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									 The Johns Hopkins University
GRO Guide to Living in Baltimore
         18t h Edition, 2010–2012

Graduate Representative Organization
     Johns Hopkins University
        Levering Hall 115-C
     3400 North Charles Street
       Baltimore, MD 21218

Thank you to the Dean of Student Life, Susan Boswell, for the funding and moral support neces-
sary for the continued production of the Guide.
Numerous volunteers helped with this version of the guide. We would like to specifically thank
both Jason Labonte and Manu Madhav for their invaluable contributions, without which this edi-
tion of the Guide would not have been possible, and Chitra Venkataramani for the cover artwork.
Other major contributors to this edition of the Guide include Fabian Bauwens, Craig Betten-
hausen, Justice Bruursema, Tulley Long, John Matsui, Ramya Natarajan, Amy Sheeran, Duncan
Sinclair, and Sumedh Risbud. We also thank all the students and administrators who provided
feedback during the revision process. Above all, we thank Eric Perlman, who, when no official
Guide editor stepped forward, took the enormous task of coordinating the whole revision pro-
cess on his own shoulders and saw it through to completion.
We are also indebted to the staffs of previous editions for their contributions, many of which
appear in this edition of the Guide.
We also thank The Edgar Allan Poe Society (, our source for many of the Poe
references throughout.

Editors’ Introduction
Welcome to The Johns Hopkins University GRO Guide To Living in Baltimore. The goal of this
handbook is to help make your transition to Hopkins and Baltimore a little less overwhelming
by offering advice and information on life at Hopkins and the greater Baltimore area. While the
Homewood campus is our primary focus, we strive to make the Guide useful for all Hopkins
graduate students and have included an entire chapter devoted to the East Baltimore campus.
We’ve tried to pack a lot of information into this little book. If you are a new graduate student,
you may find the following sections particularly helpful as you begin your tenure:

    • Chapter 1. Homewood Campus: Registering for Classes (p. 2), J-Card (p. 5), and Health
      Insurance (p. 6).
    • Chapter 3. Moving to Baltimore (p. 55): An entire chapter on where and how to find a place
      to live in Baltimore.
    • Chapter 4. Goods and Services: Transportation (p. 115).

New students should also check out the resources made available by the Graduate Affairs Of-
fice. The Homewood Graduate Student Handbook ( of-
fers a concise overview of all administrative policies affecting graduate students. They have also
created a webpage to guide students through their first time registering for classes, available at
Now in its 18th edition, the Guide has been continuously revised by members of the JHU graduate
community since its inception in 1981 as the Unnatural Resources handbook. Like the staffs of
previous editions, we’ve done our best to make sure that the information contained in the Guide
is as accurate and complete as possible. Nonetheless, change is inevitable — businesses open,
close, and relocate; policies, prices, and services change. We are proud of how much information
we provide in the Guide, but we’ve almost certainly overlooked some resources. And our own
preferences and experiences color those selections we’ve included. We rely on the feedback of
Guide readers to improve future editions.
This version of the Guide is the first to be updated as a wikiWiki, allowing the guide to continually
evolve with contributions from the entire graduate community. The print version of the Guide is
merely a snapshot frozen in time. We still believe in the printed Guide as an ideal resource for
welcoming students to Baltimore, while hoping the wiki will keep it relevant and up-to-date.
If you have a correction or suggestion to make, please first take a look at the on-line version of
the Guide at; then, send an e-mail to
Welcome to Baltimore!


Acknowledgements                                                                                                                                             i

Editors’ Introduction                                                                                                                                      iii

Contents                                                                                                                                                    v

This book is brought to you by the letters G, R, and O.                                                                                                   xiii
   A Bit About GRO Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   xiii
   Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   xiv
   Activism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   xiv
   Problem Solving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   xiv
   GRO Endowments & Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    xv
   Social Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    xv
   Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    xv
   Helping Out Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   xvi
   Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   xvi
   Getting Involved in the GRO . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   xvi

1   Homewood Campus                                                                                                                                         1
    Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .     2
          Registering for Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .     2
          The J-CARD (Student ID) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .     5
          Student Health Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .     6
          Payroll, Taxation, and JHU-Employment-Related Problems                                  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .     9
          Graduate Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    10
          Funding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    11
          Transcripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    13
    Services & Amenities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    13
          Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    13
          Banking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    14
          Bicycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    14
          Books & Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    15
          Campus Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    15
          Career Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    15
          Cash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    16
          Computer Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    16
          Disability Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    16
          Fax Machines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    17

         Food & Dining . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   17
         Health Services . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   19
         Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   21
         International Student Services .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   22
         Internet Connectivity . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   22
         Library Services . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   23
         Mobile Computing . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   25
         Multicultural Issues . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   26
         Newspapers . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   26
         Notary Public . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   26
         Online resources . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   26
         Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   27
         Photocopying and Printing . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   28
         Post Office . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   28
         Publications . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   28
         Recreational Sports & Fitness .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   29
         Religious Services . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   31
         Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   31
         Social Facilities . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   33
         Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   34
         Student Activities . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   34
         Taxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   34
    Extracurricular Activities . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   35
         Arts and Entertainment . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   35
         Athletics and Spectator Sports .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   36
         Fairs and Festivals . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   37
         Social Concerns . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   37
         Student Organizations . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   38

2   East Baltimore Campus                                                                                                                                                    41
    Administrative Matters . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   41
          Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   41
          Health Insurance . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   42
          Financial Assistance . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   42
    Services and Amenities . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   43
          Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   43
          Athletics, Fitness, & Recreation .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   43
          Banking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   44
          Film Development . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   44
          Books and Supplies . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   44
          Career Counseling . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   45
          Child and Elder Adult Care . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   45
          Food and Dining . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   45
          Health and Wellness . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   47
          Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   47
          International Students and Visas           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   48
          Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   48
          Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   49
          Postal Service . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   49
          Safety and Security . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   50


        Shuttles and Other Transportation . . . . . . .           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   50
    Support Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   51
        Computer Services, Email, and Internet Access             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   51
        Email, Faxes, and Photocopiers . . . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   52
        Notary Public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   53
    General East Baltimore Organizations . . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   53
        Student Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   53
        Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   54
        Volunteer Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   54

3   Moving to Baltimore                                                                                                                                   55
    Before You Start: A General Overview of Baltimore & Its Neighborhoods                                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   55
           A City of Neighborhoods: An Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   56
           Neighborhoods Near the Homewood Campus . . . . . . . . . . . .                                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   56
           Beyond Homewood: Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   59
           Beyond Homewood: Uptown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   60
           Beyond Baltimore City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   61
           Neighborhood Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   61
           Security Concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   62
           Baltimore Climate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   62
    Finding the Right Place to Live . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   62
           Starting Your Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   62
           Rental Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   64
           Visiting Potential Apartments: A Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   64
    The Legalities of Renting: Security Deposit and Fees . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   65
           Leases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   65
           Boarding or Rooming Arrangements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   66
           Subletting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   66
           Landlord trouble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   66
           Renter’s insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   67
    Temporary Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   67
           Hotel Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   67
    Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   68
           Housing Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   69
           Real Estate Agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   69
           Home Ownership Incentives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   69
           Unexpected Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   70
           Renting Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   71
           Mortgage Rates, Insurance, etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   71
    Moving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   71
           Boxes and Moving Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   72
    Utilities and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   72
           Telephones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   72
           Internet Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   74
    Insuring and Registering Your Car in Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   75
           Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   75
           Maryland Driver’s Licenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   76
           Car Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   77
           Emergency Roadside Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   77
           Parking Permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   78

4   Goods and Services                                                                                                                                                    81
    Artists’ Materials and Supplies . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    81
    Bakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    82
    Banks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    83
    Barbers/Beauty Salons . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    83
    Bike Shops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    84
    Book Stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    84
    Car Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    85
    Clothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    86
          Children & Infants Wear . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    86
          Clothing Bought & Sold . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    86
          Costumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    87
          Men’s Clothing / Women’s Apparel .             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    87
          Shoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    88
    Cosmetics & Perfumes . . . . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    89
    Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    89
    Copying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    90
    Education and Schools . . . . . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    90
    Electronic Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    91
    Extermination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    91
    Financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    92
    Florists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    92
    Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    92
    Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    94
    Gift Shops/Greeting Cards . . . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    94
    Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    95
          Asian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    95
          German . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    95
          Greek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    96
          Indian and Pakistani . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    96
          Italian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    96
          Polish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    96
          Russian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    97
          Delicatessens and Butcher Shops . .            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    98
          Natural Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    98
    Other Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    98
          Community-Sponsored Agriculture .              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    98
          Covered Markets . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    99
          Farmers Markets . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    99
    Supermarkets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   100
    Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   100
    Health and Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   101
    Ice Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   101
    Kitchenware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   102
    Laundry/Tailors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   102
    Legal Assistance/Mediation . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   103
    Libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   103
          Public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   103
          Private . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   103


    Liquor Stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   104
    Massage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   105
    Medical Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   105
          Clinics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   105
          Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   106
          Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   106
    Office Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   107
    Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   107
          Adoption . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   107
          Animal Hospitals/Veterinarians .           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   108
          Kennels & Pet Boarding . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   108
          Lost & Found . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   108
          Pets/Pet Food . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   109
          Spaying/Neutering . . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   109
    Pharmacies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   109
    Photo Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   109
    Photographic Equipment . . . . . . . .           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   110
    Postal Service/Mail . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   110
    Recorded Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   111
    Shoe Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   111
    Shopping Centers . . . . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   111
    Sporting Goods/Camping Equipment                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   112
    Stationery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   113
    Taxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   113
    Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   114
    Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   115
    Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   115
          Airports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   115
          Buses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   116
          Campus Vans and Shuttles . . . .           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   116
          Car Rental Agencies . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   118
          Car Sharing (Zipcar) . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   118
          Carpooling . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   119
          Subway & Light Rail . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   119
          Taxicabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   119
          Trains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   119
    Video Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   120

5   Out and About in Baltimore                                                                                                                                               121
    Touring Baltimore by Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   121
          Self Guided Walks: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   122
    Hitting the Town: Dance and Sing Your Heart Out, and Your Night Away                                                             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   124
          Charles Village and Hampden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   124
          Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   124
          The Inner Harbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   125
          Fell’s Point/Canton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   126
          Federal Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   126
          Other Neighborhoods and Nighttime Activities . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   126
    Visual and Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   128
          Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   128

          Galleries/Cultural Centers . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   131
          Formal (alterna-bar) Music Events .            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   132
          Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   133
          Readings & Cabarets . . . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   134
          Performative Dance and Movement                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   134
          Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   135
    Festivals, Street Fairs & Block Parties . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   136
          Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   136
          Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   136
          Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   136
          Fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   137
    Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   137
          Participant Sports . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   137
          Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   138
    Volunteering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   139
    Budget Baltimore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   140
          On Campus: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   140
          Off-Campus: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   140

6   Drinking & Dining                                                                                                                                                    143
         Inform Yourself! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   144
    Our picks, by Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   144
         Charles Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   144
         Hampden, Woodberry & Roland Park . . . . . . .                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   146
         Mount Vernon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   148
         Station North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   151
         Fell’s Point and Little Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   152
         South Baltimore: Federal Hill and Key Highway                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   155
    Baltimore: The City That Brews . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   156
         Brewpubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   156
    Wine in and Around Baltimore . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   157
    Take Out and Delivery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   157

7   Getting Outdoors                                                                                                                                                     159
    Getting Outdoors in Baltimore: Staying in the City . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   159
         Urban Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   159
    Getting Outdoors around Baltimore: Leaving the City                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   160
         Hiking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   160
         Camping and Backpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   161
         Cycling and Mountain Biking . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   161
         Inline Skating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   162
         Kayaking and Canoeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   162
         Rowing and Sailing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   163
         Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   163
         Skiing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   163
         Caving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   164
         Rock Climbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   164
    Outdoor Recreation: Locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   165
    Further Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   171
    Places To Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   173


          Historical Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
          Towns and Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

8   International Student Mini-Guide                                                                                                                                       179
    International Student Services Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   179
          Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS) . . . .                                                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   180
    Other Resources, Programs, or Student Groups for International Students                                                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   180
    Identification, Documents, Taxes, and Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                      .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   181
          When You First Arrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   181
          Social Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   181
          Driving, Driver’s Licenses, and IDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   182
          Taxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   183
          Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   184
    Practical information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   184
          Numbers, Measures, Dates, and Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   185
          Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   186
          Mailing and Shipping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   187
          Out and About . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   187
          Money and Banking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   189
    Safety and Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   191
    Interpersonal Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   192
          Formality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   192
          Personal Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                               .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   192
          Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                             .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   192
          Culture Shock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   192

A Local Places of Worship and Religious Organizations                                                                                                                      193
  Campus Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   193
  Off-Campus Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   194
       Baha’i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   194
       Buddhist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   194
       Christian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   194
       Christian Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   199
       Hindu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                         .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   199
       Islam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   199
       Jehovah’s Witnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   200
       Jewish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   200
       Mormon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   201
       Sikh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   201

B Essential Contact Information                                                                           203
  Homewood Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
  East Baltimore Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
  City of Baltimore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204

C Maps                                                                                                                                                                     205
  Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus . .                .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   206
  Homewood–JHMI Shuttle . . . . . . . .            .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   207
  Johns Hopkins Hospital Campus Map .              .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   208
  Baltimore’s Neighborhoods . . . . . . .          .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   209

   Baltimore Light Rail . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   211
   MTA Route 3 . . . . . . . .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   212
   MTA Route 11 . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   213
   MTA Route 27 . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   214
   MARC . . . . . . . . . . .    .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   215
   Washington DC Metrorail       .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   216

Index                                                                                                                                                                                    217

This book is brought to you by
the letters G, R, and O.

 We, the graduate students of Johns Hopkins University’s Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and
 Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering, (hereafter referred to as “the Homewood
 Divisions”,) in order to promote graduate student interests, both academic and social, within
 the University environment and in order to represent graduate students before the faculty and
 administration of Johns Hopkins University, do hereby adopt this constitution for the Graduate
 Representative Organization (GRO). Any issue that influences and/or affects any portion or
 whole of the graduate student body of the Homewood Divisions shall be considered within the
 competency of the GRO. — Preamble to the GRO Constitution

The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Representative Organization (GRO) is — as the name
implies — an organization that has represented graduate students at JHU since 1978. The GRO
does many things, not the least of which is produce this book. We also coordinate much of grad-
uate student orientation, advocate for grad student concerns (e.g., health insurance subsidies,
stipends), conduct social events (coffee hours, happy hours, trips), fund campus groups, orga-
nize sports tournaments, and much, much more. Indeed, the GRO is proud to have earned the
National Association of Graduate and Professional Students’ (NAGPS) 2000–2001 Outstanding
Graduate Student Association award, its highest honor.
The GRO is mostly visible through its social events, although a lot more is going on behind the
scenes. GRO representatives (from every department) work hard throughout the year to address
graduate student needs with University administrations. (One of the recent major issues the GRO
has succesfully advocated is free health insurance for graduate students.) As with any voluntary
advocacy group, our strength depends to a large extent upon your support. If you care about the
graduate student community and would like to help us improve graduate student life, please do
not hesitate to contact us.

A Bit About GRO Structure
The GRO consists out of two democratically elected bodies. The Executive Board (E. Board) is
elected on an annual basis by the department representatives. The legislative body, or GRO Gen-
eral Council (GC) is made up of both graduate student representatives from every department
on the Homewood campus and the Executive Board members. Department representatives are
selected independently by students within a department in a way that is up to the students of
that department. The GC decides on most matters within the scope of the GRO. It approves or

denies student group event funding and/or recognition, approves the budget and GRO policy,
debates graduate student needs, both academic and social, and disseminates information to the
graduate community. The Executive Board primarily deals with the execution of policies made
by the GC and with every-day communication with University administration and other bodies.
Although E. Board members can vote on most matters, they are not permitted to elect or impeach
other E. Board members. The GC and E. Board each meet on a biweekly basis.
The GRO has a number of ad hoc and standing committees working on specific issues, such as
GRO travel grants, campus-wide surveys, etc. The GRO also appoints graduate representatives to
University boards, such as the Committee on Dissertation Publishing, the Student Health Advi-
sory Committee, the Student Library Advisory Committee, etc.
The GRO has official University competency to recognize graduate student clubs and groups
active on campus. Recognition provides these groups with certain advantages. GRO-affiliated
clubs and groups are, however, autonomous from the GRO and should not be confused with
the constituencies of the GRO, which are the Homewood departments. The GRO is intended to
represent the general interests of all Homewood graduate students in a democratic way through
departmental representation. The GRO is an organization for graduate students and run by grad-
uate students, independent from University administration, striving to be an impartial partner
for every Homewood graduate student. If you are ever confronted with a problem, academic or
non-academic, the GRO will be there for you and assist you as much as possible.
For more information on our structure, constitution, policies, budget, activities, etc., please go to

The GRO participates in the planning of the graduate student orientation. The GRO Orientation
BBQ is a beginning-of-the-year free social event open to the entire graduate community.

The GRO is a voice for graduate student concerns. For example, most JHU graduate students
in Arts & Sciences and Engineering receive fully subsidized health insurance. This action is the
direct result of the GRO’s lobbying in past years. Hopkins does not currently provide this benefit
to students in its SAIS and Peabody divisions. The GRO is presently working on multiple issues,
including but not limited to the reduction of non-resident student fees, a fair grievance policy,
increased teaching opportunities, the raising of graduate stipends, the provisioning of Summer
stipends across the board, parking and safety concerns, the development of an Honor Code, tech-
nology on campus, and graduate student social space.
During GPSA Week (Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week) each spring, the GRO
hosts a Deans’ Luncheon, where graduate students can voice their concerns directly to and get
responses from the deans and administrators who have the most control over graduate student-
related issues. At the same time, you can eat a free lunch.

Problem Solving
If you have a problem in your department, with your landlord, or with a professor, the GRO can
direct you to the appropriate University resources to resolve the problem. If you need an advocate
or simply the knowledge of where to start, contact us at

                                     T                                              G, R,      O.

GRO Endowments & Grants
Graduate students never have enough money. The GRO worked hard over recent years to create
an endowed account that supports graduate student concerns, such as conference travel funds.
With enthusiastic support from Dr. Susan Boswell, Dean of Student Life, the GRO launched its
Conference Travel Grants program in the 2005-06 academic year. This is a costly program, and
the GRO Endowment will help ensure its future. The interest earned on the endowment gener-
ates a permanent funding source.
We encourage graduate students to help the GRO and themselves by shopping at our online
shopping mall or by donating your spare change. If you ever buy books or anything else through
Amazon, please use the link on our website. The GRO will receive a small financial reward for
every customer buying through us, although there will be no additional cost for you. Ticket sales
at GRO special events also benefit the endowment. Information on shopping, donating, and the
travel grants program is available at

Social Events
The GRO is, perhaps, best known on campus for running the weekly GRO Coffee Hour, which
offers free coffee, tea, and pastries, as well as the occasional give-away of GRO merchandise.
(We’ve observed that grad students like free stuff.) You can get your cost-free dose of caffeine
every Monday at 3 p.m. at the Levering Lounge, in Levering Hall.
Another popular event is the semimonthly GRO Happy Hour. This event takes place on
Thursdays every other week, featuring free food and drink specials at local bars. Check out for the up-to-date time and location of this event, or just ask around your de-
In addition to these regularly scheduled social events, the GRO also periodically plans additional
activities for your enjoyment, such as bus trips to nearby cities and attractions, beer and wine
tastings, and group outings to many of the area’s various amusements.
The easiest way to make certain that you find out about such activities is through the GRO’s e-
mail list. Our list is updated at the start of each academic year to include all registered Home-
wood graduate students. If you are not receiving this e-mail, send an e-mail with “ADD TO GRAD
LISTSERV” in the subject line to Other ways to find out what’s going on are to read
the events calendar in The Grad News or to visit the GRO on the web at If you
have other ideas for social events and would like to help the GRO organize them, e-mail us at

The GRO organizes sports activities over the summer, such as soccer, basketball, Ultimate Fris-
bee, and softball. The GRO also supports and sponsors graduate-oriented sport clubs. Soccer,
volleyball, and cricket are some of them. Contact the GRO or visit our web page for more infor-
When demand is high enough and the funds are available, the GRO also arranges for the tele-
vised broadcast of sporting events such as the World Cup, Euro Cup, and Championship cricket
As always, the GRO is looking for volunteers to help us organize these events. Every Summer the
GRO needs a Sports Coordinator. Aside from having a good time, a Summer Sports Coordinator
will also receive a financial contribution for his or her efforts.

Helping Out Others
The GRO is a source of funding for campus groups whose programming involves members of
the graduate student community. We provide up to $750 of funding for graduate student confer-
ences, cultural events (e.g., Chinese New Year), and sports or gaming groups. Please note that the
GRO cannot pay for alcohol or taxes — JHU won’t allow it.
To find out about requesting GRO funding, follow the link for funding from the GRO main web-

As you’ve no doubt deduced by now, the GRO publishes the GRO Guide To Living in Balti-
more. We also put out The Grad News, a mostly monthly newsletter with a focus on graduate
student concerns. The Grad News usually includes restaurant and other reviews, GRO-funded
event reports, ads, informational articles, the PhD Comics strip, and the always anticipated “Un-
dergrads Say the Darndest Things”. Look for it in your campus mailbox soon or find it online
( Also, consider volunteering to write an article and pick up some
extra cash. Contact the editor at
In past years, we’ve also worked together with the Center for Educational Resources on improving
the TA Manual.

Getting Involved in the GRO
The GRO cannot do all these things without the help of graduate students like you. Please con-
sider doing your part. The best way to start getting involved is to attend a GRO General Council
meeting. GRO General Council meetings occur every two weeks and are open to the graduate
public. Every department is entitled to one vote on issues (such as funding of campus groups).
If your department doesn’t have a representative, please consider joining us! There’s always free
food at meetings, and it’s a good way to get to know the University, meet your fellow graduate stu-
dents, and develop administrative experience for that all-important job in academia or industry
when you graduate. Visit the GRO main website to find out where and when
these meetings will take place.

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Chapter       1
Homewood Campus
Entering the world of Hopkins via the Homewood campus can be a bit of a shock, especially for
those coming from large universities. On the positive side, it’s a beautiful, little campus. There
are wonderful spots, such as the BMA Sculpture Garden, the President’s Garden with its goldfish
pond, the wooded area near the gym, the steps of Gilman, or the big shady lawns of the upper
or lower quads. In the spring when the trees are blossoming, the lower quad — and in fact the
whole neighborhood — seems almost surreally lush.
Many students are surprised at the lack of a “college town” or sizable student-oriented commer-
cial area near the campus. Things have been changing a bit in that regard, with the Saint Paul
strip (from 31st to 34th streets) showing some signs of growth and developing plans for more.
Once you tap into the free JHU shuttle system, however, the rest of Baltimore becomes accessi-
ble. You’ll find plenty of enjoyable spots to hang out, spend money, and have fun.
Stating that the University itself is rather decentralized seems a bit like an understatement. Many
of your department’s decisions are officially its own to make. Some students feel that this struc-
ture leaves too much latitude for politics and personalities to influence the decisions that will af-
fect their careers, and trying to find out which administrator is ultimately responsible for which
policy may make you feel as if you are in a maze. But the small size can also work on your behalf:
If you don’t like the way something is done, you can make your voice heard fairly easily, even if
you don’t know exactly who is in charge of the matter. Most members of the University staff, such
as those who run the library or the people in the Student Activities Office, are friendly and can
be very helpful. Deans are also accessible, and we urge you to visit them. Of course, as always,
the GRO will be glad to assist you here as well.
Your experience at Homewood will be influenced by the personality of your individual depart-
ment. It can feel like a very small town. The same people appear in all your classes. It’s hard
to avoid running into someone you may not want to see. This constant interaction, however,
does make it easy to get to know people and make friends in your department; you’re unlikely to
feel anonymous here. If you hunger for wider social circles, though, you’ll need to take deliber-
ate steps to find them. Serving in the Graduate Representative Organization (GRO) is one way;
getting involved in organizations and activities on campus and around town is another.
A feeling of isolation is very common among first-year graduate students. One good way to over-
come this burden is to get involved. You might be surprised to find the impact you can have.

Homewood Campus

                  1   Some kind of involvement outside of your academic work can significantly help to fight off the
                      infamous grad student blues and feelings of isolation. Become your department’s representa-
                      tive to the GRO. Form a graduate student group in your department or campus-wide and request
                      funding from the GRO. Sit on a University committee. Though the campus and the Hopkins com-
                      munity are small, there are usually a wealth of interesting, worthwhile events on campus as well
                      as off campus: seminar series, multidisciplinary talks, lectures, and workshops open to everyone
                      (which often provide catered food and drinks!), film series, festivals sponsored by student groups,
                      music and dramatic performances, intramural sports, and more. Don’t let yourself get so entan-
                      gled in work that you ignore these opportunities; everyone needs a break, if only to refuel. (Note:
                      You can also take advantage of dance, music, art, and other free or low-cost courses at Hopkins’
                      various divisions, such as the Peabody Conservatory, or at the Maryland Institute College of
                      Most Johns Hopkins events are now publicized via the university’s on-line calendar,
             We suggest also check out the News-Letter (published Thursdays by the un-
                      dergrads; and The JHU Gazette (published Mondays by the Univer-
                      sity; for additional on-campus events, but many others are publicized mainly
                      through flyers, so be sure to keep an eye on the overcrowded kiosks and poster boards around
                      campus. You can also see campus event announcements at or via daily e-mails. As
                      far as off-campus events, the free City Paper (published Wednesdays; and
                      the Thursday Baltimore Sun also provide listings and reviews of events around town. More re-
                      cently, there is also the free daily paper b (
                      In the following pages, we will try to fill you in on the things you need to know to get the most
                      out of Homewood. For things we’ve missed, check the Johns Hopkins webpage (
                      We try to include many event dates and much information in The Grad News and the calendar
                      on the GRO website ( The recent and previous editions of The Grad News are
                      always available online:
                      Among these resources you should be able to find the basic information you need. If you still
                      aren’t satisfied, you can contact the GRO (410-516-7682 or or ask your departmen-
                      tal representative for help. Check out the GRO website for office hours. Welcome to the Home-
                      wood community!

                      Registering for Classes
                      The Graduate Affairs Office has an excellent FAQ to guide incoming students through the regis-
                      tration process, at

                       Office of the Registrar
                       Basement, Garland Hall

                      Though registering for classes may seem like a straightforward procedure, there are a few steps
                      you must complete before being eligible to register.

                      1) Settle your account and, if needed, pay the one-time $500 matriculation fee if your depart-
                      ment has not covered it for you already. Full-time students should go directly to the Student

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Accounts Office (basement, Garland Hall) to ensure that their financial obligations to the Uni-
versity — tuition, matriculation fee, library fines, etc. — are paid. If you are receiving a full or
partial tuition fellowship, Student Accounts should know this, and you should be all set for that
portion of your tuition. Federal and state loans sent directly to the University should also be listed
as credits to your account. Any remaining balance must be paid at this time. (If you have a credit
rather than a balance due in your account, you can request a refund, which will take a week or so
to get to you.) Once your account is settled, Student Accounts will note in your file that you are
cleared to register and mark this on your registration sheet.

Part-time students must first go to the graduate desk of the Registrar’s Office to have their fees
assessed before settling their account.

The one-time matriculation fee is intended to cover the cost of processing your paperwork and
accounts during your time at the University. A warning: The Registrar’s Office does not give you
advance notice that this fee will be due. If you neglect to pay it, they will simply return your
registration materials to you with a red “Registration Rejected” stamp.

2) All graduate students must prove that they have health insurance; if you don’t already have
insurance you must get it. Most graduate students sign up for University-sponsored plan, the
cost of which will be free for most (but not all) graduate students. Enrollment can be done on-
line before you arrive at Hopkins — details should be provided to you before you arrive. See
the section on health insurance for help choosing a plan and for an overview of the University-
sponsored plan. If you are on some other plan, you must visit the Student Health Insurance
Desk (basement, Garland Hall) to fill out a waiver form with the name and policy number of your
outside provider.

3) New students must also complete a health form for the Hopkins Student Health & Wellness
Center. This form is usually mailed to new students, but if you did not receive one, contact the
Center at 410-516-8270.

For International Students Only While no longer a requirement for registration, international stu-
dents must visit the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (OISSS) when they
arrive on campus. You should probably visit the office anyway sometime during your first week
at Hopkins to familiarize yourself with their services as this office will be useful to you throughout
your career here.


Each department has its own procedures about registering new students, so we encourage you to
check with your department first, so you can follow their guidelines about registering. However,
below we’ve included general information about how to register.

Note that you will need clearance from the Student Accounts Office, Student Health Insur-
ance/Student Health and Wellness Office, and your academic advisor to remove all holds on your
registration. International students will also need OISSS clearance.

Online Registration All students may register for classes online through Johns Hopkins’ Inte-
grated Student Information System (ISIS) at . You will need your JHED login ID and
password to log in.

Homewood Campus

                  1   In-Person Registration Registration in person takes place a few days before classes start, but
                      only on specified days and times, so check your registration packet or call the Registrar’s Office
                      (410-516-8080) to find out the schedule before proceeding. Then, follow these steps:

                         1. Visit the Registrar’s Office ahead of time to pick up a personal data form and course regis-
                            tration form at the graduate desk.
                         2. Select your classes and note the course number, title, and schedule.
                         3. Obtain the signature of your Department Chair, advisor, or other authorized person on
                            your course registration form.
                         4. Then, at your scheduled time, bring the registration form and join the line in the basement
                            of Garland Hall outside the Registrar’s Office. Your course selections will be typed into the
                            computer system and you will receive a printout of your schedule as confirmation of your
                         5. Double-check this printout to be sure you’re registered for the right courses!

                      (Note to postdoctoral fellows: You may enroll in any Homewood course free of charge, but the
                      credits may not be applied toward a degree.)

                      Taking Classes Outside Your Department
                      As a full-time Hopkins student, you’re eligible to take classes at any Hopkins division, including
                      the School of Hygiene and Public Health, the School of Medicine, the Nursing School (See East
                      Baltimore Campus chapter for more on these three schools,) the School for Advanced Interna-
                      tional Studies (SAIS), and the Peabody Institute. Eligibility may be subject to the approval of
                      the course instructor and/or your advisor, and summer courses are not available. The graduate
                      desk at the Registrar’s Office in Garland Hall has registration forms, course catalogs, and schedule
                      information for these divisions, and you register via the Homewood Registrar.

                      Music There are two parts to the Peabody Institute — the Conservatory and the Preparatory
                      — both of which offer a range of courses, including music theory and music performance. The
                      Peabody Preparatory also offers dance and aerobics classes. Courses at the Conservatory are for
                      serious music students; courses at the Preparatory are oriented more toward novices and those
                      just wanting to try something different. Hopkins students can take one free class per semester at
                      the Institute; for private lessons at the Conservatory, an audition is required. You can get regis-
                      tration and audition information for the Conservatory at the Homewood Registrar’s Office. For
                      course and registration information at the Preparatory, call 410-659-8100 x1130. Proof of your
                      full-time student status, such as a JCARD and a copy of your registration form, is required in
                      order to register at the Preparatory.

                      Art A few drawing and painting workshops are offered each semester. These are restricted to
                      15 participants each and undergraduates are given priority, so getting into them can be hard
                      for graduate students. Still, if you’re interested in developing your artistic side, this might
                      be your best opportunity on campus. Contact the Homewood art workshops (410-516-6705,
             for more information. (Also see below, regarding MICA.)

                      Inter-Institutional Cooperative Program Each semester, a limited number of Hopkins stu-
                      dents can also take advantage of course offerings in the fine and applied arts at the Maryland
                      Institute College of Art (MICA) free of charge. For information and registration materials, visit
                      the Homewood Registrar’s Office.

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The Office of Summer and Intersession Programs (410-516-4548, of-
fers intersession “mini-courses” to provide a bit of diversion for those staying around during the
long winter break. These informal, non-credit classes, which run for three weeks beginning in
early January, cover instruction in everything from wine appreciation, cooking, and photogra-
phy to aerobics and stress management. Anyone can take them and anyone, including graduate
students, can design and teach an intersession course. Instructors set minimum enrollment re-
quirements and course fees. Course proposals are due in the fall; they are solicited via announce-
ments in the News-Letter and the Gazette. Registration forms are distributed across the Home-
wood Campus in late fall and must be submitted to the Student Activities Office in the Mattin
Center by mid-December. Keep an eye open for other non-credit courses, which are sometimes
offered by the Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Welch Medical Library. Notices
appear in the News-Letter, the Gazette, or on posters around campus.

The J-CARD (Student ID)

 J-CARD Office
 51 Garland Hall

One of the most important steps to becoming a Hopkins graduate student is to get a JHU “J-
CARD.” The J-CARD is your official JHU student identification card, which also gives you access
to many campus services, so you will want to obtain yours as soon as possible. To get your J-
CARD, bring your confirmation of registration form to the ID Card Services Office the day after
you register. (Data is transferred from the registrar’s system to the J-CARD system overnight.)
They will take your picture and prepare your card in a few minutes. (Be sure that your card in-
dicates that you are a graduate student; the workers there sometimes forget to mark this.) The
J-CARD contains your name, classification (undergrad, graduate student, staff, or faculty), birth
date, randomly generated ID number, and library bar code number. When you swipe the card
through a J-CARD reader, the reader accesses your record in the database for privilege and ac-
count information. This frightening amount of data enables the card to serve a variety of func-
tions, including improving security and practically eliminating the need to carry cash on Hopkins
territory. Unfortunately, the card does not display your current registration status, so you may
need to keep your confirmation of registration on hand to receive student discounts from local
businesses. (Alternatively, you can also carry a student discount card adminstered by the Alumni

Losing Your J-CARD

If you lose your J-CARD during business hours, report the loss to the J-CARD Office
(410-516-5121); at other times report it to the Security Office (410-516-4600). They will tem-
porarily suspend the use of your card so that your accounts can’t be accessed. To replace your
J-CARD, you need to go in person to the J-CARD Office and pay a $15 fee. If you report your card
as missing and then find it before you get a replacement, bring it to the Office for reactivation.

Where Will You Need Your J-CARD?

    • At JHU libraries, for entrance and library privileges

Homewood Campus

                  1       • For entrance to buildings and offices that have J-Card access enabled (If you are qualified
                            for access, of course)
                          • At the Academic Computing Lab (Krieger) and other student computer labs, to get in
                          • At the Homewood bookstore (the Barnes & Noble at Saint Paul St. and 33rd)
                          • At the Office of Student Employment, to pick up a paycheck
                          • At the Recreation Center, for entrance
                          • For access to all campus parking lots, if you qualify for and have paid for parking (See the
                            Parking section in this chapter.)
                          • At GRO Coffee and Happy Hours

                      You can use the J-CARD as a debit card

                          • To make copies at the MSE Library.
                          • For dining services. The J-CARD serves as a debit meal card if you sign up for one of the
                            meal plans.
                          • At most vending machines on campus and laundry centers in University housing.
                          • At several stores and dining establishments around campus.

                      To open an account for these purposes, add funds to your account at one of the VTS (Value Trans-
                      fer Service) machines located in the J-CARD Office, library, recreation center, or other locations
                      on campus using cash or a credit card.

                      Student Health Insurance

                      Johns Hopkins requires all of its students to have health insurance coverage and provides a JHU
                      Student Health Insurance Plan (administered through Aetna Student Health) for those students
                      without comparable coverage. On the Homewood campus, most undergraduates waive the plan,
                      as they are still insured through their parents. While some graduate students arrive in the first
                      year with coverage through a parent or spouse and thus choose to waive, most PhD candidates
                      within KSAS and WSE opt to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan. In order to help you
                      decided whether the Student Plan is right for you and how to use it if you do decide to enroll,
                      here are the basic benefits, costs, and how-tos of the student plan from the graduate student


                      Within the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering, all full-
                      time graduate students are eligible for the JHU Student Health Insurance Plan. Domestic stu-
                      dents may opt to waive the school’s plan if A) they already have comparable coverage through a
                      parent or spouse or B) they decide to purchase comparable independent coverage through an-
                      other company. All international students are required to enroll in the Student Health Insurance
                      Plan, since many international health insurance plans are either not accepted by US providers
                      or are difficult to verify and bill for services. All students enrolled in part-time programs who are
                      taking twelve or more credit hours, non-resident graduate students, and graduate study-abroad
                      students are eligible to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Eligible students may also
                      enroll their dependents and families, including spouses, domestic partners, and children, in the

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Whether you decide to enroll or waive the Student Health Insurance Plan, the Enrollment/Waiver
Form should be submitted prior to registration for classes each fall but no later than September
30 each year. And you must re-enroll each year! Hopkins will send out reminder e-mails in ad-
vance of the enrollment deadline each summer, and you may easily re-enroll online through the
JHU Student Health Insurance site on the Aetna website. (See Contact Information for Aetna
Student Health below.)

The JHU Student Health Insurance Plan provides annual coverage from 12:01 am, August 15,
to 12:01 am, August 14, the following year, a period known as the “policy year”. The plan cov-
ers many medical expenses, including physician office visits, emergency room visits, physical
therapy after an illness or injury, allergy testing and treatment, maternity expenses, routine pre-
ventative and primary care for dependent infants, treatment for substance abuse, diagnosis and
treatment of mental illnesses and emotional disorders, and prescription drugs. You may find full
lists of benefits, as well as exclusions (services not covered under the plan), in the JHU Student
Health Plan Brochure, available at the Aetna website. (See Contact Information for Aetna Stu-
dent Health below.) If you have particular medical concerns or needs, you should read through
the lists of benefits and exclusions carefully or contact Aetna directly to see if your needs will be
covered before enrolling in the plan.
For students who will be traveling abroad during their time at Hopkins, Aetna has contracted with
On Call International to provide students covered under the JHU Student Health Insurance Plan
with access to certain accidental death and dismemberment benefits, medical evacuation and
repatriation, worldwide emergency travel assistance services, and other benefits. While over-
seas, the JHU student policy with Aetna will cover these services as long as they are arranged and
provided through On Call. Upon enrolling in the Student Health plan, you will receive an On Call
ID card with the company’s contact information, which should be carried with you at all times
while traveling out of the country.
The JHU Student Health Insurance Plan does not cover routine vision or dental work. However,
Aetna does offer optional dental coverage and a dental discount plan, which must be purchased
separately from the Student Health Insurance Plan for an additional premium. You can obtain
more information on these plans at the Aetna website. (See Contact Information for Aetna Stu-
dent Health below.)

Accessing Health Care at Homewood
Health care for all full-time students enrolled in the Student Plan is facilitated through the Stu-
dent Health and Wellness Center ( at the Homewood Cam-
pus. (To learn more about the Health Center and to check if you are eligible for their services,
see the section on Health and Wellness in this chapter.) Having student health care managed
through the Health Center is a way of keeping the costs of our primary care down and, by exten-
sion, keeping the Student Health Insurance premiums as low as possible. Basic health services
are available at low or no cost to you from the Health Center, as well as from the Counseling Cen-
ter. If you need care beyond what the Health Center can offer, they will refer you to an outside
provider. It is very important to get your referral through the Student Health and Wellness Center!
If you are enrolled in the JHU Student Health Insurance Plan, you save money and pay far less in
deductibles when referred to an outside provider through the Center.
The JHU Student Health Insurance plan uses a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) through
Aetna. Preferred providers within this network have agreed to reduced rates for services; if you go

Homewood Campus

                  1   out of the network, you may be charged more for the same service. You can search for providers
                      by going to the Aetna Student Health Website. (See Contact Information for Aetna Student Health
                      below.) At the time of your referral from a practitioner at the Health Center, make sure you clarify
                      whether the referred provider is inside or outside of the PPO network and how much of their
                      services the Student Health Plan will cover. If you have specialized health concerns or need to
                      see a particular provider during your time at Hopkins, it is worth checking to see if these services
                      will fall within the PPO network and how much they are likely to cost under the Student Health
                      Plan before you enroll.

                      Costs (Premiums and Deductibles)

                      Annual premium rates for the JHU Student Health Insurance Plan can be found at the Aetna
                      website. (See Contact Information for Aetna Student Health below.) Resident PhD candidates
                      and all engineering graduate students at Hopkins receive a subsidy from the University that will
                      cover 100% of the premium. This subsidy does not apply to the premiums for any dependents you
                      wish to be enrolled in the plan. If you are unsure whether you’re eligible for the subsidy, check
                      with your department. Keep in mind that if you choose to waive the JHU Student Insurance
                      coverage, you are not eligible to receive this subsidy. If you are not eligible for the subsidy but
                      wish to enroll in the student health plan, or if you wish to enroll dependents, these premiums are
                      payable in full at the beginning of the academic year and will be charged to the student’s account.
                      The Student Accounts Office can help you set up a payment plan if you do not want to pay the
                      premium in a lump sum. If you fail to waive coverage by the September 30 deadline, you will be
                      automatically enrolled in the JHU plan and will lose the right to waive coverage.

                      For each illness or injury you encounter during a given policy year, you are required to pay a
                      deductible, a portion of the total costs that must be paid out-of-pocket before Aetna begins cov-
                      ering medical expenses. For students, this is a $250 deductible per condition per policy year,
                      unless you received a referral through the Student Health and Wellness Center, in which case
                      your deductible will be reduced to only $75. (For spouses, the deductible is $250; for families,
                      the deductible is $500.) After you have met the deductible, the Student Plan covers 80% of your
                      medical expenses if your care is given by a Preferred Provider or 64% if you were cared for by any
                      other provider. If your out-of-pocket deductible expenses exceed $5,250 in network (or $7,750
                      out of network) during the course of the policy year, the plan will then cover 100% of medical
                      expenses covered under the plan, up to the maximum lifetime limit of $1,000,000 per illness or
                      injury. There is no rollover for the deductible, so the full deductible must be paid each policy year
                      before the benefits kick in.

                      Prescription medicines are covered with a $15 co-payment for generic drugs ($25 for brand-name
                      drugs) when purchased at any participating pharmacy. Just as with other health care providers,
                      some pharmacies are “preferred” under Aetna’s plan while others are not. If the pharmacy is not
                      preferred, you will have to pay the full cost for your medications and submit your receipt and a
                      prescription claim form to Aetna to receive reimbursement for the covered expenses. You can
                      check the listings of participating pharmacies on the Aetna Student Health website (See Contact
                      Information for Aetna Student Health below.) to make sure your pharmacy is a preferred phar-
                      macy. In addition, the Health Center offers a limited number of prepackaged medications to
                      students for as low as $8. If you receive a prescription from the Health Center, ask the doctor or
                      nurse practitioner if it is available there at the Center. Your health provider, whether at the Health
                      Center or elsewhere, should always be able to help you figure out the most affordable way to
                      obtain your medication, from locating a participating pharmacy to suggesting a generic option.

                      In general, to maximize your benefits under the plan and minimize out-of-pocket costs:

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    • Seek initial treatment through the Health and Wellness Center whenever possible.
    • Get referrals to outside providers through the Health and Wellness Center to lower your
    • Try to obtain care through providers within the PPO network.
    • Consult with your provider to find the most affordable options for your medications.

Contact Information for Aetna Student Health
You can find the Johns Hopkins Student Health Insurance Plan page at the Aetna Student Health
A number of resources are available to you at this site, which is easily navigable via the links on
the left-hand side of the page. To find out more about the rates, benefits, and details of our health
insurance plan, as well as the optional plans and discounts for dental, vision, and prescriptions,
follow the “Plans and Products Offered to You” link. To view the complete JHU Student Health
Plan Brochure, click on the “Full Plan Details” link and choose the current plan brochure under
“Plan Documents”. To search for health care providers and pharmacies who participate in the
Aetna plan, follow the “Find a Doctor, Hospital or Pharmacy” link. You may also use the links on
the left-hand side of the page to enroll in the plan or waive coverage.
If you feel you need to speak with an Aetna Representative, you may call them at 1-800-558-8845.
Questions can also be directed to the Student Insurance Desk in the Office of the Registrar
(410-516-8079) or to the Health Insurance Coordinator at the Student Health and Wellness Cen-
ter (410-516-8270). In fact, the Health Center’s Health Insurance Coordinator can often answer
your questions more quickly than the Aetna system and can be an invaluable resource in settling
claim disputes!

Other Health Insurance Plans
You are not limited to the JHU plan. If you have the time and are willing to do a little research,
you might be able to save yourself some money. Lots of other insurance companies, such as
CareFirst (Blue Cross/Blue Shield, offer competitive prices, depending on
your insurance needs. You can also check with your regular insurance company to see if they
offer health insurance coverage, as well. In addition, there is a chance you don’t even need to
purchase your own plan. If you have a parent with health insurance in this country and you are
25 or younger, you are probably already covered. Most major insurers cover children who are
full-time students until they turn 25 — sometimes even later.

Payroll, Taxation, and JHU-Employment-Related Problems
Graduate students are sometimes confronted with incorrect or late payment of their stipend or
employment salary or incorrect taxation of the latter. In some cases students end up contacting
different University administrators over a lengthy period of time, trying to figure out how to re-
solve the problems they have encountered. Obviously the incorrect or late payment of stipends
or salaries can put students in very uncomfortable positions (inability to pay the rent, shop for
food, car insurance, etc.) Payroll and taxation problems tend to occur the most especially during
and right after the summer intersession. It is particularly difficult for an individual student to find
out how to resolve a problem like this, since errors may have occurred on one or multiple levels of
administration, including that student’s department. The GRO has addressed this problem and
is pushing for a fast and student-friendly resolution of problems like these in the future.
To facilitate fast resolution of graduate student JHU-payroll and taxation problems, the Office of
Student Employment Services (SES) serves as the single point of contact for Homewood grad-
uate students who may experience problems with JHU payroll, JHU-paycheck- related tax with-
holding, or JHU employment/student positions, including (but not limited to):

Homewood Campus

                  1       •   late (or) no paycheck
                          •   incomplete/incorrect payroll
                          •   incorrect tax withholding or questions regarding tax withholding
                          •   payroll status
                          •   supervisory issues (problems with your boss)
                          •   part-time job search

                      If you experience any of the above problems in the future, please contact SES by sending a de-
                      tailed message to with “GRO” in the subject line. This will ensure that the email is
                      properly directed to the SES Director or Assistant Director who are experienced in handling grad-
                      uate student payroll issues. You may also call SES at 410-516-8421 and ask to meet with Director
                      D. Lynn O’Neil or Assistant Director Ruth Scally
                      By contacting SES, there will be no need for you to contact numerous offices in search of reso-
                      lution. SES will investigate your concerns and work with the necessary department(s) to provide
                      you with answers to your questions and/or resolve the problem on your behalf. Of course you
                      may still contact the GRO in case you think we may be able to provide you with additional assis-

                      Graduate Affairs

                       Graduate Affairs and Admissions Office
                       Shriver Hall 28

                      Unlike many Universities, Hopkins does not have a separate school of graduate studies. Instead,
                      the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering have created the Graduate Affairs and Admis-
                      sions Office, an entity comprised of the staff and deans in both schools responsible for graduate
                      Graduate Affairs publishes the Homewood Graduate Student Handbook on an annual basis.
                      This handbook provides an in-depth overview of the academic policies most likely to im-
                      pact graduate students. The Handbook — and other policy documents — can be accessed at
                      The GRO Chair and Co-Chair meet with Graduate Affairs on a regular basis. If you have any
                      concerns or questions that should be addressed, please let them know.
                      The Whiting School of Engineering Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) assists the WSE depart-
                      ments in administering their graduate programs. The OAA website maintains a list of policies
                      and resources for WSE graduate students ( ).

                       WSE Office of Academic Affairs
                       103 Shaffer Hall

                      A student’s advisor and/or graduate program, however, should be the first point of contact for any
                      questions or problems regarding academic issues. If a student’s question cannot be answered by
                      the department, or if a conflict develops, the student should feel free to contact the Assistant
                      Dean for Academic Programs - Graduate (410-516-8943).

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Paying for school is a recurring and crucial theme of grad student life.

Departmental Aid
Departments may grant students fellowships, teaching assistantships, and/or research assis-
tantships. For some students, particularly those in the sciences and engineering, funds may
come directly from outside grants awarded to professors. For most students in the humanities
and social sciences, departmental funding comes out of the yearly budget that the deans allot to
each department. Don’t be surprised to learn that friends in other departments receive stipends
significantly higher or lower than yours. Each department establishes its own system of distribut-
ing its stipend funds. Some departments give all entering students equal stipends; others admit
some students without any funding at all. If you have any questions about your department’s
funding policies, don’t hesitate to request accurate information from your department chair or
grad program coordinator.
Don’t be afraid to inform your departmental chair of any personal hardships. Often, departments
have pockets of funds they can move around if they want to, with the possibility that a research
job could be located or even created for you. If you think your department’s funding policies are
unfair, we encourage you to try to do something about it. Talk to your chair or your graduate
advisor. If that doesn’t work, try organizing the students in your department to apply a little
respectful pressure. Or contact the dean of graduate education for your school to complain. If
you need direction and guidance on who to talk to, contact the GRO at

Student Loans

 Office of Student Financial Services
 146 Garland

This office administers federal aid programs and some state aid programs. They also offer loan
consolidation consultations (The student must go to and read the
information first,) which can be a good option after leaving school if you have loans under higher
interest rates. Federal aid available to grad students takes the form of low-interest loans and
work-study. Options include Federal Work-Study (FWS), the Federal Perkins Loan (not available
for part-time grads), and the Federal Direct Loan (formerly, Federal Stafford Loan) programs.
The FWS program does not give you funds directly; rather, it helps you get part-time work on
campus by paying a portion of your salary. Perkins and Federal Direct loans are straightforward
programs. To qualify for these programs, you must be a registered, full-time student and a United
States citizen or permanent resident. To get any kind of federal aid you must show financial need.
However, since all graduate students are now considered to be independent, it is unlikely you’ll
be denied a loan unless you have substantial assets or outside income. For details about these
programs and about state programs, go to and click the box that says part-
time or graduate. (Note: Non-resident students are considered full-time for the purpose of federal
aid consideration. However, they do not qualify for FWS funds because they are not officially
allowed to work on campus.)

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                  1   Fellowships and Grants

                      In some departments, departmental funding has a tendency to run out before a student com-
                      pletes his/her graduate program. Outside fellowships can provide the crucial support needed to
                      finish your dissertation, although the grant application process can be grueling. In fact, many
                      departments expect, or even require, students to apply for funding from outside their depart-
                      ments. There is usually a big time lag between the date when grant applications are due and the
                      date when the grants are awarded. Typically, grant deadlines are six to twelve months before the
                      grants are awarded, so autumn (if not sooner) is the time to start looking for next year’s funding.
                      To get a general idea of what’s out there, check the Grants Register, a comprehensive directory
                      of outside grants and fellowships. There is a copy in the MSE Library. The best place to start a
                      serious search for outside funding is probably your own department. Ask your department chair
                      and/or your advisor for information on pertinent grants or fellowships.

                      Additional Resources for Locating Funding

                      The Research Projects Administration (410-516-8668, Suite W-400 Wyman Park Center, jhure-
             provides a listing of grant and fellowship opportunities and maintains an on-
                      line national database of grants for all disciplines. The staff can help you run a directed search tar-
                      geting grants geared to your research interests. The Office of Academic Advising (410-516-8216,
                      Suite 3A Garland Hall) focuses on undergraduates but also provides graduate students with infor-
                      mation about fellowships for study abroad. Possibilities include Rhodes, Marshall, St. Andrews,
                      Fulbright, Luce, Churchill, and DAAD grants. To learn more about any of these, stop by the office.

                      The National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) maintains a body of
                      information regarding grants, fellowships, and scholarships, as well as other financial aid infor-
                      mation. Access to this information is restricted to members of NAGPS, but because the GRO is
                      a member organization, all students at Homewood are entitled to this resource. Contact NAGPS
             to receive a password.

                      Jobs on Campus

                      There are lots of opportunities for work both on and off campus. Unfortunately, many on-
                      campus jobs don’t pay very well, and some require you to be eligible for work-study money. (See
                      Student Loans above.) If you do want a campus job, the first thing to do is ask around your depart-
                      ment. If nothing comes through that way, try the MSE Library. Many of these jobs are decidedly
                      non-strenuous and let you study while working intermittently. The bad news is that they don’t
                      pay very well. Look for job notices online ( or at the Administrative Office
                      on the Q level (Upper Quad level) of the MSE Library.

                      The Study Consultant and Accountability Program (SCAP) The Office of Academic Advising
                      (410-516-8216, hires grad students as study consultants for students in
                      danger of failing out of school. Hours are flexible, and the training time is paid. There is an
                      application and interview process required. Right now SCAP has fewer consultants than they
                      really need. If you have the time, this can be a good way to supplement your income.

                      Hopkins’ summer courses are often taught by graduate students, and they pay quite well. They
                      can be canceled one week before the class is scheduled to begin if not enough people sign up,
                      so you can’t count on the money, (although they do pay a cancellation fee to instructors). If you
                      are interested in teaching a course, talk to your department chair about eligibility and contact
                      the Office of Summer Programs (410-516-4548, Be sure to ask early,
                      because applications are due in October for classes starting the following June and July.

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The Deans Teaching Fellowship Program pays $8,500.00 to advanced graduate students in
Arts and Sciences who design and teach an original, semester-long course. Students com-
pete for a limited number of highly sought-after positions on the basis of the quality of the
proposed course and evidence of their excellence in teaching and academics. Candidates
must be nominated by a faculty member in order to apply. For more information, go to:
The Expository Writing Program is a year-long appointment that provides tuition remission and
pays a stipend. Expository writing courses introduce undergraduate students to the principles of
academic argument and guide their practice as they learn to embody those principles in their
writing. Instructors design and teach one topic-based seminar each term. For more information,
call 410-516-7545 or visit
Teach Baltimore is actually a volunteer program, but it pays a decent living stipend. This is a
seven-week daily program that brings student teachers (both graduate and undergraduate) from
three area colleges together with Baltimore students who need help preparing for the math, writ-
ing, and reading portions of the Maryland Functional Exams. Contact the Center for Social Con-
cern (410-516-4777, for more information.
The Center for Talented Youth (CTY, hires graduate students as instructors and
teaching assistants for summer courses in math, science, and the humanities. The hiring pro-
cess begins in November and lasts until April. Contact the CTY Summer Program Employment
Office (410-735-6185, for more information.
The Recreation Center (410-516-5229; see Recreational Sports in this chapter.) hires students to
work in the Rec Center and as instructors for fitness courses. They also offer courses for instructor
certification, but after the program you are expected to work at the center for at least a year.
Check out their website ( or call for more information.
The Executive Board positions of the GRO are also paid for a limited number of hours. Elections
occur at the end of each academic year.
For listings of other jobs on campus, at other Hopkins facilities, or around town, visit Stu-
dent Employment Services (72 Garland Hall) or check the regularly updated job lists online at stujob/. There are usually a variety of opportunities available.

The registrar will send up to five official transcripts per week for free. Requests may be made
in person (basement of Garland Hall), by mail, fax, or on-line and take two to four days to pro-
cess. Additional fees include extra transcripts ($3 each), on-line ordering ($2.25 per transcript,
limit 5), rush processing ($25 per transcript), and next day delivery ($18 per transcript). Do not
forget to sign your request and include proper identification. You will need to specify where
you want your transcript(s) to be sent. Full-time students with valid J-CARDs can get unofficial
copies of their transcripts upon request at the graduate counter of the registrar’s desk or through
the ISIS system on-line. Visit the registrar’s website for current information and request forms: registr/transcript.html

Services & Amenities
If you have something you wish to advertise to the whole campus, you have multiple options.
First, there is always the good, old-fashioned flyer. There are multiple bulletin boards around
campus where you can post information about an event, something you are trying to sell, etc.

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                  1   Second, you can take advantage of the large plasma screens found around campus in such places
                      as the library or the gym. You can submit flash ads to display on these screens through Hopkins
                      Dynamic Advertising by visiting
                      Third, you can have an e-mail sent out to all students by the University as part of their daily
                      “Today’s Announcements” e-mail. Visit to learn how to submit an
                      Similarly, if you are a GRO-recognized group, we can send out an e-mail for you to all grad stu-
                      dents. Just send a copy of the message you want sent to
                      Finally, coming full circle to more old-fashioned methods, you can submit advertisements to
                      various University newsletters for publication. For more information, see the section on Publi-
                      cations below.

                      One on-campus banking option exists for graduate students, the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit
                      Union (JHFCU). The JHFCU is located at street level in Charles Commons. You may want to
                      compare JHFCU with off-campus banks regarding important account features and bank policies.
                      (Information about off-campus banks is available in the Goods and Services chapter). The credit
                      union functions like a bank and is federally insured. Unlike banks, though, it is a cooperative
                      with no profit motive; profits go back to the members. Membership in the credit union is open to
                      anyone affiliated with the University, including all graduate students. To join, you must deposit
                      a minimum of $25.00 into a “share” savings account. Once you join, your family can too, and you
                      can remain a member for life, even after leaving Hopkins. The credit union offers lower interest
                      rates on loans and higher rates on savings and checking accounts than most local banks. It offers
                      payroll-deduction savings plans, discounts at car dealerships and a car buying service, car and
                      computer loans, bill consolidation plans, travelers checks, and notary public services. Checking
                      accounts are free with no minimum balance requirement. Overdraft protection is available for
                      most members with no annual fee. If you don’t have overdraft protection, the credit union will
                      first try to take money out of your savings account (for a $3.00 fee) before bouncing your check
                      (a $29.00 fee).
                      The credit union also offers an ATM VISA debit card. There is no monthly card fee and you
                      can make up to ten withdrawals per month for free, if you direct deposit to JHFCU, or two free
                      withdrawals without direct deposit (not counting surcharges imposed by other bank machines).
                      There are 19 JHFCU ATMs, including three at Homewood: one in Charles Commons, one in the
                      entrance to the Levering Food Court, and one in the entrance to the Wyman Park building. JH-
                      FCU does not charge an ATM fee for the use of their machines or any of M&T’s 1,500 ATMs in the
                      Baltimore area or the 27,000 ATMs nationwide on the CO-OP network.

                       Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union
                       Charles Commons, 4 E. 33rd St.

                      For off-campus banking options, please see the chapter on Goods and Services (p. 81).

                      Navigating by bicycle can be challenging due to the number of levels and stairs forming main
                      pathways through Hopkins campuses. However, once you gain a bit of familiarity with bike-
                      friendly paths, you’ll be zooming around in no time.

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There are bike racks located in the following places around campus: in front of the Athletic Cen-
ter, Levering, MSE Library (Quad Level), and Bloomberg; north of Latrobe Hall; and on the south
sides of Mudd Hall, Maryland Hall, Shaffer Hall, CSEB, and Shriver Hall (outside the security of-
fice). Be certain to make your bike as secure as possible and take or lock any easily removable
parts (such as quick-release front wheels/seats) with you. Bikes do get stolen on campus and all
over Baltimore. Also, take note that Baltimore drivers tend to be oblivious or hostile to cyclists.
Be sure to wear a helmet and ride your bike with caution on city streets.
It is also a good idea to register your bicycle with Hopkins campus security. A form for this pur-
pose is available online and is easy to use. Go to the security web page at
and go to “Services”, then choose “Bicycle Registration”.
Baltimore is home to a number of top-quality bike trails.                       See Getting Out-
doors#GettingOutdoorsChapter for more information.

Books & Supplies
The campus bookstore is a Barnes & Noble in the Charles Commons building. Its main purpose
is to sell textbooks, though it also carries a decent selection of trade books as well. The bookstore
also carries a small selection of school and computer supplies, personal care products, greeting
cards, and snacks, as well as the usual college bookstore offerings of T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts,
mugs, bumper stickers, etc.

 Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins Bookstore
 3330 Saint Paul St. (Charles Commons)

Campus Tours
Official campus tours are offered for visitors and prospective students through the Office of Un-
dergraduate Admissions ( Graduate student versions of the tour are a recent
addition, please contact Graduate Affairs Office (410-516-8477 or to ar-

Career Counseling
The Career Center provides help with career assessment, job searches, and transition issues.
Programs are available to help students learn techniques for designing resumes, conducting job
searches, and honing interview skills. Although grad students typically rely on their depart-
ments for the most detailed information and assistance concerning the academic job market
process, we encourage you to also take advantage of the help to be found here, which includes a
dossier service for prospective academics and administrators. There is a comprehensive library
of career-related publications, and large tables for research. To schedule an appointment or to
get more information, call, check the website, or stop by.

 Career Center
 Garland Hall, 3rd floor

Homewood Campus

                  1   Cash
                      There are three ATMs on campus. JHFCU has ATMs located in the first-floor lobby of Levering
                      Hall, in the entrance to the Wyman Park building, and in their branch in Charles Commons. Other
                      near-by ATMs include an M&T Bank ATM in the library and in the Homewood Building (next to
                      FedEx Office) and the Bank of America ATMs located at their branch on Saint Paul St.

                      Emergency Cash
                      If you find yourself in need of a short-term loan for “emergency, non-recurring, and necessary
                      expenses,” head for Student Financial Services on the first floor of Garland. Here, the patron
                      saints of financially challenged graduate students may grant you a short-term loan of up to $300,
                      which may take three to five days to process. The loan must be repaid within 45 days. Delin-
                      quent borrowers may have transcripts and grades withheld and will be barred from registration
                      for subsequent semesters until the loan is repaid.

                      Computer Facilities
                      The Homewood Academic Computing Lab (HAC) and its governing group Information Tech-
                      nology @ Johns Hopkins (IT@JHU) offer a broad range of computer-related services — too many,
                      in fact, to list comprehensively here. Check out their website ( for the full range
                      of information and services. Networking information can be found at
                      The Academic Computing Lab contains numerous Macs, PCs, and UNIX workstations. An exten-
                      sive range of software is available for use on the Macs and PCs including Microsoft Office, Adobe
                      Creative Suite, and MATLAB. Consult the lab’s website for a complete list. The lab has black-and-
                      white as well as color laser printers; however, traffic jams may arise at peak use times (such as the
                      end of the semester), so leave yourself a little time. Contact the lab or check the website for the
                      prices for black and white or color printing. Color scanners are also available.
                      Student consultants are available in the lab (M–F 9 am–5 pm) to assist students, faculty, and staff
                      with any problems that arise. Lab assistants can sometimes answer basic technical questions
                      and solve minor computer problems. Be aware, however, that these staffers, mainly undergrads,
                      are not computer experts. Though they receive some training, their skills and competency tend
                      to be very basic. During business hours, the more advanced student consultants are available
                      in the back office of the HAC lab. For more information, visit the Student Technology Services

                       Homewood Academic Computing Lab
                       160 Krieger

                      Disability Services
                      The University’s policy states that Johns Hopkins does not discriminate on the basis of disability,
                      that it “provides reasonable, appropriate, and necessary accommodation to students who are dis-
                      abled and otherwise qualified,” and that when “generally accessible facilities do not adequately
                      accommodate a specific disability the university makes program and/or facility adjustments that
                      are reasonably necessary to assure individual access.” If you need individual-specific accommo-
                      dations, you will need to provide documentation. Contact the disability services coordinator to
                      determine what is required. In practice, this means that most major facilities on campus are more

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or less accessible to wheelchairs and that a range of services is available, including “assistance
with notification to professors of required accommodation, extended time for classroom assign-
ments and testing, readers, permission to record lectures on tape, arrangements for alternative
testing, one-to-one tutoring, teaching of work and study skills, career and personal counseling,
and interpreters and notetakers required for academic study.” Within each division of Hopkins,
a disability service coordinator is designated to help meet the needs of disabled students. A spe-
cial orientation to Homewood can be obtained through the Blue Key Society of the Admissions
Office (410-516-8056). For additional information contact the Office of Equal Opportunity.

 Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs,
 N-710 Wyman Park Building

Fax Machines

Your department is likely to have a fax machine that you can use, although you might have to pay
for the privilege. If it doesn’t, try neighboring departments. There’s also a fax machine, (which
looks a bit like an Express Mailbox,) in the MSE Library in the copy room on C-level, but you’re
charged for length of use, and it can be slow, so the cost adds up quickly. We don’t recommend
using it if you can avoid it. Copy and office supply stores will often fax for about $1 per page.

Food & Dining

The dining services on-campus are okay, but not great. There are several on-campus options for
different kinds of dining. Pura Vida Café at Levering, Café Q in the MSE Library, and the Café
Q in Bloomberg offer coffee, baked goods, and assorted snacks. Silk Road Express in the Mattin
Center has a variety of foods from the Middle East to Asia. A food court-style cafeteria in the
basement of Levering Hall features places to get subs, pizza, and burgers. Café Azafrán in the
Space Telescope Institute offers an eclectic menu of tasty food for breakfast and lunch. Some
eat at the mostly undergraduate cafeterias, Fresh Food Café or Nolan’s, while others hit nearby
restaurants such as Carma’s, One World, Niwana, and the Papermoon Diner. Lastly, if you’ve got
bills to spare and you like an exclusive air, Hopkins-employed, full-time grad students can join
the upscale, pricey Johns Hopkins Club.

Campus cafeteria services are run by Aramark. For dining service questions, visit the JHU Dining
website at

Food Court

The Levering Food Court is the most convenient place on campus for a meal. Offerings include
sandwiches, a grill, a more than decent salad bar, and a pizzeria, in addition to a variety of bev-
erages and a la carte items (including pre-packaged sushi).


Students with hearty appetites may prefer the all-you-can-eat options available at the undergrad-
uate cafeterias, Fresh Food Café and Nolan’s. Walk-in meals are reasonably priced per meal, or
if you plan on eating there often, you may want to buy a meal plan from dining services. Fresh
Food Café also offers Kosher meals, either on a meal plan or pay-as-you go, in a separate area.

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                  1   Restaurants
                      Silk Road Express is a restaurant located in the Mattin Center. It is reasonably priced and offers
                      a variety of dishes from the Middle East and Asia, as well as a selection of sandwiches, sushi,
                      premium juices, and, during the summer, ice cream. Silk Road is also embraced for a special
                      drink called bubble milk tea that comes in many flavors and is quite popular among graduate
                      Café Azafrán is often undiscovered by graduate students, but it is well worth the trek to the Space
                      Telescope Institute. It is known for its sweet potato fries.
                      Hopkins Club is the upscale hangout of some professors, alumni, and Hopkins administrators
                      and staff. It offers a far more refined dining experience (Think country club.) than anything
                      else on campus, and its prices reflect that. The food has gotten mixed reviews. Grad students
                      can become members at $165/year. A cheaper way to get through the door occasionally is to
                      accompany a member as a guest.

                      Café Q, conveniently named for its location on the Q (Quad) Level of MSE Library, is a place
                      where you are likely to run into classmates or meet up with friends. Café Q provides caffeine in
                      the form of drip coffee, fancy coffee beverages, chai tea, and various flavors of regular tea. They
                      also sell sandwiches, fresh salads, muffins, bagels, and cookies. The tables and chairs on Q level
                      are a convenient place to enjoy your coffee, though not such a good place to get work or reading
                      done. In the summer, the outdoor seating on the quad side of the library provides a much more
                      pleasant working environment.
                      The Pura Vida Café coffee stand located in the lobby of Levering Hall is another good spot for a
                      cup of joe. It is a convenient place to score a cup of coffee on your way to class, but it is also a
                      great place to study. The lobby is particularly inviting during the winter months, when you can
                      enjoy your warm drink in front of a cozy fireplace. (They really work!)
                      The Café Q at Bloomberg is perfectly situated (just off the main lobby on the ground floor
                      across from the elevator) for grabbing a bite or some coffee on the way to or from classes in
                      the Bloomberg Center. It is run by Café Q and serves an assortment of baked goods, sandwiches,
                      and salads in addition to teas and coffees. There is also lots of bench space in the courtyard just
                      outside, so (weather permitting) you can soak up some sun and fresh air along with your caffeine.
                      Technically, there are no Starbucks “on campus”, but we have two less than one block away (and
                      less than a block from each other!). The first is located inside the campus bookstore; the second
                      is on the Saint Paul St. strip of businesses.
                      Located at the corner of 32nd and Saint Paul, Carma’s Café offers a fully-featured cafe menu,
                      perfect for a hot (or cold) beverage and snack at any time of the day. While not technically on-
                      campus, Carma’s often caters for GRO events.

                      Convenience Stores
                      Homewood’s only on-campus convenience store, Charles Street Market, offers the traditional
                      corner store items, plus a number of meals to grab-and-eat. Also located within the Charles
                      Street Market is Einstein Bros Bagels.

                      GRO Coffee Hour
                      Hey, this is our publication, so why not plug ourselves? The GRO offers free coffee and cookies
                      (from Carma’s Café) every Monday from 3:00 to 4:00 in the Levering Lounge area of Levering Hall.

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Health Services
Health & Wellness Center

 Student Health & Wellness Center (SH&WC)
 terrace level of AMR II
 After-hours medical emergencies: Call campus security at 410-516-7777
 After-hours medical advice: CareNet, contracted, nationally certified nurse triage service,
 M,Th 8:30 am–6 pm
 Tu,W,F 8:30 am–5 pm (closed on W from 11 am–1 pm)
 Sa 9 am–12 pm (limited staff and services available)
 Medical Director: Alain Joffe, MD, MPH
 Clinical Coordinator: Lynn Stein

The Student Health & Wellness Center (SH&WC) provides services to all full-time undergradu-
ate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whit-
ing School of Engineering, whether resident or non-resident. Students enrolled in Advanced Aca-
demic Programs and Engineering part-time programs are not eligible for services at the SH&WC.
There is no charge for on-site clinical care or lab services, but you may be charged for some medi-
cal supplies (e.g., crutches) or prescriptions filled at the Center. Visiting students at Hopkins who
meet all the pre-entrance health requirements for the University are also eligible for services at
the SH&WC, though they must pay a nominal fee for service.

The SH&WC is staffed by nationally certified nurse practitioners and a nurse-midwife and by
physicians who are credentialed through the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Services provided include
acute and chronic illness care, preventive services, routine physical exams, reproductive health
care for men and women, travel consults, immunizations, specialty referrals, and confidential
testing for sexually transmitted infections and for HIV. Lab tests performed within the Health
Center are free; labs and X-rays performed at outside facilities are billed to the student’s insurance
by the facility performing the procedure. You should always check to see if your insurance will
cover the service. Some insurance companies require that tests be performed only in designated
facilities or must be ordered by the student’s designated primary care provider.

Pharmaceutical & Contraceptive Supplies The SH&WC offers a limited number of prepack-
aged pharmaceuticals to students who receive their care from the Health Center. Because the
Health Center is not a licensed pharmacy, it cannot fill prescriptions from outside providers, un-
less you intend to transfer your care. Contraceptive supplies are also available. An initial pre-
scription requires an appointment and one follow-up visit. After that, women whose gynecologic
care is up-to-date can utilize the online refill service.

HIV Testing The Student Health Center offers confidential HIV testing. Although your name is
not provided to the Maryland State Laboratory as part of the testing procedure, a copy of the re-
port is placed in your medical record. Your medical records are confidential. Anonymous testing
is available through the Chase Brexton Clinic (410-837-2050).

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                  1   Women’s Health Care Annual gynecologic exams are offered free of charge. However, there is a
                      charge for the Pap smear, which is usually covered by insurance. Testing for sexually transmitted
                      infections is sent to the Maryland State Laboratory at no cost. Please call two to four weeks in
                      advance of the date you wish to be seen.

                      Confidentiality The Center will not release any medical information to anyone (parents, fac-
                      ulty, and University officials) without your express consent.

                      What if you have a medical emergency while the Student Health and Wellness Center is closed?
                      If it is a true emergency, you should call 911! If you are on campus at the time of the emergency,
                      you can also call Homewood Security Office at 410-516-7777, as Security can assist ambulances
                      with finding your campus location more quickly. If your condition is urgent, but non-life threat-
                      ening and cannot wait until the next time the Center is open, you should call CareNet, an on-call
                      triage service under contract with the Student Health & Wellness Center. CareNet can be reached
                      directly at 1-866-523-4725, or, the Security Office can also put you in touch with CareNet. The
                      CareNet staff will require your Hopkins ID number when you call, so make sure to have it on
                      hand. The CareNet nurses will then help to determine your condition, offer treatment options,
                      and organize a plan for your care over the phone. Once the SH&WC re-opens, the on-campus
                      medical staff will follow-up with you on your condition.

