Off-Campus Living during the Coronavirus Pandemic
For the latest statewide COVID-19 restrictions, see the City of New Haven website.
IN THIS SECTION:
Off-Campus Tenant Legal Rights & Responsibilities
Off-Campus Living: Yale & Community Resources
Off-Campus Living: Weather & Power Emergencies
FAQ: Setting Up Your Off-Campus Household
When you elect to live off campus, you accept the responsibility of living as an accountable citizen in your community. Part of this responsibility involves conscious consideration of your neighbors and their families – especially those who may be at greater risk for Covid-19.
It’s important to remember that though you are a Yale student, you are also a resident of the city of New Haven. Like those who live and work in New Haven, there’s the expectation that you are not the source of noise complaints, public intoxication or an ambulance call to your apartment/house, or trash that is improperly discarded or piled up.
Repeated complaints, violations, etc. could result in eviction, losing your ability to renew your lease next year, a citation, fine or arrest. Your neighbors also have the ability to call the city health department with concerns of COVID-related violations or irresponsible behavior. As a host, you can be fined up to $500 and attendees can be fined up to $250. Read more on the city of New Haven website.
Though you may have Yale emergency alerts, you can also sign up for alerts from the city of New Haven Emergency Alert website. Following the City of New Haven’s Twitter and Facebook pages are recommended for the important news and updates. The city’s 211 page also has helpful links regarding food pantries, utility assistance, emergency shelters and more.
- What do I do if my landlord tries to evict me? Here’s what you need to know.
- Housing Violations: City of New Haven Common Housing Code Violations & Remedies.
To find out more about Yale College-specifics regarding Covid-19, please see our COVID-19 Announcements and FAQs page.
Note: For information on leases, rights & responsibilities, a helpful apartment checklist & more information, see the State of Connecticut Landlord and Tenants Rights and Regulations (PDF). Be sure to discuss with your landlord how security deposits are handled, as well as what factors could result in a deduction from your deposit.
To begin your off-campus housing search, first consider:
- The type of housing you prefer (i.e., single-family house; high rise apartment; unit in a multi-family house)
- Whether or not you plan to have roommates
- The date by which you'd like to move in
- Desired amenities (e.g., on-site laundry; private bathroom; air conditioning)
- Acceptable commute/distance to campus
COVID-19 has impacted the way we now view real estate/housing options. Ask the landlord or property manager how he/she/they is handling showings. Clarifying your expectations with the landlord before you arrange to view a listing can make the process smoother.
- For a helpful apartment checklist, see pages 4-5 of the State of Connecticut Landlord and Tenants Rights and Regulations (PDF).
- The Connecticut Fair Housing Center website is a useful resource should you have concerns as a renter about your housing situation.
Scroll down for a list of websites to begin your housing search. Once you’ve identified potential apartments, make an appointment with the landlord or management company to see the property. During your viewing, take pictures of the unit before you move in.