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 Finding A Place To Live 

Although Washington University is located in a major metropolitan area, very affordable and accessible housing immediately surrounds the Danforth Campus.  Most law school students live in privately owned housing within a 3-mile radius of Campus.  In order to assist you with finding a place to live, we suggest several options:   

Housing Days:  The Admissions Office hosts one “Housing Day” during the summer to assist admitted students find affordable housing.  The program consists of a tour of the neighborhoods where most students live and a chance to see a few local apartment complexes.  Please contact the Admissions Office at 314-935-4525 for more information.  We will also provide information on the Admitted Students Bulletin Board (password protected).

University Owned Off-Campus Housing:  Washington University provides some graduate housing, available through Quadrangle Housing.  These University-owned units are close to campus and situated along the University’s Shuttle route.  You may contact Quadrangle Housing at 314-935-9511 or 800-874-4330.

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 Utilities 

Electricity: AmerenUE - http://www.ameren.com
St. Louis-based customers: 314-342-1111
All other customers: 800-552-7583
Payments:  P.O. Box 66529, St. Louis, MO 63166-6529
Phone Center Hours:  Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report emergencies.

Gas: Laclede Gas Company - http://www.lacledegas.com
Main Number: 314-621-6960
Emergency: 314-342-0800
To Establish Service:  Call the Customer Relations Department at 314-621-6960 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (toll calls: 1-800-887-4173). You will need to call at least 24 hours before you want to establish service.  It is best to plan ahead to avoid asking for your service to begin on a Sunday or a holiday because those days are reserved for emergency work.  New customers will be charged $36 for initiation of service.  A customer may choose to have the total fee billed on one month’s bill or spread over four months.  New customers may also require a security deposit.

Telephone: SBC - http://www.sbc.com
Main Number:  800-203-7070 
Logistical Information:  There is a connect fee of $36.50 plus tax which may be paid in a lump sum or installments.  This fee is only for the connection of a basic phone line.  Additionally, depending on your credit, an advance deposit may be required.

Water: St. Louis City Water Division - http://www.stlwater.com
General Information:  314-771-2255
Water Quality Information:  314-868-5640
Payments:  Department of Public Utilities, 1640 S. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63110
Hours:  Monday through Friday from 8.a.m. – 5 p.m.

Automobiles

Driver License
To establish residency in Missouri, you must apply for a Missouri driver license even if you have a valid driver license from another state.  As a new Missouri resident (with an out-of-state driver license), you will need to take the following to a Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles when you apply for your license:

  1. Out-of-state driver license (valid, or expired no more than 184 days)
  2. One other acceptable document for proof of identity (i.e. a Social Security card)

Vision and road sign tests are required, but you may take those tests at the driver license office.  You are required to surrender your out-of-state license when you receive your new Missouri driver license.  There is a fee of $20 for your new Missouri driver license, which is valid for 6 years. 

Missouri Department of Revenue Driver Licensing Locations, St. Louis only:

AAA St. Louis License Office
3917 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Telephone: 314-531-0700
Fax: 314-534-0646
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 a.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Northside Contract Office
1330 Aubert, Ste. 102B
St. Louis, MO 63113-0000
Telephone: 314-454-1071
Fax: 314-454-1082
Office Hours - Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and the first & last Saturday of the month from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
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South Kingshighway Contract

4628 South Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63109
Telephone: 314-752-3177
Fax: 573-352-1386
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m – 12 p.m
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St. Louis City Hall License Office

1200 Market St., Room 106
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-622-4231
Fax: 314-622-4177
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
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Additional office locations can be found at: http://www.dor.mo.gov/mvdl/offloc/ 

Car Registration
If you have to title your car, you might consider having your car licensed in Missouri and get your very own “Show Me” plates.  You are required to title your vehicle within 30 days of becoming a Missouri citizen.  To obtain a title and registration, you must have the following documents:

  1. A vehicle ownership document (i.e. title, registration certificate)
  2. A signed application for Missouri Title and License (DOR-108)
  3. A current insurance identification card
  4. A statement of non-assessment to showing you do not owe personal property taxes in St. Louis
  5. A Missouri safety inspection not more than 60 days old.
  6. An emissions inspection not more than 60 days old if your vehicle is registered to operate in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, or Jefferson County.
  7. Identification number and odometer (ID/OD) inspection - All motor vehicles previously titled in another state or country must be inspected to verify the vehicle identification number and odometer reading of the vehicle. A Missouri authorized inspection station can complete this inspection.

