Frequently Asked Questions - Dormitory FAQs

We understand that international flights may arrive to the United States during non-business hours. Arrivals after 11:00 p.m. EST should make hotel accommodations for the evening.  Please communicate your arrival plans in advance with your Community Fellow and Yale Housing to schedule a check-in time. 

The dormitory security deposit is $700 plus a $25 processing fee. 

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

All graduate dormitory bedrooms are single occupancy. Rooms in 272 Elm and Baker Hall are two-bedroom shared units and share common space (living room, bathroom, and kitchen), but they have their own private bedroom.

Graduate housing at 254 Prospect, 276 Prospect, ES Harkness Hall and Helen Hadley Hall 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. Requests for Support Animals or Emotional Support Animals must be vetted through and approved by the Yale Resource Office on Disabilities. 

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).


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 is delivered to our residence halls through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail from the USPS is received Monday through Friday in all halls. 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
272 Elm Street (mail only; no packages)
Your Name
272 Elm Street
Box # (Room Number)
New Haven, CT 06511

Baker Hall
There is no mail delivery to Baker Hall. Resident can rent a Post Office Box from Yale Station upon arriving. 


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.
  • 254 Prospect Street – all rooms have carpeted floors.
  • 276 Prospect Street – most rooms have carpeted floors. A few random rooms have tile/wood floors.
  • Baker Hall - tile, cork and carpeted floors.
  • HHH – all rooms have tile floors.
  • 272 Elm – vinyl plank in bedrooms and kitchens; ceramic tile in bathrooms

Windows in the buildings are of various sizes and shapes. All buildings have window treatments (vertical blinds, venetian blinds, or window shades) that allow for privacy and the limitation of light in the room. 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.

At 272 Elm the rooms are furnished with a full size bed and mattress, desk, desk chair and wardrobe. The kitchenettes have refrigerator, 4 burner stove/oven, and microwave. 

At Baker hall, the one-bedroom suites have a queen size bed and mattress. The two-bedroom suites have a twin extra-long bed and mattress. All have bedside table, desk and desk chair, five-drawer dresser. The common rooms include wood coffee table, table/chair, lounge chair, sofa and TV console. The efficiency has a twin-extra long bed and mattress. 

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

No, you may not send any belongings prior to your arrival.