Living at Yale

Located in the city of New Haven, Yale enjoys many of the advantages of a cosmopolitan center. The greater New Haven area has a population of almost half a million. New Haven is ninety minutes from New York City by train or car, and Boston is just over two hours away. This central location makes it possible for many distinguished visitors to come to Yale from both the United States and abroad, and the university is an integral part of the worldwide community of scholars.

Research Support Facilities

The university library system, third largest in the country, is made up of forty libraries housed in thirty-five buildings. Almost 200,000 volumes are added to the system each year, and Yale’s library holdings now total over ten million volumes. Approximately four million of these volumes are located in the Sterling Memorial Library, which is the university’s main library. Other libraries include the Cross Campus Library, the Seeley G. Mudd Library and Government Documents Collection, the Social Science Library and the EGC Collection, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Yale Information Technology Services (ITS) is the central academic computing facility for the university and provides research and instructional computing services to all members of the Yale Community. Its resources include microcomputer clusters and a variety of related support services throughout the campus.  The main computing resource of interest to IDE students is the Statistics Laboratory (StatLab) located on the second floor above the Social Science Library.  This is the computer cluster that is used for econometrics class work. The PCs are networked to the campus system and thus have access to a myriad of statistical, word processing, analytical and data manipulation software.  One can also access the data holdings of the Social Science Data Archive in this cluster.  The Department of Economics also has two smaller clusters for use by Masters and Ph.D. students in the department only. 

Cultural and Recreational Opportunities

Yale has long been known for its training and work in the creative and performing arts, and this leadership adds much to the cultural life of the University and the community. Almost two hundred musical events take place during the academic year, including the Woolsey Hall Concert Series, the Sprague Hall Chamber Music Series, the New Haven Symphony concerts, and many others presented by the faculty and students of Yale’s Music School.

The Yale Repertory Theatre, a resident company made up of professional actors and directors and a number of advanced students of the School of Drama, presents several major productions each year at its own theater. The Long Wharf Repertory Theatre has gained a national reputation, and numerous nearby towns have summer stock productions.

The Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college-affiliated art museum in the United States. The Gallery contains outstanding collections of ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern art and sponsors numerous loan exhibits each year. The Yale Center for British Art brings to the University an extremely rich collection of British paintings, drawings, and sculpture from the Elizabethan period to the present together with a supporting library of books on British history and civilization.

Over forty endowed lecture series are given at Yale each year on subjects ranging from anatomy to theology, and including virtually all disciplines. In addition, numerous seminars, colloquia, and public lectures are organized by both faculty and students and are open to all students of the Graduate School.

The Payne Whitney Gymnasium is one of the world’s largest indoor recreational facilities. It houses swimming pools, squash, racquetball, handball, basketball, and volleyball courts, weight and exercise rooms, jogging tracks, rowing tanks, a fencing salon, and steam and sauna complexes.

Other athletic facilities at Yale include the David S. Ingalls Rink, the Yale Bowl, the Yale Golf Course, the Yale Polo and Equestrian Center, the Yale Sailing Center, the Yale Tennis Center, and the Yale Outdoor Recreation Center.

Living Accomodations/Housing

There are two major graduate student residences for single men and women: the Hall of Graduate Studies (320 York Street) located in the central part of the Yale Campus and Helen Hadley Hall (420 Temple Street) located within a block of the Economic Growth Center. Additional rooms for single students are available in small on-campus residence halls. The university also maintains a number of housing units for married students. Couples with children are given preference. Detailed information can be obtained by going to the Graduate Housing web site.

The Housing Office also maintains a computer listing of off-campus housing.  This service is available only from Yale networked computers or by password to Yale community members who require computer access from outside the Yale network. Request password information from the Off-Campus Housing Office as well as through admissions offices or Yale department business managers. All students who accept admission to the Graduate School are sent information about university housing facilities and appropriate application forms.

Health Services

The Yale Health Plan (YHP) is a comprehensive multi-specialty group practice plan for the faculty, staff, and students of Yale University. All Yale students are automatically enrolled and are eligible to receive many YHP services, including primary care, at no charge. You are required, however, to obtain additional coverage for hospitalization and specialty care.  You may also enroll your eligible dependent in any of the plans for which you are eligible. YHP members receive outpatient care at the Health Center which houses the offices of YHP physicians and other YHP health professionals, a twenty-four hour urgent visit area, a medical laboratory, a radiology suite, and a physical therapy service. New student memberships begin on the day of registration. Further information about eligibility and benefits may be obtained from Member Services, Yale Health Plan, 17 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208237, New Haven, CT 06520-8237 or by visiting the Yale University Health Services website.