Like any city, Baltimore has pockets of "good areas" and "not-so-good areas." LiveBaltimore has a pretty good listing of the various neighborhoods.

Many grad students and postdocs live around Charles Village near Homewood Campus, in The Broadview, Hopkins House, Uni One, The Marylander, and townhouses in that area. In Fells Point, Canton, or the Inner Harbor, most folks live in townhomes or high-rise apartments/condos. Current renters can also sometimes get a referral discount.

The neighborhoods highlighted below are the neighborhoods most frequented by fellows and students at JHMI. Please note that many more neighborhoods exist in Baltimore, however, we have tried to highlight ones with free or inexpensive transportation between campuses. You'll find a bit of info about each neighborhood, along with the experience of your peers who live/lived within those locations.

If you would like to find housing options, check out the Housing section, with ads looking for apartments or roommates, and links to the various Hopkins-based resources for finding housing options. You can also search for rental information on the Baltimore.Apartments website or sign up for BusyGrad (, a Hopkins-based resource that has a housing forum for people looking for and offering housing.

Summary of Neighborhoods

Students and postdocs mainly live in the following places:


Charles Village

The area around Homewood campus, where many undergrads and grad students live.

Medical Campus

  • 929 N. Wolfe Street - New graduate student apartments that will replace Reed Hall in the summer of 2012
  • Reed Hall - This dormitory closed to permanent students in the summer of 2012.

Mt. Vernon

The area to the south of Homewood and to the west of JHMI; the shuttle stops here on its way between the campuses.

Fells Point

The area to the south of JHMI, located pretty close to the water and home to many quirky bars and restaurants.


The area to the southeast of JHMI, with a Safeway grocery store, a square with many Irish bars and cute restaurants, where many of the med students rent townhomes.

Patterson Park

Neighborhood Southeast of JHMI.  Still walkable to the JHMI campus, but will probably get more room for your money than in Fells or Canton. The summer finds concerts, movies, and sports leagues in the park.

Inner Harbor

The area to the south of JHMI, with Whole Foods, the Landmark Theatre, gourmet restaurants, and the touristy spots.

Federal Hill

The area to the southwest of JHMI, with many dancing/dive bars; it's close to 295 and 95, so people who work outside of Baltimore have easy access to the roads.

Mt. Washington

The area to the northwest of Homewood, accessible by only car, but usually cheaper and roomier.

White Marsh

The area to the northeast of Baltimore, with the IKEA and various suburbs-oriented stores.


A suburb that's between Baltimore and DC, for students/professors whose partners or roommates need to work in either or both cities.

Neighborhood Transportation, Restaurants, Resources

And here's a summary comparing a few different neighborhoods around Bmore...

(Wikipedia links)   
 Transportation to JHMI   Restaurants  Resources JHPDA members' personal experience of living there

Fells Point Fells Point - JHMI
Koopers Tavern (Bar food)
Bonapartes (French Bakery)
Red Star
Sticky Rice (sushi, vegan options)
Nanami Cafe (sushi)
Pitango Gelato (dessert)
Maggie Moo's (ice cream)
Esperanza Center
H&S Bakery Outlet
Harbor East Charm City Circulator - Green Line Taco Fiesta (Mexican)
Chiu's Sushi (sushi)
James Joyce (Irish)
Lebanese Taverna
Cinghiale (gourmet Italian)
Roy's (Hawaiian fusion)
Baltimore City Community College
Baltimore National Aquarium
Whole Foods
Mt. Vernon     Homewood-Peabody-
 JHMI Shuttle
The Brewers Art (try the Resurrection!)
Soups On
Enoch Pratt Free Library @ Cathedral
Walters Art Museum
 Mt Vernon
Bolton Hill Baltimore Subway
 (State Center)
b A Bolton Hill Bistro    
Charles Village Homewood-Peabody-
 JHMI Shuttle
Donna's (breakfast)
Niwana (Korean)
One World Cafe (vegan/veg)
Y of Central MD (33rd St.)
M.S.  Eisenhower Library
Baltimore Museum of Art
The Book Thing of Baltimore
 Charles Village and Homewood campus surrounds
Waverly (Better Waverly and Waverly/Ednor Gardens) Shuttle that stops at JHU at Eastern      
Hampden Keswick-Eastern-
 JHMI Shuttle
Rocket to Venus
Holy Frijole
 Hampden Community Center  
Station North Homewood-Peabody-
 JHMI Shuttle
Sofi's Crepes
Joe Squared Pizza
Baltimore Streetcar Museum  
Canton Baltimore bus system (#11 from Mt. Vernon to Canton Market) Helen's Garden
Pasticcio's (Italian)
Coldstone's (ice cream)
Starbucks (coffee)
Five Guy's
Vacarro's (dessert)
Patterson Park
Canton Square
Korean War Veteran's Memorial
Du Burns Indoor Soccer Arena
Dog Park
JHCP Canton Crossing
 Mt. Washington
       Living in Mt. Washington