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When I moved here 8 months ago, a big part of my decision of where to live had to do with the commute into the East Baltimore/Medical Campus.

Personally, I knew I wanted to live in the suburbs and chose north of the outer loop Charles Village(695) in the Timonium/Lutherville area. I love my choice and getting to campus is easy. I get on 83 South and my satellite parking lot is two blocks away from my exit. I then take a free shuttle from the parking lot to campus. Most mornings it takes me about 25 minutes to get to work by 7:30 a.m. However, if I’m running late or there is an accident, the commute can take up to an hour. (I’d like to note that I usually miss the majority of rush hour traffic and I don’t experience too many accidents.)

I’ve learned that the west side of Baltimore on 695 and 795 tend to have a lot of traffic during rush hour—at least that is what my radio station’s traffic reports imply. On the south and east side, 95 is another highway that gets backed up very quickly. However, if you want a suburb on the west side, Owings Mills is the start of the metro subway line and it runs straight to Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is across the street from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A lot of students choose to live near the Homewood Campus in Charles Village. JHU runs a free shuttle regularly between the Homewood and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute (two blocks from the main Bloomberg building). That shuttle also stops at the Peabody Institute, which is in Mt. Vernon, another popular place for students. If you are looking for more of a city experience, then Canton, Fell’s Point, Harbor East, and the Inner Harbor might be the place for you. These “city” neighborhoods are easily assessable by bike, public transit and Baltimore’s free bus, the Charm City Circulator.

For those of you who want to walk to campus every day, there are a few apartment options surrounding our campus. New apartment buildings have been added recently and there are several townhouse options in most directions from campus.

Hopefully this insight into how to get from future neighborhoods to campus will help you in deciding where to live in Baltimore. Some helpful websites for finding places to live are as follows:

As I learned when I started here at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Public Health is about serving the communities and the population, rather than the individual. All our students have a particular focus on what topic in a particular community or population they want to work with, whether it is toilets in India, Dengue Virus research, gun policy, or one of the thousands of other topics being researched and studied. But putting into practice what you’re learning in the Baltimore community is a wonderful opportunity open to all Bloomberg students.Student Volunteering

The Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) was founded ten years ago to connect the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing with the Baltimore community. Partnering with a large number of organizations ranging from advocacy, chronic/infectious diseases, and tutoring/mentoring, students from the medical campus are able to reach out with their personal skills and expertise and practice public health in our urban setting. Whether students are looking for a short term or long term commitment, our students have the opportunity to put into practice the very ideas they are discussing during class in the community.

Our tagline is Protecting Health, Saving Lives-Millions at a Time. That tagline isn’t just referring to the work as a whole the School is doing, or what our alumni have and are accomplishing, it also is for our current students who volunteer in Baltimore thanks to the opportunities SOURCE provides.

I apologize for the silence.

We’ve been busy – in part with our usual spring tasks of preparing for Orientation and fall recruitment– but also with talking about and reflecting upon the events surrounding Freddie Gray’s death.

On Wednesday, April 29, the Bloomberg School held a town hall of students, alumni, faculty and staff to discuss our commitment to this city and the challenges its people face. Today, the School is hosting “Engage Baltimore: A Day of Reflection and Progress.” This event features speakers and performances from the community providing a venue for attendees to find ways of moving forward together.

To keep the momentum toward meaningful change, the Bloomberg School has also launched a website, Engage Baltimore, with daily updates, volunteer opportunities, and a news feed highlighting public health efforts and heroes in our neighborhood.

Like so many cities, Baltimore has a host of complex issues that will not be easy to solve. But finding solutions that help whole communities is what public health is all about.

We’re proud of our school and its commitment to this city. And we’re proud of this city, its efforts toward healing and that we call it home.

View of Baltimore from JHSPH ninth floor

Baltimore's Hampden Neighborhood“Where should I live?”

That was probably the most common question I heard at our two Admitted Student Visitors Days (aside from, “where’s the nearest restroom?”).

While I can easily direct you to the nearest lavatory, I don’t have a definitive answer about housing. That depends a lot on your personal preferences, budget and needs.

I can, however, provide a host of resources for those incoming students looking for a place to live.


Last, but far from least. . .

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI)
Office of Housing and Residential Life

We talk about JHMI Housing on both our external and Admitted Student websites (the latter requires a login and password). The Housing office can help admitted students (and current students, faculty and staff) find a home, carpools, hotels, daycare and more! Their website has a great off-campus apartment search (a guest password may be found on our Admitted Student website). JHMI Housing staff is also available for personal consultations.

And as always, our staff is here to answer any questions we can. Most of us have lived or still live in Charm City and are happy to share our experiences, favorite place to eat, or simply direct you to the nearest restroom.

I have nothing more to add.