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Arriving in St. Louis

You will go through immigration at the first U.S. airport you enter, so you should be prepared to answer a few questions about your upcoming stay in the United States. Citizens of Canada who are driving to St. Louis will speak with an agent at the U.S. border. Either way, you should be prepared to share the following information:

Tell the inspector that you are a student at Saint Louis University.

Our address is:
1 North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri, 63108

You may be asked to provide the following documents, so do not pack them in your checked baggage:

  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Passport
  • F-1 or J-1 student visa stamp
  • SLU admission letter
  • Financial documents
  • Receipt for the SEVIS fee (Form I-797 or a printout of your receipt)
  • The name and contact information for a person at SLU

If you arrive in the United States more than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019, you may be denied entry to the country. Please plan accordingly.

Airport Pickup Days

SLU offers pick up service from Lambert International Airport on certain days prior to each semester. Most students plan to arrive on one of these days to be greeted at the airport by a SLU staff member and accompanied to campus.

To schedule your airport transportation, forward your flight itinerary (including the airline confirmation number) to, along with your full name and Banner ID number. Once we receive your flight information, you will receive an email confirmation. Please submit airport pickup requests one month prior to your arrival.

If you are unable to locate us at the airport, you can go the airport’s information desk and ask the staff to page Saint Louis University.

If any of your flights are missed, canceled or delayed, email or call 314-977-2318 or 314-649-4055  so we can assist you. If it is an evening or weekend outside of airport pickup days, you can call 314-977-3000 and a campus public safety officer will contact us.

Arriving Without Airport Pickup
  • A taxi from the airport to Saint Louis University campus will cost around $50 USD. Taxis for hire are outside the baggage claim area.
  • Uber and Lyft both operate from St. Louis International Airport. These transportation services can be accessed via smartphone apps.
  • There is also an airport shuttle service, Go Best Express. This is like a shared taxi that will take several passengers at once. They offer a discount to Saint Louis University students. If you use this service, identify yourself as a SLU student, and ask for the discount.
  • The MetroLink, St. Louis' light rail system, is a good option if you you do not have much baggage and are not arriving late at night. Get off at the Grand Station stop. Saint Louis University is located a few blocks north.

If you are arriving during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday) go to Des Peres Hall, 3694 West Pine Mall, St. Louis, MO, 63108. Des Peres Hall is the building displaying flags representing SLU's international population.

If you are arriving before 8:30 a.m., after 5 p.m. or on a weekend, go to Wool Center, 3545 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108. A public safety officer can help you find your on-campus housing (students living off campus should plan to stay in a hotel).

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Attend International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is held before the start of the fall and spring semesters. You'll have the chance to get acclimated to life on campus and in the U.S. before classes start.

You'll register with our office, meet other international students and connect with student ambassadors who will make you feel welcome.