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Stony Brook University is situated at the geographic midpoint of Long Island — about 60 miles east of New York City and 60 miles west of Montauk Point. While the campus is just a commuter train ride to the greatest city in the world, it is also only a short distance to the beaches of Fire Island and the rural charms of Long Island’s North Fork.

Long Island’s villages, hamlets and towns each have their own distinctive character, and each features a wide range of housing choices, culture, and recreation. The University offers several housing options for incoming graduate students who wish to reside on campus as well as support for those who prefer to live off campus.

On-Campus Housing

The Division of Campus Residences offers apartment-style living for graduate students and their families. All apartments are fully furnished, and include premium cable and high-speed Internet. Each complex has fitness, computing and laundry facilities.

All new international and domestic graduate students are guaranteed housing as long as their deposit and housing requests are in by the Fall application deadline.

All prospective students should be advised that that Stony Brook University is a tobacco-free campus, so there is no tobacco use in any of the University apartments.

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Off-Campus Housing

Off-campus Housing serves as a good place for students to start looking for an apartment or a house to rent. Not only does the OCH website list available rentals from landlords who have been vetted by the University, it also has roommate listings, options for short-term housing, and information on local apartment complexes. You can also optimize your search based on rent, distance to campus, amenities, and pet and smoking preferences.

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The Office of Commuter Student Services and Off Campus Living offers valuable programs and services to commuter students, and actively encourages commuter students to become full participants in campus life.

Off-Campus Housing Service (OCH) provides a current listing of available local housing. If you need assistance finding housing based on individual requirements, our friendly staff at OCH will provide a personalized search to assist you.

A Long Island Rail Road Station right on campus puts Stony Brook within easy reach from New York City and other points on Long Island.

Parking for commuters is abundant and easily accessible, with free bus service to all buildings on campus. Parking is available in the parking garages on East and West Campus and in metered parking areas, as shown on the campus map. See the parking page for more information.

Motorist Assistance is just a phone call away if you experience a problem with your car. Staff are equipped to jump-start cars, help if you have locked your keys in your car, assist with slow-leaking tires, and get you going if you run out of gas. If you have additional questions, please call the Parking Services Office at (631) 632-AUTO. (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm)

The Office of Commuter Student Services is located in room 225 in the Student Activities Center.

Child Care

The Stony Brook Child Care Center serves faculty, staff and students as well as non-affiliated community families. The Center is nationally accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, which means it has voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and invited external review to verify compliance with the academy's criteria for high-quality early childhood programs.

The primary aim of the Center is to provide a warm, supportive and creative atmosphere. Each room is "family-grouped,” enabling children to interact with others of different ages. Since children at this stage of their development "learn by doing," there are plenty of hands-on activities that at times build a child’s self-reliance.

The Center is staffed by full-time professionals, assisted by part-time support staff and University students enrolled in the Psychology 448 Internship. The staff foster a positive, non-sexist, non-violent and non-authoritarian, multi-cultural environment. Children are encouraged to express their feelings and needs verbally and to respect those of others. The child-teacher ratio in the 3-5 year old program is 7-to-1 and the Infant-Toddler program is 4-to-1.

Tuition assistance may be available for Stony Brook University students.

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Cultural Opportunities

Staller Center

Since opening in 1978, Staller Center for the Arts has presented an ever-expanding schedule of live music, dance, theatre, and fine art exhibitions in its five theaters and 5,000 square foot Gallery. The Staller Center offers a wide variety of world class performances from September through May and presents the Stony Brook Film Festival every July.

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Wang Center

The Charles B. Wang Center is dedicated to being the foremost world-class center of Asian and Asian American arts and culture. The Wang Center has committed to creating, establishing, organizing and documenting programs of the highest caliber that reflect both traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian American cultures and societies. These programs include exhibitions, films, lectures, conferences, performances, and educational discussions.

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Simons Center

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Art Program is an outreach program connecting artists and scientists. The Program aims to establish the Center as a venue for artistic science-inspired productions and events of interest and benefit to the entire Stony Brook University campus and local/regional community. Programs include:

  • Resident Artist Program
  • Visiting Artist Program
  • Art Studio and Exhibition Space
  • Concerts, Lectures and Conferences
  • Workshops in Center Auditorium

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Student Activities Office of Creative Arts

The Office of Creative Arts at the Student Activities Center provides various opportunities for students to get creative and be a part of the art appreciation that occurs on campus. The Office offers non-credit classes as well as popular casual programs, including Craft Night, Paint Night, Self Care: Spa Nite, Art Crawl Tours and more.

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Go Seawolves! Stony Brook's NCAA Division I athletics programs offer a wide range of options for serious competitors and sports enthusiasts. Our new 4,000-seat Island Federal Credit Union Arena is home to the 2016 America East Men’s Basketball Champions.

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