Living on Campus

Yale dormitories are called residential colleges. Yale’s residential college system is perhaps the most distinctive feature of Yale College.

Living in a Residential College

Applicants to Yale Summer Session who wish to live on campus should complete the online Application for Housing and Meals when filling out their application for admission.

Only students in residence have access to the summer residential facilities and activities.

The Head of Summer Colleges is the chief administrative officer of the summer colleges and together with the residential directors and residential counselors, they are responsible for the well-being of the summer students living on campus. Yale students are residential counselors.

On-Campus Accommodations

Student rooms are furnished with a twin bed, mattress, pillow, blanket, dresser, desk,  and chair for each student living in the room. Students should bring their own sheets (twin, extra-long) and towels, as well as a lamp and a fan, if desired. Most students are housed in a double room within a suite.

The rooms are not air conditioned and bringing your own air conditioner is not permitted. Household items are available for purchase at the Yale Bookstore.

Students often bring their own laptop and connect to the wireless network. Computer clusters with printers are available in the residential colleges and libraries. There is a small fee for printing.


Meals, featuring a wide variety of foods, are served during three meal periods per day in the college dining halls. Meal service begins with dinner on the evening of housing check-in and concludes with lunch on the afternoon of the last day of classes for each session. 

If a student has special dietary needs, these should be specified on the housing application form and arrangements can then be made by the student directly with Dining Services.

Residential Activities

Summer counselors plan a wide range of activities on campus, field trips to nearby attractions, and study breaks. Visit the Summer Life website to learn more about the trips and activities.

Residential Policies

A complete statement of regulations is published in the Yale Summer Session Student Handbook which is available on line and given in print at registration. 

Only students registered in Yale Summer Session may reside in Summer Session's residential colleges. All students must vacate campus housing no later than 9am on the Saturday following the last Friday of the session.

The legal drinking age in Connecticut is 21. No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted in any area of the residential colleges. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs is subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Smoking is not permitted in the residential colleges. There will be designated smoking areas with receptacles for cigarettes.