                      Center for Health Education and Wellness

                       Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW)
                       Levering Hall, Suite 115

                      The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW), formerly the Office Education for
                      Health and Wellness, supplies health education and promotion to the Homewood campus. The
                      goal of CHEW is a healthier JHU community, with a focus on disease prevention and risk reduc-
                      tion. CHEW is run by a mixture of staff and students and offers a variety of programs, some of
                      which are highlighted below.
                      Stressbusters is a free backrub program. Students give five-minute backrubs to other students
                      and staff at various events to help relieve stress and increase relaxation.
                      PEEPS (Peventative Education and Empowerment for Peers) is an education program to foster
                      discussion on health issues. PEEPS members are trained to provide health information for fellow
                      students on topics such as men’s/women’s health, sexual health, nutrition, stress management,
                      drugs and alcohol, and tobacco.
                      JHU’s Colleagues Against Cancer (CAC) Chapter is part of the American Cancer Society’s nation-
                      wide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff. CAC is dedicated to eliminating cancer
                      by initiating and supporting advocacy, cancer education, Relay For Life, and survivorship. Stu-
                      dents serving as chairs lead the activities for each initiative.
                      Hopkins Kicks Butts is a student-led coalition working to educated about and advocate national,
                      state, local, and University-wide anti-tobacco policies and activities.

                      Counseling Center

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 Counseling Center
 Garland Hall, 3rd Floor
 After-hours emergencies: Call campus security at 410-516-7777

The Counseling Center’s mission is to facilitate the personal growth and development of full-
time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences,
the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Nursing, and the Peabody Institute of Music.
The free counseling services and outreach programs are designed to enhance the personal and
interpersonal development of students and to maximize students’ potential to benefit from the
academic environment and experience. They further strive to foster a healthy, caring University
community, which is as beneficial to the intellectual, emotional, and physical development of
students as possible.
The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed professional psychologists, consulting psychiatrists,
and social workers. Services are also provided by advanced doctoral students in professional
psychology, who work under the supervision of senior staff.
The Counseling Center is a short-term outpatient treatment facility, oriented toward time-limited
counseling, with a guideline of about twelve sessions a year. Students meet with a professional
staff member for intake interviews in order to determine what services will best meet their needs.
Those needing or seeking long-term therapy or specialized treatment will be referred voluntarily
to mental health professionals outside the center.
Typical concerns that students bring to the Counseling Center include academic stress, issues
in interpersonal relationships, emotional problems, depression, social and sexual concerns, and
alcohol and drug abuse. Students need not suffer from severe emotional issues to benefit from
the center’s services; many students take advantage of counseling and workshops on coping with
stress, managing time, and personal growth.
The Counseling Center often offers graduate student-oriented counseling and support groups,
such as a dissertation support group, a support group for women graduate students, and an on-
going therapy group for graduate students dealing with a range of interpersonal concerns in-
cluding difficulties completing dissertations and research projects. All counseling at the center is
voluntary, confidential, and free. No information will be released, on or off campus, without the
student’s written permission, unless there is a clear and imminent danger that someone’s life is at
risk or in an apparent case of abuse of a child or dependent adult, in which case counselors can
be legally required to release information. For appointments, call or visit the Counseling Center.


 Off-Campus Housing Office
 102 Wolman Hall

The Off-Campus Housing Office provides information to faculty, staff and students on both
University-owned and non-University rental housing, including regularly updated listings on its

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                  1   website. It also offers on-site free telephones and directories so you can start your search. To
                      use the off-campus listings you must show proof of Hopkins affiliation (your J-CARD or the let-
                      ter of acceptance from your department). For detailed information on housing and apartment
                      hunting, including Hopkins-owned housing, see the Moving to Baltimore chapter (p. 55).

                      International Student Services

                       Office of International Students and Scholar Services
                       135 Garland Hall

                      This is a brief overview of this office. For more information on international student life, please
                      refer to the International Students chapter.

                      The Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS) aims to assist all international
                      students and scholars at the Homewood campus to acquire and maintain their appropriate visa
                      status. A second function of OISSS is to help international students and scholars cope with ob-
                      stacles they may face when making a transition from one setting to another. The staff is prepared,
                      moreover, to help you with the issues you may face daily in adapting to an academically and cul-
                      turally different environment. When you reach the Homewood campus, OISSS staff should be
                      your first source of important information. It is therefore necessary that you meet the staff soon
                      after your arrival at Johns Hopkins University. OISSS Staff members can answer your questions
                      and advise you about immigration regulations, financial concerns, health matters, housing, em-
                      ployment possibilities, and other issues relating to your period of stay in the United States. Be
                      sure to schedule an appointment, though, as the hours they have available for walk-in advising
                      are very short.

                      Keep in close contact with the OISSS, especially if you are planning to travel outside of the US
                      or are concerned about your visa status or changes to visa policies. In the current climate in the
                      US, it is important to stay informed. This office does an excellent job of keeping international
                      students up-to-date and informed through a special orientation program for new students and
                      through listserv e-mails.

                      International students are also encouraged to check out the Johns Hopkins International Soci-
                      ety, located on the East Baltimore Campus, as well as the International Students chapter in this

                      Internet Connectivity

                      Wireless Networking

                      JHU has wireless internet coverage available in most parts of the Homewood Campus. There
                      are two separate, campus-wide networks — the “hopkins” network can be used by anyone
                      with a valid JHED ID, and the “JHGuestnet” network is for guests and visitors. For information
                      about supported hardware, operating systems, and areas with wireless network availability, see
             or call the help desk at 410-516-HELP (Many students, it should
                      be noted, feel that this number is useless.)

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Off-Campus Access
JHConnect is a service run by IT@JHU to allow off-campus users to connect to on-campus
resources and the web as if they were on the Homewood campus, including full access
to the library’s journal subscriptions. JHconnect is available through the JHU portal at, by selecting the “JHConnect” button on the left side. The first time you use
this service, it may take a while, as software will need to be installed on your computer. This ser-
vice is officially supported under Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X and unofficially supported
under many Linux distributions. Contact IT@JHU for support.

Library Services
Milton S. Eisenhower Library

 Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL)
 410-516-8335 (information)
 410-516-8370 (circulation)
 M-Level: open 24 hours
 A- through D-Levels: 7 am-3 am
 Summer/Intersession hrs: M-Th 8 am-12 am; F-Sa 8 am-10 pm; Su 1 pm-12 am
 The following services within the library have different hours; call or see the website for

    •   Audio-Visual/Microfilms Center (410-516-8353)
    •   Reference Librarian (410-516-8335)
    •   Interlibrary Services (410-516-8910)
    •   Special Collections (410-516-8348)
    •   University Archives (410-516-8323)
    •   Government Publications/Maps/Law Library (410-516-8360)

 Hopkins Library System Library Web Page:
 Online Catalog:

The MSEL is the University’s main research library. It has six floors, four of them underground,
lending a somewhat cave-like feel to the lower levels. Highlights of the library include a re-
ally lovely main level, featuring attractive and comfortable study areas; networked public PCs
throughout the library; C-Level’s science and engineering collection; and the Government Publi-
cations/Maps/Law Library on A-Level.
The library uses a web-based catalog. It includes the holdings of all the Hopkins libraries, which
makes using the collections easier. You will need a valid J-CARD to use reserve materials and
check out materials. Non-Hopkins visitors may use the library between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm but
must buy a borrower’s card to check out books. If you are a full-time graduate student, your J-
CARD grants you privileges at all Hopkins libraries. Lending periods, fines, and other rules vary
at these libraries — be sure to check to avoid fines, as they can add up quickly.

Circulation The usual loan period for grad students is four months. You can request renewals
by phone at 410-516-8370, by e-mail at, or through the web. Late returns are

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                  1   subject to a fine of $0.25 per day, with a $25 maximum. However, some books in special cate-
                      gories, such as those on reserve, have larger fines and shorter loan periods, so be sure you double
                      check to avoid late fines.

                      Recalls Ten days after you check out a book, it may be recalled if needed by another patron.
                      Under these circumstances, if you don’t return the book by the date requested, you are subject to
                      a fine of $0.50 per day, to a maximum of $20; if a recalled book is not returned within five days
                      of the due date, your borrowing privileges will be blocked. (This applies to everyone, including
                      faculty.) To recall a book yourself, fill out a form at the circulation desk or make the request by
                      e-mail, the web, or the catalog.

                      Materials in Storage Some materials listed in the library catalog are not found in the stacks, but
                      are shelved in Gilman Hall or at the Libraries Service Center (LSC) located on the APL Campus.
                      Requests for materials at these locations can be made online from the JHU Libraries Catalog.
                      Materials are paged from the LSC twice daily. Ninety percent of the article-length materials re-
                      quested from LSC are delivered to the requestor’s desktop computer within two hours.

                      Interlibrary Loan Anything not held by the Eisenhower Library (including materials at the
                      Medical School Libraries, SAIS, and the Applied Physics Lab) can be requested from the Interli-
                      brary Services (ILS) Office. ILS has agreements with colleges and universities all over the world,
                      which allow the exchange of books and articles at no cost to the students. The office is staffed
                      by incredibly helpful people who will go to great lengths to find your book or article for you, and
                      they will deliver it to your home or campus address, as well as fax, e-mail, or even post it on the
                      web for you. (Books usually must be picked up at their office.) The Interlibrary Services Office is
                      located on M-level of the Eisenhower Library. Their hours are 9:00 to 5:00, Monday to Friday, but
                      you can request material at any time online. If you need to pick up ILS material after hours, ask
                      at the circulation desk.

                      Course Reserves Some of your professors may request that materials be placed on reserve for
                      your class. Sometimes these items only exist in print form, and to access them you must go to
                      the library and fill out a reserve request form at the reserve desk (located in the corner near the
                      Circulation desk). Sometimes these items also exist in electronic form, and then you can access
                      the reserve readings online via the main library website and clicking on the “reserves” tab.

                      Eisenhower Express The Eisenhower Express service is free to graduate students. It is an in-
                      credible convenience because it retrieves books and articles for various members of the Hopkins
                      community and delivers them to your campus office or mailbox. Requests can be placed by cam-
                      pus mail, by fax (410-516-7317), by e-mail, or by filling out a form on their website. The Express
                      coordinator can be reached by phone at 410-516-8358.

                      Special Departments The MSEL offers a range of specialized services and departments geared
                      to specific collections and resources, two of which are discussed below. The others include the
                      Audio-Visual/Microforms Center, Special Collections, and the University Archives. For informa-
                      tion on these, contact the phone numbers listed above.

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    The Electronic Resource Center The Electronic Resources Center (ERC), on the main level,
offers access to numerous full-text and image databases. Full Internet access is also available.

    Government Publications/Maps/Law Library The collection includes US Government
documents; United Nations publications, as well as those of other specialized agencies and in-
ternational organizations; over 200,000 thematic, topographic, and geological maps; and an ex-
tensive selection of law materials, including monographs, treatises, over 180 law reviews, case
law, and statutory law material. It also has specialized computer databases and CD-ROM in-
dices, electronic access to LEXIS/NEXIS, and the Geographic Information System (GIS), which
lets users compile and analyze information about a place and then display it electronically. The
best part is the staff, who are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.

Movies The MSE Library’s growing film collection supports the Film and Media Studies pro-
gram and now includes more than 6,500 videos and 2,000 DVDs. Films may be searched in the
JHU Libraries Catalog by title, genre, actor, director, etc. Most titles can be checked out for one

Other Services Each academic department gets assigned a certain number of lockers and car-
rels to distribute to its graduate students. Ask your departmental administrator if you are inter-
ested in using one, but be aware that some departments have more demand than supply. You
must pay a $5 key deposit at Support Services (410-516-8338), located on A-Level, for locker ac-
cess. Be sure to check out any books that you want to keep in your locker or carrel — the staff
periodically searches for books that are there “illegally” and returns them to the stacks. It’s un-
fair to other patrons anyway. Once you have tried to find a book supposedly on the shelf that is
obviously nowhere in sight, you will understand.
There are copy machines on every level of the library. The photocopy center on the main level
has change machines and debit card stations. The photocopy center on C-Level also has debit
card stations and a fax machine.
Duplication Services, located on C-Level, will do your copying or scanning for a fee; this can be
useful when you have mountains of copying, as long as you are not on a tight schedule. (It usually
takes a few days.)

Hutzler Undergraduate Reading Room
“The Hut” occupies a gracefully renovated, high-ceilinged room with stained glass windows in
Gilman Hall. (Enter through Gilman’s main doorway and walk straight down the long corridor.)
When it’s quiet, the Hut can be a great place to study. It has big tables, natural light and breezes,
a wide array of newspapers and magazines, comfy chairs, and outlets for plugging in comput-
ers. Occasionally, though, the undergrad socializing gets out of control and unfortunately, voices
carry. And if you aren’t concentrating well, the newspapers and magazines, comfy chairs, and
interesting books on the shelves lining the room can be detrimental to your studying. Perhaps
it’s a good thing that books here are noncirculating.

Mobile Computing
JHU has established discounted laptop purchase programs with Apple and Dell. You must have
a current affiliation with Hopkins in order to purchase a computer under this plan. For more
information see

Homewood Campus

                  1   Multicultural Issues
                      The Office of Multicultural Affairs develops and maintains programs to support the needs of
                      multicultural students. It serves as these students’ primary advocate within the University. The
                      office provides consultation, intervention, mediation, advocacy, nontherapeutic advising, and
                      referrals for students with concerns involving multicultural issues. The office also works to en-
                      hance the educational experience of all students by presenting programs and activities that pro-
                      mote cross-cultural understanding, such as Latino Awareness Week, CultureFest, Black History
                      Month, Asian Awareness Week, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. It also runs the
                      Mentoring Assistance Peer Program (MAPP), as well as Students Educating and Empowering
                      for Diversity (SEED). The office supports programs and activities for and about graduate stu-
                      dents as needed.

                       Office of Multicultural Affairs
                       3003 N. Charles St., Suite 100

                      Graduate students can get subscriptions to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street
                      Journal, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, or Philadelphia Inquirer delivered directly to campus. The
                      pickup point is the Levering Union Information Desk. Order through your department or call
                      Crystal Hooper at Student Activities (410-516-8209).

                      Notary Public
                      You can find free notary public service at the Registrar’s Office (410-516-8600) in Garland Hall
                      or the Office of Housing and Dining Services (410-516-8470) or the Homewood Business Office
                      (410-516-8726); the last two are located in the basement of Shriver Hall. Notaries public are avail-
                      able at the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union to account-holders only. Remember not to sign
                      your documents before you take them to the notary — the signature is what they have to witness!

                      Online resources
                      JHUniverse ( is the homepage for all of Hopkins. It’s extensive and informative,
                      though just as decentralized as the administration at Homewood. You can access informa-
                      tion about any Hopkins school, department, or library; student and faculty directories; HAC re-
                      sources; and student activities, just to name a few. In fact, most questions having anything to do
                      with Hopkins can be answered by finding the appropriate lists or homepages or e-mailing listed
                      resource people. However, you are usually better off using Google than the JHUniverse search
                      feature to find information.

                      myJHU ( is the student portal, which provides quick access to all JHU resources. It
                      is accessible by JHED login and is customizable. By default, quicklinks on the left pane pro-
                      vide access to ISIS, JHConnect, WebCT, Paystubs, JHEM, and JShare, among others. You can add
                      quicklinks and custom portlets of your most-used resources. Grads will also see a “Graduate Stu-
                      dents” tab containing the GRO Student Bookmarks, which are links to resources relevant to grads
                      in the University, the city of Baltimore, and the state of Maryland.

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To use the JHEM (Johns Hopkins Enterprise Messaging) e-mail network, you will need to set
up a login on JHED at This is the same login used to register for classes online
and set up shared system accounts — and to login to almost every other online system on cam-
pus. You can access the e-mail web client at There is also a calendar function
located at These can also be accessed directly from your JHED login. In-
formation about JHEM and instructions for setting up access by mail clients can be found at Further questions about JHEM can be directed to Information Technol-
ogy @ Johns Hopkins (IT@JHU) at, or 410.516.HELP   .

ISIS (Integrated Student Information System, is your one-stop-shop for class reg-
istration, grade retrieval, updating your personal and emergency contact information, checking
on financial aid status and viewing bills sent to you by the university. More information on ISIS
is available at

JShare is a web-based “storage locker” allowing you to store and share files with both the Hop-
kins community an world at large. We strongly recommend using JShare, instead of e-mail, for
sending large files to your colleagues. Advanced access-control features let you restrict and mon-
itor who has access to your content, on a file-by-file basis. Students are given 500MB of storage.
JShare is accessed via the myJHU Portal under the myApps tab. More in-
formation on JShare is available from IT@JHU at

“On-campus” parking rates are many and varied due to recent changes in space availability.
Please visit for a full listing of what is available. Sign up as soon as
you can after registering, or you may not get a space. To be eligible for a parking permit you must

    •   Proof that you live more than one mile from the University
    •   A valid JHU Student ID
    •   Proof of current student status (registration materials
    •   Vehicle registration

There may be some meters on campus that are open for anyone’s use. Be forewarned, though;
they ticket if your meter runs out. At $20 per violation, it can get expensive fast. If you get two
tickets and don’t pay them, your car can be booted, (i.e., rendered immobile,) and it won’t be
released until you pay all outstanding tickets plus a $50 penalty. Out-of-state plates don’t protect
you; you will be traced and billed through Student Accounts. If you have a special need to park on
campus on a particular day, it may be possible to obtain a free day pass. Ask in your department
office, or if your need is work-related, the office that employs you. See “Parking Permits” in the
Moving to Baltimore (p. 78) chapter for information about residential parking.
You can also acquire a purple parking tag that allows you to park in faculty parking lots after 6:00
pm and on weekedns. Contact the parking office for more information.

 Parking Office, 16 Shriver Hall, 410-516-7275

Homewood Campus

                  1   Photocopying and Printing
                      For small photocopying jobs, check out your own department first. There will likely be a fee, but
                      it may be as low as or lower than some of the other options.
                      MSEL has a number of copiers that are always in high demand. If you don’t like carrying a load of
                      change, you can purchase a copy debit card or load copy credit onto your J-CARD. (The machines
                      to do this are in the copy rooms on M and C Levels.) The library also has a Photocopy Office (on
                      C level) that will do your copying for a fee. You can pay by check, cash, debit card, or by charging
                      it to your department budget number (if you have authorization to do so, of course!).
                      Printing Services, in the basement of Wyman Park Building, can be used for larger and more
                      complicated printing jobs or for professional quality work. A number of graduate students have
                      used Printing Services to generate official JHU business cards. As fees are high and the office can
                      take up to a week to do the job, in many cases it is better to go to an off-campus copy store.

                       Printing Services
                       G88 (basement), Wyman Park Building

                      Post Office

                      Unfortunately, Hopkins no longer has a post office on campus. The most convenient “official”
                      post office is in Hampden at 919 W. 34th St. There is also one in Waverly at 3000 Homewood
                      Ave., which, if you live in Charles Village, is where your packages will end up if you weren’t home
                      to sign for them. The Waverly office is very difficult to find, being buried away in a residential
                      area with many one-way streets. For more U.S. Postal Service locations, see the USPS website at

                      If you just need to mail a letter, you can probably just ask your department administrator to add
                      it to the outgoing mail.


                      Official University Mouthpieces

                      The Gazette ( gazette/, 443-287-9900) is the free weekly publication of the
                      Johns Hopkins University administration. On all controversial issues, it gives the official Hop-
                      kins position and rarely presents the University in anything but a positive light. It is useful for
                      its schedule of campus events and its great classified listings, which include ads for house and
                      apartment rentals and sublets, roommate searches, part-time jobs, and various goods and ser-
                      vices. Students, faculty, and staff can place classified ads free of charge by submitting text to the
                      Gazette office at Suite 540, 901 S. Bond St., Baltimore, MD 21231, or by fax to 443-287-9898 or
                      e-mail to

                      The Johns Hopkins Magazine publishes articles and features by and about faculty and alumni
                      on subjects ranging from dorm life to cancer research. Issued bimonthly, this alumni-oriented
                      magazine also includes news of campus events and those all-important lacrosse standings. It is
                      mailed free of charge to all alumni.

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The Johns Hopkins News-Letter ( is the main campus newspaper and is
published every Thursday during the academic year. It features general and JHU-related news,
sports, film reviews, crime reports, and contests. The News-Letter claims to be the campus pub-
lication for students, staff, and faculty, but it has been recently and loudly criticized for making
that claim when it often refuses op-ed submissions because they were written by graduate stu-
Other undergraduate publications include the Hopkins Standard, a generally conservative alter-
native to the News-Letter; the Black and Blue Jay, a humor journal; Zeniada, a literary journal,
published bi-annually by an undergraduate staff and accepting only undergraduate submissions;
and Anagram, which publishes fiction and poetry by Asian-American undergraduates.
Other undergraduate publications include the JHU branch of the Daily Jolt and The Hopkins
Donkey, the official newspaper of the College Democrats. Other titles may be found at we-
The Grad News ( is a newsletter published three times each
semester by the GRO and distributed to all Homewood graduate students. The Grad News helps
keep graduate students informed of GRO business, GRO-sponsored events, and relevant campus
issues, as well as providing a forum for discussion of student concerns. All graduate students
are encouraged to submit articles, letters, photos, and even satire. Graduate students may also
submit verbatim quotes from the undergraduates they teach for the popular “Undergrads Say
the Darndest Things!” column. The Grad News is published and distributed at the beginning of
the month, and materials are due halfway through the previous month. Students can even get
reimbursed for writing a reviews. If you have questions or would like to submit anything, e-mail
This book, the GRO Guide To Living in Baltimore, is published every two or three years by the
GRO. An electronic version of the book can be found on the GRO’s website. If you have any com-
ments or suggestions about the current Guide or would be interested in contributing updates to
the electronic edition or to the next printed edition, contact the GRO at

Recreational Sports & Fitness
Recreation Center
The Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center opened its doors in Fall 2001. The O’Connor Rec Cen-
ter includes a large gymnasium space for multiple basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts,
a 25-yard swimming and diving pool, two racquetball courts, two squash courts, a weight room
(both free weights and machines), a cardiovascular fitness room (with treadmills, elliptical ma-
chines, bikes, and rowing and stretching machines), a climbing wall, and an indoor jogging track.
There are also a multipurpose room, for dance/aerobics classes, and a classroom, which is pri-
marily used for meetings and training sessions. It offers a number of different recreational and
fitness options for students.

Access Full-time students may use the facilities for free; students can register a guest for
$5.00/visit; however, the guest pass must be purchased in advance during regular weekday busi-
ness hours, so sometimes this is highly inconvenient. Graduate students must show a valid J-
CARD (or other JHU ID) to enter. All guests must be at least 18 years old and need to have a guest
pass. Spouses may purchase guest memberships in the Rec Center office on weekdays during
business hours. Weekend guest passes may be obtained on Friday.

Homewood Campus

                  1   Restrictions on Hours For the most part, the entire Rec Center is open for general use. How-
                      ever, during the school year, the pool is closed to general use when teams are practicing or play-
                      ing. The new gymnasium area is also sometimes used for special events. Ask the front office for
                      a semester schedule and/or check the Rec Sports website for notice of closings.

                      Reservations At this time, no reservations are necessary for general use of the gym, but this
                      may change in the future. Racquetball and squash courts must be reserved one day in advance
                      at the Equipment Room or by calling 410-516-4453.

                      Classes The Rec Center offers regularly scheduled classes including aerobics, strength train-
                      ing, yoga, and pilates. You can purchase a semester pass to classes for a reasonable fee ($45 per
                      semester in 2009).

                      Climbing Wall The climbing wall at the gym is free for students and provides all climbing gear
                      for free, except shoes, which are $1.00 per rental. You must pass a belay test each semester before
                      you will be allowed to belay others, and a free class is offered if you need to learn how or want
                      a refresher. The wall and bouldering cave are open year-round, although the hours are greatly
                      reduced during the Summer.

                      Equipment Room Located on the lower level, the equipment room provides towels and also
                      has equipment available for use such as racquets, basketballs, and volleyballs.

                      Lockers There are free daily-use lockers, for which you must bring your own lock. You may
                      also pay to rent a small or large locker for the year. Inquire at the information desk on weekdays
                      during business hours.

                      Intramurals Rec Sports organizes teams for intramural play in volleyball, soccer, flag football,
                      and basketball; in the summer there are special graduate leagues in softball, soccer, and volley-
                      ball, co-sponsored by the GRO and Rec Sports. There are also weekend tournaments in various
                      sports, including tennis, 2-on-2 basketball, and badminton; ask the Rec Sports Office for infor-
                      mation. If there’s a critical mass of departmental teams, a designated grad league is formed.
                      (Otherwise, grad students are part of the open division, along with faculty and staff). All of the
                      sports are open to men and women, and some have coed leagues. Grad students can also serve
                      as refs and other officials for the games.

                      Courts The Rec Center courts are reserved for casual play most of the week to encourage partic-
                      ipation rather than competition. Classes are also offered; if you have an interest and want to start
                      a class, contact Anne Irwin, the Lifetime Sports Coordinator (410-516-4413,
                      Tennis courts are located on the north side of campus, near the corner of University Parkway and
                      N. Charles St.

                      Pool The pool hours vary by day and time of year. Your best bet is to look at the pool schedule
                      online. During the academic year, a portion of the pool is reserved for kayak rolling sessions on
                      certain weeknights.

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 Office of Recreation, Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center, 410-516-5229,

Hopkins has a baseball field, a lacrosse field, and a practice field, all in the vacinity of the Rec
Center. The practice field may be reserved by groups.

Sports Clubs
These come in two categories — those that compete with other schools and those that do not.
Clubs that hold matches with other colleges are under the sponsorship of the Sports Council,
which is an SAC (i.e. undergraduate) group. This means grad students can’t hold office in the
Sports Council clubs, but they certainly can participate in them. These clubs include soccer
(men’s and women’s teams), cricket, ice hockey (M), rugby (M, W), karate, cycling, and more.
The other clubs are instructional, not competitive; they include aikido, tennis, weight lifting, tai
chi, badminton, and others. See for more information.

Religious Services

 Campus Ministries
 Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Center
 Open seven days a week; call for hours.
 University Chaplain: Rev. Albert Mosley

Under the direction of the University chaplain, Campus Ministries promotes and supports spir-
itual development, theological reflection, multi-religious understanding, and social awareness
among students, faculty, and staff. The office, located at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and
Community Service Center, is open daily and is accessible evenings and weekends by appoint-
ment. The ministry offers opportunities for worship, fellowship, educational experiences, pas-
toral support, and retreats. It serves people from many faiths, including, but not limited to, the
Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. The chaplain and the campus minis-
ters also work with the Interfaith Council, a group of student representatives from over 20 reli-
gious traditions. The Interfaith Council works to foster interfaith awareness and understanding
and to create a cooperative sense of community spirit among the diverse religious groups on
campus. The Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center opened in the spring
of 1999 on the east side of N. Charles St., opposite the tennis courts on campus. It serves as the
central worship site for some University religious groups and a venue for community service ac-
tivities and other special events. There are weekly Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim worship
services, fellowship gatherings, and organizational meetings. The building also houses the Cam-
pus Ministries offices, a prayer/meditation space, a library and resource center, and a Volunteer
Services outreach office. For more information, contact the office or check its website.
See Local Places of Worship and Religious for a list of local places of worship off-campus.


Homewood Campus

                       Campus Security Office
                       14 Shriver Hall
                       Emergency: 410-516-7777 or use campus emergency phones
                       (Off-campus emergencies: dial 911)
                       Van Service/Walking Escorts: 410-516-8700

                      While the Homewood campus and its immediate surroundings may appear rather sedate and
                      safe, this area of Baltimore actually experiences a substantial rate of crime. Bike and car theft and
                      apartment break-ins are most common, but armed and unarmed robbery and even (albeit infre-
                      quently) rape and murder occur too. While you shouldn’t be perpetually afraid, you should be
                      aware and alert, and take measures to minimize the risk of becoming a victim. (See the introduc-
                      tion to Baltimore neighborhoods for specific suggestions. You can also check area crime statistics
                      at the Security Office.) Crimes occur at all times of day, against both men and women, in groups
                      and alone. You are, however, most vulnerable at night and in the early morning hours, especially
                      if walking alone. The Campus Security Office is responsible for policing both the Homewood
                      campus and its immediate surroundings, and security recently received more than $5 million
                      to upgrade its electronic surveillance systems and increase patrols. Crime rates have declined
                      somewhat since the new high-tech system was introduced, but there have also been complaints
                      about the invasive level of monitoring. If you fall victim to or witness a crime on campus, you
                      should report it immediately by dialing 410-516-7777 or 410-516-4600. If the crime occurs off-
                      campus, report it to Baltimore City police at 911 and also call Campus Security at 410-516-4600.
                      For information about what to do in the case of sexual assault, see below.

                      Security Van Service

                      Many students get into the habit of taking the security van. (People often call this “the shut-
                      tle”, but don’t confuse it with the shuttles to Peabody and East Baltimore). It runs after 5:00 pm
                      and will pick you up and drop you off door-to-door within a one mile radius of campus. (See
                      schedule.) After 3:00 am, the security van stops running.

                      Walking Escorts

                      These will walk you between buildings on campus or to your car at a campus parking lot. Some-
                      times they will also walk you to nearby locations in Charles Village, but they are not obliged to
                      do so. Escorts are available from 5:00 pm to 3:00 am; call 410-516-8700 to request one. Campus
                      Security will also transport students to Union Memorial Hospital at any time of day in case of a
                      medical emergency. If you need an ambulance, call the Baltimore City emergency line at 911.

                      Sexual Assault

                      If you are sexually assaulted or raped, contact campus security (410-516-7777 or 410-516- 4600)
                      as soon as possible or the Baltimore City Police at 911 if you are off-campus. Seek medical at-
                      tention immediately; don’t bathe, change clothes, drink, smoke, or otherwise clean yourself up
                      before you seek help, because doing so could destroy evidence that may help you prosecute
                      someone successfully. Local hospitals and the police help victims of sexual assault in investi-
                      gating and prosecuting the crime and also provide services to help victims cope with trauma
                      and stress brought on by the crime. Other places to turn to for services geared to victims of sex-
                      ual assault include the Counseling Center (410-516-8278) and the Student Health and Wellness

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Center (410-516-8270). Baltimore also offers a city-wide counseling resource known as Second
Step at 410-828-6390 (hotline) or 410-837-7000 (office).

The University defines sexual harassment as including, but not limited to, “unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and other behavior of a sexual nature when: submission to
such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment
or participation in an educational program; submission to or rejection of such conduct by an in-
dividual is used as the basis for personnel decisions or for academic evaluation or advancement;
such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or
academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational

The University’s Sexual Harassment Prevention/Resolution Program (SHPRP) was formed in
1994 and is now part of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs
(OEOAAP). In the past this office has collaborated with the GRO to educate grad students. Their
approach was sometimes felt to be legalistic but still useful. The program’s stated purpose is to
give “students, staff, and faculty both confidential and non-confidential resources through which
they can get more information on this topic or seek assistance in addressing questions, concerns,
or complaints.” The assistance basically takes two forms: informal problem-solving and formal
investigation. Campus resources that can help you with informal problem solving include the
Counseling Center (410-516-8278), Campus Ministries (410-516-8188), and the SHPRP hotline
(410-516-4001; from outside Baltimore, 1-800-516-4001). Since these offices all maintain confi-
dentiality, they can’t initiate a formal investigation.

If you want to start a formal complaint procedure, contact the Compliance Officer of the SHPRP
(410-516-8075) or one of the designated complaint handlers. These are faculty or administrators
in each of the school’s divisions who have been designated to help with sexual harassment issues.
To get a list of the designated complaint handlers or for help in figuring out how to deal with any
sexual harassment-related questions or concerns, contact the OEOAAP at 410-516-8075 or see
the website at For confidential resources,
call the SHPRP hotline.

Social Facilities

Levering Hall

Levering Hall is currently the closest thing Hopkins has to a student union. The lower floor is
home to the Levering Food Court. The Office of Student Development and Programming is on
the first floor, and the Center for Social Concern is on the second floor. These offices serve as a
“home base” for many student organizations.

Mattin Center

The Mattin Center is actually a three-part complex: the west wing and the Richard and Rae
Swirnow Theater, which together comprise the Morris W. Offit Building, and the east wing, which
is the Ross Jones Building. The facility focuses on the arts and includes two art studios; a pho-
tographic darkroom; a dance studio; a 250-seat theater; a digital media center with video, film,
and sound editing rooms; and practice rooms (with and without pianos) open to any student.
The Arts Center also has a computer lab with workstations and PCs, a multipurpose room and
meeting space, and a storage room. Outside, there is a courtyard with a shaded area and cafe
seating for Silk Road Express. The Mattin Center is also home to various offices.

Homewood Campus

                  1   Charles Commons
                      The lower levels of this dormitory house multiple campus amenities including the University
                      bookstore (a branch of Barnes & Noble), a Starbucks Coffee shop, the Johns Hopkins Federal
                      Credit Union, and a new dining facility (Nolan’s) equipped with comfortable furniture, pool ta-
                      bles, and a stage.

                      SPARS (Software Procurement And Renewal System) ( offers discounted software
                      products to members of the JHU community. Norton Anti-Virus is the program of choice for the
                      University; you can download the appropriate version for free and set up “Live Update” to update
                      the virus definitions files. These can be accessed through

                      Student Activities
                      The Office of Student Involvement and its subsidiary, the Office of Student Development and
                      Programming, “initiate programs on behalf of the student body and help student organizations,
                      faculty, and alumni of Hopkins coordinate social and educational events and activities.” In prac-
                      tice, this is quite extensive. The office’s main responsibilities include overseeing all undergradu-
                      ate student groups; organizing intersession classes (See the above section on registration.); coor-
                      dinating the Fall Festival, Spring Fair, film series, and the annual MSE symposium; and schedul-
                      ing room reservations. They also maintain a website listing various groups and special events on
                      campus at

                       Office of Student Involvement, 210 Mattin Center, 410-516-2224
                       Office of Student Development and Programming, 100 Levering Hall, 410-516-8209, M–F
                       8:30 am–5 pm,


                       Tax Office
                       1101 E. 33rd St. Suite C200 (Eastern High Campus)
                       M, W, & F 9 am–12 pm; Tu & Th 2–5 pm
                       (Maryland state tax forms also available on A-Level in the MSE library during tax season.)
                       Director: Barbara Warren

                      The University Tax Office provides tax forms and guides, which may also be downloaded from
                      the website. Some tax information is also available via the recorded phone system or the Mary-
                      land Comptroller’s website. While we emphatically do not claim to be tax experts, here’s some
                      basic information about your tax liabilities as a graduate student: Scholarships, fellowships, and
                      teaching assistantships are subject to income tax according to a variety of rules and regulations.
                      Any aid classified as a salary (which includes teaching and research assistantships) is subject to
                      automatic tax withholding. The amount taken out of your paycheck depends on the information
                      you give on your W-4 (Federal withholding) and MW-507 (Maryland withholding) forms. If this is
                      your primary source of income, you might get most of it back when you file your tax return, due
                      by April 15.

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For fellowships and grants not attached to teaching duties or other employment, you still need to
pay taxes on some or most of the award, but nothing will be withheld from your stipend check.
Accordingly, in addition to the regular tax return due on April 15, you may want to make esti-
mated payments on that taxable portion four times a year, which is a bit of a hassle. You can
get the forms for estimated payments from the tax office (Forms are available outside the office
door.) or the IRS website. (Additional tax info is available in the Goods and Services chapter.)
The taxable portion of a fellowship includes any amount not used for specifically school-related
expenses. This means tuition awards are not taxable, and you can deduct from taxable income
any amount spent on books, required fees, photocopying, plane fares to conferences, etc., but
not money spent on rent, food, or clothing. Hold on to your receipts for the items you deduct in
the unlikely case of the dreaded audit.

Extracurricular Activities
Arts and Entertainment
There are film series throughout the year sponsored by different groups on campus, and they
include everything from sneak previews of Hollywood blockbusters to the German avant-garde.
Summer Programs sponsors the JHU Outdoor Film Series on the Upper (Keyser) Quadrangle
during the summer sessions. Departmental groups and student clubs sponsor films too. Watch
for announcements in the Gazette and the News-Letter as well as for flyers around campus.
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA, 443-573-1700), which is located at the edge of campus,
sometimes presents film series. Students get discounts on the already-cheap tickets. See the
Movies section of the Out and About in Baltimore chapter for off-campus theaters.

The Peabody Conservatory presents free noon recitals every Thursday, as well as sponsoring
a Visiting Composers Series, master classes by distinguished guests, and lectures by eminent
scholars. It offers an impressive schedule of concerts during the year as well, featuring faculty,
students, and internationally acclaimed musicians. Get schedule information by watching the
Gazette for announcements or by calling the Peabody Concert Office at 410-234-4800.
The Shriver Hall Concert Series (410-516-7164) is a series of eight classical and early music con-
certs a year. Single tickets for full-time students are around $17. Student-discounted subscrip-
tions are around $89.
The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra (410-516-6542) performs four full orchestra concerts and
three chamber music performances per year, held in Shriver Auditorium. There’s no charge
for Hopkins students with ID. To audition for the orchestra, call the number above or e-mail

Performing Arts Groups
There are many undergraduate-run groups that perform throughout the year. All are open to
graduate students.
The JHU Band ( plays at all football and lacrosse games and holds a concert
each semester.
The Choral Society ( presents a selection of classical and contemporary
choral music at semester concerts.

Homewood Campus

                  1   The JHU Dance Company ( prepares and performs orig-
                      inal modern dance composition and holds an annual spring concert.
                      The Gospel Choir (; performs at
                      local churches as well as on-campus concerts.
                      There are five a cappella groups on campus:

                          •   The Allnighters (all male),
                          •   Mental Notes (coed),
                          •   Octopodes (contemporary),
                          •   Sirens (all female),
                          •   Vocal Chords (barbershop style),

                      Look for concert announcements around campus, in the Gazette and in the News-Letter. See the
                      Out and About in Baltimore chapter for live music off-campus.
                      The Barnstormers is a student-run theater group. It puts on eight productions a year, in-
                      cluding an orientation show, a musical main stage, and “Throat Culture”, a yearly satire of the
                      Hopkins community. Witness Theater is a satellite organization funded by the Barnstormers
                      that is devoted to theater workshops and student-written productions. The Buttered Niblets
                      ( is an improv comedy troupe. There is also a group called The
                      Hopkins Classic Players, which puts on classic productions on occasion. Theatre Hopkins
                      (410-516-7159) is a professionally directed troupe that performs four plays per year in the in-
                      timate setting of the Merrick Barn. Tickets for students are just $5.00 per play. The JHU Dunbar
                      Baldwin Hughes Company presents the works of African-American playwrights.

                      Lectures, Readings & Discussions
                      Each fall, the Student Council and the Office of Student Involvement organize and sponsor the
                      Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, which brings prominent speakers to campus once a week for
                      several weeks to discuss topics relating to some overarching theme. Contact the Office of Student
                      Involvement to find out the topic and get a schedule for the current MSE Symposium.
                      There are usually many other lectures and discussions offered on campus. Many departments
                      hold lecture series, which may or may not be widely advertised but which are often open to all
                      members of the Hopkins community. The departments of History, Anthropology, and English;
                      the Program in Global Studies; and the Humanities Center among many others are known for the
                      big-name speakers they bring to campus. If there is a field in which you have a particular interest,
                      stop by the departmental office and ask for information on upcoming departmental events.
                      The Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (410-516-5482) holds a graduate
                      student Brown Bag Luncheon Series each year to discuss a variety of topics related to graduate
                      student life. In addition, it hosts a variety of events, including lectures, films, discussions, recep-
                      tions, and a graduate student conference, throughout the year and especially during Women’s
                      History Month (March). Call the office to add your name to their mailing list.
                      Writing Seminars has a weekly Graduate Reading Series in which students in the department
                      present original poetry and fiction. Wine and cheese or similar fine fare are provided to complete
                      the experience. Readings by distinguished faculty members such as Alice McDermott, Stephen
                      Dixon, and John Irwin, along with well-known guest authors, also occur throughout the year. Call
                      the department office (410-516-6286) or check the Gazette for specific dates.

                      Athletics and Spectator Sports

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 Newton A. White, Jr. Athletic Center
 Sports Info: 410-516-0552
 Director of Athletics: Tom Calder

In the fall it’s football, in the winter it’s basketball, and in the spring it is, of course, lacrosse.
Hopkins is so crazy about its lacrosse that Homecoming is actually held in the spring. If you’re a
sports fan who likes the crowds, these are the Hopkins athletics events to attend. There are also
soccer, water polo, volleyball, wrestling, swimming and diving, fencing, squash, golf, crew, tennis,
track and field, and baseball teams, most of which compete in NCAA Division III athletics. Many
include both men’s and women’s teams. Stop by the Athletics Center office or check the website
for schedules.

Fairs and Festivals
Fall Festival
Begun in 2004 as “Fallnighter”, the annual Fall Festival offers a weekend’s worth of activities,
entertainment, and food at the end of September or beginning of October.

Spring Fair
The Office of Student Development and Programming oversees the undergraduates’ produc-
tion of several special events during the year. The largest of these is the Spring Fair, an outdoor,
weekend-long festival held in mid-April. It features live music, a beer garden, rides and games
for kids, and booth after booth of chicken-on-a-stick, funnel cake, samosas, lemonade, and other
gastronomic delights, as well as arts, crafts, clothes, furniture, and information on products, ser-
vices, and political causes. If you are one of the folks who complain that the campus lacks life or
diversity, you can look forward to this one weekend, when it seems all of Baltimore attends. For
information on this and other events, contact the Student Activities Office (410-516-8208).

Social Concerns

 Center for Social Concern
 3103 North Charles Street
 Director: Bill Tiefenworth

There are many worthwhile volunteer and community service opportunities for graduate stu-
dents, either through the University or on their own. The Center for Social Concern has projects
in the areas of adult education and tutoring, youth education and tutoring, mentoring, health
and wellness, justice and corrections, homelessness and hunger, and community assistance,
a few of which are listed below. Visit the office for information on other Hopkins-sponsored
projects. For projects not sponsored by JHU, check out the volunteer bulletin board on the steps
between the main and upper levels of Levering.

The Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project is perhaps the oldest volunteer project of the University,
initiated in the 1950s. It provides free one-on-one tutoring for 100 Baltimore children, for nine

Homewood Campus

                  1   to ten weeks each semester. Altogether, more than 3,000 children have received tutoring help.
                      It’s the largest continually operating program of its kind in the US. Volunteers are trained and
                      supervised by staff members. The University, the City of Baltimore, and private donations fund
                      the project.
                      The Hopkins Chapter of Habitat for Humanity works to build and renovate low-income housing
                      in Baltimore. It also sends some Hopkins students around the country during spring break to
                      work on Habitat for Humanity projects.
                      Teach Baltimore brings teachers from three different area universities together with Baltimore
                      students on a daily basis for seven weeks during the summer. In the mornings, they work to-
                      gether on academic preparation for the math, writing, and reading components of the Maryland
                      Functional Exams. In the afternoons they engage in a variety of recreational activities. Teachers
                      receive a living stipend.
                      The Jail Tutorial Project sends volunteers to the Baltimore City Prison, usually the Women’s De-
                      tention Center within the facility, on Saturday mornings to assist inmates preparing to take the
                      GED examination or who need help understanding legal papers or writing letters.
                      Hands to the Homeless pairs students with a homeless person seeking educational or job train-
                      ing assistance. It also provides volunteers to work at local permanent and transitional housing
                      For a full listing of student groups engaged in social work, visit the website of the Center for Social

                      Student Organizations
                      To find or contact any on-campus groups, connect to them via the GRO website (for graduate
                      student groups) or the Student Activities Commission (for undergraduate-run groups).

                      The GRO
                      The Graduate Representative Organization (GRO), which publishes this guide, represents grad-
                      uate student interests on the Homewood campus and is the official student government for
                      Homewood graduate students. For more information about our organization, please see the
                      chapter on The GRO.

                      Graduate Student Groups
                      Official University graduate groups are those groups recognized by the GRO. They may reserve
                      rooms and vans and hold events on campus and may apply to the GRO for financial support.
                      They may also use the GRO’s e-mail list and advertise for free in The Grad News. Any graduate
                      students who want to form an organization may do so, provided the group provides a benefit or
                      service to Homewood graduate students; abides by University regulations; is headed by a gradu-
                      ate student; is approved by Campus Ministries (if a religious group); has at least five members;
                      is non-profit; and is open to all Homweood graduate students. To form a new graduate student
                      group, visit for more information.
                      Please note that the groups listed below vary in their level of activity from year to year,
                      and new groups are always forming. Contact the GRO (410-516-7682) or check online at
             for the most up-to-date information.

                          • Art History Lecture Series
                          • Ashtanga Yoga Student Group

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    •   Association for India’s Development,
    •   Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA),
    •   Cast-Off (knitting),
    •   Chess Club,
    •   Chinese Salon,
    •   Chinese Students and Scholars Organization (CSSA),
    •   Computer-Integrated       Surgery    Student   Research    Society   (CISSRS),  cisst-
    •   Country Dance Association,
    •   Cricket Club
    •   GLBTQ Grad Student Association
    •   Global AIDS Coalition
    •   Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF),
    •   Graduate Environmental Network (GrEN)
    •   Graduate Tennis Club
    •   History Graduate Students Association
    •   Hopkins Biotech Network,
    •   Hopkins Dance,
    •   Incentive Mentoring Program,
    •   Indian Graduate Students Association (IGSA),
    •   Johns        Hopkins       Business       and      Consulting      Club      (JHBCC),
    •   Jewish Graduate Student Association (JGSA)
    •   Jujitsu Club
    •   Karate Club,
    •   Mentoring To Inspire Diversity in Science (MInDS),
    •   Shab-e-She’r (Persian poetry)
    •   Student Labor Action Committee (SLAC)
    •   Squash Club
    •   Taiwanese Student Association (TWSA),
    •   Tarang (Indian films),
    •   Turkish Graduate Student Association (TSA),
    •   Women of Whiting (WoW),

Undergraduate Groups

Many of the most active groups on campus are undergraduate, but graduate students are gener-
ally welcome to participate in activities. There is an event held in the Fall that showcases various
campus groups. (Bear in mind that you can also form your own group, a relatively easy project.)

Departmental Organizations

Grad students in many departments maintain graduate student organizations. These vary in de-
gree of activity, purpose, and level of organization. Some are primarily social, others educational,
and others political. In past years, the Anthropology graduate student group sponsored a film se-
ries, the Biology grad group held open happy hours, the History grad group held a lecture series,
and the Political Science graduate group organized to influence hiring decisions. If there is no
graduate organization in your department, we encourage you to form one and seek GRO support
for your activities.

Homewood Campus

                  1   Reserving Rooms
                      There are several ways to reserve a room on campus for a meeting or special event. Often the eas-
                      iest thing is to ask your departmental coordinator or administrator about using the department’s
                      seminar room. If that does not work, try asking friends in other departments to reserve their
                      seminar rooms. To reserve a classroom outside of your department for use during the day, call
                      Kelly Thammavong (410-516-8307) or Todd Bullock (410-516-7141). To reserve a classroom for
                      use after 6:00 pm, call Wendi Hairfield (410-516-7185). You can also reserve classrooms online:
                      Reservations for the nicer public rooms on campus, such as the Sherwood Room, Great Hall,
                      Glass Pavilion, and Arellano Theater (all in Levering), Shriver Auditorium, and Clipper Room
                      (upstairs in Shriver) are handled by the Student Life Scheduling Coordinator (410-516-8209).
                      Demand for these rooms is high, and many are reserved in blocks even before the semester starts
                      — the office holds room reservation days in late spring and fall to reserve for the next semester. If
                      you’re having a one-time event, you can work with the office to find a suitable space. (The further
                      ahead of time you do this, the better your chances of getting something you like.)
                      Occasionally a group that already reserved a room will not actually need it on the date you want,
                      so if things are tight, ask if you can check with the groups listed. If you’re part of a group starting
                      a regular series of meetings or events, you may have to make do at first and then take part in the
                      scramble for room reservations for the next semester. Ask the Student Activities Office how that
                      works. In order to reserve rooms as a graduate student, you must be a member of a GRO-affiliated
                      student group.

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East Baltimore Campus

The East Baltimore campus encompasses the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Pub-
lic Health, the School of Nursing, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital which includes the Outpatient
Center and University Student Health. While the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is in
East Baltimore, it is not located on this campus and will not be discussed here. Each school has
distinct services and policies, and this chapter will serve as an orientation to the resources as
well as opportunities available on this dynamic campus. While The Homewood campus is set in
a calm, well-landscaped environment isolated from city life, the East Baltimore campus is truly
urban, with a correspondingly higher rate of poverty and crime. It is important to be aware of
these differences, though as described later in this chapter there is an array of security measures
to provide safety for students, staff, and faculty on the campus. As an advantage of urban set-
ting, the campus has a rapid pace and a more professional atmosphere, which appeals to many
students. There is a dense population of students and post-docs with many medical advances
and scientific discoveries made every day to participate in. Seminars, lectures, and conferences
bring top names in their fields leading to an extremely stimulating intellectual environment. It is
our hope that this chapter will assist you in getting oriented to this campus. Administrative ser-
vices, other services and amenities, and then publications and student groups will be discussed
to serve as a guide to the resources that keep life on the East Baltimore campus manageable and

Administrative Matters
The East Baltimore Campus is home to three separate schools: the School of Medicine, the
Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. Each has its own administra-
tive network and registration procedures. Rather than try to detail them all, we suggest that you
contact the Registrars Office of your school for relevant information.

 Registrar, School of Medicine, 147 Broadway Research Bldg., 733 N Broadway, 410-955-3080
 Registrar, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St., Ste E1002, 410-955-3552
 (phone), 410-955-0464 (fax).
 , 127 Pinkard Bldg, 525 N. Wolfe St., 410-614-3096 (phone).

                            JHU identification is generally much more important on the East Baltimore campus than it is on
                            the Homewood campus. You must display a Hopkins ID badge in order to enter any building, and
                            to pass between certain buildings. (Homewood students can show their JCARD.) Many portions
East Baltimore Campus

                            of the hospital, however, have further restricted access that requires approval; these areas include
                            all of the animal care facilities on the campus. To receive an ID badge, you need to complete an
                            ID request form, have it signed by your registrar, then present it with a valid picture ID at the
                            JHMI ID Office, where you will be photographed and your computer-generated ID badge will be
                        2   produced. The office is open M-F 8 am-4 pm There is no cost for your first JHMI ID, but the
                            replacement fee for a lost badge is $5. A damaged ID brought in full to the office will be replaced
                            at no cost.
                            JHMI ID Office, Nelson/Harvey Building, Rm. 108, 410-955-5325 (phone), M-F 8:00 am-4 pm.

                            Health Insurance
                            Health insurance is mandatory for all students and fellows at the East Baltimore campus, al-
                            though the type of coverage required varies from school to school, and the financial responsibility
                            for health insurance varies among departments. Either the university or the individual depart-
                            ment pays for insurance for most graduate students and fellows on the East Baltimore campus.
                            However, medical students are expected to pay for their own health insurance.
                            The School of Medicine and School of Public Health offer coverage under the Johns Hopkins
                            Employee Health Program (EHP). They can be reached at 888-400-0091 or 410-424-4485. This
                            coverage is mandatory for students at the School of Medicine, but may be waived by their de-
                            pendents if they have equivalent coverage through a different carrier. EHP is a traditional fee-
                            for-service plan and the benefits include inpatient and outpatient hospital care, medical and
                            surgical services, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse services. Cover-
                            age must be purchased within 30 days of the start of each school year. Any changes in cover-
                            age must be made within 30 days of a major life event, such as marriage, divorce, adoption,
                            birth or death of a dependent. If you do not enroll within the 30 days, you will have to wait
                            until the next open enrollment period. For a detailed list of benefits and costs, please see:
                            In addition to EHP students on the East Baltimore campus have access to the University Health
                            Services (UHS) clinic. They provide certain types of care at no charge to students, and the physi-
                            cians are available to serve as students’ general practitioners. If feeling ill, this is a wise first
                            stop as the visit is covered under the insurance plan, but you may then receive a referral. Stu-
                            dents at the School of Nursing may obtain the same coverage as Homewood students. Unlike
                            students at the School of Medicine or the School of Public Health, nursing students may use
                            Homewood’s Health and Wellness Center free of charge, even if they are covered under a plan
                            outside of the university system. For more information on health insurance for nursing students,
                            call 410-614-2012.
                            UHS Clinic, 401 N. Caroline Street (corner of Orleans and Caroline), 410-955-3250 (phone).

                            Financial Assistance
                            In general, full-time students on the East Baltimore campus who are U.S. citizens or permanent
                            residents are eligible for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans,
                            Federal Perkins Loans, Health Education Assistance Loans (HEAL), and Federal Work Study.
                            Although, a new government policy that counts student stipends as grants would change and
                            perhaps already has changed this situation. Your financial aid office may also have information
                            about other loans or grants for which you may be eligible.

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 Student Financial Services (School of Public Health), 615 N. Wolfe St., Ste E1002,
 410-955-3004, M-F 8 am-4 pm.

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 Office of Financial Aid (School of Medicine), 733 N. Broadway, Ste., 137, 410-955-1324, M-F
 8:30 am-5 pm.
 Student Financial Services (School of Nursing), Rm 127, 525 N. Wolfe St., 410-955-9840, M-F
 8:30 am-5 pm.
Services and Amenities
The Office of Student Activities offers a diversified activities program to students on the East
Baltimore campus. A wide variety of events are scheduled to meet the social and recreational
needs of the campus. Sponsored activities include: theatre tickets for musicals, ballets, comedies,
and dramas; cultural, historical, and recreational excursions; and Science Center, AMC Cinemas,
and Baltimore Orioles tickets.

 Office of Student Activities, 1620 McElderry St., Rm. 1131, 410-955-3836.

Athletics, Fitness, & Recreation
The Denton A. Cooley Recreation Center was built in 1981. Cooley’s primary purpose is to pro-
vide all Hopkins East Baltimore campus members with the means to stay physically fit. It is air-
conditioned and there are locker rooms with showers. The center has regulation-size racquetball
courts, a weight room, a women’s weight training area, indoor basketball courts, an indoor run-
ning track, exercise studios, and a range of cardio machines (including stair-climbing machines,
rowing exercisers, Nordic Track, a punching bag, stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers,
and other assorted pieces equipment). There are lighted outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor
pool, which is open during the hot Baltimore summer months. Pool hours differ from the Coo-
ley Center hours of operation. Equipment is currently being replaced and added, and a range of
renovations are taking place.
In addition to coordinating intramural sports and offering a broad range of exercise and recre-
ation classes, Cooley also offers personal training. Special exercise classes, however, usually carry
an extra fee. Membership at the Cooley Center is free for full-time medical and public health stu-
dents. Post-docs, nursing affiliates, housestaff, and all Homewood-based students must pay an
annual fee of $120/year or $90/6 months to use the facilities, though these are subject to annual
change. There is an extra fee to use the swimming pool. Families of affiliated individuals may
also purchase memberships.

 Denton A. Cooley Recreation Center 1620 McElderry Street, 410-955-2513,
 Academic Year Hours: M-Th 6:30 am-11 pm; F 6:30 am-10 pm; Sat 10 am-6 pm; Sun 11 am-7
 Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): M-Th 6:30 am-10 pm; F 6:30 am-9 pm; Sat 10
 am-6 pm; Sun 11 am-7 pm.
 School of Public Health Annex (9th Floor): M-F 7 am-7 pm

                            There are several banking options to the East Baltimore community. The Johns Hopkins Federal
                            Credit Union (JHFCU) is a full-service financial institution open to the public, with additional
East Baltimore Campus

                            benefits for anyone who receives a paycheck from the university. The Credit Union has compet-
                            itive rates compared to larger banks because the it is owned by its account holders, and offers
                            many services such as a free direct deposit checking account with no fees and no minimum re-
                        2   quired balance which accrues interest, VISA debit cards, and so forth. There is a branch office
                            conveniently located on the East Baltimore campus, and local ATMs are located at the Outpatient
                            Center, the Hospital lobby, the Weinberg Building, next to the Daily Grind in the BRB building,
                            and the School of Public Health building. Although one of the drawbacks to having an account
                            with JHFCU is its lack of ATMs (and the resulting access fees from other banks machines), the
                            credit union is working to correct this. It now has agreements so that account holders can use
                            over 17,280 ATMs in the US and Canada, as well as any M&T Bank ATM in Maryland and Wash-
                            ington, DC, without incurring access fees. For more information, contact 800-JHF-CU70.
                            Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union, 2027 E. Monument St., 800-543-2870, Hours: M-F 8:30
                            am-4 pm.
                            Bank of America, Wachovia, and M&T Bank are also located near the East Baltimore campus
                            and offer typical checking accounts. In contrast to the Credit Union, these banks own several
                            hundred ATMs in the greater Baltimore area (including on the East Baltimore campus) and are
                            region- or nationwide, making them more accessible outside of the campus.

                            Film Development
                            The Pathology Photo Department provides complete photographic and graphic art services for
                            JHMI. While their services are primarily intended to assist physicians and research scientists in
                            producing quality presentations and posters, in addition to helping grad students and post-docs
                            gain a professional look on their way to a meeting, they also offer personal film development.
                            While they are not the cheapest film developing service in the area, they are convenient and
                            familiar with the needs of the campus, including offering same day film processing. For a detailed
                            list of their services and pricing check their website,

                             Pathology Photo Department, Rm. 111, 600 N. Wolfe St., 410-955-3843, Hours: M-F 8:30
                             am-5 pm.

                            Books and Supplies
                            The Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy,Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy is a convenient stop for fill-
                            ing prescriptions as well as purchasing daily needs products. Carry-On Shop, run by the Womens
                            Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, is the oldest thrift store in Baltimore. It sells mostly used
                            clothing, housewares, books, and furniture. All revenues go to patient-related medical and so-
                            cial services at the Hospital. Prices are a bit higher than some thrift stores, but often they have
                            half-priced clothing sales. The Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center carries a com-
                            prehensive selection of texts in medicine and public health, as well as stationary supplies and
                            Hopkins paraphernalia. Students with a Hopkins ID get 5% off books over $10 and 10% off sup-
                            plies, clothing, and gifts over $5, if you pay by cash or check.

                             Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy, 1810 E. Monument St., 410-675-2087, Hours: M-F 8 am-7
                             pm, Sat 9 am-4pm, Sun closed.
                             Carry-On Shop, 1830 E. Monument St., 410-955-8719, Hours: M-F 9 am-4 p.m.

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 The Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center, 1830 E. Monument St., 410-955-3931 or
 Hours: M, Th-F 8:30 am-5 pm, T-W 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Sat 9 am-3 pm, Sun closed.

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Career Counseling
The Professional Development Office (PDO) is available to graduate students and post-doctoral
fellows of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. A joint initiative of the three
schools, its mission is to provide graduate students and fellows with skills, knowledge, and expe-
riences that will assist them in their career path. The PDO offers a variety of workshops, lectures
and tutorials on subjects such as grant and scientific writing, presentations to scientists and non-
scientists, and career planning. For more information, visit

Child and Elder Adult Care
While there are numerous child and elder adult care services located throughout Baltimore, there
are no special services offered to the students or fellows at the East Baltimore campus. There are,
however, some services located within the university system. Childcare referrals and information
are available to all Hopkins faculty, staff and students through the Office of WORKlife Programs
on the Homewood campus, which can be reached at 443-997-6605. The Johns Hopkins Family
Center: Bright Horizons is located at 98 North Broadway (1 1/2 blocks south of Orleans St.). The
center is open to children 6 weeks to preschool age for the children of the employees, students,
staff and fellows of the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health System.
They operate year-round, M-F 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., but closed on certain holidays. Costs vary
based on the age of the child and the hours of care per week; financial aid is available. For more
details, see their website, or call them at 410-614-4111.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Early Headstart Center at 1600 N. Rutland Avenue is a daycare ser-
vice for infants and toddlers ages 8 weeks to 5 years. The center mainly serves lower income
families within the community surrounding the East Baltimore campus; however, anyone meet-
ing the financial requirements of the program is eligible to use the service, which operates year-
round, M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost per week is determined based on income level. You can
reach them at 410-955-5451.
The university runs two elder adult care services, both located on the Bayview Medical Center.
Beacham Adult Care (410-550-0928) offers private-pay elder adult care for $62 a day, which in-
cludes meals and a pick-up/drop off service. Elders Plus (410-550-7044) also offers comprehen-
sive service to adults on Medicare Medical Assistance.

Food and Dining
Most campus buildings contain a cafe, restaurant, or cafeteria, though hours and selection differ

On-Campus Dining
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Cafeteria is located in the first floor main corridor of the hospital,
and is open every day. Breakfast, and lunch are served from 6:15 am- 5 pm. Open to students,
staff, faculty, and visitors, the facility offers standard cafeteria fare, including pizza, salads, frozen
and regular yogurt, fruit shakes, soups, and several varying main entrees. There are also chain
restaurants such as Subway located within the cafeteria and are open later than the main cafe-
teria. In addition, there is the Express Oasis, offers breakfast pastries, a light lunch, and other

                            snacks and is open from M-F 5:30 am-2 am. For times when the cafeteria, Subway, and coffee
                            shop are closed but you need something to eat, vending machines are always available.
                            Tower Terrace Restaurant (410-955-6858) is located in the Hospital, between the admitting office
East Baltimore Campus

                            and Meyerhoff Courtyard. This is a fancier, sit-down restaurant which is open M-F 11 am-2:45
                            pm. Grill 601 Located on the plaza level of the Outpatient Center. Upscale breakfast and lunch
                            entrees served M-F 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Some students think this is the best hospital cafeteria
                        2   food youll ever find. A Coffee Bar is also located on the plaza level, and it offers a variety of
                            coffees, light lunches and other snacks. Open M-F 7:30 am-3 pm. The BuzzAn Authentic Seattle
                            Espresso Bar (410-276-8400) Located on the first floor of the School of Nursing, it offers breakfast,
                            lunch, and snack items. It is open M-Th 7 am-7:30 pm and F 7 am-3:30 pm. There is outside
                            seating available during the summer. The Daily Grind has three locations throughout the East
                            Baltimore Campus. One is located at the School of Nursing at 525 N. Wolfe St., and is open M-
                            F 7:30 am-4 pm. Another is on the second floor of the School of Public Health, complete with
                            booths for studying. The Daily Grind with the most extensive menu is found in the Broadway
                            Research Building on the third floor. They have pizza, a variety of sandwiches, asian dishes, sushi,
                            breakfast sandwiches, and daily specials. All locations have standard coffeehouse fare, such as
                            bagels, muffins, and pastries. Greenhouse Located on the 1st floor of the Pre-Clinical Teaching
                            Bldg., it offers cafeteria-style food. In the summer, they grill burgers and dogs in front of this
                            building, charcoal infusing the air. Also, there are picnic benches set up outside in the Restriction
                            courtyard. A very popular spot in the summer. Hampton House Café (410-955-2233) Located
                            on the first floor of the Hampton House, this gourmet deli serves breakfast and lunch, including
                            freshly made sandwiches, soups, salads, “doctors black bag special,” health foods, and drinks. It is
                            open M-F 7 am-3:30 pm. In the warmer weather, there is outdoor seating available. Wolfe Street
                            Café (Bloomberg School of Public Health cafeteria) (410-955-3342) Located on the 9th floor of
                            the School of Public Health Building. The elevators in the Stebbins Building are the only ones
                            that go up to this cafeteria. The cafeteria is open M-F 7 am-2 pm and offers breakfast, lunch and
                            snack foods. Wenz Café (Armstrong Medical Education Building) Located on the first floor of the
                            Armstrong Medical Education Building, it is a utilized heavily by first and second year medical
                            students due to its proximity to the pre-clinical School of Medicine lecture halls. It offers a similar
                            selection of fare as the Daily Grinds on campus. Hours: M-F 7am-6pm.

                            Off-Campus Dining
                            Gyro Express This outdoor stand is located on the corner of Wolfe and Monument Streets, and
                            is open all summer and through parts of spring and fall. Hours: M-F 10 am-4 pm. This is a very
                            popular stand with just about all of the East Baltimore students, faculty and staff. It offers quite
                            delicious chicken and pork souvlaki and gyros, along with a selection of sodas and chips.
                            Northeast Market Located at 2100 East Monument Street. Hours: M-Sa 7 am-6 pm. This is one of
                            Baltimores traditional neighborhood covered markets and is perhaps the most popular place to
                            buy lunch on the East Baltimore campus. Dozens of indoor food stands offer an extremely wide
                            variety of hot meals, sandwiches, and drinks, along with meats, produce, cheeses, baked goods,
                            and salads. Prices are reasonable, and its a nice way to escape during the day by strolling through
                            the market, watching people, and deciding what to buy. Highly recommended are OK Oriental, a
                            Korean booth, David’s Deli, and Michael’s Pizza.
                            Between the hospital and the Northeast Market there are several inexpensive restaurants, includ-
                            ing East and West Cafe, Happy Teriyaki and Taste of China. Simons of Butchers Hill is a fantastic
                            restaurant, the nicest that is closest to the Medical Campus (
                            You can walk there in about 10 minutes down Washington street. For large groups or special oc-
                            casions, Fells Point or Canton may be the best bet. The dozens of restaurants and bars you will

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find there offer different cuisine ranging from Mexican, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Greek to Span-
ish, Japanese, and vegetarian. If you dont have access to a car, there is a Hopkins shuttle that
travels to the Bond Street in Fells Point. We recommend that you do not walk between the med-

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ical campus and Fells Point or Canton after dark, as both walks are long and go through some
high-crime areas.

Health and Wellness
In case of an immediate medical emergency, call 911.
In the case of urgent, but not emergent, medical issue, contact the physician on-call for instruc-
tions, otherwise you may be responsible for the cost of care provided. The physician on call can
be reached at 410-955-4331.
The University Health Service (UHS) is the equivalent of Homewoods Student Health and Well-
ness Center. The center offers a broad range of adult care services, including comprehensive
physical examinations, gynecological care, and referrals to specialists. It is important to note
that students not covered by EHP may not use the services offered, even in emergency situations.
It is important to identify yourself as being eligible for UHS benefits when you call. All EHP en-
rollees are entitled to one free eye exam per year at the Wilmer Eye Institute without referral.
Take the bill to the UHS Benefits Office for payment. Parents whose children are covered through
UHS may seek primary pediatric care through a physician of their choice without a referral.
Participants in EHP are also entitled to eight free annual visits to the Student Mental Health
office. The office offers confidential treatment for a wide range of problems, including depres-
sion, anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, phobias, alcohol and drug dependency, academic wor-
ries, poor concentration, harassment and discrimination, relationship difficulties, eating disor-
ders, and stress. In the case of a psychiatric emergency, you can reach a psychiatrist through
the Student Mental Health Service at 410-955-1892; on nights and weekends, contact the emer-
gency room psychiatrist on-call at 410-955-5964. Nursing school students also may use the
counseling services at the Homewood campus. For more information, call 410-516-8278 or visit

 University Health Service Clinic, 136 Carnegie Bldg., 410-955-3250, M-F 8 am-4:30 pm.
 (Billing Office 410-955-3872)
 Student Mental Health Service, 550 Building, Rm. 403, 410-955-1892
 Wilmer Eye Institute, 410-955-5080

The Office of Housing and Information Services supplies members of the East Baltimore cam-
pus with a wide range of information useful when relocating to Baltimore and when living in the
city in general. Here information may be found on campus residence halls, off-campus apart-
ment listings, bus schedules, local consumer services, maps and guides to the Baltimore area,
and local eateries. This office also processes applications for residence in Lowell J. Reed Medi-
cal Residence Hall, the only on-campus housing facility at the East Baltimore campus.Hopkins
affiliates with proper ID may also use the Homewood Off-Campus Housing Office, located in
Wolman Hall (410-516-7961).

 Office of Housing and Student Life, 1620 McElderry St., Reed Hall, 1st Floor, 410-955-3905
 (phone), 410-614-9252 (fax)

                            Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

                            International Students and Visas
East Baltimore Campus

                            International Faculty and Student Services All foreign students, fellows, and visiting scholars of
                            the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions must visit this office upon their arrival in Baltimore in
                            order to obtain the necessary passport and visa information. This office provides non-U.S. citi-
                        2   zens with information concerning US immigration laws governing and/or regulating their stay in
                            the United States and assistance in dealing with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the
                            State Department, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Labor Department. It is also a source
                            of referrals to entities outside of Hopkins that might be of assistance with the social, cultural, or
                            legal concerns of immigrants and international students. More detailed information is available
                            on line at
                            The Johns Hopkins International Society (JHIS) offers various services to the international new-
                            comer, as well as programs for the entire Hopkins community. The purpose of this office is to pro-
                            mote international goodwill, to assist international visitors during their stay in Baltimore, and to
                            provide a variety of programs for cultural, educational, and social exchange. Membership is open
                            to any Hopkins affiliate. The JHIS office circulates to its members a bimonthly newsletter, high-
                            lighting its activities and programs, special events for students, special events in the Baltimore
                            area, and updates on immigration laws. In addition, JHIS offers English-language classes to all
                            international Hopkins affiliates and their families.

                             International Faculty and Student Services, 1620 McElderry St., Reed Hall, 1st Floor,

                            Hours: M-F 8:30 am-12 noon and 1 pm-5 pm. Walk-in assistance available.

                             Johns Hopkins International Society, Reed Hall, 1st Floor, 410-955-3370.


                            The William H. Welch Medical Library serves as the principal library for the Hopkins medical in-
                            stitutions. The collection features medical and psychological texts and journals, many of which
                            cannot be found at the MSEL. Welch also offers credit and non-credit classes on using the library
                            for scientific study. A perk of the Welch library is that the journals are arranged in alphabetical
                            order, which makes finding journals much easier than the system at Homewood. On the other
                            hand, the price of photocopies is higher at the Welch Library. In the stacks are little cages that
                            overlook the Restriction Courtyard and provide a quiet haven for study. Affiliated with the Welch
                            Library are the Adolf Meyer Library, which houses materials in the areas of psychiatry, psychol-
                            ogy, behavioral sciences, AIDS, anesthesiology, critical care, neurology, and neurosurgery; the
                            Nursing Information Resource Center; and the Information Resource Center, an independent
                            multimedia study center for medical and graduate students with a collection emphasizing classic
                            textbooks and medical and clinical ready-reference materials and study guides.

                            The Abraham M. Lilienfeld Memorial Library serves the Bloomberg School of Public Health,
                            and holds an extensive collection of public health and health policy books and journals. From its
                            ninth-floor vantage point, it offers an impressive view of East Baltimore and a nice environment
                            for study. The Lilienfeld Library Satellite houses the Population Center Collection, in addition to
                            other public health materials. An small annex of the Welch library containing medical reference

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books in located in the Armstrong Medical Education Building. For more information on all the
branches, see their website, []].

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 William H. Welch Medical Library
 1900 E. Monument St., 410-955-3411, Hours: M-Th 8 am-9 pm; F 8 am-6:30 pm; Sat 10 am-6
 pm; Sun 12 noon-9 pm.
 Lilienfeld Library
 624 N. Broadway, 9th Floor, 410-955-3028, Hours: M-Th 8 am-9 pm, F 8 am-6:30 pm, Sat 10
 am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm-7 pm.
 Lilienfeld Library Satellite (Population Center Collection)
 615 N. Wolfe St., Rm. 2020, 410-955-3573, Hours: M-F 8:30 am-5 pm, Closed Sat and Sun.
 The Adolf Meyer Library
 Meyer Bldg., Rm. 8-149, 410-955-5819, Hours: M-F 8 am-5:30 pm; Closed Sat and Sun.
 Academic Computing Center
 Preclinical Teaching Bldg., Rm. 116, 410-955-2359, Hours: M-F 10 am-12 noon and 2 pm-4
 pm; Closed Sat and Sun.
 Carol J. Gray Nursing Information Resource Center (NIRC)
 525 N. Wolfe St., Rm. 313, 410-955-7559, Hours: M-Th 8 am-9 pm; F 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat 10
 am-4 pm; Sun 1 pm-7 pm.
 School of Medicine Reserve Collection
 1900 E. Monument St, Rm. B5. 410-614-6301, Hours: M-Th 8 am-9 pm; F 8 am-6:30 pm; Sat
 10 am-6 pm; Sun 12 pm-9 pm.

