Transportation to Stony Brook
Airport Ground Transportation
Stony Brook University has partnered with Super Shuttle to provide safe and easy transportation services from New York John F. Kennedy Airport to Stony Brook University Main Campus for new international students between Sunday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 21. Please click HERE to make a reservation. This service is provided exclusively for new graduate and undergraduate international students.
Students planning to live on-campus (resident students)
You will be dropped off at a central location at Stony Brook Main Campus and International Student Ambassadors will escort you to your respective residence hall or apartment.
Students planning to live off-campus (commuter students)
You will be dropped off at a central location at Stony Brook Main Campus. You will then be provided with additional information for local taxi services to get to your off-campus accommodations.
Transportation Service Prices
Shared Ride Service: $73.00
You will potentially share a shuttle bus with five other new Stony Brook University students. There could possibly be up to a one (1) hour waiting time before departing for Stony Brook University. You will wait at the Super Shuttle Welcome Center during this time.
Private Ride Service: $155.00
You will have a private van.
Directions to make Travel Arrangements from JFK Airport to Stony Brook University
1. Please click HERE to make a reservation.
2. Make transportation reservation with SuperShuttle. You will need your flight details (such as airline and time of departure/arrival), email contact information, and payment method.
Please note: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation services. Students can pay on-line via credit card. If you are unable to pay via credit card, please contact Christine Robustello at email@example.com for assistance.
3. You will be sent a confirmation email from SuperShuttle with directions for what to do when you arrive at JFK Airport.
4. If you arrive between the hours of 6am to 11pm (New York local time), a Super Shuttle Greeter will meet you at the terminal you arrive. Look for your name on a poster.
5. You will be escorted to the Super Shuttle bus/van and driven to Stony Brook University.
6. International Student Ambassadors and University Staff will greet you upon your arrival at Stony Brook University.
If you miss your flight
You must contact Super Shuttle staff, Christine Robustello at firstname.lastname@example.org, immediately to inform her of your situation so that Super Shuttle may honor your initial flight reservation.
To Cancel a Reservation
You must cancel a reservation four (4) hours prior to pick-up time. If cancellation occurs less than four hours, there will be no refund.
From JFK airport, take the AIRTRAIN link from any terminal to Jamaica station for the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). The $5 trip to Jamaica station lasts approximately 20 minutes.
From Jamaica station, take the LIRR (Port Jefferson line, eastbound) to the Stony Brook station, about a 1.5 hour ride. One-way fares range from $8.25 to $11.50, depending on the time of day. Purchase your LIRR ticket from one of the ticket machines before boarding the train. There is an additional fee when buying a ticket from the conductor onboard the train. The ticket machines accept U.S. Currency in small denominations, credit cards and debit cards. More information on AIRTRAIN and the LIRR is available at: http://www.mta.info/mta/airtrain.htm
If traveling from New York City (Penn Station, 34th Street and 7th Avenue), take LIRR’s Port Jefferson line to the Stony Brook station. One-way fares range from $10.75 to $15.00, depending on the time of day. (More, if you purchase your ticket from the conductor onboard the train. Passengers may have to change trains at a station along the line.) This is indicated in the schedule pamphlet and announced on the train. When your ticket is being collected or purchased, ask the conductor for information about whether and where you may have to change trains.
If you arrive at the Stony Brook railroad station on the Saturday or Sunday before check-in day, or in the evening during the week, you may use a pay phone to call the University Police (631-632-3333) for assistance in getting to your campus residence.
Pay phones are coin-operated using quarter coins. If you are using your cell phone, you will need to dial any required long-distance code (such as 1+) and the Suffolk County area code (631) before the numbers listed above.
If you arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, call Visa & Immigration Services (631-632-4685). When you are using a campus telephone, dial 2-4685 for assistance from Visa & Immigration Services.
Take the Long Island Expressway (I-495, also called the “L-I-E”), east. Continue on the LIE to Exit 62N, Nicolls Road (County Route 97). Drive nine miles north on Nicolls Road, directly to the main entrance of the Stony Brook campus, on the left. You will see signs to direct you. A campus map is available at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/map/ and http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/map.shtml.
Luggage and Baggage
Do not send baggage in advance of your arrival to the University. Stony Brook does not have storage facilities for luggage, trunks or packages. Most students bring necessary items as personal baggage on the plane. Check with a travel agent or airline for specific size and weight limitations. Excess baggage may cost less than air freight charges for similarly-sized parcels. Air freight shipments can be very difficult to get through customs, and may require the services of an agent for clearance and forwarding to campus. These services can result in significant delays and extra fees.
After arrival, friends and family may mail small packages to you by surface mail or airmail. A package marked, “gift,” with contents valued under $100 USD may enter duty-free (without tax). Any duty charge on mail packages is collected at the U.S. Post Office in Stony Brook Village.