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Charm City

As any local will tell you, the nickname "Charm City" is not hype but a way of life. Baltimore's "big, small-town" feel, patchwork of neighborhoods, wonderful architecture and eccentric vibe have an appeal all their own. And with the city that's almost 300 years old, there's a lot to explore.

Close By

UB is Baltimore's most central and accessible college campus. It's close to major highways and to every kind of public transportation, so getting around town is simple. Or you can just walk across the street to the city's Penn Station and hop a train for a quick trip to Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; New York; or other major East Coast destinations.


Tourists routinely head for the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, upscale stores and eateries, but what about you? Nearly every Baltimore neighborhood has its own unique and quirky attractions. Spend an afternoon wandering around the 18th-century cobblestone streets of Fells Point, checking out the trendy boutiques. Sample a crab cake at one of the city's historic open-air markets. Or catch a popular local band or a new play in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. And is it bragging to note that Baltimore was named by Fodor's as one of the 15 Best Waterfront Cities in the World?


Speaking of arts, Baltimore has more than its share, from the formal Baltimore Museum of Art uptown to the outsider American Visionary Art Museum in the Inner Harbor. Within close walking distance of UB, you'll find the Walters Art Museum, the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, the Meyerhoff Concert Hall and the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. Baltimore also is home to Artscape, the nation's largest free arts festival. Artscape is held on and around the UB campus every summer.


From UB's nearby Light Rail stop, it's a 10-minute ride south to Baltimore's two professional sports stadiums. Catch a Baltimore Orioles baseball night game in the spring, or enjoy a fall afternoon of football with the Baltimore Ravens.

Other Colleges and Universities

UB is part of a major array of public and private colleges and universities in and around metropolitan Baltimore. That "college town feel" is one of the major benefits of life in the city. Get familiar with the Baltimore Collegetown Network and learn more about the amazing ways these campuses contribute to Charm City.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm brand-new to Baltimore—I've never been here before. Where should I start? What should I see first?

    Depending on your interests, you may want to become familiar with what the city has to offer from the vantage point of a tourist. First, get a good overview of the city's many attractions. It may also help to understand the city's geography: We're on the water, the landscape is hilly but highly walkable, you don't need a car to get around, the city is relatively compact, etc. If there's one thing you'll learn from longtime residents, it's that Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods. The dozens of neighborhoods that make up the city, from Mount Washington to Homeland, Federal Hill to Highlandtown, all have their own character, folkways, history and perspective. The character of the city can change, block by block.

  • I don't know much about Baltimore, but I am sure I want to live near campus. Any advice?

    Absolutely; check out our recommendations.

  • What about the rest of Maryland?

    In our state, you can go from the beach to horse country to the mountains in less than a day. There's an amazing variety of things to do in Maryland, whether you're examining our nation's turbulent history (key battles of the War of 1812 and the Civil War both happened here), exploring the outdoors (visit our state parks) or just searching for a nice place to be quiet or to get a little loud.