1. Travel

It is up to the discretion of each team and school how they will get to New Haven. The best way to get to Yale from afar is to fly into Bradley International Airport, near Hartford. From the airport, you can get to New Haven via Connecticut Limo, a shuttle service that runs directly from Bradley to Phelps Gate (the main entrance to Old Campus). Tickets on Connecticut Limo usually run between $35-$50, but a round trip ticket can be booked for around $72/ticket. Other options include flying into one of the New York airports (LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark) and taking the MetroNorth train from Grand Central to New Haven Union Station. Taxicabs to Phelps Gate are readily available from the New Haven train station.

For students in the Northeast, the best way to get into New Haven is either by car or by train (usually Amtrak). For convenience, we recommend parking as close to the campus as possible. There is a large parking lot off of Broadway (two blocks away from Old Campus and William Harkness Hall). Additional information about parking in New Haven is provided here.


2. Lodging

There are many places to stay in downtown New Haven near Yale’s campus. We recommend staying as close to Yale’s campus as possible, for both convenience and safety reasons. Although New Haven’s reputation as dangerous is overblown, it is still a city. Staying close to Yale’s campus will ensure that all teams will be able to find Sterling-Sheffield-Strathcona Hall (SSS) and Old Campus easily. Our recommendations for hotels are the New Haven Hotel and the Courtyard New Haven at Yale. The Omni Hotel and The Study at Yale are also options, though these are typically more expensive.


3. Food

Students should not leave and wander around without their chaperones, but they are welcome to go with their chaperones to get food when not playing their rounds.  

Breakfast: Bruegger's Bagels is the closest breakfast spot to SSS, where registration and the welcome will take place. Other good breakfast options in the Yale area are Starbucks, Atticus, and Maison Mathis.

Lunch: When each level is not playing its preliminary rounds (1:00-3:30 for Intermediate, 10:30-1:00 for Novice and Advanced), students will have time for lunch.

Options include Chipotle, Panera, Claire's Corner Copia, Ivy Wok, Shake Shack, and Junzi Kitchen. Further options are available with a simple Google search. Each student should bring at least $10 for lunch.

Dinner: Schools arriving on Friday, as well as those sticking around after the tournament on Saturday, might consider eating dinner in the Yale area. Popular options for Yale students include Yorkside Pizza, Five Guys, Wallstreet Pizza, Salsa Fresca, and Tomatillo. Other, somewhat more upscale options, include Prime 16, Tarry Lodge, Temple Grill, and Zinc Kitchen. Also highly recommended by our staff are Arethusa and Ashley's for ice cream.

It is also possible that the Yale Certamen staff will arrange an outing to a restaurant on Friday evening, offering the opportunity for students to learn more about Yale and the tournament. If this is the case, more information will be sent to teams who have indicated they will be arriving on Friday.