Living in St. Louis

St. Louis is the 20th largest metropolitan area in the United States with more than 2.9 million people while boasting the fourth lowest cost of living rate in the nation.

It is home to several corporate headquarters and 19 Fortune 1000 companies in various sectors including health care, biotechnology, consumer goods, financial services, utilities and manufacturing. Nearly 40 colleges, universities and technical schools contribute to producing the region’s strong workforce.


St. Louis’s neighborhoods are charming, vibrant and inviting. From downtown to the suburbs, each neighborhood has its own distinct identity, culture and sense of community.

You’ll find architectural wonders ranging from Victorian townhouses, New England colonial homes, gingerbread houses with art deco details, to modern lofts and condos. There are several neighborhoods within walking or short driving distance of the nursing school campus. Regardless of where you live, on any given day you have quick access to a variety of arts, entertainment, sports and outdoor activities that suit your interests.

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Arts, Culture & Outdoor Attractions

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is within walking distance of Forest Park, the crown jewel of St. Louis and one of the largest urban parks in the United States.

Forest Park is home to the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Saint Louis Art Museum, The Muny, and the Missouri History Museum. You can also enjoy the outdoors on its golf courses, walking paths, bike trails, ice skating rink and multi-sports fields.

Our campus is only a few blocks from the Grand Center, the core of St. Louis’s art district. The area includes a diverse range of museums, galleries and performing arts centers. Take in a broadway musical at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, enjoy a masterpiece by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the Powell Symphony Hall, or watch a performance by The Black Rep, the nation’s largest professional African-American theatre company.

If you love sports, St. Louis is your town. From St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey to our upcoming MLS team, St. Louis City SC, there is something for every sports fan to enjoy.

World-Class Health Care Hub

St. Louis is home to renowned, world-class academic medical centers, hospitals and research institutions where clinical and research breakthroughs take place every day.

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is located on the campus of Washington University Medical Center along with our partners:

BJC Healthcare

We are also affiliated with BJC HealthCare, the state's largest employer and one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States. BJC delivers services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions through 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations.

Opportunities for hands-on learning and work experiences are available in:

  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Primary care
  • Community health and wellness
  • Workplace health
  • Home health
  • Community mental health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Hospice