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General Preparations & Information

General Resources & Guides
Housing Options
Plan Travel & Arrival
Transportation & Safety
Academics & Course Registration
Library and IT Computing Services
University Financial Services
Families – Spouses, Partners & Children
Food & Dining

General Resources  & Guides

Living in New Haven is a comprehensive guide curated by Yale offices for new students, staff and faculty. Check out the Community info and neighborhood profiles, services, culture, shopping, and other resources as you and any family members prepare to move to your new home city.

The Compass is a guide produced annually by student representatives of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), your graduate school student government.

Resources for Students in Yale GSAS is your one-stop website for almost everything you need to know about finances, student services, campus grad resources, housing, health, sports, and life at Yale and in New Haven.

Student Life Hub at Yale provides info and links to a variety of campus resources, offices and student activities.

Housing Options

Graduate students have many housing options for convenient and relatively affordable places to live – on-campus in Yale grad dorms or apartments, in Yale-owned but privately managed Elm Campus apartments, or in off-campus apartments in the area.

  • April-June, look for and secure your own housing - before you arrive in July-August! The New Haven off-campus housing market is fairly tight and very seasonal, so look early to lease a place you like.
  • Yale’s Off-Campus Living Guide has info and tips for BEFORE you sign a lease, including tenant’s rights in CT, and resources and advice if you ever have issues with your landlord.

Plan your Travel & Arrival

  • When to Arrive in Summer: Most new Graduate School students arrive and secure housing beginning in late July or between August 1 and 15. Plan to be settled in New Haven by the weekend of August 21-23. Required 2020 Graduate School Orientation begins Monday, August 24.
  • Getting to New Haven. Find directions for air and ground travel at Yale Transportation Options pages
  • Yale GSAS Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar is the official document for planning GSAS term breaks and travel. The 2020-21 Academic calendar is under revision and will be posted by July.


Find your way with maps of Yale Campus, City of New Haven resources (bike routes, parks, schools), and Google maps

Transportation & Safety

Get around Yale and New Haven conveniently and safely, with or without a car - check out your Transportation and Safety options: Yale shuttles (daytime and nighttime door-to-door services on the DoubleMap app), local public transit (bus, train), bike routes and cycling safety, zipcar car-sharing, and Yale Police and public safety programs.

If you own or operate a Motor Vehicle in CT, pay attention to registration and parking regulations, as well as required city car tax payments, even if the car is registered out of state. CT law requires seat belt use and prohibits use of phones while driving (unless using hands free devices), and mandates car seats for kids.

Academics and Course Registration

  • Course Registration and Enrollment - Yale GSAS has NO course pre-registration. You can NOT pick classes or start to register for Fall graduate school courses until late August. Then you have 2 weeks to complete online course registration, after consulting with your department/degree program. There is no hurry to enroll in graduate classes, so talk to your faculty and department for course advice first.
  • GSAS Registration & Courses site tells you what you need to know about online course selection & registration each term.
  • University Registrar handles all online course registration and academic records, including name change issues.
  • Canvas is the main online course management system at Yale with syllabi, readings, and course assignments for students and teaching fellows.
  • Yale SIS (Student Information System). Review and update all of your Yale academic and financial accounts, register online for classes and pay any Yale bills online. Login with your Yale NetID.
    • Update the ‘Personal Data’ tab with your New Haven address and telephone number when you know it.
  • Student Accessibility Services (SAS) – Contact the SAS office to discuss any access accommodations or services you may require for your studies at Yale.

Library and Student IT Computing Services

Libraries at Yale contain information on books, journals, archives, online resources, intercampus borrowing and helpful subject specialists for your research and teaching.
IT Student Technology Collaborative (STC) provides Yale tech services and support to GSAS students - free software libraries, advice and discounts for purchases, walk-in or phone support and loaners, and campus services.

  • New Student IT Guide tells you everything you need to know to get started with Yale IT.
  • Yale networks and Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Download Yale software and use Yale's (VPN) from anywhere in the world.  Set up your devices to connect to Yale VPN.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) using DUO - Yale requires multifactor authentication (2 stage process) when logging into the VPN or to Yale sites from off campus. Multifactor authentications adds a layer of security by requiring you to use a mobile phone or other device to verify your identity, using the Duo mobile app or other devices (like a Token when WIFI or Cell service is unavailable).

University Financial Services

GSAS Finances & Fellowships contains detailed descriptions of funding, fellowships, stipends, direct deposit, taxes, loans, student employment on campus, and Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Review the helpful information, and email the GSAS Grad Financial Aid office with any specific questions.

First GSAS stipend payment AUGUST 31 for new students. Plan to bring funds, credit cards or have resources to pay for your initial costs before you get any stipend check. See GSAS Financial Aid FAQs for information, including how to setup direct deposit after receiving your first check.

Yale Charge Account. Sign up for this student charge account good for certain on-campus purchases like dining and at the Yale Bookstore. Log in at Yale Student Information Systems, then select the Student Accounts tab and Charge Account Authorization.

Financial Tips for Newly arriving International Students. Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides tips for estimating your cash or credit needs for initial expenses, how to avoid bringing lots of cash or paper money, and preventing scams.

Banking – You are free to choose whatever local, national or online bank you prefer. Find one with student account discounts or no fees with direct deposit if you can. International Students can refer to banking info from OISS.

Something Missing? If you have been awarded a tuition fellowship and it does not appear on the Fall Term bill in your online SIS account administered by SFAS, contact your department registrar.

Families - Spouses, Partners and Children

As a graduate student, you may be coming to Yale with a spouse/partner (S/P) and children. You can access various family-friendly resources and are welcome at many events at Yale and the Graduate School. You and/or your S/Join our Facebook groups for Grad Spouse-Partners or Grad Students with Kids to connect with other Yale grad family members and hear about McDougal Graduate Student Life (GSL) Family events offered each month.

At GSAS Orientation Check-in in August, you will get your new Yale Student ID card. Yale Spouse Accces ID Cards (Sponsored Identity or SI cards) are available to request starting in Mid-September. We hope to see you at the special GSAS Orientation welcome info session for new grad spouses-partners and student parents in August.

  • The New Student Checklist has spousal and child Yale Health care enrollment forms to submit, and information to enroll in optional dental and eye care plans, by the Sept. 15 due dates.

Food & Dining

New Haven Food & Dining page has extensive information – highlights:

Eating on Campus. Purchase “Eli Bucks” (points) from Yale Hospitality & Dining Services if you like, or use credit/debit cards or Yale charge to purchase food at over 18 campus eateries. You can also purchase a graduate student lunch meal plan or Eli Bucks (dining points) to use in certain cafes on campus.

Eating in the Elm City. Enjoy amazing local eateries and national-chain restaurants, cafes, food trucks and carts, and a wide range of cuisines in New Haven. Visit our Food & Dining Page under GSAS student resources, and check InfoNew Haven and the Shops at Yale for dining listings.

Food Shopping. Find where to buy fresh & prepared foods at local, specialty food and farmer’s markets, as well as big box retailers in the area (Costco, Trader Joe’s). The local supermarket chain, Stop and Shop, operates its own Peapod delivery service.


Shop Local! Downtown New Haven and the area have a wide range of shopping options, from locally-owned shops and distinctive artisans to major national retail chains, big box stores and malls in the greater New Haven area. The Shops at Yale in the Broadway and Chapel districts next to campus include stores like Apple, Patagonia and JCrew, as well as unique local boutiques. You can get what you need within walking distance of campus or your apartment, or by a short bike, Yale shuttle or car ride (try Zipcar if you don’t own wheels). Plus most local stores offer online ordering and delivery.