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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.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 the shuttles leave so that you will have enough time to get through customs, collect your baggage, and find the designated meeting location. Please try not to arrive after 3PM as you will not be able to take a shuttle and will need to arrange and pay for your own transportation to Yale. The drive from JFK to New Haven is at minimum 2 hours, but usually longer.

If you are already looking into buying your tickets, you must arrive to JFK on arrival day - or earlier, but you are responsible to arrange your own lodging if you arrive early and transportation to Yale will only be provided on arrival day. If you plan to buy your return ticket now as well, please note that all students must leave the residential colleges by the dates 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 a different day, and/or who plan to arrive after the second shuttle departs will need to arrange their own lodgining and transportation to Yale. Students who arrive to 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, check out Go Airport Shuttle.


Students will be greeted upon arrival and will be helped with moving in on arrival day. 

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 to their arrival. 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.

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. A popular choice is the “Top Shelf” plan, a weekly all‐inclusive program that provides students with bulk wash, dry, and fold service, laundering and pressing of shirts, pants, and skirts, and dry cleaning. The Student Laundry also offers the “Campus Casual” plan, a weekly bulk wash, dry, and fold laundry service. In addition, students can take advantage of a linen and towel rental service and dry cleaning on a piece‐by‐piece basis.


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

All on‐campus residences are prewired for telephone, cable television, as well as wired and wireless Yale Network access for each resident. Telephone and cable television services are administered by the Information Technology Services (ITS) Network Services Department. 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

Most students generally prefer to use a cell phone to make local or long distance calls. During orientation, Y‐VISP students will be taken to a local cell phone retailer and given the opportunity to purchase cell phone and plans 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.

Cable TV Service

 Yale University provides streaming IPTV services from Comcast (including HBO!) to students residing in a Yale dormitory. If additional channel content is desired, users can create a personal account directly with Comcast at their own discretion to purchase additional channels. Check the channel guide to see the Yale University channel line-up. 


Computing is a vital part of life at Yale. Y-VISP students will use computers for e‐mail, browsing the Internet, registering for courses, accessing library catalogs, writing papers, submitting assignments for classes, and countless other tasks. Each student is provided with secure network storage space that can be used for data backup and for hosting personal Web pages. 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.

Personal computers

Yale College does not require personal computers nor has an operating system preference. However, over 90% of Yale undergraduates own personal computers, with a Windows to Macintosh ratio of about one to one. Students with personal computers can connect to Yale’s network from their rooms, using in‐room Ethernet connections, or from various locations around campus by means of wired and wireless networks.

Y-VISP students that bring their own computer, should bring along all documentation, software media, and warranty information. These materials are essential to connecting to the network and solving computer problems. A method for backing up data, usually to an external hard drive or DVDs, is also recommended.

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

Academic Media & Technology operates approximately twenty computing facilities on campus. These include a computer room in each residential college as well as larger facilities in Phelps Hall, Connecticut Hall, Bass Library, Dunham Laboratory, Center for Science and Social Science, and Sterling Chemistry Laboratory. These computing facilities offer convenient places to access email and the Internet. They also have special hardware and software (such as color laser printers, scanners, and digital imaging software). The major facilities are staffed by STs, who can answer questions and help with problems. In addition, Academic Media & Technology provides email kiosks throughout the campus for quick access to email and the Internet.

Wireless Computing

Most public areas on campus, including dining halls, and residential college courtyards, offer wireless Internet access to computers with 802.11b/g‐compatible adapters. All residential college and Old Campus dormitory rooms have wireless access.

Buying Computer Hardware and Software

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:

  1. Accident coverage for protection against spilled liquids or dropped computers (check with manufacturer or vendor to see if warranty covers these contingencies)
  2. Four‐year extended warranty for protection against computer hardware failure
  3. Laptop lock to secure computer to desk
  4. External hard drive or recordable CDs or DVDs for data backup

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.