(Closed) Help Baltimore Bees! Moving to Baltimore alone… NWR

posted 8 years ago in Baltimore
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve lived here eight years now, It kind of grows on you.  Look in the Federal Hill/Canton areas, there’s more young professionals in those areas, and it’s easier and safe to walk around at night.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Welcome!  Most of Baltimore isn’t that scary!  I don’t know the area your school’s in very well (FI is at the Homewood campus) but I’ll ask around to find out.  Some things to keep in mind:

-the majority of the violent crime in Bmore is drug-related.  dealers killing users killing dealers, very much a subculture.  if you don’t get involved in that, the crime rate is unremarkable. 

-what is common is car break-ins.  don’t leave anything in your car ever esp visible, not even gps holders or ipod chargers.

-some areas that look more run-down actually have lower crime rates.  when you narrow it down to a few neighborhoods, look at crimebaltimore.com or baltimoresun.com to compare.  oh, and ignore people who tell you not to live in an entire quadrant of the city.  it really can change from block to block, you need to look in person.  some of the most popular areas have bad parts and vice versa. 

-it is such a neighborhood-based city.  a lot of people don’t travel much outside their few blocks, really!  so choose your neighborhood carefully, the advantage of the city is having stores, bars, parks nearby, so you might as well live someplace near stuff you like. 

-similarly, if you meet people you like at the orientation ask them where they live.  it’s awesome to be someplace with grad student friends up and down the block (actually my FI is playing wii across the street right now!)

-getting involved in your neighborhood is a great way to meet people, and knowing people is the only way you’ll find stuff to do.  Bmore is much more underground than other places I’ve lived, there are some great scenes but there’s not the street culture of NY or even DC where you can just happen upon stuff. 

-relax and give it a chance to grow on you, you don’t have to be totally comfortable right away.  when I moved here I wouldn’t walk at night, now I feel fine doing that in places I know. 

-visit visit visit before you choose a place to live! the most important thing.  go at rush hour is there too much traffic noise, go in the afternoon are there children outside, go on Sat night are there crowds of partiers or is it deserted, and which do you prefer?

-public transportation sucks here, but Hopkins runs some useful shuttles you’ll be able to use. 

-many grad events at Homewood are open to Public Health students!  http://www.jhu.edu/gro  (ok yes that’s a plug FI runs a lot of them)

-you need a/c.  seriously.  don’t live anywhere without it. 

You’re going to like it here!!!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Okay, here’s a direct quote from FI who just came in: “School of Public Health is near the Med School, it’s a pretty sh*tty area, I wouldn’t want to live there.  A lot of SPH students live in Mount Vernon or Charles Village because they’re on the shuttle line so it’s only 15 min away.  You can also live in Station North and take the shuttle these days.  Some people live in Patterson Park, it’s gotten a lot better, or in the Latin [North] part of Fells Point, they’re closer but not on the shuttle route except there is one stop in Patterson Park.  Oh, and Baltimore is less dangerous than Boston.” 

Mount Vernon has the Peabody Conservatory and is very gay-friendly but more expensive, Charles Village is next to JHU Homewood, lots of undergrads and professors (and if you’re coming that far north check out funky Hampden or my own little Remington), Station North is an up-and-coming hipster arts district, and I don’t know the other two well enough to define them. 

Good luck and keep us posted! 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t live in the city anymore, but I LOVED Baltimore when I lived there. I lived in Federal Hill, and spent a lot of time either there or in Fells Point / Canton.

I would NOT live right by the school (I actually went to JHSPH so I know the area well). The block right around the school is fine, but the area gets a little sketchy if you go any further. Pick your neighborhood based on your mode of transportation. If you are driving you have a little more flexibility, and I highly recommend living in Fed Hill. If you want to take the shuttle, look in the Canton or Patterson Park area – you can find the shuttle maps online and base your housing search on that.

I would also second what hopewell said – the bad crime in Balt is drug related, and anything else is usually car break-ins. Be careful what you leave in your car and you won’t have a problem.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I work at JHU (2 blocks from the SPH actually!) and I agree with all these girls.  Don’t live near campus.  Live near Homewood or elsewhere.  I know some girls who live in Fells Point and Canton.  I live in White Marsh, but it’s kind of a drive going into the city everyday (it sucks!).  I’ll message you my email address if you ever want to have lunch when you get here!  There’s a market near campus that is a little scary, but they have really good food!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I lived in Baltimore for four years and grew to love the city. I was kind of like you and moved there for a job without knowing anyone or anything about the city. I lived in Mt. Vernon for 2 years and in Federal Hill for 2 years. I loved both neighborhoods. I think if I moved back, I’d want to live in Federal Hill again. It was my favorite.

Fell’s Point, Canton, Hampden, and Charles Village all have their charms too. Baltimore really is the city of neighborhoods. I agree with the others that I wouldn’t live near the medical center. It’s definitely one neighborhood that hasn’t been gentrified yet and is still kinda sketch.

As far as crime, I never had any problems. You have to be smart & definitely don’t leave anything visible in your car, but it isn’t a scary warzone like you might picture it if all you know is the crime reports.

Post # 10
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Newbee

You’ve gotten some great suggestions and advice already, but I’ll pipe in too.  I’ve been in the same apt in the Hampden/Roland Park area for almost 7 years now and really love it.  This area of the city is close to Homewood, and there’s a shuttle from Homewood down to the med school if you want it.  Charles Village is ok, but parts of that area can get sketchy too, so be selective.

And…having done the big move on my own to Bmore, leaving my boyfriend (now FI) in a city 10 hrs away, I know how scary it can be!  But it can be done successfully, I promise!  Best of luck.

 

Post # 11
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Newbee

Hooray! Glad to hear that you’re now excited about your move.

I agree with what everybody’s said here – I’m a grad student on the Homewood campus and I’ve loved living in Baltimore for the last 5 years. I’ve lived just north of Homewood (a lot of large apartment buildings, some undergrads, easy walk to the shuttle), Remington (just around the corner from Charm City Cakes!), and now in Hampden/Roland Park (mostly houses, with some smaller apartment buildings).

The GRO (Graduate Representative Organization), mentioned by hopewell, also publishes a housing guide: http://www.groguide.org/ It has a brief description of a lot of the neighbourhoods, so it might be a good place to start narrowing down which areas might interest you.

Good luck, and welcome!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Welcome to Baltimore!

I’ve lived here all my life. It can be a scary city, but I live in a quiet neighborhood in central Baltimore and I love it. And it’s pretty cheap!

Feel free to send me a personal message if you have any questions about Bmore.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I moved to Baltimore 10 years ago (from Los Angeles) and I love it.  I had my car broken into once, but have never had anything worse happen.  I lived in Patterson Park for a year and really liked it.  I live outside the city now, but I do work downtown and am not afraid at all.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I love Federal Hill.  So much so that when my man and i moved in together, we got a house two blocks away!

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