About Yale’s Campus

Aerial of New Haven

Yale University is located in the city of New Haven, along the Connecticut Shoreline where the Quinnipiac and Mills Rivers meet the Long Island Sound. New Haven, Connecticut’s second-largest city, sits at the convergence of Interstates 91 and 95, approximately 80 miles from New York City, and 40 miles from Hartford, the capital of the State of Connecticut. The Yale Office of Facilities is responsible with preserving, maintaining, and growing the historic buildings and grounds of a world-class institution.

Yale University Buildings & Grounds at a Glance

Yale University comprises three campuses

Covering 340 acres of Downtown New Haven, Yale’s Central and Medical Campuses comprise Yale College’s 12 undergraduate residential colleges, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 12 of Yale’s 13 professional schools, and the bulk of the University’s library facilities. Two miles from downtown New Haven sit the Yale University Athletic Fields, home of the second oldest active college stadium in the U.S.; the Yale Bowl. Together, the Yale’s Central, Medical, and Athletic Campuses consist of over 15 million gross square feet of space. In 2007, Yale University acquired the 136-acre Bayer Pharmaceutical campus in West Haven, Connecticut, 7 miles from Central Campus. The rapidly growing Yale West Campus has since become home to the Yale School of Nursing, the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, as well as state-of-the-art facilities for interdisciplinary research and the sciences.

Historic MapA Framework for Campus Planning (2000)

Published in 2000, during one of the largest periods of campus building and renovation, A Framework for Campus Planning serves as a document of the history of Yale’s campus development, as well as a set of guidelines for design within the various parts of campus. A Framework also contains suggestions for implementing and improving campus systems including signage, landscaping, lighting, and traffic flow. 

For more information, please also see:

Framework Supplement (2009)

Framework Sustainability Supplement (2013)