We are biased, but we think New Haven is awesome. Yale is located in the geographic center of New Haven, and contributes much to the city’s character and culture. Beyond Yale, there are many places to eat, drink, shop, and experience arts and culture. Should you want more, it is also very easy to get to nearby cities such as New York (2 hours) or Boston (3 hours) by car or train. The cost of living is affordable, and the city is generally safe (violent crime rates, for example, are currently lower than the national average).