With Yale University being one of the major draws to the area you are going to have a lot of competition for housing. Every year over 15,000 new students ascend onto the campus. This can create a big demand for housing. Look for housing as soon as you know you've been accepted into a program at Yale. Campus housing coordinators can give you information in places to start looking.
Have all your supporting documentation in order when completing an application for housing. Competition is tight in this area. Everyone wants to find the ideal housing and landlords can afford to be quite picky. Having an application that highlights you as a responsible tenant with great references is what you need.
You will need to have your own transportation if you want to be able to get around town easily. Depending on where you live you could walk or bike to many areas but having your own vehicle is ideal. The city does have public transportation. CT Transit can help you get around town quickly and easily. You can find fare and schedule information by going to www.cttransit.com.
New Haven has so many things to see and do. You won't want for anything in this town. This is a food lover's paradise. Some of the top restaurants in the country are located in New Haven. In addition if you love shopping then you have found a new home here. If you are looking for nightlife then look no further. There are venues for every musical taste out there.