Please note:  It is not necessary to have a Missouri driver license to obtain Missouri plates for your car.  Click here for more information

If you do get Missouri plates, you will be subject to an annual property tax on your car (cars and boats are treated, for tax purposes, like houses).  The rate varies by county, since the County Assessor’s office determines the rate, and may be waived for your first year if you are new to the state.  The tax is determined based on your place of residence on January 1 prior to registration. 

University Car Registration
Washington University Parking & Transportation
314-935-5601
http://parking.wustl.edu/ 

The campus at Washington University in St. Louis is located in an urban area and, as a result, parking is limited.  Students wishing to park on the campus will have to purchase a Washington University parking permit.  The different types of permits available are:

  1. Yellow Permits are available at the annual rate of $500 per year to faculty, staff and commuter students, and are always valid in yellow zones.  The student yellow permit is never valid in brown or blue zones during academic sessions, but is valid in brown and blue zones during specified break periods.  The yellow permit is valid in certain red spaces (unless marked by 24 hour designation signage) between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

     

  2. Short Term Passes (Daily & Monthly) are available to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to be used in yellow zones. 
    Daily scratch off parking passes are available for an estimated cost of $5.00 (please visit the Parking & Transportation website for more information [http://parking.wustl.edu/]).  Daily passes may be purchased directly from Parking Services. 
    Monthly passes are available for an estimated cost of $100.00 (please visit the Parking & Transportation website for more information [http://parking.wustl.edu/]).   

     

  3. Motorcycle Permits are available at the estimated annual rate of $15.00 and are issued for motorcycles, motor scooters, and motorbikes, all of which must be registered with Parking Services under the same conditions as other vehicles and are subject to all University parking regulations (please visit the Parking & Transportation website.  Motorcycle permits are valid only in areas designated for motorcycles.  For the safety of pedestrians, motorcycles, motorbikes, and motor scooters may not be driven on campus walkways.   

Bicycles 

Sometimes, two wheels are better than four.  If you do ride your bike, register your ride with the Campus Police and park it at many of the bike racks around campus (with two at the law school). 

Pets

St. Louis is a very pet friendly city.  In fact, the canine-savvy experts of www.dogfriendly.com have named St. Louis as one of the Top 10 Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations in North America.  The research team, because of the number and quality of dog-friendly accommodations and attractions, recognized the Gateway City.  Below is a list of great websites dedicated to St. Louis pets:

  1. American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog 
  2. Article on St. Louis Pet-Friendly Hotels 
  3. Bark in the Park 
  4. The Cat Network 
  5. Critter Sitters 
  6. Dog Parks of Greater St. Louis 
  7. Grant’s Farm 
  8. Humane Society of Missouri 
  9. Moving With Your Pet 
  10. People With Pets St. Louis 
  11. Pet-Friendly Rental Directory 
  12. St. Louie Tails Pet Magazine 
  13. St. Louis Pet-Friendly Hotels 
  14. St. Louis Zoo 
  15. Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation 
  16. Turtle Park 
  17. Wild Canid Survival and Research Center 
  18. World Bird Sanctuary     
 

Health Insurance

Student Health Services

  • WebSite - [http://shs.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx]
  • General Office – Information:  314-935-6666
  • Counseling & Psychiatry:  314-935-6666
  • Director – Admin. Assistant:  314-935-9626
  • Medical Appointments:314-935-6666
  • Pharmacy:  314-935-6662
  • Health Promotion Services:314-935-7139
  • Fax:  314-935-8515
  • Location:  Student Health Services is located in the Health and Wellness Center in The Nathan Dardick House (terrace level) at the corner of Shepley Drive and Big Bend Boulevard.
  • Mailing Address:  Campus Box 1201, Washington University, One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

All Health Insurance information can be found on the Student Health Services website. For more information, please contact Student Health Services directly.    

Media

Local Radio Stations,the BBC listing of radio stations in St. Louis
Local Television Stations, from Wikipedia.com
Local Newspapers, from Yahoo.com
Local Magazines

  1. Playback, monthly magazine about “St. Louis Pop Culture.”  CDs, local concerts, offbeat performances.  Free.
  2. St. Louis Magazine, monthly magazine about shopping and life in St. Louis.
  3. What’s Up Magazine, bi-monthly non-profit magazine “distributed by and for the homeless and disadvantaged.”  Sold for $1 suggested donation, 75 cents of which goes to the seller. 

