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Baltimore Neighborhoods

Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct style and personality. The following are just a few of the neighborhoods our students, faculty, and staff call home.

Keep in mind these brief descriptions are just that - brief! There's much to learn about each of these areas, but the following information and accompanying links should get you started.

Canton and Fell's Point

O'Donnell Square in Canton neighborhood in Baltimore

Located along Baltimore's waterfront to the south and west of the medical institutions. Neighborhoods are along the harbor's north side, accompanied by a Safeway grocery store, charming shops, pubs and restaurants. Both areas are within walking distance to historic Patterson Park, the largest park in Baltimore City and host to many cultural events. Fells Point can be accessed using the Charm City Circulator and is also within biking distance to the East Baltimore campus.

Photo: O'Donnell Square in Canton

Charles Village

 St. Paul Street row houses in Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore

Location of the Homewood campus and home of our undergraduate community and graduate schools for arts and sciences, engineering, business and education. This diverse area, rich in culture and education, is home to the Baltimore Museum of Art and located about 7 miles north of the East Baltimore campus. It's a popular choice for student housing and a major stop on the JHU shuttle route.

Photo: St. Paul Street row houses in Charles Village

East Baltimore - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

original Johns Hopkins Hospital building in Baltimore

Location of the Bloomberg School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Located just north of Fells Point and steps from the Northeast Market, this campus is a scheduled stop on the Charm City Circulator's Green Line. The area is undergoing big changes and recently welcomed the 929 Building, a brand new public residential building catering to JHMI students.


Federal Hill and Locust Point

The park on Federal Hill in Baltimore

Located along Baltimore's waterfront south of the Inner Harbor, these are popular neighborhoods for living and socializing. McHenry Row is an upcoming hot spot which includes a Harris Teeter, various restaurants and shops. Locust Point is home to Fort McHenry, Under Armour, and Domino Sugar.

Photo: the park on Federal Hill


West 36th Street in Hamden neighborhood of Baltimore

Located near the Homewood campus, many consider this neighborhood quintessential Baltimore. Take a stroll down 36th Street, and enjoy many eclectic restaurants and shops. Home to the annual Hon Fest and 34th Street, this neighborhood is a popular place for residents and visitors alike.

Photo: West 36th Street in Hamden

Harbor East

 Sailboats docked at Harbor East in Baltimore

Located along the water, between the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, this area is a fairly new addition to the waterfront. Offices, apartments and condos line the streets, accompanied by a Whole Foods Market, Movie Theater and many restaurants and shops. This area is home to the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and is located south of the East Baltimore campus.

Photo: Sailboats docked at Harbor East

Inner Harbor

tall ships and the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Located along Baltimore's waterfront, this is the biggest and most picturesque tourist area of the city. Home to the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center (and much more!), you'll find lots to do and see. Shop at the Harborplace or cheer on the Orioles and Ravens at nearby Camden Yards and M&T Stadium!

Photo: tall ships and the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Mt. Vernon

Baltimore's Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore

A major stop on the JHU shuttle route, this area near the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute is the cultural heart of Baltimore and home to the world renowned Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Historical Society, and much more! The Washington Monument is the area's focal point and is nearby to a host of unique restaurants and shops, just north of the Inner Harbor.

Photo: Baltimore's Washington Monument

Mt. Washington

Located in northwest Baltimore City, this is a quiet neighborhood with easy access to the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83). You'll find quaint places to eat and shop nestled within the neighborhood, including Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, the Mt. Washington Tavern and much more. Mt. Washington is also a convenient stop on the Baltimore Light Rail.

Rodgers Forge and Towson

These suburban residential areas are located just north of the city, in Baltimore County. These communities have various and easy accessible grocery stores, restaurants and shops, with close proximity to the Towson Town Center Mall. Belvedere Square is also minutes away and is a popular place for families - especially at the Friday evening Summer Sounds Concert Series.

Roland Park, Guilford, and Tuscany-Canterbury

These neighborhoods are residential areas which include a mix of apartment buildings, townhomes and single family properties. They're popular choices for student housing with close proximity to the Homewood campus.

Beyond Baltimore

Maryland cities such as Columbia, Ellicott City, Catonsville, White Marsh and even Washington, DC provide additional options for faculty, staff and students, but require a more substantial commute. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) offers a number of options for commuters.

To learn more about Baltimore and its many unique neighborhoods, visit, Baltimore Collegetown Network, or SOURCE's Get to Know Baltimore.

The Baltimore Collegetown Network has also created a "Baltimore Lookbook" to help introduce you to our city.