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Three’s Company: Living Downtown with Roommates

M.T., 1L

Before I came to law school, I lived in one of Washington DC’s famous group houses with six of my best friends from college.  The D.C. group homes are old, historic row houses, full of aspirational 20-somethings, which was an awesome post-college experience.  My living experiences were crazy and wonderful at the same time, and thus when I was deciding where and how to live in New Haven, it was a no-brainer that I didn’t want to live “alone” just yet.

Through the inevitable “YLS Class of 2011” Facebook group, I met my two awesome roommates, one of whom had already secured a fabulous three-bedroom apartment in downtown New Haven. The three of us instantly bonded over our love of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” and we’ve become really close friends since we moved in at the end of August. Even though we didn’t have any classes together first semester, we ended up spending a lot of time together – we often talked about our days as we cooked dinner, and went grocery shopping. Plus, since our 1L class is really small, we have always known a lot of the same people, so it hasn’t been weird to talk ‘randomly’ about something that happened in class or at Bar Review; chances are, we can all relate or laugh about it together.

While some law students prefer the residential feel of the East Rock neighborhood on the north side of campus, our location downtown has a ton of perks: we’re about a 7 minute walk to school, a ton of other 1Ls live within a block or two of our home (including about a dozen that live in our building), we’re super-close to lots of restaurants and bars, and there’s a Starbucks on the corner.  On the other corner is the local bakery, Atticus, which also serves a fantastic caramel latte, if you prefer. 

We’re truly in the center of everything going on in New Haven and at Yale – the Repertory Theatre is on our block and we are close to the Yale British Art Museum. In December, my roommate and I volunteered at the annual “Luminarias on the Green” event, just a few steps from our door.

At some other law schools, on-campus housing is seen as a big plus (or a necessity), but here at Yale, living (just slightly!) off campus allows us the flexibility to pick from a variety of housing options and really take advantage of everything New Haven has to offer.  Not to mention, the cost of living is much less than at our peer schools, so we live nicer for less money in this wonderful town!