South 40

Building Community

IN THE LATE 1950s Washington University began to evolve from a "streetcar college" to a world-renowned academic institution. On 40 acres just south of Forsyth Boulevard, a student residential community rose that came to be called the South 40.

Over the following half century, the South 40 provided a tremendous home for our students. However, much has become outdated. A redeveloped South 40 provides students with a meaningful living and learning environment featuring enhanced technology, comfort, and energy efficiency.

Structured around nine residential colleges, each with its own special traditions and identity, the updated South 40 features:

Most important, the South 40 continues to provide a safe, welcoming, and academically supportive home for talented young men and women at a critical juncture in their lives. This renewed community encourages interaction between students and faculty members and nurtures the intellectual, personal, and civic development of future leaders.

Improvements to the South 40 community continue to enhance the student experience. Future developments will reach their full potential only through private support. We invite you to visit and see how you can become part of its bright, nurturing future.

*The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a third-party certification program and a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of environmentally friendly buildings. LEED-certified construction is part of the University's strategy to reduce its environmental impact, manage its financial resources, and improve indoor environments.