“Somewhat” sketchy is a relative term but I’ll try…
Thanks to Baltimore Corporate Housing for the reference map.
If you’re living alone, want to save some cash, and don’t walk around at 3AM at all, you can try West Baltimore (listing example). A bike ride to UB wouldn’t be bad.
Most current listings for Remington are 2 bdrs but that’d be a great middle ground between the two and is close to UB. At $500 alone Mount Vernon, where UB is located, will be out of the question unless you get very lucky and Station North is starting to get very pricey, as well.
If you’re going in with one or two other people, your options are pretty much the entire city North of Pratt Street (except Roland Park) for a 2 bdrm at $1000/month or 3 bdrm for $1500/month. A general rule of thumb is the closer you are to Charles Street and/or I-83 the more expensive it is and the safer it is.
Oh & (almost) welcome to the city! Check out my posts on Baltimore Newbies for stuff to do once you’ve arrive.