Frequently Asked Questions - Dormitory FAQs

We understand that international flights may arrive to the United States during non-business hours.  Please communicate your arrival plans in advance with your Resident Coordinator and Yale Housing to schedule a check-in time.  Arrivals after 11 pm should make hotel accommodations for the evening.

The dormitory security deposit is $700 with a non-refundable $40 processing.

The security deposit is due at the time a student accepts the housing offer, in order to secure the room for arrival.

The security deposit stays on file with the University for as long as a student lives with us. When you vacate your room for the final time, the deposit will be returned to your SFAS account within four weeks of your departure.
 

All graduate dormitory bedrooms are single occupancy. Some rooms in HGS (suites or two-bedroom living room units) have other people who live in the unit and share common spaces (living rooms or bathrooms, for example), but they will also have their own private bedroom.

Graduate housing is currently designated as single-occupancy bedrooms, so even if you wanted to, we do not allow you to share your bedroom with another person.

There are no mandatory meal plans in any of the dormitories. Optional meal plans can be found at the Dining Services website.

Sorry, pets are not allowed in the dormitories – only FISH in a ten-gallon tank (or smaller) are approved for Yale dormitory living.

The dormitories do not have dedicated parking for resident use.  There is metered street parking around all buildings, but students are subject to the parking rules, fines, and enforcement by the City of New Haven.

Please contact Yale Parking and Transit to arrange access to a Yale lot or parking garage (for a semester or academic year fee).

PACKAGES

Students can have packages sent to the Yale Student Receiving Center located at 250 Church Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available from mid-August through the day after commencement.

You will receive an email when your UPS, DHL, or Fed Ex package is scanned at Yale Student Receiving Center.  Due to limited space, your package(s) must be picked up within 24 hours. Unclaimed packages will be returned to sender.

Address all UPS, DHL, and Fed Ex packages following the sample below:

(Your Name) 
Yale University 
(Your Residential Hall)
250 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Yale Housing does accept packages and mail in some of our locations. Residents must be aware that having packages or mail delivered to these locations is at their own risk. Yale Housing cannot be held responsible for any loss or theft of packages that may have been delivered, whether or not they are signed for by a university employee. Residents are required to have personal liability insurance and encouraged to have theft included in their coverage. Insurance purchased on behalf of the student, pursuant to our regulations, has this coverage included. However, there is a $100 deductible that is the responsibility of the resident. All residents are strongly encouraged to use the Yale Student Receiving Center or open a P.O. Box at Yale Station for the purpose of safeguarding mail and package delivery.

MAIL

Mail is delivered to our residence halls through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail from the USPS is received Monday through Friday in all halls except the Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS). HGS residents need to set up a P. O. Box at Yale Station, 206 Elm Street. Mail is sorted and placed in individual mailboxes each day. Only mail that has your name on it will be delivered to your box. Mail should be addressed as noted below.

ES Harkness Hall
Your Name
367 Cedar Street
Box # (Room Number)
New Haven, CT 06510
Helen Hadley Hall
Your Name
420 Temple St
Box # (Room Number)
New Haven, CT 06511
 
276 Prospect Street
Your Name
276 Prospect St
Box # (Room Number)
New Haven, CT 06511
254 Prospect Street
Your Name
254 Prospect St
Box # (Room Number)
New Haven, CT 06511
 
  • Students in HGS DO NOT receive mail in the residence hall. Students must either rent a United States Post Office Box from the Yale Station Post Office on Elm Street (approximately a five-minute walk from HGS), or they may obtain permission from their academic department to use their student academic mailbox for all external mail and packages.
  • Students can have packages sent to the Yale Student Receiving Center located at 250 Church Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available from mid-August through the day after commencement.

    You will receive an email when your UPS, DHL, or Fed Ex package is scanned at Yale Student Receiving Center.  Due to limited space, your package(s) must be picked up within 24 hours. Unclaimed packages will be returned to sender.

    Address all UPS, DHL, and Fed Ex packages following the sample below:

    (Your Name) 
    Yale University 
    (Your Residential Hall)
    250 Church Street
    New Haven, CT 06511

The only students who can move in before the contract start date are those who are participating in an academic program confirmed by a Yale department hosting the early program/orientation.  Students must coordinate their early arrival with the hosting department.

 
 

You are responsible for the full term of the license agreement.  If you wish to cancel your license agreement and vacate before the end of the license agreement term, you will still be responsible for the remainder rent for the term of this agreement.  All early terminations automatically forfeit the security deposit.  Only students who have an authorized leave of absence or medical leave of absence may cancel their license agreement and be released from all future rent charges. The security deposit will be forfeited.

Flooring is different in each building.

  • ES Harkness Hall – all rooms have tile floors.
  • HGS – all rooms have hardwood floors.
  • 254 Prospect Street – all rooms have carpeted floors.
  • 276 Prospect Street – most rooms have carpeted floors. A few random rooms have tile/wood floors.
  • HHH – all rooms have tile floors.

Windows in the buildings are of various sizes and shapes. All buildings (except HGS) have window treatments (vertical blinds, venetian blinds, or window shades) that allow for privacy and the limitation of light in the room. HGS, because of the varied window styles and sizes, as well as the concrete and stone window frames, do not have standard window treatments. Students are encouraged to purchase a spring-loaded tension rod to hold sheers or curtains.

The graduate dormitory rooms are furnished with an extra-long (80-inch) twin-size bed frame and mattress, desk and desk chair, dresser, and wardrobe unit (if other built in closets and dressers are not available). Most rooms also come with bookshelves and a sitting chair.

Yale Housing is currently at the beginning of a furniture replacement cycle, so the quality and style of furniture in the various rooms on campus is NOT standard from room to room and often does not match. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to purchase and install furniture to make every room equitable.

Cooking is not allowed within any dormitory room.  Kitchen spaces are provided within the buildings for your convenience.

You may send a few belongings to Yale no sooner than one week before your scheduled arrival date. All packages must include your name and room number. Packages will be stored at your own risk.