Local Atmosphere

Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
5,866
Tuition
$43,390
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Baltimore is a dangerous city, and Hopkins is in midtown, which is far from everywhere.

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Baltimore is quirky, but dangerous like any city. I prefer exploring Hamden than stewing inside the Hopkins bubble

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are quite a few restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores around.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Hopkins is a fairly safe area of Baltimore because of the large number of Hopkins Security personnel that patrol the campus and surrounding areas. There are quite a few dining options within walking distance (including a Chipotle, Potbelly's, an Indian/American diner called Tambers, and a 24-hour Subway), but the on-campus dining options are incredibly overpriced (one meal at the Fresh Food Cafe is about $14...) and can be disappointing. The Baltimore Museum of Art (which is free) is located at the South end of our campus, and there are numerous other galleries and museums on the JHMI shuttle route. Parking can be a nightmare, since the Baltimore meter maids seem to pay very close attention to the JHU area and there are areas in which you cannot park during rush hour, but if you get parking included with your housing option, it can be easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is a movie theater called the Rotunda, a bowling alley somewhere around, but the main attraction is the harbor. Also the football stadium is pretty close, so it's fun to go watch the Ravens once and a while. If you really search for it, there's always something to do. Towson and Loyola are nearby too, so some students visit those colleges for fun.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Hometown
Glen Rock, NJ
Major
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
2012
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Baltimore is a city with many great bars, restaurants, and attractions, but it takes time and effort to find these spots. The city isn’t huge, so learning how to get around doesn’t take rocket science, but you do need to know where the good spots are. It is great if you have a friend with a car, but public transportation can also be used. You can hop in a cab and get anywhere in the city for less than $20. Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, and each of these has a very distinctive feel. Johns Hopkins straddles several neighborhoods: Roland Park, a residential neighborhood with parks and mansions; Charles Village, a collegiate-urban environment; and Hamden, a working-class neighborhood. A little farther from campus, Mount Vernon houses Peabody Conservatory, Maryland Institute College of Art, and several theaters, and it is known for being a trendy artists’ area. From early spring through fall, neighborhoods host festivals that celebrate the particular feel of their neighborhoods with food, vendors, and games. However, students who don’t regularly read city newspapers miss out on these neighborhood events. Freshmen mainly go to the mall in Towson and the Inner Harbor, both of which can get old quickly. Make sure you visit the National Aquarium at least once.

Baltimore is a fun medium-sized city. Those who come from big cities are disappointed by the lack of activities, but there are a number of activities for a city of its size. Once you are 21, there is a plethora of great bars. Keep in mind that Baltimore is within four hours of Washington D.C., Ocean City, Richmond, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, and New York City. Washington D.C. and Philadelphia are an easy train ride away.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. As every dirty bench in Baltimore reminds us, it is the "Greatest City in America."
  2. Edgar Allen Poe spent a great deal of his life and died in Baltimore; the Raven football team is a tribute to his well-known poem "The Raven." Plus, the three team mascots are all ravens named Edgar, Allen, and Poe.
  3. It is the home and birthplace of duckpin bowling.
  4. Maryland crabcakes are the best ever! P.S. Watch out for the other kind of crabs. Baltimore is known for its disturbingly high rates of STDs.
  5. One of Baltimore's best-kept secrets is its wide array of theater, arts, and history.
Notable Natives
  • Spiro Agnew
  • Tom Clancy
  • DMX
  • Cass Elliot
  • Bill Frisell
  • Billie Holiday
  • Barry Levinson
  • H.L. Mencken
  • Garry Moore
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Michael Phelps
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Parker Posey
  • Babe Ruth
  • Wallis Simpson
  • Upton Sinclair
  • John Waters
  • Frank Zappa
Points of Interest
  • Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museum
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art
  • The Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner House
  • Fort McHenry
  • Homewood and Evergreen house museums
  • Inner Harbor
  • Lacrosse Museum & Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • Lexington Market
  • Maryland Science Center
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • The Poe House and Museum
  • The Walters Art Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Arundel Mills Mall
  • Harborplace and the Gallery
  • Owings Mills Mall
  • Towson Town Center Mall
  • White Marsh Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews White Marsh 16
8141 Honeygo Blvd.
White Marsh
(410) 933-9428
Movie Theaters
The Charles Theater
1711 N. Charles St.
Baltimore
(410) 727-3456
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover
(443) 755-8990
Movie Theaters
Harbor East Theatre
645 S. President St.
Baltimore
(410) 244-6609
Movie Theaters
The Senator
5904 York Road
Baltimore
(410) 323-4665
Major Sports Teams
  • Baltimore Orioles: MLB
  • Baltimore Ravens: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours
  • Washington, D.C.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 48% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 44% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 62 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 47% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 53% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 62 responses

  • 23% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 21% Totally.

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