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I just got invited for an open house weekend at Yale (Feb 10-11).

Does anyone know the easiest way of getting to Brown from Yale? I'm planning on visiting both schools in one trip.

And also - how dangerous is New Haven compared, to say, the neighborhoods around UChicago and Columbia?

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The easiest way to get from Yale to Brown would probably be Amtrak, it costs about 25 bucks and takes about 2 hours (I'm assuming you won't have a car - it would probably be quickest to get in a car and drive up route 95). The station in Providence is about a mile from Brown's campus, so it would be easiest if someone there could pick you up, though it is walkable (I've done it on a few occasions).

Relative "danger" is always a bit difficult to tease out, as all three places are very different cities. New Haven has wildly differing neighborhoods that are in extremely close proximity to one another. You can go two blocks from a million (+) dollar home and be in pretty abject poverty. Plus, with lots of Yale students running around at all hours of the night, muggings are somewhat frequent. However, there are some very nice neighborhoods in New Haven, I lived in East Rock for four years, which is where more graduate students live. I had two bikes stolen, one car break-in, and an attempted mugging (a finger under a shirt...seriously?). So, that would be the story from a nice neighborhood in New Haven.

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the best way to get to New Haven. I have to be there for a Yale campus visit, and I have to be there before noon. I currently live in Montreal. The direct flights from Montreal to New Haven are exorbitant. Would it be better to book a flight to New York? And then what? Is there a train from LaGuardia to New Haven?

Any help is welcome! :)

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the best way to get to New Haven. I have to be there for a Yale campus visit, and I have to be there before noon. I currently live in Montreal. The direct flights from Montreal to New Haven are exorbitant. Would it be better to book a flight to New York? And then what? Is there a train from LaGuardia to New Haven?

Any help is welcome! :)

Fly to New York, and from there you can take a shuttle service or a train to New Haven:

http://admissions.yale.edu/travel-arrangements#air

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I'm thinking of Yale as a serious option for grad school..My girlfriend works as a software engineer in the tech industry and is right now in Sunnyvale.. Would anyone know where the tech inductries are located nearest to New Haven? Networking companies such as Cisco etc??

As a worst case scenario, the closest places would be Boston or New York right?? How feasible would it be to commute from Boston or New York to New Haven everyday, while doing my Ph.D. I know that its not ideal, but is it feasible?

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I'm thinking of Yale as a serious option for grad school..My girlfriend works as a software engineer in the tech industry and is right now in Sunnyvale.. Would anyone know where the tech inductries are located nearest to New Haven? Networking companies such as Cisco etc??

As a worst case scenario, the closest places would be Boston or New York right?? How feasible would it be to commute from Boston or New York to New Haven everyday, while doing my Ph.D. I know that its not ideal, but is it feasible?

My recommendation is A: to speak to people in your field at Yale who might be able to provide some guidance; and B: Google the trip distance. According to Google, a train commute from New Haven to New York can take up to 2 hours (at least for the trip that I was looking into) and I doubt (based on having driven from New Haven to Providence last fall) that you'd be able to make it to/from Boston much more quickly. Now -- granted that I may be wrong about this, you'll want to be really certain about what you are getting into commute-wise. It's entirely possible (particularly if you are used to this kind of commute as many Californians are) that this might not be a deal breaker for you... but in my field and where I attend now for my master's degree, my 45 minute (each way) commute is not something that I want to repeat again. I'll be sticking to housing *very* close the university if at all possible.

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I'm thinking of Yale as a serious option for grad school..My girlfriend works as a software engineer in the tech industry and is right now in Sunnyvale.. Would anyone know where the tech inductries are located nearest to New Haven? Networking companies such as Cisco etc??

As a worst case scenario, the closest places would be Boston or New York right?? How feasible would it be to commute from Boston or New York to New Haven everyday, while doing my Ph.D. I know that its not ideal, but is it feasible?

I am a current student at Yale and a lot of graduate students commute into New York, or from New York. It's not very bad, 14 dollars one way and an hour and 45 minutes on Metro-North.

