Transportation to Stony Brook
Airport Ground Transportation
Stony Brook University partners with an airport shuttle company to provide safe and easy transportation services from New York John F. Kennedy Airport to Stony Brook University Main Campus for new international students arriving in late August. This service is provided exclusively for new graduate and undergraduate international students.
The flight information is needed when making your SuperShuttle Reservation, you will be asked to choose a service after you input your flight information. There are two types of service you can choose from, $73 per person for a shared van or $155 per person for a private vehicle. After making your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email directly from SuperShuttle with detailed instructions to your SuperShuttle and Stony Brook University's International Student Arrival Program.
If there is a delay or flight change, please contact the SuperShuttle service staff to update your reservation.
There are various transportation options from JFK Airport to SBU including taxi or train. However, there have been situations where students have been significantly overcharged by other transportation methods. SuperShuttle is the safest and easiest way to travel to campus. We strongly encourage you to purchase and make a reservation with SuperShuttle. It will be to your advantage to utilize this service as students who make reservations with SuperShuttle will be dropped off at the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is staffed by International Student Ambassadors (current SBU students) and Orientation Staff members to greet international students with welcome packages.
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.
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.