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New Haven, Connecticut is situated on Long Island Sound. New York City can be reached in ninety minutes and Boston in three hours by train. In addition, major highways, the Greyhound Bus Line, Tweed-New Haven Airport, and airport limousines provide a convenient transportation network. New Haven's central location makes it possible for many distinguished scholars from the United States and abroad to visit, and allows the University to be an integral part of the worldwide community of scholars.


The University has a limited amount of dormitory space available for single students as well as apartments for married students. Many graduate students live in the city's residential neighborhoods or in the suburbs inland and along the shore. Yale is located in downtown New Haven, within comfortable walking distance of the city's historic Green and a number of residential areas. Yale's central location, the convenience of bicycle transport, and New Haven's bus service mean that students who live in the city do not need cars.


The University Health Services Center, located on Hillhouse Avenue two blocks from "Science Hill," provides a wide spectrum of health care services for all graduate students. The amount paid by the student for health insurance, if any, is determined by the specific nature of financial support.


Yale has long been known for its training and work in the creative and performing arts. Over 175 musical events take place during the academic year; the Woolsey Hall Concert Series, the Sprague Hall Chamber Music Series, the New Haven Symphony concerts, the Duke Ellington Jazz Series, and many others presented by the faculty and students of Yale's School of Music. Theaters include the Yale Repertory Theater, a resident company made up of professional actors and directors and advanced students in the School of Drama, many of whose productions have gone on to acclaim on Broadway and elsewhere; the Long Wharf Theater, a New Haven theater which has gained a national reputation, and the newly renovated Shubert and Palace Theatres. Yale institutions that offer special programs and facilities built around their collections include the Yale Art Gallery, The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for British Art and British Studies, The Collection of Musical Instruments, and the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Within its urban setting, Yale University has unusually extensive facilities for athletic and recreational activities. The Payne Whitney Gymnasium and Ingalls Skating Rink, located in the central campus, are available for student use. Away from the campus, there are recreational facilities at Yale Bowl and a horseback riding stable at the adjacent Yale Armory Field. An eighteen-hole golf course offers spectacular scenery to complement its demanding layout. The Yale Sailing Center in Branford, Connecticut provides boats for use on Long Island Sound, one of the major scenic attractions of southern New England. Swimming is available at several nearby beaches, including Hammonasett State Park. The Yale Outdoor Recreation Center in East Lyme, Connecticut, consists of a sizable lake and surrounding woodlands which provide opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Some of these off-campus sites are made accessible by a shuttle bus from the central campus. For those who like skiing and winter sports, there are slopes and trails in nearby northwest Connecticut and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, as well as more distant facilities (3-6 hours) in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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