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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I feel safer than I was led to believe being in New Haven. Major shopping cannot be done without taking a drive out to West Haven for malls and strip malls, which is difficult because having a car on campus is pretty difficult. There are zip cars but not everyone can access them depending on their driving history. The city is not terribly exciting, but if you look hard enough, integration could be a nice experience.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: there's a lot of great restaurants and pizza places

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: New Haven has everything you really need to have a good time. But it's not New York....you'll eventually find yourself going to the same places every time. NYC and Boston are close by though, so it's easy to get out of New Haven.

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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The weather is pretty awful and there isn't much to do in New Haven, but Yale campus is really all you need!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: New Haven is actually a great city, despite its bad rep for safety. There is so much to do and see, whether you're into the outdoors, the arts, food, etc.

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Rachel Glodo
Winter Park, FL
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Yale, a bastion of intellectualism and privilege, is surrounded by an urban and impoverished area with its share of crime and poverty. For Yalies, living in a small city offers cool perks like weekly local markets, a wide array of restaurants, and a lively club scene. But it can also include the dangers of city living, such as traffic and crime.

However, Yalies possess a certain pride in their city because they know they can truly say that they don't live in an idealic collegiate bubble. New Haven keeps Yalies grounded in the real world, with its community, its history, and, yes, even its problems. New Haven is an especially great city for students who want to positively impact their community. Many Yalies tutor at local middle schools, sing at the homeless shelters, or help raise money for entrepreneureal residents. Safety in New Haven is equivalent to most other cities. Don't walk alone at night, don't wave your wallet around, and be smart.

Of course, the area immediately surrouinding Yale is more similar to a lively, bohemian college town than your typical city. The restaurants are primarily enthic and many stores are local, sustainable, and cater to the university lifestyle. New Haven does boast some great places to visit. Check out Wooster Square (with the famous Pepe's and Sally's pizza joints), East Rock Park (to the northeast of campus), and the Schubert Theatre. And don't forget to take a stroll along Chapel Street to wander among a wonderful mixture of boutiques, galleries, cafés, and restaurants.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. In 1879, Walter Camp, the Yale football captain, developed the game of football as we know it today.
  2. Two legendary foods began in New Haven establishments still operating today-the hamburger by Louis Lassen of Louis' Lunch in 1895 and pizza by Frank Pepe of Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana in 1900.
  3. Legend has it that Yale students invented the game of Frisbee using empty pie plates from Mrs. Frisbie's pies to sail across the New Haven Green.
  4. New Haven is home to not one but three Tony award-winning regional theaters-Long Wharf, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Shubert-where such classics as My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music premiered before they went to Broadway.
  5. New Haven is the home of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, during which the city hosts activities ranging from an annual performance of the Metropolitan Opera Company to children's storytelling.
Notable Natives
  • Charles Goodyear - inventor
  • Joe Lieberman - politician
  • Eli Whitney - inventor
Points of Interest
  • Chapel Street
  • East Rock State Park
  • New Haven Green
  • New Haven Museum and Historical Society
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History
  • Schubert Theater
  • Wooster Square
  • Yale Center for British Art
  • Yale University Art Gallery
Shopping Centers
Broadway area
Movie Theaters
Criterion Cinemas
86 Temple St. (at George Street)
New Haven
(203) 498-2500
Major Sports Teams
  • Quinnipiac Bobcats: NCAA - Division I
  • Yale Bulldogs: NCAA - Division I
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 2 hours
  • New York City: NY: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 49 responses

  • 27% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 35% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 49 responses

  • 20% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 73% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 6% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 49 responses

  • 14% Totally.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.



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