New Haven is conveniently situated almost directly between New York and Boston.
Whether for a day trip, weekend getaway, or week-long vacation, New Haven is perfectly situated for exploring the state and New England at large. Transportation is one of the city’s strengths. New Haven has two train stations, through which Amtrak, Metro-North, and local commuter rails run frequently. The convenience of these stations makes it easy for people to live in New Haven yet commute to other cities for work, or alternatively, to live in a sleepy shoreline town and commute to New Haven. Additionally, Amtrak’s Boston to D.C. route, which is the busiest passenger line in the U.S., passes through New Haven several times a day. Students, then, have easy and affordable access to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and D.C.
Yale has its own shuttle service, which means that students do not need to own cars to get to and from campus. For those who want a quick and cheap way to rent a car, New Haven has partnered with Zipcar to provide by-the-hour access to fuel efficient cars at affordable rates. For driving, New Haven is situated at the juncture of Interstates 95 and 91, and it’s therefore extraordinarily easy to head out of town to explore NY and New England
Surrounding the city and suburbs are historic homes, colonial villages, farmlands, wooded nature trails, and beautiful river valleys. Along the shoreline are numerous CT and Rhode Island beaches and wildlife preserves as well as the nationally acclaimed Mystic Seaport and Marinelife Aquarium. CT’s Foxwoods Resort and Casino, the largest casino in the world, is within comfortable driving distance, as is the newer Mohegan Sun Casino. Historic Newport is a ninety-minute drive away; and the popular winter resort areas of CT, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont are all within easy reach. Still within a relatively short driving distance are Boston, Cape Cod, and southern Maine.
In all, the attractions within and around New Haven are both numerous and diverse. Because graduate school can be a long and taxing experience at times, having many outlets at one's doorstep - and being able to afford them! - will prove indispensable.