Useful Information

This page has helpful information for your trip to and stay in St. Louis.


St. Louis enjoys a variety of weather throughout the year, including conspicuous fluctuation in temperature at times. In June, St. Louis receives an average of 4 inches of rain, with an average temperature of 75⁰F (24⁰C) and 60 percent humidity.

Electricity and electronic equipment

In the United States, power plugs and sockets are type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V, and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

Emergency services and important phone numbers

9-1-1 is the emergency service number in the United States. The emergency contact number the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is (314) 444-7300; the emergency contact number at Washington University is (314) 935-5555.


St. Louis is well known for its BBQ and also offers an eclectic mix of dining experiences throughout its many neighborhoods including Clayton, University City, the Central West End, South Grand, Soulard, and the Hill. Food lovers can sample local delicacies including toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, pizza from Imo’s, frozen custard at Ted Drewes, and beer at the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour or at one of the many of the local microbreweries.

Passport, Visa, and Letters of Invitation

Consult the U.S. Department of State for travel information including visas.

Smoking Policy

There is no statewide ban on smoking in the state of Missouri. Several Missouri cities, including St. Louis and Clayton, have strict smoke-free laws with very few exceptions.


When you receive good service from restaurant services, it is customary to tip them 10% to 20% of the (pre-tax) bill.