides an apartment security checklist that you can print and use when checking out your new apartment.
Apartments owned by WashU provide a centralized university phone system and Ethernet connection and are managed by Quadrangle Housing. Most of the apartments are located in the Skinker–DeBaliviere and north of Delmar areas which are within 10-20 minutes walking distance from the university and are well served by the free university shuttle service.
Non WashU-Owned Apartments
The Apartment Referral Service is a WashU office that maintains a list of private landlords. Privately owned apartments are available in all of the neighborhoods surrounding campus. View their listings online or visit their office for more assistance.
Rental Housing Scams
Many international students and scholars lease and sublet apartments in the St. Louis area. While most people have no problems, it is important for those who are seeking to rent an apartment (or sublease an apartment) to be careful and wary of possible scams.
According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, there are three primary ways to know whether or not an apartment rental opportunity or inquiry is a scam:
- They want you to wire money. This is the surest sign of a scam. There’s never a good reason to wire money to pay a security deposit, application fee or first month’s rent. Wiring money is the same as sending cash – once you send it, you have no way to get it back.
- They want a security deposit or first month’s rent before you’ve met or signed a lease. It’s never a good idea to send money to someone you’ve never met in person for an apartment you haven’t seen. If you can’t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it’s for rent. In addition to setting up a meeting, do a search on the landlord and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, that’s a clue that it may be a scam.
- They say they are located outside of the country but they have a plan to get the keys into your hands. It might involve a lawyer or “agent” working on their behalf. Some scammers even create fake keys. Be skeptical and don’t send money overseas. If you can’t meet in person, see the apartment or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking.