Living in Baltimore

Baltimore, located in the state of Maryland on the east coast, is a vibrant and historic city with a unique cultural identity. Known as “Charm City,” Baltimore is home to a diverse population and a thriving arts and music scene. Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have access to world-class museums, galleries, and performance venues, as well as a wealth of dining options, shops and regular farmers markets and festivals. The city is also rich in history, with landmarks like Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, which tells the story of the nation’s first railroad. Additionally, Baltimore offers ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, boating, and cycling along the Chesapeake Bay. Overall, Baltimore provides a dynamic and engaging backdrop for students to pursue their academic goals and discover their passions. 

Baltimore is a city of contrasts; steel and glass skyscrapers that dominate the commercial district are only a short walk from residential neighborhoods that have maintained a small-town charm.  

Baltimore offers a rich cultural diet. Its symphony orchestra performs at the Meyerhof and the Peabody Conservatory of Music also hosts a concert series, as do several local universities. The city supports many educational and cultural institutions including the Maryland Science Center, Center Stage, the Walters Art Museum, the Visionary Art Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  There is the National Aquarium and the Maryland Zoo, and world class sporting events where you can take a break from academic life! 

Rowhouses painted different colors in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood

Graduate Student Housing

Johns Hopkins University does not offer graduate student housing. Prior to or upon arrival, graduate students need to secure their own independent housing. 

The Baltimore City neighborhood immediately surrounding the Homewood campus is called Charles Village. There are lots of other proximal neighborhoods in which students may consider living: Hampden, Waverly, and Remington – just to name a few. Johns Hopkins offers a free shuttle service to these neighborhoods as well as other areas around Baltimore including the JH Medical Center and East Baltimore Campus 

Off-Campus Housing Office

Access the resources you need to find your new home in Baltimore 

The Off-Campus Housing office provides information to members of the Johns Hopkins community searching for housing near the Homewood Campus. The office maintains a database with private residential and commercial properties in the area that offer leases of various lengths, including month-to-month. In addition to the website and database, the office is equipped with computers, phones, informational brochures and resources for you to utilize during your search for off-campus housing.