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Life @Yale

New Haven is a vibrant college town, which provides an ideal backdrop for residency training. Radiology residents are considered a part of the larger Yale community, and enjoy all attendant benefits. The Greater New Haven area is home to incredible parks, arts venues, athletics facilities, and one of the densest collections of top restaurants in the Northeast.

New Haven

YDR Residents participating in the Annual Smilow Cancer Hospital Closer to Free Bike Ride

New Haven and neighboring towns extend across the beautiful southern Connecticut coastline. The nearby beaches have served as scenic destinations for program events, social outings, and places of residence for our trainees. East Rock Park, Sleeping Giant, and West Rock are the popular nearby parks and are accessible on foot or by short drive from the downtown area. The Farmington Canal Greenway is a tree-lined path that traverses New Haven and neighboring suburbs. This trail is a favorite of cyclists, hikers, and bike-commuters in Southwest Connecticut.

New Haven is one of the most walkable cities in the country and has the highest proportion of pedestrian commuters of major cities in New England. With municipal as well as university bike-share programs, special parking, and widespread bike-lanes, New Haven is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the Northeast.

Cultural Experiences

Photo by Michael Marsland
Yale's Woolsey Hall

New Haven is considered the cultural capital of the state, with an impressive concentration of theaters, museums, and concert halls.

These include the Yale Repertory Theater, the Long Wharf Theater, the Shubert Theater – venues which have a history of premiering major theatrical productions prior to their Broadway debut.

The Yale University Art Gallery, College Street Music Hall, Woolsey Hall, Ingalls Rink and Yale Bowl are among a long list of other points of interest too numerous to detail here in full.

New Haven Resturants

New Haven is famous for its cuisine and food culture. The city has been named the Best Foodie City in the country by Livability. There are more than 120 restaurants located within two blocks of the New Haven Green, spanning an extraordinary variety of ethnic and specialty cuisines. New Haven has the third most Zagat-rated restaurants of any New England city, and possibly the greatest number clustered around a medical campus. More than 150 food carts from local restaurants cater to the Yale grounds, medical school, and associated hospitals. A large portion are specifically accessible to medical staff. The combination of affordability, quality, and diversity of options provides a food experience for trainees that is unlike any other.


Photo by Henry Douglas
Harkness Tower on Central Campus

Being a part of the larger Yale community provides incredible benefits to our trainees. In addition to the aforementioned Yale theaters and galleries, there is access to an array of symposia, talks, and forums led by world-renown faculty in diverse areas. The Yale calendar details a procession of film screenings, art exhibits, concerts, plays, dance performances, and poetry readings. There are also workshops, classes, and design competitions spanning every field of study and means of artistic expression.

Photo by Henry Douglas
Yale's Outdoor Education Center

All residents have discounted access to the Yale Payne Whitney Gymnasium, one of the largest and most comprehensive athletic facilities in the world. The Yale grounds include indoor and outdoor tracks, world-class tennis facilities, and a sailing club. Trainees also have access to the Yale “Outdoor Education Center,” a 1,500-acre lakefront property for row boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. There are also areas for camping, picnics, and hiking, as well as cabins for longer stays.

Resident Life

Apartments at 360 State Street, Downtown New Haven

More than half of residents live in New Haven – the majority of these in the downtown area. Luxury apartments near the hospital and stand-alone housing adjacent to nearby parks are the most popular residential choices.

Of trainees living outside of New Haven, most reside in adjoining suburbs. These offer additional space, community, and excellent school systems. The commute for the vast majority (~75%) of residents is less than 20 minutes, with one third of trainees commuting less than even 10 minutes. Approximately one third of trainees walk or bike to work.


Commuting to the Med School via the Yale Shuttle

There is highly convenient access to Boston and New York City through the Metro North train system, with several stops in New Haven. A Yale-sponsored shuttle system crisscrosses the city and also provides efficient avenues to major airports in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

The medical campus and New Haven are safe locales compared to other major urban areas. Finally, trainees at Yale Radiology are provided hospital benefits, scheduling flexibility, and an overall standard of living that is unrivaled among top academic centers.