How Do I Move to Annapolis?

The demography of the Graduate Institute breaks down into three groups:

  1. Those recently graduated from their undergraduate schools (22 to 25 years of age)
  2. Those recently or soon to be or for many years retired (55 and up)
  3. Mid-career professionals, school teachers, and veterans (in between the others)

While this post primarily targets the first group, as most of the students in the latter groups have settled on where they’ll live before they apply, I hope anyone desiring to move to Maryland’s capital city, regardless of age, finds what follows to be helpful and stress-decreasing.

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Summer

Unlike Santa Fe, Annapolis only offers on-campus housing for the summer semester. Students will have the opportunity to live in the two newest dormitories, Gilliam and Spector Halls, on the back lot facing athletic fields and College Creek. Every bedroom comes equipped with a twin-sized mattress complete with a mattress cover and frame, a desk, a chair, a lamp, a mirror, a rubbish bin, a bookshelf, a dresser, and closet space; rates for single rooms can be found here. Both Gilliam and Spector have private bathrooms, common rooms, and small kitchen areas on each floor, as well as a full kitchen space on the first floor, and laundry in the basement.

Living so close to class carries the benefit not only of transferring commute time into study time but also of feeling integrated into the campus community as a whole. As all undergraduates have vacated the premises, St. John’s in an Annapolitan summer is a graduate student playground. All events, lectures, and tutors are catered to you and your time here.

That said, some students still choose to live off campus (if they aren’t commuting already), as cheaper sublets can be found in the surrounding area. Continue to the “Fall/Spring” section below, if you’re curious about off-campus housing.

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Fall/Spring

I’ll go ahead and rip off the Band-Aid: Annapolis is not cheap. A gorgeous, waterfront town, home to the Naval Academy and the Maryland State House, Annapolis is also home to yacht clubs and boutique children’s clothing stores. This is where DC and Baltimore go to live, and if not to live, to sail. St. John’s College is located in the middle of the historic, brick-encrusted downtown; as such, living within a few blocks of campus will cost you over $1000/month for rent alone.

But don’t fret! If I myself am able to find a room within walking distance of campus for less than $700/month in rent and utility costs — so can you!

Of course, it does help if you have a car. Properties in Eastport, Parole, Edgewater, and Arnold are generally cheaper than Annapolis for the amount of space and quality of living offered, and all are within a fifteen minute drive from campus. These properties often include room shares in beautiful shoreline communities or on farmland, which can provide a nice respite from the downtown bustle.

Carless, or perhaps you just want to live as close to downtown and school as possible? There are two sets of resources open to you:

  • Websites: Craigslist.com for room shares, Zillow.com and Apartments.com for condos or townhome rentals
  • Other students: Bulletin boards around campus, word-of-mouth, an entire Facebook group devoted to Johnnies sharing openings with Johnnies — all this checked and reported to you upon admission

Worst comes to worst you couch surf until your new place becomes available. I have two great couches, standing by if need be, and I myself have crashed at many a new classmate’s place — at many a new friend’s place.

What I hope all the above shows is that you are not alone when you move here to Annapolis. It’s an anxiety many of us have felt before successfully making a home in this charming town. And we’ll tell you all about it, once you do too.

Stay tuned for how to move to Santa Fe!

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