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Off Campus Living
Thinking about living off campus?

A Letter from Former Dean of Students, Jerrold L. Stein

Dear Students,stein

If you are deciding to live off campus, keep in mind that students who choose to live in the surrounding communities near Stony Brook University are not only Seawolves; they are also ambassadors for all that is Stony Brook. Our students are woven into the fabric of the local neighborhoods of Long Island and represent our University in all that they do. Your behavior off campus is a direct reflection on the University.

This guide and its companion website,, are designed to help you find safe and legal housing. Included in the guide are pages detailing what to look for in safe housing, what to know before you sign a lease, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the resources in the off campus living guide, including information on what it means to be a good neighbor and the importance of knowing about the Social Host Law. From keeping the noise down to taking in the trash cans, Stony Brook students should always do their best to show their Seawolves pride.

If you have any questions regarding how you can stay connected to life on campus, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Division of Student Life and Commuter Student Services and Off-Campus Living. We are here to help you enhance your educational experience in any way we can. We hope to hear from you, and we wish you all the best.

Jerrold L. Stein, EdD, MBA
Associate V.P. for Student Affairs
and Dean of Students

Getting Started: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Off Campus Living

This website provides information students should know BEFORE renting off-campus housing. The Office of Commuter Student Services and Off-Campus Living (CSS/OCL) wants you to be prepared so you can find suitable, safe and legal housing. There is more to think about than just the rent. Please read through this website and bring the Off Campus Living Guide with you when you look at housing.

You will find more detailed information and checklists throughout this website to help you with your housing search. From tips on how to budget so you can afford the housing to information about your legal rights as a renter, the site has everything you need to be fully prepared to find the best housing for you.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please visit CSS/OCL, Student Activities Center (SAC), room 225. To help you make the most of living off campus, CSS/OCL serves as a resource for students who currently live off campus, as well as those who are thinking of moving off campus. Once you move, CSS/OCL will also help you stay involved with the campus community.

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