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5630 Pershing Avenue

Miguel S., M1

Price: $550 + gas/electric/internet, renting room in 2-bedroom/1-bathroom from owner.

Pet policy: Size limit on dogs.

Amenities: Combo washer/dryer in each unit, free community washers and dryers on each floor, balconies in unit, separate storage closet in building, two elevators.

Parking: One gated off-street parking spot included. Plenty of on-street parking available.

Commute to campus: 30-minute walk to campus; 3-minute walk to MetroLink and 5-minute ride; 5-minute drive.

About: I decided to rent a room from a classmate who bought a place, so I didn’t have to deal with a lot of the usual headaches of moving into a new place. It’s a pretty good setup for me, and it’s fun to watch a classmate figure out how to be a homeowner. The building itself is very quiet, and most residents are adults and other professional students. There are a few other med students in the building — all MSTP students in their graduate years. The units are large and open, with the kitchen open to the living/dining room. There can be some noise from Forest Park Parkway some nights, but having Forest Park be so close definitely makes up for it — Forest Park is amazing. The ceilings are a bit low, but this has the benefit of soundproofing you from your upstairs and downstairs neighbors. The neighborhood itself is filled with large apartment and condo buildings, so this building isn’t the only choice. There are also some new developments coming soon, like a grocery store. Would recommend!

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E’lysse S., M1

Address: 4431 Chouteau Ave.

Price range: One bedroom for $1350+; two bedroom for $1,700+; utilities not included.

Amenities: Full in-unit laundry, private balcony with outdoor storage, dog park, swimming pool, fitness center, fire pits, nice outdoor common areas with grills.

Pet policy: Pets allowed for extra $20/month rent, plus $150 fee and pet deposit, weight limit on dogs. Very pet friendly — there’s a dog park right next to the complex!

Parking: Free gated parking for residents, carports available for $50/month extra. Very small guest parking area but guests can street park outside the complex.

Commute to class: ~12-minute walk to campus. 

About: Aventura is very quiet and perfect for someone that doesn’t want to be bothered by loud neighbors or music. It’s located just a few blocks north of The Grove, which has a great strip of shops and restaurants/bars. There are great outdoor common areas to hang out with people (especially during COVID). The balconies and in-unit laundry are wonderful features that are hard to find in St. Louis, and the apartments are very well-renovated and new. The gated parking and security give quite a bit of peace of mind in St. Louis, where car break-ins are not uncommon. The maintenance is also very quick, and they are usually there within a day when I submit a service request. The only drawbacks for me are that the apartments are pretty small and relatively pricey, it can be hard to have a lot of people over because of the quiet hours after 10 p.m., and most people (at least in our class) live in the Central West End instead of The Grove. But I personally enjoy living here and think it’s a great option if you want to live within walking distance of campus.

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Del Coronado

Chris W., M1

Address: 4949 W. Pine Blvd.

Price range: Studio for $960; 1-bedroom for $980/$1,280; 2-bedroom for $1,280/$1,680 (unrenovated/renovated pricing); utilities usually around $50-$80/person.

Pet policy: Pets allowed for one time $150 deposit and $20/month.

Parking: Gated parking lot for $75/month; uncovered garage parking for $100/month; covered parking garage for $125/month. 

Amenities: Laundry machines on every other floor, gym, package pick-up, bike room, occasional free breakfasts, conference and lounge areas, coffee machine in lobby (during pre-COVID times!)

Commute to campus: ~10-15-minute walk.

About: Del Coronado (DelCo) offers several different floor plans, both unrenovated and renovated, to fit your specific needs. Del Coronado is conveniently located in the Central West End, a lively neighborhood with many restaurants, shops, and more close by. Additionally, Del Coronado is just a short walk away from campus and Forest Park, which is right across the street! Many of my classmates either also live in DelCo or live in the many other apartment complexes within the vicinity, which has been great. Some downsides include that the building overall is still undergoing some renovations and that the package system is less than ideal right now due to COVID precautions. In addition, the gym is small, although it has enough equipment to cater to most needs. Overall, I am happy with my decision to live in DelCo, and would recommend it to anyone looking into it!

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Metropolitan Flats

Christina S., M1

Address: 4535 Forest Park Ave.

Price Range: $1,300-$1,595 for a 1-bedroom; $1,700-$2,495 for a double; electricity and WiFi around $50/month. 

Amenities: Dog park, in-unit laundry, small gym, courtyard with grill, food mart, valet dry cleaning. 

