It is critical that you consider the cost of utilities when renting a home or apartment. Some landlords may include the cost of certain utilities (such as water or electricity) in the monthly rent – this will be clearly stated in the lease. For those utilities not included in the rent, you may ask your landlord for an estimate of the apartment’s monthly utility bill. If you do not have access to a thermometer in your unit (not uncommon in older apartment buildings or homes), please ask your landlord when the heat is turned on each year.

Utilities to consider include: 

  • Cable / Satellite 
  • Internet
  • Gas / Oil
  • Electric
  • Water 
  • Garbage
  • Recycling
  • Home Security Service
  • Lawn Care /Landscaping/Snow Removal

How do I set up or transfer utilities?

If you are moving locally, call your current service provider/utility company to inform them of your move.

If you are establishing service for the first time, consult the provider’s website regarding their procedures for new clients.

  • Note: Contact your new provider several days before you take occupancy of your new residence to avoid service interruptions.

The main electricity provider in New Haven is United Illuminating (UI). First-time users of UI may establish service using their Start Service page.

      Please be sure to review your initial contract to understand the implications of canceling a contract before the end of its term (especially after an initial promotional deal). Be aware of potential increases in rates and don’t hesitate to reach out to your provider if you notice dramatic changes in your monthly bill.

      Additional FAQs

      Cable & Internet, Electricity, and Heating sources
      Do I live on a street where there’s street cleaning?
      Snow Removal
      Trash Collection
      What do I do in the event of a weather emergency?
      What grocery stores are nearby?
      Where can I find storage options?

      Where can I find furniture?

      When purchasing furniture, please:

      • Determine your budget
      • Consider furniture style and quality
      • Consult with roommates to confirm what furniture they will bring. Remember to inquire of landlord what, if any, furniture will be left in the unit when you take possession of it
      • Do consider purchasing furniture that can serve multiple purposes

      In the New Haven area, you have many purchasing options at varying levels of affordability. 

      Businesses in the New Haven area offer options for every budget. The list below, which does not imply a Yale endorsement, includes local businesses ranked by cost, from lowest to highest.