Living on Campus

Yale dormitories, called residential colleges, are the foundation of Yale’s social and intellectual structure, and are not so much “colleges” as communities. Like mini campuses, the colleges serve as dormitories, dining halls, clubs, community centers, theaters, libraries, administrative offices, seminar rooms, and even printing presses. The residential colleges serve as a focal point for both informal and planned activities.


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.

Students who live on the Yale campus during the summer will have an opportunity to experience many aspects of Yale undergraduate life.  Only students in residence have access to these summer facilities and activities.

The Summer Master is the chief administrative officer of the summer colleges and supervises the Assistant Masters and Yale students who serve as residential counselors. Together they are responsible for the well-being of the summer residents. The counselors help summer students adjust to life at Yale and they coordinate a wide range of cultural and recreational activities. 

On-Campus Accommodations

Student rooms are furnished with a twin bed, mattress, pillow, blanket, dresser, desk,  and chair. Students should bring their own sheets (twin, extra-long) and towels, as well as an extra lamp and a fan, if desired (air conditioners are not permitted). Household items are available for purchase at the Yale Bookstore.

Each suite is equipped with jacks for telephone and Ethernet service. Students must provide their own telephones and will need a calling card to make long distance calls. Computer clusters with printers are available in the residential colleges and libraries; students may also bring their own computers.


Meals, featuring a wide variety of foods, are served during three meal periods per day in the college dining halls. If a student has special dietary needs, these should be specified on the housing application form; arrangements can then be made by the student directly with Dining Services. 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. 

Residential Policies

Only students registered in Yale Summer Session may reside in Summer Session's residential colleges. Any student who withdraws from Yale Summer Session must vacate campus housing within 24 hours of academic withdrawal. All students must vacate campus housing no later than 6 p.m. on the last class day of their session.

Students are advised that the legal drinking age in Connecticut is 21. No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted in any area of the residential colleges, including the dormitory rooms, the courtyards, and the dining halls. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold, served, or consumed at social functions. Students are further advised that 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 any college public areas, nor is it permitted in dorm rooms. A complete statement of dormitory regulations is published in the Yale Summer Session Student Handbook which is available on line in PDF format and at registration.

Residential Activities

In summer Yale forms its own community, supported by a dedicated staff that help students adjust quickly and make the most of their time here. Summer counselors coordinate a wide range of activities on campus and field trips to nearby attractions, such as lecture and film series, volleyball tournaments, chess matches, softball or touch football games, dances, and study breaks. There are also organized field trips.  See here (link to summer life site) for some of fun trips, which in the past have included visits to area museums and summer theater performances, a day at the beach, sailing on Long Island Sound, hiking in the Berkshires, and excursions to New York and Boston for Broadway plays and major league baseball games.