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The Common Room at the McDougal Graduate Center

The McDougal Common Room & Coffee Lounge, 135 Prospect Street

Located on the upper floor of 135 Prospect Street (Founders Hall), the McDougal Common Room & Coffee Lounge is the Graduate School students’ own space for hanging out, studying, eating or socializing.

Whether you come for relaxation, a meal, or work, the Common Room - with its comfortable couches, many tables and chairs, numerous outlets and WIFI - is the perfect place to connect with other Yale graduate students, especially outside your GSAS program. It’s your “third place,” not work/library or home, useful for building your own community. Check out these other Resources available to you at the McDougal Center.

The McDougal Center on the upper floor at 135 Prospect Street (Founders Hall) offers renovated space with the following features:

  • Comfortable living room furniture, library tables and chairs, cozy nooks and window seats.
  • Lots of windows with natural light and lamps for task lighting.
  • Table & chair eating and studying area in coffee lounge, with microwave (BYO lunch!).
  • FREE coffee and tea (BYOMug) and filtered hot and cold water.
  • Lots of electrical and USB plugs to charge and recharge devices.
  • Large Screens for movies, music and E-bulletin Boards
  • Fun magazines to read for a break.
  • Air-conditioning!

McDougal Common Room & Coffee Lounge Use Rules

  • Registered GSAS students can access the McDougal Common Room & Lounge via Prox ID readers on entry doors; spouses and guests may accompany the GSAS student for informal use and for events.
    • GSAS student spouses with Prox ID (Sponsored Identity) can request their own access.
    • Other G&P students, postdocs and visitors can access the McDougal Center as the guest of a GSAS student or GSAS Spouse with Yale Prox ID access.
  • Graduate School students and their family members can study, meet informally, socialize, nap, enjoy coffee and tea, or bring their own food and drinks, in the McDougal Common Room & Lounge during operating hours. After hours access is not permitted.
  • Graduate students can hold small informal meetings in the Common Room or Lounge providing there is space available and that the activities do not disrupt the other users of the Center. Informal groups of six or fewer GS student users, such as study groups, may use the space as available.
  • As “the graduate students’ living room,” the McDougal Common Room may not be reserved for any function or event organized by a graduate student organization or university department or for private social functions. It is a public space for informal use by all members of the GSAS graduate student community whenever the Center is open.
  • Very occasionally, the McDougal Common Room is used for events sponsored by the Dean of the Graduate School or for McDougal Center offices or GSL programs open to all graduate students. Notices will be posted in the room when such uses are scheduled.
  • Postering or leafletting in the Common Room is not permitted. 
  • The McDougal Common Room is operated by the staff of McDougal Graduate Student Life of GSAS. Contact us if you have questions.

*About the HGS Common Room - formerly part of the McDougal Center

The former McDougal Common Room at HGS, now called the HGS Common Room, will become part of the new Yale Humanites Hub. HGS 320 York Building will close 2018-2020 for renovation to convert it into a Humanities Hub for graduate students, faculty & departments.. We understand that the former McDougal Center’s restored Common Room ceiling, wood panellng and other architecture will be preserved for future users.