Off-Campus Housing

Stony Brook, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not live off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school's career center helps students to find off campus housing and there are also fliers around the school, so its pretty helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of different selections of houses out there for off campus living. Depending on who the landlord is, it could get pricey. Some people just want to rip college kids off but someone I knew lived of campus in this nice big house with a huge backyard with 5 of his friends. The cost was good, parking wasn't a problem because of the wide driveway, and it was close to school. A lot of the time when the people living in it graduate and are moving out the landlord will ask them t post a flyer or ask around to see if anyone needs a place. Look at the posting boards as you walk through campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Depending how far one wants to live to campus, you will likely need a car. Many of the off campus housing is over priced many are small rooms in crowded homes. Some landlords are very nice and will work with students if they pay their own rent and work . For the most part may areas are safe, safety depends on your comfort level.

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  • 968th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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A large percentage of Stony Brook's students live at home and commute to school. It is only a small population of students that rent apartments in the nearby area, which is a contributing factor to the lack of a college town feel. With that said, students can be found living anywhere from Centereach and Selden, to Mount Sinai and Sound Beach. A car is a requirement for living off campus, because housing within walking distance is hard to find, and generally costs more. The further one is willing to commute, the better the price one can find. Neighborhoods found along the shore have a tendency to be much nicer, a little more removed from suburbia with a picturesque beach nearby.

SBU's Off-Campus Housing Services helps students to find just the right place in the right price range. Rental prices in the Stony Brook area may vary from less expensive to terribly expensive, but the quality and condition of housing found is usually in great shape. The cheapest and easiest apartments to find are basement studios. Unfortunately, these apartments are often cold, dank, and dark. Generally found in part of a private home, utilities are usually included, as well as the additional noise above. Be sure to inquire over the phone about what kinds of requirements are necessary, such as internet access and parking. Long Island has lots of "illegal apartments," which are makeshift apartments that have not been approved by the town. While it is not illegal to live there, it can be a center of tension if the landlord is not on top of things.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester for the fall semester
Popular Areas
  • Centereach
  • East Setauket
  • Lake Grove
  • Mt. Sinai
  • Nesconset
  • Port Jefferson
  • Selden
  • St. James
  • Stony Brook
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,200
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 4 BR: $2,400
  • Studio: $775

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 91 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 91 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 26% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 91 responses

  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 8% Extremely helpful.
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