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Baltimore Housing Options

We are excited to announce that the Carey Business School has joined other Johns Hopkins University schools in partnering with Off Campus Partners to create a new Off-Campus Housing Listing Service & Website to better serve the needs of our Baltimore students.  We are exploring a similar partnership in Washington DC.

The website allows students, staff and faculty to view listings on a user name/password protected site at your fingertips anytime during the day. The site provides tools to breakdown properties into neighborhoods, pricing, and much more. There is also a roommate section and message board to post requests for roommates as well as a section for furniture for sale. The service will also include educational components designed to help students become good citizens of the Baltimore community.

To start your housing search, please visit https://offcampushousing.carey.jhu.edu

If you have any questions for Off Campus Partners, please feel free to email info@offcampuspartners.com or call 877-895-1234.

 


Washington D.C. Housing Options

Although the Carey Business School does not provide on-campus housing, many resources are available in Washington, D.C. to help you find suitable accommodations. For those interested in living near the Carey Business School’s Washington D.C. Center, many distinct neighborhoods exist. Neighborhoods within a 20 minute walking distance from the Carey Business School include Dupont Circle, Thomas Circle, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, Foggy Bottom, and West End. To start your search or to learn more about the locations and features of downtown neighborhoods visit www.dc.about.com/od/washingtondcneighborhoods.

Download the 2014-2015 Washington, D.C. Student Housing Guide

Please note: 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 carey.student@jhu.edu or 410-234-9240.


Information for International Students

For students who are new to the United States, looking for a place to live might be a daunting task. Here are some tips that students might find useful: 

Can I find housing without coming to the area? 
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.
 

I found an apartment I like, what are my next steps?

Contact the landlord and set up an appointment to view the apartment. (See “Questions to ask landlord…”)
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.
 

Am I required to sign a lease?
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!
 

Is there a period during which I can cancel my lease? 
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.
 

Will I have to pay a security deposit?
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.


Are apartments furnished?
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.
 

Besides rent, what other payments am I responsible for?
Utilities
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.

Added-on services

Some apartments may offer services such as dry cleaning, gyms, etc. for an added lessee expense.

Renters Insurance

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.
 

I do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), can I still rent?

Social Security cards are only issued to international students who either have jobs on campus or are authorized by U.S. immigration to work off-campus. Most landlords will ask for your SSN in order to check your credit report. If you do not have credit history in the U.S., landlords may accept a deposit instead. Ask the landlord about other options to verify your credibility to pay your bills.
 

I have to leave my apartment before the end of the lease, can I sublet?
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.

What are the landlord's and tenant's rigths/responsibilities?

Click here for more information. Landlords and Tenants: tips on avoiding disputes.

What is the average rent?
As of May, 2014, average apartment rent within 10 miles of Baltimore, MD is $1154. On average, one bedroom apartments rent for $968 a month and two bedroom apartment rent for $1121.
The most expensive Baltimore neighborhoods to rent apartments are Jonestown, Fells Point, and Riverside.
As of May, 2014, average apartment rent within 10 miles of Washington, DC is $1824. On average, one bedroom apartments rent for $1692 a month and two bedroom apartment rent for $2070. The most expensive Washington neighborhoods to rent apartments are U Street Corridor, Colonial Village, and Logan Circle

Expenses for apartment rental

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.

Questions to ask a landlord when renting:

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?

Leasing/renting terminology.