Life in New Haven

Life in New Haven


Community Life


Arts and Culture



The following sections offer a variety of options for getting settled in New Haven. The list is by no means comprehensive, but from grocery shopping to laundromats, we’ve given you enough to get started.


While New Haven’s offering for supermarkets is limited, there are many local markets you can take advantage of.

Super Markets and Bulk Stores

Stop & Shop (#1) 150 Whalley Ave.
Stop & Shop (#2) 2335 Dixwell Ave., Hamden
Elm City Market 777 Chapel St.
Trader Joe’s 560 Boston Post Rd., Orange
Whole Foods Market 1686 Boston Post Rd., Milford
Costco 1718 Boston Post Rd., Milford
BJ’s 555 Universal Dr. N., North Haven
Sam’s Club 2 Boston Post Rd., Orange

Local Markets

Hong Kong Grocery 71 Whitney Ave.
Nica’s Market 603 Orange St.
P&M Orange Street Market 721 Orange St.
Romeo and Cesare’s 771 Orange St.
Edge of the Woods 379 Whalley Ave.
Million Asian Market 15 Orange St.
Ninth Square Market 72 Orange St.
Whitney Food Market 376 Whitney Ave.
The Good Nature Market (#1) 15 Broadway
The Good Nature Market (#2) 44 Whitney Ave.

Wine and Liquor Stores

Connecticut has restrictive alcohol laws. The liquor sale curfew for Monday-Saturday is 9:00pm, and Sunday is 5:00pm.

The Wine Thief (#1) 378 Whitney Ave.
The Wine Thief (#2) 181 Crown St.
College Wine 68 Church St.
The New Bottle Shop 492 Orange St.
La Bella Vita 175 Wooster St.
Odd Bins Bottle Shop 1 Whitney Ave.
Orange Street Liquor Shop 717 Orange St.
Gag Jr’s Liquor Shop 1183 Chapel St.
Beverage Boss 226 Whalley Ave.


Fortunately, New Haven has most of the large drugstores you would expect. Here are their locations.

Walgreens (#1) 88 York St.
Walgreens (#2) 436 Whalley Ave.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 66 Church St.
CVS Pharmacy 215 Whalley Ave.
East Rock Pharmacy 767 Orange St.


New Haven has most major banks and some smaller credit unions as well.

Chase Bank (#1) 234 Church St.
Chase Bank (#2) 153 College St.
People’s United Bank 265 Church St
Bank of America (#1) 157 Church St.
Bank of America (#2) 789 Howard Ave.
Bank of America (#3) 88 Broadway
Start Community Bank 299 Whalley Ave.
Liberty Bank 215 Church St.
Webster Bank 80 Elm St.
TD Bank 994 Chapel St.
Wells Fargo Bank 205 Church St.
Citizens Bank (#1) 209 Church St.
Citizens Bank (#2) 300 George St.
Citizens Bank (#3) 395 Whalley Ave.
Connex Credit Union 2 Whitney Ave.
Northeast Alliance Federal Credit Union 55 Whitney Ave.

Laundromats and Dry Cleaners

Not every building in New Haven comes with a washer and dryer, so these neighborhood laundromats become a necessity.


Bubble and Squeak (#1) 165 Willow St.
Bubble and Squeak (#2) 130 Park St.
Howe Laundromat 96 Howe St.
Wash Tub 40 Foster St.

Dry Cleaners

Blue Jay Cleaners 51 Broadway
Jet Cleaners 687 State St.
J J Cleaners 528 Orange St.
Ted’s Cleaners 63 Grove St.
Quality Dry Cleaner 135 Dwight St.
Martone Dry Cleaner 847 Grand Ave.
Executive Dry Cleaner 2 Howe St

Salons and Barber Shops

Everyone has their preferences when it comes to what they look for in a hair salon or barber shop. The following are some that are frequented by students.

Broadway Hair 59 Broadway
Capture Salon 100 Crown St.
The Hive Hair Salon 93 Whitney Ave.
Hair Niche 1151 Chapel St.
The Mane Room 155 Temple St.
Karma 263 College St.
Phil’s Hair Styles 82 Wall St.
Phil’s Barber Shop 17 Broadway
Rimage Salon & Spa 1210 Chapel St.
Salon J 168 York St.
Salon Lulu 839 Chapel St.
Y Haircutting 49 High St.
Euphoria 57 Orange St.

Auto Repair

It can be miserable when your car is not working quite as it should. The places listed here are fairly close to where most graduate students live.

Meineke Car Care Center (#1) 1175 Whalley Ave.
Meineke Car Care Center (#2) 471 W Main St., Branford
Firestone Complete Auto Care 680 Chapel St.
Mike’s Auto Clinic 611 3rd St. S


Depending on your program, you could spend up to six years in New Haven, and it’s likely that friends and family will want to come visit you. Hotels in New Haven have a range of prices, but most are located in the downtown area.

The Study 1157 Chapel St.
New Haven Hotel 229 George St.
Courtyard Marriot 30 Whalley Ave.
Omni 155 Temple St.

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Community Life

While Yale houses seemingly endless resources for creating community, our adopted city of New Haven has much to offer to GSAS students. The key is to get out and enjoy everything the Elm City has to offer.

