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  • On Campus

    Living On Campus

    Stony Brook University offers on housing to students throughout the year.  The Office of Campus Residences  is responsible for all room assignments for the IEC.  If you have any questions about living on campus, taking a virtual tour of the spaces available or any of the services that are offered, please visit the Campus Residences website.  

    Campus Residences

    On Campus

    SBU Mobile App

    Get essential Stony Brook University information and services any time, anywhere on your mobile device with the SBU Mobile Web

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    Virtual Tour

    Take a virtual tour of the Stony Brook University campus.  Don't forget to stop at the Melville Library...that's where the IEC Office is located.  All IEC classes are held in the SBS Building.

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    Clubs and Organizations

    Make your time at the IEC count in and outside of the classroom.  Stony Brook University offers numerous activities, clubs and organizations that all IEC students can take advantage of while studying English.  Aside from classes, the best way to enhance your student life at SBU is to spend time with other students and speak English!

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    Student Safety

    Student safety is the highest priority of Stony Brook and the University Police Department.  Vehicular accident and pedestrian injuries remain a concern for all of us.  Whether you are walking on campus or driving a car, the use of cell phones, iPods or ther devices puts you and others at risk.  To reduce that risk, we encourage everyone to refrain from using these devices when traveling to your destination and simply "Put It Down."  

  • Off Campus

    Living Off Campus

    Thinking of living off campus instead of the dorms? Stony Brook offers information through the Commuter Student Services & Off Campus Living Office   with an active website offering international students resources to help find off campus housing. In addition to providing information to help find rental spaces, the office gives students the tools to protect themselves when renting, as well as, services for commuter students like the Commuter Assistant (CA) Program.  If you are considering living off campus, please check out their website.

    Commuter Student Services & Off Campus Living Office

    Off Campus

    Stony Brook is located at the geographic midpoint of Long Island — the campus lies about 60 miles east of New York City and 60 miles west of Montauk Point. It is only a short distance to the beaches of Fire Island and the historic monuments and museums of New York City.


    SBU is located in the village of Stony Brook, NY, a historical neighborhood just 65 miles east of New York City.  Located within the village is the Village Center, which includes restaurants, shops, hotels, museums and a working grist mill among other natural and historical sights -- all overlooking the beautiful Stony Brook Harbor.

    Visit Stony Brook Village

    Close to the University is the Smithaven Mall complex where students can find stores from Aeropostale to Apple, Verizon to Victoria's Secret.  There are buses to take you there or just a short drive by car.

    Visit Smithaven Mall

    Located just 10 minutes east of SBU is the village of Port Jefferson.  Overlooking the Port Jefferson Harbor and the Long Island Sound, the village is home to several historic buildings and many unique restaurants and shops.

    Visit Port Jefferson

    New York City

    Stony Brook is about 2 hours by train to New York City and obviously, well worth the trip.  Students can drive or take the train to Manhattan to check out all the things the Big Apple has to offer.  The food, shows, shopping, sports and museums make New York city a must-see destination!  Want to do something fun?  Check out the NYC Monthly website for some ideas!

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    For easy access to New York City, the Long Island Railroad's Port Jefferson line has a stop on the north side of the SBU campus.  Call (631) 231-LIRR for schedules and rates or check online.

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    SBU bus service is scheduled to closely adhere to the LIRR arrival and departure times, picking up and dropping off passengers at the North P lot bus stop (campus side of the station).  Public transportation is also available.  Suffolk Transit buses have stops located on campus to take students where they need to go.  

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    View Suffolk Transit

    The Port Jefferson Ferry crosses the Long Island Sound between the city of Bridgeport, CT and Port Jefferson, NY.  The ferries can accommodate passengers on foot, with bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks and buses.  Service is year-round.

    There's a six-mile bicycle path on campus that provides a scenic way to travel about campus. For your convenience or during unanticipated inclement weather, you can bring your bicycle on board campus buses that are equipped with quick release bicycle racks.  SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share is the University's bike share system that provides students, faculty, staff and visitors with a sustainable, healthy transportation alternative if you do not have a bike of your own.

    Wolf Ride Bike Share