Parking: Underground in secured lot for $125/month.

Pet Policy: Allowed for a $300 fee and $25/month.

Commute to Class: 5-7 minute walk.

About: I live in a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom apartment (1,170 sq. foot) with my roommate, who is also an M1, and we have absolutely loved it here so far! This apartment complex is on the medium to higher end in terms of rent but the tradeoff for comfortability, location, and large space has made it worth it. We are close to school and also to Forest Park and all that CWE has to offer. The management and maintenance have been nothing but kind and attentive.

MetroFlats is in the Central West End right across from the hospital and is about a 5-7 minute walk from the medical campus. The building and apartments were renovated last year and there are 1-bedroom/1-bathroom and 2-bedroom/2-bathroom layouts available. The appliances are updated, and there is in-unit laundry! The building has a small fitness center for residents, a courtyard, a small mart with food and things, and — my favorite — a dog park! Underground parking is available with a monthly fee. Some of the ground-level rooms have little patio areas, and we are on an elevated floor that has a small balcony. If you’re looking for a comfortable place near campus in CWE, are able to buy in this price range, and want to see cute puppies everyday, I recommend MetroFlats!

Apartment at Metroflats on Forest Park Ave and Euclid

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Parc Frontenac

Ilana O., M1

Address: 40 N. Kingshighway Blvd.

Price range: Studio for ~$1,000; 1-bedroom for ~$1,000-1,400; 2-bedroom for >$1,600, utilities typically around $100/month with WiFi.

Amenities: Large rooftop with furniture and amazing views, gym, communal laundry in basement, 24/7 doorman, package reception/storage, located right across the street from Forest Park, bike storage, management company hosted events (such as free beer tasting, cooking class, yoga, etc.)

Pets: Pet friendly (dogs – max 50 lbs., cats, birds, fish) for a $300 deposit and $20/month fee.

Parking: Underground garage for $100/month; covered garage across the street for $75/month.

Commute to class: ~10 minute walk.

Parc Frontenac has been a great place to live, especially given how much time I have spent at home this year. I was a bit nervous to move into an apartment that I had only seen via Facetime, but I am very happy with the choice I made. The apartments are relatively large, and many have been recently renovated to include hardwood floors and new appliances. I think there is a bit more noise being right on Kingshighway Boulevard, but you can’t get any closer to Forest Park. I spend a lot of time on the rooftop, which has gorgeous views of the city and ample space to hang out with friends. It’s slightly more expensive than other buildings, but I find the extra space in my apartment and numerous additional amenities (gym, parking, security) are well worth it. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

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Park 44

Michael R., M1

Address: 4444 W. Pine Blvd.

Price Range: Studio for $755; 1-bedroom/1-bathroom loft for $1,240; 2-bedroom/1.5-bathroom townhouse (call for details); utilities around $95/month.

Pet Policy: Cats and dogs allowed. Maximum of one pet, 25 lbs. or under. Rent $15/month, deposit $300.

Amenities: AC, heat, and water heater included in rent. Cable and internet ready. Some units have patios or balconies. Dishwasher and appliances including refrigerator, microwave, electric stove, and oven. Communal laundry on second and fourth floors. Parking garage with bike racks. Really big central courtyard with grill and cornhole. 

Parking: Free street parking; surface lot for $55/month; garage parking for $85/month.

Commute to Campus: ~14 minute walk, ~5 minutes by bike or Lime scooter.

About: Going into the apartment search process, I was focused on finding a place with really good quality to price ratio, practical location, close to other students and yet distant enough to connect with local young professionals,and responsive staff. I also wanted a relatively quiet space and that was spacious enough to live comfortably. Park 44 has been great for me regarding most of these goals. I find it is incredibly cost effective as a single person in a studio. My rent, internet, and utility expenses are just under $1000/month. Schnucks (your standard grocery store), Whole Foods, campus, and Forest Park are all under a 15-minute walk, so I’ve been able to live comfortably with just my feet and a bike. Because of COVID, I unfortunately did not have a chance to visit the studio I selected (550 sq. ft.), but while it looked small initially, I have found it to be spacious enough to fit a full-size bed, 90-inch couch, dining table and adjustable office table and still have room for yucca plants and stretching. I have not had any noise issues, though I can sometimes hear thudding and the occasional singing neighbor. I have also found the maintenance team is overall available and quick responding. I had to have my AC filter changed twice, which they completed the following day.

