Campus Life

Student Life + Housing

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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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.


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