Students pose in front of a brightly colored mural in Hampden
Welcome to Baltimore

A city of neighborhoods

Get to know Charm City, Maryland.

Baltimore is an exciting city with many eclectic neighborhoods, each with its own history and charm. See below for recommendations for sites to see, things to do, and places to eat in some popular areas.

Charles Village

Charles Village is steps from our Homewood campus and features plentiful food options and coffee shops. Many upperclassmen live in off-campus housing here. Also next door to campus is the Baltimore Museum of Art, one of the city’s most prominent art galleries.


Home to artists, musicians, professionals, and students alike, the nearby Remington neighborhood is thriving with new restaurants, like Papermoon Diner, which features all-day breakfast, and  R. House, which features a cafeteria-style layout and versatile food offerings. Next door to R. House is FastForward U Homewood, our entrepreneurial hub for students.


In a city known for unique neighborhoods, Hampden is one of Baltimore’s most distinctive. It features original shops, restaurants, and special events like HONfest. Hampden centers on 36th Street–known to locals simply as the Avenue–and has been famously featured in the films of John Waters.

Mount Vernon/Charles North

As a cultural center, Mount Vernon is home to the Peabody Institute, the Walters Art Museum, and Center Stage. There’s also a large variety of world cuisine, coffee shops, and bars with live music and dancing. Located directly north of Penn Station, Charles North offers an eclectic mix of arts venues and historic houses.

Downtown/Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor features scenic waterfront views and world class attractions such as the National Aquarium and Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Other popular sites include the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, as well as Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium to watch Orioles and Ravens games.

Fell's Point/Federal Hill

On either side of the Inner Harbor are Fell’s Point and Federal Hill, two historic communities that are home to dozens of unique shops, restaurants, and pubs. Past Federal Hill is the Locust Point neighborhood and Fort McHenry, the site of the War of 1812 battle that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Panoramic of an Orioles game at Camden Yards

Oriole Park in Camden Yards

Historic houses in Charles Village

Historic homes in Charles Village


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Three students stand in front of art mural in Hampden

Each neighborhood has its own vibe