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Welcome to the Student/Community Liaison website. This site was written primarily for students to provide information and additional resources pertaining to living in the community and being good neighbors. For those looking for information regarding Johns Hopkins University's community relations, I invite you to visit the community affairs section of the Government, Community and Public Affairs website.


CRITICAL RENTING NEWS

  • At least one neighborhood (Guilford Association) surrounding the Homewood Campus only allows homeowners to rent their properties to families.
  • When looking for a new rental property, please consider contacting me at liaison@jhu.edu or the Office of Off-Campus Housing for more information and/or specific neighborhood boundaries.
  • Historically, there are a few rental properties in our surrounding neighborhoods where there have been repeated student-neighbor concerns.  Please consider contacting me at liaison@jhu.edu to discuss the right fit for you and your neighbors.

The Student/Community Liaison position was created in the summer of 2005 as the result of a cumulative effort between the Johns Hopkins University and our surrounding neighbors to improve relations between our students and the community. The Student/Community Liaison position was designed to help Hopkins undergraduate students successfully make the transition from dorm living to becoming positive members of our surrounding communities during their four years here. While one of the most visible aspects of the position is the weekend night time availability of the liaison to help mitigate noise complaints, the liaison is also charged with helping to educate all of our off campus residing students in the daily responsibilities of being a community member.

The majority of our full time undergraduate juniors and seniors live outside of university housing. While historically most of those students have chosen to live in Charles Village, we also have many students living in Oakenshawe, Guilford, Tuscany/Canterbury, Remington and Hampden areas among others. For nearly all of these students, this is their first time living independently of either their parents or the university. Beside their heavy school work load, part time jobs and extra curricular activities, these students must quickly learn all the rules, regulations and nuances of becoming a community member. With the help of the liaison, the university, and members of these communities, our students have found that making the effort to become a good neighbor has lasting positive benefits for everyone.


Jon Walter became the JHU Student/Community Liaison in the fall of 2012. Prior to that, Jon worked for the Baltimore Police Department in the Northern District. During his 22 year career, he was a patrol officer and for 16 years worked in the community relations unit.