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Welcome to “Charm City”

With its rich history and vibrant cultural scene, Baltimore and its suburbs have so much to offer. Top schools, acclaimed restaurants, and diverse housing options make this a wonderful place call home.

Picture yourself in a modern condo overlooking the Inner Harbor, a 19th-century rowhouse, a suburban home with lots of space for a growing family, on a farm, by the shore, or in a community that offers an easy getaway to anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic corridor, from Northern Virginia to New York City.

Homewood campus courtyard.

Homewood Campus

While the Homewood campus is your “work home,” in and around Baltimore there’s always more to discover. Whether it’s a new farmers market, dog park, or a magnet school the region is evolving and thriving.

Homewood campus clock tower.Students walking through campus.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Baltimore includes a multitude of unique, eclectic, and proud communities where street festivals, block parties, and movie nights are staples of life. There is a feeling of community, both within and between these distinct neighborhoods, that makes Baltimore “Smalltimore.”

Learn more about Baltimore Neighborhoods
Baltimore street lamp.
Roland Park neighborhood.

Roland Park

On the National Register of Historic Places, Roland Park includes grand 100+-year-old homes, duplexes, excellent public and private schools, and a wooded pathway that leads all the way to the Homewood campus.

“Roland Park is a beautiful old neighborhood filled with winding footpaths to explore and where you can walk to restaurants, the supermarket, and schools. We often say our house and our neighborhood are among the high points of coming to Hopkins.”

-Yannis Krevekedis

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Charles Village town homes

Charles Village

Home to the Homewood campus, Charles Village is known for its brightly painted Victorian row homes, modern condos and apartments, shops and restaurants, and the world-class Baltimore Museum of Art.

Federal Hill park.

Canton, Federal Hill, and Locust Point

Steeped in history, these waterfront communities offer Federal-era townhomes, contemporary condos with harbor views, restaurants and shopping, all of which can be reached by Baltimore’s Water Taxi.

Bolton Hill row homes

Bolton Hill and Station North

A mix of stately rowhomes and industrial buildings transformed into artists’ live-work spaces are what make up the heart of these creative communities. You will also find cafés and art galleries, elegant rowhomes and apartments, all within walking distance to Penn Station.

Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon

Located in the heart of Baltimore, this cultural center is home to Gilded Age mansions, the Walters Art Museum, JHU’s Peabody Conservatory, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, restaurants and shops, and a variety of housing options, all centered around the Washington monument.

Tuscany stately homes.

Guilford and Tuscany-Canterbury

Stately homes with grand gardens, Tudor-style townhouses, and public green spaces—all within walking distance of campus.

Hampden storefronts.


Quintessentially Baltimore, quirky, and hip, Hampden has an abundance of excellent restaurants and coffee shops, art galleries, vintage shops, and more, all within walking distance of the Homewood campus.

“We were looking for a neighborhood where we could walk to coffee shops and restaurants and where I could walk or bike to campus. Hampden is perfect. We live in a four-story townhouse and are amazed by how much space we have.”

-Anjalie Field

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

The Suburbs

Somewhere For Everyone

The towns and counties surrounding Baltimore offer outstanding opportunities as well—from top-ranked schools, tight-knit neighborhoods, and nearby parks and hiking trails to historic sites and hip restaurants and breweries.

As is true in the city, every neighborhood outside of the city has its own feel, style and tradition, and a strong sense of history and community.

Couple looking at magazine while shopping.
Aerial view of Towson.


Just over the city line, Towson’s distinct neighborhoods provide a great variety of housing options, excellent schools, restaurants, and shopping, just seven miles from campus.

Columbia lakefront.


Offering a wide range of housing types, the city of Columbia in Howard County is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. Howard County schools are ranked No. 1 in the state and it’s an easy commute to Baltimore or D.C. 

Ellicott City Mainstreet

Ellicott City

With its historic downtown, mix of single-family homes, condos, and apartments, and one of the top-ranked public high schools in Maryland, Ellicott City has much to offer. 

Severna Park waterfront

Severna Park

Waterfront communities with excellent schools and easy access to Annapolis and Baltimore are among the attractions of Severna Park.

Map of Baltimore and surrounding neighborhoods.

Opportunities Abound

Early Learning: From the campus’ Homewood Early Learning Center (for Hopkins affiliates) to an abundance of excellent nearby preschools, there are many options for early learners.

K-12: Baltimore and the region have many excellent independent K-12 schools and some of the country’s highest-ranked public school systems. In the city are one of the nation’s top public visual and performing arts high schools and another that offers the International Baccalaureate program. In and around Baltimore you’ll find a variety of high-quality public, charter, and private elementary, middle, and high schools—with every possible learning experience, environment, focus, and philosophy.

Learn about Baltimore City Public Schools
Elementary school kids in school hallway.

Public Schools

Elementary school kids boarding school bus.

Top suburban public schools include:

Rodgers Forge Elementary School: Ranked #12 elementary school in the state (K-5) (Baltimore County)

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology: A magnet school with specialized tracks in digital arts, culinary arts, and more (HS) (Baltimore County)

Eastern Technical High School: No. 2 ranked high school in the state with tracks in environmental technology, health professions, and more (HS) (Baltimore County)

Howard County Schools: Ranked No.1 in the state, including No. 6 ranked Centennial High School (K-12) (Howard County)

Top Baltimore City public schools include:

Roland Park Elementary/Middle School: A neighborhood school with the Ingenuity STEM honors program (K- 8)

City Neighbors School: A charter school with project-based learning/arts integration (K-8)

Baltimore City College: Ranked No. 8 in the state, offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum (HS)

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute: Engineering- and science-focused tracks, including the competitive Ingenuity honors program (HS)

Baltimore School for the Arts: Among the nation’s top visual and performing arts schools (HS)

Independent Schools

High School students in class.

