COVID-19: Housing Update

As we continue to monitor this public health crisis, please check this page regularly for the most up-to-date information for residential students on the Homewood campus. For information related to move-out for students, visit our Move-Out 2020 page. For answers to our frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page.

Latest Announcement 7/8/2020

Dear Residents,

We are pleased to provide you with more details as a follow up on the email you recently received from President Daniels, Provost Kumar, and Vice Provost Shanahan regarding plans for this upcoming undergraduate experience including instruction, co-curricular experiences, and residential living. For our first- and second-year students, housing and dining has adapted our plans to ensure adherence to public health guidelines related to COVID-19. We are committed to creating the inclusive and secure environment to which our students have become accustomed, and we will continue to provide exceptional service and programs amidst these unforeseen circumstances.

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, we are waiving the residency requirement—there will be no penalty imposed on students who choose not to return to campus in the fall. Additionally, second-year students who plan to have in-person experiences here in Baltimore are not required to live in university housing if they wish to secure their own housing. Students who choose to live in on-campus or university-managed housing will be required to enroll in a meal plan. Students choosing to live in on-campus or JHU-secured housing will be charged a housing rate of $4868/semester regardless of their assignment and will choose from four meal plan with rates between $1578-$3532/semester.

For the fall, we have reduced the density of on-campus housing by converting all rooms to singles. Additionally, we have leased some off-campus residential properties so all first- and second-year students may live in university-secured housing. These nearby properties will offer students similar experiences to on-campus residences including staffing and all-inclusive billing for rent, utilities, and other amenities. First-year students will have priority for on-campus housing. Depending on the demand for on-campus residences, we expect some second-year students will be assigned to these off-campus university-secured properties.

All incoming first-year students have two options:

  • Pursue university housing (Preference for first-year students given for on-campus housing)
  • Live at home

Only first-year students who indicate they wish to reside in University housing will be able to submit a full housing application and will be assigned to an available space in early August.

All second-year students have three options:

  • Pursue JHU-secured housing including off-campus apartments and hotels (we have arranged for students to live in these properties just as they would in on-campus housing – e.g., utilities included, housing billed through student account):
    • Nearby hotels staffed by JHU:
      • The Colonnade (across from campus)—single and double rooms and baths (144 students; 42 in singles; 102 in doubles)
      • Delta Cross Keys (3.3 miles)—single and double rooms and baths (205 students; 91 in singles; 114 in doubles)
      • The Brexton (near Peabody)—single rooms and baths (26 students)
    • Nearby apartment building staffed by JHU:
      • Woodberry Apartments (2.4 miles)—apartments with private bedrooms and bathrooms (213 students)
  • Make your own housing arrangements off-campus
  • Live at home

Please be aware if demand for on-campus and university-secured housing exceeds supply, a lottery may be implemented. Housing assignments for second year students will be provided in early August.

Only those second-year students who indicate that they wish to reside in JHU-secured housing will be able to submit a full housing application and will be assigned to an available space later this summer. Those who indicate that they wish to secure their own apartment off-campus will be provided with resources from the Office of Off-Campus Housing.

Please note that all first-and second-year students will be required to register their housing intentions on the Housing Portal to indicate their housing plans starting on July 10 at 9am (EST) and ending on July 22 at 5pm (EST).

All first- and second-year students will receive additional communication from Housing with detailed information on how to complete the housing process and how to share your roommate and building preferences.

Once the housing intentions and application process concludes on July 22, we will begin the housing assignments process with notification of assignments made no later than August 10. These notifications will include information on how to sign up for move-in appointments. On-campus housing move will be August 25-28 with JHU-secured properties the week of August 24-30.

The Housing staff as well as our campus partners remain committed to working with all our students. Students with disabilities should work with the Office of Student Disability Services to establish and/or revisit eligibility for disability related accommodations and services. Students who may feel these living options might pose hardships should feel free to email or call us at (410) 516-7960.

Next week, we will be hosting a Housing and Dining webinar on Wednesday, July 15th from 10am – 11am EST. Please feel free to reach out so we can support you at or


Roger Becks
Executive Director of Student Auxiliary Services

Sarah Mansfield
Director of Housing Operations

Remote Operations Contact Information

Housing Operations has transitioned to working remotely during this time. Staff members are available Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm. 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