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COVID-19 Testing

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14-Day Self-Quarantine

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Packing Information

Tips For Packing

Use this checklist as a starting point for making sure you have everything you are going to need for your first year at Stony Brook. Given COVID-19, residents are strogly encouraged to pack only the essential items that they need for the Fall semester. At semester break, or as needed, students can bring additional items that they need for their room, suite or apartment.

You will be able to leave your belongings in the residence halls over winter break if you are coming back for the spring semester. Please always take your valuable items with you if you will be leaving your room for an extended period.

Keep in mind while packing that, upon reasonable notice, residents may be required to vacate the residence halls on a temporary or permanent basis following state, county, or University mandates and requirements if COVID-19 cases rise that results in the decision to reduce housing density. For more information please check    Coming Back Safe and Strong Student FAQs: Housing/Residential Life  

Special Tips For International and Out of State / Out of Area students

There is a mail room located in most of our residential communities on campus. All student mail, including packages are delivered to the mailroom in the ara of campus that you will live in. These spaces are limited in size and stoarge capacity. Therefore it is strongly encouraged that students delay shipping large items o that they arrive after the student reaches the campus.  

There is also an Amazon Locker location on campus where items can be shipped for pick up upon arrival to the campus.

While students are expected to provide their own bed linens and towels, there will be a limited number of these items available on a loaner basis upon request in each Area Office for students unable to travel with these items. Upon purchasing bedding and other linens, these items must be laundered and returned to the Area Office so that they remain available for other students.  

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Prohibited Items

The following items are not allowed in our university apartments due to the NYS Fire Code or the Terms of Occupancy: 

  • Candles
  • Chemicals/combustibles
  • "Cut to fit" Decorative string lights
  • Appliances not approved to your building and area (microwaves, toasters, rice cookers, hot plates, grills, crock pots, etc.)*
  • Outlet Splitters, Adapters, &    Extension Cords
  • Bed Raisers
  • Foam / Gel Mattress Toppers
  • Air Conditioning Units & Space Heaters
  • Coffee Makers & Water Boilers with warming plates
  • Hoverboards, Electric Skateboard, Electric Scooters, & other Electric or Motorized Transportation Devices
  • Plug-in Air Fresheners
  • E-Cigarettes / Vapes / Tobacco
  • Pets*
  • Irons without auto shut off
  • Non-Approved Personal Furniture 
  • Wall Decorations that cover more than 10% of the wall space

*For further details and exceptions see the full   Terms of Occupancy   or refer to your Apartment Coordinator or Residence Hall Director. Thank you for not bringing these items into our residence halls. 


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