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Explore New Haven Neighborhoods

New Haven has been called a “city of neighborhoods,” each with residential, shopping and recreation areas and distinctive histories. You can find housing options in neighborhoods that meet your needs, whether you want downtown excitement, leafy residential areas, or waterfront views, modern amenities, or historic charm. Many students live in one neighborhood, and use the parks, shops, cafes and bars in other New Haven neighborhoods regularly. Explore and enjoy your city!

Many Yale graduate and professional students who choose to live off-campus in the city of New Haven find attractive and affordable housing in the neighborhoods bordering or closest to the main Yale campus in downtown New Haven. The close-to-Yale neighborhoods include the following areas, with various names or nicknames listed, and are served by the Yale Shuttle:

  • Downtown, the Central Business District, including the Green, the Historic Nine Squares and Ninth Square. Most of the Yale main and medical Campus is considered in or near Downtown New Haven.
  • East Rock - called East Rock, Prospect Hill, Science Hill, Upper State Street, SoHu (South of Humphrey), “Grad Haven” and historic Goatville
  • Dwight, Howe-Edgewood, Upper Chapel, Chapel West and West River
  • Wooster Square, our Little Italy with pizza and cafes

Other great New Haven neighborhoods where graduate students live, dine, shop or get outdoors are listed below. Note that these areas generally are not served by the Yale Shuttle, but can be reached by CT Transit buses, bike lanes and zipcar.

  • Dixwell and Newhallville, including the Whalley Avenue Shopping district (The daytime and weekend daytime Yale shuttle goes to Stop & Shop (150 Whalley).)
  • Fair Haven and the Quinnipiac River area
  • The Hill, including City Point and Long Wharf waterfronts, and IKEA
  • The East Shore and Morris Cove, including Lighthouse Point Park
  • Westville, Westville Village, Amity, and recreational areas at Edgewood and West Rock Parks, the Yale Athletics Fields, and Yale Golf Course

Yale's West Campus is located in Orange and West Haven, Connecticut. The campus has plenty of parking and is served by regular Yale shuttle connections to the main Yale campus in New Haven and downtown.