Student Guide to St. Louis

No school is an island unto itself; every institution is colored by the community in which it finds itself immersed. As you will see, while Aquinas Institute may be a single building, our resources extend beyond to encompass the wider variety of cultural, religious and artistic opportunities in the city of St. Louis. From the Arch to the Zoo, St. Louis is filled with an abundance of sites, activities and events. Come and get to know the “Gateway to the West”!

Local Housing

“Where will I live?”

This is one of the most common questions that we receive as people move through their journey to Aquinas Institute of Theology. We recognize that it is a looming concern for those relocating to the St. Louis area; please know that we are here to help make the transition an easy one!
We hope that the following resources will be of some assistance as you look for housing. If we can help you in any way as you search, please do not hesitate to contact us!
• Internet Resources
There are a number of web sites that can assist you in finding housing in the St. Louis area. We suggest:

For apartment searching purposes, Aquinas Institute is located in the Central West End of St. Louis.

  • Near Campus
    • Some of our students and faculty live in the following apartment complexes and have been pleased with the accommodations. Both are within walking distance of Aquinas Institute:
      • Westminster Place
        4005 Westminster Place; 314.533.8330
      •  Drake Plaza
        3307 Olive Boulevard; 314.652.2070
  •  St. Louis Apartment Guide
    • A copy of the St. Louis Apartment Guide can be obtained by contacting:St. Louis Apartment Guide
      • 1215 Fern Ridge Pkwy, Ste. 209
        St. Louis, MO 63141
      • You can also phone them at 314.275.8005.

Area Attractions

St. Louis offers a variety of attractions. No matter how long you’ve lived here, there’s always something new to discover.

Area Events

Something’s always going on in St. Louis! Check out these web sites for information on local events.

  • Information on finding the best places to live in the St. Louis area.
  • Fabulous Fox Theatre
    The Fabulous Fox Theatre hosts concerts, Broadway musicals and other productions. The Fox is located two blocks north of Aquinas Institute.
  • Grand Center
    Information on events occuring in the Grand Center area.
  • MetroTix
    Purchase tickets online for shows at a variety of St. Louis venues.
  • Saint Louis Black Repertory Company
    This theatre company performs plays, dances and music from an African-American perspective.
  • St. Louis Movie Times
    Find when the latest movies are showing at a theatre near you!
  • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers concerts at Powell Symphony Hall as well as other community venues.
  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    An outdoor amphitheater that hosts summer concerts, the UMB Bank Pavilion is located southwest of I-70 and I-270.

Local Restaurants

There are a number of local restaurants enjoyed by Aquinas Institute’s faculty and students.


St. Louis University Resources

Saint Louis University has a number of on-campus resources at the disposal of Aquinas Institute students.

  • Busch Student Center
    The Busch Student Center, located on the east side of Grand Boulevard, contains a vast array of conveniences, including:
    • Barnes & Nobel Bookstore
    • U.S. Bank
      Located on the lower level.
    • Fed Ex Kinkos
      Mailing and copying services on the lower level.
    • Champion Dry Cleaner
      Full-service cleaning services on the lower level.
    • Au Bon Pain
      Baked goods and coffee on the lower level; $2-$10.
    • The Bean
      An internet coffee house on the main level.
    • Grand Market Place
      University dining center on the main level (east of the bookstore).
  • Department of Public Safety
    Public Safety keeps the campus safe, offers an escort service across campus, and issues reports on campus security.
  • Fusz Hall Food Court
    Located by the Clocktower, this food court includes a Subway, grill and pizza shop.
  • Parking & Card Services
    Located on SLU campus between Pius Library and College Church.  This office issues your SLU ID card and parking permits.
  • Simon Recreation Center
    With your SLU ID you get access to the campus recreation center. It includes a pool, fitness center, track and intramural programs.
  • Pius XII Memorial Library
    SLU’s internationally renowned research center houses the Vatican microfilm collection, a four-story theology wing and a wide range of theological journals and electronic database resources. SLU Law and medical libraries are also available for specialized research.


Local Shopping

St. Louis offers lots of places to shop.


Moving around St. Louis is easy!

  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
    St. Louis’ primary airport is served by a variety of carriers with flights to destinations all over the country.
  • MetroBus and MetroLink
    St. Louis and the surrounding communities are easily accessible via the bus and light rail system.
  • SLU Shuttle Service
    Saint Louis University offers a shuttle service around campus, as well as an escort service after dark.