Life at Yale
Broaden your musical horizons
The School of Music and the University provide what students need: numerous opportunities for performance and learning, student groups and cultural activities, and resources for housing, dining, wellness, and safety.
Student groups and activities
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.
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.
Student Advisory Council
Led by the Director of Equity, Belonging, and Student Life, the student advisory council is comprised of students elected by their peers representing all areas of the School of Music.
Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
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
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
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:
Office of International Students & Scholars
Graduate Life at Yale
Find out more about housing and dining options at Yale, health care, safety, transportation, and more
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.
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.
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.
The Yale Health Center, located at 55 Lock St., provides gynecological, mental health, and pediatric services, among others. The center is home to a pharmacy and various laboratories, including a Diagnostic Imaging department. All students are automatically enrolled in Yale Health Basic Coverage and can make appointments at Yale Health for free in the Student Health, Gynecology, Student Wellness, and Mental Health & Counseling departments. Full-time students will be asked to waive or enroll in Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Coverage.
Yale Well provides many resources to keep your mind, body, and spirit in tip-top shape. This web-based guide to wellness at Yale includes information about healthy exercise, eating, sleeping, work, money, and personal relationship habits, mindfulness practices, and links to religious and spiritual support networks.
Payne Whitney Gymnasium
The Payne-Whitney Gym is a great resource for those seeking increased physical wellness and its world-class facilities are free for Yale students. The gym has entire rooms dedicated to specific sports, as well as many types of physical education classes.
The Yale Public Safety Department is dedicated to helping students stay safe around New Haven. Resources provided by the department include the Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe) app, which allows students to use their phone as personal security devices and is downloadable from the Yale Public Safety website. Public safety officers can serve as walking escorts accompanying students, faculty, and staff over a reasonable walking distance from one area on campus to another.
In the case of an emergency, students can use Yale’s Blue Phones, which are located around campus and have bright blue lights on or above them. All phones are equipped with red emergency buttons for direct connection to the University Police for police, fire, or medical emergencies, and many also have a keypad for dialing campus numbers.
LiveSafe is an app that gives students, staff, and faculty on campus an effective way to communicate with Yale Police (YPD) and complete their COVID-19 daily health check via a mobile device. With LiveSafe, you can use your smartphone as a personal security device to provide the YPD with accurate information about yourself and your GPS location. Your location and information is ONLY shared with YPD when you use the Emergency Options button or the Report Tips button within the app.
Nighttime Safe Rides
Nighttime Safe Rides are available from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am to take you door-to-door within the campus boundary. A University shuttle will be dispatched to your location and will drop you to your final on-campus destination. It is advisable to request the service at least 30 minutes prior to the intended departure time, and even earlier, during high-demand hours such as late nights or weekends.
Lock Out Assistance
Lockout services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are locked out, please call our Central Alarm Station at 203-785-5555. A uniformed security officer will be dispatched to your location to provide this service.
Campus Security Information
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) as well as other applicable federal and state laws, the University publishes an annual campus security and fire safety report. This report contains three years’ worth of campus crime statistics concerning crimes committed within the geographical limits of the University as defined by the Clery Act; security policy statements; fire safety information; and a description of where students, faculty, and staff should go to report crimes. The fire safety section of the annual report contains information on current fire safety procedures and if any fires occurred within an on-campus student housing facility. You may request a copy from the Office of Administration, P.O. Box 208322, New Haven, CT 06520-8230, or by contacting Yale Public Safety at 203-432-4400.
Members of the Yale community have free access to Yale’s transportation services, which include the all-day shuttle system and the nighttime Safe Ride shuttle service.
The Yale Shuttle system runs seven days a week and provides easy and convenient transportation between the University, the East Rock neighborhood, and New Haven train stations. After 6 p.m., nighttime shuttles provide off-route drop-offs in addition to their scheduled stops.
Between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m., students can schedule rides with the Safe Ride door-to-door shuttle service by calling 203 432-6330 or using the TapRide app.
SHARE, the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education Center, is located on the lower level of the Yale Health Center and provides professional help to members of the Yale community who wish to discuss any experience of sexual misconduct involving themselves or someone they care about. SHARE has resources available for medical and health issues, as well as 24/7 counseling services.