Welcome Guide

Before Arrival to Campus

Pre-Entrance Health Requirements and Health Insurance

Incoming postdoctoral fellows in the Whiting School of Engineering must provide proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases and must complete health compliance requirements prior to their arrival on the campus. Information on how to complete requuirements can be found here: https://wellbeing.jhu.edu/PrimaryCare/.  Additionally, postdoctoral fellows are required to enroll in the university health insurance program upon arrival. Domestic postdoctoral fellows may waive this coverage with documented proof of an alternative plan. Contact your program administrator for the enrollment forms and process.

Housing and Community Life

Incoming postdoctoral fellows in the Whiting School of Engineering who need housing accommodations while looking for a place to live can contact the Off-Campus Housing Office to obtain information about living in Baltimore. Whether you live on campus or elsewhere, JHU offers extensive resources for an engaged, diverse and inclusive community.

Community Living

Homewood is your home. JHU’s Community Living site offers extensive resources, including housing information, rental listings, a wide range of programs and activities, and information for fostering community engagement.

Official University Identification and Resources

Each postdoctoral fellow is assigned a unique Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory Login ID (JHED LID), shortly after arriving at Johns Hopkins University. The JHED LID allows each person to set up a JHU email account and gain access to various campus services. The last four digits of a postdoctoral fellow’s social security number are required to set up email.


Once you obtain your JHED ID you will be able to access myJH, a one-stop shop for Hopkins resources and tools (e.g.,  Office 365, collaboration tools, library resources, and more). Browse by category or use search to find apps and resources used across Johns Hopkins. Postdoctoral fellows may be eligible for software discounts through SPARS and access to mobile computing.


The J-Card is your official identification and access card for residence halls, the library, academic buildings and more. J-Cash – a prepaid, stored-value account that is part of the J-Card – is a convenient, cashless way to pay for purchases on and off campus. The area’s most popular local businesses accept J-Cash, and the card can also be used to pay for office supplies, at restaurants, and more.

Upon Arrival to Campus

Transportation and Car Sharing

Finding affordable and convenient on-demand transportation upon arrival can be a challenge. JHU Transportation Services provides safe and reliable options for getting around campus and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) offers public transportation options for Baltimore.

JHU Zipcar

Zipcars are available to students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and neighbors from the Greater Homewood community. Zipcar members pay one simple hourly (or daily) rate that includes gas, insurance, maintenance, a reserved parking space, and 180 free miles per trip.

Tax Information

Postdoctoral fellows are subject to specific tax filing guidelines by the Internal Revenue Service. As a guide through this process the IRS provides Publication 970, which spells out all tax obligations for students. To obtain further information, please contact the Johns Hopkins University Tax Office at [email protected].

Visit the OIS website for a Tax Information Sheet for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens, and Tax Information Sheet for Nonresident Aliens.

Academic Affairs and Career Services

JHU offers a wide range of resources, whether you’re looking for information on academic courses and enrollment services, research, or gaining real-world experience.

Life Design Lab

The Life Design Lab is Homewood’s premiere career services center, offering a variety of resources and guidance on identifying values, exploring career paths, experiential learning, and networking opportunities.

Disability Services

Postdoctoral fellows who need to request accommodations for a disability should contact the Office of Institutional Equity.

Well-Being and Connection

JHU offers a wide range of resources, whether you’re looking for information on academic courses and enrollment services, research, or gaining real-world experience.

Counseling Center

The JHU Counseling Center facilitates personal and interpersonal development and strives to foster a healthy, caring university community. Whether you’re located on campus or elsewhere, the Counseling Center offers a range of services including consultations, workshops, therapy, evaluations, referrals, and self-help resources.