Welcome New Graduate Students
- Finding Accommodations
- Additional Costs of Settling In
- Access to University Services
- Welcome Week
- Long-term Considerations
- Other Recommendations
- Contact Us
Incoming graduate students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering who need housing accommodations while looking for a place to live can contact the Off-Campus Housing Office to obtain information about living in Baltimore. In addition, the periodic Transitional Graduate Housing Program allows students to stay on campus between June and the end of July. This program has very limited availability so students should contact the housing office for additional information. The Office of Graduate Affairs and Admissions Housing page also has extensive resources for new graduate students. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 516-7961.
When setting up in a new place, it is important to be prepared for some of these eventualities:
- Obtain a Social Security Number (SSN)
- Driver’s license through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)
- Setting up a bank account
- Purchase of books and academic supplies
- Transportation – getting to and from the Homewood Campus
- Additional costs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with families.
The (Hidden) Costs of Moving In
- Identification card – called a JCard. This provides access to graduate student services – from the health center to the registrar. Department/Program administrators can help
- Email and portal. In order to gain access to these, you will be assigned a JHED (Johns Hopkins Enterprise Directory) login. Upon enrollment, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will automatically be assigned a JHED.
- Required health forms. All new graduate students and postdoctoral fellows need to complete these forms before coming to campus.
- Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS), for new international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
- Office of the Registrar. All new graduate students register before the first day of classes.
- Office of Disability Services (graduate students) and Office of Institutional Equity (postdoctoral fellows).
All new graduate students are expected to attend the Welcome Week events, including orientation. The schedule outlines all activities leading up to and including the day of orientation itself. The Graduate Affairs and Admissions offers campus tours, programs for new international graduate students and diversity events.
Graduate students are subject to specific tax filing guidelines by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As a guide through this process the IRS provides Publication 970, which spells out all tax obligations for students. To obtain further information, please contact the Johns Hopkins University Tax Office at email@example.com.
- Homewood Campus Map (pdf)
- JHU Parking and Transportation (parking and free JHU shuttle information)
- Escort Van Service
- Campus Safety and Security
- BaltimoreCollegetown Network (free shuttle)
- Hampden Shuttle Bug Route
- Baltimore City Buses
Zipcar (Car Sharing) at the Homewood Campus
Finding affordable and convenient on-demand transportation upon arrival can be a challenge. A number of Zipcars are available to graduate students, faculty, staff and neighbors from the Greater Homewood community. Zipcar members pay one simple hourly (or daily) rate that includes gas, insurance, maintenance, a reserved parking space, and free miles per trip. Please visit the JHU Zipcar site for further information and rates.
Other Campus Services
- Financial Aid Office
- Student Employment Services
- Counseling Center
- Career Center
- Campus Ministries
- Student Health and Wellness Center
- Office of Institutional Equity
- O’Connor Recreation Center
- Software discounts (need a JHED ID for this)
- Mobile computing
Office of Graduate Affairs and Admissions
Shriver Hall 28