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Study in Baltimore

By Sabrina Collier

Updated July 1, 2022 Updated July 1, 2022

Baltimore for students

Located in the north-east of the US, Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland. The city is home to around 590,000 people, of which 27 percent are students.

Baltimore contains two universities in the QS World University Rankings® 2023, including Johns Hopkins University, which is ranked 24th and is one of the best medical schools in the world. Just outside the city centre is the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which is also ranked at international level.

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Best universities in Baltimore - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 90th

World ranking  Institution
24 Johns Hopkins University
801-1000 University of Maryland, Baltimore County

More about Baltimore

Baltimore is home to two top universities this year, with Johns Hopkins University performing the best, ranking 24th globally. Baltimore earns its highest score for employer activity (69th) and its lowest score for affordability (128th).

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Highest-ranked institution

Johns Hopkins University (24th)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Baltimore?

High standard of education

Baltimore is home to two top universities, including globally-ranked top 25 school, Johns Hopkins University.

Low cost of living  

Compared to many US student cities, Baltimore has a relatively low cost of living, despite its high tuition fees. 

Opportunities after graduation

Baltimore benefits from having a variety of job opportunities open to graduates. 

Diverse student population

23 percent of students in Baltimore are from outside the US.

Life & culture in Baltimore

Known for being a major seaport, Baltimore is affectionately referred to as ‘Charm City’ and the ‘Land of Pleasant Living’, amongst other nicknames.

With a rich history, the city exhibits examples from each era of architecture over more than two centuries, including the Washington Monument, and it was here that the US National Anthem ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key.

In recent years, the city has gained global attention as the setting of popular US television show The Wire. While the TV series explores some of the darker aspects of city life, there’s much more to Baltimore, including many interesting museums, trendy shops and ethnic restaurants, spread across 72 designated historic districts.

Cost of living in Baltimore

Baltimore is one of the cheaper student cities in the US, despite its high tuition fees. A single person living in Baltimore will need around £700 per month plus around £1,180 per month for rent on a one bedroom apartment in the city centre, according to Numbeo. This is 55 percent lower than New York City. 

However, tuition fees are expensive. Baltimore's universities will set students back approximately US$40,700 per year. These high tuition fees may contribute to the city's low score for affordability.

Careers in Baltimore

Employment is Baltimore has been positively influenced by its higher education institutions, with almost a quarter of jobs in the Baltimore region found in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in part attributed to its extensive undergraduate and graduate schools.

It's for this reason it earns a high score in the employer activity indicator, placing in 69th.

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in July 2022

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