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the best way to get to New Haven. I have to be there for a Yale campus visit, and I have to be there before noon. I currently live in Montreal. The direct flights from Montreal to New Haven are exorbitant. Would it be better to book a flight to New York? And then what? Is there a train from LaGuardia to New Haven?

Any help is welcome! :)

Better than taking the shuttle services, which I think are too expensive, do this:

From LGA you can get on the M60 bus into Manhattan (you'll need $2.25 in quarters or a Metrocard). Get off after the bus gets off of the freeway onto 125th, just after the Lexington Ave intersection. You'll see the large train bridge above and in front of you. Walk up to it and go into the train station. You can take the Metro-North to New Haven at off-peak hours for $14. It's very convenient.

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I'm thinking of Yale as a serious option for grad school..My girlfriend works as a software engineer in the tech industry and is right now in Sunnyvale.. Would anyone know where the tech inductries are located nearest to New Haven? Networking companies such as Cisco etc??

As a worst case scenario, the closest places would be Boston or New York right?? How feasible would it be to commute from Boston or New York to New Haven everyday, while doing my Ph.D. I know that its not ideal, but is it feasible?

a better option, if she is working in new york, might be to live in the middle in stamford, CT or thereabouts. a friend of mine did that for a year while he had a clerkship in new haven and his girlfriend had a job in new york and it didn't seem too bad

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I have accepted an offer to do doctoral work at Yale and my family (wife + two kids) will be moving to New Haven at the end of this summer. There is a dearth of information on this discussion board about life with a family in New Haven. Most seems to be about single living.

I would love to acquire any information from the collected wisdom of others about life in New Haven with kids: where to live, pre-schools, elementary schools, parks, etc.

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Ishmael! I've also accepted an offer to do doctoral work and Yale, and will be moving with my family (husband + two kids). I'd also be interested in this forum's family-related feedback, but I suppose at worst we can bounce ideas off each other. Will you be visiting at the end of this month?

How old are your kids? Mine will be 3.5 and 2. We've only started checking out preschools—some of which have already closed enrollment. I had a recommendation for Creating Kids, which is run out of the Children's Museum. It looks AMAZING, but my husband and I would each have to sell a kidney to afford it, so there goes that. We're actually considering whether a nanny is cheaper, since we'd be paying tuition for 2.

I've heard there's a nice community elementary school—I think it might be the one around East Rock, though we haven't worried about it yet, since ours aren't quite that old. As for neighborhoods, I consistently hear East Rock, Westville, Wooster Square. Based on rent prices and the square footage necessary for a family of 4 without asking for divorce, though, we're pondering Edgewood, possibly Dwight (north western areas) too. NO consensus on the internets as to whether these neighborhoods are safe, though. Anyone?

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So I heard that New Haven only has one grocery store. If I move here, I will probably have a car. What would my grocery options be then, especially in terms of Asian supermarkets?

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There are at least two Asian supermarkets within walking distance of campus, in or very close to the East Rock area. No car needed. There are also now two/three general grocery stores in the area. A Stop and Shop a bit west of campus for general needs, an organic/Whole Foods-esque place just a bit farther west of that, and a co-op market right downtown (rather like the organic place out west, though with some more standard options as well). There's also Peapod, which will deliver quite cheaply.

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For Ishmael/constant,

New Haven is a decent place for families. I would go for East Rock, it is both the nicest area, as well as the one with a pretty good number of families. Also, it is served by the Yale Shutte system, which some of the other areas are not. Plus, you have East Rock park right in your backyard, so hikes, play areas, etc. are all easily accessible. East Rock is going to be one of the most expensive areas (for all these reasons), but Wooster Square and Westville are actually more or less similar in price.

The best advice I can give though is also to be sure you go see the place you are thinking of throughout the day & night. Some places are seem fine during the day, but degrade a bit at night. New Haven is a super-compressed city and you can very literally go from million-dollars homes near the Divinity School to some downright dangerous areas in two blocks. I think East Rock is the best bet to start out with. After you get a feel for the different areas for a year or so you can branch out. As for Dwight/Edgewood area, that is kind of on the border of a nice and not-so-nice area - so I would steer clear unless you went and visited and were fairly sure about the safety of the area. Westville is out to the west of the Yale campus and you'd need a car to live there. Public transit is absolutely awful in New Haven, and the Yale Shuttle doesn't run out there.

