This might sound familiar. New Haven, like some other cities you might be able to think of, has another university, one which, to the ill-informed, might seem slightly more prestigious. Now clearly your loyalties are to SCSU, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t aim to take full advantage of what the Other University has to offer you as a New Haven resident. Because, unlike some other Other Universities, this one is nothing if not generous with its assets…



Well, I think you’ll agree, that’s a hard act to follow. But follow it I must, with some suggestions as to how you can make the most of Yale.



Free Tour of the Yale Campus

This statue is of Nathan Hales, America’s first spy. It doesn’t actually bear his face though, because he was too poor to have his portrait done. Joke’s on the CIA with that one (you’ll find out why when you take the tour, this is a hook to lure you in)…

Mon-Fri:  149 Elm Street. 10.30am-2.00pm.
Sat & Sun: 149 Elm Street. 1.30pm.

Yale is right there for you to see wherever you go in the centre of New Haven, but it is totally worth taking an hour out of your weekend or afternoon to learn some of the history of one of the world’s most prestigious colleges. As you are shown around by a proud Yale student who takes you through the campus across the city, they do omit to mention the architecture being so clearly a nineteenth century recreation of Oxford and Cambridge. But still, a beautiful one.

This is a gated community (though the gates are only closed in the evenings) where all Yale Freshman stay before they get sorted into one of twelve separate colleges. The Hogwarts element of this isn’t lost on our tour group, or on the Yalie showing us around, who mentions it at least five times. But it’s not real magic, Michael. You’re as much of a muggle as the rest of us…

And so, like all clean-living students, we go… to the library! Yale’s Sterling Memorial library was built in 1917, and it’s like a cathedral of books. They have pretty much everything you could ever want to consult here, and you can come and study in this huge library for free! It has wifi (eduroam, so your phone will remember your log-in from LJMU) and security is on hand to keep everybody in scholarly whispers.







Yale University Art Gallery

10:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday (Sept.–June)
10:00 am–8:00 pm
11:00 am–5:00 pm


More than enough here for multiple trips. Free entry for all. It’s air conditioned and fully stocked, plus the storage for your bags is free. Staff are super polite and really informative. You will find something you like, there is so much here you’ll wonder how it’s possible for one gallery to have something by everyone.


Third floor with the Modern and Contemporary Art and Design is where it becomes obvious that Yale have either loaned or own a piece of art by everyone you know, half know and should know.

Original Picasso, Pollock, Kline, Rothko, Warhol, Hopper…. The list goes on.


With plenty of art on each floor, you could easily spend a few afternoons really taking in everything on offer. Or you can smash it in one long visit. You’ll find pieces that will fill you with emotion on each level. Except for the American silver collection. But I bet some of you love silver, somewhere.


Yale Center for British Art

IMG_1081A smaller collection, but full of some amazing pieces. The British Gallery is also host to free events fairly regularly so it’s totally worth checking out the website here.

Though you may not be studying here at Yale, you should not pass up the opportunity to explore and take advantage of everything they have to offer. It is a huge part of New Haven history and as New Haven will be your new home, worth taking a little time to get to know it. Plus, they have a Planetarium…

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