While there are many garages, parking is limited for students, especially due to the lack of street
parking. The monthly rate for students at on-site garages is $115, but there is a waitlist. However,
if you are a School of Medicine student, $65 is subsidized by the SOM, so you only have to pay
$50/month. Parking in all garages is free M-F 4 p.m.-8:30 a.m. and on weekends with a campus
ID. Parking is also available at two satellite lots, Monument St. and Fallsway, from which shuttles
run regularly. Graduate students can get free satellite parking passes by presenting their IDs at the
Parking Services office. (There is a one-time refundable fee of $20 for parking in the Monument
St. lot.) Detailed information concerning parking is provided to students by their programs at
the time of registration and can be obtained from JHMI Parking Services at 410-955-5333. For
more information, check out

Postal Service
The Main Branch of the Baltimore Post Office is located nearby at 900 E. Fayette Street,
410-347-4202, M-F 7:30 am-10 pm, Sat 8:30 am-5 pm, Closed Sun. The last collection every day is
at 9 pm. There is also a self-service mailing center located opposite the Gift Shop on the 1st floor
of the Nelson Tower Building that all members of the East Baltimore campus may use.

In order to send items around campus or between Hopkins campuses, one may use the campus
mail service. The only disadvantage with this system is that it may take the item from a day to a
week to arrive at its destination, and there is no way of knowing ahead of time how long it will
be. Therefore, it is important to keep this fact in mind with time-sensitive packages. Medical
School students may drop off campus mail to the Mail Office (410-955-3829) on the ground floor
of the Preclinical Teaching Bldg. M-F between 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Public Health Postal Windows
are located in the School of Public Health Basement, 410-955-3746, M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and in

                            the Hampton House lobby, M-F-9 am-4 pm. For both locations, the mail pickup time is approx-
                            imately 12 noon. These Postal windows are for the use of School of Public Health students, faculty
                            and staff ONLY. They are rather strict about this rule, and will refuse service if you cannot provide
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                            a SPH ID badge. These windows sell stamps and will accept both campus and regular mail.

                            Safety and Security

                        2   Unfortunately, safety and security can be a problem at the East Baltimore campus. Security of-
                            ficers are posted at most entrances of all the buildings on campus, and security staff patrols the
                            campus on foot and bicycle. To enhance your personal safety, the office has set forth some guide-
                            lines. The intent of these guidelines is not to scare you, but the medical campus is located in a
                            high-crime area, and safety is a top priority:

                                • If possible, do not carry a wallet or purse, but if you do carry one, keep it small, hold it close
                                  to your body, and keep it in a locker or locked container when you do not need to carry it.
                                • Do not leave work areas, offices, or lockers unattended or unlocked.
                                • Travel in groups, especially at night.

                            If you own a car, park in a lighted area, carry as little money as possible, lock your car, and remove
                            anything of value from it.

                            The Security Office provides a walking Security Escort Service, available 24 hours a day, which
                            will escort you around within a four-mile radius of campus. Call for assistance or consult shuttle

                            Operation Identification is a program of the Corporate Security Services in which valuables can
                            be marked with identification numbers so that, if stolen, they can be returned easily to the right-
                            ful owner upon recovery. Call 410-955-5333 for details. Security Communications Center, 600
                            N. Wolfe St., Rm. 104, 410-955-5585, Info. Hotline: 410-614-3903 Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a

                            Shuttles and Other Transportation
                            Students without an automobile or who do not wish to deal with the hassle of parking at the East
                            Baltimore campus may use JHMIs extensive shuttle system. For up-to-date shuttle times and
                            stops, you should contact the Office of Transportation at 410-502-6880 M-F 6 a.m.-10 p.m. or

                                • Shuttle #1: Runs between East Baltimore Campus and Bayview Campus, with several stops.
                                  Service is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6:20 p.m., M-F, with more frequent runs during the
                                  morning and afternoon rush hours.
                                • Shuttle #2: A circular route covering the majority of the East Baltimore Campus; oper-
                                  ates every 15-20 minutes, M-F, 6 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. This route is covered by a wheelchair-
                                  accessible van.
                                • Shuttle #3A: Primarily a commuter route covering the northeast side of campus. Operates
                                  M-F 6 a.m.-9:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.-6:45 p.m., running every 15 minutes.
                                • Shuttle #3B: Primarily a commuter route covering the southeast side of campus. Operates
                                  M-F 6 a.m.-9:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.-6:45 p.m., running every 15 minutes.
                                • Shuttle #4: Primarily a commuter route covering the west side of campus. Operates M-F 6
                                  a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m., running every 30 minutes.

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    • Shuttle #5: Operates between the Fallsway satellite parking lot and the campus, M-F be-
      tween 6 a.m. and 9:50 p.m., every 5-20 minutes. You must have your JHMI badge to board
      this shuttle.

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    • Shuttle #6: Mt. Washington Shuttle. Runs hourly between Mt.Washington/Davis Bldg and
      Rutland Garage from 7:30am to 11:am, then again from 2:00pm to 5:30pm.
    • Shuttle #7: An employee and student shuttle for use by those who live and/or park within
      a 6-block radius of the campus. Operates M-F 7:15 p.m. through 12:45 a.m., leaving every
      half hour on the quarter hour.
    • Shuttle #8: Operates between the Monument St. satellite parking lot and the campus, M-F
      between 6 a.m. and 9:50 p.m., every 10-20 minutes.
    • Special Shuttle #9: Operates as an on-call service for patient and departmental use, 24
      hours a day, 7 days per week. Also supplements Shuttle #7. This route is covered by a
      wheelchair-accessible van.
    • Shuttle #12: A shuttle service between the Church Home Satellite Lot and the campus, M-F
      6 a.m.-9:45 p.m.. Operates every 15 minutes.
    • Green Spring Station: A shuttle service between the Green Spring Medical Center in
      Lutherville and the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. Operated by Broadway Transport
      Services. Service is provided hourly M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • EBMC: A shuttle running every 15 minutes during the day, 7 days a week, between East
      Baltimore Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Adult ER.
    • Homewood Shuttle: A shuttle operated by the University/Homewood Security Depart-
      ment between the East Baltimore Campus and the Homewood Campus. This shuttle
      makes several stops along its route (at Penn Station and the Peabody, among others) and
      its operating hours vary during the year. See Chapter 1 for further information or view the
      shuttle schedule on-line at
    • Eastern High School Shuttle: Operated by University security, this shuttle runs between
      the School of Public Health and Eastern High School. Operated M-F 7:40 a.m.-5 p.m., every
      10 minutes.
    • Bloomberg School of Public Health/Henderson House Shuttle: Operated by the School of
      Public Health, this shuttle runs M-F 7-9:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m., every 30 minutes.
    • Public Transportation: Students may also utilize the Baltimore MTA’s vast bus system
      at $1.60 per ride or $3.50 for a one-day pass (good on buses, the subway, and the light
      rail). The Metro system has a stop by the hospital; schedules are available on-line at

Support Services
Computer Services, Email, and Internet Access
A few words of caution regarding the following information: it is important to keep in mind that
the various computer facility offices on the East Baltimore campus are often undergoing periods
of transition. The following information, although correct at the time of publication, may be
outdated by the time you read this. Therefore, its best to check the websites and call ahead for the
most accurate and current information. As of March 2010, the email servers, wireless networks,
and electronic patient record systems are all being substantially and rapidly upgraded.
For All East Baltimore Students: Welch Library has Apple and IBM computers with general-
purpose, word-processing, medical-education software, and the Internet. These computers can
be found near the information desk and in the Welch Library East Reading Room, on the eighth
floor of the Meyer Building, and in the Information Resource Center (Room 116 of the Preclinical

                            Teaching Building). For Public Health Students: The School of Public Health Information Sys-
                            tems (IS) department offers a full range of computing services, including user support, training,
                            manuals, graphics, and text scanning. This office operates several labs all open 24 hours a day.
East Baltimore Campus

                            Hygiene Building Rooms W3017 and W3025 are teaching labs with microcomputers and Laser-
                            Jet printers. Room 3017 also has 5 Macintosh computers. In Hampton House, Room B51, there
                            is a computing lab with work stations and a LaserJet printer. Wireless networks are also avail-
                            able within the Hygiene Bldg. and Hampton House, providing Internet and printer access within
                        2   those buildings. For Medical Students: The Academic Computing Center has PCs and Apples
                            available for student use, as well as high speed printers and desktop publishing programs. The
                            Preclinical Teaching Building, in which the Academic Computing Center is house, also has small
                            group workrooms and wireless access. There is also a satellite computing center located on the
                            third floor of the Armstrong Medical Education Building, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7
                            days a week, with proper authorization. For Nursing Students: The School of Nursing computer
                            facilities are for the use of SON students only. There are five computer labs: one 24-seat teach-
                            ing lab, two 16-seat application labs, one 16-seat doctoral workroom, and one 6-seat interactive
                            video lab. There is also another computer lab solely for doctoral students. There are approxi-
                            mately 70 PCs and five laser printers.

                             School of Public Health IS, Public Health Bldg., W3014, 410-955-3781, Computer Lab Hours:
                             24 hours/day
                             Support/Office Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-Noon.,
                             School of Medicine Academic Computing Center, PreClinical Teaching Building, Rm. 116,
                             Support/Office Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-12 noon and 2-4 p.m.. Computer Lab Hours: 24
                             Basic Sciences Network Office, 1830 E. Monument St., Rm. 3-300, (410) 614-4901, M-F 8-5.
                             Nursing Student Computer Help, 525 N. Wolfe St., 443-287-3464, Support/Office Hours: M-F
                             8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
                             Computer Lab Hours: M-F 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 am-11 p.m.

                            Email, Faxes, and Photocopiers

                            Students at the Johns Hopkins Medicine institutions get their email through the Johns Hopkins
                            Enterprise Mail (JHEM) system, a web-based email service. To obtain an account, you must reg-
                            ister in the Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory (JHED) at, where you obtain your
                            Login ID and a password. Also available through JHED is FESTER, a web file-sharing system. For
                            more information, contact 410-515-HELP The Bloomberg School of Public Health also provides
                            email and all of its graduate students are entitled to an account. The JHSPH Information Sys-
                            tems Department even has a program that assists students in purchasing laptop computers. For
                            more information, visit Some departments use Groupwise or Outlook Enter-
                            prise servers, and your email configuration and delivery may differ depending on the office of
                            your employment.

                            Departments also have variable availability to photocopiers, fax machines, and other such neces-
                            sities; please refer to your department for specifics, such as any annual quotas. It is worth noting
                            that the Welch and Public Health Libraries also have self-service copiers. If you have more elab-
                            orate copying needs, the Copy Center, located in the basement of the School of Public Health,
                            WB501, provides services for the entire East Baltimore campus. Basic black and white copies,

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color copies, and even transparencies are available. The Copy Center also offers binding ser-
vices, specialty paper, finishing services, scanning, and digital imaging. Pick-up and delivery are
free. The Copy Center is open M-F 8 am-5 p.m. and can be reached at 410-955-3847.

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Notary Public
Students in the School of Public Health may use the notary public services available in the Busi-
ness Office free of charge at the Registrars Office (615 N. Wolfe St., Ste. E1002, 410-955-5725).
Medical students get two documents notarized at no charge at the Registrars Office (733 N.
Broadway, Rm 147, 410-955-3080) on Tuesdays and Fridays; there is a charge for each additional
item. The Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union will notarize official documents for its members,
as will most financial institutions and banks.

General East Baltimore Organizations
Student Organizations
The Office of Cultural Affairs (410-955-3363) located at 2024 E. Monument St., Suite 1-1000,
presents an on-going series of free cultural events open to the Hopkins community and the gen-
eral public. Originally intended to enhance the cultural experiences of Hopkins medical stu-
dents, faculty and staff, the programs have been expanded to welcome the audience of greater
Baltimore community into Hopkins. Activities and events of particular interest include Midday
Performances of classical music and jazz in Hurd Hall; Concerts in Turner featuring members
of the JHMI Chamber Music and Choral Societies and headlined by soloists and principals from
the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra; and the African Diaspora
film series. The International Society, founded in 1959, offers a variety of services to the inter-
national newcomer, as well as programs for the entire Hopkins community.

School of Medicine student organizations: Some
examples include,

   1. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents the opinions and ideals of the grad-
      uate student body to the faculty and administration and communicates university ideals
      and standards to the graduate student body. The GSA consists of students from the School
      of Medicine who are currently seeking a Ph.D. or MA. The GSA manages issues that affect
      the day to day life of graduate students, such as parking and security, and organizes so-
      cial, educational, and career-oriented activities. For more information, see their website,
   2. The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a nationwide organization, run au-
      tonomously by and for medical students, focusing on problems of the medically under-
      served, inequities in the health-care system and related issues. AMSA publishes The New
      Physician nine times a year.
   3. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Postdoctoral Association provides advocacy and
      information for all Hopkins postdoctoral fellows. Visit their website for career resources,
      job postings, information on grants and funding and information on JHU and Baltimore

Bloomberg School of Public Health student organizations: The
Student Assembly represents the concerns of the students of the School of Public Health. Various
committees work on issues of importance to students.

                            School of Nursing student organizations:
                            The Graduate Student Organization represents the interests of all Nursing graduate students.
                            The organization offers social and educational programs and elects two representatives to the
East Baltimore Campus

                            Schools graduate curriculum committee. The School also has an active chapter of the National
                            Student Nurses Association.

                        2   The Dome is the official monthly publication for all students, faculty members, and other em-
                            ployees of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the School of Medicine. It includes news about
                            people, activities, research, promotions, etc. The Gazette is the universitys official weekly
                            newspaper covering all departments and campuses. Each school on the East Baltimore cam-
                            pus publishes its own newspapers and magazines for students, staff, and alumni. School of
                            Medicine publications include The Hopkins Internist (twice a year) and Hopkins Medicine
                            Magazine (for alumni). The School of Nursing publishes The School of Nursing Newsletter
                            and Johns Hopkins Nursing (for alumni). The Bloomberg School of Public Health publishes
                            Homepage (bi-monthly) and Johns Hopkins Public Health (Fall and Spring). You can find
                            links to general campus publications at
                   For information on a specific departments publi-
                            cations, check the departments website. GSA Newsletter is published by the Graduate Student
                            Association at the School of Medicine. It is published approximately every other month during
                            the academic year. In addition to keeping students up-to-date on topics directly related to grad-
                            uate education at JHSOM, they print articles designed to enhance the graduate experience in
                            Baltimore. For present and past issues of the newsletter, as well as how to contact the current
                            editors, visit the GSA website,

                            Volunteer Services
                            Hopkins InterAction: Both the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine have their
                            own InterAction offices, which provide students with volunteer and community service op-
                            portunities in the Baltimore community, with a focus on the East Baltimore area. Their web-
                            site (, respectively) provide informa-
                            tion about student groups, community organizations, and funding for service projects. Com-
                            munity Care Initiative: Medical students from Hopkins and the University of Maryland work
                            together to strengthen Baltimore communities. Their two focus activities are the Annual Health
                            Fair and the Dunbar High School Mentoring Program. JHMI Medical Students Free Clinics: Med-
                            ical students interact directly with patients at the Baltimore Rescue Mission and the Mens Center.
                            The organization is currently assisting in the formation of a JHMI Free Clinic. Type for Life: Stu-
                            dents from the Medical, Nursing and Public Health Schools join each year to carry out a bone
                            marrow registration drive.

Chapter       3

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Moving to Baltimore                                                                                                                3
      Last night, with many cares and toils oppress’d
      Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest

                                                                        Poetry by Edgar A. Poe, about 1824

Before You Start: A General Overview of Baltimore & Its
Baltimore is a great place to be a graduate student, because the cost of living is shockingly af-
fordable according to northeastern urban standards. If you’re struggling to get by on the typically
minuscule graduate student budget, you should be able to find a good apartment (even grandiose
compared to those in other cities) and still afford activities that make life livable. The low cost of
living has also attracted upcoming artists and musicians and young professionals from all over
the mid-Atlantic, and Baltimore city life reflects this. The city’s official website is useful and user-
friendly and is located at

For those unfamiliar with the city, our best advice is to get to know Baltimore for what it is rather
than what it is not. Prior to moving here, you may encounter depressing anecdotes about Bal-
timore: the poverty, drugs, crime, and lack of an established “scene”. If you compare it to larger
and wealthier cities like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, Baltimore does somewhat lack a
sophisticated urban pulse. But it also has a quirky, secret charm that can be infectious. If you are
willing to leave campus, explore the city, and take advantage of the array of things that Baltimore
offers, you are bound to enjoy your time living here. Taking the time to get to know Baltimore can
make your stay here a happy one and the first step in that process is finding a satisfactory place
to live.

This chapter aims to help you decide where to live, settle in as smoothly as possible, and locate
key resources. We offer portraits of the neighborhoods that comprise the city and discuss the
details of setting up and maintaining a home here. At the end of the chapter you will find a
partial list of local hotels to stay in while you apartment hunt or for all the family and friends who
will visit you here.

                          A City of Neighborhoods: An Overview

                          City leaders nostalgically call Baltimore “a city of neighborhoods.” In fact, there are more than
                          200 separately recognized neighborhoods in Baltimore. Everyone who lives in Baltimore refers to
                          his or her neighborhood when asked, and many neighborhoods do retain a distinct flavor despite
                          more modern changes. In Little Italy, for example, you can still see old men playing bocce ball,
                          but you also find new high-rise, high-rent condominiums. In Hampden, you can find women
                          sporting enormous beehive hairdos on a daily basis, but you’ll also find an annual celebration of
                          the neighborhood’s retro character with prizes for biggest hair, tackiest clothes, and most extreme
                          Baltimore accent (“Wer’dja get yer hair done, hon?”).
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                          The Homewood area (comprised of Charles Village, Remington, Hampden, Waverly, and Canter-
                          bury/Tuscany) is convenient to campus but does not necessarily contain all the amenities you
                          may require. Whether you chose to live near campus or in another part of Baltimore, you will
                          likely find yourself traveling elsewhere to see a movie, find a health or ethnic food store, or visit a
                      3   park. If you will not have a car, you will want to consider the limitations of the public buses (Bus
                          routes typically run north-south or east-west and do not offer free transfers.) or the accessibility
                          of the free Hopkins shuttle (The main shuttle runs between the Homewood and East Baltimore
                          campuses and makes stops on 27th Street, Union Station, and at the Monument in Mt. Vernon,
                          but there is another shuttle that runs from the Eastern campus on 33rd street to Homewood).
                          We urge incoming students to weigh the pros and cons of each area in relation to your priorities.
                          If you are willing to travel through the city on a regular basis, there is no need to live right by
                          campus if that is not your preference.

                          Neighborhoods Near the Homewood Campus

                          Each of the following neighborhoods is within range of the Homewood Security Van, which will
                          take you anywhere within a one-mile radius of the campus and runs from 5:00 pm to 3:00 am
                          nightly. Some drivers will take you farther than the one-mile limit, but you can’t count on it. The
                          Security Office (410-516-4600) can tell you if a prospective address is within the radius of the van.

                          Charles Village

                          Charles Village lies just east of campus and is bounded by Charles Street to the west, Barclay
                          Street to the east, 25th Street to the south, and University Parkway to the north. This neighbor-
                          hood contains a large number of two- and three-story rowhouses (many of which are split into
                          one- and two-bedroom apartments or serve as rooming houses) and modern high-rise apart-
                          ment buildings. A number of amenities for students can be found on Saint Paul Street (the heart
                          of Charles Village), including a market, a bagel shop, coffee shops, a liquor store, shoe repair,
                          dry cleaners, a laundromat, hair salons, several bars, and a great video store among other busi-
                          nesses. Other necessities can be found within about six blocks, including several supermarkets, a
                          great free (yes, free) bookstore, specialty food stores, drug stores, and the Saturday farmer’s mar-
                          ket. This neighborhood’s many conveniences make it the most common choice for Homewood
                          students (and some East Baltimore students too, who take the Hopkins shuttle downtown).

                          There are several very active neighborhood associations, which work to increase the neighbor-
                          hood’s safety, economic stability, and aesthetic appeal and to improve the quality of life in gen-
                          eral. Many residents feel a strong affection for and attachment to the neighborhood due to its
                          diversity and charm. Others are bothered by the lack of available parking and noise, including
                          loud traffic on the main north–south streets and several fraternity houses. In recent years, the
                          quality of life here has improved significantly, and rents have risen as a result.

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Waverly lies slightly further east of campus, on the other side of Greenmount Avenue from
Charles Village, and is bounded by Barclay Avenue, 30th Street, Ellerslie Road, and 39th Street.
It features many small, free-standing Victorian homes (The neighborhood got its name from Sir
Walter Scott’s novels.) with modest yards and fences. It offers specialty food stores, clothing
and shoe stores, dry cleaners, a laundromat, a used bookstore, several restaurants, the Satur-
day morning farmer’s market, and easy access to the amenities of Charles Village. Waverly used
to have a good-sized community of artists, activists, and students and a significant gay/lesbian
presence. Although the departure of the Orioles from nearby Memorial Stadium resulted in a
brief period of decline, the area has been recently reinvigorated by the Stadium Place Project,

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which includes a YMCA, neighborhood playground designed by local children, and a senior liv-
ing community. Additionally, the opening of a new supermarket (Giant) and access to the Hop-
kins Shuttle route from the Eastern campus (at Ellerslie and 33rd Street) to Homewood have
contributed to the influx of families, young professionals, and Hopkins affiliates in the area.

Hampden lies west of Homewood, bounded by University Parkway to the north, Falls Road to
the west, Wyman Park Drive to the south, and Wyman Park to the east. Originally built to house
mill workers, the area contains a mixture of rowhouses and freestanding homes. It offers two su-
permarkets, drug stores, coffee shops and restaurants, several consignment/vintage stores, dry
cleaners, a great post office, an excellent wine and liquor store, a Blockbuster Video, and a num-
ber of other stores. In the last decade, Hampden has experienced a wave of artsy gentrification,
as cafés and funky stores have sprouted along 36th Street, the main drag, known to locals as “The
Avenue”. This renaissance, the cheaper rents, and the conveniences of the area have drawn a
number of Hopkins students and professors, art-school grads, and young professionals to the
area. But it retains much of its older, blue-collar, family-oriented, tightly knit character (memo-
rialized in the John Waters films Pecker and Hairspray), and some residents still sometimes greet
outsiders (especially those of color and alternative sexual orientations) with less than open arms.


Just west of Hampden is Woodberry, a forested enclave isolated from the rest of the city by Druid
Hill Park and the Jones Falls. Woodberry used to be a mill town in the late 1800s, and many of
the buildings are now used for apartments or offices.


Remington lies south of Hampden and Homewood, bounded by North Avenue to the south,
Wyman Park Drive to the north, Howard Street to the east, and the Jones Falls to the west. Rem-
ington is a racially diverse, working-class neighborhood populated by local families and graduate
students. The architecture is largely two-story rowhouses, most of which are occupied by familes,
but some have been converted into relatively inexpensive single-story apartments. Many row-
houses are available in “shell” form, needing a total rehab or close to it, but with very low pur-
chase prices.

Two of the more marquee establishments in Remington are The Dizz, a popular pub gaining
renown for its bar food, and the Paper Moon Diner. Long John’s, a small dive bar, secretly has
some of the best crab cakes in the city. The neighborhood also has a small organic foods market,
a recycling center, a handful of other bars and small restaurants, and a peppering of light indus-
trial/commercial businesses including Charm City Cakes, home of TV’s “Ace of Cakes”. A major

                          development is in the works in the south portion of the neighborhood, slated to include a home
                          improvement box store as well as many other retailers.

                          Like a lot of Baltimore neighborhoods, the specific street within the neighborhood makes a big
                          difference in terms of safety. Narrow roads like Miles or Fox can be risky, while more well-traveled
                          roads like Huntingdon and Remington Avenue are very safe. The most common crime by a long
                          shot is petty larceny from automobiles, so don’t leave electronics, cables, or even change visible
                          in your car when parked. However, there are very few undergrads, and it lies mostly within JHU’s
                          security response envelope, so the neighborhood is generally free from random interpersonal
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                      3   Tuscany/Canterbury lies across University Parkway from campus and primarily contains large
                          complexes of condominiums and high-rise apartment buildings, including the Ambassador,
                          University One, Hopkins House, and the Broadview, to name a few. Apartments in these types
                          of buildings, unlike many Baltimore apartments, routinely offer central air-conditioning and ex-
                          cellent security at the door. They often contain convenience stores, restaurants, on-site park-
                          ing, gyms, hair salons, and swimming pools. The area is conveniently close to the businesses
                          in Charles Village and the Hampden-based Rotunda Mall, which contains a supermarket and
                          other shops. Despite their security and convenience, some students feel that these apartments
                          are expensive, impersonal, and devoid of street life or neighborhood atmosphere.

                          Roland Park

                          Roland Park, to the northwest of campus, is bounded by Falls Road, Northern Parkway, Univer-
                          sity Parkway, and Charles Street. In contrast to the aforementioned neighborhoods, it is pastoral
                          and somewhat exclusive, with big, gracious homes, wide lawns, and few apartment buildings. It
                          was one of the first planned suburbs in the country, dating back to the 1890s, and much of the
                          neighborhood still has zoning laws to prevent owners from converting their homes into apart-
                          ments. For that reason, the apartment market can be tight; your best bet may be to rent a whole
                          house and share with other students. Roland Park has some basic amenities (including a market,
                          hardware store, video store, drugstore, post office, and a wonderful bakery) and is accessible by
                          bus, but to live here you’ll need a car to get around the city easily.


                          Guilford/Oakenshawe has an equally impressive array of grand mansions and large yards,
                          bounded by University Parkway to the south, Loyola College to the north, Charles Street to the
                          west, and York Road/Greenmount Avenue to the east. This is almost entirely a residential neigh-
                          borhood that requires residents to drive elsewhere to find groceries and other amenities, and it
                          can be difficult to find an apartment to rent, though house rentals are more common. One of the
                          best features of Guilford is the seven-acre Sherwood Gardens, an elegant collection of old trees,
                          flowering shrubs, and hundreds of beds of tulips and summer flowers. In many ways, Guilford
                          has an eerily private and inaccessible feel. It is almost impossible not to get lost on its winding,
                          one-way, or dead-end streets if you aren’t familiar with the neighborhood. In recent years resi-
                          dents have erected concrete barriers to prevent traffic entering from Greenmount and University
                          Parkway, and security patrols scrutinize passers-by.

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Beyond Homewood: Downtown
Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon covers about forty square blocks that surround Mount Vernon Place (where the
George Washington Monument stands) in the heart of Baltimore. At just a short 15–20 minute
walk from the Inner Harbor, many students consider it one of the liveliest urban spots in Balti-
more. Residents can easily travel from this area to Homewood by means of public buses and the
free Hopkins Shuttle bus, which stops at Union Station (the northern border of Mount Vernon)
and at the monument. The neighborhood contains most other necessities, including an Eddie’s
Market and a Safeway. Dubbed “the cultural district”, Mount Vernon is home to the Walters
Art Museum, Peabody Institute, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera House,

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the University of Baltimore, numerous restaurants, art galleries and shops, the excellent central
branch of Baltimore’s public library, as well as a vibrant gay/lesbian scene. Elegant old apart-
ment buildings and converted townhouses often feature high ceilings, fine detailing, and even
fireplaces. As with many older buildings, interior maintenance on these apartments can be hit or
miss, and you may need to look at several places before you find one that meets your standards.
Apartments in this area have become more expensive of late, and rents can be slightly higher than
those in Charles Village, although many feel the aesthetic beauty and vibrancy of the neighbor-
hood are worth a few extra dollars a month. The bars and restaurants along Charles Street draw a
good crowd on weekends and tend to increase the level of pedestrian noise and traffic. This can
make parking an extreme challenge but increases safety at night.

Bolton Hill
Bolton Hill lies to the northwest of Mount Vernon, west of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and south
of North Avenue. This is a quiet enclave that boasts elegant nineteenth-century townhouses and
the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). It contains a rich mix of art students, wealthy pro-
fessionals, and working families. Though primarily residential, it also features a supermarket, a
video store, a few cafés, and some other necessities. Unfortunately, Bolton Hill is surrounded by
poorer, higher crime areas and is somewhat isolated from public transportation; most students
will find it necessary to have a car, though it is only about a five-minute drive to Homewood or to
Mount Vernon.

Fell’s Point
Fell’s Point lies close to the harbor, just east and south of the Inner Harbor (and south of the
East Baltimore campus), and is one of the city’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. It con-
tains small historic rowhouses, narrow streets, corner bars, restaurants, antique shops, and an
occasional cobblestone street. Recent developments of large, expensive apartments and condo-
miniums have clustered around the harbor. The northern and eastern parts of the neighborhood
have recently become home to a large Latino population, bringing a number of ethnic restau-
rants, markets, and stores to the area. The area nearest the water is full of shops, restaurants,
bars, and music venues, though it is harder to find basic amenities within easy walking distance.
Residents of this neighborhood have struggled with noise due to the rowdy, youthful crowds that
swarm into the area on weekends to hear music and otherwise carouse.

Canton, which lies further east on the waterfront, has been transformed by gentrification within
the last decade. An influx of artists and professionals has encouraged the arrival of a number of
lively bars, restaurants, and art galleries that now surround O’Donnell Square. In addition, new
waterfront developments have produced a new supermarket and a number of upscale stores at

                          the converted-warehouse Can Company. It also boasts a strong neighborhood advocacy group
                          and activities. Canton may be more convenient for East Baltimore students.

                          Patterson Park/Highlandtown
                          Patterson Park/Highlandtown, in southeast Baltimore, lies north of Eastern Avenue from Can-
                          ton and offers much less expensive housing for much of Canton’s convenience, especially for
                          East Baltimore students. Like Hampden, it has a tightly knit, blue-collar neighborhood feel but
                          without the art galleries and pricey gift shops — even though it is considered one of the city’s
                          two official arts districts. It has also benefited from Canton’s affluence with a recent influx of new
                          residents. With a strong neighborhood advocacy group, this may currently be one of the most
                          dynamic areas in Baltimore. The Eastern Avenue strip boasts a lot of inexpensive shops, a great
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                          thrift store, several bars, and numerous amenities.

                          Federal Hill
                      3   Federal Hill is located south of downtown and the Inner Harbor, centered on South Charles
                          Street. Like Fells Point, it is a lively, historic neighborhood with a large number of beautifully ren-
                          ovated rowhouses and a convenient central shopping area that includes the Cross Street Market
                          (an indoor collection of vendors of produce, meat, fish, and prepared food), restaurants, bars,
                          bookstores, art galleries, and numerous shops. Rents can be steeper here than in other neighbor-
                          hoods because of its convenience and upscale historic and scenic residences.

                          Southwest Baltimore
                          SoWeBo (Southwest Baltimore), an area west of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive that was once was
                          home to Edgar Allan Poe and H. L. Mencken, experienced a brief renaissance as an artists’ colony
                          during the early 1990s. While many parts are plagued with crime, drugs, and poverty, other areas
                          have witnessed a development boom with the building of the University of Maryland Biotech
                          Park and real estate ventures to renovate housing in this area, which is close to the Raven’s sta-
                          dium, and all the attractions of downtown and the Inner Harbor. For now a few funky restaurants
                          and bars remain, the rent is cheap enough, and underground artists and musicians proudly call
                          the place home. However, the new development in the area raises residents hopes for another
                          economic and cultural upswing.

                          Beyond Homewood: Uptown
                          Lake Montebello/Lauraville
                          Lake Montebello/Lauraville lies northeast of Homewood campus and offers spacious homes in a
                          more suburban atmosphere. This neighborhood encompasses the Mount Pleasant Park and golf
                          course, Morgan State University, and Herring Run Park. It lies adjacent to Baltimore’s longest
                          stretch of linear parkland, which extends from the Baltimore City line south to Sinclair Lane. Jog-
                          gers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers do laps around the path that rings the lake. Approximately two
                          miles from campus, the area offers inexpensive living combined with a modest sense of escape.

                          Belair-Edison is located in northeast Baltimore and borders a large portion of Herring Run Park
                          and the Clifton Park Golf Course, an 18-hole course maintained by the Baltimore Municipal Golf
                          Corp. Belair-Edison boasts red-brick rowhouses and duplexes with porches and lawns, which
                          are mainly single-family homes. The neighborhood is situated around Belair Road and Erdman
                          Avenue, with boundaries of Woodstock Avenue to the west, Sinclair Lane to the east and south,
                          and Seidel Avenue to the north.

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Mount Washington
Mount Washington, an upscale enclave, lies just west of the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) above
Northern Parkway, about fifteen minutes by car from the Homewood campus. It offers a picture-
postcard village center, complete with varied boutiques, a Starbucks coffee shop, Fresh Fields
natural foods supermarket, hair salons, a fantastic French bakery, and a light rail station. In the
hills, rising up from the center are winding, tree-shaded streets and large shingled houses, many
dating to the late Victorian era and often divided into apartments.

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Towson, the Baltimore County seat, is also touted as a good area for families. The town center in-
cludes Towson State University, a large public library, a major shopping mall, a cinema, a Barnes
& Noble, and many office complexes. Although this strip can be congested and noisy, outlying
neighborhoods are peacefully suburban and offer residents easy access to the I-695 Beltway.                                   3
Pikesville and Rodgers Forge
Pikesville and Rodgers Forge offer good public schools to grad students with children. Pikesville
is located northwest of the city near the Beltway. Rodgers Forge, just north of the city, is a quaint
community of two- and three-story townhouses, founded in 1923 on the spot where George
Rodgers once had a blacksmith’s shop. Both areas are within a reasonable driving distance of
campus and offer apartments and homes in all shapes and sizes.

Neighborhood Associations
Neighborhood associations can be useful in your search for a home (especially if you are think-
ing of buying a house) and are a great place to find further information about the neighborhood
you choose to live in. In general offers information on the neighbor-
hoods immediately surrounding the Homewood campus and of-
fers information on most neighborhoods in Baltimore City. Also, check out the links in the box

 Neighborhood Association Websites
 Bolton Hill:
 Charles Village:,,
 Federal Hill:
 Fells Point:,
 Lake Montebello/Lauraville:,
 Mount Vernon:
 Mount Washington:,
 Patterson Park/Highlandtown:,
 Roland Park:

                           Southwest Baltimore:

                          Security Concerns
                          Baltimore has its problems, and you will hear a lot about crime and safety when you arrive. Does
                          this mean that Baltimore is a dangerous city? Well, yes and no. If you have had little previous ex-
                          perience in urban settings, you will need to pay more attention to safety. Otherwise, you probably
                          already possess the basic street smarts to protect yourself and your belongings. Our bottom-line
                          advice is not to become overly alarmed about the city’s dangers but to take the necessary precau-
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                          tions to protect yourself and your belongings.
                          Statistics show that most crimes committed in the areas around the Homewood campus involve
                          theft from cars, porches, and houses. To a lesser degree, students are mugged for cash or be-
                      3   longings or have unwanted intruders enter their homes during parties. Only very rarely are there
                          more dangerous or violent crimes in this area.
                          Some Common-Sense Advice To Avoid Becoming a Victim

                              •   Leave nothing visible in your car.
                              •   Use a Club on your car’s steering wheel.
                              •   Always lock your car doors and those of your apartment or house.
                              •   Lock windows that access back yards and/or fire escapes.
                              •   At night, walk with a friend, call a Hopkins security escort or take the Hopkins shuttle.
                              •   Walk with a sense of purpose and carry any belongings close to your body.
                              •   Be aware of your surroundings, especially when there aren’t many people out.
                              •   Take care when withdrawing cash from ATMs.
                              •   Resist the urge to talk on your cell phone or rummage in your bag while walking.

                          If you have more specific questions, you can consult the Hopkins Security Office (410-516-4600)
                          or the Hopkins Escort Van service line (410-516-8700). The Baltimore City Police Department
                          keeps an online crime map at and the Baltimore City web-
                          site ( has numerous links to crime and crime prevention.

                          Baltimore Climate
                          Spring and autumn in Baltimore are usually divine, with temperatures ranging from the upper
                          50s to the mid 80s (10 to 27 °C). Winters are milder than most northern cities, with a few snow-
                          storms per season and temperatures in the 40s (4 °C). Summers are HOT (around 90 °F / 32 °C)
                          and can be very, very humid; an air conditioning unit or at least a window fan is desirable.

                          Finding the Right Place to Live
                          Starting Your Search
                          Be patient. The first rule of thumb for apartment-hunting is that you will probably look at some
                          really awful places, sometimes from the very beginning of your search. Dont get discouraged or
                          demoralizedwith patience youll find a place you like.
                          Be shameless in asking for help. Ask you department for names of graduate students who might
                          give you advice on housing. They may have information about apartments, sublets, or even

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house-sitting, and might offer to put you up for a few days. At the very least, they will be full
of advice and opinions and can tell you where most of your fellow grad students live.

Consider whether you are willing to live with roommates. Costs can be significantly less if you
are willing to live with one or more other people.

Think about your needs and how having a car (or not) may affect your living situation. Some
things to consider:

    •   Do I want to walk to campus?
    •   Is the Hopkins Shuttle or other public transportation easily accessible?

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    •   Can I park easily nearby?
    •   Are there basic amenities nearby, like a market and a laundromat?
    •   Are there other amenities that I desire nearby, like a coffee shop or bar?
    •   Do I need to live on a relatively quiet street?
Think seriously about whether you want to live in a neighborhood near fellow grad students (or
undergrads). Moving to a new city can be hard and lonely, and for many people, having col-
leagues nearby can make a big difference — especially if you arrive without a partner. There
are very large concentrations of Homewood and East Baltimore grad students in Charles Village,
Hampden and Mount Vernon. This is not to say that students living elsewhere don’t make friends
and socialize, but it is far easier to hang out with people close to home, especially if you or your
friends do not own a car.

Get a map. Familiarize yourself with the location of different neighborhoods, decide where you
are and are not willing to live, and tailor your search accordingly.

Start your search early. June 1 rentals are a lot easier to find than those available September 1,
and its easier to find September 1 rentals if you look in July rather than in August.

When talking to landlords, be specific. Ask for a “nice” or “quiet” apartment; if you have allergies,
request apartments without wall-to-wall carpeting, and so on.

Check out the Housemates Forum on the GRO website (

Many landlords prefer to rent to Hopkins grad students and will only advertise with the Office
of Off-Campus Housing (, Wolman Hall, 3339 N. Charles Street,
410-516-3905). You must bring a Hopkins ID or letter of admission from your department in order
to receive landlord contact information. They have listings of rooms, apartments, and houses for
rent, as well as maps and telephones that you can use to call leads. Both offices are open Monday
through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Remember your best friend Craig! Craigslist ( is a great resource to find
housing and roommates. You can even specify your search by choosing a certain style of housing;
indicating maximum rent, pets/no pets, and bedrooms; and searching by specific neighborhoods
(i.e. Charles Village, Mount Vernon, etc.).

Local papers also have online classified ads:

    •   Baltimore Sun
    •   The City Paper
    •   JHU Gazette
    •   Hopkins News-Letter (not published in the summer)

                          Similarly, you can start your search by phoning realty companies that rent apartments in
                          the area. Frederick Realty (410-752-6400), Metro Property Management (410-847-9800),
                          Real Estate Dimensions (410-685-2088), Fisher Realty (410-727-7839), Day Capital Manage-
                          ment (410-539-6565), E.G. Rock Realty (410-685-2088), and Star Management (410-235-7764,
                 all rent apartments near the University and often have multiple list-
                          ings. Apartment shopping by phone can save a lot of time and energy, but be sure to draw up a
                          checklist of questions based on your criteria.
                          Check out local bulletin boards on campus or in local businesses, such as coffee shops.
                          Remember, you dont have to stay in the same apartment for the entire time you live here. It is
                          much easier to find an apartment and neighborhood that is ideal for you once you have lived
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                          in Baltimore for a little while and have canvassed the living options of the city and surrounding
                          counties. So be patient; you’ll find what you are looking for eventually.

                      3   Rental Prices
                          As a result of the recent housing boom, Baltimore’s rental market prices have increased; however,
                          the ample housing stock and renters’ market make living here both pleasant and inexpensive
                          compared to other mid-Atlantic cities. Depending on the neighborhood, you can likely find a
                          sunny one-bedroom apartment near campus for $750 a month, complete with hardwood floors,
                          on-site washer/dryer, heat, and hot water that would be a bargain at twice the price in nearby
                          Washington, DC. Downsizing to a studio or efficiency or sharing with others will cut costs, of
                          course, often bringing monthly rents down to the $450 to $650 and $250 to $400 range, respec-
                          tively. A good place to look for potential roommates is the GRO Housemates Forum (accessi-
                          ble from the GRO website at, the City Paper (, the Off-
                          Campus Housing website (, Craigslist (
                          For those willing to be more flexible and adventuresome, great finds in run-down areas of town or
                          work-rent exchange housing can still get you the rock-bottom price of $250 a month or free hous-
                          ing. At the other end of the spectrum, some students will be surprised to find themselves able to
                          afford some of Baltimore’s “luxury” housing. This market ranges from the Inner Harbor’s condo-
                          miniums and loft apartments to the elegant homes of Roland Park. Such fancy accommodations
                          may be had as cheaply as $680 a month or for as much as $2,000 a month for a one-bedroom

                          Visiting Potential Apartments: A Checklist
                             • Check your credit report and score prior to apartment-hunting. Many landlords/building
                               mangers require a credit check so beware that blemishes, newly established records,
                               and/or low scores may negatively impact your ability to secure the apartment. You may be
                               denied or required to have someone co-sign on your lease. As mandated by federal law, one
                               credit report per year from each of the three major bureaus are available for free through
                     ; however, credit score information beyond that requires a
                             • Mention you’re a grad student. Area landlords usually consider graduate students reliable,
                               desirable tenants, and it’s worth stressing that point if you find it necessary to negotiate.
                             • Inspect the space carefully. Try to ascertain whether the landlord/building manager keeps
                               it in good condition. For example:
                                   – Examine the shared spaces, like hallways, for signs of chronic disrepair or neglect.
                                   – Ask about vermin problems and pest control.
                             • Try to get a sense of the landlord/building manager.

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         –   Did s/he respond quickly to your call?
         –   Did s/he arrive punctually for your appointment?
         –   Does s/he appear to be knowledgeable about the building?
         –   Does s/he seem to be unreasonably strict or invasive of tenants’ privacy?
    • Take notes on each place you see. Take notes about the rental agreement, phone numbers,
      details about the space and the neighborhood, and notes about your general reaction to
      the place after each viewing. Don’t rely on your memory.
    • Ask specific questions about the apartments you are serious about. For example:
         –   How much is the security deposit?
         –   Which utilities are covered in the price of rent?

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         –   Will promised repairs (such as painting) be written into the lease?
         –   Are there annual rent increases?
    • Ask for the phone numbers or e-mail addresses of current tenants. They will answer impor-
      tant questions about the landlord, the building’s upkeep, the cost of utilities, any problems
      with the apartment, the neighborhood’s noise level, and building security.
    • Check the security of the unit. Are there adequate locks on the windows and door? Are the
      entrances, walkways, and parking areas well-lit? Is parking readily available nearby?
    • Beware: Never deal with a landlord who demands a deposit before showing you an apartment.
      You should not give a deposit or first month’s rent unless you are certain you want to rent
      the unit — and be sure to get a written receipt. And never rent an apartment or room until
      you or someone you trust has seen it.

The Legalities of Renting: Security Deposit and Fees
Baltimore City’s legal system generally seems to favor the landlord, although seriously negligent
slumlord types are rare in the areas around the University. Competition, especially for grad stu-
dents, keeps the housing quality fairly high around Homewood. But it’s still a good idea to take
specific measures to protect your security deposit. Your landlord has a legal right to a security
deposit of as much as two months’ rent, but most charge only one month’s worth (less, in spe-
cial cases). In addition, they may also charge a small application fee and/or a credit check fee of
around $25. If your landlord asks for a security deposit — and most do — you have a legal right to
receive a list of existing damages if you request it within 15 days after occupying the apartment.
This signed list serves as protection for your security deposit. If you don’t receive it, make your
own list and take photos of existing damages to protect yourself in case of a dispute. When you
move out, be sure to leave your apartment clean, as landlords can deduct for cleaning charges.
Your landlord must return your deposit plus 4% simple interest within 45 days, as long as the
contract has been ended properly. If the landlord claims damages, s/he must send you a list of
said damages within 30 days. Here again, an exit interview or inspection is a prudent measure
and can often speed the return of your deposit. If your landlord doesn’t return the security de-
posit within 45 days, you may sue for three times the amount of the deposit. If your building is
sold while you live there, the new landlord assumes the deposit and the responsibility for it.

Most leases are standard, one-year contracts between the renter and the landlord. The lease is
your protection against random eviction and rent hikes, guarantees that necessary repairs will
be made, and protects the landlord against rent delinquency. Leases can also be on a monthly
basis; some landlords like to switch to a month-to-month arrangement after your first year ends.
(Of course, if you want to continue on an annual basis, you can request that.) If you’re renting

                          on a monthly basis, the landlord must give you sixty days’ notice of intention to raise the rent.
                          Conversely, if you decide to move out you must also give sixty days’ notice, unless your lease
                          specifies thirty days’ notice (which is very rare). If you are finishing your degree or are otherwise
                          uncertain about how long you will be living in Baltimore, you may want to negotiate a thirty-day
                          notice clause within the lease to give you greater flexibility.
                          If you plan to share a place, be careful about selecting roommates, because you may be legally
                          liable for their actions. Tenants are jointly and individually bound to a lease they have signed. In
                          other words, if one tenant breaks the agreement (for example, by damaging property or failing to
                          pay his or her share), the others can be evicted or required to pay the rent due in full.
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                          Boarding or Rooming Arrangements
                          Some students prefer to avoid the constraints of a lease and choose more flexible housing ar-
                          rangements, often with a private homeowner. Local laws provide some safeguards to board-
                      3   ers, though not nearly as many as those covering renters in a landlord-tenant arrangement. You
                          should ask for a written boarding agreement, which gives you certain protections. The agree-
                          ment should state the rights and duties of each party, such as specific notice needed for rent
                          increases and contract termination, terms for a security deposit, provisions defining the right to
                          use various areas of the house and the right to have visitors. Without such provisions, a boarder’s
                          privileges may constantly be subject to the landlord’s discretion.

                          Often students leave town for the summer and sublet their dwelling for the months remaining
                          in the lease. If you think you might want to sublet your place, examine the lease for a provision
                          on subletting before you sign. If there is no provision, ask the landlord to add one to the lease. If
                          the existing subletting provision seems overly restrictive, you may want to negotiate changes in
                          it before signing the lease. It is wise to let the landlord know at the beginning of the lease term
                          that you plan to sublet, so that you know the landlord will consent to the sublease when the time
                          As the legal tenant, you are still responsible for meeting the terms of the lease if you sublet. In
                          effect, you become the subletter’s landlord while remaining obligated to your own. Therefore, it
                          is advisable to make a written agreement with the subletter, get a security deposit and perhaps
                          (depending on the situation) ask the subletter to pay the rent in a lump sum up front. You are
                          responsible for any damages to the apartment (let alone to any of your own things that have
                          been left there), so getting a security deposit of at least one full month’s rent is advisable. To be
                          safe, assume the worst when negotiating the terms of the sublet.

                          Landlord trouble
                          As a tenant, you have several options if a problem arises with your landlord. First, if s/he does
                          not respond to your verbal complaints, notify him/her of the problem by certified mail. This
                          narrows the odds of later misunderstandings and serves as a record of your efforts to solve the
                          problem, (especially if you later move out and a dispute arises). Once the landlord is notified,
                          the law gives him/her a “reasonable time” in which to make the appropriate repairs. The legal
                          definition of “reasonable” depends on the circumstances of the case. If your notification receives
                          no response, contact a local housing agency. Depending on the nature of the problem and state
                          and local laws, tenants may be able to withhold rent until the problem is fixed.
                          If there is a serious defect that affects your health and well-being that the landlord fails to correct
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words, if a landlord defaults on his or her legal obligations to a tenant, the tenant may be released
from the contract. Vacating is a drastic response to a condition, however, so seek legal advice
before deciding to do so.
You can get help from Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. (410-243-6007 or,
a statewide organization that works for housing justice. Their publication, the Baltimore City
Landlord/Tenant Book, and their counselors help with complaints over housing discrimina-
tion and landlord-tenant problems. The Baltimore City housing entity, Baltimore Housing,
(410-396-3237 or will inspect your apartment for code violations
(heating problems, hot water leaks, lead paint, faulty doors and windows, etc.) on request. If
the department finds violations, it notifies your landlord, who has 30 days in which to make nec-

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essary repairs. If you run into trouble on this score, you have the right to put your rent into an
escrow account until the dispute is resolved.

Renter’s insurance
Your landlord’s property insurance does not cover your belongings, so it is a smart idea to get
renter’s insurance. A good policy should cover everything (including your computer) in case of
theft, fire, flood, and other acts of nature. Many basic policies cover up to $25,000 of personal
property. They are not very expensive; annual premiums are usually around $100, and if you
have roommates you might be able to share a policy.
(In cases of landlord negligence, s/he may be liable.) Check the Yellow Pages under “insurance”
and get quotes by phone from different carriers. Companies such AAA often offer special deals
on apartment insurance rates for their members.

Temporary Housing
Temporary housing is also available to graduate students both on and off campus. Visit the off-
campus housing office for more information.

Hotel Accommodations
The following is a partial list of hotel accommodations in Baltimore. It may still be worth ask-
ing about special rates for Hopkins students or other discounts, especially during weekdays
and off-peak seasons. Be sure to ask for the discount and to inform the hotel of your student
status at or before check-in. Check on-line, too, as the rates found on sites such as Expedia
( and Priceline ( are often far lower than market rate; just
be certain to check the map before you click buy.

 Near Homewood
 Broadview Apartments, 116 W. University Parkway, 410-243-1216.
 Cross Keys Inn, 5100 Falls Road, 410-532-6900 or 800-532-5397.
 Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade, 4 W. University Parkway, 410-235-5400 or 800-222-TREE.
 Hopkins Inn, 3404 St. Paul Street, 410-235-8600.
 Quality Inn at the Carlyle, 500 W. University Parkway, 410-889-4500.

 Mount Vernon
 Biltmore Suites Hotel, 205 W. Madison Street, 410-728-6550 or 800-868-5064.
 Peabody Court Hotel (A Clarion Hotel), 612 Cathedral Street, 410-727-7101 or 800-292-5500.

                           Mount Vernon Hotel, 24 W. Franklin Street, 410-727-2000 or 800-245-5256.

                           Downtown/Inner Harbor
                           Baltimore Marriott, 110 S. Eutaw Street, 410-962-0202 or 800-228-9290.
                           Brookshire Inner Harbor Suite Hotel, 120 E. Lombard Street, 410-625-1300.
                           Days Inn Inner Harbor, 100 Hopkins Place, 410-576-1000 or 800-329-7466.
                           Harbor Inn Pier Five, 711 Eastern Avenue, 410-539-2000.
                           Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, 301 W. Lombard Street, 410-685-3500.
                           Hyatt Regency, 300 Light Street, 410-528-1234 or 800-233-1234.
                           Radisson Plaza Baltimore Inner Harbor, 20 W. Baltimore Street, 410-539-8400 or
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                           Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, 300 S. Charles Street, 410-962-8300.
                           Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St, 410-752-1100 or 800-996-3426.
                           Fells Point
                           Admiral Fell Inn, 888 S. Broadway, 410-522-7377 or 800-292-4667.
                           Inn at Henderson’s Wharf, 1000 Fell Street, 410-522-7777 or 800-522-2088.

                           Baltimore County Hotels: North and Northeast
                           Comfort Inn of Towson, 8801 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson, 410-882-0900.
                           Holiday Inn Cromwell Bridge, 1100 Cromwell Bridge, Towson, 410-823-4410 or
                           Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 410-321-7400 or
                           Welcome Inn, 8729 Loch Bend Drive, near Loch Raven and Joppa Roads, 410-668-7100.

                           Baltimore County Hotels: West
                           Days Inn West, 5701 Baltimore National Pike, 410-747-8900.
                           Econolodge, 407 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, 410-484-1800.
                           Hilton Pikesville, 1726 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, 410-653-1100 or 800-283-0333.

                           Bed & Breakfast
                           Amanda’s Bed & Breakfast Reservation Service: This is a
                           service that connects you to a number of B&Bs in the greater Baltimore area.

                          Real Estate
                          Unlike most urban cities, Baltimore’s bargain real estate market is accessible to many with lower
                          incomes, including graduate students. While not for everyone, it may be a wise investment for
                          those who have saved up, have friendly parents willing to help with a down payment, or have a
                          working partner or spouse. Over the length of a doctoral degree it’s quite possible to spend less
                          each month than you would on rent and still walk away from Hopkins with a small nest egg.
                          However, it’s important to understand the risks of owning a house, including property taxes, re-
                          pairs, fluctuating resale climate, Maryland’s high closing costs, and the illiquidity of your assets.

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Nevertheless, with tax deductions, neighborhood stability incentives, and breaks for first-time
buyers, home ownership can be a good investment.

Housing Prices
Since Baltimore real estate is relatively plentiful and affordable, some students can afford to buy
houses or condominiums, often advertised in the $50,000 to $250,000 range. Those who have
money to invest (sometimes as little as $1,000) and who plan to live here for more than a couple
of years should consider this option. The pricing varies greatly by both the neighborhood and
the size/type of house; you may get lucky and find a bargain shack in an upscale neighborhood
or a three story beauty in a depressed area. In Waverly, for example, the average sales price for a

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home in 2008 was $130,600; Remington $125,439; Hampden, $205,162; Charles Village, $294,000;
and in upscale Roland Park, $450,000. (And prices have of course been dropping since then.)

To get an idea of what is available, keep an eye out for open houses, often held on Sunday after-
noons. If you’d rather use your mouse, most of the brokerage companies offer free access to MLS
(Multiple Listing Service) listings through their web sites.
Real Estate Agents
The booming real estate market in Baltimore led to a surge in the number of real estate agents,
both good and bad. Ideally, you want to find an agent that understands what you are looking
for, is able to answer all of your questions about Baltimore real estate, and knows the ins and
outs of the neighborhoods in which you are interested. One of the best ways to find an agent
is word-of-mouth from fellow graduate students, faculty, and staff, but if that yields nothing, try
to find an agent specializing in your neighborhood, either through the Internet or local printed

Don’t feel that you are locked into using the first agent you find; run away fast if they try to get
you to sign to an “exclusive” contract with them. Keep in mind that your agent isn’t necessarily
working for you, as they receive their commission from the seller based on the sale price of the
house not based on how much you “save”. It’s definitely a good sign if your agent is frank with
you about the problems s/he sees in the houses you are viewing and if s/he doesnt try to push
you beyond your desired price range.

Home Ownership Incentives
There are a number of incentive programs available, from both Baltimore City and the State of
Maryland, geared towards purchasing a new home. Most of the incentive programs require a
“Housing Counseling Certificate”, which you can receive from a number of local organizations.
If you are looking to buy a house, it is definitely worth your while to research all of the available
incentives for the area you looking. The list here is just a summary of the available programs; talk
to a housing counselor, visit a community development corporation, or visit Live Baltimore’s
website for more current information.

More House 4 Less is a state program offering a $5000, 0% loan for down payment and closing
costs and mortgages at below-market rates, a huge benefit for graduate students that might not
otherwise qualify for low mortgage rates.

The American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) provides $3,000 towards the down pay-
ment and closing costs in the form of a loan forgiven at 20% per-year, provided that you make
“less than 80%” of the area median (as of 2005, $40,450 for 1 person and $46,200 for a family of

                          There are a number of other programs, including the Live Near Your Work program, that you
                          may be eligible for if you or your spouse is a full-time employee at one of many participating
                          companies in Baltimore (including Hopkins).
                          Additionally, the semi-annual Buying Into Baltimore Home Buying Fair and Neighborhood
                          Tour offers attendees $3,000 towards the purchase of a home. In the Spring, the focus is on the
                          west side of Baltimore (including Hampden), with the east side of Baltimore as the focus in the
                          Fall (including Charles Village). Check out the web site for all the gory details and plenty of small
                          print, but this fair is something to keep in mind if it meshes with your time frame for house hunt-
                          At the time of publication, the federal government is offering an $8,000 tax-credit for
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                          first-time homeowners. Currently set to expire in June 2010, it may be extended. See
                 for more information.
                          Baltimore has unusually high property taxes, 2.268% in 2009, but you may be able to mitigate
                      3   them with help of Maryland Homeowners Property Tax Credit Program, which will cap your
                          property tax bill based on your income. You need to reapply annually by September 1. Provided
                          that you live in your house, the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit will protect you from large as-
                          sessment increases, (which lead to larger tax bills). You apply for the Homestead Tax Credit by
                          filling out a form, usually at closing, indicating that the house will be your primary residence.

                           Baltimore Home Ownership Resources
                           Baltimore Housing (Baltimore HABC/HCD), 410-396-3237,
                           Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., 410-243-6007, (tenant-landlord
                           Buying Into Baltimore Home Buying Fair and Neighborhood Tour,
                           Coldwell Banker, (residential brokerage with free access to MLS listings)
                           Community Development Corporations in Baltimore,
                           Housing Counselors in Baltimore,
                           Live Baltimore,, (information about Baltimore neighborhoods, sales
                           figures, homeowner incentive programs, and low interest loans for repairs
                           Long & Foster, (another brokerage with free access to MLS listings)
                           Maryland Attorney General: Landlords and Tenants,
                           Maryland Department of Housing, (“More House 4 Less” program)
                           Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, (low cost rehabilitation
                           Maryland Homeowners Property Tax Credit Program,
                           Maryland Homestead Tax Credit,
                           Maryland Real Property Search, (Look up the owner, current
                           tax assessment, and previous sale prices for any property in Maryland.)

                          Unexpected Repairs
                          One of the greatest fears in buying a house is large unexpected repair — everything from an unex-
                          pected sewer line replacement to replacing a leaky roof. In an ideal world your insurance would
                          cover most of the damage and you’d have cash for the rest of the expense. Unfortunately, insur-
                          ance companies often exclude utility work and water damage. Try not to panic and take a good

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look at your financial options, including various low interest loans from the Baltimore Hous-
ing Office of Rehabilitation. There are several low-income repair loans available, based on your
income, and graduate stipends are typically small enough to qualify for many of them.

Renting Rooms
Renting a room out to a fellow student, or even a random stranger, will make paying your mort-
gage payments significantly easier. Finding potential tenants should be easy, posting advertise-
ments in the same places others look for rooms (GRO Forum, Craigslist, etc.). Keep in mind that
this person will be living in your house and evicting an uncooperative tenant can be a long, te-
dious process. Take a good look at the renters’ rights section in this chapter and realize that you

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will be on the other side of the fence, but the ball is in your court for setting terms such as rent,
yearly or month-to-month lease, etc.

The city does not require a license for renting rooms, provided that the owner (you) lives in the
house as well. If you will be renting the house without living in it, or renting out a separate unit
on the property, you may be required to register the rental with the Commissioner of Baltimore

Tax-wise, rental income is either added to your income or reported to the IRS using Schedule E.
Either way you get to deduct a portion of the mortgage, insurance (otherwise not deductible), and
other expenses related to the rented room(s). For details, read IRS Publication 527, “Residential
Rental Property,” and talk to a tax accountant.

Mortgage Rates, Insurance, etc.
Current mortgage rates will be a major factor in determining what you can afford. Be sure to
talk to a financial advisor to figure out what you can comfortably afford and to understand the
variety of options available. If your credit history is less than stellar, take a look at the various
state financing programs or look into having a family member cosign on your mortgage.

Home owners’ insurance is a necessity, both for your protection and as a requirement of almost
any mortgage. Be sure to get quotes from multiple companies, including your auto insurance
company, who will likely offer you a “multiple coverage” discount.

There are many other details in home buying that could fill a book (and do — take a look at any
bookstore), which won’t fit here. It’s a scary thing to do, but it won’t hurt to be well prepared
before diving in.

When it comes to moving, we recommend that you use a major national moving company or
exercise extreme caution. Call around to different moving companies to get price quotes. (Check
the Yellow Pages.) Some may have special deals if they are a national company. (For example,
with AAA membership you can rent Penske trucks at a significant discount.) Make your reserva-
tions well in advance (preferably at least 2 months), especially if you will be moving during the
busy times at the beginning and end of the school year and if you are traveling a long distance to
get here. If you need some extra muscle (or a vehicle) to help you move heavy items, check local
newspaper classifieds for haulers or manual laborers.

For packing boxes, most of us just collect empties from supermarkets and liquor stores. The
recycling center on Sisson Street sometimes has boxes as well.

                          Boxes and Moving Services
                          For the national moving and truck leasing companies, it is a good idea to check the Internet for
                          special online-only reservation rates or special deals. Also make sure to ask if they offer any spe-
                          cial discounts for students or have certain corporate membership rates (AAA, American Express,
                          etc.). Shop around and start early. Rates jump up drastically at the end of August, when students
                          all over the country are moving.

                           Moving Companies and Truck Rental
                           ABC Box Company, 1135-1145 Leadenhall Street, near corner of West Street, 410-752-4535
                           Budget, or
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                           Mayflower Baltimore Moving & Storage, 2600 N. Charles Street, 410-235-5900

                          Utilities and Services
                          When preparing to move, call well in advance to arrange the activation of your utility services,
                          even if the previous tenant has not yet vacated the apartment. When you call, be prepared to
                          spend some time on the phone answering questions. If you are an international student, you
                          may ask for an agent who speaks your native language. It can sometimes be difficult even for
                          native English speakers to grasp the Baltimore accent.
                          Note: Most students will find it extremely useful to have some sort of credit card before they
                          get here in order to turn on utilities and open a variety of accounts without paying a hefty cash
                          deposit. International students often face this problem. (See International Students.)

                          Local Telephone Service
                          These days many people choose to not set up a landline and simply use cell phones. If you are
                          more old-fashioned, Verizon ( provides local telephone service (and can pro-
                          vide your long distance service as well). They will charge you a connection fee, but if you sign
                          up for special package deals they may waive this fee. They may also require a deposit of up to
                          $125.00 and proof of identification, depending on your credit history. (Foreign students often get
                          socked with this — see above.) The company offers a choice between basic and unlimited ser-
                          vice. Basic service is cheaper but limits the number of calls you can make each month; each call
                          beyond the limit will be charged a per-minute rate. For additional fees, they also provide extra
                          services such as call waiting, Caller ID, and a voice-mail answering service. Of course you can
                          decline, but if you decide later that you want these services you will pay an activation fee.
                          Note: If you decide to have another company provide your long-distance service, many will insist
                          on providing your local service as well. It’s faster to sign up with Verizon, have your line activated,
                          and then switch to another carrier.

                           Local Phone Services
                           Verizon Installation, 410-954-6260,
                           Verizon Repairs, 1-800-275-2355
                           Local Directory Assistance, 411

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Long-Distance Service
When you sign up for basic phone service, you will be asked to select one company to provide
your long-distance service. The competition among these companies is fierce, and many compa-
nies will offer you various deals if you agree to sign on with them as your primary provider. They
often have seasonal or other promotions, such as a discount on weekend calls, a free month of
calls, frequent-caller plans, or inexpensive international calls. You may want to negotiate a bar-
gain by contacting several providers. Rest assured that as soon as your new account is open you’ll
be deluged by counteroffers from the competition.
Discounted long-distance calls can also be made via prepaid calling cards or 10-10 companies,
(which buy telephone time in bulk from the major long-distance companies and then offer dis-

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counted fees). To use these services, you dial a few extra numbers before the phone number that
you want to call. In both cases be careful to read the fine print; these services can be a good deal,
but they sometimes add extra charges of $3 to $5 for the month.

 Long-Distance Providers
 Working Assets,

Mobile Phone Services
If you prefer to have a mobile phone instead of a landline you will have a variety of options. Make
sure to ask if the company has student discounts or other special deals, or just wait until the
beginning of the semester and you’ll probably encounter a barrage of cellular service advertis-
ing. Specifically, Verizon and AT&T offer discounts for students, and Sprint provides a discount
for Hopkins employees, including graduate students with a stipend; just make sure to bring a
paystub to a local store in order to receive the discount. You may also order phones and cellular
service online or by phone or visit the following service centers. (There are many locations; check
the Yellow Pages under “cellular” for the nearest locations.)
There are an increasing number of prepaid options, which require no long-term contracts or
credit history. The plans vary, some charge per-minute while others offer unlimited usage for a
fixed price.

 Mobile Phone Services
 Verizon Wireless,

 Prepaid Mobile Phone Services
 AT&T GoPhone,
 Boost Mobile,
 Cricket Wireless,
 T-Mobile Prepaid,
 Virgin Mobile,

                          Internet Access
                          You will undoubtedly want to consider having Internet access from home. High-speed Internet
                          access is now widely available in Baltimore City. Your three primary options are Verizon, Com-
                          cast, and Clear. Verizon provides DSL service through its phone network and is slowly rolling
                          out their new blazing fast fiber-optic service FiOS. Verizon no longer requires a phone service for
                          DSL, although a phone line may be a condition for promotional pricing. Comcast offers month-
                          to-month Internet service over its cable network. Comcast’s pricing is confusing, and you can
                          often save money by bundling their Internet service with their limited television offer. (Internet
                          alone can cost $5.00 more than Internet and television). Clear is a relative new-comer, offering
                          broadband-speed wireless coverage across the city using WiMAX.
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                           Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
                           Verizon DSL,
                           Verizon FiOS, (limited availability)
                      3    Comcast,
                           Clear (WiMAX),


                          Comcast ( is the local cable provider and offers varying levels of service. If you
                          are only interested in the basic network channels, ask for the limited package that costs around
                          $10.00 a month. Generally, they won’t advertise that this is available and will characterize basic
                          service as 60 or so channels not including premium movie channels like HBO ($35.00 a month).
                          Note that Comcast also offers cable Internet and phone service, so you can receive a sharp dis-
                          count if you purchase a bundle package with two or three of these services.

                          Gas and Electric

                          Despite the deregulation of electricity services in 2000, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) re-
                          mains the one-stop gas and electric company for most apartment dwellers in Baltimore City. If
                          you live in a house, you are free to shop around; other providers are listed on the State’s website
                          ( BGE may charge a $20.00 “application” fee and, depending on
                          your credit information, may add a deposit of 17% of the estimated annual bill. (Important: you
                          can argue this deposit and often have it waived.)

                          You can expect your monthly electric and gas bill to range from $35.00 to $250.00. However, you
                          can cut costs drastically by keeping electronics off when not in use, limiting the use of your air
                          conditioner to when you are actually home and hot, sealing old or leaky windows in the winter,
                          and by using energy-efficient lights and appliances. You can also enroll in a budget payment
                          plan, which will average your bills throughout the year to keep your bills predictable.


                          Water services are usually included in the cost of rent, which should come as welcome news for
                          former residents of the West Coast. If your landlord does not include water, you can gauge how
                          much water will cost by looking up previous bills at Even
                          if you are asked to pay the water bill, they will most likely be sent directly to the owner of the
                          property, not you. In the very rare case where you need to activate water service in the city or
                          county, call 410-396-5398. Problems with your water service should be reported by calling 311.

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Sanitation and Recycling
There is one trash pick-up day each week and one recycling pick-up day, which vary by neighbor-
hood. Trash must be placed in a garbage can with a lid. Landlords are responsible for providing
trashcans if you live in a multi-unit dwelling; otherwise, it is your responsibility as the renter.
Large apartment buildings do not use the city for trash service; you will need to contact your
management to ask about trash policies and recycling.
Under the city’s new “Single Stream Recycling” all recyclable materials are collected together and
need not be sorted by type. Official recycling bins are available from the city, but any container
marked “recycle”, cardboard box, or paper bag may be used instead. Plastic bags are no longer
acceptable. Recyclable materials include newsprint, junk mail, old phone books, glass bottles,

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jars, aluminum soda cans, and #1 or #2 plastic bottles. The city requires that you remove lids and
rinse all containers.
The city also offers bulk trash pickup (call 311 to make an appointment), a household hazardous
waste drop-off twice a year, and annual Christmas tree drop-off and mulching.                                                    3
To find out your neighborhood’s pickup days, call the Department of Public Works by dialing
311. You can also deliver trash and recyclables to the Sisson Avenue Sanitation lot, located near
the 28th Street entrance to I-83.

 BGE, 410-265-4000
 Department of Public Works, Sanitation & Recycling, 311
 Department of Public Works, Water billing department, 410-396-5398

Insuring and Registering Your Car in Maryland
Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)
The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) ( is your local headquarters for car
registration, a driver’s license, and, for the non-driver, a photo ID that you can use in lieu of a
driver’s license. The MVA Info Line (1-800-638-8347) is a 24-hour information line providing, for
example, information on MVA locations. For questions about getting a driver’s license, registra-
tion, or insurance, call the MVA or check out their website.

If you bring your car into Maryland from elsewhere in the United States, you must register it with
the MVA within 60 days of your arrival. The MVA requires that you supply them with the original
registration and title, as well as proof of insurance. If your vehicle has any sort of lien filed against
it for a bank loan, you will need an MVA form to authorize your bank to send the title to the MVA,
where it will be retitled.

Before you register your car in Maryland, the car must also pass a one-time Maryland inspection
by a licensed inspector. Many gas stations and repair shops are licensed. Call around, because
inspection fees vary. In addition, you will have to pay for any repairs on the spot in order to
get your certificate without paying for another inspection, so try to find a reputable inspector.
Call the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) number (410-537-3270) for information.
Inspection certificates are good for 90 days from the date of inspection.