Selina and management are likewise very responsive and willing to work with you — I have not had issues with getting answers regarding my lease or questions I had. I have also experienced zero pest problems. Our courtyard space is also nice and very large, with retro furniture, barstools, cornhole and a large central gazebo, so if you are into outdoor parties, they’ve got you. One drawback I have experienced is that few M1s are staying here this year, which adds an extra barrier to socializing. If you are concerned about this, I would recommend confirming beforehand that classmates are staying here. There is also no fitness center, communal laundry, or parking or print station, and the garage is tight fitting, so make sure your parking game is on point if you bring a car.

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ParkLux Apartments

Carly D., M1

Address: 5560 Pershing Ave.

Price Range: Studios for ~$700; 1-bedroom/1-bathroom for $800-$1,050; 2-bedroom/1-bathroom for $1,000-$1,188; 2-bedroom/2-bathroom for $1,200-$1,400; 3-bedroom/variable bathroom for $1,300-$1,800; utilities included.

Amenities: In-unit washer/dryer, bar, gym, stainless steel appliances.

Pets: So many dogs! (But there is a fee.)

Parking: Free street parking; gated uncovered lot for $50/month.

Commute to Class: 30-minute walk, 10-minute bike, 6-minute drive.

About: Pershing Avenue has tons of apartments! It’s a really cute street with a lot of beautiful trees and the buildings made of brick make it very picturesque. I love to take walks around the neighborhood, and it feels very safe. The population is mainly young people (and many dogs). There is a cute bar on the street called Mack’s that has HUGE chicken wings. There is also a vegan cafe and yoga studio right around the corner as well as a hair salon, tailor, specialty gym, and a cafe down the street. The major drawback for most people is the distance from campus, but I chose to live here because I don’t mind driving or biking through Forest Park to school/CWE and wanted a bigger space for a cheaper price.

The building itself is older. There are both renovated and classic units with dishwashers, garbage disposals, AC/heat, and in-unit washer/dryer. I will say that my move-in experience was pretty rough: The apartment was not cleaned or painted, there were a few light bulbs missing, and some other cosmetic issues. However, since that time, there has been a change in management and the new team is very responsive and even plans occasional little events or puts out free grab-and-go breakfast items.

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The Core

Favour G., M1

Address: 718 & 818 South Euclid Ave.

Price range: $750 – $1,700, with a mix of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments (utilities included).

Pet policy: One pet (25 lb. limit) per unit in 718 building; $200 deposit and $100 fee.

Amenities: Fully furnished (with in-unit washer and dryer and Smart TV), 24-hr gym, utilities, cable, internet, game room, rooftop, group study library, BBQ/picnic areas, and secure package receiving.

Parking: $79-$85 fee depending on lot. 

Commute to class: 2-3-minute walk.

About: I am the kind of person that enjoys having my own space. I appreciate the ease of transitioning to life in a new city without roaming store to store looking for apartment furniture when all I want to do is relax in my new apartment and explore the community around me. If you want that too, The Core apartments are the place for you, and it has the added benefit of being less than a 5-minute walk from campus. At The Core, you can get a fully furnished studio (256-380 sq. ft with in-unit washer and dryer) for a great price without having to worry about paying extra for utilities. You also get to enjoy living with a community of students from your class, with amenities like the rooftop, game room, and library where you can hang out together.

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The Lofts @ Euclid

Rowan G., M1

Address: 625 N. Euclid St.

Price range: Studio for $1,150; 1-bedroom for $1,400; 2-bedroom for $1,800; electric and internet/cable not included but usually ~$75 total.

Amenities: Rooftop oasis, indoor club room, gym, downstairs grocery store.

Parking: Garage (tandem) for $150/month; garage (single) for $100/month; outdoor for $50/month.

Pet policy: Allowed.

Commute to Class: 20-30-minute walk; 6-minute drive.

About: The Lofts@Euclid has been a great place to live thus far! It’s in a renovated historical building (built in the late 1800’s!), and so everything is new, nice, and functional. I’m in a small studio (~500 sq. ft), but it feels larger than it is because of its ample storage space, super tall ceilings, and big windows. It also feels like a studio/1-bedroom apartment hybrid. My bedroom and bathroom are distinct rooms but the square footage is studio-esque. The building has several amenities like a rooftop “oasis” (outdoor fireplace, hot tub, lounge), gym, and a grocery store on the first floor. The management has been very nice and helpful as well. It’s a 20-30-minute walk to campus which to some might be a con, but it’s also nice to have some separation between school and home. At the end of every month, I pay a little less than $1,200 including utilities and parking. I would definitely recommend the Lofts!

