Match Day – Moving to St. Louis

Andrea Durway Posted by
Relocation Mar 2020

What is Match Day?

Every year in mid-March, tens of thousands of medical students tear open envelopes and learn where they will be completing the next phase of their professional training. This is known as Match Day. It’s exciting and can be stressful because approximately 45% of applicants will be moving to another state to complete their residencies and fellowship training positions.

If you’ve been matched to a program in St. Louis, one of the first orders of business will be securing housing. Relocating can be as stressful as beginning this next phase of your career.

Look for housing early

When you search for an apartment or house right away, you’ll have more options and improve your odds of being able to move in within the time frame you desire. All of the other people who matched to St. Louis will be looking for housing. You don’t want to run the risk of having to wait to move until after your residency starts when you will be extremely busy.

The spacious 2 bedroom/1.5 bathroom condo at 3548 Victor 3E has period details and modern updates. Conveniences like in-unit laundry and a garage add to its appeal. Tower Grove Park is just steps away. Enjoy the Farmer’s Market and festivals without a need to find parking. Less than 10 minutes to St. Louis University Medical Center and Cortex. Less than 15 minutes to Washington University Medical complexes in Central West End. If you want character + convenience, look no further. Listed at $159,900

consider your commute

Having a shorter commute to the hospital will give you more time to relax between shifts and enjoy the amenities that may be near your new home. And if you are working long shifts, you don’t want to have to drive a long way when you are tired. Some actually do choose to move 15-20 minutes away because the commute gives them time to clear their mind after work. So think about what is most important to you.

This condo at 4355 Maryland #304 is a completely renovated unit featuring a rare “double master suite” floorplan with 2 spacious private suites, each including a bedroom, large closets & full bathroom – ultimate privacy. In-unit laundry and underground garage parking. The building has a fitness center and pool. Located in the heart of the Central West End. Listed at $192,500.

Renting vs. Buying

Many who came to St. Louis for medical training elect to stay in St. Louis afterward. Forbes recently identified St. Louis as a city where you can own a home for about $1000 a month. It often makes financial sense to buy instead of renting. Different banks offer mortgage loan programs for residents or new doctors that take into account your student loan debt. So ask about all the options available.

Located in the pedestrian-friendly Central West End, 4256 Maryland 3E is a huge contemporary 3 bed/2 bath condo in a historic building with character. This gorgeous third-floor unit is newly renovated with high ceilings, fireplace, spacious rooms, and in-unit laundry. You’ll love the updated kitchen. Secured, assigned parking. Listed at $245,000.

find the right realtor

Interview and find a realtor that is a neighborhood expert and really understands your specific needs. You can research online, but a realtor is going to have first-hand knowledge that can really make a difference in helping you find the perfect housing match.

4464 Lindell, Unit 11 is a crisp 2 bed/2 bath bright and tidy condo with views of the Central West End’s Cathedral Basilica. Special features include two balconies, a wood-burning fireplace, and a swimming pool. Unit has garage parking. Walk to restaurants, shopping, Barnes Medical complex, Forest Park, and more. Listed at $289,900.

create a support network

There are loads of cultural amenities and things to do in St. Louis. Exploring the city with fellow residents who are also new to town can be a great way to deal with the challenges of moving.  And St. Louis has been getting a lot of recognition of late for its incredible food and craft beer sceneFood and Wine Magazine named St. Louis as the Fifth Best Place to Eat in the entire country. So connect with those in your program and check out all that St. Louis has to offer.

323 Clara #32 in Debaliviere Place is a 2 bed/1.5 bath condo located in a building with impressive marble entry. This corner unit has fantastic lighting and 12-foot ceilings. In-unit laundry, walk-in closet, 2 parking spots on a secured lot, and extra storage in the basement. Close to public transportation or walk to Forest Park, Delmar Loop, and Central West End. Listed at $145,000.

Summary

If Match Day has you relocating to St. Louis, we would love to help you navigate your move for medical school like we’ve helped so many before. We know the neighborhoods inside and out and will listen to your wants and find a home that matches your wants and needs. Contact us for more information on the area or check out 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Condo.

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