There are many K-12 independent schools in the city and counties, including 93 in the Baltimore area that offer a great variety of teaching and learning philosophies and options for single-sex and coed education, faith-based schools, and more. Some options include:

Coeducational: Calvert School, Greenmount School, McDonogh School, Park School of Baltimore,

Schools for Girls: Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park County School, Garrison Forrest School

Schools for Boys: Boys Latin School, Gilman School

Faith-based Schools:
Baptist: Rosedale Christian Academy • Catholic: Calvert Hall College, Loyola Blakefield, Mount Saint Joseph, Notre Dame Preparatory School, School of the Cathedral • Episcopal: St. Paul's Schools • Jewish: Bais Yaakov School For Girls, Beth Tfiloh Dahnan Community School, Talamudial Academy • Quaker: Friends School of Baltimore

Learn MORE about Baltimore-Area Independent Schools

Higher Education

Baltimore is a college town, with more than 60 colleges within a 50-mile radius of Baltimore City, including multiple University of Maryland campuses, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Morgan State University, Loyola University Maryland, Towson University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, and more.

Georgetown University
Morgan State University
U.S. Naval Academy
Things to do

You will never, ever be bored here.

No matter your interests or age, you’ll find plenty to do in Baltimore and in the region, including professional sports teams, museums, and kayaking on the Inner Harbor to an abundance of hiking trails just 20 minutes from campus and easy access to the Chesapeake Bay.

Get Outside

Go green: Baltimore City has 6,000 acres of parks, including many dog parks.

Take a bike: Explore historic mills and neighborhoods along Baltimore’s 10-mile Jones Falls Trail. Just north of the city, bike the NCR Trail from Baltimore County to PA.

Take a hike: Enjoy the trails at Lake Roland, just three miles from campus, hike the 60 miles of trails (and go kayaking) at Loch Raven Reservoir, 12 miles from campus, or take a day trip to Harpers Ferry, WV and hike the Appalachian Trail.

Hit the slopes and the seas: Take the family skiing, just an hour away, sail the Chesapeake Bay, relax at the Eastern Shore beaches in Rehoboth and Ocean City, or search for fossils in the bay at Calvert Cliffs State Park.

Annapolis harbor

Explore Cultural & Family Activities

Appreciate Art: Admission to the renowned Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is always free, and don’t miss the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM).

Take in some culture: Check out options for live music, theater, art openings, festivals, and more in Baltimore and the region.

Explore America: Take a trip to Washington, D.C.’s many monuments, the Smithsonian Institution’s 21 D.C. museums, or the National Zoo.

Experience local flavor: Seek out seasonal bounty, specialty coffees, smoked oysters, artisanal cheeses, fresh bread, and farmers’ markets throughout Baltimore.

Bring the kids: Enjoy a trip to the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, or Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Baseball player throwing pitch.

Get your game on: Whether it’s football (Baltimore Ravens and Washington  Commanders), baseball (Baltimore  Orioles and the Washington Nationals), basketball (Washington Wizards) or hockey (Washington Capitals), we have plenty to offer.

Uncover Local History

Discover home­­­: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and the Maryland Center for History and Culture encompass more than 26 centuries of local lore.

Get out of town: Visit Maryland’s historic Annapolis or Frederick or take in Washington, D.C.’s cultural sites. They’re all a short trip by car or train.

Relive history: Tour Fort McHenry, birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Washington D.C.
Parade in Baltimore

Only In Baltimore

Artscape: A tradition that brings Baltimore’s arts and music scene to the public. Featuring interactive visual arts exhibits, musical performances, poetry workshops and street dance, Artscape is also a culinary showcase for Baltimore’s top food vendors.

FlowerMart: Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy’s Flower Mart, Baltimore’s oldest free public festival and home to the iconic lemon stick!

Baltimore Running Festival: Tour every corner of the city while tackling some challenging hills, that make the post-race festivities well worth it.

AFRAM: The annual African American heritage features music, entertainers, children’s activities, African drumming, carnival mask making, and more.

Kinetic Sculpture Race: Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) produces and hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland.  The eight-hour race covers 15 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.

Getting around the city...

Traveling around Baltimore
, whether between JHU campuses or just to explore, is easy.

Many Hopkins employees use the university’s free shuttles as well as a comprehensive network of bike lanes and bike trails that extend across the city and beyond. Public transportation options include buses, subway, and the Light Rail, which runs from Baltimore County, through the city, and all the way to BWI airport. Ride-shares like Lyft®, Uber®, and Zipcar, e-bikes and e-scooters are also readily available in and around the city.

MTA Tran bus
Person riding bicycle in street.

...and beyond.

Baltimore is diverse and flourishing, situated between the East Coast’s most influential cities and close to leading government, tech, health, and industry players. Hopkins' location provides unmatched proximity to power—an ideal environment to spark and showcase your work.

From Baltimore’s Penn Station (a JHU shuttle stop), Amtrak can get you to Washington, D.C. in as little as 35 minutes, to Philadelphia in an hour, and to New York in 2.5 hours. And if you’re traveling further afield, BWI (Baltimore/Washington International Airport) is just 13 miles from campus, and the region is also served by Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Map of Maryland and surrounding states.
photos by: Charles Birnbaum, Elvert Barnes, Payton Chung, Eli Pousson, kslee.