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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: One thing I love about Webster University is the atmosphere. it is very green with old architect. There is lots of shops and restaurants near by that really help the school feel like a community. The teachers and students are very friendly and welcoming.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local community is a laid back older community that is mostly white. A bit uncomfortable for non white students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Being close to St. Louis is great, there are so many art and cultural events, along with the historical parts of downtown. Campus is a pretty close proximity to lots of things, both in St. Louis proper and otherwise.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Located near St. Louis, MO. Forest Park, St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, The Hill, The Loop, Botanical Garden, The juke box, The Fox, The Muny, Science Center, Shopping, and much more

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are two small street strips of stores and restaurants walking distance away. There are numerous plays and musicals put on by the Reperatory theatre on campus as well as the students in the Webster Conservatory (students get a discounted price and sometimes free)! To get downtown to St. Louis (where there is various activities and night life) you have to drive or ride the Metro (students can get a free Metro Pass). University City's "Loop" is also nearby with activities and night life. Webster Groves is pretty low key and most locals don't really care/notice the students.


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Jamie Pope
Saint Louis, MO
Poltical Science / English / German (minor)
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There are so many options to consider when the campus sits within the heart of a well-known city like St. Louis. It's best to explore the city by car, since most of the famous landmarks are found within the downtown area, Forest Park, or within the county—all which are about 10 to 25 minutes away from campus. Places around campus are mainly local novelty shops or restaurants, with the Webster Groves City Hall just down the road and a few other shops around it. Big Bend Boulevard has the most variety, nearly the whole street is dedicated to local businesses, with restaurants and shops you would not see within walking distance of campus.

If there is a car to use, the possibilities are endless. There are many movies and performance theaters, shopping centers, tourism areas, museums, parks, and local sporting events to entertain you whenever you have some time to spare. Some places are free, like the zoo or the art and history museums, while some require having money on hand like the Fox Theatre or Ronnie's 20 Cinema. Even if you do not have access to a car, there is the MetroLink that makes stops at key areas around the city, such as the Delmar Loop or Forest Park area, with a ticket costing $7.50 each. If you know where to look, there is always something to do in St. Louis.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 11 world championships, the latest one in 2011.
  2. The Anheuser Busch headquarters is located in downtown St. Louis ever since it opened its doors in 1876. It closed its brewery operations during the Prohibition and reopened them April 7, 1933. The company mascot is the Anheuser Busch Clydesdale.
  3. The Lemp Mansion is considered one of the most haunted places in the United States. It was a brewery at one time and is now a bed and breakfast. There are paranormal tours of the mansion at $30 a person, and people can stay the night in one of the mansion rooms for an extra $100.
Notable Natives
  • Kate Chopin - author of "The Awakening"
  • John Goodman - actor known for his roles in "The Big Lebowski," "The Flintstones," or the TV series "Roseanne"
  • Vincent Price - horror movie actor
  • Kimora Lee Simmons - founder of "Baby Phat" and model
Points of Interest
  • One AT&T Center
  • One Metropolitan Square
  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis
  • Organic Farmers' Market (Old Orchard Ave.)
  • St. Louis Gateway Arch
Shopping Centers
  • South County Center
  • St. Louis Galleria Mall
  • St. Louis Mills
  • West County Center
Movie Theaters
Galleria 6
1155 Saint Louis Galleria
Brentwood within St. Louis County
(314) 725-0808
Movie Theaters
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis
(314) 432-0604
Movie Theaters
Ronnie's 20 Cine
5320 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis
(800) FANDANGO ext. 2401
Movie Theaters
Tivoli Theater
6350 Delmar in The Loop
Delmar Loop in St. Louis
(314) 995-6270
Major Sports Teams
  • St. Louis Blues: NHL
  • St. Louis Cardinals: MLB
  • St. Louis Rams: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Springfield, Ill.: : 1 hour, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 20% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 53% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 49 responses

  • 16% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 43% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 17% No way.
  • 60% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% Totally.


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