Skip Navigation

Before You Arrive

Move in times vary depending on your circumstances and standing. Please check the link below to refer to Undergraduate and Graduate arrival times as well as a guide to create an appointment.

Fall Arrival Dates

Spring New Student Arrival Information

Packing Tips

Packing Checklist

Prohibited Items

Kitchen Appliances

Special Tips for Out of State and Out of Area Students
Residents have the ability to receive mail on campus. During the start of the semester the mailroom operation experiences peak utilization, therefore it is strongly encouraged that students wait to ship large items so that the item arrives after the student reaches campus. Please note that we are unable to receive packages for individuals not currently residing on campus. The delivery of extremely large items requiring freight or other carrier delivery services such as auto parts or furniture will be refused.

Finding Your New Home
All buildings at Stony Brook University can be searched for on services such as Google and Apple Maps in order to find walking and driving directions.

Find Your Community

Move-In Process
Upon arrival on campus you should report to your check-in tent located in your residential community. At the location you will be required to:

  • Have 2 copies of your check-in pass, one to bring to check-in and one to be placed in the dashboard of your vehicle. You can print your pass in late July in the housing portal "Assignment Confirmation" page for your most current move-in date and time.

  • Bring photo ID (Stony Brook ID, driver's license, passport, etc.)

Guest Assistance: You are limited to no more than two other persons in addition to yourself, in the residence hall while you move in.  As such, the University strongly recommends not traveling to campus with multiple family members as they will not be permitted to enter the building.

Vehicle at Move-in: Arrive in only one vehicle and do not leave vehicles unattended in non-designated parking areas. Unload and park in an appropriate location. Cars can only be parked for unloading for 15 minutes outside of a residential building. As soon as all items are unloaded from your vehicle, your car should be moved to a parking space. All residents coming with a vehicle to move in should print a second copy of their check-in pass that must be displayed on the dashboard of their vehicle to assist in locating you if the car needs to be moved. Use of a trailer during move-in will not be permitted. Do not park in handicap, metered, or faculty/staff parking.

Summer Move-Over: If you are living on campus over the summer, you will be able to move into your fall housing assignment on August 13 between 10:00am - 1:00pm. All Summer Move-Overs must be completed by August 14 at 4:00pm. 

Roommate Agreement 
This agreement will be created by your RA who will work with you and your roommates and/or suitemates to set agreed upon common rules. Please reach out to your RA if you have any questions.

Dining Halls
There are several dining halls located on campus that offer a wide variety of meal options. First year students are required to have an unlimited meal plan. There are retail locations located on campus and two Starbucks! Click here to learn more about campus dining services. 

Reporting a Problem
If for any reason you should experience issues requiring maintenance, use FIXIT to submit work requests for maintenance, repairs involving pre-existing infrastructure, sign request, or special events set up. Once you submit a request, you will receive email updates with the status of the request. If you have any questions, please contact your Area Office. For any problems with washers and dryers, please contact your RA or residential staff member to report the problem.