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Graduate Student Transportation and Parking

GSA Parking Representative (Questions and Subsidized Garage Waiting List):


Some students who live in nearby neighborhoods elect to walk or ride a bike to campus. Bike racks are available on campus. Two of the largest racks are located in the Rutland Street breezeway and outside the Preclinical Teaching Building. In order to ensure the safety of your bicycle, remember to secure it to the bike rack, secure removable parts, engrave the bicycle, and keep purchase and identifying information from the bicycle. In order to ensure your own safety, you should make sure that you have reflectors/lights on your bicycle, follow traffic laws and wear a helmet. (However, helmets are not required by Maryland law for those over age 16.) More information on bicycle security, laws and safety can be found on the Maryland State Highway Administration website.

If you live close enough to campus to walk or if you must walk around campus at night, please exercise safety precautions and common sense. There is an escort service available 24/7 from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI) Corporate Security, which can be reached at 410-955-5585. Keep in mind that the escort service will only accompany to you the boundaries of campus. The links below provide useful information for being safe while walking around campus and the surrounding neighborhood as well as more information on the escort services provided by Corporate Security.

JHMI-Sponsored Shuttles

Several shuttles are provided free of charge by The Johns Hopkins University and JHMI. The most popular is the JHU Homewood shuttle, which runs from the Homewood campus to the East Baltimore medical campus, with stops in Charles Village, Penn Station and Mount Vernon. There are also shuttles that run to Patterson Park, Bond Street Wharf in Fells Point, Green Spring Station, Mount Washington and other university/Johns Hopkins campuses, including Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Eastern High School  and Church Home.

Public Transportation

Baltimore has a well-developed public transit system that includes buses, a subway line, light rail and commuter trains. The public transportation option is often overlooked; however, Johns Hopkins Medicine is a major employer in the Baltimore area, and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) provides numerous transportation options to the East Baltimore campus. Information about Maryland/Baltimore public transportation can be found at

  • Metro Subway: The Metro Subway runs from Owings Mills Mall through downtown Baltimore and ends at the hospital below Broadway. This is a great option if you live in the northwest suburbs of Baltimore.
  • Light Rail: The Light Rail runs from Hunt Valley south to BWI Airport. You can take the light rail into the city and then connect to the JHU Homewood shuttle at Penn Station.
  • MARC Train: The MARC Train runs from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. You can take it to Penn Station and then take the JHU Homewood shuttle to campus.
  • Bus: The bus system has local lines that run to the East Baltimore campus, including routes from Canton, Fells Point and Patterson Park, as well as several express lines that run from commuter lots in the suburbs.

If you elect to take public transportation, subsidized student passes for all buses, Light Rail and Metro Subway are available for $20 per month in the business office in Miller Research Building, room 131. MARC monthly passes are valid for MTA buses, Light Rail and Metro Subway lines, so you don't have to purchase a MARC pass and an MTA pass.

MARC passes are not available in the business office. Visit the MTA site to purchase.

Driving to Campus

If you are unable to bike, walk or take public transportation to campus, there are several parking options for drivers.

Subsidized on-site parking:

A limited number of subsidized parking spaces are provided for graduate students in the school of medicine in three campus garages. The majority of the fee is paid by the administration, but the balance of $55 per month must be paid by the student and will be automatically deducted from your paycheck ($27.50 per check). In order to apply for a subsidized parking space, please follow the directions below.

  1. Email the GSA parking representative at You cannot obtain on-site subsidized parking by going to the parking office.
  2. Include the following information in the email: your name, JHMI email address, graduate program and badge number, which can be found on the front of your Johns Hopkins ID.
  3. Indicate your preference for Washington Street, Caroline Street or Ashland Garage. If you only wish to be considered for a space in one garage, only select that garage. If you would like the first available space, list garages in order of your preference. You are not allowed to transfer between garages once assigned a subsidized spot.

Caroline Street Garage: This garage is on the west side of campus near the cancer research buildings and is open 24 hours Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Washington Street Garage: This garage is at the corner of Monument and Washington streets near the Preclinical Teaching Building. It is open from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Ashland Garage: This garage is on the southeast corner of Ashland Avenue and North Washington Street, behind the 929/Student Housing Building and adjacent to the Rangos Building. It is open 24/7.

There is currently a waitlist for subsidized on-site parking. The waiting time for a subsidized spot can range from a month to more than a year. The waitlist is established in the order in which applications are received. There is a single waitlist for all garages.

You will be notified by email when a space becomes available. When a space becomes available for you, you have one week to accept this spot before it will be offered to another student. Selecting both garages may slightly decrease your wait time for a space. Parking spaces and waiting list spots are not transferable between students.

Nonsubsidized On-Site Parking:

If you desire to park on campus but are currently unable to get a subsidized space, you may obtain a parking space in an on-campus garage for $120 per month. To apply for one of these spots, please visit the parking office in room 108 in the Harvey/Nelson Building. In addition to single parking passes, carpool parking passes are also available. Information on the garages available, carpool passes and parking regulations, please visit the JHMI Corporate Security parking website.

Commuter Parking Lots:

Two satellite lots are available, and parking is fully subsidized for students. The lots are fenced, and frequent shuttle service is provided from the lots to the East Baltimore campus. For space in a satellite lot, go directly to the business office in the Miller Research Building, room 131. Be aware that these lots are not open 24 hours or on weekends. The hours for the lots are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you plan to stay later than 10 p.m., you may move your car to a garage on campus (see After-Hours On-Site Parking below). The schedules for the shuttles to and from the lots can be found on the Corporate Security website.

Monument Lot: This lot is located at 3700 E. Monument St., about 1.3 miles east of the East Baltimore campus. This lot is convenient for drivers coming from I-95. Space is always available in this lot. A $20 refundable deposit is required for a lot pass.

Fallsway Lot: This lot is located at 545 N. High St., west of the East Baltimore campus, and is convenient to I-83. Space is limited, and you may have to wait for a spot in this lot.

Free "After-Hours" On-Site Parking:

Parking in most garages (except Kennedy Krieger) is open to all East Baltimore campus employees free of charge from 4 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends and holidays. You must swipe your badge to enter and exit the garages. If your badge does not work in the garages for after-hours parking, contact the Parking Office in the Nelson/Harvey Building, room 108. Please note that each garage has different hours on the weekends and evenings. The garages that are open 24/7 are the McElderry Street Garage, the Orleans Street Garage, Ashland Garage and the Rutland Garage. 

Street Parking:

It is possible to park on the streets around and through the East Baltimore campus. However, Corporate Security warns against parking on the streets. If you do choose to park there, please ensure that you follow all signs and that you only park there during permitted times. In addition, be careful to feed the parking meter and stay cognizant of the time you have left. If you park illegally, your car will be towed.

Contact Information:

The Financial Affairs/Business Office is located in the Miller Research Building, room 131. Go to this office directly for subsidized MTA monthly passes ($20) or subsidized satellite lot parking (free) in the Monument or Fallsway lots. All subsidized garage parking is handled through the GSA parking representative ( You can only have one subsidized option at a time (MTA pass, satellite parking lot or on-site garage).

GSA parking representative (questions and subsidized garage waiting list):

Business Office (MTA pass, satellite parking)
Miller Research Building, Room 131
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Parking Office (full-price garage, carpool pass)
Nelson/Harvey Building, Room 108
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.