Yale University
Yale University
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  • dustythoughts
    Manchester, Connecticut2,118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous and enlightening university vibes
    I love wandering around the Yale area, not just for the cool shops and restaurants, but also for the gorgeous buildings and laidback, intelligent vibes. Take your time and pay attention to the stunning details on the various buildings, wander to the Green to see what social activity's being held, and take a tour of campus if you have some time. The campus is a bit spread out and requires some walking, but it's worth a visit if you're able to manage the walk. Visitors can enter the library, which is great. In good weather, students will study outside, so between the students and the tours, it's a busy area.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan934 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a treat to walk the iconic Yale campus!
    Our first visit to the iconic Yale University campus. And it was amazing! Over a 24-hour period, we walked (and drove) to see as the buildings designed by some favorite architects: Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, Louis Kahn, Marcel Breuer, and more. We stopped by as many architectural beauties on campus as feasible, including the Paul Rudolph Building (School of Architecture), Yale University Gallery of Art, Bienecke Rare Book Library, Sterling Memorial Library, Becton Engineering Center, Ingalls Ice Arena, and the Stiles and Ezra Morris Colleges. We walked about the campus enjoying the public art, the courtyards, plaques, and the intricate designs on buildings. And went back at twilight to enjoy seeing the buildings lit up!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Bdett M
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful campus
    From SC, here for college tour. Campus is in the middle of New Haven, has a city vibe. Campus is beautiful, architecture is stunning. Everyone seems genuinely happy to be here. Campus is very walkable. Larger then we expected. Luved that the dorms are individual “colleges” with court yards and that an advisor/Dean is onsite. Campus feels safe, gated entry to colleges and all buildings locked. Wish potential students could see some classrooms/labs on the tour. Stadium and fields are pretty far away and not walkable. Nice downtown area with lots of dining n shopping options. Parking is limited.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Jen Travels
    Detroit, Michigan6,822 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much to explore!
    You really should park and stroll for a few hours because the university is HUGE. I went before school started, so it was not really busy, but now that school HAS started.... Parking is metered along the street. There's two apps, including Park Mobile. University security was very helpful in directions and buildings to see. You can see the School of Music, Art, Business, Yale President's house, their shopping strip, their religious school, and more. There's so much to see here that I really can't mention it all, just because there's so many buildings the students use. The dorms I believe are the ones students use a card to get into some big gates. The shopping area includes food, clothing, Yale themed items, electronics, and more. The Yale store had tons of items like clothing, toys, cups, stuffed dogs, and books. There are not really any places to freely use the restroom. Really recommend checking out Yale while in town. It's cool to imagine if I had tried harder in school and could've attended here 🤪
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • lissette A
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday funday
    Very nice town to walk around. The buildings for photos are excellent it feels like you are in Europe. The Museum of Art was free to walk through. It was a nice stroll through Yale university campus.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 19, 2024
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lissette A
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very nice town to walk around. The buildings for photos are excellent it feels like you are in Europe. The Museum of Art was free to walk through. It was a nice stroll through Yale university campus.
Written March 19, 2024
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Fearless11094205871
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We walked around campus and hit the shops. Cool buildings. Great feeling. Beautiful architecture and grounds.
Written October 16, 2023
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Tom G
Cockenzie and Port Seton, null, United Kingdom82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A pleasant walk around Yale University at the heart of New Haven. Unhurried, not busy, attractive, open, beautiful. A most enjoyable afternoon.
Written September 15, 2023
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Jen Travels
Detroit, MI6,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
You really should park and stroll for a few hours because the university is HUGE.
I went before school started, so it was not really busy, but now that school HAS started....

Parking is metered along the street. There's two apps, including Park Mobile.

University security was very helpful in directions and buildings to see.

You can see the School of Music, Art, Business, Yale President's house, their shopping strip, their religious school, and more.

There's so much to see here that I really can't mention it all, just because there's so many buildings the students use.

The dorms I believe are the ones students use a card to get into some big gates.

The shopping area includes food, clothing, Yale themed items, electronics, and more.

The Yale store had tons of items like clothing, toys, cups, stuffed dogs, and books.

There are not really any places to freely use the restroom.

Really recommend checking out Yale while in town. It's cool to imagine if I had tried harder in school and could've attended here 🤪
Written September 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bdett M
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
From SC, here for college tour. Campus is in the middle of New Haven, has a city vibe. Campus is beautiful, architecture is stunning. Everyone seems genuinely happy to be here. Campus is very walkable. Larger then we expected. Luved that the dorms are individual “colleges” with court yards and that an advisor/Dean is onsite. Campus feels safe, gated entry to colleges and all buildings locked. Wish potential students could see some classrooms/labs on the tour. Stadium and fields are pretty far away and not walkable. Nice downtown area with lots of dining n shopping options. Parking is limited.
Written August 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Our first visit to the iconic Yale University campus. And it was amazing! Over a 24-hour period, we walked (and drove) to see as the buildings designed by some favorite architects: Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, Louis Kahn, Marcel Breuer, and more. We stopped by as many architectural beauties on campus as feasible, including the Paul Rudolph Building (School of Architecture), Yale University Gallery of Art, Bienecke Rare Book Library, Sterling Memorial Library, Becton Engineering Center, Ingalls Ice Arena, and the Stiles and Ezra Morris Colleges. We walked about the campus enjoying the public art, the courtyards, plaques, and the intricate designs on buildings. And went back at twilight to enjoy seeing the buildings lit up!
Written June 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I love wandering around the Yale area, not just for the cool shops and restaurants, but also for the gorgeous buildings and laidback, intelligent vibes. Take your time and pay attention to the stunning details on the various buildings, wander to the Green to see what social activity's being held, and take a tour of campus if you have some time. The campus is a bit spread out and requires some walking, but it's worth a visit if you're able to manage the walk. Visitors can enter the library, which is great. In good weather, students will study outside, so between the students and the tours, it's a busy area.
Written May 28, 2023
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Maria S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We travelled with 3 young kids (1, 3 and 6 years old). We all enjoyed the views, buildings, atmosphere of the university. The libraries are amazing, you can go inside and look, most see! Since the weather was nice, we had picnic on the grass same as the students. :) Thank you!
Written May 11, 2023
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C Nelly
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Went on a student led tour. Beautiful campus and lots of great information about Yale. If you like learning statistics and history about the university, this would be a good place to start. The student led tours are mostly outdoors and require quite a bit of walking around for the hour so be comfortable. Tour guides are very knowledgeable so ask questions! The tour ended at the Yale bookstore where you can purchase souvenirs or check out items in the Barnes and Noble type store.
Written April 26, 2023
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GoAlong2
Seattle, WA869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
We were in town for a wedding and were able to drive through campus and walk through the green. We enjoyed the classic architecture and collegiate atmosphere.
Written February 9, 2023
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