Neccessities

Banks 

  1. Bank of America
    Mallinckrodt, upper level (Branch) and main level (ATM)
    Small Group Housing (ATM)
    7800 Forsyth (main bank), 466-0460
    4625 Lindell (CWE), 284-0525
  2. Citizens National Bank of Greater St. Louis
    7305 Manchester Ave., 645-0666
  3. Commerce Bank
    6630 Delmar, U City, 726-2255
    8000 Forsyth, Clayton, 746-3000
    6383 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 746-7420
  4. First National Bank
    7707 Forsyth, Clayton, 862-8300
  5. Pioneer Bank & Trust Company
    2211 S. Big Bend, 644-6600
  6. UMB Bank
    Brentwood Promenade, 621-1000  

Dry Cleaners 

  1. Banner Cleaners
    500 S. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, 725-4500
  2. DeMun Professional Cleaners
    726 DeMun, Clayton, 721-6400
  3. Colonial Cleaners
    2244 S. Brentwood Blvd., 961-3550
  4. Tip Top Cleaners
    7600 Wydown, Clayton, 726-0939
    8260 Forsyth, Clayton, 862-0321
    6360 Clayton Rd., 644-4999
    40 N. Euclid, CWE, 367-1720
  5. Al’s Wydown Laundry & Cleaners & Alterations
    7620 Wydown, Clayton, 721-2004  

Grocery Stores 

  1. Dierbergs
    8450 Eager Rd., 962-9009
  2. Schnucks
    6600 Clayton Rd., Richmond Hgts., 644-0510
    6920 Olive, U City, 726-2373
    8867 Ladue Rd., Ladue, 725-7574
    9074 Overland Plaza, 426-3800
    710 North Kingshighway, 361-3200
    3431 Union, 381-8789
    8800 Manchester, Brentwood, 961-5454
    4171 Lindell, 533-8027
  3. Shop ‘N Save
    10461 Manchester Road, 984-0900
  4. Straub’s
    8282 Forsyth, Clayton, 725-2121
    302 N. Kingshighway, 361-6646
  5. Trader Joe’s
    48 Brentwood Promenade Court, 963-0253
  6. Whole Foods
    1601 S. Brentwood Blvd., 968-7744  

Home Improvement 

  1. Home Depot
    1603 S. Hanley, 647-6050
  2. Lowe’s Home Improvement
    2300 Maplewood Commons Drive, 450-1000  

Office Supplies 

  1. Office Depot
    1024 S. Big Bend Blvd., 646-8100
  2. OfficeMax
    6590 Manchester Ave., 645-4422
  3. Washington University Campus Bookstore
    Mallinckrodt Center, 935-5500  

Pharmacies 

  1. Student Health Services Pharmacy
    Forsyth House So. 40, 935-6666
  2. Jennifer’s Pharmacy
    30 N. Central, 862-7400
  3. K-Mart
    6700 Manchester Ave., 645-5902
  4. Schnucks
    6600 Clayton Rd., 644-0510
  5. Target
    25 Brentwood Promenade Ct., 918-9500
  6. Walgreen’s
    6733 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 721-2033
    2310 McCausland, 647-7810
    2401 S. Brentwood, 963-1818
    4218 Lindell, 371-4232
  7. Wal-Mart
    1900 Maplewood Commons Drive, 781-2165
  8. Williams Pharmacy
    7010 Pershing Rd., University City, 727-4854  

Post Offices, Shipping 

US Post Office Locations [http://www.usps.com]

  • On Campus, Small Group Housing, 935-5635
  • 561 Kingsland Ave., University City, 800-275-8777
  • 1201 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 800-275-8777
  • 7750 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, 800-275-8777
  • 1409 Hamilton Ave., St. Louis, 800-275-8777

FedEx/Kinkos Locations [http://www.usps.com]

  • On Campus, Mallinckrodt Student Center, 935-8481
  • 8805 Ladue Rd., St. Louis, 725-8704
  • 1901 S. Brentwood, Brentwood, 963-2700

The UPS Store [http://www.theupsstore.com]

  • 6614 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, 781-7244
  • 9648 Olive Blvd., Olivette, 569-0692
  • 4579 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, 361-5505  

Shopping Centers 

St. Louis Galleria [http://www.stlgalleria.com/]
1155 Sait Louis Galeria, St. Louis, 863-6633

St. Louis Union Station
1820 Market St., St. Louis, 421-6655

Plaza Frontenac[http://www.plazafrontenac.com/]
97 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, 432-6760

Westfield Shopping Towns [http://www.westfield.com/uscentres/]
109 Crestwood Plz., .St. Louis, 962-3390
500 Northwest Plz #700, St. Ann, 656-2500
80 West County Ctr., St. Louis, 995-1432