Off-campus housing is cheap and convenient. If you are open to living anywhere within four blocks of campus, housing is also plentiful, with students living in one-, two-, three-, or four-bedroom apartments and rowhouses. It is more difficult to find housing directly across the street from the University, but it's not impossible if you look early. Students are spread out in every direction from campus, so no matter where you choose to live, you are likely to find other students as your neighbors. Make sure you go through the building carefully before signing the lease because some landlords aren’t known for keeping the buildings in good shape. Even though you will not have trouble finding housing, expect to look on your own. It’s a good idea to ask upperclassmen to talk with their landlords and put in a good word for you, but many students have not found the off-campus housing office to be helpful.
Finding off-campus housing won’t prove to be an issue, but some students don’t like that Hopkins has almost no upperclassman housing options after requiring students to live on campus for their first two years. But housing is plentiful, and Baltimore has low property prices. The problem lies in that students often forget that they live in a city and that they need to be concerned with security. Students have been robbed walking to and from their houses, and many student houses have been burglarized. If you live in a rowhouse, lock your doors all of the time and find a place with bars on your windows. If you keep a few basic safety guidelines in mind, however, you should have a great experience living off campus.