The school that constant is talking about is the Worthington Hooker School which is, true to reputation, excellent. However, for this reason, people go to very literally ridiculous lengths to get their children in there. It is very small, and so lots of parents who live within walking distance of the place end up being really disappointed when their kids end up having to go halfway across town to another school. However, they are renovating another school which is also in East Rock (called the East Rock Global Magnet School), and there has been a lot of push by parents in the area who have been unable to get their kids into the Hooker school (yes, they call it that and you'll see bumper stickers that read "Proud Hooker Mom" on cars all over) to make that one the "next" Worthington Hooker.

You can go here: http://www.newhavencrimelog.org/ to check out crime statistics in various areas. The truth of the matter is that in New Haven, because it is so small, and because income disparity swings to wildly from area to area, crimes do happen, even in nice areas. I am a tall, fairly imposing male, but I had one instance of a attempted mugging in which I could tell the person was faking a gun under their shirt (mesh jerseys don't work so well for that). Other than that, which was fairly late at night, my wife and I didn't have too much trouble (one car break-in). Overall, people make NH out to be worse than it is, and a lot of the crime is centered around a few areas and is related to squabbles that wouldn't really ever include you.

So, having lived in NH for 4 years, in a couple of different areas with a family, I have a decent bit of experience. Please PM me if you have any specific questions, I'd be glad to try my best to answer them for you.

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Hi Everyone -

I will be moving to New Haven this summer with my wife, as I will be starting a PhD program at Yale in the Fall. As multiple people have suggested already on this thread, we plan to look for housing in East Rock, and maybe Wooster Square. We have also been wondering though, do many grad students live in the surrounding towns and commute in? It seems like you can get some nice places (maybe even near the beach!) in West Haven, Hamden, etc. and only have a 15-20 minute drive. Do many students live in such places?

I also realize that living further out would likely add the need to pay for parking on campus. This appears to be fairly expensive, I believe about $600 per year. Aside from the cost, is the parking pretty good? I.e. do you get a spot in a nicely located garage or lot?

Thanks in advance for any insights!

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Sorry to digress a bit. Was just starting to plan out my finances and stuff, and I wanted to know how much the taxes are in CT.

I'm an international applicant and I don't know if this information is easily available some place online. If so, sorry for the post.

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Hey everyone,

I'm visiting Yale for a period of one week from Jul 9-16 and have to arrange my own accommodation during that period. Do you have any ideas on what I could do for accommodation for just one week? I've been looking at listings on Craigslist, but haven't been able to find anything much for just one week. Obviously, hotels are ruled out since they would just end up being too expensive.

Do you have any ideas as to where I can possibly look?

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I am a current student at Yale and a lot of graduate students commute into New York, or from New York. It's not very bad, 14 dollars one way and an hour and 45 minutes on Metro-North.

I am really interested in some more follow up on this. I am considering applying to Yale and the biggest deterrent is New Haven itself. I am pretty used to a 1 1/2 hour commute now and it's not horrendous, but I'm interested in the logistics. I'm not from the east coast. How reliable is Metro-North? If I remember from my last trip those trains are more "commuter friendly" with tables and the like. Do they have outlets for laptop chargers?

Are there any Yale folks on the forum that can speak to the commute?

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I am really interested in some more follow up on this. I am considering applying to Yale and the biggest deterrent is New Haven itself. I am pretty used to a 1 1/2 hour commute now and it's not horrendous, but I'm interested in the logistics. I'm not from the east coast. How reliable is Metro-North? If I remember from my last trip those trains are more "commuter friendly" with tables and the like. Do they have outlets for laptop chargers?

Are there any Yale folks on the forum that can speak to the commute?

I can't speak to the commute -- although I know people who drive in a few times a week from White Plains, one who comes onto campus from Stamford, and another who commutes from Brooklyn. The students who come from Stamford and Brooklyn are finished with their coursework, but they enjoy the train time -- and get a lot done. No one I know has any issues with Metro North, but I can't speak as to the amenities of the train.

I wonder -- what is it about New Haven that is such a deterrent?

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