We would love to give you a tour in person!

We recognize, however, that you may not be able to visit us before you arrive in the US to study. We want this site to give you all the information you need to decide if you want to live here.

Fast Facts

  • All rooms, including kitchen, are fully furnished
  • Security system with keyless entry 
  • Free, on-site laundry
  • Simple public transit to Johns Hopkins Medical / Nursing / Public Health (JHMI), Loyola, Peabody Institute, University of Maryland Baltimore, & more
  • The house is one of Baltimore's "Painted Ladies"
  • Built in 1902, completely remodeled in 2014
  • 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, up to 7 residents total
  • Rent is $650/month, which includes utilities and wi-fi
  • Walking distance to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Homewood campus

Photos of the House

What is life like at the International House?

Beyond the usual rhythms of classes, exams, internships, residents of the International House have other activities that we do together, including:

  • helping each other with daily needs and chores
  • visits to nearby attractions in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and of course Baltimore
  • talking with someone who understands a hard day at the lab!
  • meals together at least weekly
  • shopping trips together
  • a Christmas concert
  • film screenings


Occupancy in the International House Baltimore requires paying rent.  The rent includes all utility costs (heat, electricity and water) as well as internet.  In order to make living as affordable as possible for international students and scholars, all furnishings including linens and kitchen ware are provided.  We desire to keep the rates below market levels and presently the charge is $650/month.  Residents should add monthly costs of purchasing their own food which they can cook in the common kitchen.


We want the International House Baltimore to be a home-away-from-home for international students and scholars.  Every bedroom has its own bathroom, full size bed, desk and reading chair.  To enhance a community environment, there is a shared kitchen and a large dining room and living room.  We encourage residents to invite and host their friends to visit and eat in the house.  By special arrangements we can also provide a guest bed for limited nights in a resident’s room.  If you have someone of a different gender or a couple who you would like to stay overnight, the Dortzbachs live next door and are happy to offer their guest room for your use.


Several bus lines run along St. Paul Street into town.  One is the free shuttle provided by Johns Hopkins, another is the free shuttle from the city.  Multiple paid bus routes also go along the route.  The train station to Washington, Philadelphia and NYC is only about 12 blocks away.  From there a light rail can be taken to the airport, or other suburban locations.  The closest bus stop is a short block away.

We do not yet have a house vehicle, so transportation to events, the airport, or for shopping need to be arranged either with using public transportation or one of many friends of the International House.Security-


The international house uses a keyless lock for its entry, so you don’t have to carry a house key when you leave. Each room does have its own security lock for personal security.  The house is located in an area of Baltimore that is just five blocks from the center of the Homewood Campus and the neighborhood—streets, alleys, and bus stops—are patrolled by the Hopkins security patrols as well as the Baltimore city police.  Baltimore is not a safe place to carry valuables late at night on the street, and incidences may occur anywhere, but we feel our neighborhood is a safe one and is safely linked to a wide urban network on the east coast of the US.

What is life like as a student in Baltimore City?

We love our city, and we think you will as well! Two good websites to learn more about living in Baltimore are BaltimoreCollegeTown.org and LiveBaltimore.org

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