The only full service branch of the MVA in Baltimore City is located at 2500 Gwynn Falls Parkway
(adjacent to the Mondawmin Mall) and is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Other

                          full-service offices are located in Glen Burnie, Bel Air and Essex. To register your car you must go
                          to one of these full-service offices.
                          The MVA also requires that you pay Maryland sales tax (5%) on the vehicle, but if you register
                          within the thirty-day time limit, they will credit you the percentage of sales tax you originally
                          paid. If the car was donated by your parents or another immediate relative, you can supply a
                          notarized gift letter stating that the car was a gift, which exempts you from paying the tax.
                          Many students at Hopkins opt to keep their cars registered in their “domicile”, (i.e. the state in
                          which their parents reside), but the legality of this procedure is fuzzy. As a full-time student, you
                          may be able to keep your vehicle registered out of state, if you meet the MVA’s conditions. See the
                          information in the section on parking permits for nonresidents.
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                          Maryland license plates are valid for two years, so every other year you will need to renew the
                          registration for about $35. You must also have your car tested for emissions within ninety days
                          of registration and every other year thereafter. To save yourself the hassle of repeat visits, review
                      3   the MVAs website or call to confirm that you have all the proper documentation before you head

                          Maryland Driver’s Licenses
                          If all you need is a Maryland driver’s license, you can go to a local MVA Express Office, where
                          service tends to be much more efficient. The MVA Express Office at Towson/Kenilworth has fairly
                          helpful people and is closest to Homewood. Call the Express Office or check the website for a
                          listing of services before you go there to make sure they can do what you want them to do.
                          If you have never been a licensed driver in any state or country, you will need to go through
                          Marylands “Graduated Licensing System”, starting with a learner’s permit. To receive a Maryland
                          learner’s permit, you need to bring the same documentation as you would for a driver’s license
                          and take a written test on the rules of the road. The test is quite simple, but if you are unsure of
                          the laws in Maryland, read over the Maryland Driver’s Handbook, available either online or from
                          the MVA. With the learner’s permit, you may operate a vehicle as long as you are in the vehicle
                          with a driver over 21 who has been licensed in the United States for at least three years. Before
                          you can upgrade to a full license you will need to hold the permit for nine months, complete a
                          driver education course, (including six hours behind the wheel,) and log 60 hours of supervised
                          driving. As these requirements are tedious, it is strongly recommended that if you ever plan to
                          become a licensed driver, you should get the learner’s permit as soon as possible even if you don’t
                          have time to complete the rest of the steps right away.
                          Beware: The MVA is very strict. If you have your middle initial on one document and your middle
                          name on another, they will require additional documentation. So, try to bring two that are con-
                          sistent. Also, call the MVA or visit their web site if you are at all unclear as to what constitutes a
                          “primary form of identification” or a “proof of residency”. They don’t care about your definitions
                          of these terms and are very strict about the birth certificate requirement for US residents.
                          What to bring to obtain a Maryland driver’s license, learner’s permit or state ID card:

                              • birth certificate or valid foreign passport with visa
                              • one additional primary form of ID (passport, current license, and social security card are
                                the most common) or two additional secondary forms of ID (see MVA web site for details)
                              • two proofs of Maryland residency, such as a bill (phone, utility, or cable), pay stub, lease, or
                                bank statement
                              • $45 (new resident), $50 (learner’s permit, includes price of license), or $15 (photo ID card)
                                by cash, check, or Visa or MasterCard

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For a driver’s license or learner’s permit you must also:

    • pass an eye exam
    • pass both a written test and driving test (waived for holders of a US or Canadian license)

Additionally, foreigners without a current US or Canadian drivers license must also:

    • pass a driving test
    • bring a certificate showing the completion of a 3-hour Alcohol and Drug Education Pro-

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A word to the wise: Long lines appear to be a given at the MVA, so bring a book or a friend
and be prepared to spend some time there. Be sure to visit the MVA’s web site in advance,, as the driver’s license fees and requirements change frequently, and
this guide is likely out of date by the time you read it!
Car Insurance
By Maryland law, all vehicles registered with the MVA must be insured. As Baltimore is a large city
with a fairly high crime and litigation rate, insurance costs can be high; this will hold particularly
true if you are under 25, male, have a spotty driving record or no record at all, or live in an area of
the city known as a risk for car crime (basically most neighborhoods near the Homewood cam-
pus). Additionally, Maryland car insurance companies consider your credit score when quoting
your insurance rates, so a low credit score can increase your premium.
For a new car, you may have to pay as much as $2,000.00 annually, and even for a used car, in-
surance can cost from $500.00 to $1000.00 per year. On the whole, we recommend that you call
as many places as possible for quotes before selecting an insurance company. Always ask for
student discounts, good driver discounts, seat belt discounts, etc., as these can help save money.
GEICO ( offers very good rates and is definitely worth a call. If you call GEICO,
be sure to mention that you are a graduate student at a National Association of Graduate and
Professional Students (NAGPS) member campus; as a NAGPS member, you are entitled to a dis-
In some instances, non-US students have had a difficult time getting insurance coverage, but the
American Automobile Association (AAA, read “triple A”, offers a good one-year
program for students with J-1 and other qualifying visas.

 Car Insurance Companies
 State Farm,

Emergency Roadside Service

If you are new to the area and/or have a potentially unreliable car, you may want to consider
emergency road service and map services. AAA ( offers both of these, but their
yearly membership is expensive ($65 for the most basic coverage). Other car insurance compa-
nies, such as GEICO, offer the same services for less than half the price of AAA, but don’t offer the

                          same travel discounts. These services include free towing and a locksmith if you lock your keys
                          in the car, as well as maps and trip plans.

                          Parking Permits
                          Most city neighborhoods require a parking permit for that area. Get one as soon as possible
                          to avoid being ticketed by the city’s extremely diligent parking police. WARNING: Obtaining a
                          permit can be an introduction to Baltimore’s city bureaucracy, especially if your car is registered
                          in another state. So bring patience and a magazine for the wait, and dont take it personally if the
                          clerks are brusque or rude.
                          Permits can be obtained at the Parking Authority Office, 200 West Lombard Street, Suite B
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                          ( or 410-573-2800). You must bring your vehicle
                          registration and a copy of your lease or a recent utility bill showing your name and address. Re-
                          member to call ahead to make sure that you have the proper documents. Permits currently cost
                      3   $20 for most neighborhoods; additional visitor’s permits are also available for a reduced cost.
                          Permits expire at the end of September; permits purchased after April are reduced to half price.
                          If your car is registered out of state (and if you want to keep it that way), the City of Baltimore will
                          only grant you a 30-day parking permit until you obtain a nonresident vehicle permit from the
                          Maryland State Motor Vehicles Division (MVA), located in an entirely different part of town. The
                          Baltimore City branch is located at the MVA office at 2500 Gwynns Falls Parkway, or you may go
                          to any other full service MVA station.
                          Make sure to bring:

                              •   out-of-state registration
                              •   photo ID
                              •   proof of enrollment
                              •   insurance information

                          Nonresident permits cost $27 and are good until your out-of-state registration expires or for one
                          year. If you don’t own your car (Let’s say your father does,) then you also need a notarized letter
                          from the owner saying that you are in possession of the car and that he allows you to have it in
                          Baltimore. So, for those in the worst-case scenario (students with an out-of-state car owned by
                          someone else), you need to show:

                              •   proof of residency (e.g., gas bill or lease)
                              •   driver’s license
                              •   registration
                              •   non-resident permit receipt
                              •   notarized letter from the owner
                              •   student ID

                          Homewood Campus Parking
                          For parking on Homewood Campus it is always a good idea to contact the JHU Parking Of-
                          fice (410-516-7275, to get the latest updates. Most of the lots on campus,
                          during school hours, are filled with professors, staff, and visitors. Depending on where you are
                          headed, you may be lucky enough to find street parking that does not fall under the usual two-
                          hour limit. Be sure to read the signs carefully, as Charles Street and other major arteries become
                          tow-away zones during rush hours. There are also pay lots at the south end of campus off Wyman

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Park and San Martin Drives, and the first half hour is free. While these lots are not nearly as ex-
pensive as other lots in the city, the cost can add up quickly, so most students chose to park in
the neighborhood or at metered street parking.

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Chapter       4
Goods and Services
Baltimore is one of the oldest cities in the United States and is quite rightly called the charm city.

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However, one thing you might want to keep in mind is the high crime rate and other related safety
issues. It’s not that bad if you know your way around which is why this chapter is very important.
Read on to find out how to get all that you might need during your stay in Baltimore. You have
two options, really: you can either hate the place and be miserable for your tenure in Charm City                         4
or embrace it as one of the most interesting places you’ve ever lived in!
Arguably, Baltimore is best navigated with a car especially if you are going to the suburbs. Unfor-
tunately, at some point, you’ll have to go there since the city as such does not have the large box
stores like Costco, Wal-Mart, or Ikea. There are a few buses that take you to useful places such as
the 27 from Hampden to the Stadiums or the 3 and 11 from Charles Village to the Inner Harbor.
The transit authority website can help you find what you need Dont
be afraid to ask more seasoned Baltimoreans since Baltimore transit can be confusing at best. If
you’re considering buying a car, you might want to consult or one of the myr-
iad new and used car dealerships in Baltimore County. If you don’t want to buy a car, renting out
’Zip Cars’ is the best option for you - The section on transportation will
elaborate on the many options available.
Baltimore can be a cheap place to live in, and you may be able to get a three-bedroom house for
the price of a studio in other cities, but unless you’re independently wealthy, discounts are still
the key! Consider purchasing a Student Advantage Card that gets you discounts on many things,
right from office supplies to Amtrak tickets. The Alumni Association gives out the Student Dis-
count Card every Fall, offering discounts to a number of local Baltimore shops and restaurants,
for more information, visit

Artists’ Materials and Supplies
The Maryland Institute College of Art Store (MICA Store) Store on Mount Royal Avenue has the
city’s widest selection of artists’ materials and the best prices around. MICA also offers regularly
scheduled courses in ceramics, painting, textiles, illustration, and other fields of fine art, as well
as art history; to find out about taking a course there, contact the MICA Continuing Studies office.
Plaza Artist Materials has expanded with a larger variety of materials than its previous incarna-
tion. They also offer a free 20% discount card that you must sign up for. Visual Systems was

                     voted the best of Baltimore and has just about anything you could want, especially for graphic
                     design. Michaels Arts and Crafts offers arts and crafts for more generic needs. Fabrics and other
                     textile accessories are available at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts. You can purchase clay or take a ceram-
                     ics course at Mount Washingtons Clayworks Baltimore, and you can paint your own pottery at
                     Amazing Glaze. Mount Vernons Beadazzled has everything you need to craft your own jewelry. If
                     your inspiration flags, you can look through their extensive collection of books on jewelry design
                     and history. If you’re a knitter, A Good Yarn in Fells Point has all the supplies and information
                     you could possibly need to join one of the knitting circles in the Homewood area.

                      A Good Yarn, 1738 Aliceanna Ave. (Fells Point) 410-327-3884
                      Amazing Glaze, 1340 Smith Ave. (Mt. Washington), 410-532-3144
                      Beadazzled, 501 N. Charles St., 410-837-2323
                      Clayworks Baltimore, 5707 Smith Ave., 410-578-1919
                      JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts, several locations including 8810 Bel Air Rd. (Perry Hall Crossings
                      Shopping Center), 410-256-1097 (see Yellow Pages for more locations)
                      MICA Continuing Studies, 1300 W. Mt. Royal Ave., 410-669-9200
                      MICA Store, 1300 W. Mt. Royal Ave., 410-225-2276
                      Michaels Arts and Crafts, 1238 Putty Hill Ave. (Towson), 410-823-6400
                      Plaza Artist Materials, 519 York Rd., 410-625-9000
Goods and Services

                      Visual Systems, 1009 Cathedral St., 410-305-0200

                 4   Bakers
                     Atwater’s fills Belvedere Square with the sweet smells of baking artisanal bread and pastries, a
                     subset of which are also sold at the 32nd Street Farmer’s Market. Dorothea’s Bread is just brim-
                     ming over with healthful breads, from those made with white flour to the six or seven grain va-
                     riety. Near East Bakery has good pita baked on the premises. You can also find an interesting
                     selection of pies (e.g., broccoli, spinach, feta, and hot pepper) there. They supply a lot of stores in
                     the area, including Eddies. Some of the best breads and desserts you’ll find on the local natural
                     food store shelves are at Old World Bakery, and Patisserie Poupon bakes elaborate and deli-
                     cious pastries, cakes, and breads. Sam’s Bagels is the place near Homewood to get your bagels
                     and bagel-related concoctions, and the former Sam’s Bagels in Roland Park is now known as the
                     Roland Park Bagel Company. The Knish Shop is strictly kosher (glatt kosher, in fact) and strictly
                     expensive. Also strictly kosher, Goldman’s Kosher Bakery sells cakes and pastries. The Parisian
                     baker at Bonjour is understandably fond of making French loaves, French bread, and baguettes
                     as well as pumpernickel bread, seven-grain boule, ciabatta (a rustic Italian bread), and sour-
                     dough. While it is a short drive away, Stone Mill Bakery makes some of the best bread in the
                     area, and is sold at a number of local retailers, including the Mill Valley General Store. If you’re
                     looking for bread for very little, head to the H&S Bakery Outlet Store. They have freshly baked
                     bread for less than a dollar. Should your desire be for unbelievably rich pastries made entirely
                     natural ingredients (including real butter), check out Puffs and Pastries in Hampden.

                      Atwater’s, 410-323-2396, 529 E. Belvedere Ave. (Belvedere Square),
                      Bonjour, 410-372-0238, 6070 Falls Rd.,
                      Dorothea’s Bread, 410-276-2626, 2225 Eastern Ave. (Fells Point)
                      Goldman’s Kosher Bakery, 410-358-9625, 6848 Reisterstown Rd. (NW of Baltimore)
                      H&S Bakery Outlet Store, 410-522-9323, 1618 Fleet St.,
                      The Knish Shop, 410-484-5850, 508 Reisterstown Rd. (NW of Baltimore)
                      Near East Bakery, 410-254-8970, 2919 Hamilton Ave. (NE Baltimore)

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 Old World Bakery, 410-633-6690, 6210 Eastern Ave. (SE Baltimore)
 Patisserie Poupon, 410-332-0390, 820 E. Baltimore St. (Little Italy area)
 Puffs and Pastries, 410-878-1266, 830 W. 36th St. (Hampden),
 Sam’s Bagels, 410-467-1809, 3121 St. Paul St. (Charles Village)
 Roland Park Bagel Company, 410-243-1774, 500 W. Cold Spring Lane (Roland Park),
 Stone Mill Bakery, 410-821-1358, 10751 Falls Rd. (Lutherville),

The Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union has already been described in the Services & Amenities
section of the Homewood Campus chapter. A Bank of America and an M&T Bank are also within
close walking distance, the former in the Saint Paul strip and the latter in the same complex as
FedEx and Ruby Tuesdays.
ATMs for both M&T and JHFCU are found on campus in Gilman, Levering, and the library.

 Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union, Charles Commons, 4 E. 33rd St., 800-JHFCU70,

                                                                                                         Goods and Services
 Bank of America, Homewood Branch, 3121 Saint Paul St., 410-338-1386,
 M&T Bank, Hopkins Square at Charles Village Branch, 3003 N. Charles St., 410-366-1043,
Barbers/Beauty Salons
There are several places to go for cheap haircuts. The Hair Cuttery is similar to Great Cuts and
Supercuts: you pay your money and you take your chances! They require no appointments, and
a basic cut costs just $12. It is essentially a training ground for stylists hoping to move on to more
prestigious salons, so if you find a good person, chances are they’ll relocate before too long.
Moxie Hair Studio is adjacent to the Homewood campus. Don’t be discouraged by the back alley
entrance or the moment of terror before each haircut. Trust that in the end, it will turn out well.
The interior actually looks and feels like a real salon and for $16 for a wash and cut.
Also within close walking distance of campus are the salons on the Avenue (36th Street) in Ham-
pden. Kumbyah has had good reviews and die-hard followers for both haircuts and waxing. They
take appointments for both.
One salon favored by a number of grad students is Neal’s The Hair Studio on Read Street. Neal’s
offers half price on all services, even pedicures, on Sundays and Mondays to students with valid
ID (i.e., a JCARD). For about the same price as Neal’s, you can go to Fells Point Salon in Fell’s
Point. Owner Michael T. Gorant will take his time on your hair, offering “Killer Cuts, Perms &
Colors,” with free candy and friendly service to boot. Tenpachi, former of Charles Village, has
moved to Fells Point where they still offer affordable hair cuts.
If you can get an (only by) appointment with Carmen, the owner, at Carmen’s Family Hair Cuts,
then you’re guaranteed a super cut for about $10. No frills, lots of charm. Tangles Hair Design of
Roland Ave. is reasonably priced, quick, casual, and every bit as flamboyant and eccentric as the
collection of Beanie Babies, the Wizard of Oz memorabilia, and the two dogs you might see while
you’re there.

                      Carmen’s Family Hair Cuts, 410-366-4247, 3970 Falls Rd. (Roland Park)
                      Fells Point Salon, 410-732-0300, 2211 Eastern Ave. (Fells Point)
                      Hair Cuttery, 410-337-9841, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson),
                      Hair Cuttery, 410-243-9709, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda),
                      Kumbyah, 410-235-3663, 824 W. 36th Street (Hampden)
                      Neal’s The Hair Studio, 410-528-8100, 856 Park Avenue (Mt. Vernon),
                      Tangles Hair Design, 410-366-7446, 3728 Roland Avenue
                      Tenpachi, 410-522-0074 1722 Eastern Ave. (Fells Poit),
                      Moxie Hair Studio, 410-235-1818, 3003 N Charles St.,

                     Bike Shops
                     If you’re one of the many people who use the bike for transportation, or if you’re new to biking
                     and want to know more, Broadway Bicycles a couple blocks up from the Broadway Market is
                     fantastic. They have a wide selection of bikes and gear for the first time biker and the hardcore
                     bikers alike.
Goods and Services

                     For selection, the best bet is Princeton Sports or Performance Bicycle Shop. Also, Light Street
                     Cycles downtown rents bicycles and, along with Joe’s Bike Shop in Mt. Washington, gets the
                     thumbs up on bike repairs. The Bicycle Connection sells mostly Trek.
                 4   Baltimore Bicycle Works is a new collectively-owned bicycle shop located adjacent to the Jones
                     Falls Trail, near Penn Station, and offers a wide variety of affordable repair services and inexpen-
                     sive used bikes. Nearby, bicycle enthusiasts will feel at home with the Velocipede Bike Project
                     where for a minimal commitment ($30 or 3-hours of volunteer work) you get unlimited access to
                     tools and clinics on how to build, repair and maintain your own bikes.

                      Baltimore Bicycle Works, 410-605-0705, 1813 Falls Rd. (Station North),
                      The Bicycle Connection, 410-667-1040, 10435 York Road (Cockeysville),
                      Broadway Bicycles, 410-276-0266, 415 S. Broadway (Fells Point)
                      Light Street Cycles, 410-685-2234, 1015 Light Street (Federal Hill),
                      Joe’s Bike Shop, 410-323-2788, 5813 Falls Road (Mt. Washington),
                      Performance Bicycle Shop, 410-882-7770, 1991 E. Joppa Road
                      Princeton Sports, 410-828-1127, 6239 Falls Rd.,
                      Velocipede Bike Project, 4 W Lanvale St. (Station North),

                     Book Stores
                     Along with grocery shopping, this is one area where even grad students can justify spending that
                     hard earned salary. A student has to read, right? Well, luckily, Baltimore has plenty of options. If
                     you don’t want to have to justify cost, head over to The Book Thing, located several blocks east
                     of campus on Vineyard Ln. The Book Thing is a nonprofit free book event that happens every
                     Saturday and Sunday. A word of advice: don’t go looking for anything in particular. You tend to
                     find the thing you never knew you wanted, but will rarely find what you’re looking for. In Ham-
                     pden, Atomic Books overflows with “literary finds for mutated minds”comic books, magazines,

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and small-press publications of all kinds. You can find signed copies of childrens books at Chil-
dren’s Book Store in Roland Park. They have nonfiction and fiction books for older as well as
younger tykes, and they also sell book-related toys.
If you prefer used books to new, Baltimore has a few places to try. Normals, in Waverly, offers
one-stop shopping for secondhand titles in history, political science, philosophy, fine arts, and
fiction, as well as occasionally outstanding bargains on used CDs and videotapes. They stock
books written by everyone from best-selling to virtually unknown authors. The Kelmscott Book
Shop is somewhat expensive but contains an enormous and well-organized stock of books on
almost any conceivable subject. Bargain-hunters are directed to the cheap paperbacks hidden in
a crowded corridor on Kelmscotts second floor. The Towson Public Library sells used books for
next to nothing.
For schoolbooks, check out the Hopkins Barnes and Noble at the Charles Commons or for more
affordable options, and have used books.

 Atomic Books , 410-662-4444, 3620 Falls Road St.,
 Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins Bookstore, (410) 516-8317, 3330 St Paul St.,
 Barnes & Noble, 410-385-1709, 601 E. Pratt Street (Inner Harbor),

                                                                                                        Goods and Services
 Barnes & Noble, 410-933-9670, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd (White Marsh Mall),
 Barnes & Noble, 410-296-7021, 1 E Joppa Road (Towson),
 The Book Thing, 410-662-5631, 3001 Vineyard Ln.,
 Children’s Book Store, 410-532-2000, 737 Deepdene Rd. (Roland Park),                                 4
 Kelmscott Book Shop, 410-235-6810, 32 W. 25th St.,
 Normals, 410-243-6888, 425 W. 31st Street (Waverly),
 Towson Public Library, 410-887-6166, 320 York Rd. (Towson),

Car Repairs
If you get a car, sooner or later you might have to visit one of these places! Brentwood Automotive
in Hampden gets good reviews for being above board, as does Keswick Auto Center. Also highly
recommended and close to campus is D & J Auto Care near Super Fresh. In Waverly, try Linder
Auto Repair, which is walking distance from Homewood campus. Howard Exxon was once voted
the best in Baltimore and remains highly recommended. In Mt. Vernon, Comprehensive Car
Care is a neighborhood institution featuring classical music in the reception area and a lab coat-
clothed manager. Mr. Tire may be a regional chain, but the staff at the Howard St. location are
generally helpful and friendly; be sure to visit the website first for coupons, which reliably include
a free flat tire repair or 10% off any competitor.
Car break-ins and thefts are, unfortunately, routine occurrences in Baltimore, especially around
the Charles Village area. The high incidence of break-ins has spawned a number of glass repair
businesses specializing in mobile service. You can have any of the places listed below send some-
one to repair your vehicle on the spot. Make sure to call around for quotes before you commit, as
prices may vary.

 Brentwood Automotive, 410-889-6748, 1035 W. 41st St.,
 Comprehensive Car Care, 410-539-1068, 923 Cathedral Street (at Eager)
 D & J Auto Care, 410-889-6536, 1100 W. 41st St.
 Howard Exxon, 410-235-7391, 2500 N Howard St
 Linder Auto Repair, 410-467-7129, 3118 Brentwood Ave.

                      Keswick Auto Center, 410-243-5750, 3551 Keswick Rd.
                      Mr. Tire, 410-685-1010, 2101 N. Howard St.,

                     Children & Infants Wear
                     C Mart Discount Warehouse is well known for its wide selection of children’s clothes, but for
                     those who need something closer to hand, a visit to Towson is the best bet. The mall there has a
                     Baby Gap for basics and a Gymboree for somewhat more unusual looks. If indulgent grandpar-
                     ents come to visit, take them to Pied Piper in the Village of Cross Keys, which has everything for
                     the stylish, well-heeled tot.

                      Baby Gap, 410-494-0903, 825 Dulaney Valley Road
                      C Mart Discount Warehouse, 410-879-7858, 1503 Rock Spring Rd.
                      Gymboree, 410-821-8958, 825 Dulaney Valley Road
                      Pied Piper, 410-435-2676, 32 village square. (Village of Cross Keys)
Goods and Services

                     Clothing Bought & Sold
                 4   Dedicated bargain-hunters have plenty of options here in Charm City, as Baltimore seems to have
                     more thrift shops per capita than any comparable U.S. city. Those old reliables, Goodwill and the
                     Salvation Army, have multiple outlets throughout the city. The Carry On Shop in East Baltimore
                     is a thrift shop run by the Women’s Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. It sells mostly used
                     clothing, housewares, books, and used furniture. All proceeds go to the hospital’s Patient Care
                     Services, and if you make a donation, you can take a tax credit for it. Value Village has fervent
                     partisans, but for the hardcore thrift-hound, the highlight of the shopping year is the annual Best
                     Dressed Sale at Evergreen House, an October event whose proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins
                     Hospital. Like the Carry On Shop, it is run by the Women’s Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
                     Watch the local newspapers for announcements and plan to arrive early, because this is the place
                     where Baltimore’s fashion mavens offload items such as handmade silk bathrobes, fur coats, and
                     estate jewelry. If you can’t wait until October to stock up on the castoffs of the rich and famous, try
                     The Wise Penny on York Rd. A project of the Junior League of Baltimore, it’s replete with (mostly
                     women’s) clothes, including business and leisure wear, much of it of the Brooks Brothers/Laura
                     Ashley/Talbots ilk. The St. Vincent De Paul Society sells clothing by the bag on Saturday morn-
                     ings: $5 for a small bag, $10 for a large bag.
                     Slightly more upscale than thrift shops, yet far more affordable than retail outlets, are consign-
                     ment shops, which sell generally high-quality, second-hand clothes and pass on a percentage of
                     the sale price to the garments owners. By far the best in the Hopkins area is Vogue Revisited,
                     which draws most of its stock from the affluent residents of Roland Park. Included are items by
                     Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Emanuel Ungaro. Recently opened Consignment
                     2000 has designer clothes and helpful sales people.
                     Nearby on Hampden’s 36th St. (“The Avenue”), vintage central of Baltimore, has more vintage
                     clothing per capita than anywhere else in the area. Fat Elvis, Minas (formerly of Fells Point), and
                     Galvanize will give you the opportunity to find anything from cowboy hats, to dresses that would
                     make Jackie O proud. However, Avenue Antiques also has a selection of vintage clothing.

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 Carry On Shop, 410-955-8719, 1830 Monument Street
 Consignment 2000, 410-889-6600, 3996 Roland Ave.
 Fat Elvis, 410-467-6030, 833 W. 36th St. (Hampden)
 Galvanize, 410-889-5237, 927 W. 36th St (Hampden)
 Goodwill, 410-467-7505, 3101 Greenmount Ave
 Minas, 410-732-4258, 815, 36th Street (Hampden)
 St. Vincent De Paul Society, 410-276-7600, 6 N Central Ave.
 Value Village, 410-536-4205, 4367 Hollins Ferry Rd.
 Vogue Revisited, 410-235-4140, 4002 Roland Ave.
 The Wise Penny, 410-435-3244, 5902 York Rd.
 Women’s Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, 410-955-9341, 600 N. Wolfe St.

If you just cant find what you need for a Halloween costume party anywhere else, head to Seton
Hill, the area just west of the Pratt Library’s main branch, and visit Bal Masque Costumes or
Rutledge Costume Co. However, the stores on The Avenue are also great resources.

                                                                                                       Goods and Services
 Bal Masque Costumes, 410-837-1301 209 W. Saratoga St.
 Rutledge Costume Co., 410-752-4169 317 Park Ave.
Men’s Clothing / Women’s Apparel
In addition to department stores and mall standbys, Baltimore has a number of more specialized
apparel outlets. Aficionados of colorful natural-fiber clothing are well served by The Bead (in the
Rotunda) and Something Else (by the light rail stop in Mount Washington), both of which offer a
wide selection of Flax linen separates, Asian-influenced cotton clothing, and unique jewelry and
accessories. South Moon Under, at The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson, sells Patagonia outdoor
products, sweaters, and beachwear for men and women. Firma Menswear in Mount Vernon is
ground zero for European and Euro-influenced men’s clothes, while Hampden’s Galvanize sells
mostly vintage and retro clothes. Oh Said Rose! offers fine boutique-style Hipster wear to fit
in with The Avenue’s new crowd. After Midnight, in Fells Point, stocks street and club looks for
women. A variety of funky styles, including ethnic clothing (e.g., sari silks), can be found at A
People United, which, except for a few shirts, sells exclusively women’s clothing. The Baltimore
area also has two H&M options for relatively inexpensive casual or “goin’ out” clothes.
Moving from outerwear inwards, its hard to find a Baltimore-area mall that doesn’t house a Vic-
toria’s Secret; the closest is probably in Towson. A broad selection of underwear and hosiery
for men and women can also be found at Nordstrom. Baltimore’s cheapest hosiery comes from
Hosiery World downtown (they sell bargain-priced fishnet pantyhose, among other delights),
and its priciest is located at Greenspring Stations Bare Necessities, the area’s only store to offer
luxury European brands like Wolford.
For the bargain-minded, the best bet is to locate a car and drive for an hour or so to the town of
Bel Air in Harford County, home of the legendary C Mart Discount Warehouse. The store has a
cluttered, dusty stock floor and absolutely no atmosphere, but careful perusal of its overflowing
racks can yield amazing bargains on clothing, shoes, and housewares. Job-seekers rave about
the selection of business wear; the suits, like most of the other items, are overstocks or slightly
damaged products from Neiman Marcus and many other famous and high-priced emporia. Also

                     worthy of note is Loehmanns in Towson stocking a large variety of (mostly ladies-wear) new
                     brand name clothing at discounted prices. The same can be said of the TJ Maxx, the new Filene’s
                     Basement, and the Marshalls in the Towson Marketplace. The bottom floor of Nordstrom (The
                     Rack) is known as a place to fancy clothes at reduced prices.
                     Finally, we would be remiss not to mention the two mega-everything stores that have revamped
                     department sales in North America: Yes, we are talking here of Target and Wal-Mart. Both these
                     chains provide a wide selection of (children’s, men’s, and women’s) clothing, hosiery, undergar-
                     ments, and accessories. The most convenient Wal-Mart location for the non-car grad student is
                     to be found at one end of the light rail at Hunt Valley. Target boasts a number of more prominent
                     locations (with pharmacies) with a much more congenial shopping experience. The closest is the
                     Mondawmin Mall, accessible via the Metro Subway and numerous bus routes.

                      A People United, 410-727-4471, 516 N. Charles St.
                      After Midnight, 410-563-3870, 819 S. Broadway
                      Bare Necessities, 410-583-1383, Joppa and Falls Rd.
                      The Bead, 410-366-3808, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda)
                      C Mart Discount Warehouse, (Forest Hill), 410-879-7858, 1503 Rock Spring Rd.
                      Filene’s Basement, Towson Marketplace
Goods and Services

                      Firma Menswear, 410-547-1124, 521 N. Charles St.
                      Galvanize, 410-889-5237, 927 W. 36th St. (Hampden)
                      H&M, 410-931-9373, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd (White Marsh)
                 4    Hosiery World, 410-843-1999, 211 W. Saratoga St.
                      Loehmanns, 410-252-7177, 160 W Ridgely Rd.
                      Marshalls, 410-825-0350, Towson Marketplace
                      Nordstrom, 410-296-2111, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd.(Towson Town Center)
                      Oh Said Rose!, 410-235-5170, 840 West 36th Street (Hampden),
                      Something Else, 410-542-0444, 1611 Sulgrave Ave. (Mount Washington)
                      South Moon Under, 410-337-7484, 822 Kenilworth Drive
                      Target (Baltimore West), (410) 369-1007, 3201 Tioga Pkwy. (Mondawmin Mall),
                      Target, 410-823-4423, 1238 Putty Hill Avenue (Towson)
                      Target, 410-933-9632, 5230 Campbell Blvd., (White Marsh)
                      TJ Maxx, 410-296-5859, Towson Marketplace
                      Victoria’s Secret, 410-337-3621, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd.(Towson Town Center)
                      Wal-Mart, 410-785-4899, 110 Shawan Road (Hunt Valley)

                     Regardless of your taste in footwear, its likely to be accommodated somewhere around Baltimore.
                     Chat Street of Fells Point sells Doc Martens in every conceivable color and style. Joanna Gray
                     Shoes of London at the Village of Cross Keys has an exquisite selection of very elegant and very
                     expensive European shoes. Macy’s carries casual and dressy shoes to fit every foot, style, and
                     price range, as does Nordstrom. If you do go to Nordstrom, be sure to check the bottom floor
                     (The Rack) for their discounted wares. Bargains also abound at Payless ShoeSource. Men’s shoes,
                     women’s shoes, kids’ shoes, tennis shoes, dress shoes, boots, sandals, slippersall and more can
                     be found at Shoe Express on Greenmount Avenue. If you’re having trouble finding shoes that
                     are wide enough for your feet, try A Step Ahead. The shoes there (Birkenstocks, etc.) are high in
                     quality, cost, and comfort, but low in saturated fat. Closer to campus, Ma Petite Shoe offers shoes
                     — and chocolate — from its convenient location on “the avenue” in Hampden.

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Last but not the least, the recently opened chain of new discount shoes - the DSW Shoe Ware-
house provides fantastic discounts (of up to 70%) on brand name loafers, sports shoes, sandals,
and formal footwear for men, women, and children. There you can find last season’s Via Spiga
sandals for $35 along with the standard Nike cross-trainer for $50 or the ever-popular (for the
80s John Hughes generation) Timberland or Sperry boat shoe at similarly discounted prices. The
two locations in the Baltimore area are in the Hunt Valley Mall (last light rail stop, next to the
Wal-Mart) and in the Towson Marketplace (behind the Target).

 A Step Ahead, 410-377-4200, 6080 Falls Rd.
 Chat Street, 410-732-6956, 623 S. Broadway (Fells Point)
 DSW Shoe Warehouse, 410-584-9790, 118 Shawan Road (Hunt Valley)
 DSW Shoe Warehouse, 410-823-6617, 1238 Putty Hill Ave., (Towson Marketplace)
 Ma Petite Shoe, 410-235-3442, 832 West 36th St. (Hampden)
 Macy’s, 410-337-3600, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd.(Towson Town Center)
 Joanna Gray Shoes of London, 410-435-2233, 23 village square (Cross Keys)
 Nordstrom, 410-296-2111, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd.(Towson Town Center)
 Payless ShoeSource, 410-821-9644, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd.(Towson Town Center)

                                                                                                     Goods and Services
 Payless ShoeSource, 410-366-3718, 1030 W. 41st St. (by Super Fresh)
 Shoe Express, 410-467-1874, 3216 Greenmount Ave.
Cosmetics & Perfumes
In addition to such mall standbys as The Body Shop, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Bath & Body Works,
Towson Town Center contains the off-price outlet Trade Secret, which sells brand-name cos-
metics at a discount. Nordstrom carries the area’s widest range of men’s and women’s colognes
and cosmetics, including trendier ranges such as Bobbi Brown and MAC. Finally, Loehmanns in
Towson also carries a limited though varied selection of brand name scents including Armani,
Chanel, and sometimes Aveda hair products.

 Bath & Body Works, 410-583-8375, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 The Body Shop, 410-823-2540, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 The Body Shop, 410-727-4444, 200 E. Pratt St. (Harborplace & The Gallery)
 Crabtree & Evelyn, 410-337-8529, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 Loehmanns, 410-252-7177, 160 W Ridgley Rd.
 Trade Secret, 410-337-3773, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 Trade Secret, 410-752-4118, 200 E. Pratt St. (Harborplace & The Gallery)

Many grad students set up home offices for writing, preparing classes, or researching. Home
office needs vary enormously, but computers have become as necessary to life as sunlight and

                     Of course, the on-line Dell and Apple stores are perhaps your best bet for new computers, both
                     offering discounts to students. The nearest Apple Store to campus is in the Towson Mall and
                     offers a full set of services, including the “Genius Bar” — but we suggest making an appointment
                     in advance if you need technical support. On the other hand, if you are looking for high quality
                     refurbished computers (both desktop and laptop) along with printers and computer accessories,
                     we recommend Renaissance Computer in Timonium.
                     Finally, the consumer electronics chain Best Buy offers a instant-gratification on electronic pur-
                     chases, but the prices are significantly higher than you would pay on-line. There are several
                     locations around the Baltimore area, but the Inner Harbor location is likely the most convenient.
                     If you cant deal with either the drive or the staff of the big stores in the suburbs, head over to
                     Little Shop of Hardware in Hampden. It’s small and a little sketchy from the outside, but it has a
                     good reputation and was voted best computer store in Baltimore from 2000-2002.

                      Apple Store, 410-823-1988, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center),
                      Best Buy, (410) 234-3020, 600 East Pratt St. (Inner Harbor)
                      Best Buy, 410-561-2260, 1717 York Rd. (Towson)
                      Little Shop of Hardware, 410-467-4631, 3252 Keswick Street (Hampden)
Goods and Services

                      Renaissance Computer, 410-560-0100, 2159-B York Road (Timonium)

                 4   Copying
                     In addition to the copier machines available in the library and your department, there are plenty
                     of local options for copying services. These copy centers usually sell computer time, faxing op-
                     tions, and supplies as well as standard copying and binding services. The closest is probably the
                     Fedex Office next to campus on Charles Street.

                      Copy Cat Printing Inc., 410-889-4800, 2445 N. Charles St.,
                      FedEx Office (formerly Kinko’s), 410-467-2454, 3003 N. Charles St. (Hopkins Square)
                      Sir Speedy, 410-727-4565, 115 N. Charles St.
                      Towson Copy Center, 410-828-1825, 21 W. Chesapeake Ave.

                     Education and Schools
                     Call the numbers listed here for information on Baltimore public schools, county schools, and
                     district boundaries. Baltimore also has many private, secular and religious schools. These in-
                     clude the Park School of Baltimore, Pilgrim Christian Day School, and Friends School, which
                     are all coed; the Bryn Mawr School, St. Timothy’s School for Girls, Seton-Keough High School,
                     and Roland Park Country School are girls’ schools; and the Gilman School and St. Paul’s are
                     boys’ schools.

                      Baltimore City Public Schools, 410-396-8600
                      Baltimore County Public Schools, 410-887-5555> Bryn Mawr School, W. Melrose Ave.,
                      Friends School of Baltimore, 5114 N. Charles St., 410-435-2800
                      Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave., 410-323-3800
                      Park School of Baltimore, Old Court Rd., 410-339-7070

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 Pilgrim Christian Day School, 7200 Liberty Rd., 410-484-9240
 Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave., 410-323-5500
 St. Paul’s School, 11152 Falls Rd. (Brooklandville), 410-825-4400
 St. Timothy’s School for Girls, (Stevenson, MD), 410-486-7400
 Seton-Keough High School, 1201 S. Caton Ave., 410-646-4444

Electronic Equipment
For electronics of a non-work-related nature, such as TVs, VCRs, DVD players and stereo equip-
ment, try Best Buy, although the prices are higher than if you buy on-nline. If you absolutely
must go to Radio Shack, you will find that they also carry a wide array of electronics, but you can
expect to pay more than you would at Circuit City. They will ask you for your name and phone
number, but if you want to limit your junk mail intake, you don’t have to comply; they”ll take
your money even if they don’t know who you are.

 Best Buy, 410-561-2260, 1717 York Rd. (Towson)
 Radio Shack, 410-366-6607, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda)
 Radio Shack, 410-821-1146, 917 Taylor Ave. (Loch Raven)

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Got cockroaches? How bout mice?

Join the club. Like all cities coaches and mice often come along with in Baltimore. A good first
step to deal with roaches is to purchase roach bait stations (e.g., Combat) at your local grocery
store. They seem to work very well in a couple of weeks. You should keep in mind, however, that
these bait traps come in different sizes, and big roaches can’t get into small traps. As a next step,
you can call your landlord to send in an exterminator. You should note, though, that the bait
stations are not meant to work in conjunction with other forms of extermination, so don’t just do
both at once thinking it will work twice as well. Bait stations have also been known to vanquish

If you’d like to try a home remedy, mix one-cup Borax, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 minced onion, 1 ta-
blespoon corn starch, and 1 tablespoon water into a paste. Roll this paste into small balls about
the size of the tip of your little finger, and then strew them about liberally (mostly near walls, in
corners, or in other places roaches frequent). But DO NOT use these balls where pets or children
can get at them.

If you have a problem with mice, head to the hardware store and buy traps at the first sign. Snap
traps and sticky traps are the most useful, but remember, if you use sticky traps, you have to
do something with the live mouse stuck to the trap. If you have a persistent problem, call your
landlord and have them set poison and traps. If you decide to use humane traps instead of an
exterminator or other traps, then make sure to take them way out of the city before releasing
them. We mean WAY out of the city.

If you have rats, we’re sorry. Call your landlord immediately.

                     Should you choose not to bank on campus at the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union (JHFCU),
                     one option is Bank of America (BofA)), conveniently located in Charles Village. Bank of America
                     offers a student checking account with no minimum balance free for five years; this account of-
                     fers unlimited ATM usage at all Bank of America machines. A bounced check will cost $25, but,
                     for an additional fee, they offer overdraft protection, as well as foreign exchange services. Provi-
                     dent Bank of Maryland, with locations in Hampden and Waverly, improves on Bank of America
                     by offering a no-fee checking account; however, you must make an initial deposit of $50 or more
                     (though it need not be maintained in perpetuity) and there are various fees associated with ATM
                     usage. Both Provident and Bank of America have many other branches throughout Baltimore
                     and the suburbs.

                      Bank of America, 410-338-1386, 3121 St. Paul St.
                      Bank of Maryland, 410-494-1000, 502 Washington Ave. (Towson)
                      Chevy Chase Bank, 800-987-2265, 135 E. Baltimore St.
                      Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union (JHFCU),, see Homewood Campus -
                      Mercantile Bank and Trust, 410-237-5636, Hopkins Plaza
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                      Provident Bank of Maryland, 410-281-7228, 1010 W. 36th St.
                      Provident Bank of Maryland, 410-281-7244, 5225 Belair Rd.

                     Your anniversary is right around the corner. There are several local options, such as A-One Florist
                     on 36th St. and Gordon Florist on St. Paul; Rotunda Flowers Market is in the Rotunda; and
                     Roland Park Florist is located in, of all places, Roland Park. Attached to the Ambassador Apart-
                     ments (on the 39th Street side) you’ll find The Dutch Connection a pricey but elegant flower shop
                     that does a variety of modern, post-modern, and minimalist arrangements. Eddie’s of Roland
                     Park has a small selection of flowers, which they’ll wrap beautifully for free. The 32nd Street
                     Farmers Market also has seasonal flowers in the spring and summer.

                      A-One Florist, 410-235-0218, 853 W. 36th St.
                      The Dutch Connection, 410-467-7882, 3811 Canterbury Road
                      Eddies of Roland Park, 410-323-3656, 5113 Roland Ave.
                      Gordon Florist, 410-467-6116, 3113 St. Paul St. (Charles Village)
                      Roland Park Florist, 410-338-1000, 6057 Falls Rd. (Roland Park)
                      Rotunda Flower Market, 410-235-0783, 711 W. 40th St., (Rotunda)

                     Baltimore is a prime spot for secondhand, vintage, and antique furniture at excellent prices. If
                     you’re willing to invest a modest amount of effort and time, you’ll be able to set up your house
                     attractively and cheaply. Have a look at for a
                     comprehensive list of furniture stores.
                     Those wanting to buy as quickly as possible trek out to IKEA at the White Marsh Mall. IKEA is
                     a Swedish chain that sells moderately inexpensive furniture that you assemble yourself. The ap-
                     peal is convenience: the store sells everything you could possibly need, from furniture to lamps,

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bowls, plants, and shower curtains, and it delivers. Target also boasts some furniture though
it limits itself to TV stands, entertainment centers, bar stools, and card tables. Its’ collection of
home and kitchen appliances, plastic storage containers, hangers, and all other items you might
need for those nooks and crannies of your home is unbeatable in quality, variety, and price.
For the more adventuresome, there are several possibilities for bargain furniture shopping. While
having access to a car is very useful in this endeavor, it is not absolutely necessary. Many pro-
prietors will gladly deliver furniture or help you contact someone who does local hauling and
delivery, usually for something in the range of $20-$35, depending upon the amount of furniture
and the delivery location. Hampden is a good place to start your search. For high-quality furni-
ture, china, and the like at reasonable prices, visit the two locations of the Turnover Shop, one
just off 36th Street on Chestnut Avenue and the other a few blocks north on Roland Avenue. You
might find a hardwood dining room table set for a couple of hundred dollars or less, as well as
inexpensive chairs, coffee tables, and what not.
You can also find cheaper merchandise of less impressive provenance along 36th Street at Kober-
nick’s Used Furniture, and Davids-Gans Co. (“Furniture Bought and Sold”). The goods at
Davidsmainly appliances are generally much nicer than those at the Salvation Army, and they are
well priced for their quality. Davids usually has some attractive, serviceable upholstered chairs,
dining room chairs and tables, side tables, and larger pieces too, of roughly 1930s to 1970s vin-

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tage; moreover, they claim to “guarantee everything we sell,” though it is unclear if this has been
put to the test. The Salvation Army has very cheap furniture, as well as clothes. The St. Vincent
De Paul Society is a sizable Baltimore thrift store whose second floor holds a considerable stock
of couches. Check these places out before shelling out big bucks for a new couch or table.                               4
Fells Point and Hampden are prime territories for used and antique furnishings. Check out the
stores along Broadway south of Eastern Ave., on Eastern Ave. east of Broadway, and the treasure-
trove warehouse-sized furniture dealer located on South Wolfe Street between Aliceanna and
Fells Streets in Fells Point. The Avenue seems to open a new antique store weekly, and there’s
always something interesting. Avenue Antiques is the largest of these with more retro items in
the basement. The stores in this area range from junk to kitsch to antique. One spot for kitsch and
antique items is John’s Antiques The goods there are generally very expensive, but if you simply
must have a giant ostrich statue for your living room, then this is the place to go.
If you have the time to wait for a bargain, keep an eye out for the for sale listings in the JHU
Gazette, The City Paper and for flyers around town that announce yard and garage sales. Flurries
of such bargain bonanzas take place in May, early June, and the end of August as students leave
for good, and you’ll find many of them charging nominal fees: $10 for a desk, $40 for a bed. Spring
and summer are also the high season for garage sales in areas such as Roland Park. If you’re a real
buff, look for the listings in the Baltimore Sun or City Paper, and show up early. Craigslist is an
online option for finding just about anything from furniture to apartments.
If you find something that would be great with just a bit of refinishing and you don’t want to
do it yourself, take it to the Baltimore Paint Removing Company on 25th St.; their professional
stripping and refinishing will convert your battered find into a valuable antique.
Many students consider an air conditioner indispensable for Baltimore summers because a lot
of row houses do not offer central air. We recommend Cummins Appliance for their enormous
selection; they will install your air conditioner, too. You can also buy air conditioners at stores
that sell large appliances (e.g., Wards). Once summer gets into full swing, stores routinely sell out
of air conditioners entirely, so don’t wait until the last moment.

                      Avenue Antiques, 36th and Elm Streets, 410-467-0329 (Hampden)
                      Baltimore Paint Removing Co., 25th St. and Huntingdon Ave., 410-235-7326
                      Cummins Appliance, 1708 Reisterstown (NW of Baltimore), 410-484-1333
                      Davids-Gans Co., 910 W. 36th St. (Hampden), 410-467-8159
                      Goodwill, 3101 Greenmount Ave., 410-467-7505;
                      IKEA, 8352 Honeygo Blvd. (adjacent to White Marsh Mall), 410-931-5400:
                      John’s Antiques, 1727 Eastern Ave. (Fell’s Point), 410-563-1885
                      Kobernick’s Used Furniture, 835 W. 36th St. (Hampden), 410-243-1432
                      Michaels Rug Gallery, 415 E. 33rd St. (Waverly), 410-366-1515
                      St. Vincent De Paul Society, 6 N. Central Ave., 410-276-7600
                      Target, 1238 Putty Hill Ave. (Towson), 410-823-4423;
                      Turnover Shop, 3547 Chestnut Ave. (Hampden), 410-366-2988
                      Turnover Shop, 3855 Roland Ave. (Hampden), 410-235-9585

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                     If you’ve got a row house, you probably have a stoop or a back garden that needs decoration.
                     For a good local experience, head to Mill Valley General Store in Remington. However, if you’re
                     hoping for the gardening experience on the first warm day or the year, that’s not the place to go.
                 4   The owner generally waits until it’s safe to plant something before it is open. In Mt. Washington,
                     the Green Fields Nursery & Landscaping has a large selection year round. All of the Home Depot
                     stores in the area have decent garden centers.

                      Green Fields Nursery & Landscaping, 5424 Falls Road, 410-323-3444 (Mt. Washington)
                      Home Depot, 410-882-1900, 1971 E. Joppa (NE of Baltimore)
                      Mill Valley General Store, 410-889-6842, 2800 Sisson St. (Hampden/Remington),

                     Gift Shops/Greeting Cards
                     As one of the quirkiest cities, in America, there’s almost always a gift for everyone in Baltimore,
                     it’s just a matter of looking in the right places. If it’s kitschy and strange that you want, look no
                     further than the Avenue 36th Street in Hampden. Hampden is one of the few places in the world,
                     where you can find pink flamingos for your yard next to classic baby books in a store that also
                     serves milk shakes in an old-school soda shop in the back.
                     Hometown Girl, on the corner of Roland and the Avenue, offers anything from crab aprons and
                     pink flamingo swizzle sticks to books on Baltimore row houses and local cooking. The Shine
                     Collective is tiny, but has the best Baltimore t-shirts anywhere among many other things.
                     Closest at hand, the Rotunda’s Tomlinson Craft Collection sells jewelry, textiles, glassware, ce-
                     ramics, and other decorative objects. It is a great source for holiday gifts, wedding presents,
                     or moments when you feel moved to send, if not the very best, certainly high-quality gifts. In
                     Mount Vernon, Nouveau Contemporary Goods has amusing cards for every occasion, plus T-
                     shirts, hats, posters, calendars, and trendy accessories of every description. In Fells Point, try
                     Ten Thousand Villages for fairly traded handicrafts from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, or 9th
                     Life for voodoo dolls, eccentric hats, or anything else that caught the owners eye. The shops at
                     the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the American Visionary Art Museum are both excellent

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sources of gifts and cards-one or the other generally nabs the award for the areas best gift shop.
The Baltimore Museum of Art Shop, located at the southern tip of the Homewood campus, is
closed on Mondays.

 9th Life, 833 W 36th St., 410-534-9999
 American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. (downtown), 410-244-1900
 Baltimore Museum of Art Shop, 10 Art Museum Drive, 410-396-7100
 Harveys Hallmark & Office Supply, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda), 410-235-1200
 Hometown Girl, 410-662-4438, 1001 W. 36th St.
 La Terra, 4001 Falls Rd., 410-889-7562
 Matthew’s Hallmark, 410-296-3250, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 Nouveau Contemporary Goods, 514 East Belvedere Avenue, 410-962-8248
 The Shine Collective, 1007 W 36th St. 410-366-6100,
 Ten Thousand Villages, 410-342-5568, 1621 Thames St.
 Tomlinson Craft Collection, 410-338-1572, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda)
 Wild Yam Pottery, 410-662-1123, 863 W. 36th St. (Hampden)

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If you’re from a young city or a place without the benefit of generations of immigrant history, then
Baltimore’s ethnic food selection will be exciting. The Homewood area might be disappointing,
but forays into other areas of the city are sure to reward you with diverse opportunities and a
distinctly multicultural shopping experience. If you’re in search of Hispanic food stores, you’ll
see plenty on Broadway, just north of Fells Point. Highlandtown is home to several Polish, Italian,
and Greek grocers. Without walking too far from Homewood campus, you can stumble upon a
few supermarkets, an Asian food store, a bagel shop, an Indian grocery, and a farmers market.


Asia Food is an Asian supermarket that also sells housewares, such as dishes and rice cookers.
Make sure to check the expiration dates on canned and packaged goods before you buy. Big Boy
World-Wide Food Market specializes in Caribbean and Asian food. Potung Oriental Grocery
offers a decent assortment of goods without having to leave the city. Thai Philippine Oriental
Foods, east of Greenmount Avenue, sells African and Caribbean as well as Thai and Philippine
ingredients. If you have the occasion to wander out of town, then Han Ah Reum and Asia Market
are the highest praised Asian market in the area. They satisfies a multitude of tastes by providing
a hot food bar, fresh sushi, and a variety of diverse frozen items like ox tail, pigs feet, salmon, and
pork ribs.


Binkerts Meat Products carries a large selection of smoked and cured meats, as well as German
breads, mustards, sauerkraut, and pickles. The Old World Deli & Bakery has a large selection
of baked goods and European foods, including big jars of preserved fruits and vegetables from

                     Baltimore has a Greektown of sorts in the 4700 block of Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown, east of
                     Fells Point. There you can find Greek Town Bakery, which has a good selection of Greek breads,
                     pastries, olives, olive oil, and feta cheese. A few doors down, Greek Village Bakery & Delicatessen
                     has many Greek breads and pastries, baked daily. They also sell cheeses and canned goods. At-
                     lantic Food Market has a large selection of Greek and Italian foods. A previous edition of this
                     guide stated that they carry over 150 kinds of pasta; a current employee would not confirm that
                     figure but said they have ìa lotî of pasta. They also sell olives, cheeses, oils, and six-foot party

                     Indian and Pakistani
                     Several stores sell Indian and Pakistani spices, snacks, and staples not supplied by, say, Super
                     Fresh. Probably the closest to Homewood campus is Punjab Groceries & Halal Meat on 33rd
                     Street. Bombay Bazaar has a good selection of Indian foods, and video and audio cassettes are
                     available there in many Indo-Pakistani languages. Asia Bazaar has many Indo-Pakistani foods as
                     well as videocassettes about Islam. Perhaps the best Indian store in the Baltimore area, Shyam
                     Foods, has a wide selection of foods as well as Indian videos, audio cassettes, books, and mag-
                     azines. Whats more, Shyam is attached to Shaheen, a restaurant that offers an excellent and in-
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                     expensive all-day, all-you-can-eat buffet. Indian Grocery sells, among other things, ten different
                     kinds of basmati rice.

                 4   Italian
                     Just northeast of the Inner Harbor, between President St. and Central Ave., Little Italy is the epi-
                     center of touristy Italian food in Baltimore. Casa di Pasta, on Albemarle Street, serves stuffed
                     and plain fresh pasta made daily, as well as a few kinds of cheese. Vaccaros Italian Pastry Shop
                     sells delicious Italian pastries and desserts, not to mention sublime cannoli. Di Pasquale’s Mar-
                     ket Place, in Highlandtown, has a wide selection of Italian foods as well as some Spanish and
                     French foods. Self-described as an upscale carry-out place, they also offer lunch. Mastellone
                     Deli & Wine Shop has just about anything Italian you may desire, including various wines. Some
                     consider it the best all around Italian grocery in Baltimore. Pastore’s Italian Food Stores has both
                     fresh foods and grocery items. Stella Foods Co. specializes in international foods: Italian, Span-
                     ish, Middle Eastern, and Mexican. You can get homemade subs or Italian cold cuts at Rosina
                     Gourmet, which also does catering. Just north of Lexington Market at 406 Paca St. is the excel-
                     lent Trinacria Macaroni Works. Some graduate students claim to subsist solely on Trinacrias
                     food and wine. Semolina pasta is made on the premises and is very tasty; they also have a wide
                     variety of other pastas. Olives, Parmesan cheese, fresh ricotta, fresh sourdough bread, and pack-
                     aged Italian cookies and condiments are sold here dirt-cheap. The store also has specialty items
                     like imported Parma prosciutto. Best of all are the extremely inexpensive but high-quality wines.
                     It has been remarked that the ingredients comprising the offerings of the trendy Donnas restau-
                     rant are to be found at Trinacria for one tenth the cost. Great stuff at great prices. The caliber of
                     the store is no secret, though; it may be very crowded, especially on Saturdays.

                     Kaperas Cupcake World sells Polish baked goods. Specializing in finger desserts, they’re open
                     on Saturdays only. Ostrowskis Famous Polish Sausage offers fresh and smoked Polish sausages
                     and luncheon meats. Roma Sausage Co. Polish sausages have no preservatives. Finally, Krakus
                     Deli serves up a variety of imported deli meats, beauty products, candies, and videos (rental cost:

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Sophia’s Place carries a good variety of meats and cheeses, polska sausages, smoked fish (with or
without heads), and five kinds of pirogi. International Food Market Inc. has a variety of products
from Russia.

 Asia Food, 5224 York Rd., 410-323-8738
 Asia Market, 5510 Baltimore National Pike (Catonsville), 410-788-0398,
 Big Boy World-Wide Food Market, 218 N. Paca St. (downtown), 410-685-4080
 Han Ah Reum, 800 Rolling Road, Catonsville, 443-612-9020
 Potung Oriental Grocery, 321 Park Ave. (downtown), 410-962-1510
 Thai Philippine Oriental Foods, 523 Gorsuch Ave. (Waverly), 410-243-6193

 Binkerts Meat Products, 8805 Philadelphia Rd. (Rossville), 410-687-5959
 The Old World Deli & Bakery, 9118 Liberty Rd. (Randallstown), 410-655-5157

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 Atlantic Food Market, 7810 Harford Rd. (NE of Baltimore), 410-668-9722
 Greek Town Bakery, 4705 Eastern Ave. (Highlandtown), 410-276-8052
 Greek Village Bakery & Delicatessen, 4711 Eastern Ave. (Highlandtown), 410-675-8155

 Indian and Pakistani
 Asia Bazaar, 2115 Gwynn Oak Ave. (W of Baltimore), 410-298-3333
 Bombay Bazaar, 1524 W. Pratt St. (W of downtown), 410-233-6303
 Indian Grocery, 225 S. Broadway, 410-276-8696
 Punjab Groceries & Halal Meat, 345 E. 33rd St., 410-662-7844
 Shyam Foods, 1724 Woodlawn Drive (Woodlawn), 410-265-5119

 Casa di Pasta, 210 Albemarle St. (Little Italy), 410-539-5383
 Di Pasquale’s Market Place, 3700 E. Gough St. (Highlandtown), 410-276-6787
 Mastellone Deli & Wine Shop, 7212 Harford Rd. (NE of Baltimore), 410-444-5433
 Pastore’s Italian Food Stores, 8646 Loch Raven Blvd. (E of Towson), 410-825-5316
 Rosina Gourmet, 2819 O’Donnell St. (Canton), 410-675-9300
 Stella Foods Co., 3821 Eastern Ave. (Highlandtown), 410-327-8573
 Trinacria Macaroni Works, 406 Paca St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-685-7285
 Vaccaros Italian Pastry Shop, 222 Albemarle St. (Little Italy), 410-685-4905

 Kaperas Cupcake World, 3222 Foster Ave. (Highlandtown), 410-675-1312
 Krakus Deli, 1737 Fleet Street, 410-732-7533
 Ostrowski’s Famous Polish Sausage, 524 S. Washington St. (Fells Point), 410-327-8935

                      Roma Sausage Co., 3900 Claremont St. (Highlandtown), 410-675-0786
                      International Food Market Inc., 6970 Reisterstown Rd. (NW Baltimore), 410-358-4757
                      Sophia’s Place, Broadway and Fleet St. (Fells Point), 410-342-6105

                     Delicatessens and Butcher Shops
                     Lenny’s Deli of Lombard Street is a New Kosher Delicatessen & Carry Out is strictly kosher, as
                     its name implies. Mount Washington Food Market is a small grocery with a butcher shop and a
                     good deli counter. Sometimes they set up tables outside for folks to dine al fresco. Wasserman &
                     Lemberger Kosher Meat Market offers strictly kosher meat and poultry. Attmans Authentic New
                     York Delicatessen, on the other hand, is one of the less-than-strictly kosher places listed here.

                      Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen, 1019 E. Lombard St., 410-563-2666
                      Lenny’s Deli of Lombard Street, 1150 E. Lombard St., 410-327-1177
                      Liebes Kosher Delicatessen & Carry Out, 607 Reisterstown Rd, 410-653-1977
                      Mount Washington Food Market, 1604 Kelly Ave., 410-367-0016
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                      Wasserman & Lemberger Kosher Meat Market, 7006 Reisterstown Rd., 410-486-4191

                     Natural Foods
                 4   To help reduce wasteful packaging, bring your own Ziploc bags (or equivalent thereof ) to The
                     Health Concern, which has an impressive selection of bulk items (herbs, spices, beans, grains,
                     even shampoo) as well as organic produce and other natural foods. OK Natural Food Store sells
                     better-than-OK natural foods, prepared items, and holistic literature with lower-than-average
                     prices. It also has a great condiments section. Formerly Village Market Natural Grocer, Sunsplash
                     has a lot packed into four aisles: fruits, vegetables, flours, nuts, teas, cereals, sweets, hair and skin
                     care items, prepackaged medicinal herbs, vitamins, books, and kitchen and bath gadgets.

                      Whole Foods Market, 1340 Smith Ave. (Mt. Washington), 410-532-6700,
                      Whole Foods Market, 1001 Fleet Street (Little Italy), 410-528-1640,
                      The Health Concern, 28 W. Susquehanna Ave. (Towson), 410-828-4015,
                      OK Natural Food Store, 11 W. Preston St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-837-3911
                      Sunsplash, 7006 Reisterstown Rd. (NW of Baltimore), 410-486-0979

                     Other Markets
                     Community-Sponsored Agriculture
                     If you’re going to be here over the summer, and you like the idea of getting fresh organic veg-
                     etables every week from a cooperatively run farm, consider purchasing a share in either the One
                     Straw Farm or the Cromwell Valley CSA. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is an idea
                     that has spread across the nation over the last decade. The idea is this: farmers and consumers
                     grow and use organic vegetables together. Farmers receive their capital upfront so that they do
                     not need to go into debt. Members get access to lots of seasonal fresh veggies picked that day,

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and they know that their food is being grown organically and locally rather than being treated
with pesticides and shipped for thousands of miles. As a member of a CSA, you pay one annual
price (around $500) for a share, which will be roughly enough vegetables for a family of four. You
then pick up fresh organic vegetables every week during the growing season (usually late May
to mid-November). Expect a wide range of veggies, from squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, greens,
potatoes, onions, broccoli, and peppers to more unusual veggies like parsnips, rutabaga, celeriac,
fennel, and much, much more.
One Straw Farm ( offers a dozen weekly pick-up sites around the city,
including both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses, and the 32nd Street Farmers Mar-
ket. Shareholders who pick up at the market have the added benefits of being able to pick which
vegetables they want among those being sold at the booth that week and interacting with One
Starw’s enthusiastic farmer, Joan Norman.
The Cromwell Valley CSA (, 410-880-2428) is located north of campus just outside
of the beltway on Cromwell Bridge Rd. Shares may be picked up on Tuesday or Saturday, and a
minor discount is offered if you can work on the farm for 3-hour during the season. The members
of a Cromwell Valley CSA have regular gatherings, potluck dinners, and festivals.

Covered Markets

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Farmers markets are the ideal way to stock up on local fresh goods, but you’ll also find an im-
pressive selection of produce and meat in Baltimore’s covered city markets. Scattered throughout
the city, some of these markets are over a hundred years old. The Broadway Market, located at
Broadway and Fleet Streets in Fells Point, is the oldest existing market site, but also perhaps the
most commercialized. It now sells gourmet food items, sandwiches, and flavored coffee.
Serious cooks will find the Cross Street Market, at Light and Cross Streets in Federal Hill, the
most comprehensive of the city’s markets. Here you’ll find Nicks Seafood, perennially rated Bal-
timore’s best for seafood, as well as poultry vendors whose wares range from the mundane to the
exotic. The market also houses a sushi bar and numerous flower vendors, and it is known for
good produce. Beware: it also turns into a beer garden on Sundays before Ravens games.
A final recommendation for stocking your home is the red-brick pedestrian mall called Lexington
Market, centered around Lexington and Eutaw Streets. The market includes hundreds of budget
shops, including Lot Stores, home of excellent bargains on all sorts of housewares, kitchen and
bath supplies, linens, socks, and underwear.

Farmers Markets
It is not Boulder or Berkley, but Baltimore’s 32nd Street Farmers Market, held Saturdays from
7 am to noon, is as close as you get in this city. It runs year-round but its high points are June
through November when it offers flowers, veggies, fruit, dairy, and even fresh fish in the early
spring. The Baltimore Farmers Market is larger but less convenient for the Homewood-bound.
Located right off I-83s Pleasant St. exit (under the JFX viaduct), it is open from June to December
on Sundays from 8 am to noon, selling local produce exclusively during the summer months. For
more information about grocers and markets online, visit the Maryland Farmers Directory.

 32nd Street Farmers Market, 400 Block E. 32nd Street (Waverly), 410-366-6362,
 Baltimore Farmers Market, Holiday St. / Saratoga St. (downtown), 410-752-8632
 Maryland Farmers Directory,

                     Eddies of Roland Park (AKA the Gucci Eddies) has been voted the best gourmet market in town;
                     you’ll pay more but will get fresh food and a good selection (along with excellent assistance from
                     staff who will not only bag your groceries but unload them from your carts as well). Eddies Mar-
                     ket at Charles Village is the day-to-day choice for many Hopkins grad students, particularly those
                     without cars. Smaller and more expensive than some of its giant competitors, it is well-stocked
                     for its size. It offers a salad bar, junk food, and huge deli sandwiches. There are Eddies locations
                     in Mt. Vernon and on N. Charles Street right before Bellona Ave. (on the way to Towson).
                     Safeway, on Charles Street, is clean, well-lit, and convenient for those living south of campus.
                     Whole Foods Market is a popular alternative supermarket with a wide selection of natural and
                     organic foods. Whole Foods is generally more expensive than Trader Joes, the areas other natural
                     foods store. Trader Joes was voted best frozen foods section in Baltimore. Super Fresh and Giant
                     are the two largest grocery stores in the immediate vicinity of the Homewood campus. Both offer
                     reasonable prices and good selection on most items. Both are open 24 hours a day, and Hopkins
                     security shuttles stop regularly at both places. One Giant is located in the Rotunda, the other just
                     opened on 32nd in Waverly. Super Fresh is a block and a half down the road from the Rotunda.
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                      Eddies, 410-727-0154, 7 W. Eager St. (Mt. Vernon);
                      Eddie’s Market at Charles Village, 410-889-1558, 3117 St. Paul St;
                      Eddies of Roland Park, 410-323-3656, 5113 Roland Ave.;
                 4    Whole Foods Market, 1340 Smith Ave. (Mt. Washington), 410-532-6700,
                      Whole Foods Market, 1001 Fleet Street (Little Italy), 410-528-1640,
                      Giant, 410-467-0417, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda);
                      Giant 32nd and Old York Rd. (Waverly);
                      Safeway, 410-261-6110, 2401 N. Charles St.;
                      Super Fresh, 410-243-0001, 1020 W. 41st St. (Roland Park);
                      Trader Joes, 410-296-9851, 1 E. Joppa Road;

                     If you’re looking for a solid local hardware store, Hampden should be your first stop. Sirkis Paint
                     & Hardware is where to get paint (especially if you want to custom-mix), basic kitchenwares,
                     and other standard hardware; it is also the kind of place that thrills the home-repair enthusiast,
                     since it carries umpteen sizes of screws, drills, and ladders, and more wingnuts than you could
                     ever imagine. The guys who run the place will give expert advice. Likewise, the folks who work
                     at family-owned Falkenhan’s Hardware are friendly and helpful, and the prices there are quite
                     reasonable. However, neither of these sells lumber.
                     If you’re looking for lumber or pieces for your old row house, Walbrook Lumber can help you
                     out. The Best Hardware Store of Baltimore award has many times gone to Stebbins Anderson, a
                     large store that sells automotive supplies, hardware, housewares, and garden supplies. Whether
                     you’re looking for the cheap stuff or the good stuff, they probably have it.There are also numerous
                     Home Depot stores in the suburbs, including one in Towson and one in Owings Mill. There is an
                     84 Lumber in Timonium just off the highway.

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 84 Lumber, 53 W Timonium Rd, 410- 561-0184 (Timonium)
 Ayd Hardware, 410-377-0220, 6719 York Rd.
 Falkenhan’s Hardware, 410-235-7771, 3401 Chestnut Ave. (Hampden)
 Home Depot, 410-882-1900, 1971 E. Joppa (NE of Baltimore)
 Sirkis Paint & Hardware, 410-235-0700, 3827 Falls Rd. (Hampden)
 Stebbins Anderson, 410-823-6600, 802 Kenilworth Drive (Towson)
 Walbrook Lumber, 2636 W. North Ave. 410-462-2200

Health and Fitness
The Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center is usually pretty adequate for what most of us have
time for. There are fitness and weight rooms, an indoor track and pool, climbing wall, and courts
for organized sports. Also, for an additional $45, you can join the various drop-in classes of-
fered during the week like yoga, spinning, or even ballet for jocks. Check out the website at

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If you want to work out away from the other students, you should know that many students take
advantage of the discounted memberships at the Meadow Mill Athletic Club. Located off of Falls
Rd. in the Woodberry area of Hampden, Meadow Mills facilities include massage, personal train-
ing, and child care. The #27 bus stops just a few blocks away, and the security van will take you
almost all the way there from campus.                                                                                4
Also frequented by Hopkins affiliates are Merritts Downtown Athletic Club and Lynne Brick’s
Womens Health & Fitness, a women-only facility located at Belvedere Square on York Rd. The
enterprising Ms. Brick has also opened a downtown branch, somewhat dauntingly named Brick

 Brick Bodies, 410-547-0053 218 N. Charles St.
 JHU Sports Office, 410-516-5229
 Lynne Brick’s Women’s Health & Fitness, 5911 York Rd., 410-433-8200
 Meadow Mill Athletic Club, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., 410-235-7000
 Merritts Downtown Athletic Club, 210 E. Center St., 410-332-0906
 Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center,

Ice Cream
If you ask us, locally made ice cream is both a good and a service. Adjacent to campus, Domin-
ion Ice Cream offers tasty and “healthy” vegetable ice cream, along with your more traditional
flavors. Up in Mt. Washington, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream offers locally made ice cream with
a social mission: it is run by the Sylvan Beach Foundation which helps teach at-risk Baltimore
youth business strategy and entrepreneurship. If you are ever in Bel Air, or just need a break
when driving north on I-95, we recommend stopping by the superb Broom’s Bloom Dairy, but
beware—they are incredibly generous with their ice cream portions.

 Broom’s Bloom Dairy, 410-399-2697, 1700 S. Fountain Green Rd., Bel Air, MD
 Dominion Ice Cream, 410-243-2644, 3215 N. Charles St.

                      Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, 410-433-6800, 1405 Forge Ave. (Mt. Washington),

                     Linens ’n Things is a great store. Just off the Beltway, slightly north of Towson, and right next
                     door to CompUSA, it is one of those big warehouses full of dishes, kitchen utensils, and small ap-
                     pliances, as well as bathroom accessories, sheets, curtains, garden accessories, and pretty much
                     anything else you could put in your house. Its identical competitor is Bed, Bath, & Beyond lo-
                     cated in Towson Marketplace.
                     For the would-be gourmet, there’s Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma, both offering a wide
                     selection of more upscale kitchen gadgets and both conveniently located in the Towson Town
                     Center. You can find woks, steamers, and similar implements of Asian cookery at Asia Food.
                     Hampden’s The Coffee Mill has a great collection of coffee-brewing and tea-brewing parapher-
                     nalia, as well as coffee and tea (of course), fresh cheese and bread (fresh bread on Saturdays only),
                     spices, and hot sauces. You might also visit Lot Stores for kitchen items.
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                      Asia Food, 410-323-8738, 5224 York Rd.
                      Bed, Bath, & Beyond, 410-823-4423, 1238 Putty Hill Avenue (Towson)
                      The Coffee Mill, 410-243-1144, 3549 Chestnut Ave. (Hampden)
                 4    Crate & Barrel, 410-296-8282, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd (Towson Town Center)
                      Linens ’n Things, 410-583-5790, 1015 York Rd. (Towson)
                      Lot Stores, 410-728-1834, 2113 Mondawmin Mall
                      Williams Sonoma, 410-337-8260, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd.(Towson Town Center)
                      Williams Sonoma, 410-435-6020, 5100 Falls Rd. (Village of Cross Keys)

                     The most recurrent and nagging housekeeping activities for students are probably laundry and
                     dry-cleaning. Try the Knight Laundromat on St. Paul. It is a spacious laundromat with some
                     economy machines. If you want extremely cheap bulk dry-cleaning for anything from coats to
                     blankets and small rugs, we recommend the Knight Laundromat in Bolton Hill, in the strip-mall
                     plaza at McMechen west of Bolton Street. They dry-clean and steam your laundry by the pound,
                     far cheaper than by the item.
                     For dry-cleaning, go to Standard Cleaner and Tailor, in a basement on 31st Street, near St. Paul.
                     They also do minor repairs and hemming jobs. For more substantial alterations, go to Custom
                     Gentleman. You may wait weeks or months to get the job done, but Vince Tagliano, the owner, is
                     a serious artisan. Don’t just drop in, though; it’s by appointment only.

                      Bahk’s Master Tailoring & Cleaners, 6061 Falls Rd., 410-433-0951
                      Cleaners Plus, 2 W. University Pkwy., 410-467-7175
                      Custom Gentleman, 2436 N. Charles St., 410-889-1120
                      Knight Laundromat, 410-962-8222 (Bolton Hill)
                      Nifty Cleaners, 3223 Greenmount Ave., 410-467-5710
                      St. Paul Cleaners, 3120 St. Paul St., 410-235-4413
                      Standard Cleaners and Tailors, 3101 St. Paul St., 410-235-1033

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Legal Assistance/Mediation
The Legal Aid Bureau is a good starting point for legal information and assistance. As a public
service, the Baltimore City Bar Association offers a Lawyer Referral and Information Service. It’s
open for phone service only, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re having difficulty
with your landlord, contact Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. or visit their office in lower Charles
For problems that are more interpersonal than legal, the Community Mediation Program at Wa-
verly’s Safe and Smart Center offers free mediation services for conflicts, such as those between
landlords and tenants, businesses and clients, Felix and Oscar, etc. They also offer mediation
training and workshops for individuals and organizations. Sessions can be held in mutually con-
venient locations. Call for more information or an appointment.

 Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., 2217 St. Paul St., 410-243-6007
 Community Mediation Program, 3333 Greenmount Ave., 410-467-9165
 Baltimore County Bar Association, New Towson Courts Bldg., 410-337-9100
 Legal Aid Bureau, 500 E. Lexington St., 410-539-5340

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If you like to borrow books, you’re in luck, because Baltimore’s public library system, though suf-
fering from the effects of sustained budget cuts, remains outstanding. The main branch of the
Enoch Pratt Free Library is located in Mount Vernon. It merits a visit for its special collections
(Edgar Allan Poe and Maryland memorabilia) and its striking murals, as well as for what is, even
by big-city-public-library standards, a vast and well-organized collection (including an ever ex-
panding video rental service that costs $1.50 per movie).
Smaller branches of the Pratt are located in neighborhoods throughout Baltimore. The closest
to Homewood campus is the Waverly Branch, on East 33rd St. at Barclay Street. Second closest
is the Roland Park Branch (across the street from the Gucci Eddies) or the Hampden Branch on
Falls Road (across from the Rite Aid). Membership in Enoch Pratt and all its branches is free. You
need only bring a lease or other proof of local residence (e.g., a bill postmarked within the last
thirty days, or a driver’s license) and fill out a brief application to get a library card there.You may
also take books out from Baltimore County Public Libraries whether you live in Baltimore (the
city) or Baltimore (the county). There are many branches; to find out about the one nearest you,
visit their web site.

 Enoch Pratt Free Library,
 Enoch Pratt Free Library—Hampden Branch, 3641 Falls Road, 410-396-6043
 Enoch Pratt Free Library—Main Branch, 400 Cathedral St., 410-396-5430
 Enoch Pratt Free Library—Roland Branch, 5108 Roland Ave., 410-396-6099
 Enoch Pratt Free Library—Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St., 410-396-6053

Arthur Friedheim Library Peabody Conservatory, 410-659-8255 M-Th 8 a.m.-10 p.m., F 8 a.m.-6
p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Summer hrs: M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The entrance to this

                     library is on the Peabody Mews, an alley off Charles St. between Centre St. and Mt. Vernon Sq.
                     The Friedheim houses an extensive collection of musical scores, as well as books on music theory
                     and history, and on dance. Musical scores may be borrowed, but books, journals, and records are
                     noncirculating. The library has a modern, quiet, and comfortable atmosphere. You can get to
                     Peabody via the JHMI shuttle (see page XX for more info.)
                     The George Peabody Library 17 E. Mt. Vernon Place, 410-659-8179 Library Hours Tu-F 9 a.m.-
                     5 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday Exhibition Gallery Hours M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sa 9
                     a.m.-3 p.m. Su 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
                     Famous for its spectacular reading room, this library (part of the Eisenhower Special Collections)
                     houses an impressive collection that includes over 300,000 volumes dating from the 15th century,
                     with particular strength in the 19th century. Notable holdings also include American, British,
                     and European history and literature, works on architecture and the decorative arts, the history of
                     science, classical literature in Latin and Greek, and an extensive collection of maps, atlases and
                     other works on exploration and travel.
                     In 2002, an exhibition gallery was created in the former reading room to highlight the library’s
                     diverse collections. Collaborative exhibits with faculty, scholars, and area cultural and arts orga-
                     nization are also featured there. Furnished with sizable antique wood tables, the library provides
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                     a cool, quiet, and stunningly beautiful place to read. It is also accessible by the shuttle.
                     The William H. Welch Medical Library 1900 East Monument Street Reference Desk:
                     410-955-3410 Circulation Desk: 410-955-3596 M-Th 8 a.m.-9 p.m., F 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sa 10 a.m.-6
                 4   p.m., Su 12 noon-9 p.m.
                     The Welch Medical Library maintains an extensive collection of materials to meet the needs
                     of its patrons, including reference books, journal subscriptions, circulating books, and audio-
                     visual materials. The Reference Collection on the second level is arranged by type of mate-
                     rial into 15 sections. Included are encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks, statistical sources,
                     handbooks, and funding sources, as well as educational, government, computer, and histori-
                     cal sources. Much of their collection and many of their services are available online and can be
                     found at
                     Abraham M. Lilienfeld Library Hampton House, 9th Floor, 624 N. Broadway 410-955-3028 M-Th
                     8 a.m.-9 p.m., F 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Su 1-7 p.m. The Lilienfeld collection covers all
                     areas of public health, with a strong emphasis in epidemiology, infectious diseases, health policy
                     and management, the social aspects of health care, and HIV and the AIDS pandemic. Patrons can
                     check out books and audiovisual materials with a valid Welch library card or a card from another
                     JHU library.
                     John Work Garrett Library Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. 410-516-0341 Hours by appoint-
                     ment only The Garrett Library, part of the Eisenhower Special Collections, contains rare books
                     and early manuscripts on Renaissance architecture, early Americana, natural history, England,
                     and “the New World,” as well as Bibles in many languages and incunabula (books printed before
                     1501). Call to make an appointment.

                     Liquor Stores
                     The Maryland Blue Laws stipulate that you can’t buy liquor in supermarkets. Nightclubs, pubs,
                     and restaurants serving alcohol must close at 2 a.m., and liquor stores must remain closed on
                     Sundays. Pubs, however, may be open on Sundays, and they can sell you carry-out liquor or
                     serve you at the bar.

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At conveniently located Eddie’s Liquors, the management is friendly and there is a nice selection
of wines, but the prices arent great. In contrast, Wells Discount Liquors is a great place with
a huge selection and low prices. The Chesapeake Wine Company (in Canton) hosts a varied
selection of fine wines, cheeses, cigars, and some deli meats. It also has a great house blues band
that plays on the first Friday of every month.
Last but certainly not least, The Wine Source in Hampden (the Avenue & Elm St.) has been de-
scribed by residents as “an asset to the neighborhood,” and arguably, to JHU as it is the best store
of its kind in the Homewood area. It has a fabulous variety of local and international wines, beers,
olive oils, cheeses, and Key Roasting Co coffee. The staff is very knowledgeable and courteous
they will also order wines if you ask.

 Chesapeake Wine Company, 410-522-4556, 2400 Boston St. (Canton)
 Eddie’s Liquors, 410-243-0221, 3109 St. Paul St. (Charles Village)
 Wells Discount Liquors, 410-435-2700, 6310 York Rd. (N Baltimore)
 The Wine Source, 410-889-8187, 3601 Elm Street


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For an inexpensive and luxurious treat, visit the Baltimore School of Massage (6401 Dogwood
Rd., 410-944-3315). There they offer one-hour massages for an amazingly affordable $30. The
atmosphere is professional and supervised, and the especially poor graduate student will love
the fact that the massage students are not allowed to accept tips. The school closes briefly during
some semester breaks, but generally runs year-round. The Student Health and Wellness Center
(410-516-8270) now offers massages for $45 per hour with a professional. The appointments are
primarily on Thursday and Friday afternoons, but the number of appointments increases during

Medical Care
For referrals to individual medical practitioners, your best bet is to consult the staff at the Home-
wood Student Health and Wellness Center.

There are also some clinics that offer free testing or low-cost care. The Baltimore County Depart-
ment of Health is the closest location. They offer many services, including free, anonymous HIV
testing on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Baltimore Women’s Medical Center is a
private clinic, providing inexpensive abortions with both local and general anesthesia. They offer
free urine pregnancy tests; there is a small fee for blood tests. Call ahead. Chase-Brexton Clinic
offers anonymous HIV testing as well as sliding-scale rates for the uninsured. It’s by appoint-
ment only. Hillcrest Clinic provides free pregnancy testing, family planning, abortion services,
and birth control. People’s Community Health Center was once a free clinic (the oldest in the
U.S.), but it has succumbed to fiscal pressures and now charges on a sliding scale. Family prac-
tice and obstetrical services are offered. They welcome volunteer help. Planned Parenthood of
Maryland has locations in Owings Mills and Towson as well as the Mount Vernon branch listed
here. This place is in general cheaper than Hopkins Hospital, but often quite crowded. Women’s
Growth Center is a women’s collective offering counseling and other services for women.

                      AIDS/HIV Information Line, 410-945-2437
                      Baltimore County Department of Health, 1046 Taylor Ave. (Towson), 410-887-2437
                      Baltimore Women’s Medical Center, 7648 Belair Rd. (NE of Balto), 410-661-2900;
                      Chase-Brexton Clinic, 1001 Cathedral St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-246-0008;
                      Hillcrest Clinic, 5602 Baltimore National Pike (W of Baltimore), 410-788-4400;
                      People’s Community Health Center, 3028 Greenmount Ave. (Waverly), 410-467-6040
                      Planned Parenthood of Maryland, 610 N. Howard St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-576-1414;
                      Women’s Growth Center, 6006 Park Heights Ave, 410-358-1270

                     As far as dental care is concerned, the cheapest option is to have the work done by advanced
                     dental students at the University of Maryland Dental School, which charges $30 for a compre-
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                     hensive dental exam. Additional treatments (cavities, root canals, etc.) will cost extra but are far
                     less expensive than using a private dentist. However, you should be prepared to wait to make any
                     non-emergency appointment.
                 4   If you feel uneasy about being treated by student practitioners, try Drs. Kenneth and Diane Dea-
                     con, a husband-and-wife team who practice in Charles Village. The Deacons are highly skilled,
                     charge reasonable fees, and are adept at soothing nervous patients. Another dentist recom-
                     mended for gentle dental work and a kind manner is Dr. Stephen Mastella, who has an office
                     on 36th Street. In suburban Lutherville, Dr. Mary Bean is highly recommended by many faculty
                     members, both for her skill and for her ability to remember patients’ names.

                      Dr. Mary Bean, 1212 York Rd. (Lutherville), 410-828-7154
                      Drs. Kenneth and Diane Deacon, 3047 St. Paul St. (Charles Village), 410-243-3181
                      Drs Chen and Ford, 711 W. 40th St., Suite 215 (Rotunda), 410-235-8525;
                      Dr. Stephen Mastella, Medical Arts Bldg., 410-685-2850
                      University of MD Dental School, 666 W. Baltimore St., 410-706-2940;

                     For glasses and contact lenses, there are several options not too far from campus. For the bargain-
                     minded, For Eyes Optical in Mount Vernon and United Optical next to Super Fresh on 41st St.
                     both offer a fairly broad selection at reasonable prices. For even better deals on glasses and con-
                     tacts, take your prescription to Costco Optical (you either have to pay a $40 yearly fee to join or
                     find someone with a membership to take you), which has a fairly extensive collection and excel-
                     lent prices. Rotunda Opticians has a more expensive and somewhat more stylish stock, and they
                     have an optometrist on staff. Baltimore’s trendiest (and somewhat reasonably priced) eyewear
                     comes from Mount Vernon’s Paris West Optical, which stocks frames and accessories by such
                     renowned, and high-priced, designers as Alain Mikli and Yohji Yamamoto.

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 Opticians and Optometrists
 Bowers & Snyder Opticians, 410-539-5520, 6569 N. Charles St. Towson;
 Costco Optical, 410-582-9776, 575 E Ordnance Rd. (Glen Burnie);
 Costco Optical, 410-574-7676, 9919 Pulaski Hwy. (White Marsh);
 The Eye Concept, 410-931-9322, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. (White Marsh Mall)
 For Eyes Optical Co., 410-727-2027, 330 N. Charles St.;
 J.C. Penney Optical Center, 410-285-7426, 7839 Eastpoint mall;
 Lenscrafters Inc., 410-825-5160, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center);
 Paris West Optical, 410-528-1877, 521 N. Charles St.
 Pearle Vision, 410-828-4133, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town
 Roland Park Vision Services, 410-243-8884, 409 W. Cold Spring Lane
 Rotunda Opticians, 410-467-7727, 711 W. 40th Street
 Shear Bernard Opticians, 410-363-1777, 9153 Reisterstown Rd.
 Sterling Optcial,(White Marsh Mall)

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 United Optical, 410-685-0733, 222 N.Charles St. Suite

Office Supplies                                                                                                        4
To stock your office with supplies, we recommend Staples or Office Depot. You may also be able
to buy some office supplies through your department’s administrative assistant, if he or she is
willing, at a considerable discount. Staples offers a nice Student Advantage discount: $5 off a
purchase of $25, and $10 off a purchase of $50 or more.

 Office Depot, 410-882-1354, 1953 E. Joppa Rd.
 Staples, 410-323-5865, 5835 York Rd. (Belvedere)
 Staples, 410-576-2191, 1000 Russell St. (SW Baltimore)

The Maryland SPCA has an application that can be printed out and brought when you go to look
for a pet. It costs $80 for a cat and $100 for a dog, and that includes all shots and spay/neuter
services. The people at the Humane Society of Baltimore are helpful. Call for information. You
may also find pets who need a new home in the JHU Gazette and the JHU News-Letter.

 Pet Adoption
 Anne Arundel SPCA, 410-268-4388 or fax 410-268-1139
 Humane Society of Baltimore, 410-833-8848, 1601 Nicodemus Rd.
 JHU Gazette,
 JHU News-Letter,
 Maryland SPCA, 410-235-8826, 3300 Falls Rd.
 Save-a-Life Animal Rescue Clinic, 410-859-1343, 823 Main Ave. (Linthicum Heights)

                     Animal Hospitals/Veterinarians
                     Doctor’s hours are by appointment at Aardmore Veterinarium, where some claim that your pet
                     will receive better medical care and more compassion than you ever will from your doctor. If you
                     visit in December, your pet gets a Christmas present. If your pet happens to die, you will receive
                     a personalized condolence card. There’s also a talking bird to greet you in the waiting room. The
                     Academy Animal Hospital charges $22.95 for a regular visit and is open seven days a week. The
                     Animal Emergency Center is for night emergencies only, and it’s $45 for the initial consultation.
                     At Baltimore Animal Hospital, Dr. Kaplan is competent and easy-going. He is careful with his
                     diagnoses and kind to the animals. The assistants are friendly and helpful. Boarding and light
                     grooming are offered. An office visit will cost you $3040. This place is affiliated with the Animal
                     Emergency Center. Don’t take your pet llama or capybara to Vinson’s Animal Hospital - they
                     treat cats and dogs only. And don’t take your dog to Cat Hospital at Towson (CHAT) as the name
                     implies, it’s exclusively for felines. Call for an appointment. Eastern Animal Hospital offers a low-
                     cost spay/neuter package and low-cost vaccine packages for your new pet. Full-service hospital
                     and boarding are available. Falls Road Animal Hospital takes emergencies 24 hours a day and
                     requires little waiting. Office visits are $28, emergencies are $40. A large pet shop and grooming
                     service are located next door.
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                      Animal Hospitals & Veterinarians
                      Aardmore Veterinarium, 410-889-2230, 3130 Loch Raven Rd. (East of Homewood)
                      Academy Animal Hospital, 410-483-5162, 5915 Belair Rd.
                 4    Animal Emergency Center, 410-252-8387, 1711 York Rd. (N of Baltimore)
                      Baltimore Animal Hospital, 410-296-0890, 8014 Bellona Ave. (Towson)
                      Cat Hospital at Towson, 410-377-7900, 6701 York Rd. (Towson)
                      Eastern Animal Hospital, 410-633-8808, 6404 Eastern Ave.
                      Falls Road Animal Hospital, 410-825-9100, 6314 Falls Rd. (N of Baltimore),
                      Vinson’s Animal Hospital, 410-235-5374, 3015 Greenmount Ave.

                     Kennels & Pet Boarding
                     For Pet’s Sake isn’t close, but they will pick up and drop off your pet if you don’t have a car.

                      Kennels & Pet Boarding
                      For Pets Sake, 410-337-3595, 6316 Falls Rd.
                      Towson Veterinary Hospital, Dog & Cat Hotel, 410-823-5100, 714 1/2 York Rd.

                     Lost & Found
                     Should the unfortunate need arise, there are some potentially helpful resources for finding your
                     lost pet.

                      Lost and Found Pets
                      Anne Arundel SPCA, 410-268-4388, or fax 410-268-1139
                      Baltimore City Animal Control, 410-396-4694 or fax 410-396-7332
                      Baltimore County Animal Control, 410-887-5961
                      Baltimore County Humane Society, 410-833-8848 or fax 410-526-4605
                      Carroll County Humane Society, 410-848-4810 or fax 410-849-0749
                      Harford County Humane Society, 410-836-1090
                      Howard County Animal Control, 410-313-2780 or fax 410-313-2720

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 Howard County Animal Welfare, 410-465-4350
 MD SPCA, 410-235-8826, or fax 410-235-1053,

Pets/Pet Food
Coral Reef Fish and Pet Store is well stocked with fish, small animals, birds, and pet supplies.
For Pet’s Sake provides pet food, training, accessories, grooming, boarding, and bathing, while
Sea Breeze Tropical Pet Center has small animals, some birds, lots of fish, and various supplies. sells hamsters, gerbils, fish, and birds, but no cats or dogs. Howl also offers
food, accessories, and other healthy pet foods and supplements.

 Pets and Pet Food
 Howl, 410- 235-2469, 3531 Chestnut Ave.,
 Coral Reef Fish and Pet Store, 410-327-6800, 3410 Eastern Ave. (Highlandtown)
 For Pet’s Sake, 410-337-3595, 6314 Falls Rd.
 Petsmart, 410-687-6101, 9921 Pulaski Hwy,
 Sea Breeze Tropical Pet Center, 410-252-7316, 1770 York Rd. (Towson)

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Friends of Animals offers free referral service for spaying and neutering. Spay, Neuter All Pets
(SNAP) provides certificates for spaying or neutering and a list of veterinarians who will accept
them. The certificates cost less than half the regular price charged.
 Spaying & Neutering
 Friends of Animals, 800-321-7387
 Maryland SPCA, Spaying and Neutering, 410-235-8826, 3300 Falls Rd.
 Spay, Neuter All Pets (SNAP), 410-885-5783

For cosmetics and pharmacy items, there are several Rite Aid drug stores near campus, such as
the one in the Rotunda (which is open 24 hours a day) and the one on Greenmount Avenue. If you
just need to fill a prescription, there’s another Rite Aid in the basement of the Wyman Building.
For those in need of prescription delivery, Tuxedo Pharmacy is just what the doctor ordered. Call
them and wait for your drugs to show up at your door. There is also a CVS Pharmacy across the
street and up a block from the Safeway on Charles Street.

 Rite Aid, 410-467-1412, 3133 Greenmount Ave.
 Rite Aid, 410-467-3343, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda),
 Tuxedo Pharmacy, 410-323-3000, 5115 Roland Ave.
 CVS Pharmacy, 410-823-3900, 1001 York Rd. (Towson)
 CVS Pharmacy, 410-662-7593, 2504 N. Charles St.

Photo Processing
Homewood’s campus bookstore, the JHU Barnes & Noble Book Center, does a fairly cheap and
efficient job of photo-processing, as do Rite Aid, Giant and Safeway. The Rite Aid in the Rotunda

                     has one-hour development for the impatient among us. The ubiquitous CVS Pharmacy has a
                     good deal on film developing. They almost always have a coupon in the Sunday paper and then
                     offer either free film or free doubles for every roll developed.

                      CVS Pharmacy, 410-823-3900, 1001 York Rd. (Towson)
                      CVS Pharmacy, 410-662-7593, 2504 N. Charles St.
                      Giant, 410-467-0417, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda)
                      JHU Barnes & Noble Book Center
                      Rite Aid, 410-467-3343, 711 W. 40th St. (Rotunda)

                     Photographic Equipment
                     If your talents tend toward the photographic, look for film and camera accessories at a specialist
                     like Coopers Camera Mart (410-254-3505, 5421 Harford Greenspring Station) or at The
                     Dark Room (410-539-1080, 2303 N. Charles St. or 410-235-5554, 711 W. 40th St. in the Rotunda).

                     Postal Service/Mail
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                     The United States Post Office (USPS) has a number of branches throughout Baltimore. The Main
                     Post Office is located downtown. The Hampden Post Office, located on 34th St., receives acco-
                 4   lades for its friendly service and is the closest full-service office to campus. For friendly service
                     and amenities such as packing boxes, we also recommend the Roland Park Post Office on Deep-
                     dene Rd. at Roland Ave., whose exclusive, boutique-style architecture, well-clad postal officers,
                     and chic clientele are in stark contrast to those of its Homewood neighbor.
                     For Federal Express (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS*), and other overnight services, you
                     can often arrange pick-ups online at the university, or use the drop-boxes between Clark and
                     Hodson Halls. Federal Expres packages may also be dropped off at the FedEx Office Print & Ship
                     Center, located adjacent to campus in Hopkins Square. For overseas mailing, you may also wish
                     to consider DHL.

                      United States Post Office (USPS)
                      Main Post Office, 410-347-4425, 900 E. Fayette St.
                      M-F: 8:30am - 7pm, Sat: 8:30am - 5pm, Sun: closed
                      Hampden Post Office, 410-235-2448, 919 W. 34th St.
                      M-F: 8am - 1pm, 3pm - 5pm, Sat: 8am - 3pm, Sun: closed
                      Roland Park Post Office, 410-323-3868, 732 Deepdene Rd.
                      M-F: 8am - 1pm, 3pm - 5pm. Sat: 9am - 1pm. Sun: closed

                      Other Mail Services
                      DHL, 800-225-5345, Federal Express, 800-463-3339,
                      FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, 410-467-2454, 3003 N Charles St.,
                      UPS, 410-821-7587, 502 Washington Ave. (Towson) -

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Recorded Music
Not far from the Peabody shuttle stop, An Die Musik is said to be the best store in the area for
classical music. Normal’s in Waverly specializes in used LPs and has a choice selection of used
CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes. Record and Tape Traders, a high-quality used record store, closed
their store in Charle Village, although their store in Towson remains open.
Located in the heart of Fells Point, The Sound Garden deserves its own paragraph. It is perhaps
the best CD store in the greater Baltimore area with an outstanding range of new and used CDs
and DVDs and a small collection of records and VHS tapes at good prices (usually at least 10%
cheaper than anywhere else); they also buy used CDs and DVDs. They provide a listening station
with five CD players where you can listen to some new CDs and any of their many used CDs to
help decide what you’d like to hear at home. You can easily spend a couple of hours there and
leave with bargains. It also has the added benefit of being an official TicketMaster outlet, so you
can purchase tickets there for most rock shows in the Baltimore/DC area.
In nearby Canton, you can shop at Modern Music for independent labels, mostly in the dance
genre. Musical Exchange downtown has a good, though less extensive, selection of used CDs.
Dimensions in Music, also downtown, sells new jazz, rhythm and blues, and hip hop.

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Sam Goody is a big store with the standard inventory and high prices, as is Barnes & Noble. As
mentioned previously, though worth repeating here, the lower level of Borders Books and Music
in Towson is home to a tremendous variety of recorded music, mostly on CD, and is particularly
valuable to fans of jazz, blues, and classical music.                                                                4
 An Die Musik, 410-385-2638, 407 N. Charles St. (downtown)
 Barnes & Noble, 410-385-1709, 601 E. Pratt St. (downtown)
 Barnes & Noble, 410-933-9670, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. (White Marsh Mall)
 Barnes & Noble, 410-296-7021, 1 E. Joppa Rd. (Towson)
 Borders Books and Music, 410-296-0791, 415 York Rd. (Towson)
 Dimensions in Music, 410-752-7121, 233 Park St. (downtown)
 Modern Music, 410-675-2172, 1801 E. Fayette St.
 Musical Exchange, 410-528-9815, 418 N. Charles St. (downtown)
 Normal’s, 410-243-6888, 425 E. 31st St. (Waverly)
 Record and Tape Traders, 410-337-0002, 736 Dulaney Valley Ct. (Towson)
 Sam Goody, 410-385-1143, 200 E. Pratt St. (Harborplace & The Gallery)
 The Sound Garden, 410-563-9011, 1616 Thames St. (Fells Point)

Shoe Repair
Eugene’s Shoe Repair (410-243-8874, 516 W. Cold Spring Lane) does all kinds of shoe repair, and
Stefan of Stefan’s Leather & Shoe Repair (410-243-6852, 4030 Roland Ave.,) likewise claims he
can do “whatever the customer wants.”

Shopping Centers
Like many other older American cities, Baltimore’s downtown commerce emptied out in the
1960s and 1970s. While the exurbs and the suburbs are replete with malls, the only major ar-
eas of concentrated shopping within city limits are found at the Inner Harbor (Harborplace &

                     The Gallery) and, to a lesser extent, in Roland Park (The Rotunda, Tower Square, and the Village
                     of Cross Keys). The Harborside shopping centers offer many of the familiar chain stores, includ-
                     ing The Gap, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, 9 West, Sam Goody, and Contempo
                     Casuals, while the Rotunda concentrates on locally owned specialty stores and boutiques. Tower
                     Square is better known as the home of Super Fresh; it offers chain stores such as Payless Shoe-
                     Source and Blockbuster Video. The Village of Cross Keys is little frequented by students, for its
                     shops target a far wealthier clientele than start-out academe. The Mondawmin Mall used to be
                     a place few students ventured, but that has changed since had a make-over and now houses the
                     only Target within city limits.
                     For a full-scale shop-o-rama, youll need to hop in the car or on a bus and head north. Towson
                     Town Center is the closest mall to campus, and is accessible via the #8 or #11 bus or the Baltimore
                     College Town Shuttle. The mall, which opened in 1992, is enormous and caters to tastes from
                     cheapskate to couture. Its anchor stores are Macy’s and Nordstrom. Nordstrom’s basement floor
                     is called The Rack and offers a bare-bones space in which the shrewd shopper can find bargains
                     on men’s, women’s, and children’s designer clothing and shoes.
                     The Owings Mills Town Center is accessible, though not very quickly or easily, on public trans-
                     portation. It is home to a Macys and a very snazzy food court. Another Macys is located at the
                     White Marsh Mall, about a thirty-minute drive to the northeast of the city. White Marsh is no-
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                     table for its proximity to IKEA and for its annex, The Avenue at White Marsh, a synthetic sort of
                     Main Street U.S.A. with an Old Navy and a state-of-the-art film multiplex with stadium seating.
                     Eastpoint Mall, Golden Ring Mall, and Security Square Mall all boast chain stores and movie
                 4   theaters.

                      Arundel Mills, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, (Hanover),
                      Eastpoint Mall, 410-284-0934, 7839 Eastpoint Mall
                      Golden Ring Mall, 410-391-8400, 6400 Rossville Blvd.
                      Harborplace & The Gallery, 410-332-4480 200 E. Pratt St. (downtown)
                      Mondawmin Mall, 410-523-1534, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave (Liberty Heights)
                      Owings Mills Town Center, 410-363-7000, 10300 Owings Mills Blvd. (Owings Mills)
                      Rotunda, 410-235-8771, 711 W. 40th St.
                      Security Square Mall, 410-265-6000, 6901 Security Blvd. (Woodlawn)
                      Tower Square, 1020 W. 41st St.
                      Towson Town Center, 410-494-8800, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson)
                      Village of Cross Keys, 410-323-1000, 5100 Falls Rd. (Mt. Washington)
                      White Marsh Mall, 410-931-7100, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. (White Marsh)

                     Sporting Goods/Camping Equipment
                     For aficionados of outdoor life, there are several excellent stores that stock a full range of gear in
                     the Baltimore area. If you’re searching for camping and hiking clothing, footwear, and gear, you’ll
                     find what you’re looking for downtown at H&H Surplus and Campers Haven or Sunny’s. Sunny’s,
                     which also has a branch in Towson, features low-end but affordable army surplus gear, decent
                     camping equipment, and the cheapest price on new Levis jeans in Baltimore. Eastern Mountain

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Sports (EMS) in Towson Town Center combines moderately expensive quality gear with knowl-
edgeable staff and good service. They also rent equipment and offer periodic free workshops and
trips. is a nationwide co-operative store with locations in Timonium and College
Park; it features much the same quality and service as EMS.
The Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club (JHOC) also rents outdoor equipment. Their gear is surpris-
ingly high-grade, though you can’t count on it being clean. Ask them about renting sleeping bags,
tents (complete with groundcloths, a.k.a. “footprints”), packs, headlamps, crampons, canoes,
climbing harnesses and related gear.
As for sporting goods, Princeton Sports carries tennis, biking, swimming, and skiing stuff. Dick’s
Sporting Goods and Sports Authority tend to have good prices on their merchandise. At the
Towson Town Center, Water Water Everywhere stocks bathing suits, goggles, and other swim
gear. Also in Towson are several athletic-shoe chain stores, including Holabird Sports, Athletic
Attic and Foot Locker.

 Athletic Attic, 410-828-1331, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 Dick’s Sporting Goods, 410-933-0134, 5220 Campbell Road
 Eastern Mountain Sports, 410-296-1780, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 Foot Locker, 410-828-6512, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)

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 H&H Surplus and Campers Haven, 410-752-2580, 424 N. Eutaw Street
 Holabird Sports, 410-687-6400, 9220 Pulaski Hwy
 Johns Hopkins Outdoor Club,
 Princeton Sports, 410-828-1127, 6239 Falls Rd.
 REI, 410-252-5920, 63 W Aylesbury Rd. (Timonium)
 Sports Authority, 410- 821-0210, 1238 Putty Hill Ave
 Sunny’s, 410-825-8050, 7 West Chesapeake Ave.
 Water Water Everywhere, 410-821-9287, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)

Sad to say, most of the personal letter-writing you’ll do during your years at Hopkins will proba-
bly be done as quickly as possible via e-mail, but for those moments when only the handwritten
word will do, visit Papyrus in Towson Town Center or The Pleasure of Your Company (voted
the best stationery store in Baltimore) at Greenspring Station. For formal occasions (e.g., wed-
dings, graduations, birth announcements), see the very helpful staff at Mount Vernon’s Downs
Engravers & Stationers for information on engraving and monogramming on stationery.

 Downs Engravers & Stationers, 410-752-7770, 2500 Boston St.
 Papyrus, 410-583-0366, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 The Pleasure of Your Company, 410-821-6369, 2360 W. Joppa Rd.

Generally speaking, Hopkins graduate students are required to pay federal (U.S.), state (Mary-
land), and city or county (Baltimore City or County) taxes. Non-U.S. students may not have to

                     pay federal taxes but are responsible for local and state taxes. In Maryland, the local tax is a per-
                     centage, usually an additional forty to sixty percent, of the state tax, and both are paid together.
                     Federal taxes are handled by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Their regional office deals with
                     information and problem resolution. The Information and Assistance Line is a direct, toll-free
                     The Comptroller of the (Maryland) Treasury is in charge of state taxes and the Maryland State
                     Comptroller’s Office will do anyone’s state taxes for free at any of their taxpayer service offices.
                     The Comptroller’s free prep webpage says, “To take advantage of this service, bring your com-
                     pleted federal return, all W-2 statements and supporting documents (such as 1099 statements,
                     etc.) and a picture ID with you. No appointment is necessary. Assistance is available Monday -
                     Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.” Visit the website given below for more information and locations.
                     For more information and assistance regarding taxes, contact the JHU Tax Office. Their hours of
                     operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 12 noon and Tuesday and Thursday
                     from 2-5 p.m. Note: The JHU Tax Office will gladly provide you advice on taxes, but are not a tax
                     service and will not complete your return for you.
                     Tax forms are available at the post office in Gilman Hall in January and can also be obtained at
                     other local post offices or at all branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. You can also order fed-
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                     eral and state tax forms by phone, or you can print forms and information from the IRS website.
                     The Government Documents Library, in the MSE Library, has many tax-related publications, in-
                     cluding some relating to tax treaties for non-U.S. students.
                 4    Comptroller of the Treasury, 410-767-1300,
                      Comptroller free prep webpage,
                      IRS (local), 410-653-2456, 10461 Mill Run Circle (Owings Mills)
                      IRS (regional), 1-800-829-1040
                      IRS Federal Tax Forms, 800-829-FORM
                      IRS Information and Assistance Line, 800-829-1040
                      IRS State Tax Forms, 410-225-1985
                      JHU Tax Office, 443-997-8442, 1101 East 33rd St., C-200,

                     Like all things in Baltimore, parking and the subsequent towing that may or may not occur is
                     sometimes arbitrary and confusing. According to the city, your car must move every 48 hours or it
                     will be considered abandoned and can be towed if the city notices it or if your neighbors are kind
                     enough to call someone about it. If it is towed from an area near Homewood, call 410-396-1444
                     to find out its location and how to reclaim it. The average cost to reclaim a vehicle is $138 (often
                     in cash), plus the cost of the ticket (and any outstanding tickets). If you have too many unpaid
                     tickets, your car could be ’booted’ with a big orange metal clamp over a wheel that prevents you
                     from driving. You are not allowed to remove the boot or to move the car; it will be towed and will
                     cost a lot of money to reclaim.

                     If your car breaks down and you have AAA or emergency road service through your insurance
                     agency (which can save you a lot of money over AAA), call them for towing. If you don’t have
                     access to free towing, try the service station where you would like the repairs done. They can
                     recommend a towing company and may tow for free or discounted rates if you have the work
                     done in their shop. If all of these options fail, try Greenwood Towing (410-669-1661).

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For children’s gifts, the finest, albeit most expensive, selection is found at Towson Town Centers
FAO Schwarz, a branch of the famous Fifth Avenue toy wonderland in New York City. Elsewhere
in that vast mall, Imaginarium sells educational toys, while Kay Bee Toys has the standard Barbie
dolls and board games, as well as the latest successors to the Cabbage Patch Kids, Power Rangers,
and Tickle Me Elmo. Down Goucher Boulevard at the Towson Marketplace, Toys R Us is a huge
warehouse of everything to entertain the little ones; they offer the lowest prices in the area on
many items.

 Kay Bee Toys, 410-821-7535, 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. (Towson Town Center)
 Toys R Us, 410-823-8877, 1236 Putty Hill Ave. (Towson)
 BMA Gift Shop, 410-573-1700, 10 Art Museum Dr.


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Four airports primarily serve Baltimore. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is the clos-
est and easiest to reach. Reagan National Airport (DCA) is located in the heart of Washington,
DC, whereas Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD) is in Northern Virginia. The Philadelphia Airport
is more of a commute, and without a car it is very difficult to reach. IAD is about as far from
Baltimore as Philadelphia and is similarly difficult to access since it is not on a rail line. BWI is by
far the most convenient and usually has reasonable fares. DCA tends to be the most expensive
because of its proximity to DC and access to the DC Metro.
You can take the MARC or the MTA Light Rail to BWI for only a few dollars during the day, or you
can take a taxi or airport shuttle for faster (and more expensive) service at any time. Normal taxi
fare to the airport is around $45. Both SuperShuttle and The Airport Shuttle offer door-to-door
service to and from BWI for approximately $30 for the first person and $10 for each additional
person. Reservations are not required, but during busy times you should call ahead. By car, take
the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy. (I-295) from downtown. It is 5.5 miles to the airport exit. You
can also take I-95 south to I-195 east, depending on traffic. Barring traffic, the trip takes about
half an hour from Homewood.
Recently renamed after The Gipper, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a crowded
airport, about an hour and a half from Baltimore – longer during rush hour. You can also take
MARC to Union Station and then take the DC Metro. By car, the trip takes a little over one hour,
but allow plenty of time for traffic.
To get to Dulles International Airport, take I-95 south to the DC Beltway (I-495) west to the Dulles
Toll Road (VA-267). You do not have to pay if you are just going to the airport. Allow an hour and
a half to two hours, more during rush hour.
To get to Philadelphia Airport by car, take I-95 north toward Philadelphia. Follow the signs to the
airport. Allow about 2 hours.

 Airport Shuttles
 The Airport Shuttle, service to Baltimore from BWI, DCA & IAD, 800-776-0323,
 SuperShuttle, service to Baltimore from BWI only, 800-258-3826,

                      Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), 800-I-FLY-BWI,
                      Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD), 703-572-2700
                      Philadelphia Airport (PHL), 800-PHL-GATE,
                      Reagan National Airport (DCA), 202-417-8000,

                     City buses will take you all over the place. While not the most convenient nor the quickest way
                     to get around the city, for those without cars or friends to share the cost of a cab ride, city buses
                     are a viable option for getting up to Towson or down to the Inner Harbor or Fell’s Point. The fare
                     is $1.60, but you can buy a weekly or monthly pass if you ride often. Discount MTA passes ($39,
                     regularly $64) are available from JHU Student Employment Services. Popular lines are the 3, 11,
                     and 61, which run on Charles St. and St. Paul streets. The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA)
                     publishes a Ride Guide that includes maps for the MARC, Light Rail, Metro, and Buses.
                     Greyhound buses will take you almost anywhere in the country you might wish to go, while taking
                     you through lots of places you’d rather not visit along the way. There are two stations that service
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                     Baltimore. The “downtown” station is past the stadiums, off of Russell St. Taxis can often be found
                     outside. The other is at the Travel Plaza on O’Donnell Street. Fares are reasonable: round trip to
                     DC is $25 with a student ID (if you purchase tickets online or over the phone, you must have a
                 4   Student Advantage card to get the student rate); one way to Philadelphia is about $20; round trip
                     to New York City is usually around $45 for students with ID, otherwise it will cost you closer to
                     $60. The buses are sometimes very full along the Washington-NYC corridor, so get there early.
                     If you are interested in heading north to New York City or Boston, check online for bargain bus
                     fares on coach services running between Chinatown in DC and your desired destination. On
                     Dragon Express for example, a round trip ticket to New York City is a bargain at $35.00. A recent
                     new-comer to the transportation scene is Megabus which provides service between Baltimore
                     (Penn Station) and New York for as little as $1 each way if you book well in advance.

                      Dragon Coach, 1-800-475-1160,
                      Greyhound, 800-229-9424, 210 W. Fayette St. and 5625 O’Donnell St.,
                      Maryland Transit Authority (MTA), 410-539-5000,
                      JHU Student Employment Services (discount MTA bus passes),

                     Campus Vans and Shuttles
                     The shuttle and van services provided by the university are free, and though they are, of course,
                     not as handy as having your own car, they cover enough ground to make living without wheels
                     a viable option for many students, especially since they’re free. While the shuttles’ function is to
                     transport students for school-related purposes (at no cost), there’s no rule against using them to
                     get to your favorite activities (for free!) in Mt. Vernon, the Inner Harbor, Towson, or any of the
                     other locations within walking distance of the shuttle stops. You can also get current schedules
                     from the security office or online. Did we mention that they’re free?

                     BWI Shuttle
                     At busy travel times, including early September and the Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks,
                     the undergraduate Student Council runs shuttles to the Baltimore-Washington International Air-

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port (BWI). Notices are posted at the appropriate times. The council also schedules special buses
for holiday shopping trips to local malls and for ski trips. Most of these services cost under $10.

Homewood Campus Security Escort Vans
These are the vans that operate around Homewood in the evenings. Two vans run every night
during the school year between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m.; on weekends there are five vans. Two vans
are always ìon routeî, i.e. they run a fixed route between Homewood campus and the nearby
supermarkets (Giant and Super Fresh). These start at 4:35 p.m. and run until 1:45 a.m. They
make stops at the Homewood apartments, the MSE Library, 39th St. and University Pkwy., and
a few other housing sites, in addition to the Rotunda and the 41st St. Super Fresh. Schedules
showing regular stops and times are available at the security department office. Note: when
these vans pick you up from the stores they will drop you at your home if you ask, though you
will probably be dropped off last. Give the driver your address when you get in, if being taken to
your door is worth the extra wait.
The other security vans are “on call” and will pick up and drop off anywhere within a one-mile ra-
dius of campus, which includes Charles Village, Waverly, Remington, Hampden, most of Roland
Park, and Guilford. To request a pick-up, call 410-516-8700. Then keep a keen eye out for the van,
because drivers don’t wait long (sometimes mere seconds) before giving up on you and leaving,

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and some of them don’t have a great grasp of how houses are numbered. Sometimes they come
in three minutes, sometimes twenty-five; the average is somewhere in between. During peak
hours and bad weather you may have to wait longer and will likely find yourself rubbing shoul-
ders with several other students as the driver zips around trying to keep up with the demand. Van
service may be suspended in bad winter weather; when in doubt call security to see if the vans
are running.
If you need a ride after 3 a.m., call the security office at 410-516-4600, and a patrol car will trans-
port you to or from campus. Take advantage of these services — even if you’re not thrilled about
waiting. It could be the difference between getting where you’re going a few minutes late or being
liberated of your personal belongings along the way.

Homewood - JHMI Shuttle
Interim Stops: Penn Station, Peabody/Mt. Vernon
The Homewood/East Baltimore Medical Campus Shuttle consists of the large yellow school buses
and it’s the one people usually mean when they speak of the ‘Homewood shuttle’ or just ‘the shut-
tle.’ It runs between Homewood and the East Baltimore medical campus, stopping in between at
Penn Station and the Peabody Institute. Shuttles run on weekdays between 6:15 a.m. and 11:50
p.m., on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays between 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. On
weekdays, the earlier morning shuttles run as frequently as every five minutes; midday buses
leave every half-hour; and after 6 pm service is hourly. Check the security office periodically for
update schedules since they are apt to change slightly throughout the year.
The shuttle leaves Homewood from the Interfaith Center (IFC) on University Pkwy. There are
additional pick-ups on St. Paul at 33rd St. (campus bookstore) and 27th St. The shuttle then
stops at Penn Station. On this southbound route (i.e., from Homewood toward East Baltimore)
the Peabody stop is on Center St., just east of St. Paul. At the medical campus the drop-off is on
E. Monument St. just before Wolfe St., in front of the School of Public Health building.
For the return trip to Homewood, the bus leaves from the same stop on E. Monument. The north-
bound Peabody stop depends on the time of day. Before 5:30 pm it’s the city bus stop at Mt. Ver-
non Pl. & Charles (facing the monument); after 5:30 pm the shuttle stops a half a block south of

                     the monument at Charles St. & Peabody Mews, which is the little alleyway where the Peabody
                     security booth sits. From there the shuttle stops along Charles St. at Penn Station, 27th St., 29th
                     St., 33rd St. and finally the Interfaith Center. There is also the Express option that picks up at the
                     School of Public Health and does not stop until 29th St. & N. Charles St. If you want that shuttle,
                     make sure you look at the sign on the front of the bus to make sure it says Express.

                     Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle
                     Stops: Loyola College, Towson University, Towson Town Center, Goucher College
                     Departing from between the Homewood House Museum and the MSE Library, these buses or
                     vans of the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle fleet stop at local colleges and the Towson Town Cen-
                     ter. Students use it to get to facilities and events at Loyola, Towson, Goucher and for the mall
                     and other fine attractions in the commercial haven that is Towson. The Collegetown Shuttle runs
                     daily, about once an hour on weekdays and less frequently on weekends. Priority for seating goes
                     to those who are taking classes at these other universities. The shuttle extends down to the Inner
                     Harbor on Friday night and weekends, and the northbound buses will pick up at 33rd and N.
                     Charles St. instead of the library.

                      Security Escort Van Pickup (5pm-3am), 410-516-8700,
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                      Patrol Car Pickup (after 3am), 410-516-4600
                      Homewood - JHMI Shuttle, 410-516-PARK,
                 4    Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle, 410-532-3036,

                     Car Rental Agencies
                     If you want to travel where and when you wish, a car is the way to go! You generally have to be
                     25 years old to rent, though additional drivers who are over 21 may be allowed. One reader has
                     recommended Rent-A-Wreck, which rents for around $30 a day and will let you rent for partial
                     or full weeks. Enterprise on 29th St. near the I-83 on-ramp (close to Homewood) will pick you
                     up at your home. Hertz has a number of easily accessible locations in Baltimore, including Little
                     Italy and Downtown.

                      Alamo, 800-327-9633,
                      Avis, 800-831-2847,
                      Budget, 410-276-7266,
                      Dollar, 410-684-3316.
                      Enterprise, 800-736-8222,
                      Hertz, 800-654-3131,
                      National, 800-227-7368,
                      Rent-a-Wreck, 800-535-1391,
                      Thrifty, 410-244-8786,

                     Car Sharing (Zipcar)

                     Zipcar ( is a nation-wide car-sharing service offering hourly rentals. Unlike
                     traditional rental cars, the Zipcar includes liability insurance and gas. There are currently over a
                     dozen Zipcars available on the Homewood campus, and hundreds more scattered around the DC
                     metropolitan area. Membership runs $35 a year and the rental rates currently run $8 per hour or

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$66 per day. If you are looking to sign up, get a referral from a fellow graduate student, and both
of you will earn free driving credit.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (410-859-7665) maintains lists of people who wish
to carpool to particular points in Baltimore. Add your name to the “Hopkins Carpool Services”
list and you’ll receive a printout of those interested in carpooling in your area.

Subway & Light Rail
Not all Hopkins grad students know about these Baltimore amenities for the simple reason that
they often have limited usefulness for the Homewood-centered student. The light rail runs
north-south from Hunt Valley down to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). The
stop nearest to Homewood is Penn Station (be advised, you will have to take a shuttle train to
connect to the main line). The plus side of the light rail is that it makes stops at Camden Yards
and downtown and will take you to BWI for $1.60–by far the cheapest way to go, as long as you
don’t mind the journey taking about forty minutes. A $3 ticket lets you ride on the light rail all
day. It is fairly clean, safe, and new. The hours are 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and
11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday.

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The subway, on the other hand, is a lesson in failed public transport. There is one line. The only
way its convenient is if you live in West Baltimore or Owings Mills and go to the East Baltimore
campus. The hours are 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to midnight
Saturday and Sunday.
There are many taxi fleets in Baltimore. Unlike other cities, Baltimore cabs usually take up to
four people. Cost is generally reasonable compared to other cities (e.g., about $8 to downtown
from Homewood). A trip to the airport costs around $45. Tips are generally 15% of the fare. It’s
possible to hail a taxi downtown, and often as far uptown as the St. Paul strip in Charles Village.

 BWI Shuttle, 410-821-5387
 Checker, 410-685-1212
 Jimmy’s, 410-837-7200 (Towson)
 Northern Cab, 410-668-9400
 Royal, 410-327-0330
 Sedan Transport, 410-719-2222
 Sun, 410-235-0300
 Towson Sedan Service, 410-321-4567
 Yellow, 410-792-4005

Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL,, America’s one and, sadly, only national passenger
rail service will take you almost anywhere in North America. It is more posh than a bus and
usually more pleasant, but you will definitely pay for it. Fares vary by destination and type (the
all-business Accela is the fastest and most expensive). The one-way fare to DC is about $20.
Round trip to New York or Boston will run you over more than $150 (one-way to Boston without
a student discount around $80). Tickets for all trains can be bought in advance by phone and
online and almost all trains now require a reservation. There are specials, including last minute

                     rail sales, are often only available online. Amtrak offers a Student Advantage Card discount of
                     15% if you purchase at least three days in advance. Amtrak tickets are fully refundable until you
                     pick them up; once printed, you may have to pay a refund fee or can use the value towards an-
                     other ticket at no-penalty. If you have tentative plans, and want to use a discount, you can take
                     advantage of this policy by booking multiple tickets in advance and canceling all but the ticket
                     you use.
                     The MARC train system (410-539-5000,, an offspring of
                     Amtrak, is the commuter rail system between Maryland and Washington, DC. If you want to get
                     to DC during the week, this is the easiest and cheapest way to go. MARC doesn’t run on weekends,
                     however. No reservations are required, but be sure to get there in time to buy your ticket – if you
                     get stuck buying it on the train you’ll pay a hefty additional charge. There is a Student Advantage
                     Discount on the single-ride tickets, but you will have to wait in line to talk to an agent, as the
                     Amtrak ticket machines will only sell full-fare tickets. If you plan on commuting to or from DC,
                     consider a monthly pass, which included unlimited rides on MTA buses and light rail. You can
                     take a MARC train from Penn station to BWI for a one-way fare of about $4, but you have to take
                     a (free) shuttle from the train station to the terminal itself.
                     A little known fact is that, though it is somewhat roundabout, the MARC can be used to access
                     certain tourist attractions other than Baltimore and DC, such as Harper’s Ferry. Unfortunately,
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                     this requires taking the MARC Penn Line to Union Station in DC and switching to the Brunswick
                     Line. If you have no other way of getting there, though, this may be your best bet for seeing parts
                     of southwestern Maryland and West Virginia.
                     Video Rental
                     Video Americain is the most fabulous place to rent films. The branch closest to campus is on
                     St. Paul St. in the basement of Wyman Towers; their slightly larger branch is in Roland Park.
                     Selection is diverse, from British series like The Prisoner to alternative films like The Living End,
                     and the staff is eager to show off their knowledge of alternative movies. The shelving can be a
                     little confusing at first since its by director, country, and their own categories such as “Required
                     Viewing,” but you’ll want to get lost in their rooms.
                     The Milton S. Eisenhower Library also has movies, but the selection is lacking and, with closed
                     stacks and no master list, you might need a lesson in library searches before you find your flick.
                     Videos can be checked out for three days, and the only real highlight is that there’s no rental fee,
                     unless you return it late ($3). If you’re desperate for the newest blockbuster, and you have an hour
                     to burn standing on line, there’s a Hollywood Video nearby on 25th St across from Safeway. If you
                     want something standard, they probably have it; if you want a new release, they probably have
                     fifty copies of it; if you want to get in and out in under an hour, go elsewhere. The main branch of
                     the Enoch Pratt Free Library has a good-sized collection of videos available for $1.50 per rental.

                      Blockbuster Video, 1020 W. 41st Ste 1040., 410-243-7097,
                      Enoch Pratt Free Library - Main Branch, 400 Cathedral St., 410-396-5430
                      Hollywood Video, 12 E. 25th St., 410-366-8400
                      Video Americain, 3100 St. Paul St., 410-889-5266,
                      Video Americain, 400 W. Cold Spring Lane, 410-243-2231

Chapter       5
Out and About in Baltimore

      Lo! ’t is a gala night
             Within the lonesome latter years —
      A mystic throng, bewinged, bedight
             In veils and drowned in tears,
      Sit in a theatre to see

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             A play of hopes and fears,
      While the orchestra breathes fitfully
             The music of the spheres.

                    First stanza from “The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe, Graham’s Magazine, January 1844                            5
Baltimore has a lot to offer its residents, from art museums to dive bars, galleries to drag shows,
music to architectural feats. These places are nestled within old neighborhoods, which maintain
their unique character as they undergo change. It’s a perfect city for the exploration of what has
come before, and the discovery of a favorite niche. This chapter will introduce you to some of the
goings-on around town.

Now get out and about!

Touring Baltimore by Day
If you have a car, you can get a lay of the land by driving. But those who must walk or bus to
their destinations will have no trouble finding a lot to do and see along the way. If you have
time for a sunny Saturday afternoon jaunt around the city and a thirst for exploration, daytime
Baltimore excursions are many and varied. Pounding the pavements is a great way to experience
the fabulous historic architecture and get the flavor of each unique neighborhood. Here are 5
walking tours around the city to get you started, with maps section of this guide.

                             Self Guided Walks:
                             Your Home Turf: Homewood
                             1) Canterbury-Tuscany This loop will take you into the neighborhoods north of campus, so
                             start at the North Entrance to campus at E. University Ave. by the sports fields. Cross University
                             towards One World Café, and if you are going for a stroll, grab a tasty fresh-squeezed fruit or
                             veggie juice for the road. This route is also very nice for a jog. Take Canterbury past One World
                             Café straight into the residential neighborhood, and enjoy the pretty gardens and homes. Turn
                             left at Tuscany, and check out the enormous and impressive new elementary school on your right.
                             When you hit Linkwood, turn right, and as you cross Overhill you will see a little path through the
                             grass that you can take instead of the sidewalk. It may not be a hike through the wilderness, but
                             at least you are walking on a dirt trail! Meander your way through the quaint neighborhood, and
                             you will find yourself entering a little park and medium-sized field of grass. The path continues
                             north to Cold Spring Lane, a rather busy street. Loyola College will be in front of you. Turn left on
                             Cold Spring, and follow the sidewalk uphill until you come to a very cute and inviting cluster of
                             small shops, cafes, and restaurants. Now would be an ideal time to refuel at The Evergreen Café.
                             To get home, head south on Keswick and plunge back into the neighborhoods. These homes
                             are a bit larger than those you have traversed on the way, and some of the architecture is quite
                             impressive. When you hit W. University, turn left to complete your loop. As you head East on
                             University, you will find yourself in front of the North Entrance to campus and One World Café.
                             What a pleasant break from the library or your apartment!

                             2) Hampden Dell Start at the South Entrance to campus at Wyman Park Dr. and Art Museum
                             Dr. Head north on Wyman Park Dr. and as it merges into San Martin, keeping campus on your
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                             right. FYI, this route is a bit inconsistent in terms of sidewalk, but the road is very quiet and low-
                             traffic. Oftentimes there are more people walking and jogging than cars. You will twist and turn
                             along this road, perhaps gaining a new perspective of Hopkins as viewed from its western edge.
                             On your left will be a continuous strand of trees, plunging into a creek below and park beyond.
                             You’re headed into that park. When you get to E. University, turn left and take the bridge across
                         5   the creek. At Tudor Arms, turn left and enjoy the long, winding dirt path going south through the
                             expansive Hampden Dell, a stretch of the Wyman Park. On your right will be a friendly stretch
                             of row houses, with just a touch of the quirky Hampden style. As you explore the park, you may
                             catch a pick-up soccer game in one of the fields, observe dogs playing, and see children enjoying
                             the playground. The path will eventually dead-end at Remington just past the playground. Take
                             Remington across another bridge over the same creek, and then turn left immediately after the
                             bridge at Wyman Park Dr. A bit further up Wyman Park Dr., and you will find yourself at the edge
                             of campus right where you began, only a bit more relaxed and comfortable in your ’hood!
                             Insider Info: Hey runners, combine the first two loops (they intersect at University Parkway) for
                             a super duper loop.

                             Going Seaward: The Inner Harbor
                             3) Waterfront Walk So you’re sick of the lack of corporate entertainment in Charles Village?
                             You want to paddle around on plastic dragon boats in one of the deepest shipping channels in
                             the US? Then the Inner Harbor is the place for you. Interest in the use of this obsolete shipping
                             dock began in 1970 with a festival that drew 340,000 people to a then abandoned area of the
                             city. Based on the festival’s success, a more permanent development was built that draws hordes
                             of strolling visitors daily. The #3 bus picks up along St. Paul and drops off at the Baltimore
                             Visitors Center at the southern end of the harbor, and is a good place to start your walk. Tickets

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to all of the attractions can be purchased at the visitor center. To the South is the Maryland
Science Center, and Federal Hill Park. Heading north along the promenade, you will pass a
series of moderately upscale restaurants and stores on your left, leading to the center of activity
at the Inner Harbor, where Light Street intersects with the harbor. The USS Constellation, the
last Civil War battleship still afloat, is moored here. It offers hourly tours and activities. This is
also the launching point for the water taxi to Fell’s Point and the aforementioned dragon boats. If
shopping is your thing, turn left and proceed to The Gallery, a shopping center just across Pratt
Street. Otherwise, follow the harbor towards Baltimore’s World Trade Center, the world’s tallest
equilateral pentagonal tower, designed by I.M. Pei (best known for designing the glass pyramids
at the entrance to the Louvre in Paris). At 423 feet, the center offers a viewing deck on the top
floor. Beyond the center are decommissioned Navy ships and submarines, and the acclaimed
National Aquarium in Baltimore. Stop by on Friday evenings from September to March, when
admission is only $8 after 5 p.m. As a final stop, the Power Plant Live is two blocks north of the
Aquarium, and offers nightclubs and restaurants to top off your Inner Harbor experience.

Ahh The Architecture: Peabody & Mt. Vernon
4) Historic Mt. Vernon Walk Amongst its quiet fountains and stately architecture, Mount Ver-
non provides a relaxed shopping quarter and cultural center. The best way to get a sense of the
area is to take a stroll down Charles Street. From the southbound shuttle stop at Peabody, walk
up Mount Vernon Place towards the Washington Monument. This monument, begun in 1815
and completed in 1842, predates the more famous one in DC. Local legend has it that the original
designer, booted off the commission by the city government, enacted revenge by altering the de-
sign of the statue; view the monument from the base, look up at Washington’s profile, and you’ll
see what we mean. After paying the optional $1 donation you can visit the gift shop at ground
level, view the photo and text displays, and then burn off a week’s worth of beer with a 228-step

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climb to the top. Directly to the south of the monument, Peabody Institute and the Walters Art
Museum flank the street. The Walters shows a series of excellent exhibits. The Peabody recently
unveiled its elegantly refurbished library, performing spaces and new main concourse. Contin-
uing one block south on the corner of N. Charles and Mulberry Street, you’ll find the Basilica of
the National Shrine of the Assumption (the first Catholic cathedral built in the U.S.), designed
by Benjamin Latrobe, who also designed the U.S. Capitol Building. The lovely Basilica is one of                                   5
the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the world, complete with funky onion domes.
Wander down the newly improved Charles Street and explore the shops, restaurants and bou-
tiques lining the streets. Loop back and pick up the Hopkins shuttle at the monument.

For True Explorers: East Baltimore
5) The Patterson Park Loop A bit further out than our other walks, this pleasant destination
is well worth it if you’re willing to go the extra mile. It’s actually only about 15 minutes driving,
or you can catch the number 10 bus from Fell’s Point. If you would like to see some of the city’s
property revitalization efforts, go for a walk around the periphery of the large, hilly, tree-spotted,
lawn-covered “Central Park.” Starting at Eastern and Patterson Aves., walk the circumference
of the park. You’ll notice that the homes bordering Patterson Park are of the typical row house
variety, but are exceptionally well-kept and pleasant, owing to the recent refurbishment of these
once-abandoned abodes. Inside the park, there is an ornate pagoda on the west side, as well
as several soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and other sports facilities throughout. Check out for a list of events held in the park, including many seasonal festivals
such as the Polish Festival or Latinofest, both held there every summer.
Source assistance for these walking tours was found in A Guide To Baltimore Architecture, 1981,
Tidewater Publishers.

                             Guided Tours:
                             If you would like to tour Baltimore with an informed guide, Baltimore Heritage Walking Tours
                             provide free architectural and cultural excursions around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Balti-
                             more Ghost Tour will take you on a haunted tour through Fells Point or Mt. Vernon. Also, the
                             Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association has a thorough list of group walking tours.

                              Baltimore Heritage Walking Tours,
                              Baltimore Ghost Tours,
                              Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association,

                             Hitting the Town: Dance and Sing Your Heart Out, and
                             Your Night Away
                             When the clock strikes Baltimore’s witching hour, no matter what your mood is, you should be
                             able to find a club, bar, or music venue to satisfy your need for nightlife. A word to the wise: the
                             city tends to dry up around 2 a.m. (and they hustle you out quickly), so drink your beer before
                             it turns into a pumpkin. Be sure to check the City Paper ( or the numbers
                             we’ve provided for hours and events before heading out, and for additional places.

                             Charles Village and Hampden

                             During the day, you can find locals lounging in front of neighborhood hangouts on St. Paul and
                             N. Charles near campus, but by night Charles Village seems relatively deserted (except the occa-
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                             sional herd of undergrads walking to a fraternity party) and doesn’t suggest that there is fun to be
                             had. While mostly true, fun can be found near campus, if you know where to look.


                         5   The Ottobar offers a music venue and bar downstairs, while the upstairs has comfy sofas and two
                             pool tables. Daily happy hours often feature live jazz entertainment. From nerd rap to hip hop or
                             death metal, the Ottobar books it all, and the fans of the sub-culture-genre-of-the-night will be
                             lining up outside.

                             Live Music:

                             For one-stop shopping, Frazier’s on the Avenue boasts food, drink, and entertainment. On Tues-
                             days, be the next American Idol on the karaoke mic. Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live music.
                             The funky Hon Bar will whisk you away to the Hairspray days of Hampden’s historic past, as will
                             your server’s hairsprayed beehive! Check out the weekly listing for live bands ranging from jazz
                             to rock, and find out what time the early bird can catch a happy hour special.

                             Mount Vernon

                             Frequented by students, hipsters, and artists, Mount Vernon buzzes by night amidst the splendor
                             of well-preserved 19th century architectural interiors. Some places are polished, others more
                             rustic, and several offer opportunities to go footloose. Most of these locations are a stone’s throw
                             away from the Hopkins shuttle’s Penn Station or Peabody stops, on the popular bus routes from
                             Charles Village (3, 11), or are a reasonably-priced cab ride from campus (about $6 each way).

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The Hippo is an entire entertainment complex that has everything from pool tables, to a piano
bar which hosts the “Miss” Maryland pageant, to a huge dance floor with a state-of-the-art light
system. It’s predominantly gay, but Saturday nights are mixed, and they have a women’s night
once a month. On Wednesdays, try your luck at bingo. Grand Central, caddy-corner to The
Hippo, is another Mt. Vernon club that caters largely to the gay community. It is in the midst of
many other great nighttime locales, as well.
Club Phoenix, a new but sure-to-become favorite for the Renaissance Clubber, features ladies
night on Thursday, DJed oldies, 70’s, and 80’s on Friday, country on Saturday, afternoon tea dance
(sorry, no tea served) on Sunday, and every other Sunday, a drag show is performed. 13th Floor
at the Belvedere is a pleasant lounge that offers stellar views of the city and a good martini. They
often host live concerts or a DJ to get you onto the dance floor. For after-hours enjoyment at the
Belvedere, head downstairs (from the 13th floor, that is) to Kobe Teppan and Sushi for sushi and
a DJ, but be sure to wipe that spicy tuna off of your hands before you grab a dance partner. No
alcohol is served. The Red Maple, a superswank “lounge international,” hosts belly dancing and
sounds of the Middle East every Wednesday, occasional live salsa, and a DJ with accompanying
live percussion Thursday through Saturday.
The Spy Lounge, befitting of its name, is well-hidden behind a swinging bookcase within a typical
bar called the Midtown Yacht Club, through which one must traverse in order to get to the Spy’s
“door.” Once inside, dark, secluded rooms offer a hideaway to talk and enjoy a drink, while others
feature dance floors. The DJ spins trance, dance, and house music. Still haven’t had enough of
Mt. Vernon? Dance until the sun rises at Club 1722.

Live Music:

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The Irish pub Mick O’Sheas is a great place to grab a corned beef sandwich and a Guinness, and
listen to anything from Irish, to bluegrass, hiphop, or rock. Sascha’s is mainly a restaurant (pricey
food, cheap martinis), but has begun hosting jazz on Thursday nights from 9-11:30 p.m. A short
detour from the main drag will help you find entertainment at The New 5 Seasons Restaurant
and lounge, which features comedy nights, live bellydance, reggae concerts, poetry slam, and
more. Call ahead for the night’s specialty and cover charge (usually around $5).                                                 5
The Inner Harbor
Inevitably someone will drag you downtown to the urban mall that is the inner harbor. The area
features some of the larger spaces in Baltimore, but also involves high parking costs ($20+) if you
can’t find a meter, and expensive drinks. Many of the venues are parts of a chain, but if you want
a drink with a view, check out the following:

Fight the crowds at Hammerjacks, Hard Rock Cafe, and the ESPN Zone, all of which are pretty
much in and around the old Power Plant. Similarly, Power Plant Live! (we didn’t voluntarily put
in that exclamation point!) is a conglomeration of clubs with super trendy decors and a painful
degree of unoriginality. In this enclave of entertainment, find the Baja Beach Club, Bar Balti-
more, Babalu’s, and Have a Nice Day Cafe. Nearby, but much less touristy, is the Havana Club,
which has a DJed salsa night. Or, get your goth, industrial, synth-pop, and ’80s retro at Club

Live Music:
Check the snazzy website for the Power Plant Live’s! updated live entertainment listings.

                             Fell’s Point/Canton

                             East of the Inner Harbor and just slightly off the beaten track, this waterfront neighborhood
                             nostalgically remembers its fisherman village past. However, if you show up at night, rather
                             than a weathered mariner with tales of the high seas, you’re more likely to encounter a tipsy
                             20-something from one of the local colleges.


                             The Latin Palace hosts spicy salsa dancing, among other Latin dance favorites (including
                             merengue, bachata, cumbia, and cha-cha) with either a live band or DJ, depending on the night.
                             If you need a bit of a brush-up on your moves, take a lesson on Friday night. Don’t let the tacky
                             neon lights, fake palm trees, and tropical wall murals fool you...the music is good and the atmo-
                             sphere is fun! Paradox’s DJs spin hiphop, house, rave, and jungle music all night long, well past 5
                             a.m. on weekends. Their wooden dance floor is massive, and they have good sound and lighting.

                             Live Music:

                             Fletcher’s presents up-and-coming alternative and rock bands several nights a week, and has
                             pool tables, foosball, and a 100-CD jukebox downstairs. Bertha’s offers more than her famous
                             mussels; on Tuesdays you can hear jazz, Fridays and the second and fourth Saturday listen to
                             blues, and the first and third Wednesdays offer Dixieland. The Cat’s Eye Pub has daily live mu-
                             sic, mainly featuring blues. In addition, Mondays feature jazz. Full Moon Saloon has live blues
                             Sunday to Thursday, and bring your favorite instrument for the daily open jam sessions. Friday
                             and Saturdays feature national acts that play rockabilly and rock (Friday) and blues (Saturday);
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                             $5 cover. Yummy Creole and Southern fair, befitting of the music, is also served.

                             Federal Hill

                         5   This neighborhood, near the Inner Harbor but not “of the Inner Harbor,” retains its individuality
                             with a host of small, unique locales. If you are seeking a diverse mix of fellow fun-lovers, and a
                             variety of nightspots, this is your neighborhood.


                             Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina has Cuban food, and on Friday’s offers a DJ and dancing.
                             During nice weather, enjoy the view from the deck overlooking the waterfront. An upscale and
                             contemporary lounge called Sky Lounge provides both relaxing and grooving, with a DJ spinning
                             house/hip hop (Wednesday features old school). There are two floors of enjoyment; while you
                             are lounging downstairs in a candlelit corner, just look up to see the dancing upstairs atop an
                             opaque dance floor overhead. Open Wednesday through Sunday, usually with no cover. Tapas
                             are served daily from 5:30-10:30 p.m., and they have a happy hour.

                             Other Neighborhoods and Nighttime Activities

                             Some of the following listings are nearby but not within the previous regions, while others await
                             your visit from an undiscovered realm of the city. Check out a few more moonlighting opportu-
                             nities in Baltimore.

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Club Charles is south of Charles Village on N. Charles. Check in advance for their hip First Fri-
days dance party, with a DJ spinning funky 80s retro flair. If you’re not dancing, enjoy the mood
lighting, sorcery decor, and comfy swivel chairs. Across the street, Club Choices is an urban hip
hop, R&B, and soul joint with a slightly dubious façade (and you’ll find it next to the 24-hour bail
bond mart), but it draws a sizeable crowd owing to some good dancing inside.
Across town and east of Mt. Vernon, Sonar is a large club hidden under the freeway in a less-than-
conspicuous building. Inside the two huge rooms of vast dance space will impress you. There
are plenty of plush couches along the periphery to rest and enjoy a drink. One of the rooms was
recently opened to host rave-like parties, with a line-up of renowned DJ’s spinning house, trance,
jungle, and dance.

Live Music:
New Haven is located in an obscure shopping center in northeast Baltimore. Though it may be in
a new neck of the woods for you, this club touts itself as “the best jazz in Baltimore.” And, there’s
no cover charge!

Strip Clubs
Maybe you’re not surprised that Baltimore has an historic red light district downtown. The Block,
as it’s known, runs along E. Baltimore St., flanked by Gay and Holliday streets. The most famous
spot is the 2 O’Clock Club owned by Blaze Starr, a Baltimore legend ranking up there with Hair-
spray’s John Waters (well, almost). The Block, which also features an arcade and a few tattoo
parlors, has some rough patches and, by many measures, can be unsafe. However, as a savvy
Baltimorean, you should at least know of its existence. Clubs off just off The Block, such as Kaos

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and Night Shift (totally nude), advertise regularly in the City Paper. Atlantis, the male strip seen
in Waters’ film Pecker, has since switched genders and reopened as Scores.

 Strip Clubs
 2 O’Clock Club, 414 E. Baltimore St., 410-783-2656
 Kaos, 8850 Orchard Tree Ln., 410-339-7880,
 Night Shift,1725 Ponca St., 410-633-7100,
 Scores, 615 Fallsway, 410-528-1117,

Bars and Clubs

 Baja Beach Club, 55 Market Place (Downtown), 410-727-0468
 Bar Baltimore, 34 Market Place (Downtown), 410-385-2992
 Bertha’s, 734 S. Broadway (Fell’s Pt.), 410-327-5795
 Cat’s Eye Pub, 1730 Thames St. (Fell’s Pt.), 410-276-9866,
 Club Charles, 1724 N. Charles St. (Charles North), 410-727-8815,
 Club Choices,1815 N. Charles St. (Charles North), 410-752-4602
 Club One, 300 East Saratoga & Guilford St., 410-929-6631,
 Club Orpheus, 1003 E. Pratt St., 410-276-5599
 Club Phoenix, 1101 Cathedral St., 410-837-3906,
 Club 1722, 1722 N. Charles St. (Charles North), 410-547-8423,
 Depot, 1728 N. Charles St. (Charles North), 410-528-0174,
 ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St. (Inner Harbor), 410-685-ESPN,
 Fletcher’s, 701 S. Bond St. (Fell’s Point), 410-558-1889,

                              Frazier’s on the Avenue, 919 W. 36th St. (Hampden), 410-662-4914,
                              Full Moon Saloon, 1710 Aliceanna St. (Fell’s Pt.), 410-276-6388,
                              Gordon’s, 1818 Maryland Ave. (Charles North), 410-659-0412,
                              Grand Central, 1001 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-752-7133,
                              Hammerjacks, 316 Guilford Ave. (Downtown), 410-234-0044,
                              Hardrock Cafe, 601 E Pratt St. (Inner Harbor), 410-347-7625,
                              The Havana Club, 600 Water St. (Downtown), 410-468-0022,
                              Have a Nice Day Cafe, 616 Water Street (Downtown), 443-524-1655
                              The Hippo, 1 W. Eager St. (Mr. Vernon), 410-576-0018,
                              Hon Bar, 1002 West 36th St. (Hampden), 410-243-1230,
                              Kaos, 8850 Orchard Tree Lane (Towson), 410-339-7880,
                              Kobe Teppan and Sushi 1 E. Chase St. (Downtown), 410-685-0780
                              Latin Palace, 509 S. Broadway (Fell’s Pt.), 410-522-6700,
                              Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina Cubana, 1325 Key Hwy (Federal Hill), 410-837-9903,
                              Mick O’Sheas, 328 N. Charles St. (Downtown), 410-539-7504,
                              Midtown Yacht Club, 15 East Centre St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-837-1300
                              New Haven Lounge, 1552 Havenwood Rd. (NE Baltimore), 410-366-7416
                              The New 5 Seasons Restaurant, 830 Guilford Ave. (Mt. Vernon), 410-625-9787,
                              Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. (Remmington), 410-662-0069,
                              Paradox, 1310 Russell St. (near M&T Bank Stadium), 410-837-9110,
                              Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Pl. (Downtown),
Out and About in Baltimore

                              Red Maple, 930 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-547-0149,
                              Sascha’s 527, 527 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-539-8880,
                              Sky Lounge, 1041 Marshall St. (Federal Hill), 410-625-1615
                              Sonar, 407 East Saratoga St. (Downtown), 410-327-8333,

                             Visual and Performing Arts
                             Baltimore has more museums and galleries than even a doctoral student can see while here.
                             They’re located in different parts of the city, which makes for a good excuse to explore: com-
                             bine a trip to the American Visionary Art Museum with a picnic in Federal Hill, swank-out with a
                             leisurely stroll through the Walters followed by drinks at Red Maple, or have brunch at Cafe Hon
                             and then walk off your Hon Bun legging it to all of the Hampden galleries. All are easily accessible
                             from campus and perfect for out of town guests. Here is a breakdown of the museum and gallery

                             Visual Art:
                             Baltimore is home to two premier museums: the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the Wal-
                             ters Art Museum. Both are convenient to access from Homewood campus, with the BMA actually
                             on the Homewood campus and the Walters across the street from the free JHU shuttle’s Peabody
                             stop. Regular admission to the BMA is free for Hopkins students, although special exhibits re-
                             quire separate admission. Those with non-Hopkins affiliated friends can take advantage of the

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free admission and late night events on the first Thursday of each month. The Walters is also free
to the public on the first Thursday of the month. But beware, special exhibits can be costly. In
addition to art, both the Walters and the BMA house decent eateries. The Walters has a restau-
rant at ground level open during museum hours. Gertrude’s at the BMA is high-end restaurant
overlooking the sculpture garden, and features a reasonably priced brunch, a classy bar, and the
one of a kind “Dirty Gertie” (a.k.a. extra spicy Bloody Marys). Baltimore also has the largest
American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in the country. The AVAM mounts eclectic displays
of non-traditional art by self-trained artists. It is a Baltimore anchor, and hosts the annual Ki-
netic Sculpture Race. The icing on the cake is Joy America Cafe, which boasts a fabulous view
of the city and organic creations. Don’t miss the permanent display of the 55-foot whirligig by
77-year-old mechanic, farmer, and visionary artist Vollis Simpson. The Contemporary is a small
art museum that purports to be redefining the museum-going experience. They are dedicated
to creating educational programs and cultural experiences that move beyond the museum into
communities, to link art with human experience. You may visit them at their home location in
Mt. Vernon, or look into the other ways they promote art throughout Baltimore.