Dwight Hall

A Yale resource that pulls together many public service opportunities currently available. Though Dwight Hall is aimed towards undergraduates, many organizations work with graduate and professional students as well. (

Greater New Haven Community Events Calendar

Though Yale has its own calendar of events, the Greater New Haven Community Events Calendar is a tool to help you discover non-Yale events in New Haven. (

Thimble Island Tours

The Thimble Islands are a hidden Connecticut gem. Great for kids, Thimble Island Tours offers boat cruises through, and to, the Thimble Islands. (

Brooksvale Park (Hamden)

For when you want to reconnect with your child-at-heart, or with your own child, visit Brooksvale Park. It includes a petting zoo, farm, and garden. (

Farmington Canal Trail

History, nature, and exercise in one place. The Farmington Canal Trail is a running/biking path that runs dozens of miles through Connecticut. Easy access points include behind the Yale Health Center and on Hillhouse Avenue. (

City of New Haven Sports and Recreation Programs

If you’re more of a team player, consider taking part in a local sports or recreation program. Basketball, softball, and volleyball leagues are just a few of the activities that the City of New Haven offers. It also includes programming for children. (

Parks and playgrounds available for kids

To reconnect with nature, check out New Haven’s many parks and playgrounds. This list is also a great resource for parents. (


Buying yet another bag of underripe fruit at the local supermarket can get depressing. Check out some of the great produce at the various farmers’ markets that New Haven has to offer through CitySeed. (

Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park is worth a visit. Available for grilling, boating, and enjoying incredible views of New Haven harbor. (

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Graduate school can be a crazy time. One way to stay ahead of the stress is to keep active. Whether you’re a gym rat or want to maximize your time in the sun, New Haven has much to offer.

Gyms and Fitness Studios

Elm City YMCA 900 Chapel St.
SHiFT Cycling 199 Crown St.
City Climb Gym 342 Winchester Ave.
Crossfit New Haven 1175 State St.
PoleFly Aerial Fitness 214 Wooster St.
Fresh Yoga 319 Peck St.
Breathing Room 817 Chapel St.
Sarah Aldrich Pilates 50 Elm St.
New Haven Ballet 70 Audubon St.


College St. Cycles 252 College St.
Devil’s Gear Bike Shop 151 Orange St.

Jogging and Hiking

Jogging Trails

Farmington Canal Line
East Rock/ East Rock Park
Edgewood Park
Wilbur Cross High School Track
Prospect Street


Sleeping Giant
Lake Saltonstall
West Rock
East Rock (Giant Steps)
Quinnipiac State River Park
Lake Whitney Open Space
Edgerton Park

Day Spas

Elm City Wellness 774 Orange St.
Naturegene Herb Store 75 Whitney Ave.
Wellness Haven 22 Trumbull St.


Shambala Center 85 Willow St.
New Haven Insight Dwight Hall, 67 High St.
New Haven Zen Center 193 Mansfield St.

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Arts and Culture

It is easy to get wrapped up in your classes and research, but don’t miss out on all that New Haven has to offer. You don’t have to make the trek out of state to enjoy some of the East Coast’s finest arts and culture. New Haven supports a vibrant collection of museums, theaters, music venues, studios, and more.

Museums and Art Galleries

Yale University Art Gallery 1111 Chapel St.
Yale University Center for British Art 1080 Chapel St.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 170 Whitney Ave.
Yale Collection of Musical Instruments 15 Hillhouse Ave.
New Haven Museum and Historical Society 114 Whitney Ave.
Cushing Center at the Yale Medical Library Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library 121 Wall St.

Theater, Live Music, and Movie Theaters

Yale Repertory Theater 1120 Chapel St.
Yale Cabaret 217 Park St.
Shubert Theater 247 College St.
Criterion Cinema 86 Temple St.
Firehouse 12 45 Crown St.
College Street Music Hall 238 College St.
Toad’s Place 300 York St.
International Festival of Arts and Ideas Throughout New Haven, June to July
Sprague Music Hall 470 College St.
Woolsey Music Hall 500 College St.
Shakespeare in the Park Edgerton Park

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Whether you’re on a meal plan or fending for yourself, chances are you’ll need to buy food at some point. We’ve listed what we think are some staple restaurants and bars in the city.


New Haven Restaurant Week: Twice a year, 7 days each, three-course prix fixe menus $18.60 for lunch and $32 for dinner. (

Anaya Sushi 1150 Chapel St.
BAR 254 Crown St.
Barcelona 155 Temple St.
Caseus 93 Whitney Ave.
Claire’s Corner Copia 1000 Chapel St.
Da Legna 858 State St.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana 157 Wooster St.
Kitchen Zinc 966 Chapel St.
Kumo 7 Elm St.
L’Orcio 806 State St.
Lalibela 176 Temple St.
Louis’ Lunch 261 Crown St.
Mamoun’s 85 Howe St.
Mezcal 14 Mechanic St.
Miya’s Sushi 68 Howe St.
Modern Apizza 874 State St.
Oaxaca Kitchen 228 College St.
Orangeside 25 Temple St.
Prime 16 172 Temple St.
Rice Pot 1027 State St.
Rubamba 25 High St.
Sally’s Apizza 237 Wooster St.
Seoul 343 Crown St.
Shake Shack 986 Chapel St.
Sitar 45 Grove St.
Soul de Cuba 283 Crown St.
Taste of China 954 Chapel St.
Thai Taste 1151 Chapel St.
Thali Too 65 Broadway
The Pantry 2 Mechanic St.
Union League 1032 Chapel St.
Yorkside Pizza 288 York St
Street Food Carts During lunch on weekdays: on Cedar between York and Congress, and on the corner of Prospect and Sachem

Bars and Pubs

168 York Street Café 168 York St.
Anna Liffey’s 17 Whitney Ave
Archie Moore’s 188 1/2 Willow St.
c.o. jones 969 State St.
Cafe Nine 250 State St
Cask Republic 179 Crown St.
GPSCY’s Gryphon’s Pub 204 York St.
Kelly’s 196 Crown St
Mory’s 306 York St.
Ordinary 990 Chapel St.
Owl Shop Cigars 268 College St.
Rudy’s 1227 Chapel St.

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