Campus Life

Life at Yale

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The School of Music and the University provide what students need: stellar facilities for performance and learning, career-strategies guidance, and resources for housing, dining, wellness, and safety. 

Graduate Student Life at Yale

Graduate students can stay active in the Yale community in a variety of ways. Yale is home to a number of cultural centers and hundreds of student organizations.


Housing in New Haven is abundant and affordable. It’s easy to find a nice apartment in a great neighborhood within walking distance of the Yale School of Music or on one of Yale’s free shuttle routes. Some students choose to live in graduate dorms and others choose to rent apartments on- or off-campus. For general information about graduate housing options, visit the Yale Housing Office.


On-Campus Housing

Most YSM students who prefer living in a graduate dorm choose Helen Hadley Hall, located at 420 Temple St., due to its close proximity to the School. The Hall of Graduate Studies, another graduate dorm on-campus, closed for renovations in May 2018.


Off-Campus Housing

Many YSM students who live off-campus live downtown, where they’re a 5- to 10-minute walk from campus, or in the East Rock neighborhood, which can be a 10- to 25-minute walk from campus and is serviced by Yale’s free shuttle lines. Helpful sites for finding apartments include University Properties and the Yale Off-Campus Housing Database.


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Though most YSM students don’t purchase a meal plan, several meal-plan options are available for dining at on-campus locations.


Off-Campus Dining

New Haven is well known for its wide variety of cuisines and restaurants, but the local pizza is really what puts it on the map.


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YSM Student Groups

If you are considering starting a student organization or organizing a student life event, please contact the Deputy Dean's Office prior to doing so. Resources for current YSM students interested in student organizations of affinity groups can be found on ArtsVision.



OutLoud is the LGBTQ+ student organization at the Yale School of Music. The group’s mission is to foster a safe and supportive environment for the School’s LGBTQ+ students.



versicolor is a student-led new music group at the Yale School of Music, dedicated to playing both brand new works and monumental works of the last century, with the mission of promoting a diverse scope of contemporary music.

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Student Advisory Council

The student advisory council is comprised of students elected by their peers representing all areas of the School of Music. Currently in its interim status until the Director of Equity, Belonging, and Student Life is appointed, the council works with the Office of the Dean and the executive committee. 

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

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All Yale Graduate and Professional students are automatically members of the larger Graduate and Professional Student Senate group. Each school also has at least two seats for representatives on the Senate. The Senate reps meet every other week and aim to build G&P community through professional development, community engagement, and social events. They also fund student initiatives open to the G&P community at large, and advocate for general G&P student interests to the university. In schools without their own student council, elections are run by the Senate and take place in the Fall. See the Deputy Dean's Office for more information.

Belonging at Yale

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We come from many backgrounds and places. We have many perspectives, talents, and strengths.

Our differences and our commonalities help make Yale a great university—a place where each of us belongs and where we are free to explore the breadth of our intellectual curiosity, the depth of our humanity, and the potential of our scholarship, research, work, and practice.

Our sense of belonging is critical to the strength of our community and the quality of a Yale education. It makes it possible to ask important questions and offer new answers.

Each member of the Yale community should expect:

  • Equal opportunity to contribute, learn, grow, and succeed.
  • Rejection of harassment or discrimination, and accountability for actions.
  • Open exchange of ideas across a range of intellectual, historical, and social perspectives.

More Yale Student Life

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Yale aspires to be the most student-focused research university in the world. Yale’s commitments to teaching and student engagement are distinctive, as too are its activities that prepare and assist students to take full advantage of their educational programs and of the extraordinary strengths and assets of the university.

University-wide support for student life includes:

  • Yale Connect, an engagement platform for student organizations; 
  • Yale Votes, voter registration and polling information;
  • Yale Well, resources for student wellness; and
  • Payne Whitney Gym, a fitness enthusiast’s dream. With over 12 acres of indoor space, there is something here for everyone. All currently enrolled students are invited to use the facility free of charge.