Health & Safety

New Haven, CT
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Yale shuttle service provides door to door transportation after 6 p.m. for all those afraid to walk. They will also send an officer to escort you on foot to your destination if you are worried. However, the campus is very dangerous and there are a number of assaults each month.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: New Haven is like any other city, it has its not so pretty side. But I think Yale does a great job of taking care of it's students. The free door to door shuttle is a wonderful service, and I use it all the time. It's not perfect I'll admit, but it gets the job done. I've always felt safe and comfortable going out and coming home late knowing I have the shuttle to pick me up. On campus I feel very safe at all times.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: New haven is not the safest place, but the security system is good.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Each Yale building has multiple blue phones that students can use during an emergency. Escorts are available at night to walk students for short distances as well as door to door shuttle service for longer distances. Yale police are visible on campus and so far I haven't had anything bad happen to me.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The quality of care is good but it's a far walk from campus, especially in an emergency.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1051st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1208th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1333rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Glodo
Winter Park, FL
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Although New Haven is an urban setting with its share of crime, students agree that they generally feel safe on campus and in town. Nearly all assaults happen off-campus or in less-frequented areas and take place late at night. Graduate students are most often the subjects of robbery or assault, most likely because they tend to live or work on the edges of campus.

Because New Haven is a city, it is easy to end up in a bad part of town simply by walking three blocks in the wrong direction. But you quickly learn what and where these places are and when to avoid them. Yale has its own police force, separate from the New Haven Police Department, and its presence is felt. There are also many services for student safety, such as police escorts to walk you home after late-night study sessions.

Although New Haven can be dangerous, it's normally safe unless you are unwise and walk home alone late at night. Most students agree that the safety services and security are a great resource and advise incoming students to make use of them. As long as you use common sense, there is rarely a reason to feel in danger.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 51
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 13
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
Central Alarm Station
(203) 785-5555
Security Office
Yale Police
101 Ashmun St.
(203) 432-4400
Safety Services
  • Blue phones located all around campus
  • ID key cards required for access to buildings
  • Lockout service
  • Minibus service
  • Night escorts
  • S.T.O.P. Program (Security Tracking of Office Property) for laptop tracking
  • Shuttle services
  • Yale Police
Health Center
Yale HEALTH Center
55 Lock St.
(203) 432-0246
Most departments are open daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Birth control
  • Mental health
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • Urgent care
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 41 responses

  • 23% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% None
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 32% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 27% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 41% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 29% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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