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Note: In 2021, visiting students may take online courses, but they may not live on campus. Currently enrolled Yale College students may live on campus.

Living in a Residential College

At Yale, you have the option to live in our dormitories, which we call residential colleges. Yale’s residential college system is perhaps the most distinctive feature of Yale College. Each of Yale's fourteen Residential Colleges has its own dining hall, courtyard, and common spaces. If you wish for the full Yale experience, you should consider living on campus. You can indicate your desire to live on campus when filling out the online application for admission. Only students in residence have access to the summer residential facilities and activities. Yale is a tobacco-free campus.

Tip: Learn more about living in Yale's residential colleges in this video!

Residential College Staff

The Head of Summer Colleges is the chief administrative officer of the summer colleges.  The Head, together with the residential directors and residential counselors, is responsible for your well-being while living on campus. Yale students serve as residential counselors and live alongside those attending Summer Session.

Your Room

Your room will be furnished with a twin bed, mattress, pillow, blanket, dresser, desk, and chair. You should bring your own sheets (twin, extra-long) and towels, as well as a lamp and a fan, if desired. Household items (including lamps and sheets) are available for purchase at the Yale Bookstore.

Most students bring laptops, which they can connect to Yale's campus-wide wireless network. Computer clusters with printers are available in the residential colleges and libraries. There is a small fee for printing.

Link: Take a virtual tour of Yale's Residential Colleges!

Residential Activities

Students who are living on campus may participate in a wide range of activities. The residential staff plan a wide range of events on and off campus for you to enjoy. Some activities include intramural sports, movie nights, field trips to nearby attractions, and study breaks. Visit the activities calendar to learn more about extracurricular trips and activities.

Pin: You can review all Yale Summer Session academic & residential policies in the student handbook.

Dining in the Residential Colleges

If you live on campus you'll have a full 21-meal-per-week contract, which provides breakfast, lunch (or brunch) and dinner seven days a week. Meals featuring a wide variety of hot and cold food are served during three meal periods per day in the college dining halls. We can accommodate a variety of dietary needs.