Travel and Lodging
Lodging in Olin Residence Hall: We are pleased to offer you accommodations for one night in Olin Residence Hall, which is located next door to the McDonnell Medical Sciences Building, where you will check in the morning of your interview. It is also the location of pizza parties that the students host for applicants. If you wish to stay in Olin for more than one night, you are welcome to stay additional nights for a charge of $38 per night.
Each guest room in Olin is provided with towels, bed linens, and a pillow. Shared bathroom facilities are located on each floor and bringing shower shoes is suggested. There are no telephones in guest rooms.
Located on the second floor of Olin Residence Hall, the Student Health and Athletic Center (SHAC) is a modern, well-appointed fitness center with access for all students on the School of Medicine campus and medical school applicants staying in Olin Residence Hall. The SHAC is available for use 24 hours a day.
When you check in at Olin Residence Hall, inform the attendant that you have come for a medical school interview.
For your convenience, the Olin Residence Hall front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Please feel free to contact them with any questions by phone during business hours at (314) 362-3230 or after hours at (314) 362-3251, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the Facilities Management Department website for more information about Olin Hall.
Plan to check out the morning before breakfast. For convenience, you may bring your luggage to the Olin front desk for storage in a locked closet during your interview day.
If you prefer to make your own arrangements at your own expense, several hotels are located close to the School of Medicine.
The Parkway Hotel
(on the School of Medicine Campus)
4550 Forest Park Blvd.
St. Louis , MO 63110
Parkway Hotel website
Chase Park Plaza Hotel
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Chase Park Plaza Hotel website
(1 mile from campus)
6300 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
Drury Inn and Suites — St. Louis Forest Park
2111 Sulphur Ave.
1-44 and Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Drury Inn and Suites website
Hampton Inn and Suites — St. Louis at Forest Park
5650 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Hampton Inn and Suites website
Regardless of where you stay, your luggage can be stored at the Olin Residence Hall front desk during the interview day.
From the Airport: There are several types of transportation available from the airport to the medical center: MetroLink (light rail), ride share services (Uber), or taxi.
MetroLink Light Rail System: During the day and early evening hours, the MetroLink is the best way to reach the medical center. The cost is $3.75 from the airport. If you decide to take the MetroLink in the evening, you can call ahead to Medical School Security at (314) 362-4357 to arrange for an escort to accompany you from the MetroLink station to Olin Residence Hall.
If you ride MetroLink, get off at the Central West End station. After leaving the train, climb up the steps to Euclid Avenue. (Be sure to take the steps and not the walkway that leads to the bus terminal.) When you are at the top of the stairs, you are on Euclid Avenue. Turn left (south) and proceed as follows on Euclid Avenue:
If you arrive on MetroLink before 6 pm, proceed to the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center front door (approximately 1/2 block). Enter through the front door and proceed through the building and out the rear door. You will exit on to Scott Avenue. The building just down the street on your right is Olin Residence Hall (4550 Scott Ave.).
If you arrive on MetroLink after 6 pm, the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center will be locked and you will have to call Security from the vestibule of the building. After entering through the first glass doors, press the buzzer and tell the security officer that you are a visiting applicant. Once you are inside the building, signs are posted to direct you to Olin Residence Hall or to the School of Medicine Admissions Office.
If you are having any difficulty, please call Security at 314-362-4357.
Taxis: The approximate cost from the airport to the medical center is $35. Tell the driver that you are going to 4550 Scott Ave. on the School of Medicine campus. (Go west on Scott Avenue from Taylor Avenue.)
Arriving By Automobile: The medical center is located in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Highway 40/64 and Kingshighway.
If you are traveling from east of the school, exit Highway 40/64 north onto Kingshighway. At the first intersection, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza Drive, turn right (east) and proceed one block to Euclid Avenue. Turn right (south) on Euclid Avenue and proceed a half block to the stop sign at McKinley Avenue. Turn left (east) on McKinley. The Admissions Office is located a half block down at 4565 McKinley Ave., Room 100.
If you are traveling from west of St. Louis, exit Highway 40/64 north onto Kingshighway. At the first intersection, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza Drive, turn right (east) and proceed for one block to Euclid Avenue. Turn right (south) on Euclid Avenue and proceed a half block to the stop sign at McKinley Avenue. Turn left (east) on McKinley. The Admissions Office is located a half block down at 4565 McKinley Ave., Room 100.
On-campus parking is available for applicants. We recommend that you park in the parking garage at the intersection of Clayton and Taylor Avenue. You will receive a parking ticket when you enter the garage. Bring the ticket to the Admissions Office to be validated on the day of your interview.
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