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Living in Baltimore

Compared to many of its larger East Coast neighbors, Baltimore is a very livable and affordable city for young professionals and families alike.

Housing Options and Neighborhoods

Much of Baltimore’s charm comes from its variety of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. From the kitschy, artistic spirit of Hampden to the historic cobblestone streets of Fell’s Point, Baltimore is a patchwork of strong character and even stronger communities.

Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life or the peace and quiet of suburbia, you’re bound to find your fit in Baltimore or its surrounding areas.

  • Off-Campus Housing

    Listings of off-campus housing are searchable by neighborhood, pricing, amenities and more.

    Townhomes in downtown Baltimore.
  • Short-Term Housing

    The 929 Building is conveniently located two blocks from Johns Hopkins’ East Baltimore campus.

    The 929 Building for short-term housing.
  • Baltimore Housing Resources

    These resources will help you find — and finance — the perfect home in the Baltimore area.

    Front porches of rowhomes in Charles Village.


  • Want to live near your work? The Johns Hopkins Live Near Your Work program offers grants of up to $17,000 toward a downpayment and closing costs associated with buying a house in designated city neighborhoods. This program is open to faculty and staff.
  • Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union

Perspectives on Life in Baltimore

Johns Hopkins Fellowship | An Inside Perspective

Thinking about becoming a fellow at Johns Hopkins, but unsure what life in Baltimore is really like? Hear what three fellows have to say and get an inside perspective of fellowship life at Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins Radiology Residency

Residents can enjoy all that Baltimore has to offer. Known as Charm City, Baltimore boasts award-winning international cuisine, parks and trails, sporting events and distinguished museums and attractions. Hear firsthand from our radiology residents about their favorite aspects of Baltimore.

A Day in the Life in the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program

From training and caring for patients to celebrating a special bond with a diverse team, find out what life is like as a resident with the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Residency Program

Johns Hopkins offers one of the most comprehensive and dynamic pediatric residency programs in the U.S.

Child Care Centers and Resources

A group of happy children sit together.

Relocating to Baltimore with your family? Several child care centers partner with Johns Hopkins families:

  • The Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center is designed to serve full-time faculty and staff members, full-time day students, house staff and fellows of the Johns Hopkins University schools of medicine, nursing and public health, and full-time employees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System. The center offers full-time and drop-in care to children age 6 weeks to 5 years.
  • The Homewood Early Learning Center accommodates children ages 10 weeks through preschool. The center is open to community members, but priority admission is available for Johns Hopkins parents.
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center serves a diverse mixed-income community of children and families who live and/or work in the East Baltimore Development area and beyond.
  • With a focus on play-based, child-initiated learning, Downtown Baltimore Child Care provides early education and child care to children ages 12 weeks through preschool.
  • The Children of the World Co-op is a year-round playgroup for children ages 6 months to 4 years, with their parents or caregivers. Operating since 1989, the co-op serves the Johns Hopkins community and surrounding neighborhoods.

If you’d like to consider other options, the Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care offers a free referral service with detailed information on all licensed child care facilities in Maryland, including center-based care, before- and after-school care, and Head Start programs.

For school-age children, visit the Maryland State Department of Education webpage for a full listing of all 24 Maryland Local Education Agencies websites.

A Jewish temple in Baltimore.

Places of Worship

A wide range of religious organizations and places of worship can be found in Baltimore, some in buildings that are centuries old.



Johns Hopkins in the Community

#TimeForBaltimore | Linda Lee

Founded 13 years ago by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Linda Lee, the Baltimore Kids Chess League gets larger every year. In 2016, more than 1,000 students participated. The league consists of more than 50 schools from city neighborhoods.

#TimeForBaltimore | Ede Taylor

Ede Taylor, a project coordinator in the Office of Community Health and a longtime Northeast Baltimore activist, mobilized dozens of volunteers to build a playground at her neighborhood elementary school.

#TimeForBaltimore | JaSina Wise

JaSina Wise, a project coordinator in the schools of medicine and public health, leads weekly prayer walks through neighborhoods plagued by crime and poverty.

Explore Baltimore

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