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Our City

Living a versatile life in Baltimore

Enjoy the best of both worlds: An easily accessible city with all of the networking, museums, entertainment, and amazing food of a major urban center.

Within the many unique neighborhoods of Maryland’s largest city and economic hub lives a story of history and cultural influence across the globe. Edgar Allan Poe and Billie Holiday both called this beautiful city home at points in their lives, and the spirit of Baltimore continues to influence the artists, innovators, and creators who live here today.

But, Baltimore is more than just our hometown: it’s where our students grow and build their lives. The city is an extension of campus, offering career opportunities and cultural experiences that allow students to strengthen and expand their academic curiosities.

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Discover all that Baltimore has to offer

From kayaking and paint ball to farmers markets and art pop-ups, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic city we call home.

Get your feet wet and discover something new. It’s easy to feel close to nature while living in the city, either on the water at the Inner Harbor or in one of the many beautiful parks. Hopkins students often walk or bike off campus to grab a bite in Charles Village or catch an art show in Hampden.

As the birthplace of our national anthem, Fort McHenry is a prime spot to experience Baltimore’s historic charm, and nearby Federal Hill’s natural beauty cannot be missed. Another gem is Fells Point, the most well preserved part of historic Baltimore. Many of the buildings and homes are centuries old and it’s a popular place to shop and eat, with eclectic boutiques, oyster bars, taverns, bakeries, and gelato spots.

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Learning opportunities outside of Johns Hopkins

With our main campus located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is truly and proudly a city resident. Community engagement is part of who we are as a university.

Our commitment to our local communities is based on the simple truth that the health and well-being of the university is inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well-being of the city in which we live. Our students find a variety of ways to collaborate with Baltimore and put their unique skills to use while strengthening the city we call home.

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Clad in baby blue and armed with aprons, shovels, and gardening gloves, approximately 1,100 Blue Jays dispersed across Baltimore to give back to the community during the annual Johns Hopkins President's Day of Service.

A huge sculpture towers during Baltimore's annual Artscape festival


Baltimore is home to several arts hubs, and its cultural center is located just a few miles from campus. Throughout the city, you’ll find theaters large and small, art galleries, and music venues showing major artists or local favorites. One of the city’s most prominent art galleries, the Baltimore Museum of Art, is located adjacent to the Homewood campus, and the acclaimed American Visionary Art Museum is nearby in Fells Point. The music scene is also versatile, with one-of-a-kind performances at Center Stage and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


One of the best things about Baltimore is the huge and diverse selection of food, and there’s no better way to get to know the city than by going to a restaurant in a new neighborhood. With its cafeteria-style layout and versatile food offerings, R. House is a popular lunch spot in the thriving Remington neighborhood near campus. Nationally recognized by visitors and culinary professionals alike, Baltimore is known for its seafood, and also the influence of flavors from all around the world. Visiting campus? Ask a staff member or student for recommendations!

Panoramic of an Orioles game at Camden Yards


Baltimore is a sports town. Grab a baseball game and a hot dog at Oriole Park (regularly named the best ballpark in the MLB), hear the roar the faithful watching the Baltimore Ravens, or spend an intense moment watching the horses at Preakness. Baltimore also sponsors city-wide running festivals each year, including the Kinetic Sculpture Race. From kick off to the final play, Baltimoreans are on their feet, cheering for their favorite player and always finding a way to make the event a spectacle.

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Festivals and Events

Dinner cruises, scavenger hunts, helicopter rides: they’re all a part of the happenings in Baltimore every week. Add to that ghost tours in a historic neighborhood, a flurry of local artist events, and as much music as you can take, and you’re starting to get the picture of what life in Baltimore looks like. From amazing Artscape (the largest free arts festival in the nation) to quirky HONfest to relaxed Flicks on the Hill, there’s always something fun going on for our students to enjoy.