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Living in a Residential College

At Yale, we call dormitories 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. Students wishing for the full Yale experience should consider living on campus. Applicants to Yale Summer Session can indicate their desire to live on campus when filling out their online application for admission. Only students in residence have access to the summer residential facilities and activities.

As of Fall 2017, Yale is a tobacco-free campus.

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 the well-being of the summer students living on campus. Yale students serve as residential counselors and live alongside the students attending Summer Session.

Your Room

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 a lamp and a fan, if desired. The rooms are not air conditioned (and you are not allowed to bring an air conditioner). Household items (including lamps and sheets) are available for purchase at the Yale Bookstore. Students should bring a cell phone or plan to purchase one upon arrival in New Haven. The residential colleges do not provide telephone service.

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

The residential staff plan a wide range of activities on- and off campus for students to enjoy. Some activities include intramural sports, movie nights, field trips to nearby attractions, and study breaks. Visit the residential life page to learn more about extracurricular trips and activities.

Pin: For all Yale Summer Session academic & residential policies please review the student handbook.

Dining in the Residential Colleges

Meals featuring a wide variety of hot and cold food are served during three meal periods per day in the college dining halls. Students living on campus have a full 21-meal-per-week contract, which provides breakfast, lunch (or brunch) and dinner seven days a week.

Summer Session Dining Hall Hours for each day of the week:

Breakfast: 7:15am -10:30am

Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm -7:30pm