Baltimore Housing Options
To start a housing search, please visit https://offcampushousing.carey.jhu.edu
Renting housing can present problems at times. In order to understand your renting rights and responsibilities, review the information provided by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General on “Avoiding common problems with landlords for students living off-campus.” http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/CPD%20Documents/Tips-Publications/tenantRights.pdf
If you have a complaint against a business in Maryland, the Consumer Protection Division provides mediation services to consumers to help resolve complaints against businesses and health insurance carriers. The Division also provides information about complaints that have been filed against businesses, information regarding new home builder or health club registration, and provides publications to help consumers make good decisions in the marketplace. You may contact them to file a complaint on line or via telephone, http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/CPD/default.aspx
Washington D.C. Housing Options
To look at popular Washington, D.C. neighborhoods and apartments, this document may be helpful. All information included has been self-reported by current students, as the Carey Business School is not held responsible for information included here. This information is for general purposes only.
We strongly recommend that you do not sign a lease before visiting the property. We also strongly recommend that you purchase renters insurance.
If you have other questions about housing, please contact Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-234-9240.
Information for International Students
While possible, it is not advised to commit to housing before looking at the unit in person or without meeting the landlord. Viewing the rental in person enables you to see if the rental unit meets your living standards and gives you an opportunity to develop a relationship with the landlord. While you are looking for an apartment you might consider staying at a local hotel or with a friend/family. Some local hotels offer discounted rates for JHU staff, faculty and students; some local hotels might even offer shuttle service.
Contact the landlord and set up an appointment to view the apartment.
- Apply and pay application fee if you like the apartment. You may need to put down an application fee and deposit to hold the apartment; if approved and depending on the landlord’s policy, the deposit may go towards your first month rent or returned back to you. If you are not approved, you will be refunded the deposit amount but not the application fee. The deposit may made by check or credit card. Please note: it is an acceptable policy for the landlord to ask for a credit card deposit.
- Read the lease. This step may seem obvious, but you must completely understand the policies (expectations and rights of both the lessor and lessee): if you do not, you may face serious financial consequences later on.
- Explore the different options for renters insurance (renters insurance protects your personal property such as jewelry, computer, printer, TV, etc.).If you already have an automobile policy with an insurer, you may be able to get renters insurance through them. If not, you can research your options and select the one that best meets your needs.
Yes. Leases, which typically run for one year, are binding legal contracts. Nearly all of the landlord’s obligations/rights and those of the lessee (you) are spelled out in the lease. You agree to certain requirements and/or restrictions during the lease term, such as rent, move-in date, move-out date, restrictions on pets, guests, or the number of occupants. By signing the lease you agree to all terms in your lease. Read and understand your lease completely before you sign it!
Unless your lease contains a clause describing such a period, you will be legally bound to the conditions of your lease. This is why it is important to make sure that a prospective rental is up to your standards and that you have seen and approve of the space before signing the lease.
A security deposit is often required by a landlord to cover possible damages to the rental property. Your landlord can legally require you to pay a deposit up to one or two months’ (first and last month) worth of rent. The deposit is returned at the end of the lease if the apartment is left in good condition and there are no major damages. A landlord cannot keep your deposit to cover normal wear and tear. Inspect that apartment before move-in with the landlord and note any pre-existing damages in the lease agreement. Insist on the same walk-through with the landlord before you officially move out so that you can discuss any potential “damage” issues.
Apartments can be furnished or unfurnished: unfurnished apartments are more common. All apartments come with at least basic kitchen appliances. Renting an unfurnished apartment means you will have to buy/rent your own furniture, kitchen utensils, linens, etc. When a room or an apartment is furnished, it implies that there is enough furniture and/or appliances for you to live without purchasing anything extra.
Some apartments include all utilities (water, electricity, gas, trash fee, internet, cable, etc.). If the apartment you select does not include all or some of the utilities, this will be an added expense you must pay each month. You will also need to pay for laundry service if the apartment does not include a washer and dryer. Cleaning the apartment is your responsibility.
Some apartments may offer services such as dry cleaning, gyms, etc. for an added lessee expense.
Renters insurance is a good idea and is surprisingly inexpensive. Do not assume that your landlord’s insurance will cover your personal property if there is a fire, flood, or theft. Also, do not think your “stuff” may not be worth much. Your clothes, jewelry, furniture, laptop, etc. all adds up! Landlords may also require proof of rental insurance before the lease is signed.
Subletting is what you might have to do if you must move out of your apartment before the end of the lease term. Before you sublet, you need to be certain that your lease allows you to do so. Some leases specifically state that you cannot sublet; other leases allow subleasing only with the landlord’s written permission.
As of January 2017, average apartment rent within 10 miles of Baltimore, MD is $1542. On average, one bedroom apartments rent for $1419 a month and two bedroom apartment rent for $1742.
The most expensive Baltimore neighborhoods to rent apartments are Locust Point, Jonestown, and Fells Point.
As of January, 2017, average apartment rent within 10 miles of Washington, DC is $2291. On average, one bedroom apartments rent for $2068 a month and two bedroom apartment rent for $2728. The most expensive Washington neighborhoods to rent apartments are Adams Morgan, Georgetown, and Foggy Bottom.
An Application fee pays for someone to process your inquire for an apartment.
A Deposit holds the apartment while your background is checked.
A broker's fee is assessed if a third party is used to find the apartment.
Security deposit is usually one or two month's rent, refundable at the end of the lease minus any damages.
First month’s rent needs to be paid.
Insurance to cover renter's belongings.
The last month's rent is sometimes required as well.
- How much is the rent? When is the earliest move-in date?
- Are utilities included? If not, how much per month?
- What is the length of the lease? Is it month-to-month, 6 months, one year?
- Do you allow co-signers?
- Is there an application fee?
- I do not have credit in the United States, what are my options?
- Is there a waitlist?
- How much is the deposit? Is it refundable? When will you refund?
- How many parking spots? Any visitor parking? Is there a surcharge for parking?
- Do you allow subletting? Do you allow pets?
- How are maintenance issues handled especially in case of emergency?
- Is there a metro/bus stop nearby?
- When can I see the apartment/ house? Is it furnished?