COVID-19: Housing Update

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Latest Announcement 1/12/2020

Dear Student,

As you are aware per the university’s recent message, the University is preparing for students to resume in-person classes this spring. Under normal circumstances, first- and second-year students are required to live in university housing per our residency requirement. However, one of the continued changes is no student will be required to be physically present on campus in order to pursue a Johns Hopkins education. For those who do live on campus, housing and dining operations will be significantly altered, adhering to public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

With our mission to facilitate living and learning experiences, the following are important housing and dining changes for residential students for the spring 2021 semester:

On-Campus Housing

For the spring semester, we have reduced the density of on-campus housing from 2,700 student spaces to approximately 1,400 by assigning all students to single bedrooms with limited bathroom sharing due to public health guidance. We have secured self-quarantine and isolation housing for on-campus residents should they need it.

First-year students will have priority within our residence halls with limited sharing of common bathrooms and kitchens (where applicable). Second-year students who provided their intention to live on campus or in off-campus JHU-managed properties will be prioritized after the first-year students for on-campus housing. All students will be able to select their housing preferences through the housing application process and provide roommate information.

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 10:00 am EST, the housing application process will open for first-and second-year students. Students must complete the application process by Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10 am EST. Students will receive a notice regarding the status of their housing applications on Thursday, November 12, 2020. These notices will confirm that they have secured space in on-campus housing. Spring 2021 room assignments will be communicated on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

While results from the most recent survey of students’ housing intentions suggest sufficient housing inventory exists for students who intend to use it, actual demand for on-campus housing may outpace supply. On November 12, we will also notify any second-year students who we cannot offer on-campus housing. This notification will be followed by individualized support for finding alternative housing through the Off-Campus Housing Office.

Meal Plans/Dining Halls

With guidance from leading public health experts, dining halls will operate with limited capacity and access. The Office of Dining Programs is developing new amenities for students living in on-campus housing to ensure meal plans are as flexible as possible. Enhanced pre-prepared menu options are being developed, as well as the introduction of new engagement opportunities to help students navigate this new environment. Students will have grab-and-go options at Fresh Foods Café, Nolan’s, Charles Street Market, and other retail outlets on campus.

We recognize these changes may be difficult for some. However, our highest priority is the health, safety, and security of all students no matter where they reside. We are committed to student success, leadership, and meaningful opportunities for engagement. Students can expect new and safe ways of building community within both on-campus and off-site locations.

We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we welcome you to contact us should you have any questions or concerns regarding this letter.


Roger Becks
Executive Director of Student Auxiliary Services

Remote Operations Contact Information

Housing Operations has transitioned to working remotely during this time. Staff members are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For facilities related questions or concerns, please email For housing related questions or concerns, please email

Campus Resources 
Housing Operationshousing@jhu.edu410-516-7960
Dining Programsdining@jhu.edu410-516-3383
Off-Campus Housingoffcampus@jhu.edu410-516-7961
Student Financial Servicesfin_aid@jhu.edu410-516-8028
Student Outreach & Support410-516-7857
Office of International Servicesois@jhu.edu667-208-7001