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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:

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.

We’re just a little more than two months away from MPH Orientation (full-time students). About four months away from Fall Orientation. Where should you live?

That depends.

Do you have/want a roommate or do you prefer to live alone? How will you commute to campus? Will you drive or take the Hopkins shuttle? Do you like apartment living or would you prefer a house?

Could you see yourself living here?
Row houses in Charles Village

Or here?
Row houses in Hampden

How about here? Just two blocks from school.
929 Building

There are lots of options for every lifestyle and the JHMI Office of Housing and Residential Life is happy to help incoming students sort through them.

In fact, Admissions and the Housing Office are holding an online information session called “Housing and Life in Baltimore” for admitted students next week! Join us Friday, May 3 at noon (Eastern).  Instructions for joining the session may be found on the Admitted Student Website (login required).

Happy hunting!