Yale-NUS believes that learning continues beyond the formal academic spaces of classrooms, labs and the library. It also happens in our dining hall, creative spaces, suites and lounges. This is why all of our students, both international and Singaporean, live oncampus for all four years. Residential College life is an integral part of the Yale-NUS experience; it’s a time to build community, create college traditions and engage in late-night conversations.

Yale-NUS has three Residential Colleges: Saga, Elm and Cendana. These Colleges will become your home away from home. With everything you may possibly need, including dining halls, laundry rooms, faculty offices, common lounges, butteries and social spaces, there is no shortage of space to connect with friends or host meetings with faculty.



Yale-NUS students live within nested communities on our campus. Within each Residential College, students live in suites made up of four or six single bedrooms. This means you will have your own space to study and rest, while still having easy access to conversation, collaboration and fun with your suitemates. Each suite has a shared bathroom and common living space.


For convenience, each Residential College has its own dining hall. But as a Yale-NUS student, you will have access to all three dining halls. Food is served buffet style, with a wide range of options to suit the diverse tastes of our student community.


Yale-NUS offers state-of-the-art science labs, equipped with ample equipment for research and experiments in everything from biology to physics. Work with some of the greatest minds in science, as professors conduct groundbreaking research alongside students.


From basketball to badminton, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to keep active on the Yale-NUS campus. You’ll find students playing netball in the Multi-Purpose Hall, lifting weights in the gym and learning new steps in the dance studio. Whether exploring a new sport, keeping up with your fitness or joining one of Yale-NUS’s competitive sports teams, there is no shortage of opportunities to keep moving.


Known as a favourite spot on campus, the Yale-NUS library serves as a hot spot for both individual and group study. Within the three-storey library, you’ll find private soundproof study spaces, high performance computing labs and comfortable spots to relax with a book. With access to study materials from both NUS and Yale, resources are practically endless. Our librarians are on-hand to support students in any of their research tasks – from tracking down hard-to-find books to guiding you through a vast array of online journals and resources.


The Arts Walk is a hub of creative expression for Yale-NUS students. Dedicated art studios are used by students of all majors who want to dabble in the fine arts. The Dance Studio offers a dedicated space for both novice and experienced dancers to perfect their steps. The state-of-the-art Black Box Theatre is abuzz with student performances, as well as guest lectures and productions. The Black Box is equipped with a fully adjustable lighting and sound system to allow students to experience the technical side of productions. Private practice rooms are also available to practice the piano or jam with a student band.


Visual artists have a dedicated space, located conveniently on campus, where they can have access to high-end fabrication equipment. Students learn how to use this equipment, such as 3D printers, through ongoing workshops and tutorials.


Each residential college has its own courtyard, which are outdoor spaces for students to relax, study or enjoy social activities. It’s a common space where the community comes together to celebrate a multitude of events.


Prepared to be wowed! The Performance Hall is the biggest seated space on campus and boasts a grand piano and impeccable acoustics. The Performance Hall is used to host everything from Common Curriculum lectures to the notable guests of the President’s Speaker Series.


Each residential college has its own common lounge – a small and homey space where students can come to relax, study or listen to guest speakers. With a baby grand piano, games and books in each lounge, it’s a great space to unwind or take part in exciting activities with new friends.


All Residential College towers feature sky gardens – a shared outdoor garden space on every third floor. These gardens complement student suites, offering an inviting space to socialise with your suitemates while enjoying fresh air and gorgeous views.


Each Residential College has a unique buttery – a space that provides a fun and engaging place for students to come together. These student-run cafes offer kitchens and common areas to provide the opportunity to indulge in late-night meals and gatherings. A warm and buzzing atmosphere, Yale-NUS students love to utilise the butteries to relax, socialise, and engage with the student community.


You will find small seminar classrooms scattered throughout the Yale-NUS campus. We believe the best discoveries and intellectual curiosities come from engaging conversations with your peers and faculty. To support group work and round-table discussions, all classrooms have movable furniture that can easily be arranged to best facilitate these conversations. The Performance Hall and a small number of lecture theatres are available for Common Curriculum lectures and special guest lectures.


Venture to neighbouring NUS University Town (U Town) to access a variety of facilities and amenities. Have a go at rock climbing, take a dip in the infinity pool or sample the cuisine at the food courts, restaurants, and cafes available.

Student Suites

Yale-NUS students live within nested communities on our campus. Within each Residential College, students live in suites made up of four or six single bedrooms. This means you will have your own space to study and rest, while still having easy access to conversation, collaboration and fun with your suitemates. Each suite has a shared bathroom and common living space.

Student Suite

Suites offer a comfortable and immersive residential experience for students. Made of either four or six single rooms, suites bring together people from local and international backgrounds.

Student Suite

Suites are uniquely your own. Decorate your room and common area how you see fit, and make yourself feel at home. Photo: Dean of Students Office

Student Suite

Express yourself in a comfortable and private space. Both social and private living is easily accessible with the suite experience. Photo: Dean of Students Office

Student Suite

Residential life will be a huge part of your Yale-NUS experience. Your time in your Residential College will provide you with a more connected living and learning experience, and enable you to spend time developing yourself within your extra-curricular interests. Photo: Public Affairs Office

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Panel Theme: Residential Life
Jul 01