Attractions and Living Off Campus

Yale Attractions On Campus

Yale University Art Gallery

The Yale Art Gallery is the oldest university art museum in North America, with a collection of more than 80,000 objects dating from ancient Egypt to the present. The gallery is free.

Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art houses the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Its foundation is the gift of paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, manuscripts, and sculpture given to Yale University by Paul Mellon '29. Admission is free.

Peabody Museum of Natural History

The Peabody Museum houses world-famous collections in the fields of paleontology, zoology, and anthropology. Exhibits include dinosaurs, dioramas of North American habitat groups, meteors, and gemstones. Admission is free with a Yale ID card.

Sterling Memorial Library

Sterling Memorial Library is the main library building of the Yale University Library system. In addition to five large reading rooms, a Music Library, and courtyard on the ground floor, the library's tower has fifteen levels of bookstacks containing over 4 million volumes. It connects via tunnel to the underground Bass Library, which contains an additional 150,000 volumes. Free and open to the public.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Beinecke Library contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University and serves as a center for research by students, faculty, and other scholars. Free and open to the public.

Payne Whitney Gymnasium

Yale's Payne Whitney Gymnasium is one of the world's largest indoor recreational facilities.  Yale Summer Session students are entitled to a free gymnasium membership while enrolled in summer classes, with optional locker rental and towel service.

Yale Farm

Twelve months a year, students, faculty, staff, and New Haven community members visit the The Yale Farm to study the connection between land and food.

Harkness Tower Tours

Harkness Tower tours happen on occasion over the summer.  The guild member hosting will play one or two songs for the group on the real bells.



New Haven Attractions

Founded in 1638 and the first planned city in North America, New Haven has a grid of nine squares that puts Yale directly in the heart of downtown, with Old Campus (one of two central quadrangles) bordering the New Haven Green.

New Haven is “large enough to be interesting, yet small enough to be friendly.”

New Haven Specialities

Food Carts. Although you won’t find what you might typically think of as “fast food” in New Haven, there are plenty of ways to get food fast. “Carts” are food stands on wheels serving anything from burritos to salad to Thai and Indian food, and you can find clusters of them on Prospect St., near the Medical school, and up and down Elm and York street.

Downside Watson. A specialty at Ashley’s Ice Cream on York Street: seven scoops of ice cream, nine different toppings, and two bananas served in a Frisbee.

Slice. New Haven pizza is some of the best you’ll find anywhere.  Whether it’s late night pizza at A1 or Yorkside, the world-famous Sally’s and Pepe’s in Wooster Square, or the ever-innovative BAR, there are lots of places to grab a slice - in fact, there are almost twenty.

Louis' Lunch. For a good old fashioned hamburger, there's no better place than Louis' Lunch, the place where it all began.

East Rock. If you need regular contact with the great outdoors, you can easily get your fix. Located just over a mile from campus, East Rock Park makes for a perfect afternoon trip.

Booktrader Café. New Haven has quiet a café culture. At Book Trader Café, in addition to sandwiches, drinks and desserts you can find great used books.

Concerts on the Green. The New Haven Green is home to a summer music series, film series, jazz festival, and the Arts and Ideas Festival during session A.

Atticus Bookstore. A New Haven icon, Atticus Bookstore/Café is located in the Yale Center for British Art. Its proximity to Yale, and in particular the Yale Repertory Theater, brings in students, faculty and theater luminaries like August Wilson, who used to rewrite new plays there.

Chapel St. & Broadway Shops. Home to many cute boutique shops all within walking distance.

Claire's Corner Copia. A vegetarian's favorite cafe. We suggest you try their famous Lithuanian Coffeecake.

Restaurants. There are a lot of delicious restaurants in New Haven to check out.

Toad's. Toad's is legendary for its concerts and dance parties. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Billy Joel have all played here.

Union Station. Historic Union Station provides access to Boston, New York, and other points on the East Coast via Amtrak and MTA's Metro-North Service. Round-trip to New York's Grand Central Terminal makes day trips to New York City easy.

Still Looking for more to do in New Haven:

Check out Info New Haven for a current list of events in New Haven.



Yale Attractions Off Campus

Yale Outdoor Eduaction Center

The Yale Outdoor Education Center, located on Powers Lake in East Lyme, provides opportunities for picnicking, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, trap and skeet shooting, and other recreational activities. There is a small entrance fee.


The Yale University Golf Course offers an eighteen-hole championship course, cart rentals, and a driving range.


Tennis is available at the Yale Tennis Center, an outstanding facility featuring both hard and clay courts. Use fees are charged for both golf and tennis facilities.

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, sponsored by the Yale Summer School of Music, brings the world's top chamber musicians to perform at the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills.

Off-Campus Accommodations

The Off Campus Housing Office maintains listings of rooms and apartments in New Haven and the immediate vicinity. Admitted Yale Summer Session students seeking off-campus summer housing may contact the Housing Office in person or browse the listings online. You will need to set up an account to browse the listings online.

Click here for a guide to living in New Haven, the Elm City.

ID Card

Summer Session students may choose to live off campus. Non-Yale students will be issued an ID card which will allow you to use the library, the Yale Health Center, the gym, the Yale shuttle, and many other facilties on campus. 

Only students living on campus have access to the summer residential colleges and activities.

Meal Plan

Students who live off campus may purchase a meal plan or purchase meals on a "per meal" basis.


Overnight parking on the streets of New Haven is prohibited by local ordinance. Any student with a car should obtain a weekly or monthly parking permit from Yale University Parking and Transit.


Students who live off campus must register in person at the start of the session.

Yale Shuttle

Students living off campus may use the Yale shuttle with a Yale ID.