University City’s Delmar Loop is a bustling arts, restaurant, entertainment and retail district and model for communities around the country, having earned the honor of “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” from The American Planning Association. University City is no longer just the end of the line where the old St. Louis Streetcar turns around to head back to the big city. Today it’s an exciting destination for visitors, and a wonderful place locals call home.
Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
The educational, cultural, shopping and restaurant district called the Delmar Loop is six blocks of over 140 boutiques, specialty shops, eclectic restaurants, galleries and live entertainment. Take a walk along the St. Louis Walk-of-Fame where you’ll find a series of brass plaques embedded in the Delmar Boulevard sidewalks illustrating many famous St. Louisans from history like Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, and more.
Blueberry Hill serves food for every palate and features live music by touring and local St. Louis bands. Their jukebox and rock and roll themed window displays are nationally recognized, so whether you’re in the mood for good food, music, darts, pinball, video games, or one of their award-winning beers…or a combination of all of the above, Blueberry Hill is the place to be on The Loop.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Tivoli Theater features the finest in independent film and foreign language cinema.
The Pin-Up Bowl is St. Louis’s exclusive bowling and martini lounge.
Parks and Recreation
University City maintains a park system comprised of over 17 parks. Facilities include tennis courts, basketball courts, running tracks, ball diamonds, playground equipment, an outdoor pool, community center and recreation facility.
The Ruth Park Golf Course features Zoysia grass tees and fairways, bent grass greens, and tree-lined, hilly terrain. Amenities available through the club house include lessons, rentals, pro shop, grill and more.
According to the most recent information from CityData, the median household income for homes in University City was $49,541 compared to the state of Missouri’s average of $45,229.
The median house and condo values for homes in University City was $218,061 compared to the state of Missouri’s average at $139,700.
The city’s population as of 2011 was at 35,365.
Schools, Health, Transportation
The Center of Contemporary Arts, or COCA, is a pre-professional dance training academy whose alumni have performed for such notable acts as Wicked, Trisha Brown, Cecil Slaughter and more.
Colleges and universities near University City include Washington University, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University, St. Louis University-Main Campus, and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, all in St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College-Meramec in Kirkwood.
Passenger train service is provided by Amtrak. Nearby stations include the Kirkwood station located at 110 W. Argonne Rd. in Kirkwood, the St. Louis station located at 550 S. 16th St. in St. Louis, and the Alton station located at 3400 College Ave. in Alton.
Bus service is provided by Metro Transit which connects all the suburbs to St. Louis.
Local hospital and medical facilities near University City include SSM St. Mary’s Health Center about 3 miles away in Richmond Heights, Forest Park Hospital about 5 miles away in St. Louis, and Barnes Jewish Hospital about 5 miles away, also in St. Louis.