The Maryland Science Center, located in the Inner Harbor, is a good museum to visit with the
children in your life. It also houses a planetarium and an IMAX theater for post-finals escapism.
Another acclaimed museum nearby is the National Aquarium in Baltimore, which offers fantas-
tic experiences, especially on Fridays after 5 p.m.(fall and winter only) when admission is only
$7.50 (otherwise, get ready to pay $21.50 for the privilege of seeing our aquatic compadres). If
weird science is your thing, then head to the Samuel D. Harris Museum of Dentistry, which
might have an audience with lovers of the odd. Kids don tiny lab coats, a tooth jukebox plays
vintage commercials, and art of abscessed teeth cover some walls. Those who fear the drilling

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chair may not dare venture here!

Natural and Social History and Industry:
One of the leading historical societies in the country, the Maryland Historical Society, covers
the whole span of the state’s history and culture with over six million objects and memorabilia.
It houses an extensive library, including thousands of genealogical records. Permanent displays
include the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner, while rotating exhibits include the
famed Duchess of Windsor (a Mt. Vernon resident) and films shot in the state (including dis-
plays of Divine’s dresses in Hairspray and stick figures from The Blair Witch Project). The Balti-
more Museum of Industry is an interactive museum dedicated to 19th-century industrial Balti-
more, where you can crank out your own handbill on an 1880s printing press, and board a steam
tugboat. The Baltimore Maritime Museum houses the last surviving warship from the attack
on Pearl Harbor, as well as the submarine that sank the last two Japanese combatant warships
during WWII. The first museum dedicated to the history of public works, the Baltimore Public
Works Museum contains a life-size recreation of utilities, from water to waste-disposal-running
beneath these city streets.
The B & O Railroad Museum resides in the historic Mt. Clare train station and was once the
starting point for the first passenger trains in the US. For a feeling of old Baltimore, ride one of
the streetcars at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. The entrance fee includes unlimited rides
and an audiovisual program. Rosa Parks and George Washington Carver are only two of the im-
portant individuals in black history cast in wax at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
The Jewish Historical Society of Maryland is made up of two historic synagogues that hold a
150,000-item archive of Jewish Baltimore. For more Baltimore history, the Mount Clare Museum
House, Baltimore’s only remaining pre-Revolutionary mansion, lets you get a glimpse of life in the

                             18th and 19th centuries. The Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center promotes African-
                             American art and culture in Baltimore through exhibitions, film screenings, and educational ac-
                             tivities. Classes, ranging from dance to after school programs for kids, are periodically offered.
                             The recently restored Robert Long House, built in 1765, offers a glimpse into colonial-era Balti-
                             more. If sports are more your thing, the Sports Legends Museum, located at Camden Yards, is
                             devoted entirely to sports, with a strong emphasis on Maryland’s role.
                             There are a number of small museums honoring individuals identified as contributing to Mary-
                             land in important ways. For stargazing, head to the Babe Ruth Museum and Baseball Center,
                             with exhibits on the Great Bambino and the Orioles Museum and Maryland Baseball Hall of
                             Fame. The Edgar Allan Poe House displays exhibits about the author’s life and work in his former
                             home. After your visit, take a side trip to Westminster Hall & Burying Ground for a tour of his
                             gravesite. In quirky Baltimore fashion, each year on Poe’s birthday a mysterious and anonymous
                             admirer leaves a rose and a bottle of cognac there. The Mother Seton House was the home of
                             Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity and the first native-born American
                             saint. Mother Seton resided in Baltimore from 1808 to 1809 and took her vows here. The house
                             showcases furnishings from the era and personal mementos of Seton. The B. Olive Cole Phar-
                             macy Museum honors Cole, one of the first women graduates of the University of Maryland’s
                             School of Pharmacy. The museum features a replica of an early 19th century pharmacy, mortars
                             and pestles, and root grinders. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum is the
                             former home of Mary Pickersgill, the seamstress who sewed the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry
                             in 1812, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

                             On Campus:
                             On the JHU Homewood campus at the front entrance near the Eisenhower library is the Home-
Out and About in Baltimore

                             wood House Museum, one of the finest examples of a Federal-period mansion. It was given
                             by the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence to his son as a wedding gift. The
                             Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame, on the northern edge of campus near the track,
                             commemorates the history of this highly popular sport. North of Homewood, Evergreen House
                             has collections of Post-Impressionist paintings, Japanese art, and a 35,000-volume rare book li-
                         5   brary.

                              American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway (Inner Harbor/Federal Hill),
                              410-244-1900, Tu-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $8 for Students,
                              B & O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. (W of downtown), 410-752- 2490, Mon-Sat 10
                              a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $14, ($8 tickets available from JHU FSRP)
                              B. Olive Cole Pharmacy Museum, 650 W. Lombard St. (W of downtown), 410-727-0746, M-F
                              9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, by appointment only.
                              Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum 216 Emory St. (W of downtown), 410-727-1539, Tue-Sun
                              10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Apr to Oct Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), $6 ($12 with Sports Legends Museum),
                              Baltimore Maritime Museum, Piers 1,3&5 E Pratt St. (Inner Harbor), 410-539-1797, Hours of
                              operation change with season!. $10,
                              Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive (on Homewood campus), 443-573-1700,
                              W-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Free entry.
                              Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway (Federal Hill), 410-727-4808, Tue-Sun 10
                              a.m.-4 p.m., $10/$6 Students,
                              Baltimore Public Works Museum, 751 Eastern Ave. and President St. (Little Italy/Inner
                              Harbor), 410-396-5565, Tu-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m, $2.50/$2 Students,

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 Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 Falls Rd. (Between downtown and Hampden),
 410-547-0264, Sun Noon-5 p.m (Jun-Oct Sat-Sun 12-5) $7,
 The Contemporary, 100 W. Centre St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-783-5720, Wed-Sun 12 Noon-5 p.m,
 $5/$3 Students,
 Edgar Allan Poe House, 417 East Fayette St, 410-396-4866, April-Dec Thu-Sat Noon-3:30
 p.m,. (Westminster Hall &
 Burying Ground with Poe’s Grave is at W. Fayette and Greene Sts.)
 Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St. (W of Downtown),
 410-225-3130, (see website for current events and exhibits)
 Evergreen House, 4545 North Charles St. (N of Homewood), 410-516-0341, Tu-F 11 a.m.-4
 p.m., Sat-Sun Noon-4 p.m. $6/$3 students. Tours begin on the hour.
 National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Ave. (East Baltimore), 410-563-3404,
 Check website for hours of operation. $12/$11 Students,
 Homewood House Museum, 3400 N. Charles (Homewood campus, next to the MSE Library),
 410-516-5589, Tu-Fri, 11 a.m.-4 p.m; Sat-Sun 12 noon-4 p.m. $6/Free for JHU students. Tours
 begin on the half hour.
 Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. (N of Little Italy), 410-732-6400, Sun,
 Tu-Th, Noon-4 p.m. $4 students.
 Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame, 113 W. University Pkwy. (Homewood campus,
 next to the stadium), 410-235-6882, Jun-Jan M-F 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb-May Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-3
 p.m., $3,
 Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-685-3750, Thu-Sat 10
 a.m.-5 p.m. $4/$3 students (first Thursday free),
 Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., 410-685-5225, Tu-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-8
 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $14.95 includes Planetarium, $18.95 includes

                                                                                                      Out and About in Baltimore
 Mother Seton House, 600 N. Paca St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-523-3443, Sat-Sun 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Free
 Mount Clare Museum House, 1500 Washington Blvd. (Carroll Park), 410.837.3262, Tu-Sat 10
 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours on the hour. $6/$5 students,
 National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St. (Inner Harbor), 410-576-3800, Hours of
 operation change often - check website, $29.95,
 Robert Long House, 812 S. Ann St. (Fell’s Point), 410-675-6750, tours at 1 and 2:30 p.m. daily,
 Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene Street, 410-706-0600, W-Sat
 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun 1 p.m.-4 p.m., $7/$5 students,
 Sports Legends at Camden Yards, 301 W.Camden Street (Downtown / Inner Harbor),
 410-727-1539, Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Apr to Oct Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), $8 ($12 with Babe
 Ruth Birthplace),
 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum, 844 E. Pratt St. (Little Italy),
 410-837-1793, Tu-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.., $7/$5 students,
 Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-547-9000, W-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m..
 Washington Monument, 699 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-396-0929, W-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
 Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $1,

Galleries/Cultural Centers
Gallery and cultural center dense areas include lower Charles St., Fell’s Point, SoWeBo (SW Balti-
more), and Hampden. Some of them are listed here, and you can keep track of openings through
the City Paper, or contact the galleries to get on their mailing/email lists. To briefly highlight a

                             few of those listed below, The Creative Alliance at Patterson Park is an intensely vibrant multi-
                             media center. They have performances, films, lectures, workgroups, and community events go-
                             ing on almost every day. You may view clay art (thrown and otherwise), and take pottery classes
                             at the Baltimore Clayworks. While class prices are steep, they offer a monitoring program for
                             students so that you may donate hours of studio and office work in exchange for almost half of
                             your class fees. Sign up early, because class space is limited. Most of the other galleries listed
                             feature contemporary American art. View the websites, and stop by the galleries to get a sense of
                             the ways in which the Baltimore art community is fashioning itself. Also, the Maryland Institute
                             College of Arts has many public events. Stay abreast of their shows, most of which are free and
                             take place in a creative and lively student environment.

                              Angelfall Studio, 2936 Remington Ave. (Charles Village), 410-261-3313
                              Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave. (Mt. Washington), 410-578-1919, M-Sat 10 a.m.-5
                              C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-539-1080, Tu-Sat 10 a.m.-5:30
                              Craig Flinner Gallery, 505 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-717-1863, M-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
                              The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. (Patterson Park), 410-276-1651, Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5
                              p.m. Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,
                              Fleckenstein Gallery, 3316 Keswick Rd, 410-366-3669, Tu-Fr 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat Noon-5 p.m.,
                              Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suit 100 (Downtown), 410-962-8565, Tu-Sat 11 a.m-5
                              Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 W. Mt Royal Ave. (Mt. Vernon),
Out and About in Baltimore

                              Meredith Gallery, 805 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon), 800-753-3575,
                              Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th St. (Hampden), 410-732-4258, Wed-Mon 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
                              OXOXO Gallery, 1617 Sulgrave Ave. (Mt. Washington), 410-466-9696
                         5    Steven Scott Gallery, 808 S. Ann St. (near Thames St.) 410-902-9300,
                              Westnorth Studio, 106 W. North Ave., 410-962-1475,

                             Formal (alterna-bar) Music Events
                             The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is the home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), di-
                             rected by Yuri Temirkanov. The award-winning orchestra performs over 200 concerts each year,
                             and the BSO offers student rush tickets the day of the performance. The Lyric Opera House is
                             the home of the Baltimore Opera Company, which presents four to six productions each season.
                             They also offer half-price tickets to students one-half hour before show time. Call ahead to check
                             schedule listings, as both venues also host other performances.
                             The Homewood campus features performances in Shriver Auditorium, such as those by the Hop-
                             kins Symphony Orchestra, the Shriver Hall Concert Series, the Women Composers Orches-
                             tra, and performances scheduled by the Office of Special Events ( The
                             Peabody Conservatory holds concerts throughout the school year that are often free or reduced
                             admission for students Also, try the Homewood Cultural Hotline or visit check out the Calendar
                             of Events for anything that might not fall into the above categories.

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The Recher Theatre, located in Towson, presents national and local rockers in a 700 capacity
space. They serve light dinner fare along with drinks but offer no seating; this means gulping,
shoveling, and then dancing the night away. The Funk Box in Federal Hill is a sizeable venue that
hosts many well-known and local bands. Ticket prices tend on the high side, but you can catch
some very talented artists as they tour through town.

Roots Cafe, a series of folk and ethnic music performances, has left Charles Village for Siedel’s
Bowling Alley. Where else can one listen to great live music while in a (duckpin) bowling alley?

Jazz and Blues
Normal’s, a bookstore in Waverly that moonlights as the music venue Red Room, holds Saturday
night performances that push the boundaries of avant-garde jazz in the Red Room. Performances
begin at 8:30 p.m. on select days, and usually cost $6. No food or drink served. Jazz lovers should
check out the Jazz Baltimore Alliance that exhaustively lists all jazz events around town broken
down by day, and listed at least two weeks in advance.

Blue Grass
If you’re into bluegrass, check out the DC Bluegrass Union at

 Music Venues
 DC Bluegrass Union,
 Funk Box, 10 E. Cross St. (Federal Hill), 410-625-2000,

                                                                                                      Out and About in Baltimore
 Jazz Baltimore Alliance,
 St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St. (Charles Village), 410-366-7733
 Johns Hopkins University:
 - Homewood Cultural Hotline, 410-516-5473
 - Calendar of Events
 - Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, 410-516-6542, jhso/
 - Peabody Conservatory, 410-234-4500
 - Shriver Concert Series, 410-516-7164,
 Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera House, 11 W. Mount Vernon place. 443.844.3496,
 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. (Mt.
 Vernon), 410-783-8170,
 The Red Room at Normal’s, 425 E. 31st St. (Waverly),
 Roots Cafe, 4443 Belair Rd. (Siedel’s Bowling Center), 410-880-3883,
 Recher Theatre, 512 York Rd. (Towson), 410-337-7178,


Baltimore offers many opportunities to enjoy live theatre, be it professional or community, eq-
uity or non, traditional, or experimental. For convenience’s sake, the first place you might want
to go when looking for a performance is Theatre Hopkins, the professional theatre company at
Johns Hopkins. Moving away from campus, check out Center Stage, Maryland’s state theater
that presents contemporary plays and innovative interpretations of classics in its two intimate

                             theaters, where the audience is never more than 30 feet from the actors. They offer student sub-
                             scriptions and also sell student rush tickets the day of the show. The city’s new pièce de resistance
                             is the refurbished Hippodrome Theatre, a non-profit foundation that replaced the Baltimore
                             Center for Performing Arts. Large traveling productions can be viewed at this luxurious venue.
                             Baltimore’s smaller stages also offer great shows. The Theater Project, which won the 2003 City
                             Paper Best Live Theatre award, is experimental and offers reasonably priced tickets to experience
                             original and experimental theatre, music, and dance productions. The Arena Players, Baltimore’s
                             only predominantly black production company (and the nation’s oldest black theater) presents
                             about six shows each season, and student tickets are priced at $10. The Everyman Theatre, Spot-
                             lighters Theatre, and Fell’s Point Corner Theater also offer several shows each season which they
                             perform with great energy.
                             For a concise list of current performances in Baltimore, check out the Baltimore Theatre Al-
                             liance’s “What’s Playing?” list, available on its website.

                              Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-728-6500,
                              Baltimore Theatre Alliance,
                              Center Stage: 700 North Calvert St., 410-332-0033,
                              Everyman Theatre 1727 North Charles St. (Charles North), 410-752-2208,
                              Fell’s Point Corner Theater, 251 S. Ann St. (Fell’s Point), 410-276-7837,
                              Hippodrome, 12 N Eutaw St. (Downtown), 410-837-7400,
                              Spotlighters Theater, 817 St. Paul St., 410-752-1225,
                              Theatre Hopkins, The Merrick Barn (Homewood Campus), 410-516-7159,
Out and About in Baltimore

                              Theatre Project: 45 West Preston St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-752-8558,
                              Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway St. (Fell’s Point), 410-563-9135,

                             Readings & Cabarets

                             There are a few spots for readings in town, but they seem to crop up and disappear quickly. For
                             a comprehensive list of readings and literary events in the city, check out the Baltimore Writers
                             Alliance’s newsletter, WordHouse, which is often available at the university bookstore. At the time
                             of this publication, places you might want to check if looking for this type of event are: Minas
                             Gallery (see Galleries listings), The Creative Alliance at Patterson Park (see Galleries listings)
                             and the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center (see Museum listings). And remember,
                             there’s no shame in the big chains. If you are in the mood for the musings of nationally-known
                             authors and want to get your bestseller signed, check out Borders Books and Music or Barnes &
                             Noble at the Inner Harbor and in Towson.

                             Performative Dance and Movement

                             Baltimore hosts many touring dance companies, and is home to several student dance
                             groups, many of which are affiliated with universities. You may enjoy seeing the an-
                             nual Nutcracker performance by the Baltimore Ballet Company and School (410-337-7974,
                    Check out additional listings in the City Paper.

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Many movies can be seen without leaving campus. Tarang shows Indian cinema. JHU film shows
more mainstream movies, and puts on the annual Hopkins Film Festival. During the summer
months, the JHU Summer Outdoor Film Series shows a number of releases from the past year,
for free, in the upper quad, outside of Gilman Hall. When active, Trojka shows weekly free, GRO-
sponsored, independent and mostly international movies. In addition, departments often fea-
ture movie series around a particular topic, so keep your eyes out.
If you are eager to leave campus and eat popcorn with your movie of choice, there are a number
of unique places to go. The Senator, an Art Deco movie house, is an historic landmark and a
local favorite. The screen is huge, the sound system is phenomenal, the artwork in the lobby
is striking, and the atmosphere makes going to the movies fun. You might recognize it from
Baltimore director John Waters’ Cecil B. Demented, filmed and premiered on location. All shows
at the Senator cost $8.
The Charles Theater shows mainly independent films on all five screens and has been a student
favorite for many years, films are $8, or $6 before 6 p.m. It hosts the Maryland Film Festival every
May and regularly screens local films by Baltimore directors. While you’re sitting in the lobby,
don’t be surprised if Rollmops, the friendly black cat with the white patches, jumps into your lap
while you wait. The Rotunda Cinematheque is a small two-screen theatre located a few blocks
from campus in the Rotunda shopping mall, which shows a selection of new releases. Tickets are
$6 Monday through Thursday, $8 Friday through Sunday.
While Baltimore has the independent movie scene covered, it is devoid of large multi-screened
cineplexes. To check out Julia, Renee, or Tom, you’ll have to head out to mall country. Luckily,
the AMC Towson Commons (where movies cost $8.50 but only $6.50 for matinees or with student

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ID) and Regal Hunt Valley Cinema 12 at Hunt Valley ($9 or $6.75 for matinees) are accessible by
public transportation, either by bus or light rail. Farther out and less accessible without a car is
the very new, clean, Loews White Marsh 16 with stadium seating ($9 or $7 for matinees.) Other
venue listings dotting the near and far suburbs are listed in the City Paper with phone numbers
and addresses.
Finally, because Baltimore is a throw-back kind of town, we must mention the classic drive-in,                                  5
where behind you is only forest, and in front nothing but a big, bright, beautiful movie screen.
Check out Bengies Drive-In Theatre in Middle River, which was built in 1956 and is home to the
biggest outdoor theatre on the East Coast. This excursion is only about a half-hour from JHU’s
Homewood campus. ($5-$8, depending on the movie, $7 extra to bring in outside food.)

 Campus Cinema
 JHU Film,
 JHU Summer Outdoor Film Series,
 Hopkins Film Festival,

 Off-Campus Movie Theatres
 AMC Towson Commons, 435 York Rd. (Towson), 410-825-5236,
 Bengies Drive-In Theatre, 3417 Eastern Blvd. (Middle River), 410-687-5627,
 Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., 410-727-3456,

                              Regal Hunt Valley Cinemas 12, 11511 McCormick Rd. (Hunt Valley), 410-329-9814,
                              Loews White Marsh 16, 8141 Honeygo Blvd. (the Ave. at White Marsh), 410-933-9428,
                              Maryland Film Festival, 107 E. Read St., 410-752-8083,
                              The Rotunda Cinematheque, 711 W. 40th St. (at the Rotunda Mall), 410-235-4800,
                              The Senator, 5904 York Rd. (Belvedere Square), 410-435-8338,

                             Festivals, Street Fairs & Block Parties
                             If you like greasy food served on a napkin, cheap tchotchkes, and daytime drinking, you may
                             have just moved to heaven; Baltimore loves its festivals, block parties, and street fairs.

                             The SoWeBohemian Arts Festival is a one-day spring event held around Hollins Market. Balti-
                             more also hosts a one-day art festival at The Mill Centre where local artists open their studios to
                             the general public. It’s easy to get to from campus and is worth the trip. You won’t want to, or even
                             be able to, miss Hopkins’ own Spring Fair, where local families mix with JHU students to flood
                             the quads and parking lot. Live music, food, rides, crafts, and beer in the president’s garden are
                             among the offerings. The annual Baltimore Blues Festival (
                             takes place in Patterson Park in May, and the Flower Mart will block your JHMI shuttle ride
                             around the same time.
Out and About in Baltimore

                             From May and throughout the summer, most weekends offer a variety of celebratory ethnic and
                             neighborhood festivals; check the City Paper and the city’s own festival Web site (
                             for scheduled events. Ones that merit distinction include Artscape (, a
                         5   three-day festival of arts, crafts, food, and music in July, centered around the Maryland Insti-
                             tute in Bolton Hill. Another great event every June is the Charles Village Festival (charlesvil-
                    you can enjoy food and fun with your neighbors. And last but cer-
                             tainly not least is the John Water’s inspired Hon Fest ( (said to honor and appre-
                             ciate the working women of Baltimore, but we know it’s really just an excuse to put your hair in a
                             beehive and hide behind sexy gem-studded cat-eye sunglasses). Will you be the next “Ms. Hon”?
                             In June Patterson Park offers quite an international experience. Early in the month the park plays
                             host to the Polish Festival (, with excellent authentic polish food
                             and music. Later in the month come back to the park for Latinofest where you can sample the
                             food, music, dance, and crafts representing many Latin American countries (

                             Though not officially designated a festival, the ’Miracle on 34th Street’ (700 Block W. 36th St.,
                    is s a must-see. The residents of this Hampden block spend the entire
                             year readying for the holiday blowout at Christmas. The week before the big day, don’t even try
                             to drive the strip: either walk from campus or park closer to the Avenue (36th St.) and walk down
                             to witness the miracle. Not to be out done, the Hanukkah House (6211 Park Heights Ave.) stays
                             lit for all eight nights. The Mayor of Baltimore usually shows up for one night to light the giant
                             menorah and help disperse thousands of jelly donuts to the crowd.

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Fall brings the Baltimore Book Festival to Mr. Vernon. It started in 1996 and has been a huge
success, featuring sales of new and used books, readings, and cooking demonstrations by famous
chefs. October brings the Fell’s Point Fun Festival (, featuring live
music, a large beer garden, and plenty of food (street fair pit beef is a must!).

Participant Sports
So you’re sick of sitting on your you-know-what and want to actually play? Well here are a few
options to blow off steam and have some physical fun.

Hopkins offers opportunities to sign up for dance classes throughout the year. If you would like to
practice sans other grad students, you can get your salsa/swing/tango/social ballroom dance on
with the Ballroom Dance Company. They offer classes around the area, so check their website
to find one that suits your needs. Dance in Time Productions offers lessons in salsa, rueda, cha
cha, meringue, mambo, and swing for all levels around the Baltimore area. For ballroom styles,
head to the Towson Dance Studios, where classes are offered most nights of the week.

Yoga classes can be found without leaving campus at the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Cen-
ter, through their Fitness & Lifetime Sports program, for only $40 per semester. Midtown Yoga
Center, with two locations, one in Mount Vernon and the other in Fell’s Point, offers all types

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of classes for all degrees of flexibility and experience, including HOT yoga and prenatal. Single
session $12, book of 6 for $60, and drop-ins welcome. Ahimsa Yoga Center is closer to campus
and offers a range of pre-registered and drop-in classes. They charge $15 for walk-ins ($12 with
student ID), or $100 for ten classes over 12 weeks. Finally, Aikido Baltimore Tomiki Center in
Federal Hill offers hatha yoga and aikido for a real steal: $5 for yoga , $4 for aikido, and the first
class is free!
When the weather is nice, there are a number of weekend pickup games on the fields on and
around campus (such as in Wyman Park). For indoor leagues, the Soccerdome is a short drive
south of Baltimore and is fun for all skill levels.

If you’re into women’s rugby, you can join Chesapeake Rugby, great group of women who play
every Tuesday and Thursday. from 7-9 p.m. in Druid Hill Park. For local men’s rugby, check out
the Baltimore Chesapeake RFC.

Golf/Driving Range
Whether you want to smack through some buckets at the driving range, or work on your finesse
on the course, the Pine Ridge Golf Course will surely satisfy your golf gusto. Located about 25
minutes from campus, charges vary from $17 for a late twilight game, to $45 for a weekend morn-
ing. A bit closer is the Mount Pleasant Golf Club, which at one time was an official U.S.G.A.
course. Information for these, and other public golf courses in the area can be obtained from the
Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation.

                             The Baltimore Rowing Club consists of sweep and sculling programs for all levels (even if you
                             don’t know what that means!). New rowers may sign up for seven-week sessions which usually
                             begin in early April, and returning or more senior athletes have ample opportunity to join teams.

                             Marathon Running
                             Are you a marathon runner? If so, you run one without leaving the city. The Baltimore Marathon
                             is held every October, and spans most of Baltimore, including Charles Village. The races include
                             a full- and half-marathon, 5k, and team relay. The Charles Village Festival also plays host to a 5k
                             through the neighborhood, which is one of many local races sponsored by Charm City Run.

                              Sports (Active)
                              Ahimsa Yoga Center, 3000 Chestnut Ave #1404 (Hampden), 410-409-2295,
                              Aikido Baltimore Tomiki Center, 1120 S. Charles St. (Federal Hill), 410-727-5457
                              Ballroom Dance Company, 310-294-1797,
                              Baltimore Marathon, 410-605-9381,
                              Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, 410-443-4933,
                              Baltimore Chesapeake Rugby (for men),
                              Baltimore Rowing Club,
                              Charles Village Festival (5k run),
                              Charm City Run, 410-561-3570,
                              Chesapeake Rugby (for women),
                              Dance in Time Productions,
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                              Midtown Yoga, 107 E. Preston St. (Mt. Vernon), 410-234-8967, and 901 Fell St. (Fell’s Pt.),
                              Mount Pleasant Golf Club, 6001 Hillen Rd., 410-254-5100,
                              Pine Ridge Golf Course, 2101 Dulaney Rd. (Lutherville), 410-252-1408,
                              Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center, Homewood Campus, 410-516-4434
                              Soccerdome, 7330 Montevideo Road (Jessup), 443-755-0014,
                              Towson Dance Studies, 9486 Deereco Rd., Timonium, 410-828-6116,

                             Spectator Sports
                             The Baltimore Orioles play at the most beautiful ballpark in the country, Oriole Park at Camden
                             Yards. The park was designed to complement a warehouse, which now houses the Os’ ticket
                             windows, sports store, and administrative offices. Pick out homeruns by your favorite players
                             from the baseball-shaped plaques embedded in the ground behind the outfield bleachers as you
                             scout for Orioles paraphernalia. Tickets are available–as long as the Yankees or Red Sox aren’t
                             playing–days or even hours before the game. There’s even a legal scalping area, and bleacher
                             seats are a bargain. Student tickets are $5 on Friday nights.

                             Though many Baltimoreans still mourn the loss of the Colts to Indianapolis, football fans can get
                             their fill with the Baltimore Ravens, who play at the M&T Bank Stadium, adjacent to Camden
                             Yards. Single game tickets start at $40 and often sell out.

                             The Baltimore Blast plays soccer downtown at the Baltimore Arena.

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Maryland also takes pride in horse racing. The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple
Crown, is held each May at Pimlico Race Course. Many visitors go to the Preakness and devote
much more time boozing it up on the infield than watching the races. Normally admission to the
grandstand is $3, but for the Preakness admission is $55 for the infield and $200 to watch from
the grandstand.

 Sports (spectator)
 First Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. (Downtown), 410-347-2020 – where the Baltimore Blast play, 410-732-5278,
 Baltimore Ravens, 1101 Russell St. (Downtown), 410-261-7283,
 Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St. (Downtown), 888-848-2473,
 Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. (Northwest Baltimore), 410-542-9400,

Even though you might feel exceedingly busy in your day to day activities, when things feel a little
too removed, you might want to turn to some of these volunteer opportunities. Here are some
suggestions to get you started.
Volunteer Maryland: Work with volunteer and service-learning programs that meet critical
needs in the areas of education, human needs, public safety, and the environment. American
Red Cross of Central Maryland: Volunteer opportunities include working as a blood drive vol-

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unteer, teaching babysitting skills to teens, teaching CPR and first aid, and many others. National
Aquarium in Baltimore: Work behind the scenes with aquarists and horticulturists, or train to
be an exhibit guide or information specialist. Rebuilding Together Baltimore: Help low-income
homeowners through home renovation and repair. Baltimore County Volunteers: The county
offers numerous volunteer positions through various local groups such as The Sky is the Limit
Creative Arts Program and the Maryland Interfaith Recovery Team. United Way of Central Mary-                                    5
land: Volunteer opportunities include Women’s Initiative and WINGS volunteers, database vol-
unteer, First Call For Help (volunteers trained as information specialists, linking callers to com-
munity resources such as food pantries, child care and health providers). The Arc of Baltimore:
Develop resources, provide services, and serve as an advocate for people with mental retardation
and developmental disabilities. The Baltimore Zoo: Help out with education and special events,
animal care, and horticulture. Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts: Assist with parades
and festivals around Baltimore. Baltimore County Public Library or Enoch Pratt Free Library
(Baltimore City): Volunteers are welcome at all locations and placements are tailored to your
skills and interests. Habitat for Humanity (Chesapeake and Sandtown): Help convert vacant
Baltimore row houses into homes for low-income families.

 American Red Cross of Central Maryland, 4800 Mount Hope Dr., 410-624-2000,
 The Arc of Baltimore, 7215 York Rd., 410-296-2272,
 Baltimore County Public Library, various locations in Baltimore County, 410-887-6100,
 Enoch Pratt Free Library, various locations in Baltimore City, 410-396-9940 (Central

                              Baltimore County Volunteers, 400 Washington Ave., Old Courthouse Mezzanine,
                              Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts, 7 E. Redwood St. Suite 500, 410-752-8632,
                              The Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park, 410-396-7102,
                              Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, 3741 Commerce Dr., Suite 309410-366-1250,
                              Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, 1300 N. Fulton Ave., 410-669-3309,
                              National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 East Pratt St. (Inner Harbor), 410-576-3886,
                              Rebuilding Together Baltimore, 1014 W. 36th St., 410-889-2710,
                              United Way of Central Maryland, 100 S. Charles St., 410-547-8000,
                              Volunteer Maryland, 301 West Preston St., 410-767-6203,

                             Budget Baltimore
                             Have you gotten excited about all that Baltimore has to offer? Here are a few final points that are
                             sure to make both you and your wallet happy. If you are a starving student or simply like to save
                             a few bucks, here are bargains in Baltimore that will make your shoe-string budget last until the
                             next boom (whenever that might come).
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                             On Campus:
                             As you’ve surely noticed, our very own JHU provides stimulation and entertainment if you keep
                             your eyes open. This guide, as well as postings on campus, and weekly events such as the GRO
                             happy hour and coffee hour, won’t tug too hard on your purse strings.
                         5   Hopkins provides an online, searchable, calendar of events at You
                             can also find a printed list of upcoming events in the back of JHU’s weekly administrative paper,
                             The Johns Hopkins Gazette, available all over campus.

                             Take advantage of your student status by bringing your student ID card to select movie theaters
                             and museums mentioned in this chapter, which offer discounted student admissions. A more
                             novel approach is ushering, a great way to catch a show for the mere price of passing out stage-
                             bills and doing minimal clean-up afterwards. Contact a theater well in advance to inquire about
                             volunteer opportunities.
                             Partake in Meyerhoff Rush where, subject to availability, a limited number of discounted tickets
                             will be sold for $10 to students. Student tickets are available beginning at noon on concert day,
                             one ticket per valid student ID, cash only. Call the ticket office the Monday prior to performance
                             day for rush availability. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony
                             Free First Thursdays of the month are a treat at The Baltimore Museum of Arts (BMA), and at
                             the Walters Museum. At the BMA, enjoy the free admission to both the museum and any special
                             exhibit, with extended hours and other evening festivities. The Walters is free all day.

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Baltimore Collegetown offers special discounts for students, often slashing the ticket prices by
more than half, to many of Baltimore’s popular, and typically expensive, cultural and art events.
The current week’s discounts can be found at, or you can sign up to
receive the current offers through e-mail each week.
Keep your eye out for Baltimore’s “Downtown Dollar or Less days”, usually the second weekend in
December. most museums in Baltimore reduce their admission price to $1 or less for the entire
weekend. Over a dozen museums participate each year, including heavy hitters like the National
Aquarium in Baltimore and The Walter’s Art Museum. For an updated list of participating mu-
seums visit the Baltimore Area Convention at Visitor’s Association website at
in early December.
Students can pick up discount tickets for several local attractions through the JHU Of-
fice of Faculty, Staff & Retiree Programs located in the Evergreen House or online at At the time of publication, discount tickets were available for
the Maryland Zoo, the B&O Railroad Museum, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and many
Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania theme parks.
Our final budget suggestion is by far the most amazing perk in Baltimore. The Book Thing is,
incredibly, a large warehouse of free books to peruse and choose, with a limit of 150,000 free
books per day per person. Its open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, at 3001 Vineyard
Lane (near 30th and Barclay). Don’t believe us? Check out the website at

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      Fill with mingled cream and amber,
         I will drain that glass again.
      Such hilarious visions clamber
         Through the chamber of my brain —
      Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies
         Come to life and fade away;
      What care I how time advances?
         I am drinking ale today.

                                                        Edgar Allan Poe, “Lines on Ale,” About July 10, 1848

There are some things we don’t like about Baltimore, but the eating and drinking scene is not
one of them. If you look hard enough, you will find that there is something for everyone, every
season, and every mood. What’s more, the process of looking for good places to eat is actually
enjoyable and affordable, even on a grad student budget, so long as you are prudent and some-
what informed. We hope that what follows will clue you in to places around campus and beyond,
maybe help you avoid an unpleasant experience or two, and encourage you to go out and experi-                  Drinking & Dining

ment for yourself. What we have listed below is not meant to be an exhaustive list–there is simply
too much to consider, and some places will undoubtedly close while new ones replace them. We
have tried to provide a wide variety of options, ranging from the raucous, drinking-with-a-group-                                  6
of-friends type of restaurants, to more subdued places where you can sit and study; places that
will feed you when you’re starving and broke, and restaurants you may want to visit with family
or for a special occasion.
Our second disclaimer relates to taste: of course you may like something we didn’t, or vice-versa.
We have tried to be somewhat objective, taking into account factors such as the cost of each place
and the freshness and quality of dishes, regardless of whether we like that particular cuisine.
Please keep in mind that with regard to ethnic cuisine, good does not necessarily mean authentic.
Again, we hope you will use this chapter as a guideline, and then find your own favorites.
We have laid out the listings by neighborhood. Some of you reading this now will undoubted be
in Baltimore for your first time and we hope this gives you a place to start. We have included
restaurants, bars, and, cafes. Since brewing has always played an important role in Baltimore

                        city life and we know that many grad students seek out unique, high-quality beers (and frankly
                        because we just plain like them), we have provided a list of our favorite Baltimore brewpubs. We
                        have also listed area wineries. Amongst the reviews, we feature some of our favorite happy hours,
                        brunches, and delivery options. Some places we list have been reviewed more extensively in the
                        Grad News. Check for back issues in Adobe Acrobat format.
                        We recommend taking your Alumni Association Student Discount Card along with you. Many of
                        favorite restaurants — including One World Cafe, Joe Squared and Pete’s Grill — offer discounts
                        with the card. Visit the Alumni association for more info:

                        Inform Yourself!
                        Again, this is not a comprehensive list of bars, cafes, and restaurants. Things open. Things close.
                        Chefs leave. Mixologists arrive. This gets published every 2-3 years. To be sure you get the most
                        out of Baltimore, you must arm yourself with the latest listings and reviews. We provide some of
                        our favorite resources here.

                        City Paper
                        Baltimore’s free weekly, City Paper ( has a weekly column called “Cheap
                        Eats”, profiling a different (affordable) gem of a restaurant each week. City Paper also publishes
                        an annual Best of Baltimore edition ( with categories for every type of
                        restaurant imaginable (for example, “Best Heart Attack in Your Hand”). They also keep a stock
                        of old reviews, notable openings and closing, and a superb list of upcoming cultural events for
                        young hipsters like yourself. If your computer is busted, fear not. They have stands filled with
                        hardcopies all around Baltimore and JHU’s campuses.

                        Yelp ( offers user-submitted reviews of restaurants across the country, with over
                        700 in the Baltimore-area alone. Features include searching by type or neighborhood, and the
                        free iPhone and BlackBerry apps allow you to us your GPS location.

                        Baltimore has reached such a stature that you can now find a surprising number of reviews (cer-
                        tainly more than you’ll find here). To get the fullest information, you must pay, but we have to
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                        give Zagat credit: it has ratings and reviews for everything, from the swankiest spot to the dump-
                        iest dives. Zagat is available on-line at, as an iPhone app, or in print. If you buy
                        the hardcopy, the Baltimore reviews are bundled with Washington, DC edition, so you’ll get two
                    6   cities for the price of one.

                        Our picks, by Neighborhood
                        Charles Village
                        Adjacent to Homewood campus, Charles Village is populated largely by people affiliated with
                        JHU: students (both grad and undergrad), faculty, and staff. Given the proximity to the Uni-
                        versity, one might suspect that Charles Village is actually capable of supporting more bars and
                        restaurants than are actually here. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the neighborhood on
                        your own, but we’ll get you started with a few of our favorites.

                         Café Azafrán
                         3700 San Martin Drive (inside The Space Telescope Science Institute)
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This cafe is only open for lunch and breakfast on weekdays but, despite the limited hours, it has
one of the best views on campus and certainly some the best lunch fare. The food is freshly
prepared, and the seating offers a lovely view of the woods beyond San Martin Drive.

 Carma’s Café
 3120 Saint Paul St. (multiple locations, including Mt Vernon)

We are blessed to have perhaps one of the best cafes in the city within a stone’s throw of campus.
The coffee is, of course, excellent, and the food is served freshly made. You won’t find burgers
here, but rather refined lunch fare. Vegetarians can rejoice at the abundance of options. The
seating inside is limited, but when it warms up, there is plenty of seating outside that makes you
believe for a moment that you might not be in a big, bustling city.

 Charles Village Pub (CVP)
 3107 Saint Paul St.

CVP, as it is commonly known, is hard to recommend for a refined evening, but if you are look-
ing for a bar with nachos, burgers, and beer, and you don’t want to walk far from campus, this
may be the place for you. You will also find a surprising diverse cross-section of Charles Village:
undergrads, grads, and locals, all interacting peacefully.

 3101 St. Paul St.

A sharp cafe that also doubles as a restaurant. Stop by for coffee, stay for lunch, take a date or
parents for dinner. Although pricier than some of the other options in the area, it’s certainly
nicer, too.

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 Gertrude’s at the BMA
 10 Art Museum Dr.
 410-889-3399                                                                                               6
Chesapeake cuisine has gone upscale at Gertrude’s, located in the Baltimore Museum of Art. We
like the sophisticated versions of traditional regional favorites. The seafood is excellent, as are
the non-seafood entrées and the reasonably priced sandwiches. Be sure to check out “Tuesdays
with Gertie” offering a subset of their dinner menu for only $12 — including their famous crab
cakes. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday.

 One World Café
 100 W. University Pkwy.

                        Good coffee goes hand in hand with good food at One World Café, and its proximity to Home-
                        wood campus makes it a pleasant place to go for a break. The menu is entirely vegetarian, with
                        the exception of three tuna and salmon dishes. Breakfast is served until 11 in the morning, lunch
                        and dinner until 11 at night, and the bar remains open until last-call. The Wednesday all-night
                        Happy Hour is popular among graduate students.

                         Pete’s Grille
                         3130 Greenmount Ave. (Waverly)

                        Cheap, hearty breakfast in this little joint is well worth the wait. The most highly recommended
                        breakfast place in Baltimore. They also serve lunch; come hungry. Fun fact: Olympic swimmer,
                        Michael Phelps, ate here frequently while training.

                         Thai Restaurant
                         3316 Greenmount Ave. (Waverly)

                        The title says it all at this reliable Thai spot. The decor is a bit chintzy, but there is a respectable
                        effort to look respectable, and it serves some of the best Thai food in Baltimore.

                         The Yabba Pot
                         2433 St Paul Street (lower Charles Village)

                        Vegetarians, Vegans, and all lovers of food, rejoice! You can all enjoy a meal together at this funky
                        eatery. The menu changes daily and it’s all fresh. Even if you aren’t in the mood for food, you can
                        get a yummy smoothy from their fruit juice bar. It’s informal and cute. Perfect for a healthy lunch
                        to counter the free pizza you’ve been eating all this week.

                        Hampden, Woodberry & Roland Park
                        West of campus, Hampden has traditionally been a working class neighborhood, although a re-
                        cent infiltration of art studios and antique shops give the area an eclectic flair that is truly Bal-
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                        timorean. Hampden is home to some of the best food bargains to be found in Baltimore, and
                        there is more variety available than you might think. Most establishments are on or near “The
                    6   Avenue” (W. 36th St.). Woodberry is adjacent to Hampden, easily accessed via either Union Av.
                        (under the highway) or W. 41st St. (over the highway). The Roland Park area is located just north
                        of Hampden, and is perfect place for a nice leisurely walk after eating.

                         Café Hon
                         1002 W. 36th St. (Hampden)

                        On the Avenue, Café Hon is a Hampden institution. They serve up “homestyle” entrees as well
                        as sandwiches and burgers. The wait staff is usually friendly and the ’50’s retro décor provides a
                        nice look to the place. They have a new bar next door, called the Hon Bar, which can often serve
                        the same food without the wait.

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 The Dizz (formerly Dizzy Izzie’s)
 300 W. 30th St. (Hampden)

This iconic Hampden/Remmington stalwart has been a favorite of grads for ages. Our calcula-
tions indicate that 62% of all successfully completed oral exams, comprehensive exam, and thesis
defenses are celebrated here. The decor is over the top, as though someone took crazy pills while
doing some holiday decorating. The food is solid, cheap pub grub (although they do serve cheap
breakfast, too), and the drinks are priced to sell. If you haven’t been here yet, you have a friend
who has. Make sure they take you along next time.

 Golden West Café
 1105 W. 36th St. (Hampden)

Owner Thomas Rudis, a transplant from New Mexico, serves up great food at any time, but his
breakfasts are truly outstanding and offered all day. The breakfast burrito, filled with potatoes,
eggs, cheese, and a sinus-clearing jalapeno sauce, is quite popular, but the banana pancakes with
coconut sauce, and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink huevos montulenos platter have fervent ad-
herents as well. They also have some unusual lunch items—one is served in a cut-open bag of
Fritos. The menu is vegetarian-friendly, including the recent addition of several vegan entrees.
The service at Golden West is known for being very hit-or-miss; often an adventure . . . a very Bal-
timoresque environment.

 Miss Shirley’s
 513 W. Cold Spring Lane (Roland Park)

Miss Shirley’s specializes in mid-atlantic/southern breakfast & lunch and is a local favorite due to   Drinking & Dining
its creative cuisine, fresh ingredients and great taste. They do not accept reservations for weekend
brunch, and wait can be long, but if you choose to stick around, expect a good meal. Also, just
observing their skill with table management will impress.                                                                  6
 Petit Louis Bistro
 4800 Roland Ave. (Roland Park)
 410- 366-9393

This outstanding Cindy Wolf enterprise does an excellent job of recreating the décor of a Parisian
bistro, complete with zinc bar top and narrow tables placed closely together. Entrees range from
a simple quiche to complex offerings such as duck confit and bouillabaisse. But don’t omit the
appetizers—try foie gras or escargots—and save room for the cheese and dessert courses. Great
restaurant for special occasions.

                         Rocket To Venus
                         3360 Chestnut Ave. (Hampden)

                        Brussels sprouts never tasted so good. Rocket To Venus’s eclectic menu will keep you coming
                        back for more. Brunch is served all-day Sunday and includes the deliciously sinful PB&J Delight:
                        A peanut butter and jelly sandwich fried after being dipped in pancake batter. The “Sunday Blitz”
                        (3-5pm) offers any brunch item with unlimited mimosas, bloody mary’s and sangria for only

                         Woodberry Kitchen
                         2010 Clipper Park Rd. #126 (Woodberry)

                        Located in the immaculately renovated Clipper Mill, Woodberry Kitchen offers upscale dining
                        with a little dash of Baltimore charm. The menu is filled with locally-sourced organic ingredi-
                        ents, Maryland-inspired cuisine, and top-notch cocktails. This is the place to go for a celebratory
                        dinner or to take family visiting from out of town. If you are looking to try Woodberry Kitchen,
                        but are afraid of the price, check out their delicious Sunday brunch.

                        Mount Vernon
                        Centered on the Washington Monument, Mount Vernon is one of the nicest truly urban neigh-
                        borhoods in Baltimore. Easily accessible via the JHU shuttle, city bus, or cab, Mt. Vernon offers a
                        plethora of restaurants, bars, and cafés. And the variety is impressive: whether you’re in the mood
                        for Indian, Ethiopian, or ritzy new American cuisine, you’ll find it in Mt. Vernon, not to mention
                        drinking establishments catering to everyone from scruffy art students to martini-sipping busi-

                         The Brewers Art
                         1106 North Charles Street (just south of Biddle St.)
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                    6   This Baltimore standard was recently rated the best bar in America by Esquire magazine, and
                        we’re not surprised. It’s an amazing place, that serves top-notch bar food ( $9 for a burger), and
                        that brews their own excellent beer. If you go, you are obliged to try their signature beer, “Res-
                        urrection”, and their rosemary-garlic fries. It’s also notable for the well-preserved woodwork up-
                        stairs, the dungeonous downstairs, and the rotating art collection. Expect crowds during prime
                        time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Like most bars in Baltimore, they have specials
                        for the early comers. There is also a respectable sit-down restaurant that is good bit pricier and
                        that takes reservations. If you live in Mt. Vernon, are heading to Mt. Vernon, or like beer, go here.
                        Now. Put this down. Really. Move it.

                         City Café
                         1001 Cathedral St.

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City Cafe does a lot. It serves as the neighborhood cafe, with an abundance of seating, coffee, and
lunch options. There is WiFi, but it is only free for an hour or two when you purchase something
at the counter (they could be a lot stingier, but are frequently generous). There is also a dining
area with a range of options (burgers to steak) and prices (burger $9, steak $24). Where it really
shines is during the nightly happy hours (call ahead to check, but there is a half-price burger
night, two-for-one drinks night, and half-price bottle of wine night), and the weekend brunches.
Oh so good.

 The Helmand
 806 North Charles Street (North of the Monument)
 Baltimore, MD 21201-5349

Darling, won’t you let me take you to The Helmand? Many grads have saved The Helmand for
a special occasion, and it’s not hard to see why. The food is excellent (Afghan-chic), the lights
are low, the linen is white, and the wine cellar is stocked. The prices are higher than some of the
other options in the area, but completely justified considering what you receive. The turnover is
high, so reservations are not required, but be prepared to wait 15 minutes during the busy times.

 818 N. Calvert St.

This cute, open-kitchen BYOB competes with Joe Squared as Baltimore’s premiere pizza joint. As
far as pizza places go, this is high-end and is good for all occasions, including dates (just don’t
forget to bring your own wine).

 Koffee Therapy
 6 East Franklin St.
 877-764-5241                                                                                         Drinking & Dining

Recently rated by CityPaper as Baltimore’s premier cafe, this well decorated gem will serve just
about anything caffeinated that can be put in a cup. They do it well. There is also plenty of
reading material, some food options, and one of the best kept secrets in Mount Vernon, a garden
isolated from the din of the city.

 Mick O’Shea’s Pub
 328 N Charles St (South of Mulberry St)
 Baltimore, MD 21201-4352

Whether you’re craving shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, or just a well-poured guinness with
a well done burger in a real pub setting, this is the place for you. You can also catch games at

                        the bar which has a good assortment of televisions. We’re particularly fond of the Monday night
                        Burger & Beer happy hour, but if that doesn’t appeal they have rotating specials every night of the

                         Midtown Yacht Club
                         15 East Centre Street (Between Charles and St. Pauls Sts)

                        This sailing-themed dive is Baltimore at its best. Not formal, good crowd from all walks of Bal-
                        timore, some sports viewing if you need it, and a massive barrel of peanuts. For those of you
                        who live by the maxim that it is always after 5pm somewhere, Midtown Yacht Club is home to
                        Baltimore’s best Bloody Mary. On weekends, they also have a meaty brunch with all-you-can-
                        drink Mimosas. If you leave a big tip, they’ll also ring a thought-shattering bell in your honor. On
                        the weekends, they also are home to the entrance of Spy Bar, a hidden bar (it can’t be good for
                        business). Spy bar is ideal for large groups looking to hang together without the crowds and who
                        might enjoy a turn on the dance floor.

                         1013 N. Charles Street (Between Chase and Eager)
                         Baltimore, MD

                        If you want cheap sushi or even expensive sushi, at most other places you can expect dull decor
                        and uninspiring bar options. Not so at Minato. The folks here put a lot of effort into both, and
                        the food and sushi are pretty good. Even better, they have happy hours every week night (before
                        7pm) that are perfection: cheep beer & cocktails and cheap food. This place truly hits the sweet
                        spot of reasonable, fashionable, and drinkable. Thank you, people of Minato.

                         My Thai
                         800 North Charles Street (North of the Monument)
                         Baltimore, MD 21201-5318
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                        Located right next to the Monument in Mt. Vernon, My Thai is a good place to end a long day
                        or begin a long night in Mt. Vernon. We generally like the food, which is amongst the best Thai
                    6   in town, but the service can be slooooow. We also appreciate the festive setting and the full bar
                        with good, creative–if a bit sweet–cocktails. Prices are middle of the road, and they sport a decent
                        happy hour.

                         The Owl Bar
                         1 East Chase Street (Just East of Charles Street in the Belvedere)

                        If you were ever wondering what Baltimore looked like back in the olden days, this will give you
                        a pretty good idea. Located in the grand Belvedere building, The Owl Bar has both a bar and
                        restaurant. The booze works and the food is solid Baltimore fare (a step above burgers, but a lot
                        of dishes with crab). The food prices are reasonable for a nice sit-down place ( $13 for an entree),

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and the happy hours can be very generous. The reason to go is the huge, unique room. It is
completely worth having a drink while taking it all in.

 13th Floor at the Belvedere
 1 East Chase Street (Just East of Charles St.)
 (410) 347-0888

Located on the top foor of the Belvedere. The main attraction here, of course, is the view. After
it’s dark, it’s party time. They have a dance floor and they aren’t afraid to use it. The space isn’t
exceptionally large, so expect a shoulder-to-shoulder experience on Friday and Saturday nights.
They do serve a range of american bar food, but the reason to come is for the view. Impress your
out-of-town friends.

Station North
We now have to regard the stretch of Baltimore centered around Charles Street and North Avenue,
north of Pennsylvania Station, as its own neighborhood. While this area has always been home to
some of the better cultural institutions in Baltimore, it has been traditionally considered a part of
Mt Vernon. No longer! It has hit its stride and is now one of the hippest areas in Baltimore, largely
influenced by the fashionable crown from MICA. Aside from the excellent, bare-bones Korean
restaurants, the food options are a bit limited, but you can’t beat the bars, clubs, and culture.

 Club Charles
 1724 North Charles St.

This is Baltimore’s club. The second you walk through the door, you know it. The retro 50s theme,
the hand-painted murals, the stools, the clock, the sexy lighting, and the occasional John Waters
sighting all tell you. There is food supplied by their neighbors, The Zodiac, which makes solid bar
food and is vegetarian-friendly. There are also daily happy hour specials.

 Joe Squared Pizza & Bar
 133 West North Avenue (Near Howard Ave)
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 Baltimore, MD 21201

This may be the pizza joint that Baltimore has been waiting for. It serves some of the most cre-
ative pizza in Baltimore, and is also home to a live music venue and Baltimore’s most expansive
offering of rums (this has been confirmed on multiple occasions by a professional Trinidadian).
The vibe here is lively, the crowd is colorful, and the music, well, varies. The also do take out and
delivery. The prices are higher than Domino’s, but it is entirely justified for this heavenly pizza.
They will deliver to campus, too.

 Nam Kang
 2126 Maryland Ave.
 410- 685-6237

You know how sometimes it’s midnight before you get around to thinking about dinner, and sud-

                        denly you realize you’re starving but everything seems to be closed? This is a great place for those
                        times: it serves delicious Korean food, with friendly service, until 4 am. You’ll start off with sev-
                        eral little dishes containing items ranging from kimchi (that spicy pickled cabbage) to tiny dried
                        fish to bean sprouts, to a few things we haven’t figured out yet, but they’re all good. Then try a
                        barbecue or flavorful soup. The only thing we wouldn’t recommend is the excessively sweet plum

                         Sofi’s Crepes
                         1723 North Charles St

                        Are you all dressed like a grad student, heading to the Charles Theater, and looking for something
                        good and reasonable? We can help. So can Sofi’s Crepes, a tiny crepe shop adjacent to the Charles
                        Theater (see “Out and About in Baltimore”). Some are savory, some are sweet, and all are good
                        and gooey. In the evenings, it can be standing-room only. It’s also a good place to stop to grab a
                        crepe before catching the Bolt Bus to New York.

                         Tapas Teatro
                         1711 North Charles St

                        Are you all dressed up, heading to the Charles Theater, and have no where to eat? We can help.
                        So can Tapas Teatro, a tapas restaurant adjacent to the Charles Theater (see “Out and About in
                        Baltimore”). There are plenty of small plates to try and, although it is on the expensive end, if you
                        are careful, the bill will be tolerable. The atmosphere is vibrant, undoubtedly enhanced by the
                        delicious sangria that seems to pour out of the taps. There are no reservations accepted, but the
                        space is large, and the turnover is frequent. This could be a good place to take parents from out
                        of town, too.

                        Fell’s Point and Little Italy
                        The former sailors’ haven known as Fell’s Point is one of Baltimore’s premier area for night life,
                        but it can also be fun during the day. Filled with bars, restaurants, and dance clubs, Fell’s Point
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                        abounds with food and beverage opportunities. Between Fell’s Point and the Inner Harbor lays
                        Little Italy, home to a number of Italian restaurants.

                    6    Birds of a Feather
                         1712 Aliceanna St. (Fell’s Point)

                        Scotch is the drink here: this place has over one hundred single malt scotches, not to mention
                        detailed maps of Scotland tucked away under the bar, in case you’re wondering exactly where
                        your favorite Scotch is made. The scotch is priced to sell, and if you want to sample, they serve
                        generous half pours. On Wednesdays there is a talented, vegetarian-friendly sushi chef who can
                        whip up some quick eats, but otherwise there is no food to be found here (call ahead to be sure
                        she’ll be there!). Come for drinks before or after dinner. To those new to scotch, be sure to know
                        that the proprietor is also ready with a recommendation (she also loves to talk about sailing).

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 Blue Moon Cafe
 1621 Aliceanna St (Fell’s Point)
 (410) 522-3940

Love it or hate it (most of us love it), the Blue Moon cafe serves a mean brunch (and nothing but
brunch, so don’t be silly and expect it to be open for dinner). Cap ’N Crunch-encrusted french
toast? It actually works. There is more traditional brunch fare and it’s all solid. They don’t take
reservations so expect to wait quite a bit over the weekend. Our trick is to put our name on the
list and head to The Wharf Rat to enjoy their 3-for-$5 deal to wait it out.

 Duda’s Tavern
 1600 Thames Street (Fell’s Point)
 (410) 276-9719

Food in Baltimore is largely about crabs. If it’s about crabs, then it’s also about crab cakes. The
members of the GRO have traveled far and wide, and we agree that this is the place for grad stu-
dents to have them (especially on Tuesdays when they’re half price). They also have a cheap
seafood special every day. Also, beer lovers should not overlook the impressive selection of inter-
national beers (bucket of polish beers, anyone?), or the keg of Ressurection, the signature beer of
The Brewer’s Art (see paragraph on Mt Vernon).

 Helen’s Garden Café
 2908 O’Donnell St. (Canton)

With the longest happy hour in Baltimore — half-price glasses of wine from 11-8 daily — He-
len’s garden is the affordable way to sip wine in style. The extensive and eclectic menu is sup-
plemented with a variety of specials each week and on Wednesday nights most entrees are half-
price. The food is outstanding — grilled pork chops au poivre, a crab cake and steak combination,
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blackened beef salad over spinach with gorgonzola, to name a few favorites. it is the atmosphere,
though, that sets Helen’s garden apart from other sophisticated city restaurants. Conscious of its
location in the gentrifying but still very much East “Balmer” district of Canton, the restaurant’s
management invites casual dress, friendly unhurried sociability and a genuine and unpreten-
tious appreciation of good food and wine. Sit at the bar for an hour and you will make new and
interesting friends over the best food you’ve tasted in a while.

 One-Eyed Mike’s
 708 South Bond Street (Fell’s Point)

It is hard to describe what haute bar food truly is, and why you should go out of your way to find
it. Just trust us when we say that One-Eyed Mike’s will satisfy both questions, and the answer is
delicious. This dark, wood-paneled bar has dished to fill every stomach on any budget. In the
front, you can eat or drink at the bar, which is popular most nights of the week. In the back is

                        a cozy dinning room, perfect for a date or visiting parents. Their major claim to fame is that it
                        is the world’s first Grand Marnier club (NB: Grand Marnier is a orange-based liqueur, similar to
                        Cointreau, which is featured heavily in their specialty cocktails). Also, be sure to catch the happy
                        hour between 4-7pm on weekdays.

                         600 Oldham St. (Greektown)

                        Melitzanosalata (eggplant spread) and fried calamari are two of the most popular choices at this
                        inexpensive, popular, Greektown option. Samos is one of the few remaining authentic Greek
                        restaurants in Baltimore. Remember to BYOB, if desired, and bring cash as credit cards are not

                         1401 Aliceanna St. (Fell’s Point)
                         (410) 522-1907

                        If you think a tea room is a small room with heaps of tea, scones, old ladies, and quilted pillows,
                        then don’t go here. This is a 21st Century tea room. Come here to enjoy quality coffee, free
                        WiFi, snacks, food, and, when night falls, a happening bar with a good wine selection. It may be
                        tempting to settle for Cafe Q, Barnes & Noble, or Starbucks, but here the food and atmosphere is
                        superior and you can actually work here in this nice, chilled-out space.

                         222 Albemarle St. (Little Italy)

                        Big desserts in Little Italy. A very popular night time place that’s always crowded serving nothing
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                        but dessert. All of the desserts are amazing. If you’re not in the mood for a enormous dessert, try
                        a child size italian cookies and cream gelato. Also good for espresso drinks. You can have a free
                        dessert on your birthday (as long as someone is with you to buy another dessert of equal value).
                    6    The Wharf Rat
                         206 West Pratt St (Fell’s Point)
                         (410) 276-8065

                        If you are in Fell’s Point and in need of a good beer, start here. Not familiar with their selection?
                        Fear not: the brilliant minds at The Wharf Rat understand and offer a three beer tasting selection
                        for $5 every day before 7pm (all day on Thursdays). These are not small pours either. The decor
                        is kinda cool, too. Maybe this is what a pub looked like when this neighborhood was an active
                        commercial maritime center. The food is pub food, but the raison-d’etre is the beautiful, beautiful

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 Ze Mean Bean
 1739 Fleet St. (Fell’s Point)
 410- 675-5999

You wouldn’t know it from the name, but Ze Mean Bean is an excellent place to come to dine on
Polish or other Eastern European dishes. Try the pierogies or the halupkis. If you can’t decide
what you want, try the Slavic sampler appetizer. They also serve a number of tasty new American
entrees and sandwiches. To avoid the crowds, go on Saturday. The Bloody Marys are good and
you should save room for homemade dessert, like a chocolate or cinnamon babka.

South Baltimore: Federal Hill and Key Highway
Southwest of the inner Harbor, Federal Hill is a neighborhood where urban renewal has been a
resounding success. Professional people live here in renovated brick-front row houses as, not
surprisingly, a number of bars and restaurants have emerged to cater to them (and others). Be
warned: for the young professional crowd, this neighborhood is a magnet on the weekend nights,
and parking can be notoriously difficult to find. However, if fraternity-esque entertainment is
what the night calls for, don’t hesitate to go (and you should probably be taking a cab anyways,
right?). Most places are found along Cross St. (where the Cross St. Market is located) or S. Charles
St. The Key Highway follows the southern contour of the harbor and leads to an area called Locust
Point (or to I-95 south if you miss a turn!).

 Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina
 1325 Key Hwy. (Federal Hill)

Little Havana is Baltimore’s premier, and likely only, Cuban restaurant with an interesting Cuban
décor. There are plenty of waterfront tables outside, where you can eat empanadas and drink
carafes of sangria. For the weekend brunch, you get only one plate of food, but the drinks are
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 LP Steamers
 1100 East Fort Avenue (Federal Hill)
 (410) 576-9294

You live in Baltimore. You should eat crabs. It’s really that simple. The only problems is that
crabs can be costly. LP Steamers might be the right balance of everything for a grad student. It’s
casual, supplies cheap pitchers of beer, and it serves good steamed crabs smothered in Old Bay
at a good price. The second floor is ideal for groups (just ask the Yankees or the grads in the math
department). If you are lucky enough, you can even snag the lone table on the deck with the view
above the restaurant.

                        Baltimore: The City That Brews
                        Beer has historically played an important role in the life of Baltimore. And although Baltimore
                        is no longer home to National Bohemian (Natty Boh) beer, and the downtown streets no longer
                        smell like beer (as they did during Prohibition), a number of microbreweries and brewpubs have
                        emerged to continue the tradition. Check out for the Brewers Association
                        of Maryland website.
                        For your imbibing pleasure, we have provided you with a list of local brewpubs. We suggest you
                        visit them all during your time in Baltimore. All of them run quite good happy hour specials
                        featuring their own brews. Most of them have beer samplers you can order which include 5 or
                        6-ounce samples of all or most of their beers. Those that don’t will generally let you taste a beer
                        or two before ordering. And if you can’t get enough while you’re there, most of these brewpubs
                        offer inexpensive growlers (jugs) of their brews for you to take home. And as always, please be
                        sure to find a designated driver!
                        In addition to beers brewed by brewpubs in Baltimore, there are several other locally produced
                        beers worth sampling. Look for them at bars or at liquor stores such as Wells and The Wine

                         Blue Ridge, the line of beers from Frederick Brewing Company, is one of our favorite regional
                         brands. The brewery offers tours, too.
                         Clipper City Beer is owned by Hugh Sisson, of brewpub renown. There are several varieties
                         available on tap or in bottles around town, including some brews by Hopkins Cancer
                         Researchers! McHenry’s is the most popular (and one of the best).
                         The Raven is a tasty beer that stands alone, probably because its makers don’t have their own
                         facilities, so they contract the brewing and bottling out. Recognize it by the portrait of Poe on
                         the bottle caps.
                         Wild Goose, from the Eastern Shore, produces a range of good beers, including an excellent
                         India Pale Ale, a porter, and a winter ale aptly called “Snow Goose.” Wild Goose is now owned
                         by the Frederick Brewing Company, makers of Blue Ridge beers. They have kept the Wild
                         Goose line separate, though, and we’re glad.
                         Yuengling, from America’s oldest brewery, has recently acquired considerable market share
                         in Baltimore. This Pennsylvania brand has a pretty good lager and a pre-mixed
                         black-and-tan. Best of all, it’s really cheap!
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                    6   Baltimore Brewing Company German-style beer in a spacious setting. Get a growler to go or a
                        mini-keg for a party.
                        The Brewer’s Art Belgian-style beers with fine dining upstairs and a grotto bar downstairs.
                        DuClaw Brewery Good ales in a strip mall on Thames Street in Fell’s Point.
                        Ellicott Mills Brewing Company German- and Australian-style lagers in historic Ellicott City.
                        Red Brick Station/White Marsh Brewing Company The British-style ales make a trip to White
                        Marsh worthwhile.
                        Ryleigh’s Restaurant and Brewpub Maryland’s oldest brewpub, recently renovated.
                        We miss the old menu though.
                        The Wharf Rat Outstanding Oliver’s Ales, with locations in both Fell’s Point and the Inner Harbor.
                        Try the traditional cask-conditioned brews!

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Wine in and Around Baltimore
For all you grape lovers, Washington D.C. has many possibilities for wine tasting, including on-
campus at GRO-sponsored wine-tastings, usually held once per semester. A great option in
our immediate neighborhood is the Wine Source (3601 Elm Ave., 410-467-7777, www.the-wine- in Hampden which also occasionally hosts wine-tasting events. Down the street,
13.5% (1117 W. 36th St., 410-889–1064, has recently open with a great selec-
tion. Corks (1026 S Charles St, 410-752-3810, has the biggest wine
list, but it’s quite expensive by a grad student’s budget. Helen’s Garden Café (2908 O’Donnell
Street, 410-276-2233, has selections aptly suited to a grad student bud-
get and a daily “wine happy hour.” Maryland is not known for its wines, and there are in-
deed some bad ones, but a few are decent, and visiting the wineries is a fun thing to do.
The industry however, is growing with 22 wineries currently producing more than 180 differ-
ent wines. Maryland also has its own Wine Festival held annually by Caroll County tourism

 Maryland Wineries
 For more information visit
 Basignani, 15722 Falls Rd., Sparks Glencoe, MD, 410-472-0703,; One of
 the most famous of MD wineries; Most popular wines are Riesling and Chardonnay
 Boordy, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD, 410-592-5015,
 Frederick Cellars, 221 N. East Street, Frederick, MD, 301-668-0311,
 Cygnus, 3130 Long Lane, Manchester, MD, 410-374-6395,
 Deep Creek Cellars, 177 Frazee Ridge Road, Friendsville, MD, 301-746-4349,; Located in beautiful MD countryside with amazing views
 Elk Run, 14113 Liberty Rd., Mount Airy, MD, 800-414-2513,
 Fiore, 3026 Whiteford Rd., Pylesville, MD, 410-879-4007,
 Linganore, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy, MD, 410-795-6432,
 Loew, 14001 Liberty Rd., Mount Airy, MD, 410-831-5464,
 Woodhall, 17912 York Rd., Parkton, MD, 410-357-8644,

Take Out and Delivery
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If you don’t want to leave your apartment or can’t leave your department, almost all local restau-
rants offer take-out (or take-away, if you prefer), and some will even deliver directly to your door.
To make your life easier, a number of companies have popped up help you eat without having
to pick up the phone. Campus Food and Foodler both
offer complete menus and on-line ordering. Of course, if all you are craving is pizza, Papa Johns
( has an easy-to-use website and fast delivery.

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Chapter      7
Getting Outdoors

      Fair river! in thy bright, clear flow
            Of crystal, wandering water,
      Thou art an emblem of the glow
                   Of beauty — the unhidden heart —
                   The playful maziness of art
      In old Alberto’s daughter;

      But when within thy wave she looks —
                 Which glistens then, and trembles —
      Why, then, the prettiest of brooks
                 Her worshipper resembles;
      For in my heart, as in thy stream,
            Her image deeply lies —
      The heart which trembles at the beam
            Of her soul-searching eyes.

                                      Edgar Allan Poe, “To the River ——”, Broadway Journal, September 6, 1845

Getting Outdoors in Baltimore: Staying in the City
Urban Parks
Despite being a city, Baltimore is not a suffocating asphalt jungle. On the contrary, the city has
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quite a few areas that allow residents to escape the touristy Inner Harbor, flashy neon plazas, and
endless blocks of rowhouses.
Closest to the Homewood campus is, of course, Wyman Park. The park consists of two sections,
Wyman Park Dell on Charles St. and the park on Tudor Arms Dr. behind the Space Telescope
building. In general, the Dell is a pretty nondescript piece of land, but in the summer the Charles
Village Association occasionally hosts movies or other events there. The larger part of the park
is made up of a big field that attracts softball, rugby, and soccer players. In the winter, the hill
leading down to the field is a favorite with sledders.

                       Starting at Wyman Park and running north is Stony Run Park, part of Baltimore City’s mostly un-
                       realized Greenways system. Stony Run is essentially a trail used by runners who desire a pleasant
                       run through Roland Park up to Northern Parkway. Those looking for a pretty green space to walk
                       to can head up to Sherwood Gardens, at the corner of Stratford and Greenway in the affluent
                       Guilford neighborhood. For a very short time in late April, the gardens showcase a spectacular
                       display of every type of tulip imaginable. Make sure not to miss this while you’re at Hopkins. In
                       general, walking around Guilford and Roland Park is a pleasant way to get outside.
                       Also close to the Homewood campus is the Jones Falls, namesake of I-83, the Jones Falls Express-
                       way. Also part of the Greenways system, the trails along the Jones Falls are not exactly developed
                       for easy recreational use. However, for the intrepid, the Jones Falls could be an interesting urban
                       waterway to explore. They can be accessed from Falls Road in Hampden.
                       Druid Hill Park, a large urban park constructed in the 19th century, is another park accessible by
                       foot for those interested in a somewhat longer walk. The park is popular with runners and dog-
                       owners since it contains 674 acres of open space. It houses the Baltimore Zoo, tennis courts,
                       a community pool, and a frisbee golf course. The nearby Baltimore Conservatory, started in
                       1888 and recently expanded and renovated, is a Victorian greenhouse with indoor palm trees
                       and exotic foliage. It also holds the Annual Spring Flower Display, which features thousands of
                       colorful tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and lilies. Best of all, it’s free!
                       Within driving distance (or biking distance) of campus is Robert E. Lee Park. Five miles north on
                       Falls Road, it provides a lovely lake and plenty of room for picnics, fishing, dog-walking, moun-
                       tain biking, and boating. Lake Montebello, at the end of 33rd Street east of campus, has a 1.4-mile
                       loop frequented by bikers, walkers, and rollerbladers. The Cylburn Arboretum is located west of
                       Interstate 83 and has acres of gardens and forest. Fort McHenry, accessible by car or by water
                       taxi, has large expanses of grass and a steady sea breeze for flying kites and watching boats.

