Washington University in St. Louis’ campuses are located near the cultural center of St. Louis, surrounded by and adjacent to museums, performance venues, vibrant entertainment and dining districts, one of the nation’s largest civic parks, and beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods rich in history and diversity. The campuses are well-served by the region’s light rail and bus service, and have easy access to major interstate highways.
Washington University is easy to visit and, once you arrive, you’ll find a welcoming, open community that is an integral part of the St. Louis region.
The 169-acre Danforth Campus, bordered by Forest Park and the cities of St. Louis, Clayton and University City, is at the heart of Washington University and is the academic home to the majority of the university’s undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Featuring predominantly Collegiate Gothic architecture in its academic buildings — several of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places — the campus is at once reminiscent of great European universities and a forward-looking center of academic excellence, cutting-edge research and creativity. Included on the campus are several complexes of modern student residence houses, dining facilities and student activity centers.
Because of its accessible and welcoming nature, as well as its proximity to Forest Park, the Danforth Campus is often visited by out-of-town guests as well as those from the neighborhoods surrounding the campus who seek cultural enrichment in its many arts and education offerings, as well as a quiet, safe place to walk and bike. Very soon, the campus will be connected to a region-wide network of bike trails that stretch from the Mississippi to the Missouri Rivers and beyond. Since there is no traffic inside the Danforth Campus, it is also a great place to bring children and pets.
Edison Theatre, is one of the Danforth Campus’ chief cultural draws. It is home to professional, student and community theater, and music and dance productions, including the highly acclaimed Ovations and Ovations for Young People series. These showcase touring artists and both national and international companies. Edison also serves as a teaching and performance facility for the university’s Performing Arts Department, which boasts its own black box theater in the same complex. Tickets can be purchased online, by mail, by phone or in person. Schedule and ticket information.
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, located on the eastern edge of the Danforth Campus, is part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The museum, designed by world-renowned architect Fumihiko Maki, contains holdings dating back to 1881 with the founding of the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts at Washington University. It is now one of the finest university collections in the United States, with strong holdings of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, installations and photographs. Admission is free, and special exhibitions change every few months.
Washington University’s art and cultural life begins with these signature buildings and programs, but it extends to regularly scheduled concerts, plays, exhibits, lectures, sporting events and other activities at a wide array of locations, including Graham Chapel, Olin Library and the recently renovated 560 Music Center, located just north of the campus near the University City Loop, one of the region’s most diverse, colorful and exciting entertainment, arts and dining destinations.
On the eastern edge of Forest Park is the 164-acre Washington University Medical Center that spreads over portions of 17 city blocks and is home to the Washington University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals, clinics, patient care centers and research facilities. Consistently ranked as one of the most respected medical schools in the country, the School of Medicine has a rich history of success in research, education and patient care. The school pioneered bedside teaching and led in the transformation of empirical knowledge into scientific medicine. From its earliest days, the leaders of the school have held that "investigation and practice are one in spirit, method and object."
The Medical Campus is located in the city’s vibrant Central West End, home to some of the region’s best shopping and restaurants.
The University has several smaller campuses, including West and South Campuses in Clayton, North Campus in St. Louis, 560 Music Center and Lewis Center in University City, as well as the University’s 2,000-acre Tyson Research Center that lies about 20 miles to the southwest. In total, more than 2,000 acres and more than 150 major buildings comprise the University.