If you get on I-64 and drive out west towards the suburbs, it literally feels like you could be in any suburb in the U.S. A huge crew of us head out this direction once a week to try out different Indian restaurants — our favorites so far have been Priyaa and Ani’s Hyderabad House. I frequently hang out in Chesterfield Valley, as it’s one of the most vibrant places in the area (e.g. there are two outlet malls within two miles of each other). They’re also opening up an indoor skydiving facility over there next year, which is definitely on the bucket list. On the other side of campus (the east), you have downtown St. Louis, Cardinals games, Blues games, and nightlife. All of this can be accessed via MetroLink, which is nice. But if you really want to get away from the city, finding a friend with a car and exploring out west is the move!