                       Getting Outdoors around Baltimore: Leaving the City
                       While Maryland might not have the highest mountains to climb or thousands of acres of back-
                       country camping, it has plenty to keep the outdoor enthusiast happy during his/her stay at Hop-
                       kins. In the following section, we list various outdoor pursuits and highlight some of the best
                       places for that activity while making note of any community resources that support it. More de-
                       tailed information on many of the places listed in the individual paragraphs can be found in the
                       Outdoor Recreation section immediately following.

                       You wont be able to train for climbing Mount Everest in Maryland, Virginia or Pennsylvania, but
                       there are many areas that provide hikes for hikers of all abilities. Some of the more famous areas
                       include the C&O Canal, Harpers Ferry, the NCR Trail, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Cunning-
                       ham Falls State Park/Catoctin Mountain Park, and Great Falls of the Potomac. Susquehanna
                       State Park and Patapsco State Park are two of the closest state parks and contain many miles of
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                       hiking trails.
                       Other popular trails include the Allegheny Highlands Trail of Maryland, the Western Maryland
                   7   Rail Trail, the Northern Central Railroad Trail, the Historic Savage Mill Trail, the Cross Island
                       Trail, and Ocean City Boardwalk
                       For those who prefer organized outings, the Mountain Club of Maryland has a full schedule of
                       hikes that take place at established hiking areas near Baltimore. For a $15 membership fee, in-
                       terested hikers can take full advantage of their programs. The Maryland Outdoor Club runs or-
                       ganized hikes as well as volunteer and social events. Best of all, membership is free. The Johns

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Hopkins Outdoor Club also arranges hikes from time to time, in addition to their other outdoor

 Hiking & Outdoors Clubs
 Mountain Club of Maryland, 410-377-6266,
 Maryland Outdoor Club,
 Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), 703-242-0693,
 Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, 301-277-7111,
 Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club (JHOC), outdoors/

Camping and Backpacking
Many of the state and national parks in Maryland offer designated campgrounds that can be re-
served ahead of time. National sites include Assateague Island on the Eastern Shore and Green-
belt Park in Greenbelt, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. Assateague contains a range of
camping options from drive-in spots to backcountry camping requiring a permit.
While most of the established state campgrounds are in the mountains of Western Maryland,
there are a few that are closer to Baltimore. These include Susquehanna State Park, Rocks State
Park, Patapsco State Park, and Gunpowder Falls State Park. Campsites for one or two tents
generally cost around $30/night. Beware that a recent state law outlaws the consumption of
alcohol in state parks, so, if beer is your thing, head to federal land instead.
The closest wilderness in which long backpacking trips are really feasible lies over three hours
away, in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park or George Washington National Forest. The Ap-
palachian Trail runs through both as well as through a short section of western Maryland north
of Harpers Ferry. Contact the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) for information.

 Camping Information
 National Park Service Camping Reservations,
 Maryland State Park Camping Reservations,

Cycling and Mountain Biking
It’s easy to assume that Hopkins’ location in the middle of a large city makes cycling nearly im-
possible. This is not entirely true. For road bikers, there is quite a lot of great terrain north of the
city which can be accessed fairly easily from Hopkins. Take Roland Ave. north until it bends left
on Lake. Go down the hill and take a right on Falls Rd. Falls will bring you outside the Beltway into
some very nice countryside. For a peaceful ride, try the NCR Trail north of the city (it’s packed
gravel, but people generally have no trouble with racing tires) or the C&O Canal Towpath.

The most accessible biking trail to Hopkins students is perhaps the newly completed Gwynns
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Falls Trail. Running for 14 miles, it cuts a line through Gwynns Falls Park in West Baltimore to
the harbor and feeds you history and other totally cool facts along the way. There are beautifully
designed interpretive panels along the way giving you information on where you are, what you
are seeing, and the history of all of the above. Another good choice is in the Baltimore City is the                          7
Jones Falls Trail. It is an urban hiking and biking trail providing access to the scenic and historic
Jones Falls stream valley.

Other popular options include the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail (13.3 miles from Glen Burnie to
Annapolis), the BWI Trail (10.7-mile loop around BWI Airport), and the Washington, Baltimore

                       & Annapolis Trail (5.6 miles, partially completed, running along the site of the former Washing-
                       ton, Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad)
                       The JHU Cycling Club ( is primarily concerned with road bikes and is open
                       to members of all abilities. There is also some off-road activity.
                       For recreational riders, the Baltimore Bicycle Club (410-538-8791, is
                       very active, with a mountain bike division and group rides from leisurely to heart-attack pace.
                       During the cycling season, April through November, the BBC offers scheduled rides with ride
                       leaders on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays. These rides include cue sheets detailing the
                       ride route. In addition, there are evening rides on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from
                       May through October. Evening rides are leaderless and have cluster starts from two locations.
                       Mountain bikers have a selection of local trails from which to choose. Wyman Park/Stony Run
                       has a few miles of trail that get muddy after a good rain. For more serious trails, try Robert E. Lee
                       Park near Mt. Washington, about four miles north of Homewood. Loch Raven Reservoir, the
                       NCR Trail, and the C&O Canal are more scenic and less difficult. Gunpowder Falls State Park,
                       Patapsco Valley State Park, Gambrill State Park, and Susquehanna State Park allow biking, as
                       do many of the other state parks. Information on local bicycle shops is available in the goods and
                       services chapter.

                       Inline Skating
                       For those inline skaters not willing to take their chances skating in traffic, there are a couple of
                       appropriate areas around Baltimore that allow for a car-free experience. Lake Montebello is the
                       closest spot to campus. It consists of a 1.4 mile paved loop around the lake that is adequate
                       for beginning skaters and those who just want to get in 45 minutes of skating. Note that the
                       pavement is a little bumpy in spots. The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail is 13 miles long and
                       paved, providing lots of room to skate. There is also an 11-mile path around BWI Airport that
                       connects to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. On weekends, a small section of Dulaney Valley
                       Road that runs alongside Loch Raven Reservoir is closed for bikers and skaters. There’s a steep
                       but short hill at the end that challenges your legs. DC closes some streets to traffic on weekends
                       that provide good skating, especially in Rock Creek Park.

                       Kayaking and Canoeing
                       Canoeists and kayakers can find fun at the Gunpowder Falls State Park, Patapsco Valley State
                       Park, and Susquehanna State Park with a mix of flatwater and various degrees of whitewater
                       conditions. The Potomac River is runable for much of its considerable length although some
                       sections will involve portages around more exciting rapids and dams. Harpers Ferry, 90 minutes
                       from Baltimore, is home to some very scenic, mild whitewater at the confluence of the Potomac
                       and Shenandoah Rivers. There are several outfitters there and several outfitters which run float,
                       raft and kayak trips.
                       For wild birds, ponies and fine flatwater paddling, Assateague Island is unsurpassed, and canoes
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                       can be rented on the Bay side. Sandy Point State Park on the bay, less than an hour from JHU,
                       rents boats and you can enjoy sheltered ocean boating. There is even a boat launch in the Balti-
                   7   more Harbor for those who don’t mind paddling around with the Water Taxis (not for the faint of
                       For those interested in white-water boating or rafting, three of the nation’s premier white-water
                       venues are located within a day’s drive of Baltimore: the Savage River in western Maryland, the
                       Youghiogheny River in southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Gauley in central West Virginia. All
                       three are home to outfitters who can fix you up with equipment, tours, and lessons–for a price.

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For those interested in learning how to kayak, participating in organized kayaking trips, or even
just meeting people to paddle with on your own, check out the JHU Kayaking Club. They have all
the necessary equipment available and offer a number of trips throughout the year that are open
to kayakers of all abilities. They offer several courses in whitewater kayaking, and hold weekly
classes in the pool on how to roll a kayak.

Rowing and Sailing
Sailing is as much a part of the Chesapeake Bay as crabcakes and Natty Boh. Not many graduate
students have easy access to sailboats, never mind the time to devote to them. But if you’ve got
the urge to sail, the Downtown Sailing Club (410-727-0722, at the
Baltimore Museum of Industry is definitely for you! They are a very friendly, volunteer group
based at the Inner Harbor offering lessons, racing, and general sailing at pretty much any level.
The club owns quite a number of boats of various types and sizes. Club members can sign out
boats any time and sail around the harbor, and membership fees are reasonable.
If you were on the crew team in college, or at least wished that you had been, check out the
Baltimore Rowing Club (410-355-5649, This city sponsored rowing
club has crews ranging from novice classes to advanced teams.

Despite having a lovely harbor and a plethora of famous seafood, Baltimore really has no good
beaches. Sandy Point State Park, the nearest decent beach, is about an hour away and will prob-
ably not live up to the expectations of someone used to Atlantic Ocean beaches. However, if all
you want is some sand, salt water, and a pretty view of the Bay Bridge, Sandy Point will fulfill your
desires. On nice summer weekends, go early or risk not being let into the park.
A better bet for beaches is the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where a three-hour drive will bring you
to the Atlantic Ocean. Among some of the more popular places for beachgoers are Assateague
Island, Ocean City, and Delaware towns like Rehoboth Beach or Fenwick Island. Assateague is
a pristine national seashore and state park with camping, beaches, and wildlife (including the
famous wild ponies and some “extreme biting insects”). These are probably too far for a day
trip, but would make a nice summer weekend get-away. Be forewarned, however, that you will
definitely not be the only ones with that idea, so get an early start.
If you prefer lake swimming, Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Hunt Valley, MD has an immaculate,
aerated lake that prevents the growth of slimy algae. Some of the state parks, such as Rocks and
Gunpowder also allow swimming in the rivers and lakes that are found in the parks, although
there are not always lifeguards. For more information on natural swimming holes in Maryland,

If you’re from the west coast or even from New England, you might be a little disappointed with
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skiing in Maryland, but you don’t have to hop on a place to spend a day on the slopes. The only
ski resort in Maryland is Wisp, 2 hours away from Baltimore in McHenry,
in the westernmost part of the state. It has 23 trails of varying difficulty, and allows snowboards.
Since its Maryland’s only ski resort, it has been reported to get very crowded.
There are more options nearby in Pennsylvania.          Just north of York is Ski Roundtop
( about one and a half hours’ drive, with 17 trails. It’s nice and close, but
small and very crowded on weekends. In Fairfield, PA (about two miles from the MD border), you
will find Ski Liberty (, which has about the same number of trails and draws

                       most, if not all, of its crowd from the Baltimore/Frederick area. Prices run about $45 at both for
                       an all-day ski pass. Whitetail Ski Resort ( is just off of I-70, again in Penn-
                       sylvania, about 2 hours away. The Poconos in northeastern PA provide about 15 more resorts of
                       various sizes; travel time is under three hours. All ski areas rent skis and provide lessons.
                       Cross-country skiing is easier to find, provided we get snow during the winter. Most state parks
                       allow cross-country skiing, and equipment can be rented from several local stores (See goods and

                       If you’re looking for a unique experience, caves are about as extraordinary and primal as it gets!
                       Wild caves (where you crawl around in the mud with headlamps) are not advertised and are
                       harder to find. The JHU Outdoors Club (JHOC) is quite active in caving and runs several wild
                       cave trips per semester to the rich limestone strata of West Virginia and elsewhere. All equip-
                       ment is provided.
                       Another way to explore caving is to join the Baltimore Grotto, the local chapter of the National
                       Speleological Society.
                       If getting slimed is not your thing, there are various commercial caves with walkways and electric
                       lighting to be explored. Maryland has one commercial cave (Crystal Grottos Caverns in Boons-
                       boro, MD) about 90 minutes from Baltimore. Larger show caves can be found farther south in
                       Virginia including the world-famous Luray Caverns (Luray, VA, about three hours away).

                        National Speleological Society/Baltimore Grotto,
                        Crystal Grottos Caverns, Boonsboro, MD, 301-432-6336
                        Endless Caverns, Newmarket, VA, 800-544-2283,
                        Luray Caverns, Luray, VA, 540-743-6551
                        Shenandoah Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns, VA, 540-477-3115
                        Skyline Caverns, Front Royal, VA, 800-296-4545

                       Rock Climbing
                       There are several relatively close venues for those who wish to do the Spiderman thing. First and
                       foremost, the Recreation Center houses an impressive, student-run Climbing Wall. The gym fea-
                       tures 13 permanent ropes, several sport leads and lots of terrain features including three cracks
                       and numerous overhangs on its 33 vertical feet of surface. Routes are many and run from very
                       easy (5.4) to finger-crimpingly impossible (5.12+). No experience is required and all equipment
                       (except for shoe rentals - $1) and instruction is free.
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                       Farther afield in Timonium and Columbia is the commercial rock gym, Earth Treks (800-CLIMB-
                       UP, Earth Treks is slightly larger and taller than the on-campus
                       wall and offers a variety of routes (many of them 40+ feet tall). There are lots of terrain features
                   7   (grooves, cracks, arretes, etc.), a sizable bouldering area, and climbing routes ranging from 5.3
                       through 5.14+. Monthly dues of $85 give you unlimited gym usage and steep discounts (typically
                       50%) on all courses they offer. These courses range from basic climbing to advanced rescue tech-
                       niques or specific group classes such as those for women only. You can also purchase one-day
                       passes for $13-$16. Members get free day guest passes. Earth Treks also leads climbing trips all
                       over the world and sells equipment.

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In terms of real climbing (that is, on real rocks) there are many local options, but you’ll have
to supply your own ropes and equipment. Great Falls is, despite the unnerving name, a great
rock-climbing location with over a hundred established and rated routes (all ability levels) on the
Virginia side of the Potomac. On nice days, climbers are advised to get there early for the best
spots or to come later in the afternoon when many earlybirds have called it quits. The same rule
applies for Carderock located across the river and downstream from Great Falls on the Maryland
Two other local favorite spots are Rocks State Park and Sugarloaf Mountain. Rocks is very
tall (80’) and has roughly a dozen quality routes at various levels (5.6 to 5.12). Sugarloaf is
much larger with at least a hundred established routes up to 40’ tall. More information is
available at Mark “Indy” Kochte’s Underground Climber’s Guide to Central Maryland (indy-
The Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club often leads climbing trips. They are led by extraordinarily
knowledgeable student climbers and are a great way to introduce yourself to the sport and to
other climbers.
Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club (JHOC)
JHOC is a very active student club that sponsors trips in most of the categories above. Though
its a predominantly undergraduate organization, graduate students are always welcome on trips
and sometimes outnumber undergrads. Most JHOC trips are free or inexpensive. As with any ex-
pensive hobby, the best advice is to rent before you buy. The JHOC has a great deal of equipment
that it rents to Hopkins folks and their affiliates for only $5 per day. You can get kayaks, camping
gear, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and many other items.
Check the JHOC website ( outdoors/) for trip calendars, rent equipment,
and other information.

Outdoor Recreation: Locations
Appalachian Trail (AT): The AT is America’s premier long-distance hiking trail, running 2,200
miles from Maine to Georgia. “Thru-hikers,” those who go from Maine to Georgia or vice versa in
one trip, are considered an elite group among outdoor buffs. A small portion of the trail traverses
Maryland west of Frederick, about an hour from Baltimore. There are many portions that can
be day-hiked, and a particularly lovely section can be accessed at Harpers Ferry, WV. Trail maps
and other information can be obtained through the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club or at local
Assateague Island: Though a three-hour drive from Baltimore, Assateague Island is definitely
worth it if you’d enjoy twenty miles of Atlantic beach, herds of semi-tame wild horses, and great
wildlife. There are established beaches with lifeguards at both the State and National Parks on
the island, although swimming is allowed anywhere. In the National Park, there are two types of
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campsites - those that are frequented by people with big travel campers (called Drive-In camp-
sites) and the more isolated, peaceful ones that are nestled in the dunes a couple hundred feet
away from the parking spots (called Walk-In campsites). There are sites located on both the ocean
side and the bay side. Due to the “extreme biting insects” (as the National Park Service puts it)
on the bay side, you may prefer the relative relief of the ocean side. In addition to the estab-
lished campgrounds, several backcountry sites are available along the length of the island. Out-
of-season visitors can avoid both the extreme insects and the extreme crowds. For those inclined,
Assateague features some of the best surfing on the east coast. Fishing is a popular pastime along
the beach as well. Obey the signs and don’t feed the horses.

                       The back side of the island shelters a long bay with excellent canoeing and kayaking, as well as
                       off-roading trails for anyone with a big enough vehicle. To off-road, you will need to get a per-
                       mit from the rangers. Wildlife, from ponies and deer to sea otters and waterbirds, can be seen in
                       great abundance. Spring and fall are the recommended times for visiting here. One spectacular
                       fall happening is the bioluminescent algae that appears toward the end of September. Reser-
                       vations are recommended during the peak season (summer weekends through Labor Day), and
                       can be made online at the National Park Services online reservation system. Campsites are $20
                       in-season, $16 out-of-season, and $5 for a backcountry permit.
                       Baltimore & Annapolis Trail: This “rail trail” is an established recreational greenway following
                       the route of the old Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad from Glen Burnie to Annapolis. Although it is
                       considered a park, the B&A Trail is really a 13.3-mile paved path that is used by walkers, cyclists,
                       and inline skaters. The path is often lined with homes, commercial areas, and even highways and
                       malls. The northern end of the path is connected to a loop around BWI airport that extends the
                       trail by 11 miles.
                       Directions: Take I-95 or 295 to 195 (as if you were going to BWI). Take the exit for MD-170 toward
                       Linthicum. Go for about three miles, until the intersection with Dorsey Rd. Take a left on Dorsey
                       and go about a mile and a half until you get to Friendship Park on the right. Other parts of the
                       trail can be accessed from side streets along MD-2, Ritchie Highway, which parallels the trail.
                       C&O Canal: The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal was dug along 189 miles of the Potomac River
                       to enable long, narrow barges pulled by mules to carry goods from the western frontier to the
                       bustling port of Washington. Unfortunately, the same day ground was broken on the canal, the
                       B&O Railroad company laid its first bit of track eventually rendering the whole canal endeavor
                       Today the canal and towpath runs from Georgetown, all the way up the Potomac to Cumberland
                       in western Maryland. It is a flat, gravel path passing through lovely countryside and is perfect
                       for walking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. For the intrepid who might wish to walk the
                       whole length, there are many established campgrounds along the way.
                       Directions: The canal can easily be accessed in Georgetown, at the C&O National Historical Park
                       in Great Falls, MD, Harpers Ferry, Cumberland, or dozens of spots in between.
                       Cunningham Falls State Park/Catoctin Mountain Park: Cunningham Park, in Thurmont, MD,
                       boasts the state’s tallest waterfall (a whopping 78 feet) and is a great area for camping, hiking, and
                       boating. You can find boat rentals, cross-country skiing, miles of trails, and over 150 camping
                       sites available for around $25/night, or cabins for $50/night. Reservations for boats and camping
                       are useful during busy times. Unfortunately, if you want to reserve a campsite or cabin for the
                       weekend, you have to reserve both nights.
                       The adjoining Catoctin Mountain National Park also has 25 miles of hiking trails, picnicking facil-
                       ities, fishing, and camping available from mid-April through late November. Sites are $20/night,
                       first-come first-serve, and cabins are $35-55/night. You don’t need to worry about safety here as
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                       this park houses Camp David, the presidential mountain retreat. However, trails in this park will
                       sometimes close for security purposes, so be sure to check the Park Service website before you
                       head out. Both parks are popular in October when leaves are at their best.
                   7   Directions: There are three separate sections of the park, but the main section leading to the Falls
                       is called the William Houck Area. Take I-70 west to Frederick, head north on US-15, and go west
                       two miles on MD-77. The park entrance is on Catoctin Hollow Road, off Rt. 77.
                       Cylburn Arboretum: With nature trails, a mansion, and bird and nature museums, Cylburn Ar-
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in a quiet area, it feels farther away than it is. It was once voted by the City Paper as the most
romantic spot in Baltimore.
Directions: Take I-83 North to Northern Parkway west. Turn left onto Greenspring Avenue before
Sinai Hospital. The Arboretum is located at 4915 Greenspring Ave.
Druid Hill Park: Located just southwest of Hampden, the park is a large, wooded, hilly piece of
land. It originally belonged to Nicholas Rogers and his son Lloyd, who are responsible for much
of the park’s fine romantic 19th-century landscaping. The Baltimore Conservatory, located in
the park, dates from 1888 and has expanded to comprise four greenhouses and outdoor gardens.
There are whimsical pavilions built by George Frederick in the 19th century, which are some of
the oldest park buildings in the country. Originally the buildings served as stops for the small
railroad that wound through the park. The city has added six lakes, including Druid Lake, a city
reservoir. You’ll also find playing fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, picnic areas, and even a
frisbee golf course. The park is a nice place to bike, picnic, or run.
The Baltimore Zoo in Druid Hill Park has 1,200 exotic birds, reptiles, and mammals. They also
have the country’s largest colony of African black-footed penguins. At Christmas, they open the
zoo at night for a festival of lights called Zoo Lights.
Great Falls of the Potomac: In a region of the country not known for its natural wonders, Great
Falls is quite a surprise. Located about ten miles upstream of Washington on the Potomac River,
this huge navigational hazard is not so much a waterfall as a water stampede through some very
large rocks. For a few days after a rainstorm, the water level rises to awesome proportions all of
which can be observed safely from clifftop overlooks.
There are parks on both the Maryland and Virginia sides of the river where you can observe the
Falls and walk along the edge of 50-foot cliffs overlooking the turbulent waters. It is a favorite
spot for rock climbers of all skill levels and white-water kayakers (some of them world-class), as
well as hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and history buffs. It’s a great place for spotting
wildflowers and large birds (particularly great blue herons, Canada geese, and several types of
vultures), but watch underfoot for the prolific poison ivy.
On the Virginia side of the river, about ten miles of trails wander back and forth along the cliffs
and through some lovely forest. You can see the remains of a canal engineered by George Wash-
ington in the 1790s to allow boats to bypass the dangerous cataracts. The visitor’s center and
interpretive signs will provide the full picture. There is a picnic area with charcoal grills and ta-
Directions: Follow the DC beltway (I-495) west into VA. Take the first exit after crossing the state
line and take a right on Georgetown Pike to Old Dominion Drive, then follow signs. Driving time
from Baltimore is about 75 minutes.
Whats often called the “Maryland side of Great Falls” is actually part of the C&O Canal National
Historic Park. Here you’ll find the famous Billy Goat Trail, a 1.4-mile rocky scramble over cliff
tops along the Potomac. This strenuous hike involves navigating boulders and climbing up steep
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rock faces, but you are well rewarded with great views of the river and lagoon-like beaches. For
the more sedate, the Falls themselves can be observed, and the straight and flat towpath of the
C&O Canal extends north and south for miles.
Directions: Head west on the DC beltway (I-495) and take exit 41 for Great Falls, MD. Follow the
Clara Barton Pkwy. to MacArthur Boulevard. The park entrance is located at 11070 MacArthur
Gunpowder Falls State Park: In Maryland “falls” means river, not, as you might assume, a water-
fall. Like Patapsco Valley, Gunpowder Falls is actually comprised of separate parks with different

                       entrances. Gunpowder Falls and Little Gunpowder Falls, north of the city, are lovely areas for ob-
                       serving nature, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Large portions of the rivers are accessible
                       to canoes as well, though, as it is a one-way trip, you will need another vehicle to shuttle you
                       back. At the outlet of the river into the Chesapeake Bay, the Hammerman Area provides a large
                       picnic ground and beach, as well as kayaks, surfboards, and catamarans. The Hereford Area is the
                       northernmost section, and is popular for fly-fishing, bow-hunting (permits required), horseback
                       riding, and hiking.

                       Directions to Central Area: Take I-695 to the White Marsh exit (Rt. 43 East). Pass Wal-Mart and
                       take the next left. You’ll see signs for US 1 North. Take a right at the light (heading north on 1).
                       There will be a parking lot for Gunpowder on your right. The parking lot has a sign with trail
                       maps. The best trails are the ones on the other side of Rt. 1 (you will walk through a tunnel).

                       Directions to Hereford Area: Take I-83 north to Exit 27, Mt. Carmel Road. Turn right on Mt.
                       Carmel Road. At traffic light, turn left on York Road. Pass the Hereford High School and turn left
                       on Bunker Hill Road. Continue on Bunker Hill Road to the parking lot, located above the river.

                       Directions to Hammerman Area: From I-95 take exit 67A for Route 43 east (White Marsh Boule-
                       vard). Follow 43 to route 40 east. Turn right at the first light onto Ebenezer Road and follow it for
                       4.5 miles. The park entrance will be on your left.

                       Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park: This urban park is being revamped by the city parks commission to
                       become a 14-mile biking and hiking path that begins at Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park and will even-
                       tually follow the Falls to the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River. Currently, it is 4.5 miles long,
                       providing an easy-going trail if you’re looking for an afternoon walk that is both close to home
                       and somewhat removed from the concrete of the city. While the map of the park seems to include
                       many historical sites along the trails, such as a water wheel, a mock fort, and a mansion owned
                       by Baltimore railroad designer Thomas Winans, finding these well-hidden sites will require a side
                       trip off the beaten path. Picnic tables and grills can be found in the park, and there are also tennis
                       courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball diamonds, football and soccer fields.

                       Directions: Take North Avenue west, crossing over Hilton Avenue Parkway. Turn left onto Morris
                       Road. To get to the Leon Day Park Trailhead parking lot (closer to the athletic fields), turn left off
                       Morris onto Franklintown Road. To get to the Winans Meadow Trailhead parking lot (closer to
                       the hiking trails), turn right off Morris onto Franklintown Road.

                       Harpers Ferry: This national park at the border of Maryland, Virgina and West Virginia is best
                       known as the site of John Browns ill-fated raid. While most people come to see the historic town,
                       hiking, biking, and kayaking opportunities abound. The townsite is located at the junction of the
                       Potomac and Shennandoah Rivers, so there are many kayaking and rafting opportunities. If you
                       prefer not to get wet, both the C&O Canal trail and the Appalachian Trail are available for biking
                       and hiking. For a shorter hike, check out Maryland Heights. A 4-mile out-and-back hike takes
                       you up to the cliffs overlooking the townsite for a view Thomas Jefferson described as “worth
                       the trip across the Atlantic”. If your legs can muster another 2 miles you can take a loop to the
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                       top of Maryland Heights and explore the ruined embattlements of a Civil War fort. A 8-mile out-
                       and-back hike up Loudon Heights also offers scenic views and good exercise. Rock climbing is
                       allowed on Maryland Heights, but be sure to register with the park office first. Entrance fee is $4
                   7   /person or $6/vehicle. A Hostelling International Hostel is located nearby in Knoxville, MD, as
                       well as private camping.

                       Directions: From I-695, take I-70 west. At Frederick, take US 340 south towards Charlestown.
                       After crossing into WV, follow the signs for the park. Harpers Ferry is also served by Amtrak and
                       MARC from Union Station in Washington, DC.

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Lake Montebello and Herring Run: The lake is an attractive spot located directly east of cam-
pus on 33rd Street (past Eastern High School). You’ll find many people out jogging, bicycling,
and roller-blading on the path around the lake. Herring Run Park, bordered mostly by the Belair-
Edison neighborhood on the west, begins north of the Lake and continues to the southeast, an-
other great place for a bike ride or jogging, but it also has tennis courts and a picnic area. Herring
Run can be accessed from Sinclair Lane.

Loch Raven Reservoir: This artificial lake, which supplies Baltimore with a good portion of its
drinking water, is a great resource for bikers, anglers, boaters, and runners. On weekends a por-
tion of the road is closed to traffic and taken over by cyclists, roller-bladers, and walkers. There
are picnic areas, mountain-biking trails, and ample roads for road bikers. A nice road ride starts
at Dulaney Valley Rd., goes through the park, north on Manor Rd. to Sweet Air and then circles
back down along Baldwin Mill, Long Green Pike, Glen Arm, and back over Cromwell Bridge to
Loch Raven Blvd. There is a place to rent boats off Dulaney Valley Rd., just after it breaks off from
Jarrettsville. The lake is stocked with fish and, judging from the number of people with rods in
hand, the fishing is good.

Directions: Take I-695 to exit 27 (Dulaney Valley Road North), go 4.8 miles and turn right at the

Longwood Gardens: These extensive botanical gardens were built on a 1,050-acre estate in Ken-
nett Square, Pennsylvania, at the turn of the century and have become one of the largest botani-
cal preserves in America, with over 11,000 species of plants. Even in the dead of winter or on the
rainiest of days, Longwood is gorgeous. There are Italianate fountain gardens, hordes of tulips,
exotic orchids, palm trees, giant water lilies, roses, and topiary. Cost is $12-15 for adults.

Directions: Take I-95 to MD-222 west to 275 north to 276 north to Rte. 1 north.

North Central Railroad Trail (NCR): Another converted rail trail, this level path runs more than
20 miles from Ashland, north of Loch Raven reservoir, all the way to York, PA. The trail is hard-
packed gravel, but road bikes will have no trouble. Most of the route travels near creeks and
rivers, and the whole area is highly scenic. It is popular with cyclists, walkers, and horseback
riders, as well as fisherfolk, and can be pleasantly bustling on nice spring days.

Directions: Take York Rd. (Rte. 45) to Cockeysville (Exit 18A Shawan Rd. off I-83). Turn right on
Ashland Rd. and left onto Paper Mill Rd. Look for parking along the road, less than half a mile

Oregon Ridge Nature Center: One of the best parts about Oregon Ridge is the algae-free, natu-
rally aerated lake. While the shallow part of the lake is usually crowded, the other part of the lake
is an old converted rock quarry which is much less packed. Because its 50 feet deep, you have to
pass a small swim test. Entrance to the swimming area is $7, but worth it for the quality of the
lake. Oregon Ridge also has several miles of trails that are good for relaxing on a weekend after-
noon. Dogs are welcome, but bicycles are not. There is also a Nature Center with exhibits and
colloquia for those interested in natural phenomena. The swimming is available from Memorial
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Day to Labor Day.

Directions: Take I-695 to I-83 North to Exit 20B (Shawan Road West). Follow Shawan Road to the
first light, Beaver Dam Road, and turn left. Immediately after making the left onto Beaver Dam                               7
Road, there will be a fork in the road. Take the right fork. Follow the driveway to the parking lot.

Patapsco Valley State Park: This park, now infamous for being the site of the filming of The Blair
Witch Project, is a vast expanse of land surrounding the Patapsco River and the now-defunct
Baltimore and Ohio railway that runs along it. The park is comprised of five separate areas (with

                       separate entrances) that are very different in nature. The Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove areas
                       and the Hilton area are the oldest parts of the park, and are full of trails that are well suited for
                       hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riding. This part of the park, the closest to Baltimore city,
                       also features picnic areas, fishing, and canoeing, as well as historical sites. The Hollofield Area,
                       where the park headquarters is located, has a number of campsites and picnicking facilities, but
                       is more limited in the trails that it offers. The Pickall Area is most appropriate for large group
                       gatherings that require picnic pavilions, ballfields, and playgrounds. The McKeldin Area, the
                       farthest from Baltimore, contains the Trail of the Medicine Tree along which some of the natural
                       history of the area is explained, as well as camping, fishing, hiking, and equestrian trails. Day use
                       of the parks is $2 per adult, but once you’ve paid the entrance fee, you can go to any of the other
                       areas of the park.
                       Directions to Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove: Take I-95 or MD 295 (the Baltimore-
                       Washington Parkway) to I-195. Take the exit for Rt. 1 South. After turning onto Rt. 1, make
                       an immediate right onto South Rd, where you will see the entrance for the park.
                       Directions to Hilton: Take Rt. 40 West past the Beltway (or take the Beltway to Rt. 40 west). Turn
                       left on Rolling Road, and continue until it intersects Frederick Road. Turn left on Frederick Rd
                       (MD-144), and go a very short distance to the intersection with Hilton Ave. Turn right on Hilton
                       Ave, which goes into the park.
                       Directions to Hollofield: Take Rt. 40 West past the Beltway (or take the Beltway to Rt. 40 west).
                       The entrance to the park is off Rt. 40, just after all the strip malls end.
                       Directions to Pickall: Take Rt. 40 West past the Beltway. Turn right on Rolling Road and left on
                       Fairbrook Road, which turns into Johnnycake Road. Follow Johnnycake Road into the park.
                       Directions to McKeldin: Take I-695 to exit 18 for Liberty Road (MD-26). Take Liberty Road west
                       to Kings Point Road. Turn left on Kings Point, which becomes Marriottsville Road. This road goes
                       to the entrance of the park.
                       Robert E. Lee Park/Lake Roland: This suburban wild area has something for everyone. There
                       is fishing for a variety of fish, and for those who would rather eat, there are several large picnic
                       shelters. Miles of wooded trail along a defunct rail line provide space for walking, running, or
                       mountain biking for every level, from easy trails to a precipitous, tree-choked single track. If you
                       have a boat of some sort, Lake Roland, which the park wraps around, will provide an entertaining
                       hour or two of paddling. Nice sandy swimming holes can be found a few miles up the trail where
                       it crosses the Jones Falls. Dogs are especially welcome and prevalent at the picnic area near the
                       Directions: Take Roland Ave. north until it bears left into Lake. Go down the hill past Boys Latin
                       and take a right on Falls Rd. Immediately take another right and go down the hill under the
                       bridge. Look for a sign. It is only four to five miles from Homewood, an easy bike ride.
                       Rocks State Park: This is a good spot for picnicking, hiking, and rock climbing. It’s located just
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                       30 miles north of Baltimore and is named after soaring rock outcroppings called the King and
                       Queen Seat, which provide impressive views. Swimming is also allowed in the creeks and ponds
                       in the park.
                   7   Directions: The park is located at 3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Rd. in Harford County, about 30 miles
                       north of Baltimore and 8 miles northwest of Bel Air on MD Rte. 24. Take I-95 to exit 77 for MD Rt.
                       Sandy Point State Park: This is the closest real beach to Baltimore (one hour). Located under
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a beach except crashing surf. You can rent a boat or swim in the tightly controlled area protected
by zealous lifeguards. There are also some walking trails that are good for bird watching. The
entry fee is $5 per person in peak season and $3 per car in off season.
Directions: Take I-95 to I-695 east to I-97. I-97 will become US 50/301 East. Look for signs for the
park before crossing the bridge.
Shenandoah National Park: Located in northwestern Virginia, Shenandoah is one of the closest
of the best national parks. The 105-mile Skyline Drive, which runs through the entire length of
the park, has many spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River
valley. For those interested in exploring on foot, Shenandoah offers a fascinating variety of ter-
rains, including mountains, forests, waterfalls, rock scrambles, and meadows. In spring and early
summer, the park is famous for its wildflowers. Hikes range from short, pleasant 1-mile loops to
the Appalachian Trail, which can be used to hike the whole length of the park. Several developed
areas and campsites along Skyline Drive provide goods and services.
Directions: Take 95 South to 495 West, the Washington Beltway. Take Exit 49 for I-66 West. Take
I-66 for about 55 miles to Exit 6, Route 340 in Front Royal, VA. Follow signs to the park.
Sugarloaf Mountain: Sugarloaf is something of a geographical oddity, considering that its a
mountain that rises over 1200 ft. despite being surrounded on all sides by flat farmland. Sug-
arloaf Mountain is a privately owned property that is open to the public free of charge. There
are several trails, ranging from a strenuous quarter-mile hike to the summit from a parking lot
halfway up the mountain, to a moderate-to-difficult 7-mile loop that can be combined with one
of the summit hikes so you can have the feeling of having hiked up a mountain. Mountain biking
and horses are allowed on the yellow-blazed Saddleback Horse trail on the weekends all year and
during the week in the summer.
Directions: From I-70 get off at Exit 62 and turn left onto Rt 75. Follow Rt 75 to Hyattstown. Once
Rt 75 ends at the edge of Hyattstown, turn left and go to the center of this village. Turn right at
the light onto Rt 109. Follow 109 for about 3 miles to the Comus Inn on the right. Turn right onto
Comus Road. Follow this to the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. You can park right at the entrance
to pick up the yellow trail, or follow the road up most of the way to the summit to park at the East
or West lots.
Susquehanna State Park: This Harford County park lines the Susquehanna River on its west-
ern bank. About 15 miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders wind
through the park. It is worth getting a trail map before starting out, since it can be difficult to
figure out how the trails connect and where they begin and end. (Trail maps can be ordered from
the MD State Parks website). One of the more notable trails is the 6-mile Lower Susquehanna
Heritage Greenways trail, which goes from Conowingo Dam to Lapidum Road. The trail is lined
with gravel on the northern section, then becomes a dirt path as it moves along the banks of the
Susquehanna, and finally turns into the parks Susquehanna Ridge Trail. The Heritage Greenways
Trail is also part of the Mason-Dixon Trail, which goes from Whiskey Springs on the Appalachian
Trail in Cumberland County, PA, through Maryland and Delaware, and loops back to Chadds
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Ford, PA.
Directions: Take I-95 north to Exit 89, MD Rt. 155. Follow signs to the park. In the summer, it
costs $2 to park in the picnic area lot, and other areas are free. Most trails begin either in the
picnic area or around the parking lot at the Rock Run Historic Area.
Further Information

                       General Information
                       National Park Service,
                       Maryland State Parks,
                       Maryland Greenways (includes B&A and NCR trails),
                       Baltimore City Parks,
                       Baltimore County Parks,

                       Individual Parks
                       Appalachian Trail, 304-535-6278,
                       Assateague Island National Seashore, 410-641-1441,
                       Assateague State Park, 410-641-2120,
                       Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, 410-222-6244,
                       Baltimore Zoo, 410-396-7102,
                       C&O Canal National Park, 301-739-4200,
                       Catoctin Mountain Park, 301-663-9388,
                       Cunningham Falls State Park, 301-271-7574,
                       Cylburn Arboretum, 410-396-0180,
                       Druid Hill Park, 410-396-6106,
                       Druid Hill Park Swimming Pool, 410-396-6477
                       Gambrill State Park, 301-271-7574,
                       Great Falls of the Potomac, 703-285-2965,
                       Gunpowder Falls State Park , 410-592-2897,
                       Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, 410-396-0440
                       Gwynns Falls Trail,
                       Harpers Ferry National Park, 304-535-6029,
                       Herring Run Park, 410-396-6101
                       Jones Falls Trail, 410-366-3036,
                       Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000,
                       North Central Railroad Trail, 410-592-2897,
                       Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 410-887-1815,
                       Patapsco Valley State Park, 410-461-5005,
                       Rocks State Park, 410-557-7994,
                       Sandy Point State Park, 410-974-2149,
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                       Shenandoah National Park, 540-999-3500,
                       Sugarloaf Mountain, 301-874-2024 or 301-869-7846,
                   7   Susquehanna State Park, 410-734-9035,

                       Free Travel Guides and Information
                       Delaware, 800-441-8846

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 Maryland, 800-MD-IS-FUN
 New Jersey, 800-VISIT-NJ
 North Carolina,800-VISIT-NC
 Pennsylvania, 800-VISIT-PA
 Virginia, 800-847-4882
 Washington DC, 800-422-8644
 West Virginia, 800-CALL-WVA

Places To Go
Historical Interest
Being both one of the original thirteen states and a border state during the Civil War era has
infused Maryland with an interesting mix of Northern and Southern attitudes. Many of you may
not remember that slavery was legal in Maryland, and many residents of the state supported the
recognition of the Confederacy. Today, remnants of these sentiments are visible in the form of
statues celebrating Robert E. Lee (on Art Museum Drive) and the achievements of Confederate
women (at the corner of N. Charles and University Parkway).
Other aspects of Maryland’s history are remembered through more substantial monuments. At
the entrance to Baltimore Harbor sits Fort McHenry, a National Monument, historic shrine, and
participant in several American wars. In fact, “The Star Spangled Banner” was written from the
harbor looking towards the Fort during an attack on American soldiers by the British in 1814.
Though currently without either bombs bursting in air or rockets’ red glare, it is well worth the $5
admission charge for a tour of the battlements, and is a very pleasant grassy place for wandering
by the water or exploring the fort, cannons, small museum, and restored buildings. The park
rangers who conduct the tours are knowledgeable and entertaining. The perimeter of the fort is
free of charge, and is an excellent site for picnicking or taking a walk on the paved path around
the fort. Sometimes you can see one of the largest flags in the world flying from the main flagpole.
Fort McHenry can be reached by road or, the preferred route, by water taxi from the Inner Harbor
during tourist season ($6 to ride all day).
Another repository of local history is the Greenmount Cemetery. Located directly south of North
Ave. and east of Greenmount Ave., the cemetery is home to many old grave sites of the rich and
(in)famous, including that of John Wilkes Booth.
Other places of historical note include Great Falls in Virginia, where the ruins of a 1790s canal
and town can be seen. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was the site of John Brown’s attempted
insurrection in 1859 and has been maintained in a mostly period condition. Philadelphia and
Washington D.C. are also rich with historic sites and museums.
Half an hour west of Philadelphia is Valley Forge, a large historical park where George Wash-
ington and the Continental Army wintered during the Revolutionary War. There are cannons,
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reconstructed cabins, monuments and, of course, interpretive signs.
If you are a Civil War buff, several major battlefields lie just a few hours away. Antietam is about
an hour and a half west of Baltimore, one mile north of Sharpsburg, MD, on Rte. 65. Monocacy
is about an hour away, in Frederick, MD, and Manassas/ Bull Run is just across the Potomac
outside Washington, about 90 minutes away. Farther afield in Pennsylvania is Gettysburg, site of
Lincoln’s famous address.

 National Historic Sites

                        Antietam, 301-432-5124,
                        Fort McHenry, 410-962-4290,
                        Gettysburg, 717-334-1124,
                        Harpers Ferry National Park, 304-535-6029,
                        Independence Hall, 215-597-8787,
                        Manassas / Bull Run, 703-361-1339,
                        Monocacy, 301-662-3515,
                        Valley Forge, 610-783-1077,

                       Towns and Cities
                       Annapolis: This is a nice place to spend a relaxing autumn afternoon. The state capital is known
                       for its 18th-century buildings, one of the oldest colleges in the U.S., and a picturesque harbor.
                       Both St. Johns College and the US Naval Academy are located in Annapolis, and both have pretty
                       grounds for walking. If you like big sports events, the Naval Academy has many excellent athletic
                       teams (that typically generate more interest than sports teams at Hopkins). There are a number
                       of shops, pubs, and restaurants as well. Locations of particular interest are the Maryland State
                       House and the 18th-century William Paca House and Garden.
                       Eastern Shore: The Maryland Eastern Shore seems as if it cant possibly be part of the same state
                       that houses the urban grit of Baltimore or the posh Montgomery county suburbs. The Eastern
                       Shore is rural and sparsely populated, but it contains some of the most interesting places in the
                       state. The Atlantic Ocean side of the shore is home to the tacky tourist haven known as Ocean
                       City. With a boardwalk, miles of beach, cheap hotels, and tens of thousands of tourists, Ocean
                       City is the place for the typical family beach vacation. The beaches in Delaware just north of
                       Ocean City are often less overrun and provide more privacy.
                       The Chesapeake side of the Eastern Shore, while less gaudy, is also home to a number of towns
                       that attract a fair number of tourists in the summer. St. Michaels and Tilghman Island are quaint
                       towns located on a tiny peninsula that juts out into the Chesapeake near Easton, MD. St. Michaels
                       is known for its many bed and breakfasts, expensive restaurants, and artsy shops that line the
                       towns main street. During the summer, the town is in full swing, although the off-season is dis-
                       appointingly slow.
                       Also located in the Chesapeake and accessible from the Eastern Shore is Smith Island. Due to its
                       isolation from the mainland, Smith Island residents retain curious speech mannerisms that are
                       unlike any accent heard in other parts of the state. Smith Island is also known for its own cuisine
                       and superb seafood. The island can only be accessed by a ferry from Crisfield, MD, which runs
                       more frequently in the summer than in the winter.
                       Harpers Ferry: This quaint town located at the corner where Virginia, West Virginia, and Mary-
                       land meet, has many attractions for a day trip or weekend get-away. Cobblestone streets wander
                       through the old historic district where you can learn more about John Brown’s significant, though
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                       unsuccessful, rebellion. On top of the hill is an old cemetery with gravestones dating from the
                       18th century. The C&O Canal also comes through on the Maryland side of the river and, as al-
                   7   ways, provides walking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
                       Directions: Take I-70 west from Baltimore to Frederick. Bear SW on US-340 crossing one bridge
                       into Virginia and then another into West Virginia. The visitors’ center is located several miles out
                       of town and runs regular shuttle buses into town. Parking in town is also available. Travel time:
                       1 hour. You can also take the MARC train to Harpers Ferry, but you have to start in Washington,

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Philadelphia: Although somewhat harder to access without a car than downtown Baltimore or
Washington, DC, Philadelphia is well worth a trip during your days in Baltimore. Of historical
interest are Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the houses of Betsy Ross (where she sewed
the first American flag) and Benjamin Franklin (where he flew the kite and discovered lightning).
South Street provides some of the more eclectic shopping and dining experiences in the city,
including several Philly cheesesteak vendors, as well as a number of good theaters and clubs.
There are also many colorful street vendors and several good used book stores. The Philadelphia
Art Museum, well known to fans of the Rocky movies, and the Franklin Institute are both worth
a visit. If you’re not too squeamish, drop by the Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities, a bizarre
collection of human remains illustrating the true meaning and range of the word ’grotesque.’

Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C. is the big city to escape to when you start thinking there
must be something out there beyond Baltimore. Being the seat of the federal government, Wash-
ington not only makes a point to be aesthetically inviting but also contains plenty of attractions
to fill up a day. There are national monuments to see, museums to visit, and buildings to tour. If
you’d rather go at night, Washington is filled with hip bars and restaurants, mostly in the North-
west section of the city. For weekly information on whats going on in DC, you can access the
Washington City Paper online at, or buy Friday’s Washington
Post (

The museum list is topped by the many museums that are part of the Smithsonian Institution.
They are free and can occupy you for quite a while. If you’ve never been to Washington before,
start with the museums lining the Mall. The Air and Space Museum contains a lot of information
about the history of international aviation and space travel. It has also recently opened a new
branch in Virginia, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. It hosts the more space-hogging and yet
more eye-opening aviation artifacts such as Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world
and the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay which was used for throwing A-bombs in 1945.
The center is right next to the Dulles Aiport of Washington D.C. The Museum of Natural History
contains exhibits not only about animals, dinosaurs, and fossils, but focusing on world cultures
as well. One of the most interesting is the Museum of American History, which displays both
George and Martha Washington’s china collection as well as Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The
Wizard of Oz. This is only a handful of the museums just on or near the Mall; for more extensive
information on Smithsonian Museums, visit Also on the Mall is the National Gallery
of Art, which houses some of the most famous paintings in the world. Information on exhibits
can be found at

Other important museums include the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for modern
and contemporary art with frequent changes of exhibitions, the Freer Gallery of Art for a top-
notch collection of Asian art, National Museum of African Art for ceramics, textiles, furniture
(and masks!) from Africa, and the National Museum of the American Indian for exhibition of
the living cultures and history of the native peoples of the Americas.
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Off the Mall, the Holocaust Museum is intense and moving. Tickets are free but are assigned a
specific entrance time, so you may need to arrive early and then come back for your time. Or, you
can call (800) 400-9373 to reserve tickets in advance. At either end of the Mall, is the U.S. Capitol
or the Lincoln Memorial. Other memorials include the famous Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
the Korean War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the riveting
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. The Washington Monument stands 555 feet tall and offers a
spectacular view of DC. You can also take tours of the Capitol . After 9/11, tours to the White
House need to be reserved months (if not years) ahead. You need to contact your congressman,
whose contact info you can find through The National Zoo, home to a host

                       of exotic creatures, is located at the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro stop and, being a branch of the
                       Smithsonian, is also free.
                       The most impressive art museums other than the Smithsonian Institution galleries include the
                       Corcoran Gallery ( and the Phillips Collection (
                       Both often have unique exhibits that you wont see anywhere else in the region.
                       If you’re planning on getting in an afternoon of power-shopping in Georgetown, you might also
                       consider a stroll around the pretty, pocket-size garden of the Old Stone House on M Street or the
                       vastly larger, elegantly landscaped grounds of Dumbarton Oaks, an estate that now belongs to
                       Harvard. (The latter charges $6 for admission.) The C&O Canal Towpath, along Georgetown’s
                       bottom edge, is also pleasant for picnicking, or you can rent a canoe for a lazy paddle.
                       Other DC neighborhoods that merit a visit are Dupont Circle (located at the intersections of Con-
                       necticut and New Hampshire Avenues) and Adams-Morgan (the neighborhood centered around
                       the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road). Along Connecticut Ave. in Dupont Circle are
                       a number of trendy bookstores, music shops, hair salons, and restaurants that can easily occupy
                       a few hours. Adams-Morgan has traditionally been considered a diverse neighborhood offering
                       many different ethnic stores and restaurants. It is also full of bars, making it one of the more
                       popular nightlife sections of the city. On weekend mornings, Eastern Market is a lively food mar-
                       ket/flea market/bazaar located at North Carolina Avenue and 7th Street SE on Capitol Hill, the
                       residential neighborhood immediately east of the U.S. Capitol. Here, you can find both an ex-
                       tensive farmers’ market and a large number of vendors selling everything from the unique to the
                       Unlike subways in many cities, the DC Metro is actually efficient, fast, clean, and pleasant to ride.
                       The cost is $1.20 between most downtown stops. Just don’t be caught with food or drink in the
                       stations or on the trains, as this is punishable by a stiff fine for reasons unknown to all. While DC
                       does have one of the highest crime rates in the nation, the touristy areas are pretty safe, especially
                       during the day.
                       In addition to taking MARC or Amtrak trains to Washington D.C., if you have a car but do not want
                       to drive it into the city, you can use the Park & Ride option. One option is to park at either the For-
                       est Glen or Wheaton stations on the Red Line of the Metro. Parking is free on weekends. To reach
                       the Forest Glen lot, take 95 south to west 495 (the outer loop). Go a few miles on 495 to Georgia
                       Ave. Take Georgia Ave. north, then take the first left (only one block down) onto Forest Glen Rd.
                       More parking is available at Wheaton, which is several blocks further up the road on Georgia Ave.
                       More information about public transportation in D.C. can be found at

                        Washington DC Area Phone Numbers & Addresses
                        American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C., Renwick Gallery at 1661
                        Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. (17th St.), Washington D.C., 202-633-7970,
                        The Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort
                        Place, SE, Washington D.C., 202-633-4820,
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                        Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, 703-607-8000,
                        Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C., 202-633-1000,
                   7    Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 14th and C St., SW, Washington D.C., 1-877-874-4114,
                        Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW, Washington D.C., 202-639-1700,
                        Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St., NW, Washington D.C., 202-339-6401,

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FBI Headquarters, J. Edgar Hoover Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington D.C.,
FDR Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW, near the Tidal Basin, Washington D.C., 202-426-6841,
Fords Theater, 511 10th St., NW, Washington D.C., 202-426-6924,
Freer Gallery of Art, 1000 Jefferson Dr.,12th St. SW, Washington D.C., 202-633-1000,
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. and 7th St., SW, Washington
D.C., 202-633-4674,
International Spy Museum, 800 F. St., NW, Washington D.C., 202-393-7798,
Jefferson Memorial, East Basin Dr., SW, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C., 202-426-6841,
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington D.C., 202-707-5000,
Lincoln Memorial, 23rd St., NW, between Constitution and Independence Aves., Washington
D.C., 202-426-6841,
National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. at 6th St., SW, Washington D.C.,
National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
National Building Museum, 401 F. St., NW, Washington D.C., 202-272-2448,
National Gallery of Art, Between 3rd and 9th Sts. at Constitution Ave., NW, Washington D.C.,
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C.,
National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington
D.C., 202-633-1000,
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington
D.C., 202-633-1000,
National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington D.C.,
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington D.C.,
National Portrait Gallery, 8th And F Sts., NW, Washington D.C., 202-633-8300,
National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington D.C., 202-633-5555,
National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington D.C., 202-633-4800,
Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW, Washington D.C., 202-387-2151,
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Supreme Court, 1st St., NE and Maryland Ave., Washington D.C., 202-479-3211,
Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington D.C., 202-289-1908,
United States Capitol, Capitol Hill, 1st St. and E Capitol St., Washington D.C., 202-226-8000,

                       United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl., SW, Washington
                       D.C., 202-488-0400,
                       Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Beacon Dr. and Constitution Ave., Washington D.C.,
                       Washington Monument, center of the National Mall, between the U.S. Capitol and the
                       Lincoln Memorial, 202-426-6841,
                       White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington D.C., 202.456.1111,
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Chapter      8
International Student
The goal of this section is to provide new international students with helpful information about
Hopkins and living in the US specific to concerns of non-US citizens. In this chapter, we at-
tempt to provide information found useful for the transitional experience of moving to Baltimore
and/or the US, as suggested by past and current international graduate students.
For extensive administrative policies and procedures pertaining to international students (visa
documents, immigration status, employment protocols, etc.), please see the section on Interna-
tional Student Policies in the Graduate Student Handbook, available at

International Student Services Offices
Johns Hopkins University has multiple campuses and schools, each of which have their own in-
ternational student services offices, such as the Office of International Student, Faculty and
Staff Services (OIS) for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the International Services Office
for the Johns Hopkins School of Education, as well as many others. Additionally, Johns Hopkins
Homewood students may enroll in courses at other Johns Hopkins divisions such as the Peabody
Conservatory or the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), which each have international
student offices as well. (See the Homewood Campus chapter for information on registering for
such classes.)
Some of these offices may have websites with helpful links and information, but the offices listed
above are designed to serve students whose visa statuses are dependent on enrollment in those
specific programs. Homewood students will want to visit the Office of International Student and
Scholar Services (OISSS) to ensure you receive the proper information regarding your status in
the US.
                                                                                                    International Student Mini-Guide


                                   Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS)

                                    Office of International Students and Scholar Services
                                    135 Garland Hall

                                   The OISSS aims to assist international students, researchers, and faculty on the Homewood cam-
                                   pus to acquire and maintain their appropriate visa status. The secondary function of this office
                                   is to help international students and scholars to cope with obstacles they may face when making
                                   a transition from one educational setting to another. OISSS staff can help with many questions
                                   you may have concerning check-in procedures, orientation, immigration regulations, housing,
                                   health matters, financial concerns, employment questions, and more.
                                   It is imperative that all JHU students with F1 or J1 visas contact their respective international
                                   student services office as soon as you arrive on campus for SEVIS registration. Additionally, you
                                   must visit OISSS during one of your first three days of employment to complete an I-9 form. (Visit
                                   the OISSS website for up-to-date information on these policies.)
                                   OISSS is your advocate, so remember to prevent negative consequences concerning your immi-
                                   gration status, visa status, eligibility for benefits, etc., by notifying OISSS promptly of any aca-
                                   demic changes or circumstances that might affect your visa/immigration status such as:

                                       • Changes in full-time/part-time status (if you plan to take temporary leave or if you plan to
                                         withdraw from school)
                                       • Changes in address (within ten days of moving)
                                       • If you have travel plans, whether work-related or personal
                                       • Changes in your educational level or field of study
                                       • If you expect you may soon be placed on academic probation or suspension
                                       • If your passport expiration date is approaching
                                       • If your 1-20/DS-2019 expiration date (which should say F-1 D/S or J-1 D/S, respectively,
                                         meaning your expected date of graduation) is soon (In fact, filing for an “Extension of Pro-
                                         gram Study” is a bit involved and it is advisable to begin the process two months before this
                                         date arrives.)
                                       • If you are graduating early and plan to stay in the US. (You may want to start looking at the
                                         paperwork for this three to four months prior to completion of your degree requirements.)

                                   In general, you should keep in close contact with OISSS so that you will be updated of any possi-
                                   ble procedure or legal changes relevant to your status, especially if you are planning to leave the
                                   country. Considering the current climate of concern for national security and changing immi-
                                   gration laws, it is crucial to stay informed. You can subscribe to the OISSS mailing list to receive
                                   e-mail updates; the link is located on the OISSS website at the bottom of the “services” page.

                                   Other Resources, Programs, or Student Groups for Interna-
                                   tional Students
International Student Mini-Guide

                                   As a new international student, one great source for information is located on the Johns
                                   Hopkins Medical Campus website for the Johns Hopkins International Society (JHIS)


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( The JHIS offers a variety of services
to international students, as well as programs for the entire Johns Hopkins community, despite
its location at the East Baltimore campus. The organization’s services include a “Newcomers’
Guide”, a bimonthly newsletter and discussion group (Global Expressions), cultural awareness
programs, social gatherings, tours, international dinners, and holiday celebrations.
A local program worth noting is the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association TASTE pro-
gram; it is available to all students on the Homewood campus. TASTE stands for Take a Student
To Events and is a program that may present you with the opportunity to get in touch with JHU
students or alumni who have similar interests as you have, whether you enjoy hiking, movies, or
just having dinner with others. The idea is simple. Visit online and fill out
a short questionnaire about your interests; then the TASTE program will try to arrange events for
participants, and you will be notified by e-mail when there is an event scheduled that matches
your interests.
For general information on extracurricular activities and student groups or organizations, see
the Extracurricular Activities section. As a helpful hint, keep your eyes open during the first two
weeks of each semester, especially at e-mails and campus posters. Notifications of events and
student groups that are not well advertised throughout the rest of the school year are often an-
nounced at the start of the semester.
More information and helpful web links for international students can be found at There is also a very helpful (non-JHU-
affiliated) website called with a list of student-
related organizations and other resources for international students.

Identification, Documents, Taxes, and Health
When You First Arrive
You may have questions or concerns about when, where, how, and in what order you should
handle issues of identification paperwork, United States taxes, documents for driving, etc. We
hope this section can help you get started on understanding these issues. Unfortunately, rules
and laws are always changing, and so, as always, you will want to consider OISSS your primary
source for up-to-date information on these matters.
As an international grad student, your first priority should be to gather your I-94 form and either
your I-20 or DS-2019 and visit the OISSS in Garland Hall. Please note that the I-94 form, which
you receive from the immigration inspector at port-of-entry, is a relatively small and thin piece
of paper. Nevertheless, it is important to keep this card safe and accessible. (A good method is
to staple it with your passport.) Additionally, you should be sure to keep all pages of your I-20 or
DS-2019 together and in a safe place at all times, not only upon arrival but also throughout your
stay in the US.

Social Security
One of the next places you will likely want to locate after OISSS is the Social Security Office. The
nearest office is located inside the Rotunda mall, which you can walk to from campus. Please
note that it may take 10–14 days for the local Social Security Office to receive your information
from the port-of-entry. Due to bureaucratic delays, if you visit the Social Security Office before
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your information has been processed, you may cause delays in the processing, so we suggest you
wait two to three weeks after arriving until you attempt to visit the Social Security Office.


                                   The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual
                                   Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for all individuals receiving any kind of payment, includ-
                                   ing scholarships for tuition. SSNs are required for all individuals receiving a working wage while
                                   in the US. The SSN is issued through a Social Security Office and is used on all tax returns filed
                                   with the IRS.

                                   An ITIN is only issued to individuals who are not eligible for a SSN, because they are receiving
                                   fellowship/scholarship but are not receiving a working wage or because they are not eligible for
                                   employment in the US. After the IRS issues you an ITIN, use this number on all tax returns filed
                                   with the IRS. If you receive regular stipends from JHU as a TA or RA, you should contact the
                                   OISSS to obtain a letter of endorsement to help you apply for an SSN. If you receive an SSN after
                                   receiving an ITIN, you should always use the SSN.

                                   Although an SSN is only required by US law for employment and tax purposes, you will find
                                   other institutions that require it in order for you to obtain their services, such as electricity and
                                   gas, banks, some landlords, and more. Additional information on SSNs and ITINs can be found
                                   at and

                                   Driving, Driver’s Licenses, and IDs

                                   Certain businesses will ask to see photo identification (or “ID”) if they are primarily a drinking
                                   establishment, if you are purchasing alcohol or tobacco, or even if you are using a credit or debit
                                   card. This is generally called “being carded”. On campus and around Charles Village, usually your
                                   University ID, the J-Card, is sufficient, except at pubs and liquor stores. But, until you acquire a
                                   government-issued photo identification card, you should always carry your passport with you in
                                   case you are asked for ID. Also, make a copy of your passport and keep the copy at home in case
                                   you lose it or it gets stolen.

                                   As soon as you are ready to get a government-issued photo ID card, you can either get a Mary-
                                   land driver’s license (Driver’s licenses are the equivalent of a regular ID in the US,) or a non-driver
                                   ID card. Both types of ID are issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Recent Mary-
                                   land laws have required international students, scholars, faculty, and their dependents to now
                                   submit an online form before beginning the process to obtain an ID. This form is called an SAVE
                                   verification request form and is currently an online, electronically submitted form.

                                   Whether you want to obtain a driver’s license for the first time or are exchanging an out-of-
                                   country license or an out-of-state license for a Maryland license, you will need to:

                                       • Have a Social Security Number (SSN), apply for a SSN, and/or complete a SAVE form
                                       • Pass a vision test
                                       • Take a three-hour drug and alcohol awareness course, if you have never been licensed in
                                         the US (The drug course is not offered directly by the MVA.)
                                       • Take a knowledge test (multiple choice exam about driving rules and laws) and then a skills
                                         test (actually bringing a car and driving it for an instructor) — unless you had a valid out-
                                         of-state US driver’s license within the last year
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                                   For more information on obtaining a driver’s license, see the section on Maryland Driver’s Li-
                                   censes (p. 76) in Chapter 3 of this guide and the Maryland MVA website.


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MVA Locations and Other Related Resources
The two closest locations recommended by other JHU grad students are the Mondawmin Mall
and the Essex location. Both are “full service” locations as opposed to an “Express Office” where
you often cannot take driving knowledge or skills tests. But the MVA has many locations, and
you should check their web site at or call 1-800-950-1682 (1-800-950-
1MVA) to obtain additional information and current hours before heading out to any of their
offices. Please note that because MVA offices are part of the government, they are closed on all
US holidays.

 To Obtain A Driver’s License
 Baltimore City MVA (adjacent to Mondawmin Mall)
 2500 Gwynns Falls Pkwy
 Baltimore, MD 21216
 Essex MVA (Middlesex Shopping Center)
 1338-A Eastern Boulevard
 Essex, MD 21221
 Driving Schools (will teach you how to drive)
 Three-Hour Alcohol and Drug Education Program Providers

Note that foreign documents may be used as a primary or secondary source of identification if
translated into English by a court translator/interpreter or by the Embassy of the country where
issued. The original document must accompany the English translation. Translations must be
on a document prepared by a court translator or on the letterhead of the Embassy of the country
of origin and contain the typed/printed name, telephone number, and signature of translator.
All individuals on the MVA’s State of Maryland Court Registry Interpreter Listing
( are authorized to translate foreign/out-
of-country documents. You can find this list of approved interpreters from MVA’s website. Please
note that MVA does not accept faxed copies of translations.

In general, income in the US is subject to taxation by the federal government and the state and
city governments. These taxes take four forms: federal taxes, FICA (to fund Social Security and
Medicare), and state and local taxes. You may be exempt from some of these taxes, but employers
are required to withhold the taxes from your paycheck. You may file a return each year for a
refund for any taxes owed to you, and if you earn over a certain dollar amount during the year,
you are legally obligated to file a return. It is also possible to owe money in unpaid taxes at the
end of the year.
Chapters 1 and 4 explain where to go and what to do concerning taxes in the US. The
JHU Tax Office usually offers two tax workshops for foreign students every Spring; both oc-
cur before the April 15 tax submission deadline. One is held on the Homewood Campus
and the other on the East Baltimore Campus. The school doesn’t offer personal tax advice,
but they tell you what forms to fill in and, in general terms, how to fill them in. How-
ever, the Maryland State Comptroller’s Office will do anyone’s state taxes for free (individu- at any of their taxpayer service offices.
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You should also check if your country of origin has a tax treaty with the US at, which
might benefit you in some way.


                                   Health Care
                                   Health Insurance
                                   Unlike other countries, the US does not provide socialized medicine (yet). Laws to reform
                                   US healthcare are currently being considered and voted on, so the information in this edi-
                                   tion of the Guide may not apply all the way through 2012 when the next edition is sched-
                                   uled to print. Please see the new student guide for Homewood graduate students online at
                          for up-to-date information.
                                   Because medical care can be very expensive, it is important to have health insurance. (It is also
                                   a condition of registration at JHU, as well as your visa status.) All international students are cur-
                                   rently required to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan. You will need to provide proof of
                                   coverage before you can register for classes. Currently, only domestic students have the option
                                   to waive the Student Health Plan if they have comparable coverage through a parent, spouse, or
                                   other approved provider. (Full JHU Health Plan details are locate in the Health Insurance (p. 6)
                                   section of this guide.) Fortunately, JHU covers the health insurance premiums for most full-time
                                   graduate students. Coverage can be extended, for a cost, to cover a partner and/or children.

                                   Health and Counseling Centers
                                   The Student Health and Wellness Center on campus is free to visit under the JHU Student Health
                                   Insurance Plan. During its daytime hours of operation, it is the best place to go if you are injured
                                   or ill in a non-life-threatening way. If you are seriously ill or injured, call 911 or campus secu-
                                   rity and/or go to the nearest hospital. From Homewood campus, the nearest Hospital is Union
                                   Memorial Hospital and is located two blocks east of campus on University Pkwy.
                                   There is also a Counseling Center located on the third floor of Garland Hall, which is free to visit
                                   under the JHU Student Health Insurance Plan. The Counseling Center offers services of individ-
                                   ual counseling, support groups, mediation of disputes (Both/all parties must be enrolled JHU
                                   students,) and psychiatrists who will prescribe any medications needed for psychiatric concerns
                                   (like anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medicines).
                                   Specifically, there is an International Student Support Group that the Counseling Center de-
                                   scribes as “a support group for international students who are struggling with changes in cul-
                                   tural values, communication patterns, academic standards, and general life style differences. The
                                   group [provides] international students [with] a supportive environment to explore their strug-
                                   gles and learn effective coping strategies.” The contact person for this group, and a very helpful
                                   counselor for issues related to being an international student is Garima Lamba (410-516-8278).
                                   Other groups who meet may be specific to just grad students or female grad students, etc. Feel
                                   free to ask staff in the OISSS about any of these subjects if you want more information.

                                   Practical information
                                   This section is meant to help ease the transition into American and Baltimore culture and cus-
                                   toms by providing information about general practices, goods, services, and other necessary day-
                                   to-day information that Americans already (usually) know.
                                   On the next few pages, you will find information about how to function as a JHU grad student, be-
                                   ginning with some very casual and general tips and then moving on to information about money
                                   matters, transportation, and healthcare. We try to give cultural tips, as well as city, state, and fed-
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                                   eral law information governing your daily life. But general tips on personal security, behaviors,
                                   and recommendations for “culture shock” are left to the last section of this chapter.


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Numbers, Measures, Dates, and Time
For those of you who have learned English elsewhere, American English has its own particulari-
ties when it comes to numbers. The word trillion means a 1 followed by 12 zeros, a British billion.
The word billion means a 1 followed by 9 zeros, a British milliard. A period is used to indicate a
decimal point, not a comma. A comma is used to separate groups of three digits in large num-
bers, thus $1,546,859,232.52 is one billion, five hundred forty-six million, eight hundred fifty-nine
thousand, two hundred thirty-two and fifty-two hundredths dollars.

The US still uses the English System of weights and measures. The metric system is available,
but people think in quarts and inches, not liters and centimeters.

Most electrical outlets in the United States operate with a voltage of 110-120 volts, 60 cycles. If
your equipment requires 220 volts, you should get a transformer and plug adapter.

Time Zones, Daylight Savings
The US has four main time zones: Pacific Standard Time (PST), Mountain Standard Time (MST),
Central Standard Time (CST), and Eastern Standard Time (EST). Alaska is one hour earlier than
California, and Hawaii is two hours earlier. Puerto Rico is in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, one
hour after New York. Baltimore is on the East Coast and therefore is in the EST.
During Daylight Savings Time (DST) clocks are set forward one hour. The dates for the start and
end of DST have been changing a bit in recent years, but in general, it begins in the Spring and
ends in the Fall.

Dates and Holidays
Dates are usually written as month/day/year. This is the opposite of the way most countries
write dates, which usually is day/month/year. So while 4/3/85 would be March 4, 1985, in most
countries, it is April 3, 1985, in the US. It is best to write out dates by spelling out the month name
in order to avoid confusion.
The following list shows some of the more popular American holidays. Important national hol-
idays have been indicated in italics. Most non-essential government offices will be closed on
these days. (Fire, ambulance, and police are always open.) Banks and post offices will be closed
on these days, and many businesses will give their employees the day off. Be aware that JHU, a
private institution, does not close for all of these holidays. You should also consult the University
Academic Calendar, which is posted every year. On the Academic Calendar, you can find out the
days when there will be no classes and/or where the University services will be closed.

 New Year’s Day — January 1
 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — third Monday in January
 Presidents’ Day — third Monday in February
 Mothers’ Day — second Sunday in May
 Memorial Day — last Monday in May
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 Fathers’ Day — third Sunday in June
 Independence Day — July 4


                                    Labor Day — first Monday in September
                                    Columbus Day — second Monday in October
                                    Halloween — October 31
                                    Election Day — Tuesday after the first Monday in November
                                    Veterans’ Day — November 11
                                    Thanksgiving Day — fourth Thursday in November
                                    Christmas Day — December 25

                                   It is also important to keep in mind the holidays of religious faiths. The University does not
                                   close for most religious holidays, with the exception of Christmas, but individual students and
                                   faculty may choose to observe religious holidays without consequence. This means that if you are
                                   attending a religious service or otherwise occupied by activities on a religious holiday, you may
                                   miss class or other obligations. For example, important Jewish holidays include Rosh Hashanah
                                   and Yom Kippur in the fall and Passover in the spring. Some students may observe the Christian
                                   Holy Week before Easter. It is advisable to notify your teachers or advisor beforehand of your
                                   intended absence for a holiday.
                                   Some American holidays have a different degree of importance in the US. For instance, Thanks-
                                   giving is a national family holiday for which most Americans travel home. Many Americans will
                                   also be concerned about anyone who is not spending Thanksgiving with their family and may
                                   be insistent that those people join their family for the holiday. On the other hand, Easter is not
                                   as much of a traveling and family holiday. At JHU, there are classes throughout the whole Holy
                                   Week, including Good Friday. Although JHU does not close for many religious holidays, most
                                   professors are understanding and accommodating of needs for religious observance, and in fact,
                                   many professors may individually cancel classes or acquire substitutes for their own religious

                                   Baltimore, like many American cities, is designed for cars. Pedestrians and bicycle-riders are
                                   second class citizens once they are on the streets. There are few bicycle-lanes, and cars do not
                                   understand, for the most part, how to navigate around cyclists. Still, it’s manageable, if you ride
                                   defensively and make sure you are following the rules of the road. As for pedestrians, drivers tend
                                   to ignore some crosswalks, and you should be careful to avoid being hit by cars.
                                   Public transportation, although often somewhat unsatisfactory in Baltimore, can still help you
                                   move around the city and go shopping outside the campus areas. JHU shuttles run between the
                                   East Baltimore campus, Mt. Vernon, and the Homewood campus, and there are plenty of bus
                                   routes and a light-rail line too. For detailed information about public transportation, see the
                                   Transportation (p. 115) section of Goods and Services in this guide.
                                   If you are traveling to another city and choose to use ground transportation, it might be a good
                                   idea to get a Student Advantage Card (, which gives you discounts
                                   on trains (Amtrak, and buses (Greyhound, and several
                                   other miscellaneous services. If you are traveling further than, say, New York City, you will likely
                                   want to fly. Good deals can be found regularly on domestic airfare by shopping for tickets online.
                                   Check the main airlines’ websites or one of the many online travel services, some of which are
                                   listed in the boxes below.

