General recommendations

In general, renting an apartment requires that you supply an additional month or two of rent, possibly an additional security deposit or pet deposit if you have animals, a reference, and proof of income. The exact specifications vary from landlord to landlord. If you have specific questions about whether what a landlord is asking from you is reasonable, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we can help you decide if it is a normal ask.

For proof of income, your offer letter may be sufficient. If other documentation is needed, our Office can provide you with a letter verifying your appointment as a WashU postdoctoral researcher

For additional advice about housing, you might also consider contacting your faculty supervisor or host department to see if they can connect you with other postdocs in your lab for advice about specific landlords, places to live, etc.

Off-campus living

The Washington University affiliate Quadrangle Housing Co. offers university-owned rental apartments in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding Washington University’s medical and Danforth campuses.

Washington University’s Apartment Referral Services portal connects the WashU community to off-campus housing options.

Compass Property Management welcomes WashU postdocs in selected properties (like this one) depending on availability.

Check this brief list of neighborhoods in St. Louis City and St. Louis County prepared by the Student Advisory Committee of the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Temporary stays

The Core Apartment Residence offers temporary housing options for WashU guests (visiting students, faculty, staff members, individuals pursuing educational opportunities) depending on availability. Guests must be sponsored by or affiliated with a WashU department to be eligible. For current rates, please email


If you are planning to open a bank account in a local bank, we encourage you to find the banking institution that most closely meets your needs. Here is information about some institutions with presence on campus:

Bank of America has ATMs on the Danforth Campus (outside Mallinckrodt, on the South 40 outside Gregg House, and in the Village inside the Village house) and at the School of Medicine Campus (corridor between the North and South Buildings).

US Bank has a branch at 216 S Kingshighway Blvd (at Forest Park Parkway) and an ATM at the Medical Center.

St. Louis Community Credit Union has an ATM at the Medical Center.​