Life in Memphis

Students at Graduate School Convocation

Our Community

St. Jude is home to a thriving community of trainees, including graduate and undergraduate students from affiliated universities, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, residents and clinical fellows.

The beautifully landscaped campus offers many places to connect with friends and colleagues, such as the Kay Kafe cafeteria, onsite Starbucks, seasonal St. Jude Farmers Market, and the Living Well fitness center. A dedicated lounge in the Graduate School, complete with a kitchenette, pool table and TV, provides a central location for all students on campus to meet and relax.

Frequent social gatherings and professional development activities are organized specifically for St. Jude scientific trainees, providing dedicated time for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues. In addition, students can explore many structured opportunities to volunteer with our patients, families and the broader Memphis community.

St. Jude hospital with Memphis skyline at night

Living in Memphis

The rich history of music, arts, and fun is alive in Memphis—an ultra-livable city where an excellent quality of life is afforded by one of the lowest costs of living in the country [compare cost of living]. With a metro population of more than a million, the city has world-class museums, parks, music, festivals, sporting events, dining and entertainment—all while retaining a friendly, small-town vibe.

Go to free summer concerts at the Levitt Shell amphitheater, where Elvis played his first paid gig. Eat at the world-famous Rendezvous restaurant. Find the hidden permanent collection of Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Cheer on the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum or jam to the delta blues on Beale Street.

Safe, affordable housing is easy to find close to the St. Jude campus and in neighborhoods throughout Memphis, each with its own unique personality. From quiet, family-oriented communities to trendy areas bustling with restaurants and nightlife, the city gives the newcomer many options to choose from.

Memphis has a temperate, four-season climate and offers year-round outdoor recreation. Scenic trails and waterways beckon, and for athletes who enjoy structure, races and sports clubs abound. The Mississippi and Wolf Rivers wind through town, and neighborhoods are lush with flowers, cherry trees and ancient oaks and maples from spring to autumn.

Those inclined to travel will find that the Ozark Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains, Gulf of Mexico, St. Louis, Atlanta and New Orleans are within an easy day’s drive, and the Memphis International Airport offers regular flights to destinations around the world.