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The reality of COVID-19 means we need to adapt traditional student residential life arrangements. On-campus residence halls that usually house multiple students per room will be reduced to singles, with limited sharing of restrooms. And we will be supplementing on-campus housing with apartments and hotels.

Although the pandemic has forced these logistical changes, our goal is to create a traditional sense of community as best we can both in-person and remotely. There will be opportunities to safely gather in small groups while maintaining physical distance, as well as online gatherings, community meet-ups, one-on-one conversations, and check-ins.

Residency requirement for 2020-21

  • All first- and second-year students are welcome to apply for housing regardless of the modality of their courses (in-person or online), including students only enrolled in online courses.
  • For students enrolling in an entirely online/virtual experience, there is no residency requirement—there will be no penalty imposed on students who choose to not return to campus in the fall.

First-year students

First-year students who come to Baltimore are required to live in on-campus housing, regardless of the modality of the courses they take. Students with a pre-existing health condition or other relevant concern may contact Student Disability Services to request an accommodation.

  • All single bedrooms
  • All or mostly shared bathrooms; assigned fixtures in group bathrooms with no more than 3 people per fixture (sink, shower, toilet)
  • Students can submit building preferences

Second-year students

Second-year students are encouraged but not required to live in university-secured housing if taking in-person classes. Campus-run options for second-year students will include available on-campus inventory one first-year students have been accommodated.

Additional options for second-year students include:

  • Nearby hotels staffed by JHU:
    • The Colonnade (across from campus)—single and double rooms and baths
    • Delta Cross Keys (3.3 miles)—single and double rooms and baths
    • The Brexton (near Peabody)—single and double rooms and baths
  • Nearby apartment building staffed by JHU:
    • Woodberry Apartments (2.4 miles)—apartments with private bedrooms, baths shared by no more than two

If demand for on-campus and university-secured housing exceeds supply, a lottery may be needed. Students can submit roommate and building preferences, with priority for double rooms going to those with roommate preferences.

Students may also make private housing arrangements, with support and assistance from the Off-Campus Housing Office (locations in Charles Village encouraged).

Students may request an accommodation from Student Disability Services or request consideration of a hardship (financial, etc.) via the Housing Office to request either priority for on-campus or university-run housing or release from on-campus requirement.

Additional information

  • Students will be asked to confirm their housing intentions online between July 10 and July 22.  
  • Students may be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test at the time of check-in and limit contact until results are available (generally 24 hours). Students who are required to quarantine due to federal or state regulations may be accommodated in residence halls 
  • JHU is committed to providing robust transportation options for students
  • Access to JHU secured residential spaces will be limited to those students that live in the building
  • While in-person undergraduate instruction will conclude on the Friday before Thanksgiving, undergraduate students whose personal or academic situation would be ameliorated by staying in on-campus or university-managed housing for the entire duration of the semester (including after Thanksgiving) will be accommodated. Students who remain in university housing after Thanksgiving may not travel during Thanksgiving recess.
  • All students will be provided with a wellness kit including two face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and a digital thermometer
  • Additional announcements regarding on-campus and university-managed housing will be made as soon as they are available.

Note: Failure to comply with physical distancing, face covering, and other public health and university requirements may result in immediate loss of on-site and other privileges, including eligibility to remain in university housing.

Dining

  • Open facilities will include:
    • Fresh Food Café
    • Levering Kitchens & Café
    • Charles Street Market
    • Nolan’s
  • All seating closed
  • All service points will have only grab-and-go offerings
  • No self-service areas
  • Physical distancing will be marked in and around the dining facilities
  • A system will be implemented to increase efficiency and decrease queuing
  • Meal plan offerings are being re-imagined to align with students’ preferences and circumstances with more flexibility to use meal swipes, more meal solutions for students living off-campus, and use of temporary dining options (e.g., pop-up locations, grab-and-go kiosks)
  • Some type of meal plan will be required of all students living in university-managed housing (on- or off-campus) with additional flexibility for students with allowance of meal swipes at more locations
  • Employee safety measures allow for adherence to public health guidelines in both front and back of dining facilities
  • Modifications to include additional protective barriers and distancing plans for workspaces
  • Hopkins Dining will provide students on meal plans with food options at the off-campus residential spaces and supply some pantry items.

Frequently Asked Questions

Housing + Dining

Does JHU have a residency requirement for undergraduates?

Housing:

  • All first- and second-year students are welcome to apply for housing regardless of the modality of their courses, including those students only enrolled in online courses.
  • There will be no penalty imposed on students who choose not to return to campus in fall.
  • Students may request an accommodation from Student Disabilities Services or request consideration of a hardship (financial, etc.) via the Housing Office to request either (1) priority for on-campus or JHU-secured housing or (2) release from on-campus housing requirement.

