East Rock: If you're looking for a neighborhood feel in New Haven, look no further than East Rock, a student and family-friendly neighborhood close to Yale SOM. East Rock is considered one of the safest parts of New Haven. The area features large old houses that have been converted into apartments, as well as some large pre-war apartment buildings that offer tenants ample space. Overall, East Rock apartments are decently well maintained, but they're older and often don't have amenities like dishwashers or in-unit washers and dryers. There are a number of restaurants, bars and laundry mats on State Street, and there are multiple grocery stores and cafes nearby on Orange Street.
Downtown: Downtown living is great for students who want to be close to bars, restaurants, and GPSCY. Depending on the building, it can cost more to live downtown, but many of the places are newer and include amenities like dishwashers, updated kitchens and baths, covered parking, gyms, etc. Popular downtown buildings include The Eli and 360 State, but you can find many additional downtown housing options online.
Wooster Square: The Wooster Square neighborhood is full of older homes and features the popular rival pizza places – Sally's and Pepe's. A growing number of SOM students are moving to Wooster Square but it is the farthest distance from school.
Mansfield: Students who are looking for a short walk to school may want to consider living in Mansfield. Mansfield is mainly comprised of two streets – Mansfield St. and Winchester St. – and the houses are very similar to those in East Rock. The food and bar options in the area are slim, but it is a close walk to the Payne Whitney Gym and Ingalls Rinks. Many of the houses on Mansfield Street are owned by Yale, which means they keep the yards and properties well maintained.