Explore New Haven’s distinct neighborhoods

New Haven has an array of neighborhoods that offer their own unique attractions and feel.

New Haven Neighborhoods

As its name implies, this neighborhood includes the heart of the city bordering the New Haven Green, where outdoor concerts and other events are held during the summer. Close to bookstores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and entertainment, this area is popular with students and scholars because of its proximity to both the Medical School and Yale’s main campus. Streets in the downtown area are served by the Yale shuttle and nighttime minibus. Housing in this area is frequently in apartment buildings or above retail establishments, but some older homes have been divided into apartments as well.

Wooster Square lies east of Yale and is convenient to main campus. At the center is Wooster Square Park, which glows with cherry blossoms in the spring. Wooster Street is home to New Haven's “Little Italy,” including two famous pizza restaurants, Sally’s and Pepe’s, among other eateries. Some of the brick townhouses in this neighborhood boast beautiful small gardens for their residents. Wooster Square is served by the nighttime minibus.

This neighborhood is often referred to as “Grad Haven” because of the high percentage of graduate and professional students who live there, but it is also home to many faculty members and local residents. This neighborhood is more residential but has several groceries, bars, restaurants, laundromats, dry cleaners, and coffee shops. It is on the Yale shuttle and nighttime minibus routes. The apartments and houses in East Rock are generally quite nice, and the neighborhood is convenient to central campus and Science Hill. Many rental apartments are in older multi-family homes and townhouses with hardwood floors and fireplaces.

Once you are in the position of influence and decision making, I need you to always remember that behind every decision you make is a person.”

Gina Raimondo ’98

Governor of Rhode Island, 2015 Commencement Address