New to the Department

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This webpage is designed to highlight key areas of interest for newcomers, for a detailed description of how the department operates, see the Department Handbook: Policy & Procedure Guide.

Before you proceed, please see your designated Grants and Contracts Analyst to assist with your needs. Your designated support person can assist you with most of your questions, including setting up your phone, getting office and building keys, and learning your way around the building.

IT and Computing

If you are new to the department or just need some computing support, we have an IT staff that can assist you. Their IT website provides a great deal of information and contact information if you need to discuss your situation further.


The J-Card is the official identification and access card for students, faculty and staff. Faculty, Staff and Postdoc Fellows, please contact the department HR Coordinator for more information.


If you will be having an extended stay with us and need access to building and room keys, please visit the main administrative office, suite 366. Our Facilities Manager can assist with finding the correct keys for you. You will need to provide a $5 deposit per key and complete a Key Control Form. The form can be found on Bloomberg Center Management webpage.


The parking office is located in the South Garage, below Mason Hall. You must obtain a J-Card prior to receiving a parking permit. A monthly fee is deducted from your pay check to cover the cost of parking on the Homewood campus. For more information visit the Parking Office.

South Garage @ Mason Hall
410.516.PARK (7275)
[email protected]

Homewood Security and Transportation

In an effort to provide a safe and secure environment for the Hopkins community, the Security Department provides several different escort services in addition to year-round shuttle service (Blue Jay Shuttle). For more information, please visit: Campus Safety and Security or call 410-516-4600 for walking escorts.

One single access point to hundreds of JHU web applications. MyJH is a personalized one-stop-shop for JH related resources.

JHU Holiday Calendar

The JHU Homewood Campus observes the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving
  • Winter Holiday: December 24, 25, 31 and January 1

Bloomberg Facilities

The Bloomberg Center has many facilities to offer, visit our Facilities webpage for more information.

Working in a Lab?

Each year, prior to classes starting, a 1 hour safety training lecture is given in Bloomberg. If you are an undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral researcher and you have not attended the safety lecture, you need to attend this safety lecture. Please contact the Vice Chair for Facilities for additional information on the safety lecture.

Please subscribe to the [email protected] mailing list for lab-related updates.

Lab safety is very important in Bloomberg Center. Please visit our Lab Safety website and the additional websites given for important lab safety information.

JHU-Approved Vendors

Johns Hopkins University keeps a list of approved vendors for various services around Baltimore, throughout Maryland, and beyond. You will need to enter your JHED ID to browse the list.

Looking for Child Care?

JHU Work, Life and Engagement provides many resources to find child care that are tailored to your needs. Check out their child care website.

Accommodations for Visitors

  • Airbnb Baltimore can sometimes offer reasonably priced lodging within walking distance of the University (zip code 21218). 
  • The Broadview apartments are located directly across the street from JHU and they do offer furnished studio apartments at the JHU rate of $1,455.00 per month.  The minimum stay is one month.  If this is an option that you would prefer, please let me know as I will have to make the initial inquiry.
  • Live929 apartments are located in downtown Baltimore and would require taking either the JHU shuttle, Uber, Lyft or some other method of transportation to reach the University campus.  They offer furnished studio and 1, 2 or 4 bedroom options.

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