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

Parking: South P is simply the best, less stressful place to park. There are constant shuttles that take you anywhere on campus. Parking permits are not too bad, mine is only 20.00 a month . You do not need to have a car for campus, but it helps. Get to your parking lot early the good spaces fill up fast.

3 College Junior

Parking: South P is big for commuters, but people have to take buses. Anywhere else on campus you definitely need a parking permit or they will get you for a ticket.

4 College Senior

Parking: There is plenty off parking off campus, and the buses that take you throughout the campus from the parking lot are frequent and run on time. You are not allowed a car during freshman year, but there is really no need for a car unless you plan on commuting to other areas outside of campus that are not reachable by bus. There is a bus that takes you to places like Smith Haven Mall and other shopping centers.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are not enough parking spots in reasonable location for its students.

4 College Freshman

Parking: It is hard to obtain a parking permit for the spots closest to the dorms and classes, but parking in those spaces is generally free from 4pm-7am. There is also a commuter parking lot that is free to park in, there are always more than enough spots available, but it is far from the campus center. There are always buses that take you from the center to the parking lot, and back, but it's still a hassle when carrying a lot of bags back and forth. Toll parking is also available, and is convenient, if you're willing to pay about $7 from 7am-4pm, which counts as a whole day because parking in those spaces is free after 4pm.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 404th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 650th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1026th
    Best Parking Availability

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Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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There is actually a lot of parking on campus. Metered spots are located within close proximity to all buildings, as well as all-day paid parking in many convenient places. There is also free parking, but it is a bit of a walk sometimes, especially in the cold. One can park at the N Lot by the LIRR train station for commuters to and from New York City, or in the S Lot, at the far end of campus. Busing is provided for both lots, and to all residence halls, to transport students to where they need to go.

During the day, the busing is convenient and punctual. However, later in the day, buses become sparser and less timely. Just over half of the student population is commuter, so parking can fill up quickly. In the middle of the day, one can waste almost half an hour finding a metered spot. After 7 p.m., parking is free.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Lots across campus are designated based on where the student lives.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Commuters only
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $25
  • Parking without a permit: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The South P lot has many, many spaces available at all times. However, one must rely on campus busing to get to and from the actual campus. If you're in a rush, this may not be the best way to go.
  • The North P lot by the LIRR Station usually has an open spot somewhere, but it is a walk.
  • One might circle through the parking lot behind Harriman a couple of times, as it is a busy lot, and people come and go. It is a metered lot, however, and at 25 cents every fifteen minutes, the change in your pocket can disappear very quickly.
  • Sometimes one can get lucky at the parking along Engineering Drive or at the hourly lot at the end, but it is hourly parking, one dollar an hour.
  • The H Lot is large and pretty centrally located, but it can actually fill up to its capacity at the height of the day. During the week from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., there is free parking. From 4 p.m. on Friday to 7 a.m. on Monday, there is also free parking.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The Life Sciences Lot is always filled to capacity.
Getting a Parking Permit
Junior and senior residents, and commuters of all levels, may apply for a parking permit. Because of the large commuter population, and the suburban sprawl of Stony Brook, the necessity of a car and a permit is utmost. Getting the permit is easy, and it can be obtained in person on the same day you apply for it. However, finding a place to park can sometimes be more challenging. One can apply online at:, or e-mail SBU Parking Services at for any questions, or call (631) 632-AUTO. On the weekends, and past 4 p.m. on weekdays, a permit isn't needed to park in faculty or residential lots. And if you're a freshman or a sophomore, there are ways to get commuter permits (even if you're a resident) or even just parking your car in the South P lot without a permit won't get you a ticket, since it is designated for visitor parking as well. Don't leave your car in one spot for too long though, or they might catch on.
Parking Services
Transportation and Parking Services
254 Administration Building
(631) 632-AUTO
Did You Know?
You had better watch out! Your car can get this nice bright fire-engine red lock on your wheel, and a $40 dollar ticket to get it removed. Not to mention that it takes a long while-even during the day-to get someone to come and remove it for you.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 87 responses

  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 1% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 33% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 24% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 85 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 62% South Parking Lot
  • 23% Stadium
  • 8% Residence Halls
  • 8% North Parking Lot

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Residence Halls
  • 20% Jasmine
  • 20% P lot
  • 10% Stadium
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