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Shuttle Buses from JFK to New Haven 

Shuttle buses will bring students to Yale from JFK on arrival day only. Arrival day, the first day of orientation, is the day that residential colleges open to upper-level students for the fall and academic year orientation, and the day that residential colleges re-open in January for the spring semester only orientation. These dates are in your acceptance letter and also on the Yale Calendar with Pertinent Deadlines.Typically, the first shuttle will leave from JFK at 1PM (13:00), and the second shuttle will leave from JFK at approximately 5PM (17:00). Please plan to arrive at least two hours before either shuttle leaves so that you will have enough time to get through customs, collect your baggage, and find the designated meeting location. If you miss the last shuttle, you will need to arrange and pay for your own transportation to Yale. The drive from JFK to New Haven is around 2 hours.

Y-VISP students cannot arrive at Yale later than the arrival day marked on their admission letter. If you plan to buy your return ticket now as well, please note that all students must leave the residential colleges by the date that residential colleges close as listed on the Yale Calendar with Pertinent Deadlines. Residential colleges close at noon the day after the last day of final exams.

Students who don't arrive at JFK, plan to arrive an earlier day, or who arrive after the second shuttle departs will need to arrange their own lodgining and transportation to Yale. Students who arrive in the U.S. before the program begins are welcome to come back to JFK to take one of the shuttles to Yale. We’ll collect your travel plans and can give advice on arrangements if you are not taking one of our shuttles. 

If you are not planning to take one of the shuttles on arrival day, we recommend Go Airport Shuttle.


Students will be greeted upon arrival and will be helped with moving in on arrival day. However, students should note that they should be prepared to carry their suitcases up multiple flights of stairs. Not every college has elevators.

Room Assignment

Y-VISP students are assigned to live in one of Yale's residential colleges. The Y-VISP Program Manager will be in touch with the students prior to arrival with housing assignments. Students will learn more about their room assignments upon arrival, though deans and suitemates may be in touch with the Y-VISPs prior. Please keep in mind that in the U.S., it is very common to live with a roommate and Yale is no exception. There is an extremely limited quantity of singles, and if you believe you have a need for a single room, you should explain your reasoning in detail on the Student Profile Form you will be asked to complete before your arrival. We cannot guarantee that all students who ask for a single will receive one. If you have a medical need (mental or physical) for a single, you will need to register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS).

Room Furnishings

The University provides each student with a desk, a chair, a bureau, and a bed (extra-long, 80 inches by 36 inches). The beds have mattresses, and students will be provided with linens (listed below). Some dormitories have additional furnishings, and students should check with their dean’s office in case the previous year’s Y-VISP students left anything for the incoming Y-VISP students, such as lamps, tables, or chairs. These would be stored in the college’s storage area.


Yale will provide Y‐VISP participants with linens, including:

extra‐long fitted sheets
2 extra‐long flat sheets
2 standard pillow cases
1 extra‐fluffy pillow
1 extra‐long reversible comforter
1 extra-long thermal cotton blanket
1 extra‐long quilted mattress pad
2 all‐cotton bath towels
2 matching cotton hand towels
2 matching cotton wash cloths

Students will have the opportunity to shop for additional supplies and materials during orientation.


Students have access to numerous on‐campus laundry room facilities as well, and can wash their own clothes. Most students wash their clothes in the laundry facilities located in their residential college, which are easy to use and cost about $1.50 per load. Please note that in some colleges, students WILL need a credit or debit card to use the laundry machines. The Associated Student Laundry Agency offers a wide array of services, for an additional fee.


If not already in the room, students can rent refrigerators for a year at a low price through the Associated Student Refrigerator Agency.

Network Services

Television and streaming

Cable and streaming services are administered by the Information Technology Services (ITS) Network Services Department. You can see what services Yale students receive here. Help with computer related issues is available from Student Technology Collaborative, which operates a computer clinic in the bottom level of Bass Library. Data communications services are administered by the Student Technology Collaborative. Students should also carefully review Yale’s Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy.

Cell phones

During orientation, Y‐VISP students will have some time to visit local cell phone retailers to purchase a cell phone and plan if they would like to have a U.S. phone number. If you have a phone which you can unlock prior to your arrival, we recommend that you take it with you. Students will be provided a phone card upon arrival.


Yale has free on-campus WiFi available to students. Each student is provided with secure network storage space. All students are required to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.

Activating a NetID

The NetID is a unique identifier that will give the student access to Yale online resources and email. Before their arrival, students will receive an email with information about activating their NetID, choosing a password, and setting up security questions.

Buying Computer Hardware and Software

Accident coverage for protection against spilled liquids or dropped computers (check with manufacturer or vendor to see if warranty covers these contingencies)Students who wish to purchase new computers should consider the recommendations published by the Student Technology Collaborative (STC). The STC strongly recommends that students have the following accessories for their computer:

  • Four‐year extended warranty for protection against computer hardware failure (bring warranty documentation)
  • Laptop lock to secure computer to desk
  • External hard drive for data backup

Computing Support

The Student Technology Collaborative offers technical support to students with personal computers. Each residential college has its own team of Student Techs (STs) whose job is to assist fellow students with technology issues. Students can also get walk‐in or phone assistance at the Technology Troubleshooting Office, located in Bass Library.

Computer Facilities

There are multiple computing facilities on campus, many of which offer specialized hardware and software. Each residential college has a library with a computer cluster. The major facilities are staffed by STs, who can answer questions and help with problems.

Information Sess​ions

During move‐in, Student Techs will be able to help Y‐VISP students configure computers for Yale’s network, answer general questions, and provide troubleshooting. The student should plan to attend one of the “Computing@Yale” information sessions, which give a brief orientation to Yale computing resources. For more information, please contact the Y-VISP Peer Liaisons.

Post Office Boxes

In order to receive mail on campus, all students are required by postal regulations to have a post office box (P.O. box). You can open a P.O. box online (type 06510 under Reserve a New P.O. Box and select Yale Post Office at 206 Elm St.).

During the academic year, packages are delivered to 143 Elm Street, the Yale Package Receiving Center. Students receive an e-mail to alert them when a package arrives. Letters and packages sent by U.S. mail (USPS, not to be confused with UPS) can be picked up at the Yale Station post office, 206 Elm Street, during regular operating hours.

Please reference the Student Mail website for instructions on how to address letters and packages.

Personal Property Insurance

The University urges all students to obtain personal property insurance to protect against loss of or damage to their belongings. As the Undergraduate Regulations stipulate, Yale assumes no legal responsibility for the safety of personal property on its premises or within its buildings.