Stony Brook, NY
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$17,810 ($5,870)
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We do have a train on campus which is a great. we also have public transportation which comes on campus and can drop you off at the mall which is the smithhaven. Taxis also come on campus depending on how far you are going will determine the price. your best option is to take public transportation. always the cheapest.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Theres a Lirr stop right next to campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free on campus buses and on the weekends we get free bus service to walmart, target, pathmark, and the mall. Taxi's on the other hand are assholes. there is no set price to or from any distance, they charge by person.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are rarely available, and are never on time. The Long Island Railroad is expensive, as are taxis. Unless you have access to a car there are no other options.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not used to this since in NYC, buses come every 5 min. The most frequent one (outer loop) here is 15 min.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 120th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 738th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1387th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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If one is not fortunate enough to bring a car to school, or make friends with someone who doesn't mind driving, public transportation will become your livelihood. Stony Brook University's campus is fairly well removed from places like grocery stores, movie theatres, and other amenities. The HART and Suffolk County bus systems are pretty cheap, but don't run all that often to the places you may need to go. Keeping tabs on their schedules can be important.

The Long Island Railroad is your key to getting out of Stony Brook all together. It is much cheaper to take a train to the city, and much more convenient than other modes of transportation. It is very reliable, and not all that expensive. A train to Penn Station, in the heart of the city, runs about $7.25, and the subways from Penn go to any point in the city one desires to go. The ferries offer an alternative to driving all the way around the city, or even through it. A ride across Long Island Sound takes about an hour and a half. There are concession stands on the ferries and outside decks. They are definitely a quicker way to travel up to New England, and more fun. Long Island's MacArthur Airport was renovated, with an expansion letting in many more airlines, and making many more flights available. The postmodernist look is both cleaner and more spacious.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A car of your own
  • LIRR
  • Suffolk County Transit (the buses)
  • Weasel a friend into a ride
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs approximately $30.
  • From the Long Island Expressway (I-495), take exit 57 South. Make a right onto Veterans Memorial Highway (454) at the second light on the service road. Travel 5 miles to Johnson Avenue, and turn left into the MacArthur Airport entrance.
  • From the Long Island Expressway (I-495), take exit 60 North. Continue on the service road to the second light and make a left onto Ronkonkoma Ave. Travel over the bridge. Once over the bridge, Ronkonkoma Avenue becomes Smithtown Avenue. At the light, turn left onto Lakeland Avenue. At the next light, turn left onto Veterans Memorial Highway. Take Veterans Memorial Highway until you reach Johnson Ave. Make a left at the MacArthur Airport entrance.
  • From the Southern State Parkway, take exit 44E to Sunrise Highway (Route 27). Take the Sunrise Highway to exit 49, then continue on the service road. At the second light, make a turn left onto Johnson Avenue and travel north to the Airport.
  • From the Sunrise Highway (Route 27), take Exit 50A North to Johnson Avenue and follow signs to MacArthur Airport entrance.
  • Shuttle Service Colonial Transportation of Long Island provides a shuttle service from MacArthur Airport to the Ronkonkoma LIRR train station. Starting at 6 a.m. throughout the week, a shuttle van leaves the airport every half-hour until 10:30p.m. Passengers are picked up in front of the baggage claim, and dropped off at the train station's North Platform. There is a $5 one-way fare for each person, however, family members accompanying a full-fare passenger can ride for $1 each. Colonial Transportation of Long Island can be contacted at 589-3500 for more information.
Did You Know?
The most heavily traveled train to leave Stony Brook is the 4:17 p.m. westbound train Friday afternoons.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Outer Loop


Inner Loop


Hospital/Chapin Route

Public TransitWhat's This?

MTA Long Island Bus

(516) 228-4000

Suffolk County Transit

Regular - $1.50 = Student - $1.00 (High school/college ID required. Between 14 and 22 years old.)

(631) 852 - 5200

Viking Fleet Ferry

Montauk to Block Island, Newport, Rhode Island, New London, and Mystic, CT - 1.25 hours each way. Passengers only. Bicycles accommodated.

(631) 668-5700

Long Island Railroad (LIRR)

Stony Brook University bus service has been scheduled so that passengers are picked up and dropped off near the North P Lot bus stop, which is on the campus side of the station, at LIRR arrival and departure times. The University bus service provides enhanced services to the LIRR station at the beginning and end of semesters, Friday afternoons, holidays, and other peak times. See the LIRR web-site for more information.

(631) 231-LIRR

Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Ferry Company

Port Jefferson, LI to Bridgeport, CT - 1.5 hour trip each way. Accommodates cars and passengers. Available year-round.

(631) 473-0286

(888)-44 FERRY

Port Jefferson NY 11777

Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc.

Orient Point, LI to New London, CT. - 1.5 hour trip each way. Accommodates cars, passengers, and trucks. Available year-round

(860) 443-5281

2 Ferry Street, New London CT 06320


(631) 427-8287

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Long Island MacArthur Airport

100 Arrivals Ave., Ronkonkoma

(631) 467-3210

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


1684 Expressway Dr., South Islip

(631) 234-2445

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Penn Station

7th Ave & West 32nd St., New York

(212) 630-6400

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 9% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 38% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 49% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 69% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 12% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 77 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 27% Fairly difficult.
  • 60% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 73 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 73 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 72 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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