                                    Major Airlines
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 American Airlines,
 United Airlines,

 Selected Online Travel Services

Mailing and Shipping
There are many methods of shipping available in the US, the main method being the United
States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS offers multiple levels of shipping, for varying prices,
based on content of mailed material and the speed with which it needs to be delivered. For a
price, the USPS can guarantee next-day delivery to most locations in the US if you get to the
post office early enough in the day. Other commonly used shipping/mail services include DHL,
FedEx, and UPS, which are generally used by corporations to ship merchandise to you or by in-
dividuals who want to ship large packages. For more information on these services and their
offices, see the Goods and Services#GoodsAndServicesMail chapter of this guide.
For shipping purposes, packages should always be securely taped, and you should not use string.
Most USPS offices sell stamps, boxes, and packaging goods. Some packaging goods may be pur-
chased at the JHU Bookstore (the Barnes & Noble on Saint Paul and 33rd Sts.), although the
prices may not be the cheapest you can find. Please note that postal rates (currently $0.44 for a
regular letter) have been changing annually, and you should check current rates at
Please see the section on Postal Service and Mail (p. 110) in chapter 4 for additional information,
such as locations and contact information for local postal and shipping services.

Out and About
You can find basic information on shopping and entertainment in chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7. Enjoy
the opportunities for eating, dancing, theatre, festivals, shopping, sports events, and concerts or
strolling around some of the nicest Baltimore neighborhoods. Please be careful though, as the
neighborhoods in Baltimore change very quickly from safe to not-safe, and it is not easy to know
where those lines are. For more on safety, see the end of this chapter.
If you are interested in religious observance or programming, you may want to check out the JHU
Chaplain’s website. You can also find information on the different local places of worship in the
Local Places of Worship and Religious Organizations#LocalPlacesOfWorshipChapter section in
the appendices.

If you are dying to light that cigarette, make sure you are allowed to first. Smoking is prohibited
inside all government and public buildings. It is also illegal in public transportation, including
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buses, subways, and trains. Also, many businesses, especially restaurants, will not permit smok-
ing near entrances or on the property at all. Occasionally, a business will have outdoor seating


                                   where smoking is allowed, and some businesses are exempt if they make the majority of their
                                   income on tobacco sales. Tobacco products may not be sold to anyone under 18 years old, and
                                   federal law requires stores to ask for a government issued photo identification card (ID) for any-
                                   one under 27 years old. If you are a guest in someone’s home, you should ask whether it is ok to
                                   smoke before lighting up.

                                   Alcohol can generally only be bought in liquor or wine stores — though this varies by state —
                                   drinking establishments such as bars, pubs, and microbreweries; or restaurants. Some conve-
                                   nience stores or small markets/delis also sell alcohol. When purchasing alcohol, you will be asked
                                   for a government issued photo ID at liquor stores, restaurants, clubs, pubs, or cafés, as it is illegal
                                   to sell or serve alcoholic drinks to anyone under 21 years of age. Store owners or bartenders may
                                   refuse to serve you or admit you to an establishment if you lack identification or do not cooperate
                                   with staff requests for identification. Also, alcoholic drinks cannot be consumed in most public
                                   spaces, such as parks, sidewalks, some sports venues, and beaches.

                                   Restaurants and Tipping
                                   If you are at a restaurant and you want to get good service the next time you are there, you ought
                                   to know something about the tipping system in the US. Wait staff are often paid less than min-
                                   imum wage because tips are expected to be added to their income; this includes waiters, wait-
                                   resses, and bartenders. (The words “tip” and “gratuity” are used interchangeably.) Restaurants
                                   do not include a service charge in the bill; still, US waiters anticipate a tip that is 15–20% of the
                                   total bill (before taxes). You are expected to tip unless you receive terrible or rude service. Watch
                                   out though, in some restaurants, gratuity is included for you on bills for parties of eight or more.
                                   A general gratuity of up to 15% may be added to other bills you receive when a service was ren-
                                   dered by a person. Always check the bill or ask if gratuity is automatically added before tip-
                                   ping (especially for expensive services). Other businesses or merchants who will expect a tip and
                                   should be given one unless their service was bad are:

                                       • Taxi drivers and other types of professional drivers (except bus drivers) (For example, Su-
                                         perShuttle drivers generally expect approximately %10 of your fare.)
                                       • Food delivery people (usually expect $1.00 to $4.00 or about 10%)
                                       • Hair cutters and manicurists (Most important if you visit a “salon” or “barber”; generally
                                         you should tip $15 or more for an expensive hair cut or a few dollars for a cheap cut.)
                                       • Bellhops and valets (people who move your luggage or your car for you) (You should give
                                         them maybe $1.00 to $6.00.)

                                   Other services for which tips are usually given, although not expected or absolutely necessary

                                       • Some types of cashiers, especially at coffee shops or small cafes (They usually have a “tip
                                         jar”; just throw some change in.)
                                       • Babysitters
                                       • Pet groomers
                                       • Car mechanics (if you went to a small, privately owned, repair shop)
                                       • Tutors (once a month or so)
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                                       • Maids (once in a while or for a great job)
                                       • Postmen/women (once or twice a year, usually at Christmas time)


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Sales and Sales Tax

Besides gratuity, or tips, listed prices for merchandise, services, rentals, or meals also include an
extra sales or “use” tax (in most situations). In Maryland (Taxes vary by state,) sales tax is 6% and
“use” tax can vary from 6% to 11.5% by county and sometimes by situation.

Try not to forget the extra cost of taxes (and maybe tipping) when you are calculating your ex-

International Grocery Stores

There are many international/ethnic food stores in Baltimore and surrounding areas, although
most are farther than it is comfortable to walk. Please refer to the Grocery (p. 95) section for a
full list of ethnic markets by region. Please let us know if you find a market that you think others
would like to know about!

Money and Banking
Chapters 1, 2, and 4 present a good overview of banking services and financial issues informa-
tion relevant to JHU grad students. What American students already know about banking and
finances is:

    • Never send cash through the mail; always use cash in-person and save your receipt.
    • Receipts are always important, most especially when paying larger sums of money; you are
      legally entitled to a receipt, so ask for one if you did not get one.
    • Some businesses or institutions will occasionally not accept cash as payment, although
      sometimes they can only accept cash. ID is officially required when not using cash, al-
      though only sometimes requested.
    • Cash is not the main form of payment for Americans; in the US, it is sometimes more con-
      venient to have a cheque, debit card, or credit card than it is to have cash!
    • To have cheques (paper notes, commonly spelled “checks”), debit cards, or credit cards,
      you should open a bank account.
    • One other way to get a cheque without a bank account is to take your cash into a grocery
      store and ask for a “cashier’s cheque”. You can then send the cashier’s cheque through the
      mail or give it to whomever, but this must be done on a case-by-case basis and can be quite

And more specifically, common knowledge about bank accounts includes:

    • You can acquire a bank account, along with a savings account, which will gain interest on
      your balance at any of the multiple banks or “credit unions” around the city.
    • Credit unions usually provide better interest rates but may not provide all banking services,
      such as selling foreign currency or traveler’s checks.
    • To open an account, there may be a number of different requirements. Some banks need
      to run a credit check (more on this below), some require an SSN, most require a deposit or
      paperwork for direct deposit of your pay-check, and more.
    • When you open an account, banks will provide you with checks and an Automatic Teller
      Machine (ATM) card or a debit card with a Visa or Mastercard logo on it.
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    • Your debit card is not a credit card but is like using a check. You can withdraw cash from
      ATMs with debit cards or with ATM cards.


                                       • Banks generally require a minimum balance in your account(s) and have fees for going un-
                                         der those balances. Banks also may have fees for many different things, like using ATMs
                                         that do not have their name on it or even visiting the bank tellers to make in-person de-
                                         posits or withdrawals too many times in a month.
                                       • To choose a bank, you want to consider your ability to meet their requirements as well as
                                         their ability to be convenient, accessible, and of good value. (Consider their interest rates
                                         and any fees you may be subject to.)

                                   The best way to choose a bank, like many other services, is to ask around for other’s experiences
                                   and advice. A large number of JHU grad students hold their accounts with Bank of America or
                                   the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.

                                   Credit Cards, Credit Checks, and Your Credit History

                                   Credit Cards are very different from bank accounts. In the US, it is very important to “establish
                                   credit”, which is taken as a sign that you can handle money reliably. Unfortunately, the best way
                                   to establish a credit history is by getting a loan or a credit account and paying it off with on-time,
                                   regular payments (not all at once), while paradoxically, most companies require that you have a
                                   credit history in order to obtain a credit card or a loan.

                                   To “have credit” is synonymous with having a credit history, and “good credit” is gained by having
                                   a good credit history. ATM cards do not contribute to your credit history in the US, although hav-
                                   ing established a checking or savings account may help your chances of being issued credit in the
                                   future. Most companies do not allow for international credit history checking, except for Canada.
                                   Banks and companies can run credit checks using the Canadian Social Insurance Numbers and
                                   get a credit report from Canada. (Although sometimes they may not do it!)

                                   Credit card companies are not the only people who will want to run a credit check on you (to
                                   see if you have good credit). Most landlords, banks, cell-phone providers, utility companies, and
                                   other providers to whom you will need to make regular payments will likely want to run a credit
                                   check on you, and they usually expect you to have a credit history. Any time you want to make a
                                   large purchase and you want to pay in installments rather than all at once (as is often done with
                                   cars, furniture, etc.), it is considered a credit issue, and you usually need some credit history to
                                   do this.

                                   In general, though, there are a few options open until you have built up a credit history through
                                   paying utility bills and the like. You can attempt to apply for a credit card with a co-signer, (ob-
                                   viously, someone who already has a credit history in the US). You can also ask banks and credit
                                   card companies about student credit card deals (designed for first-time credit card users such as
                                   American college freshmen). Many students have also managed to get student credit cards, such
                                   as the Blue Student Credit Card from American Express ( It is eas-
                                   ier to get the “Blue”; the only disadvantage is that some places do not accept American Express

                                   As a last resort, if the above methods don’t work, you may apply for a secured credit card. A
                                   secured credit card is backed by your personal savings. Unlike an unsecured credit card, you will
                                   need to make a deposit before receiving your card; this can be submitted instantly by including
                                   your bank details when completing a secured credit card application. Once a deposit is made
                                   to a secured credit card, your deposit is safe and also accrues monthly interest. Credit may vary
                                   between cards, but it is usually around 20% of your total deposit; so if you were to deposit $500,
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                                   you would receive a total credit line of $600. Providing you make your payments on time, the
                                   growth of your credit will get reported to all the main credit bureaus every month. Then, in six


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months, you will have established enough credit to receive an unsecured credit card or loan. Just
make sure you read all the conditions carefully before you apply.
Financial matters — and especially credit concerns — are usually complicated and stressful. If
you have questions or worries about finances, please visit OISSS or ask friends for advice; you
will find many people share your situation, if not your concerns.

Safety and Security
Safety Concerns are nearly the most-often voiced concerns at the OISSS next to visa/employment
issues. An aspect of Baltimore that many people might not be used to is the strange arrangement
of neighborhoods within the city, which may or may not be safe. More specifically, you may be
in an affluent neighborhood where children are on the street but find a few block from there that
there is a high crime rate and you feel uneasy on the streets.
When it comes to where to live or where to walk as a pedestrian, most students avoid certain
areas in Baltimore. Some of these neighborhoods are located within a mile of campus, although
there are also extremely nice neighborhoods within a mile of campus as well. It is not possible
nor appropriate to list such areas in this guide, and neighborhoods are always changing too, so
this section will focus on what you should know and what you can do about living near these
“bad neighborhoods”, what you can do if you have a problem, and what you can do to prevent
The emergency response number in the USA is 911 —- it will connect you to fire, police, and/or
ambulance services. In Baltimore, the non-emergency response number is 311. Johns Hopkins
Homewood Security can be contacted in an emergency at 410-516-7777 (6-7777 when on cam-
pus) and 410-516-4600 for non-emergencies. Use these numbers for health, safety, and vehicle
emergencies or concerns.
Your first encounter may be with housing. Note that extremely cheap rental prices might be
indicative of the fact that no one wants to live there, so always make sure that you have seen
or you have someone look at the place you intend to live in before you sign any sort of lease
agreement. As an international student, you may have a very hard time figuring out how to do
this, but search for resources within your department, the OISSS, or other student organizations
to help you with this. For more than just safety purposes, you will probably find it advantageous
to find roommates — hopefully one of which can physically visit the housing in case you can’t.
Please refer to chapter 3 for more information about housing, temporary housing, and other ways
you can go about your move to Baltimore. There is also a section on Safety and Security (p. 62),
which gives tips for every-day behavior on how to avoid becoming a victim.
Use the Johns Hopkins Homewood Security Van Service whenever you feel uncomfortable walk-
ing home alone or want to do some basic shopping around campus after dark. The security van
will take you to and from anyplace within a mile of campus. A very common practice among
students involves everyone making sure that, after a dinner, a party, or a late night studying at
the library, no-one walks home alone. It is common to walk in groups or pairs for safety.
The worse neighborhoods near campus would be referred to as “inner city” neighborhoods. In
future versions of this guide, we hope to add information and tips to help you adjust to living
in or near these neighborhoods, but for now we would just like to advise you that if you feel
uncomfortable, there are behaviors and body-language specific to American culture (like walking
purposefully with your head up and arms not crossed — swing them down by your waist) that
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may communicate strength to those around you and leave you less susceptible to hassles or even
crime. You may want toask someone about this if you are feeling uncomfortable in Baltimore.


Interpersonal Information
This last section includes some common observations made by international students about in-
teracting with US citizens and their culture. The extent to which these experiences resonate with
you will depend on your cultural background. As with all of the information in this section, please
consider sharing additional information or experiences you think other students will find helpful.
You can send it to the GRO at for inclusion in future editions of the Guide.

Americans tend to be more informal than people from other countries. It is common for Ameri-
cans to wear casual clothing to school and to greet professors by first name (if invited to do so). Of
course, there are situations in which formality is the norm, such as job interviews or weddings.
Cultural events, such as the theatre, opera, or ballet, do not necessarily require dressing up, at
least not in Baltimore. Any private social events invitations usually mention whether or not you
should dress casually.

Personal Contact
The average personal distance between two people when they are talking to each other varies
from culture to culture. Americans tend to require more personal space than people from other
cultures. Americans do not engage in as much physical contact as individuals from some other
cultures when they are talking with others or walking side-by-side. Both men and women shake
hands and general acquaintances do not kiss or hug when they meet.

Americans are much more assertive than some other cultures. Speaking for yourself and attempt-
ing to persuade someone to adopt your view are not only acceptable but expected. Americans
often plan social gatherings on short notice, so don’t be surprised if you get invited to someone’s
home or to see a movie or baseball game without much warning. If you are busy, do not be afraid
to decline the invitation, perhaps suggesting an alternative time that would be better. Your host
will not be insulted. If a friend has invited you to drop by anytime, it is best to call before visiting
to make sure it is convenient for them. If you are invited to dinner, do not arrive more than five
minutes early and do not arrive more than five to ten minutes late. It is appropriate to bring the
host a bottle of wine, a gift basket of fruit, a box of candy, a small potted plant, or bouquet of flow-
ers. If you are invited to a party, it is acceptable to arrive a little later, and people usually bring
drinks to the party, since alcohol is expensive. If you wish to thank the host for his/her hospitality,
it is appropriate to call or send a brief written thank you note the next day.

Culture Shock
Culture Shock is the experience of finding every-day life and interactions with people in another
country (or part of a country) hard to understand and hard to get used to. We hope to expand
the information contained in this section for future editions of the Guide, but for now, if you are
having issues with culture shock, please talk to your peers, visit OISSS, or look at websites such
as for more information.

Appendix        A
Local Places of Worship and
Religious Organizations

Campus Ministries
Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Center
3509 n. Charles st., 410-261-1880

Academic Year Hours
Sun-Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Summer hours
M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (no regular worship services)

University chaplain: Albert Mosley (
Under the direction of the university chaplain, Campus Ministries promotes and supports spir-
itual development, theological reflection, multi-religious understanding, and social awareness
among students, faculty, and staff. The office, located at the Bunting-Meyerhoff interfaith and
Community service Center, is open daily and is accessible evenings and weekends by appoint-
ment. the ministry offers opportunities for worship, fellowship, educational experiences, pas-
toral support, and retreats. it serves people from many faiths, including the Buddhist, Christian,
Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim traditions. the chaplain and the campus ministers also work with
the interfaith Council, a group of student representatives from over 20 religious traditions. the
interfaith Council works to foster interfaith awareness and understanding, and to create a coop-
erative sense of community spirit among the diverse religious groups on campus. The Bunting-
Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community service Center opened in the spring of 1999 on the east side
of Charles st., opposite the tennis courts on campus. it serves as the central worship site for uni-
versity religious groups and a venue for community service activities and other special events.
there are weekly Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim worship services, fellowship
gatherings, and organizational meetings. the building also houses the Campus Ministries of-
fices, a prayer/meditation space, a library and resource center, a Volunteer services outreach of-
fice, and occasionally hosts musical concerts. For more information, contact the office or check
its website via the Hopkins homepage.

Off-Campus Ministries
Following are some other local places of worship and religious organizations in and around Bal-

Baha’i Faith
Towson, 410-832-2440
Baha’i Faith-Baltimore County
W. Saratoga and N. Eutaw, 410-832-7046

Baltimore Dharma Group (Soto Zen)
220 Wendover Rd., 410-243-6743
Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center (Tibetan)
11 E Mt. Royal ave., 410-727-2422
Burning House Zendo (Rinzai Zen)
3504 Harford Rd., 410-296-6108
Vikatadamshtri Buddhist Center (Kadampa)
2937 n. Charles st., 410-243-3837
Worst Horse Sangha (Soto Zen)
Bunting/Myerhoff Interfaith Center, 410-662-1745

African Methodist Episcopalian
Agape Fellowship AME Church
4650 Reisterstown Rd., 410-466-4545
Allen AME Church
1130 W. Lexington St., 410-728-0283
Bethel Book Ministry, AME
1300 Druid Hill Ave., 410-523-4308
Ebenezer AME Zion Church
2500 Frederick Ave., 410-233-5788
Evergreen AME Church
3342 Old Frederick Rd., 410-945-0130
Oak Street AME Church
123 W. 24th St., 410-235-6908

Apostolic Bible Study Church
2504 Garrison Blvd, 410-542-3010
Apostolic Church Baltimore Assembly
4437 Belair Rd., 410-488-2881
Apostolic Faith Prayer Band
1717 E. Lombard St., 410-342-3859
Believers Walk Apostolic Church
776 Washington Blvd., 410-752-6796
Christ Apostolic Church

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2226 Park Ave., 443-708-1580
First Emmanuel Church Apostolic
4534 Reisterstown Rd., 410-664-2664

Ark Missionary Baptist Church
1263 E. North ave., 410-539-1591
Baltimore Chinese Baptist Church
4014 W. Overlea Ave., 410-254-1726
Central Baptist Church
2035 W. Baltimore St., 410-947-9420
Community Baptist Church
2311 Garrison Blvd., 410-947-402
Community Baptist Church
5912 Belle Grove Rd., 410-636-1970
Ebenezer Baptist Church
306 E. 23rd St., 410-235-7255
First Baptist Church
823 Cherry Hill Rd., 410-583-9483
Foundations For the Christian Faith
500 E. 39th St., 410-435-4041
Jerusalem Baptist Church
2401 Loch Raven Rd., 410-243-3060
Koinonia Baptist Church
2406 Greenmount Ave., 410-235-1037
New Antioch Baptist Church
2401 St. Paul St., 410-889-7040
St. John Baptist Church
2223 Jefferson St., 410-327-3577
Union Baptist Church
1219 Druid Hill ave., 410-523-6880
United Baptist Church
938 N. Broadway, 410-342-0119
University Baptist Church
3501 N. Charles st., 410-467-2343
Services at University Baptist Church start at 11 a.m. every sunday (10:30 a.m. mid-June through
the labor Day weekend). Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month. information
about other activities (Christian education, choir rehearsals, sports) is available on the website.

All Saints Catholic Church
4406 Luberty Heights ave., 410-747-4104
JHU Interfaith Center (academic year)
3509 N. Charles st., 410-261-1880
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic
600 S. Conklin st., 410-342-4336
St. Ann’s Catholic Church
582 E. 22nd St., 410-235-8169

Sts. Phillip & James (Rev. William A. Au)
2801 N. Charles st., 410-235-2294

Church of Christ

Celestial Church of Christ
7112 Darlington Dr., 410-661-7101
Central Church of Christ
3121 Lohrs ln., 410-947-0270
Church of Christ
1810 E. Lombard St., 410-522-3661
Community Church of Christ
1002 Somerset St., 410-276-0032
University Church of Christ (Rick Adsit)
530 W. University Pkwy., 410-467-7371

Corpus Christi Church

Corpus Christi Church (Father Rich Bozelli)
110 W. Lafayette Ave., 410-523-4161

Eastern Orthodox

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation (Rev. Dean Moralis)
25 W. Preston st., 410-727-1831


All Saint’s Episcopal Church
203 E. Chatsworth Ave., 410-833-0700
Cathedral Church of the Incarnation (the Very Rev. Van Gardner)
4 E. university Pkwy., 410-467-3750
Church of the Guardian Angel
2629 Huntingdon Ave., 410-235-5740
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
811 Cathedral St., 410-685-1130
Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant
5857 The Alameda, 410-435-3707
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
6515 Loch Raven Blvd., 410-825-8155
St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church
6400 Belair Rd., 410-426-1002

Friends (Quaker)

Friends Meetings Homewood
3107 N. Charles St., 410-235-4438
Friends Meetings Stony Run
5116 N. Charles St., 410-435-3773

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All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church
4215 Loch Raven Blvd., 410-889-8458
Ascension Evangelical Lutheran
7601 York Rd., 410-825-1725
Christ Lutheran Church
701 S. Charles st., 410-385-1437
Christ Lutheran Church
7041 Sollers Point Rd., Dundalk, 410-284-2850
First English Lutheran Church (Rev. Donald L. Burggraf)
3807 N. Charles st., 410-235-2356
First Lutheran Church
212 oakwood Rd., Dundalk, 410-284-6657
First Lutheran Church of Towson
40 E. Burke Ave., 410-825-8770


First Mennonite Church
5022 Avoca ave., Ellicot City, 410-465-0206
North Baltimore Mennonite Church
(Pastor Frank E. Nice)
4615 Roland ave., 410-467-8947

Metropolitan Community Church

Metropolitan Church of God
4815 Eastern ave., 410-633-5516
Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore
(Rev. Dave smith)
405 W. Monument St., 410-669-6222
Metropolitan Community Church
(Rev. Darlene garner)
2640 St. Paul St., 410-889-6363

Non-Denominational Protestant

Chariot of Fire Community Church of Christ
424 E. 30th St., 410-235-4446
Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore
(Rev. Paul Y. Shen)
1800 Cromwell Bridge Rd., 410-337-5456,
The Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore has an english service from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in
the sanctuary; a children’s service from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Room 119. Mandarin service is
from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Christian Fellowship Bible Church
2007 E. 32nd st., 410-563-2513
Christian Life Church
6605 Liberty Rd., 410-298-5433
Christian Life Fellowship
5621 Baltimore National Pike, 410-747-9307

Faith Christian Fellowship
505 E. 42nd st., 410-323-0202,
The Faith Christian Fellowship meets at 10:40 a.m. in front of Wolman Hall. sunday services are
at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. during the school year, at 9:30 a.m. during the summer. Prayers take place
every sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
Grace Fellowship Church
9505 Deereco Rd., Timonium, 410-561-8424,
The Grace Fellowship Church is non-denominational and holds services saturday night at 6 p.m.,
sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. other information is available on the web-
Grace Life Church
Grace Life Church likewise has a non-de- nominational congregation. service is at 1 p.m. in shaf-
fer 3 on Homewood campus. Hopkins Christian Fellowship gcf/
The Hopkins Christian Fellowship is part of the IntraVarsity Christian Fellowship. IntraVarsity
Christian Fellowship

Central Presbyterian Church
7308 York Road, 410-823-6145,
Faith Presbyterian Church
5400 Loch Raven Blvd., 410-435-4330
Roland Park Presbyterian Church
4801 Roland Ave., 410-889-2000
Second Presbyterian Church
4200 St. Paul St., 410-467-4210
Timonium Presbyterian Church PCA
303 W. Timonium Rd., Towson, 410-252-5663

Seventh Day Adventists
Berea Temple of Seventh Day
(Dr. Johnson thompson)
1901 Madison Ave., 410-728-9499
Bethel Church of God Seventh Day, Inc.
301 W. 28th st., 410-235-0160
First Marantha Seventh-Day
3401 old York Rd., 410-622-9240
Spanish Seventh Day Adventist
829 W. Baltimore St. 410-230-0481

United Methodist
Altersgate United Methodist Church
Falls Rd. and W. 42nd St., 410-235-0041
Christ United Methodist Church
2833 Florida Ave., 410-789-9058
Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf
Good Shepherd United Methodist

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3800 Roland Ave., 410-243-1129
Grace United Methodist Church
5407 N. Charles St., 410-433-6650
Waverly United Methodist Church
644 E. 33rd st., 410-243-2481


First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
Charles and Franklin sts., 410-685-2330
Unitarian Universalist Church of Towson
1710 Dulaney Valley Rd., 410-825-6045
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
7246 Cradle Rock Way, Columbia, 410-381-0097

United Church of Christ

Christ United Church of Christ
1308 Beason St., 410-685-7968
Messiah United Church of Christ
5615 The Alameda, 410-435-5556
Unity Center of Christianity
2901 N. Charles st., 410-243-2542

Christian Science
First Church of Christ, Scientist
1 Maryland Ave., towson, 410-823-5534
First Church of Christ, Scientist
102 W. University Pkwy., 410-467-4858

Golden Lotus Temple
4748 Western Ave., Bethesda, 301-229-3871
JHU Interfaith Center (academic year)
3509 N. Charles St., 410-261-1880

Baltimore Masjid
514 Islamic Way, 410-728-1363
Islamic Society of Baltimore
6631 Johnnycake Rd., 410-747-4869
The Islamic Society of Baltimore offers daily prayer services, funeral services, and educational
and support classes in addition to sports and recreation. a detailed list of ad- dresses and contact
details of all mosques in Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia is avail- able at
JHU Interfaith Center (academic year)
3509 N. Charles st., 410-261-1880
Masjid-Al Inshirah
1808 Woodlawn Dr., Gwynn Oak, 410-298- 2977

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Central Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
1115 N. Fremont ave., 410-728-7677
Homewood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
4643 Bowleys Lane, 410-485-1086
Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall
2400 Giles Rd., 410-354-1825
Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall
400 Reedbird Ave., 410-355-0638
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
3627 Greenmount Ave., 410-366-1858
Kafayette Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
903 W Mulberry st., 410-532-5182


Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
101 W. Mount Royal ave., 410-578-6943,
The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is a voluntary Jewish community
that provides religious, charitable, educational, humanitarian, and health services in addition
to recreation activities.


Beth Israel Congregation (Rabbi Jay R. Goldstein)
3706 Crondall Ln., Owings Mills, 410-654-0800,
The Beth Israel Congregation has daily services every morning and evening, and shabbat on Fri-
day evenings and saturday mornings; dates and times of other activities are available online.
Beth Shalom Congregation (Rabbi Susan Grossman)
8070 Harriet Tubman Ln, Columbia, 410-531-5115,
The Beth Shalom Congregation holds daily minyan at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and
Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Shabbat services are held every Friday evening at 8 p.m. and every
Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. there is a Torah reading every Saturday morning following the tri-
ennial cycle of the Conservative Movement.
Chizuk Amuno Congregation
8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville, 410-486-6400


Tiferes Yisroel Congregation (Rabbi Menachem Goldberger)
6201 Park Heights ave., 410-764-1971,
Tiferes Yisroel Congregation provides weekly and daily prayer services; the schedule and details
are updated regularly on their website.
Yeshivat Rambam (Rabbi David Fohrman)
6300 Park Heights Ave., 410-358-6091,
In addition to providing daily prayer services (candle lighting and havdalah), Yeshivat Rambam
arranges and sponsors a host of other events.

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Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (Rabbi Rex D. Perlmeter)
7401 Park Heights Ave., 410-764-1587
Details about services and other activities at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation are available at
Har Sinai Congregation (President Marshall J. Salsbury)
2905 Walnut ave., Owings Mills, 410-363-8488
Information about the shabbat services, weekly study of Bible and Torah, and other educational
programs run by the Har Sinai Congregation is available at
Temple Oheb Shalom (Rabbi Steven M. Fink)
7310 Park Heights Ave., 410-358-0108,

Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Jewish Congregation (Pastor and Elder Michael Rudolph)
4521 Bennion Rd., Silver Spring, 860-537-0572,
Beth Messiah Congregation
7714 Heritage Fram Dr., Montgomery, 301-977-9633
The Beth Messiah Congregation holds Shabbat service every Friday at 10 a.m. Other activities
include weekly cell groups, which meet in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evenings. Affiliates of
this congregation include the Ets Chaiyim School (301-424-0721) and the Messiah Biblical Insti-
tute & Joseph Rabbinowitz graduate school. Local, e-mail and correspondence courses are also
offered. Call 301-330-6006 for more information.
Rosh Pina Congregation (Co-Rabbis David A. Finkelstein & H. Irvin Horseman)
3408 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills, 410-358- 4346,
The Rosh Pina Congregation has shabbat every Friday at 10:30 a.m. and offers weekly home
groups, Hebrew classes, and prayer meetings.

Service times may vary; updated information is available at or from the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Baltimore Stake Office at 120 Stemmers Run Rd.,
Essex, 410-686-6680.
Baltimore University Ward
120 Stemmers Run Road, Essex, 410-238-6550
Highland Branch–Spanish
417 S. Highland Ave., 410-327-3882
Inner Harbor Branch
9 W. Mulberry st., 410-625-2318

Ahimsa Yoga Center
3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 15, 410-662- 8626
Kundalini Yoga Center
(Daya singh Khalsa)

Appendix                       B
Essential Contact Information

Homewood Campus
Note: Phone numbers on the Homewood campus begin with 410-516-xxxx. These numbers can
be dialed from any on-campus phone by dialing the last five-digits, i.e., 6-xxxx.

Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-7777
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or 911
 Counseling Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8278
 Disability Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8075
 Escort Vans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8700
 IT@JH Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-HELP (410-516-4357)
  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or e-mail
 Graduate Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8477
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or e-mail
 GRO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-4600
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or e-mail
 ID Card Service (J-CARD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-5121
 Johns Hopkins Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-534-4500
 Mail Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8316
 MSE Library Circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8370
 MSE Library Information Desk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8335
 O’Connor Recreation Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-516-5229
 Office of International Student and Scholar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-1013
 Parking Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-PARK (410-516-7275)
 Payroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443-997-8146
 Registrar’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-7140
 Safety Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-8798
 Security Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-4600
 Student Health & Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-7275
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . after hours, call Hopkins Security, 410-516-7777
 Weather Emergency Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-7781

East Baltimore Campus
Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-955-4444
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or 911
 Johns Hopkins Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-534-4500
 Security Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-955-5585
 Student Mental Health Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .410-955-1892
 Weather Emergency Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-516-7781
 University Health Service Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-955-3250

City of Baltimore
Emergency (Police, Fire, Medical) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 911
 Police (Non-Emergency) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or 443-263-2220
 Natural Gas Leak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . leave your house, then call 410-685-0123
 Poison Control Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-528-7701
 City services: animal control, bulk trash, water, etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 AM through 10:00 PM
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . or on-line at
 BGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-685-0123
 Impound Lot (towed vehicles) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-396-9958
 Power Outage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-778-2222
 Rumor Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410-396-1188

Appendix   C

Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus


Homewood–JHMI Shuttle

Johns Hopkins Hospital Campus Map


Baltimore’s Neighborhoods


Baltimore Light Rail

MTA Route 3


MTA Route 11

MTA Route 27



Washington DC Metrorail


13.5%, 157                                         Ahavat Yeshua Messianic Jewish Congrega-
13th Floor at the Belvedere, 125, 151                         tion, 201
2 O’Clock Club, 127                                Ahimsa Yoga Center, 137, 138, 201
32nd Street Farmers Market, 92, 99                 AIDS/HIV Information Line, 106
84 Lumber, 100, 101                                Aikido Baltimore Tomiki Center, 137, 138
9th Life, 95                                       Air and Space Museum, 175
                                                   Airport Shuttle, The, 115
                                                   Airports, 115
A Good Yarn, 82
                                                   Alamo, 118
A People United, 87, 88
                                                   All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 196
A Step Ahead, 88, 89
                                                   All Saints Catholic Church, 195
A-One Florist, 92
                                                   All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church, 197
AAA, 77
                                                   Allegheny Highlands Trail of Maryland, 160
Aardmore Veterinarium, 108
                                                   Allen AME Church, 194
ABC Box Company, 72
                                                   Allnighters, The, 36
Abraham M. Lilienfeld Library, 104
                                                   Allstate, 77
Abraham M. Lilienfeld Memorial Library, 48
                                                   Altersgate United Methodist Church, 198
Academic Computing Center, 49
                                                   Alumni Association, 5
Academic Computing Lab, 6                          Amanda’s Bed & Breakfast Reservation Ser-
Academic Year Hours, 43, 193                                  vice, 68
Academy Animal Hospital, 108                       Amazing Glaze, 82
Accessing Health Care at Homewood, 7               Ambassador, 58
Activities, 43                                     AMC Towson Commons, 135
Adams-Morgan, 176                                  American Airlines, 187
Administration, 2                                  American Art Museum, 176
Administrative Matters, 41                         American Automobile Association, 77
Administrative Office, 12                           American Dream Downpayment Initiative,
Admiral Fell Inn, 68                                          69
Adolf Meyer Library, 48, 49                        American Medical Student Association, 53
Adoption, 107                                      American Red Cross of Central Maryland,
Advertising, 13                                               139
Aetna Student Health, 6                            American Visionary Art Museum, 95, 129,
African Methodist Episcopalian, 194                           130
After Midnight, 87, 88                             Amtrak, 119, 186
Agape Fellowship AME Church, 194                   An Die Musik, 111

Anacostia Museum & Center for African             Atomic Books, 85
           American History and Culture,          Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen,
           The, 176                                         98
Anagram, 29                                       Atwater’s, 82
Angelfall Studio, 132                             Automatic Teller Machine, 189
Animal Emergency Center, 108                      AVAM, 129
Animals, see Pets                                 Avenue Antiques, 86, 93, 94
Annapolis, 174                                    Avenue at White Marsh, The, 112
Anne Arundel SPCA, 107, 108                       Avenue, The, 57
Annual Spring Flower Display, 160                 Avis, 118
Antietam, 173, 174                                Ayd Hardware, 101
Apostolic, 194
Apostolic Bible Study Church, 194                 b, 2
Apostolic Church Baltimore Assembly, 194          B. Olive Cole Pharmacy Museum, 130
                                                  B&O Railroad Museum, 129, 130, 141
Apostolic Faith Prayer Band, 194
                                                  Babalu’s, 125
Appalachian Trail, 161, 165, 172
                                                  Babe Ruth Birthplace, 131
Apple, 90
                                                  Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 130
Apple Store, 90
                                                  Baby Gap, 86
Aquarium, see National Aquarium in Balti-
                                                  Backpacking, 161
                                                  Baha’i, 194
Arc of Baltimore, The, 139
                                                  Baha’i Faith, 194
Arena Players, 134
                                                  Baha’i Faith-Baltimore County, 194
Ark Missionary Baptist Church, 195
                                                  Bahk’s Master Tailoring & Cleaners, 102
Arlington National Cemetery, 176
                                                  Baja Beach Club, 125, 127
Art, 4
                                                  Bakers, 82
Arthur Friedheim Library, 103
                                                  Bal Masque Costumes, 87
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 176
                                                  Ballroom Dance Company, 137, 138
Artists’ Materials and Supplies, 81               Baltimore
Arts and Entertainment, 35                             Neighborhoods, 56
Artscape, 136                                     Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, 161, 162, 166,
Arundel Mills, 112                                          172
Ascension Evangelical Lutheran, 197               Baltimore Animal Hospital, 108
Asia Bazaar, 96, 97                               Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors As-
Asia Food, 95, 97, 102                                      sociation, 124
Asia Market, 95, 97                               Baltimore Arena, 138
Asian, 95                                         Baltimore Ballet Company and School, 134
Assateague Island, 161–163, 165                   Baltimore Bicycle Club, 162
      National Seashore, 172                      Baltimore Bicycle Works, 84
Assateague State Park, 172                        Baltimore Blast, 138, 139
Associated Jewish Community Federation            Baltimore Blues Festival, 136
           of Baltimore, 200                      Baltimore Book Festival, 137
AT&T, 73                                          Baltimore Brewing Company, 156
      GoPhone, 73                                 Baltimore Chesapeake Rugby, 137, 138
Athletic Attic, 113                               Baltimore Chinese Baptist Church, 195
Athletics, 36, 43                                 Baltimore City Animal Control, 108
Atlantic Food Market, 96, 97                      Baltimore City Bar Association, 103
Atlantis, 127                                     Baltimore City MVA, 183
ATM, 189                                          Baltimore City Parks, 172
ATMs, 16                                          Baltimore City Public Schools, 90


Baltimore Clayworks, 132                           Baltimore Theatre Alliance, 134
Baltimore Climate, 62                              Baltimore University Ward, 201
Baltimore Collegetown, 141                         Baltimore Visitors Center, 122
     Shuttle, 118                                  Baltimore Women’s Medical Center, 105, 106
Baltimore Conservatory, 160, 167                   Baltimore Writers Alliance, 134
Baltimore County Animal Control, 108               Baltimore Zoo, 139, 140, 160, 167, 172
Baltimore County Bar Association, 103              Baltimore-Washington International (BWI),
Baltimore County Department of Health,                        116
           105, 106                                Baltimore: The City That Brews, 156
Baltimore County Humane Society, 108               Bank of America, 16, 44, 83, 92, 190
Baltimore County Parks, 172                        Bank of Maryland, 92
Baltimore County Public Library, 103, 139          Banking, 14, 44
Baltimore County Public Schools, 90                Banks, 83
Baltimore County Volunteers, 139, 140                   ATMs, 16
Baltimore Dharma Group, 194                        Baptist, 195
Baltimore Farmers Market, 99                       Bar Baltimore, 125, 127
Baltimore Gas and Electric, 74                     Barbers/Beauty Salons, 83
Baltimore Ghost Tours, 124                         Bare Necessities, 87, 88
Baltimore Grotto, 164                              Barnes & Noble, 6, 15, 34, 61, 85, 111, 134,
Baltimore Harbor, 162                                         187
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 201                 Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins Bookstore,
Baltimore Heritage Walking Tours, 124                         85
Baltimore Housing, 67, 70                          Barnstormers, The, 36
Baltimore Housing Office of Rehabilitation,         Bars and Clubs, 127
           71                                      Basic Sciences Network Office, 52
Baltimore Marathon, 138                            Basignani, 157
Baltimore Maritime Museum, 129, 130                Basilica of the National Shrine of the As-
Baltimore Marriott, 68                                        sumption, 123
Baltimore Masjid, 199                              Bath & Body Works, 89
Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, 137,         Beacham Adult Care, 45
           138                                     Beaches, 163
Baltimore Museum of Art, 35, 128, 130              Bead, The, 87, 88
     Gift Shop, 95, 115                            Beadazzled, 82
     Sculpture Garden, 1                           Bed, Bath, & Beyond, 102
Baltimore Museum of Industry, 129, 130             Behavior, 192
Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., 67, 70, 103          Belair-, 60
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts,         Belair-Edison, 60, 61
           139, 140                                Believers Walk Apostolic Church, 194
Baltimore Opera, 133                               Beltway, 61
Baltimore Paint Removing Co., 93, 94               Benefits, 7
Baltimore Public Works Museum, 129, 130            Bengies Drive-In Theatre, 135
Baltimore Ravens, 138, 139                         Benjamin Franklin, 175
Baltimore Rowing Club, 138, 163                    Berea Temple of Seventh Day, 198
Baltimore School of Massage, 105                   Bertha’s, 126, 127
Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center,             Best Buy, 90, 91
           194                                     Best Dressed Sale at Evergreen House, 86
Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 129, 131               Beth Israel Congregation, 200
Baltimore Sun, 2                                   Beth Messiah Congregation, 201
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 59, 133, 141         Beth Shalom Congregation, 200

Bethel Book Ministry, AME, 194                      Bull Run, 173, 174
Bethel Church of God Seventh Day, Inc., 198         Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Commu-
Betsy Ross, 175                                               nity Center, 193
Beyond Baltimore City, 61                           Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 176
BGE, 75                                             Burning House Zendo, 194
Bicycle Connection, The, 84                         Buses, 116
Bicycles, 14                                        Buttered Niblets, 36
Big Boy World-Wide Food Market, 95, 97              Buying Into Baltimore Home Buying Fair
Bike Shops, 84                                                and Neighborhood Tour, 70
Billing Office, 47                                   BuzzAn Authentic Seattle Espresso Bar, The,
Biltmore Suites Hotel, 67                                     46
Binkerts Meat Products, 95, 97                      BWI Shuttle, 116, 119
Birds of a Feather, 152                             BWI Trail, 161
Black and Blue Jay, 29
                                                    C Mart Discount Warehouse, 86–88
Blockbuster Video, 57, 120
                                                    C. Grimaldis Gallery, 132
Bloomberg School of Public Health, 53
                                                    C&O Canal, 160–162, 166, 172
Blue Grass, 133
                                                    C&O Canal Towpath, 176
Blue Key Society, 17
                                                    Cable, 74
Blue Moon Cafe, 153
                                                    Café Azafrán, 17, 18, 144
Blue Ridge, 156
                                                    Café Hon, 146
BMA, see Baltimore Museum of Art
                                                    Café Q, 17, 18
Boarding or Rooming Arrangements, 66
                                                    Cafeterias, 17
Body Shop, The, 89
                                                    Calendar of Events, 132, 133
Bolton Hill, 59, 61
                                                    Camping, 161
Bombay Bazaar, 96, 97
                                                    Camping Information, 161
Bonjour, 82
                                                    Campus Cinema, 135
Book Stores, 34, 84
                                                    Campus Food, 157
Book Thing, The, 84, 85, 141                        Campus Ministries, 31, 33, 38, 193
Books & Supplies, 15, 44                            Campus Tours, 15
Boordy, 157                                         Campus Vans and Shuttles, 116
Boost Mobile, 73                                    Canterbury, 58
Borders Books and Music, 111, 134                   Canton, 59, 61, 126
Bowers & Snyder Opticians, 107                      Capitol, 175
Boxes and Moving Services, 72                       Car Insurance, 77
Brentwood Automotive, 85                            Car Rental Agencies, 118
Brewer’s Art, 148, 156                              Car Repairs, 85
Brewpubs, 156                                       Car Sharing, 118
Brick Bodies, 101                                   Carderock, 165
Broadview, 58                                       Career Center, 15
Broadview Apartments, 67                            Career Counseling, 15, 45
Broadway Bicycles, 84                               Carma’s Café, 18, 145
Broadway Market, 99                                 Carmen’s Family Hair Cuts, 83, 84
Brookshire Inner Harbor Suite Hotel, 68             Carol J. Gray Nursing Information Resource
Broom’s Bloom Dairy, 101                                      Center, 49
Brown Bag Luncheon Series, 36                       Carpooling, 119
Bryn Mawr School, 90                                Carroll County Humane Society, 108
Buddhist, 194                                       Carry-On Shop, 44, 86, 87
Budget, 72, 118                                     Casa di Pasta, 96, 97
Budget Baltimore, 140                               Cash, 16


Cat Hospital at Towson, 108                         Christian Life Fellowship, 197
Cat’s Eye Pub, 126, 127                             Christian Science, 199
Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, 196            Church of Christ, 196
Catholic, 195                                       Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,
Catoctin Mountain Park, 160, 166, 172                          Baltimore Stake Office, 201
Caving, 164                                         Church of the Guardian Angel, 196
Celestial Church of Christ, 196                     Cinematheque, 135
Center for Health Education and Wellness,           Circulation, 23
          20                                        City Café, 148
Center for Social Concern, 13, 37                   City of Baltimore, 204
Center for Talented Youth, 13                       City Paper, 2, 144
Center Stage, 133, 134                              Classes, 30
Central Baptist Church, 195                         Classical, 132
Central Church of Christ, 196                       Clayworks, 82
Central Congregation of Jehovah’s Wit-              Cleaners Plus, 102
          nesses, 200                               Clear, 74
Central Presbyterian Church, 198                    Clifton Park Golf Course, 60
Chariot of Fire Community Church of                 Climbing Wall, 30, 164
          Christ, 197                               Clinics, 105
Charles Commons, 14, 34                             Clipper City Beer, 156
Charles Street Market, 18                           Clothing, 86
Charles Theater, 135                                Club 1722, 125, 127
Charles Village, 56, 61, 63, 70, 124, 144           Club Charles, 127, 151
     Festival, 136, 138                             Club Choices, 127
Charles Village Pub, 145                            Club One, 127
Charm City Cakes, 57                                Club Orpheus, 125, 127
Charm City Run, 138                                 Club Phoenix, 125, 127
Chase Brexton Clinic, 19, 105, 106                  Clubs, 124–127
Chat Street, 88, 89                                 Coffee Bar, 46
Checker, 119                                        Coffee Hour, xv, 18
Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, 140                Coffee Mill, The, 102
Chesapeake Rugby, 137, 138                          Coldwell Banker, 70
Chesapeake Wine Company, 105                        Colleagues Against Cancer, 20
Chevy Chase Bank, 92                                Collegetown Shuttle, 118
Child and Elder Adult Care, 45                      Comcast, 74
Children & Infants Wear, 86                         Comfort Inn of Towson, 68
Children’s Book Store, 85                           Community Baptist Church, 195
Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore, 197          Community Care Initiative, 54
Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 200                      Community Church of Christ, 196
Choral Society, 35                                  Community Development Corporations in
Christ Apostolic Church, 194                                   Baltimore, 70
Christ Lutheran Church, 197                         Community Mediation Program, 103
Christ United Church of Christ, 199                 Community Supported Agriculture, 98
Christ United Methodist Church, 198                 Community-supported agriculture, 98
Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf,         Comprehensive Car Care, 85
          198                                       Comptroller of Maryland, 114
Christian, 194                                      Computer Facilities, 16
Christian Fellowship Bible Church, 197              Computer Services, Email, and Internet Ac-
Christian Life Church, 197                                     cess, 51

Computers, 89                                        Cycling and Mountain Biking, 161
Concert Series, 35                                   Cygnus, 157
Conference Travel Grants, xv                         Cylburn Arboretum, 160, 166, 172
Confidentiality, 20
Conservative, 200                                    D & J Auto Care, 85
Consignment 2000, 86, 87                             Daily Grind, The, 46
Contact Information for Aetna Student                Daily Jolt, 29
           Health, 9                                 Dance, 137
Contemporary, The, 129, 131                          Dance in Time Productions, 137, 138
Convenience Stores, 18                               Dark Room, The, 110
Cooley Recreation Center, 43                         Dates and Holidays, 185
Coopers Camera Mart, 110                             Davids-Gans Co., 93, 94
Copy Cat Printing Inc., 90                           Day Capital Management, 64
Copy Center, 52                                      Daylight Savings Time, 185
                                                     Days Inn Inner Harbor, 68
Copying, 90
                                                     Days Inn West, 68
Coral Reef Fish and Pet Store, 109
                                                     DC Bluegrass Union, 133
Corcoran Gallery, 176
                                                     Deans Teaching Fellowship Program, 13
Corpus Christi Church, 196
                                                     Deans’ Luncheon, xiv
Cosmetics & Perfumes, 89
                                                     Deep Creek Cellars, 157
Costco Optical, 106, 107
                                                     Delaware, 172
Costumes, 87
                                                     Delicatessens and Butcher Shops, 98
Counseling Center, 7, 20, 21, 32, 184
                                                     Dell, 90
Course Reserves, 24
                                                     Delta, 187
Courts, 30
                                                     Dental, 106
Covered Markets, 99
                                                     Denton A. Cooley Recreation Center, 43
Crabtree & Evelyn, 89
                                                     Department of Public Works, 75
Craig Flinner Gallery, 132                           Departmental Aid, 11
Craigslist, 63, 93, 94                               Departmental Organizations, 39
Crate & Barrel, 102                                  Depot, 127
Creative Alliance, The, 132, 134                     DHL, 110, 187
Credit Cards, 190                                    Di Pasquale’s Market Place, 96, 97
Credit Cards, Credit Checks, and Your Credit         Dick’s Sporting Goods, 113
           History, 190                              Dimensions in Music, 111
credit check, 190                                    Disability Services, 16
Credit Union, 34                                     Dizz, The, 57, 147
Crew, 138                                            Dollar, 118
Cricket Wireless, 73                                 Dome, The, 54
Cromwell Valley CSA, 98, 99                          Dominion Ice Cream, 101
Cross Island Trail, 160                              Donna’s, 145
Cross Keys Inn, 67                                   Dorothea’s Bread, 82
Cross Street Market, 60, 99                          Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade, 67
Crystal Grottos Caverns, 164                         Downs Engravers & Stationers, 113
CSA, see Community-supported agriculture             Downtown Sailing Club, 163
CTY, see Center for Talented Youth                   Dr. Mary Bean, 106
Culture Shock, 192                                   Dr. Stephen Mastella, 106
Cummins Appliance, 93, 94                            Dragon Coach, 116
Cunningham Falls State Park, 160, 166, 172           Dragon Express, 116
Custom Gentleman, 102                                Driving Schools, 183
CVS Pharmacy, 109, 110                               Driving, Driver’s Licenses, and IDs, 182


Drs Chen and Ford, 106                        Emergency Cash, 16
Drs. Kenneth and Diane Deacon, 106            emergency response number, 191
Druid Hill Park, 57, 160, 167, 172            Emergency Roadside Service, 77
     Swimming Pool, 172                       Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 196
DSW Shoe Warehouse, 89                        Endless Caverns, 164
DuClaw Brewery, 156                           English System, 185
Duda’s Tavern, 153                            Enoch Pratt Free Library, 103, 120, 139
Dumbarton Oaks, 176                                Hampden Branch, 103
Duplication Services, 25                           Main Branch, 103, 120
Dupont Circle, 176                                 Roland Branch, 103
Dutch Connection, The, 92                          Waverly Branch, 103
Dynamic Advertising, 14                       Enterprise, 118
                                              Episcopal, 196
E-Mail, 27                                    Episcopal Church of the Holy Covenant, 196
E.G. Rock Realty, 64                          Equipment Room, 30
Earth Treks, 164                              Escort Van, 62
East and West Cafe, 46                        ESPN Zone, 125, 127
East Baltimore, 123                           Essex MVA, 183
East Baltimore Campus, 204                    ethnic markets, 189
Eastern Animal Hospital, 108                  Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Cen-
Eastern High School Shuttle, 51                        ter, 130, 131, 134
Eastern Market, 176                           Eugene’s Shoe Repair, 111
Eastern Mountain Sports, 113                  Evergreen AME Church, 194
Eastern Orthodox, 196                         Evergreen Café, The, 122
Eastern Shore, 163, 174                       Evergreen House, 130, 131, 141
Eastpoint Mall, 112                           Everyman Theatre, 134
Ebenezer AME Zion Church, 194                 Executive Board, xiii
Ebenezer Baptist Church, 195                  Expedia, 187
EBMC, 51                                      Expository Writing Program, 13
Econolodge, 68                                Express Oasis, 45
Eddie’s Liquors, 105                          Extermination, 91
Eddie’s Market, 59, 100                       Extracurricular Activities, 35
Eddie’s of Roland Park, 92                    Eye Concept, The, 107
Eddies, 100
Eddies Market at Charles Village, 100         Fairs and Festivals, 37
Eddies of Roland Park, 92, 100                Faith Christian Fellowship, 198
Edgar Allan Poe House, 130, 131               Faith Presbyterian Church, 198
Edison, 60                                    Falkenhan’s Hardware, 100, 101
Education and Schools, 90                     Fall Festival, 37
EHP, 42                                       Falls Road Animal Hospital, 108
Einstein Bros Bagels, 18                      Fallsway, 49
Eisenhower Express, 24                        FAO Schwarz, 115
Elders Plus, 45                               Farmers Markets, 56, 99
Electricity, 185                              Fat Elvis, 86, 87
Electronic Equipment, 91                      Fax Machines, 17
Electronic Resource Center, 25                FBI Headquarters, 177
Eligibility, 6                                FDR Memorial, 177
Elk Run, 157                                  Federal Direct Loan, 11
Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, 156           Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, 42
Emergencies, 20                               Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, 42

Federal Express, see FedEx                           Fords Theater, 177
Federal Hill, 60, 61, 126                            Formality, 192
Federal Hill Park, 123                               Fort McHenry, 160, 173, 174
Federal Perkins Loans, 11, 42                        Foundations For the Christian Faith, 195
Federal Work Study, 11, 42                           Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, 175
FedEx, 110, 187                                      Franklin Institute, 175
      Office Print & Ship Center, 90, 110             Frazier’s on the Avenue, 124, 128
Fedex Office, 90                                      Frederick Cellars, 157
Fell’s Point, 59, 61, 126, 152                       Frederick Realty, 64
Fell’s Point Corner Theater, 134                     Freer Gallery of Art, 175, 177
Fell’s Point Fun Festival, 137                       Fresh Fields, 61
Fellowships and Grants, 12                           Fresh Food Café, 17
Fells Point Salon, 83, 84                            Friends (Quaker), 196
Fenwick Island, 163                                  Friends Meetings Homewood, 196
Festivals, Street Fairs & Block Parties, 136         Friends Meetings Stony Run, 196
Fields, 31                                           Friends of Animals, 109
Filene’s Basement, 88                                Friends School, 90
Film, 35, 135                                        Friends School of Baltimore, 90
Film and Media Studies, 25                           Full Moon Saloon, 126, 128
Film Development, 44                                 Funding, 11, 12
Financial, 92                                        Funk Box, 133
Financial Assistance, 42                             Furniture, 92
                                                     Further Information, 171
Finding the Right Place to Live, 62
Fiore, 157
                                                     Galleries, 131, 132
Firma Menswear, 87, 88
                                                     Gallery, The, 123
First Baptist Church, 195
                                                     Galvanize, 86–88
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 199
                                                     Gambrill State Park, 162, 172
First Emmanuel Church Apostolic, 195                 Gardening, 94
First English Lutheran Church, 197                   Gas and Electric, 74
First Lutheran Church, 197                           Gauley, 162
First Lutheran Church of Towson, 197                 Gazette, The, 28, 54
First Marantha Seventh-Day, 198                      GEICO, 77
First Mariner Arena, 139                             General Council, xiii
First Mennonite Church, 197                          General East Baltimore Organizations, 53
First Thursdays, 140                                 General Information, 172
First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, 199             George Peabody Library, The, 104
Fisher Realty, 64                                    George Washington National Forest, 161
Fleckenstein Gallery, 132                            German, 95
Fletcher’s, 127                                      Gertrude’s, 129
Florists, 92                                         Gertrude’s at the BMA, 145
Flower Mart, 136                                     Getting Outdoors around Baltimore: Leav-
Folk, 133                                                       ing the City, 160
Food & Dining, 17, 45                                Getting Outdoors in Baltimore: Staying in
Food Court, 17                                                  the City, 159
Foodler, 157                                         Gettysburg, 173, 174
Foot Locker, 113                                     Giant, 57, 100, 109, 110
For Eyes Optical, 106, 107                           Gift Shops/Greeting Cards, 94
For Pet’s Sake, 108, 109                             Gilman School, 90
For Pets Sake, 108                                   Going Seaward: The Inner Harbor, 122


Golden Lotus Temple, 199                                 Involvement, xvi
Golden Ring Mall, 112                                    Organizational Structure, xiii
Golden West Café, 147                                    Orientation BBQ, xiv
Goldman’s Kosher Bakery, 82                         GRO Endowments & Grants, xv
Golf/Driving Range, 137                             Groceries, 95
Good Shepherd United Methodist, 198                 GSA Newsletter, 54
Goodwill, 86, 87, 94                                Guided Tours, 124
Gordon Florist, 92                                  Guilford, 58, 61
Gordon’s, 128                                       Gunpowder, 163
Gospel Choir, 36                                    Gunpowder Falls State Park, 160–162, 167,
Government Publications/Maps/Law Li-                           172
           brary, 25                                Gwynns Falls, 168, 172
GPSA Week, xiv                                           Trail, 161, 172
Grace Fellowship Church, 198                        Gymboree, 86
Grace Life Church, 198                              Gyro Express, 46
Grace United Methodist Church, 199
                                                    H&H Surplus and Campers Haven, 112, 113
Grad News, The, xvi, 2, 29
                                                    H&M, 87, 88
Graduate Affairs, 10
                                                    H&S Bakery Outlet Store, 82
Graduate Affairs and Admissions Office, 10
                                                    Habitat for Humanity, 38, 139
Graduate Reading Series, 36
                                                    Hair Cuttery, 83, 84
Graduate Representative Organization, see
                                                    Hammerjacks, 125, 128
                                                    Hampden, 57, 61, 63, 70, 124
Graduate Student Association, 53
                                                    Hampden Dell, 122
Graduate Student Groups, 38
                                                    Hampden Post Office, 110
Graduate Student Handbook, 179
                                                    Hampden, Woodberry & Roland Park, 146
Graduate Student Organization, 54
                                                    Hampton House Café, 46
Grand Central, 125, 128
                                                    Han Ah Reum, 95, 97
Grants Register, 12                                 Hands to the Homeless, 38
Great Falls, 165, 173                               Hanukkah House, 136
Great Falls of the Potomac, 160, 167, 172           Happy Hour, xv
Greek, 96                                           Happy Teriyaki, 46
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annuncia-           Har Sinai Congregation, 201
           tion, 196                                Harbor Inn Pier Five, 68
Greek Town Bakery, 96, 97                           Harborplace & The Gallery, 112
Greek Village Bakery & Delicatessen, 96, 97         Hard Rock Cafe, 125, 128
Green Fields Nursery & Landscaping, 94              Hardware, 100
Green Spring Station, 51                            Harford County Humane Society, 108
Greenbelt Park, 161                                 Harpers Ferry, 160–162, 168, 173, 174
Greenhouse, 46                                           National Park, 172, 174
Greenmount Cemetery, 173                            Harveys Hallmark & Office Supply, 95
Greenwood Towing, 114                               Havana Club, 125
Greyhound, 116, 186                                 Havana Club, The, 128
Grill 601, 46                                       Have a Nice Day Cafe, 125, 128
GRO, 38                                             Health & Wellness Center, 19
      Coffee Hour, xv, 18                           Health and Fitness, 101
      Deans’ Luncheon, xiv                          Health and Wellness, 47
      Endowment, xv                                 Health and Wellness Center, 7
      General Council, xiii                         Health Care, 184
      Happy Hour, xv                                Health Concern, The, 98

Health Education Assistance Loans, 42           Hopkins, 54
Health Insurance, 6, 42, 184                    Hopkins Christian Fellowship, 198
health insurance, 3                             Hopkins Classic Players, The, 36
Health Services, 19                             Hopkins Club, 18
Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, 70            Hopkins Donkey, The, 29
Helen’s Garden Café, 153, 157                   Hopkins Film Festival, 135
Helmand, The, 149                               Hopkins House, 58
Herring Run, 169                                Hopkins ID badge, 42
Herring Run Park, 60, 172                       Hopkins Inn, 67
Hertz, 118                                      Hopkins InterAction, 54
Highland Branch, 201                            Hopkins Kicks Butts, 20
Highlandtown, 60, 61                            Hopkins Medicine Magazine, 54
Hiking, 160                                     Hopkins Outpatient Pharmacy, 44
Hiking & Outdoors Clubs, 161                    Hopkins Security Office, 62
Hillcrest Clinic, 105, 106                      Hopkins Shuttle, 57, 59, 63
Hilton Pikesville, 68                           Hopkins Standard, 29
Hindu, 199                                      Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, 132, 133
Hippo, The, 125, 128                            Hosiery World, 87, 88
Hippodrome Theatre, 134                         Hotel Accommodations, 67
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden,            Housemates Forum, 63
          175, 177                              Housing, 21, 47
Historic Savage Mill Trail, 160                 Housing and Dining Services, 26
                                                Housing Counselors in Baltimore, 70
Historical Interest, 173
                                                Housing Prices, 69
HIV Testing, 19
                                                Howard County Animal Control, 108
Holabird Sports, 113
                                                Howard County Animal Welfare, 109
Holiday Inn Cromwell Bridge, 68
                                                Howard Exxon, 85
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, 68
                                                Howl, 109
Hollywood Video, 120
                                                Humane Society of Baltimore, 107
Holocaust Museum, 175
                                                Hutzler Undergraduate Reading Room, 25
Home Depot, 94, 100, 101
                                                Hyatt Regency, 68
Home Ownership Incentives, 69
Homepage, 26, 54                                Ice Cream, 101
Hometown Girl, 94, 95                           ID Card Services Office, 5
Homewood - JHMI Shuttle, 117, 118               Identification, Documents, Taxes, and
Homewood Academic Computing Lab, 16                       Health, 181
Homewood Business Office, 26                     Iggies, 149
Homewood Campus, 203                            IKEA, 92, 94, 112
     Parking, 78                                Imaginarium, 115
Homewood Campus Security Escort Vans,           IMAX, 129
          117                                   In-Person Registration, 4
Homewood Congregation of Jehovah’s Wit-         Independence Hall, 174, 175
          nesses, 200                           Indian and Pakistani, 96
Homewood Cultural Hotline, 132, 133             Indian Grocery, 96, 97
Homewood House Museum, 130, 131                 Individual Parks, 172
Homewood Off-Campus Housing Office, 47           Individual Taxpayer Identification Number,
Homewood Security, 191                                    182
Homewood Shuttle, 51                            Inform Yourself, 144
Hon Bar, 124, 128                               Information and Assistance Line, 114
Hon Fest, 136                                   Information Resource Center, 48


Johns Hopkins, 16, 27                               Jerusalem Baptist Church, 195
Inline Skating, 162                                 Jewish, 200
Inn at Henderson’s Wharf, 68                        Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, 129,
Inner Harbor, 59, 60, 64                                       131
Inner Harbor Branch, 201                            JHConnect, 23
Inner Harbor, The, 125                              JHED, 3
Insuring and Registering Your Car in Mary-          JHEM, 27, 52
           land, 75                                 JHFCU, see Johns Hopkins Federal Credit
Integrated Student Information System, 3                       Union
Inter-Institutional Cooperative Program, 4          JHIS, 180
Interfaith and Community Service Center,            JHMI ID Office, 42
                                                    JHMI Medical Students Free Clinics, 54
Interfaith Council, 31
                                                    JHMI Parking Services, 49
Interlibrary Loan, 24
                                                    JHOC, 113, 161, 164, 165
Internal Revenue Service, 114, 182
                                                    JHSPH Information Systems Department,
International Faculty and Student Services,
                                                    JHU Band, 35
International Food Market Inc., 97, 98
International Grocery Stores, 189                   JHU Barnes & Noble Book Center, 109, 110
International Services Office, 179                   JHU Bookstore, 187
International Society, 22, 53                       JHU Cycling Club, 162
International Spy Museum, 177                       JHU Dance Company, 36
International Student Services, 22                  JHU Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Company, 36
International Student Services Offices, 179          JHU Film, 135
International Student Support Group, 184            JHU Gazette, 2, 107
International Students and Visas, 48                JHU Interfaith Center, 195, 199
Internet Access, 74                                 JHU Kayaking Club, 163
Internet Connectivity, 22                           JHU News-Letter, 107
Intersession, 5                                     JHU Office of Faculty, Staff & Retiree Pro-
Intramurals, 30                                                grams, 141
IRS, 114, 182                                       JHU Sports Office, 101
IRS Information and Assistance Line, 114            JHU Student Employment Services, 116
IRS State Tax Forms, 114                            JHU Summer Outdoor Film Series, 135
ISIS, 27                                            JHU Tax Office, 114
Islam, 199                                          JHUniverse, 26
Islamic Society of Baltimore, 199                   Jimmy’s, 119
Italian, 96
                                                    JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts, 82
ITIN, 182
                                                    Joanna Gray Shoes of London, 88, 89
J-CARD, 5, 6                                        Jobs on Campus, 12
J-Card, 182                                         Joe Squared Pizza & Bar, 151
J-CARD (Student ID), The, 5                         Joe’s Bike Shop, 84
J-CARD Office, 5                                     John Work Garrett Library, 104
J.C. Penney Optical Center, 107                     John’s Antiques, 93, 94
Jail Tutorial Project, 38                           Johns Hopkins Club, 17
Jazz and Blues, 133                                 Johns Hopkins Employee Health Program,
Jazz Baltimore Alliance, 133                                   42
Jefferson Memorial, 175, 177                        Johns Hopkins Enterprise Mail, 52
Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, 200                 Johns Hopkins Family Center: Bright Hori-
Jehovah’s Witnesses, 200                                       zons, The, 45

Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union, 14, 44,          Latinofest, 123, 136
          83, 92, 190                                Laundry, 102
Johns Hopkins Gazette, The, 140                      Lauraville, 60, 61
Johns Hopkins Hospital Cafeteria, 45                 Leakin Park, 168, 172
Johns Hopkins International Society, 48, 180         Leases, 65
Johns Hopkins Magazine, The, 28                      Lectures, Readings & Discussions, 36
Johns Hopkins News-Letter, The, 29                   Legal Aid Bureau, 103
Johns Hopkins Nursing, 54                            Legal Assistance, 103
Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club, 113                     Lenny’s Deli of Lombard Street, 98
Johns Hopkins Public Health, 54                      Lenscrafters Inc., 107
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Postdoc-            Levering Food Court, 17, 33
          toral Association, 53                      Levering Hall, 33
Jones Falls, 57, 160                                 Levering Union Information Desk, 26
Jones Falls Expressway, 61                           Lexington Market, 99
Jones Falls Trail, 84, 161, 172                      Liberty Bell, 175
Joy America Cafe, 129                                Libraries, 48, 103
JShare, 27                                           Libraries Service Center, 24
                                                     Library of Congress, 177
Kafayette Park Congregation of Jehovah’s
                                                     Library Services, 23
          Witnesses, 200
                                                     Liebes Kosher Delicatessen & Carry Out, 98
Kaos, 127, 128
                                                     Light Rail, 119, see MTA Light Rail
Kaperas Cupcake World, 96, 97
                                                     Light Street Cycles, 84
Kay Bee Toys, 115
                                                     Lilienfeld Library, 49
Kayak, 187
                                                     Lilienfeld Library Satellite (Population Cen-
Kayaking and Canoeing, 162
                                                                 ter Collection), 49
Kelmscott Book Shop, 85
                                                     Lilienfeld Library Satellite, The, 48
Keswick Auto Center, 85, 86
                                                     Lincoln, 175
Kinetic Sculpture Race, 129
                                                     Lincoln Memorial, 177
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 200
                                                     Linder Auto Repair, 85
Kitchenware, 102
                                                     Linens ’n Things, 102
Knight Laundromat, 102
                                                     Linganore, 157
Knish Shop, The, 82
                                                     Liquor Stores, 104
Kobe Teppan and Sushi, 125, 128
Kobernick’s Used Furniture, 93, 94                   Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina, 128,
Koffee Therapy, 149                                              155
Koinonia Baptist Church, 195                         Little Italy, 152
Korean War Memorial, 175                             Little Shop of Hardware, 90
Kosher Delicatessen & Carry Out, 98                  Live Baltimore, 69, 70
Kosher meals, 17                                     Live Music, 124–127
Krakus Deli, 96, 97                                  Live Near Your Work, 70
Kumbyah, 83, 84                                      Local Directory Assistance, 72
Kundalini Yoga Center, 201                           Local Telephone Service, 72
                                                     Loch Raven Reservoir, 162, 169
La Terra, 95                                         Lockers, 30
Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of                 Loehmanns, 88, 89
          Fame, 130, 131                             Loew, 157
Lake Montebello, 60, 61, 160, 162, 169               Loews White Marsh 16, 135, 136
Lake Roland, 170                                     Long & Foster, 70
Landlord trouble, 66                                 Long John’s, 57
Latin Palace, 126, 128                               Long-Distance Service, 73


Longwood Gardens, 169, 172                           Maryland State Parks, 172
Lost & Found, 108                                         Camping Reservations, 161
Lot Stores, 99, 102                                  Maryland Transit Authority (MTA), 116
Lowell J. Reed Medical Residence Hall, 47            Maryland Wineries, 157
LP Steamers, 155                                     Maryland Zoo, 141
Luray Caverns, 164                                   Masjid-Al Inshirah, 199
Lutheran, 197                                        Massage, 105
Lynne Brick’s Women’s Health & Fitness, 101          Mastellone Deli & Wine Shop, 96, 97
Lyric Opera House, 59, 132                           Materials in Storage, 24
                                                     matriculation fee, 2
M&T Bank, 16, 44, 83                                 Matthew’s Hallmark, 95
M&T Bank Stadium, 138                                Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book
Ma Petite Shoe, 88, 89                                         Center, The, 44, 45
Macy’s, 88, 89, 112                                  Mattin Center, 33
Macys, 112
                                                     Mayflower Baltimore Moving & Storage, 72
Mail, 110
                                                     MCI, 73
Mail Office, 49
                                                     Meadow Mill Athletic Club, 101
Mailing and Shipping, 187
                                                     Medical Care, 105
Main Post Office, 110
                                                     Megabus, 116
Manassas, 173, 174
                                                     Memorial, 175
Marathon Running, 138
                                                     Memorial Stadium, 57
MARC, 115, 120
                                                     Men’s Clothing / Women’s Apparel, 87
Markets, 98
                                                     Mennonite, 197
Marshalls, 88
                                                     Mental Notes, 36
Martin Luther King Jr. Early Headstart Cen-
                                                     Mentoring Assistance Peer Program, 26
          ter, 45
                                                     Mercantile Bank and Trust, 92
Maryland, 173
                                                     Meredith Gallery, 132
Maryland Art Place, 132
Maryland Attorney General: Landlords and             Merritts Downtown Athletic Club, 101
          Tenants, 70                                Messiah United Church of Christ, 199
Maryland Department of Housing, 70                   Messianic, 201
Maryland Department of Transportation,               Metro Property Management, 64
          119                                        Metropolitan Church of God, 197
Maryland Driver’s License, 76                        Metropolitan Community Church, 197
Maryland Farmers Directory, 99                       Metropolitan Community Church of Balti-
Maryland Film Festival, 135, 136                               more, 197
Maryland Greenways, 172                              Meyerhoff Rush, 140
Maryland Historical Society, 129, 131                Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 132, 133
Maryland Homeowners Property Tax Credit              MICA Continuing Studies, 82
          Program, 70                                MICA Store, 81, 82
Maryland Homestead Tax Credit, 70                    Michaels Arts and Crafts, 82
Maryland Institute College of Art, 2, 4, 59,         Michaels Rug Gallery, 94
          132, 179                                   Mick O’Shea’s Pub, 149
     Store, 81                                       Mick O’Sheas, 125, 128
Maryland Outdoor Club, 161                           Midtown Yacht Club, 125, 128, 150
Maryland Real Property Search, 70                    Midtown Yoga, 137, 138
Maryland Science Center, 123, 129, 131               Mill Centre, The, 136
Maryland SPCA, 107, 109                              Mill Valley General Store, 82, 94
Maryland State Comptroller’s Office, 183              Milton S. Eisenhower Library, 23, 120
Maryland State House, 174                            Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, 36

Minas Gallery, 86, 87, 132, 134                Nam Kang, 151
Minato, 150                                    National, 118
Miracle on 34th Street, 136                    National Air and Space Museum, 177
Miss Shirley’s, 147                            National Aquarium in Baltimore, 123, 129,
Mobile Computing, 25                                     131, 139–141
Mobile Phone Services, 73                      National Archives and Records Administra-
Modern Music, 111                                        tion, 177
Mondawmin Mall, 75, 112                        National Association of Graduate and Pro-
Monocacy, 173, 174                                       fessional Students, 12, 77
Monument St., 49                               National Building Museum, 177
More House 4 Less, 69                          National Gallery of Art, 175, 177
Morgan State University, 60                    National Great Blacks in Wa