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4 College Senior

Local Area: I've grown up in this neighborhood and i attended high school just around the corner. The neighborhood is beautiful and friendly. Full of artists. Events and fun things to do and attend throughout the area.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Best place in the world to feel the most advanced political, academoc, and cultural life around Dupont Circle in Washington Dc

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I really like Charm City. There are some fun, unusual attractions, such as Theatre Project, where I listened to Charlie Bethel tell the tale of The Odyssey in the most entertaining way. I've also been to some of the parks, which I find quite nice (I even encountered some deer). There are plenty of good restaurants around, too, like Sofi's Crepes. Then, of course, there is the inner harbor, around which there are various stores, restaurants, museums, an aquarium, a memorial, and even a Little Italy.

There are sporting events for those interested, since the Ravens come from Baltimore, as well as the Orioles. However, I can't say much about interactions with the locals, since I've had few. Also, the safety is concerning; it is pretty safe on campus since it has its own security, but definitely don't go walking outside of it on your own at night.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There aren't many restaurants on campus or off-campus: the food in general around town isn't the best. Public transportation is free in the city, which is nice, but it can be a hassle to organize all the stops. There isn't a big shopping scene either, not many small shops. It's considered a more dangerous area to live in, so that detracts from the city. Plus a lot of buildings are dilapidated. If the university just invested in more money in having better restaurants and shops right on campus, though, I know that they would attract more competitive students.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Baltimore is awesome! There is seriously so much here, for all types of people, and as long as you're smart/safe, there are unlimited options for fun things to do.


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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.
(410) 727-3456
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
(443) 755-8990
Movie Theaters
Harbor East Theatre
645 S. President St.
(410) 244-6609
Movie Theaters
The Senator
5904 York Road
(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 73 responses

Very poor
  • 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 74 responses

  • 49% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 42% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 73 responses

  • 53% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 45% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 1% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 73 responses

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


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