Local Atmosphere

Location
Stony Brook, NY
Undergrads
14,566
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Many people go to port jeff to things or just go into Manhattan.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere isn't too bad. Since spring is arriving the scenery is getting better.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of beaches in the area! There is also a shuttle to the Southampton Campus. The Smith Haven mall is located 15 minutes away, with university bus and public bus transportation available.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Just eh. there's a movie theater and the Smithaven Mall which most students go to during weekends, or work there during the school year.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school is deep in Long Island, NY. Not exactly a social hub

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hometown
Hopewell Junction, NY
Major
Business Management
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The area surrounding Stony Brook University is basically a small town. The Three Village area is upper-middleclass and quite safe. The campus is fairly removed, so a car is desirable. More than half of the student body commutes, so they already have cars. However, public busing is readily available. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Station is located on the northern tip of campus, and a bus that will takes you there directly from the Student Activity Center Loop. The train goes into Penn Station in New York City. On the downside, the ride there takes around two hours because of a transfer.

Malls, bars, supermarkets, and other amenities are all within 10 minutes from campus by car, but it can be a far walk. On the weekends, there is a bus that will take students to and from local shopping centers. However, the schedule is not always reliable. Luckily, there are many taxis in the area that offer relatively speedy service for a low price, which comes in handy for getting to and from clubs, bars, and Thursday night frat parties. The area around Stony Brook is definitely not a college town, though. Most of the surrounding area has retained its old world charm, though there are also plenty of new developments and shopping centers for students to patronize.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Stony Brook Film Festival showcases dozens of independent films every year. The facility, which boasts a 40' wide screen and state-of-the-art 35 mm and 16 mm projection equipment, is a great festival venue.
  2. Completed in 1941, the Stony Brook Village Center has long been considered the first planned shopping center in the United States.
  3. Stony Brook's original settlers, the Setalcott Indians, referred to this area as "Cutsgunsuck," which translates to "brook laden with stones." This is how Stony Brook got its name.
  4. The Washington Spy Trail, spanning almost 100 miles along the North Shore of Long Island, hosts a series of attractions that follow the route of George Washington's first post Revolutionary tour in 1790.
  5. I-CON is a three day festival celebrating interest, creativity, and literacy in science and technology through science fiction. Over 6,000 people attend each year to listen to guest speakers share their experiences in their fields.
Notable Natives
  • Blue Öyster Cult - rock band
  • Joseph Durso - sportswriter
  • Anthony Famiglietti - Olympic athlete
  • Micah Hawkins - American poet, playwright, and composer
  • Kevin James - actor/comedian
  • Lee Krasner - abstract expressionist painter
  • Stan Lee - creator of Marvel Comics
  • Ward Melville - American philanthropist and founder of the Thom McAn shoe chain
  • William Sidney Mount - painter
  • Jackson Pollack - American painter
  • Dee Snyder - singer of Twisted Sister
Local Slang
  • Chickenhead: Derogatory term for women (i.e. slut)
  • Clutch: Performing under pressure, coming through "in the clutch." Something awesome happens. "That was so clutch!"
  • Fo' reals?: I don't believe you!
  • Wats good b: What's up?
  • Wrap up: Sandwich wraps available in the SAC
Points of Interest
  • Atlantis Marine World
  • Hercules Pavilion
  • The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages
  • Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
  • Splish Splash Water Park
  • Stony Brook Beach
  • Stony Brook Grist Mill
  • Three Village Inn
  • Vanderbilt Museum
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site & Interpretive Center
  • West Meadow Beach
Shopping Centers
  • Route 347
  • Smith Haven Mall
  • Stony Brook Village Center
  • Tanger Outlet Center
Movie Theaters
ISLAND 16: Cinema de Lux
185 Morris Ave.
Holtsville
(631) 758-4300
Movie Theaters
Loews Cineplex
2196 Nesconset Hwy.
Stony Brook
(631) 941-0124
Movie Theaters
Movieland Cinema
1850 Rt. 112
Coram
(631) 696-4282
Movie Theaters
Port Jefferson Cinemas
Route 112
Port Jefferson Station
(631) 928-3456
Major Sports Teams
  • Brooklyn Cyclones: minor league baseball
  • Long Island Ducks: minor league baseball
  • New York Giants: football
  • New York Islanders: hockey
  • New York Jets: football
  • New York Knicks: basketball
  • New York Mets: baseball
  • New York Rangers: hockey
  • New York Yankees: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Montauk Point: NY: 1 hour
  • New York City: NY: 1 hour
Did You Know?
  • Past films at the Stony Brook Film Festival have included "Garden State," "The Secret Lives of Dentists," "Shelter Island," "The Book of Stars," "The Deep End," "The Bread My Sweet," "Don't Let Go," "Almost Salinas," "Diamond Men," "The Grey Zone," "The Weight of Water," and "The Jimmy Show," and included guests like Ralph Macchio, Tilda Swinton, David Arquette, Frank Whaley, Campbell Scott, and Tim Blake Nelson.
  • At the top of the village green in the Brook Village Center, a wood-carved mechanical eagle with a twenty-foot wing span is perched in the pediment of the post office, and still flaps its wings every hour on the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.
  • Programming at I-CON spans a wide range of topics and interests, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, Japanese animation (otherwise known as Anime), medieval reenactment, and science and technology.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 102 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 103 responses

  • 10% Painfully remote.
  • 35% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 24% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 102 responses

  • 35% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 47% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 18% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 102 responses

  • 42% No way.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% Totally.

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