New Haven, CT
The coastal city of New Haven, Connecticut is located on the Northern shore of the Long Island Sound, making it part of the New York metropolitan area. Over 100,000 people call the city home, and it is the state’s second-largest city after Bridgeport. It is the home of Yale University, which is steeped in tradition and history. While it is only slightly more expensive than the U.S. average to live, rent and buy in New Haven, it is one of the cheaper areas of the state in which to live. Make the move to this centrally-located city with the peace of mind that it is not too expensive.
New Haven has a temperate climate. While summers are hot and humid, winters are much cooler, seeing a mix of rain and snow. Compared to cities like Boston, Rochester and Ann Arbor, however, winters are relatively mild, with plenty of days above freezing. Pack a winter jacket and boots, but also leave room for lighter layers and warm-weather clothes as well.
Due to being a university city, the public transportation options in New Haven are top-notch. From buses and shuttles to Amtrak, to Metro North and New Haven Port Authority transportation, cheap options abound to get to areas such as Long Island, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford and Greenwich. Keeping Yale students in mind, all of the options are relatively inexpensive, too, which is a score for you.
Outdoor lovers will love East Rock Park, West Rock Ridge State Park and picnicking on New Haven Green. Culture buffs will not want to miss the PEZ Visitor Center. Although there are things to satisfy people in both of these groups, New Haven is best enjoyed by two types of people: those who love university areas and foodies. There is a long-standing debate in New Haven about which restaurants invented the hamburger and Connecticut Style pizza. Check out Modern Apizza and Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana to decide for yourself. Burger lovers will love the classic hamburger from Louis’ Lunch. Do not forget the chips! For fancier fare, Downtown New Haven offers plenty of chic places to eat lunch, go out to dinner and drink. Yale University offers plenty of places to take pictures, gothic architecture to wander around and an exquisite main library. The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art are so vast, that multiple trips are needed to see everything. Luckily, once you move there, you can!
Be part of an Ivy League university with a storied past, live like a scholar and enjoy access to the largest city in the country when you live in New Haven, The Elm City.