First-year students:

  • First-year students who choose to come to Baltimore will be required to live on-campus regardless of academic modality. First-year students who choose to study remotely, from home, have no residential requirement.
  • Accommodations will be single-occupancy (private bedrooms) and include all or mostly shared bathrooms; assigned fixtures in group bathrooms will have no more than three people per fixture (sink, shower, toilet).
  • Students will be able to request to live with others in suites and apartments where possible.

Second-year students:

  • Second-year students are encouraged but not required to live in university-secured housing that includes local hotels and apartments as well as the potential for limited on campus housing.
  • Students can submit roommate and building preferences; priority for double rooms will go to those with roommate preferences.
  • Second-year students may also make private housing arrangements, with support and assistance from the Off-Campus Housing Office and Office of Student Financial Services; locations in Charles Village are encouraged.
  • If the demand for on-campus and JHU-secured housing exceeds supply, a lottery may be needed.
  • More information can be found on the Housing and Dining page.

Last updated: June 30, 2020 2:15pm

Where will first-year students live?

First-year students who come to Baltimore are required to live in on-campus housing, regardless of the modality of the courses they take. They will all have single bedrooms and assigned areas (sinks, showers, toilets) within bathrooms, which will be shared by no more than three people. Students may submit building preferences.

Last updated: June 30, 2020 4:40pm

Where will second-year students live?

Second-year students who plan to attend classes in person are encouraged to live in university-secured housing, but they may also enlist the Office of Off-Campus Housing to make private living arrangements. Once all first-year students have been accommodated, there may be on-campus options available.

JHU is also securing several off-campus hotels and and apartment buildings for second-year students. There will be singles and doubles with bathrooms that will be furnished similar to on-campus residences. Those locations will have university-managed security services, on-site Residential Life Staff, and dining options.

More information can be found on the Housing and Dining page.

Last updated: June 30, 2020 9:54am

When will I need to decide on my housing plans?

Student Financial Services will ask juniors and seniors to confirm their housing plans online by Aug. 1; University Housing will ask first- and second-year students to confirm their housing plans between July 10-22.

Last updated: June 30, 2020 10:50am

How will my housing decision impact my financial aid awards?

Initial financial aid packages sent to first-year students in December and March and returning students on July 9 included our standard housing cost assumptions—that is, we assume that first- and second-year students will live in JHU-provided housing, and juniors/seniors will live in off-campus apartments (not with parents). Once students confirm their fall housing plans—between July 10 and 22 for first- and second-year students, or by Aug. 1 for juniors and seniors—Financial Aid will adjust awards to align with the three possible options noted on our website:

  • JHU-secured housing (includes on-campus housing as well as local hotels/apartment leased by JHU)
  • Off-campus
  • At home with parents and/or relatives

We strongly encourage students to consider which living situation best supports their academic experience. JHU’s Housing, Off-Campus Housing, and Financial Aid offices are working together so that students have full access to their housing options for the fall.

Last updated: July 9, 2020 9:21pm

Can I stay in university housing during and after the Thanksgiving break?

While in-person undergraduate classes will conclude on the Friday before Thanksgiving, undergraduate students whose personal or academic situation would be ameliorated by staying in on-campus or university-managed housing for the entire duration of the semester (including after Thanksgiving) will be accommodated. Students who remain in university housing after Thanksgiving may not travel during Thanksgiving recess. The university will also work with students who have demonstrated hardships to arrange for winter break housing.

Last updated: July 21, 2020 4:51pm

If I live in JHU-provided housing and choose to travel home for the Thanksgiving break, or if the residence halls are closed due to COVID-19, will I receive a partial housing and dining refund for the weeks I won’t be on campus?

Yes. Undergraduate students living in JHU-provided housing who travel home at Thanksgiving will receive a prorated credit for housing/dining because they will not return to campus for the remainder of the fall semester. The same is true for a forced closure of the residence halls due to the pandemic. Students receiving need-based financial aid will also see their aid packages reduced to reflect the lower cost of housing/dining.

Last updated: July 13, 2020 9:09pm

How will JHU provide safe dining options?

Dining facilities will only offer grab-and-go options prepared by dining staff and there will be no seating in the dining areas. Systems will be in place to increase efficiency and reduce lines, and guides for social distancing will be marked. Meal plan options have been adjusted to allow more flexibility, and students on meal plans will have some food options at the off-campus residences managed by JHU.

More information can be found on the Housing and Dining page.

Last updated: June 30, 2020 9:55am

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