Living in New Haven

The Yale University “Living in New Haven” website provides current information about New Haven Culture, Community and Services. Within the website there is also a “Gateway” for “Young Professionals” about New Haven arts, dining, nightlife, shopping, sports and recreation, young professionals groups and activities, events, and housing.

Where do Interns and Residents live?
The Connecticut State Motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet—“He Who Transplanted Still Sustains”. A large percentage of Internal Medicine Interns and Residents live in New Haven or in towns bordering or very close to New Haven, such as Hamden, East Haven and Branford. Many of the Primary Care Interns and Residents choose to live closer to the Waterbury Hospital Health Center in Waterbury, Connecticut in towns bordering Waterbury including Naugatuck, Derby, Seymour, Middlebury, Watertown and Cheshire.

New York to New Haven

Worried about leaving New York City behind when you start residency? Don’t worry, you really shouldn’t be…

I came to Yale having grown up in the New York area and spent eight great years at NYU. I was so convinced that I only ever wanted to live in the City that I applied to medical school at NYU under the early decision option for NYU undergrads -- I simply couldn’t fathom having an engaging social life anywhere outside of Manhattan/Brooklyn/maybe Queens (sorry, Staten Island/Bronx). And while New York was an amazing playground for undergrad and medical school, I found myself wondering what it would mean to live there as a resident. On the interview trail, I immediately felt right at home at Yale, and I’m so happy I decided to move to New Haven.

I have truly loved living here. Certainly, the scene is quite different from New York; I am not here to convince you that you will have ready access to the hippest clubs, espresso bars, restaurants, boutiques, or [fill in your niche store here]. But, as a small city, New Haven offers its own version of most of those things – great food, from cheap and delicious food carts to popular brunch spots to expensive dinners; good shopping (or, as you’ll likely discover during residency anywhere – great online shopping); one-of-a-kind museums and sights; truly great music and theater; fun bars and nightlife of all kinds. 

What I love most about New Haven, though, are all the things I missed in New York: easy access to the outdoors in the form of state parks, several beaches, biking paths – all within 15-30 minutes from New Haven; a neighborhood that feels like a neighborhood, with a great (and I mean great) wine store, corner/gourmet deli, pharmacy, post office, coffee shop, and large park all within walking distance; an apartment that is not only larger than a shoebox but that also has a backyard, large porch, and all the refinements of modern living (hello, washer/dryer/dishwasher, goodbye 6th-floor walk-up and gross corner laundromat!). 

And, of course, I can always get to the city by train or car – I’ve never felt remotely cut off from friends and family in New York. 

In the end, you’ll want to go to a residency program that offers you great training and feels “just right.” Hopefully you’ll find that at Yale.

Gilda Boroumand, MD (Yale Internal Medicine Resident, Class of 2013)