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The President and Park Royal

Sabrina G., M1

Address: 4615 Lindell Blvd.

Price range: Studio for $850+; 1-bedroom/1-bathroom for $1090+.

Amenities: First floor laundry (free), water, utilities, and WiFi included in rent, fitness center, communal library, communal patio with grills.

Pet policy: Pets allowed for a fee.

Parking: Garage parking for $80/month.

Walk: 15-18 minutes, door-to-door.

About: The management in the President/Park Royal is amazing — the landlord agreed to hold my apartment for an extra month free of charge last minute when WashU changed our start date, and maintenance responds to work orders within an hour on weekdays. The units are unrenovated but kept in great condition, and they are incredibly spacious. The gym and patio/grill area are huge perks. Although The President/Park Royal is a 3-5-minute walk farther from campus than some buildings on Laclede or West Pine, it is literally a 1-minute walk from Whole Foods and within walking distance from Schnucks. Plus, it’s much quieter, as you don’t hear the ambulances at night. The distance, in my opinion, is negligible if you just walk a bit faster! 🙂

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The Residences at Forest Park

Grace H., M1

Address: 4910 W. Pine Blvd.

Price Range: Studio for $1,335; 1-bedroom/1-bathroom for $1,540; 2-bedroom/2-bathroom for $1930; utilities around $75-95 per person, including WiFi.

Amenities: gym, bike storage, complimentary coffee, two outdoor patios with grills (one is the dog park and one is the human park), postal package service, washer/dryer in unit!

Pets: Many doggos! Have met many in the dog park.

Parking: Gated uncovered lot parking for $60/month.

Commute to Class: 10-minute walk. The hospital is only two blocks away but class is a little farther.

About: The Residences is an apartment complex with tons of beautiful, spacious, and modern apartments. After living in notoriously bad college apartments (think many things breaking and maintenance being MIA), my roommate and I wanted an apartment complex with responsive management, and the Residences had some of the best reviews online. In our time living here, management has been super responsive to any issues (of which there have been very few — mostly just lightbulbs going out).

While our rent is a little more than some other places in the area, I felt like it was worth it to live in a nicer apartment complex with more amenities. Also, living with another M1 roommate has made it much more affordable. We live in a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom with an in-unit washer/dryer, and our apartment is very spacious, with lots of big windows and natural light. The apartment complex has a huge lobby with an additional communal kitchen and tables for studying. In addition, there’s both a human park (outdoor patio area) and a dog park where lots of residents will take their pets! Parking is $60/month for a gated lot, which isn’t too bad compared to some neighboring apartments, and there’s also a free visitor’s lot for when friends/families/partners come to visit. There’s a gym in the basement with a few cardio machines, a squat rack, and free weights, which is super nice in the era of COVID. Plus, you can’t beat the location, as we are only two blocks away from the medical center and across the street from Whole Foods and Shake Shack (which we frequent often). Overall, I have loved my experience living in the Residences, and will definitely be renewing my lease!

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West Pine Terrace

Address: 4530 West Pine Blvd.

Price range: 1-bedroom/1-bathroom for $800-$1,000; 2-bedroom units available for a similar price; utilities typically $25/month.

Pet policy: Cats only.

Amenities: Laundry units on each floor, water and heating included in rent.

Parking: Surface parking for $50/month; garage parking for $75/month.

Commute to class: 10-minute walk.

About: There are several smaller apartment complexes in the Central West End that you can find easily through or by looking at Zillow. While a majority of our class lives in larger apartment buildings, I would definitely recommend checking out some of these other buildings! There are some gems in the area for similar, if not lower prices. West Pine Terrace is about a 10-minute walk to class, within a 2-minute walk to Whole Foods, and is nearby the other large apartment buildings.

The complex is only four floors, with a total of 40 units, so it’s pretty small. I personally like living in a smaller building because I feel like my landlord is more responsive if I have any major maintenance issues (which I haven’t!). One major perk is just how close this building is to campus, and another is that there is garage parking — this was something that was super important for me since it can snow in St. Louis. Additionally, the apartment units don’t feel “old,” even though the hallways look a bit dated. Most of the units are becoming renovated, with stainless steel appliances and new bathroom countertops. Overall, West Pine Terrace is a fairly affordable 1-bedroom option, especially given its location.