Welcome to St. Louis!

The Gateway to the West is home to arts, music, culture, and green spaces as well as a growing innovation hub. Additional housing resources OISS page on housing and Med student housing page, also includes an informal guide.

The university provides free Metro passes and many attractions are free. Visit the WashU About St. Louis page to learn more.


WashU Human Resources Office offers an orientation on the third Tuesday of every month. Your department administrator should register you with Human Resources to attend. Plan to attend in your first month.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers a Postdoc Resources Orientation on the first Monday of January, April, July, and October. You will learn about your benefits and how to enhance your postdoctoral training. You will also meet representatives from the Washington University Postdoctoral Society, the English Language Programs, and other centers on campus.

Policies & Benefits

  • Review the Washington University Postdoc Policy and applicable school-specific policies
  • You must sign up for benefits within 31 days of your start date!
  • The Office of the Ombuds is a confidential resource that provides confidential, impartial, informal, and independent conflict resolution and problem-solving assistance to all university staff, postdocs and graduate students to learn more and schedule an appointment.
  • Get your MetroPass
  • Wellness