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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is a lot less expensive than paying for room and board. Also, it gives you the freedom to choose a different meal plan and doesn't have as strict rules. Totally worth it.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It can be hard to find a desirable apartment, but off-campus living is cheaper than living on and provides you with lots of freedom.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: New Haven is not the safest place to live on your own for the first time.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's a bit more convenient to live on campus, but most people who want the extra freedom love living off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: very few live off campus

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Off-campus housing at Yale is easily available and close to campus. However, most students choose to stay on campus for all four years. This is due primarily to the residential college system that groups room, food, friends, support, and activities under one roof. Yalies are required to live on-campus until their junior year, and by the time the opportunity comes to live off-campus, they are usually too fond of their college situation to want to leave their friends and social groups. The decision to move off-campus means a certain amount of separation from the Yale community; food, Internet, and safety become your responsibility instead of your college's.

That being said, those who choose to move off-campus are usually very happy with their decision. Off-campus living offers more privacy, independence, and a break from the Yale campus. If you're frugal, off-campus living can help save on expensive dining hall plans. Living off-campus is also helpful for students who may spend a great deal of time in one area far from their residential college, like Science Hill or some athletic facilities. Some students choose to rent a house and split rent between 6–12 friends. Others prefer their own single-bedroom apartment. It's really all about how you study and live best.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Broadway
  • Chapel Street
  • Edgewood
  • Science Hill
Average Rents
  • Studio/Efficiency: $800
  • 1 BR: $950
  • 2 BR: $1,100
  • House: $1,700
Did You Know?
Check out the Yale Daily News' article, "Choosing Off Campus," for an inside look at the pros and cons for off-campus living:

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 62 responses

  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 27% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 27% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 34% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 61 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 43% Somewhat helpful.
  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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