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Roommates

Q: Who do I speak to with any questions or concerns about my roommate or living situation??

Q: What is RoomSync?

Q: As an incoming freshman can I choose a current student as my roommate?

Q: I'm applying with three friends. Can we apply together and be placed in one of the four bedroom apartments?

Q: I have a friend whom I would like to live with. Is it guaranteed that we will be roommates?

Q: How are roommates assigned?

 
New Student Queries

Q: How are you placed into a undergraduate college?

Q: What are the Undergraduate Colleges and how is placement made?

Q: What are the benefits of living on campus?

Q: What are the Living Learning Centers?

Q: I was recently accepted by SBU for a second Bachelor's Degree and have lived on campus for the past eight semesters; can I still apply for fall on-campus housing?

Q: I am an incoming student accepted to the University Scholars Program or the Undergraduate Honors College. Will I be placed in a special residence area?

Q: What size are the beds in the residence halls?

Q: I am a new student entering Stony Brook in the spring semester. Will I be guaranteed housing?

Q: I am a new student and I heard that I will be placed in over assigned housing. What exactly does that mean?

Q: I have been assigned to a designated triple for the fall semester. Am I guaranteed to be de-tripled for the Spring?

Q: How do I apply for housing as a new student?

Q: I really want to live in a corridor-style residence hall. As a new student, do I get to choose what kind of room in which I live?

Q: What items/pieces of furniture are provided to residential students?

Q: I am a student beginning my tenure at Stony Brook in the fall, will I be guaranteed housing?

Q: I am a new student. When will I receive my housing assignment?

 
Mail and Postal Services

Q: I am expecting a letter or package this Saturday. Will It arrive?

Q: Why haven't I received my mail?

Q: How are packages handled?

Q: How does the mail and package system work at Stony Brook?

Q: Where are the on-campus mail room and U.S. post offices?

Q: What is my campus address?

Q: How do I know if I have a mailbox and combination?

 
 
Waiting Lists

Q: How can I add myself to any of the housing waiting lists?

Q: I recently added my name to the waitlist for a single. My roommate and I are not compatible, and I would like to know how soon I can get a single room.

Q: I missed the application deadline or I'm a continuing student without housing. How can I add my name on the waitlist for the West Apartments, a single, family housing, or graduate housing?

Q: If I did not receive a room on campus, when can I expect to get housing? I placed my name on the waitlist, and want to know if I am guaranteed housing.

 

Special Accommodations

Q: As a new student, do I get to choose what kind of room I live in (suite, corridor, and so on)?

Q: I am a University Scholar or I have been accepted into the Undergraduate Honors College. Will I be placed in a special residence area?

Q: I am a student with a disability and need specific housing accommodations. What do I need to do to make this possible?

Q: I've heard that there are specialty living areas (i.e. 24 hour quiet communities, alcohol free rooms, modest lifestyle spaces, etc). Am I eligible for these spaces?

 

Changing Rooms

Q: How can I apply for a room change if I'm not happy with the room to which I'm assigned?

 

Apartments

Q: Can I sublet my undergraduate apartment?

Q: What are the requirements for getting into West Apartments?

Q: What is the difference between the apartment style housing and the residence halls?

Q: Are the University Undergraduate Apartments co-educational?

 

Undergraduate Colleges and Living Learning Centers

Q: I have read about Living Learning Centers. What are they?

Q: What are the Undergraduate Colleges, and where are they located?

 

All Other Questions

Q: Where can I eat on campus?

Q: Where can I find more information about transportation on campus?

Q: When will my building be renovated?

Q: How do I schedule a tour of Stony Brook's campus?

Q: What if I miss room selection?

Q: I am moving off-campus. How do I cancel my meal plan?

Q: As a commuter student how can I get involved with campus activities?

Q: How can I find out more about the room selection process?

Q: Where can I find fitness centers on campus?

Q: What is the Interactive Space Filter?

Q: What is Stony Brook's smoking policy?

Q: What happens if I apply after the deadline?

Q: How do I go about getting information about different meal plan options and what if I don't want to be on a meal plan?

Q: Where can I find information about telephone, cable, Internet access, laundry service, etc?

Q: How can I obtain more information about campus housing?

Q: What amenities will I find in my Quad when I arrive?

Q: What are the different dimensions of the residence hall rooms?

Q: Are there activities on campus to participate in?

Q: What does the University provide in each student room? Am I permitted to personalize my room?

Q: If I have a problem with a policy or procedure, with whom can I speak?

Q: Is there a deposit required for summer housing?

Q: What types of amenities are provided in on-campus housing?

Q: I completed the room selection process for the upcoming semester, but if I find that I am able to live off-campus instead, when is the last day I can contact the school and receive a full refund?

Q: What are the main differences among the residence halls and apartments?

Q: What are the room rates?

Q: As a commuter student, what steps do I need to take to ensure housing for the upcoming semester?

Q: When were the residence halls and apartment complexes built?

Q: What television stations do I get?

 

 
Roommates
 

Q: Who do I speak to with any questions or concerns about my roommate or living situation?

A: If you have any questions or concerns please speak with the Resident Assistant in your building. If your concerns continue, you may speak with the Resident Hall Director (RHD).
 

Q: What is RoomSync?

A:RoomSync is an application that can help you in your quest to finding a compatible roommate. RoomSync allows members to view each other’s profiles, along with lifestyle preferences, such as their preferred bedtime, activity level, likes and dislikes. Although RoomSync can help you in the process of selecting a roommate, you must still go through Online Room Selection in order to complete the process. For instructions on how to use RoomSync please visit http://www.youtube.com/roomsync
 

Q: As an incoming freshman can I choose a current student as my roommate?

A: Incoming freshman can only request other incoming freshman, and transfers can only request other incoming transfers on their new student preference form in SOLAR.
 

Q: I'm applying with three friends. Can we apply together and be placed in one of the four bedroom apartments?

A: It is very difficult to predict how many four-bedroom apartments will be available. Campus Residences will do its best to meet your preferences.  If there are no four-bedroom suites, however, you will be split into groups of two. When completing your New Student Preferences form, make sure to include each ID number in the appropriate field.
 

Q: I have a friend with whom I would like to live with. Is it guaranteed that we will be roommates?

A: Campus Residences does its best to honor roommate requests but they are not guaranteed. Current residents renew their housing agreements each spring. New students are assigned after current residents select their space, a process which frequently leaves few bedrooms fully vacant. To maximize the possibility of being assigned with your preferred roommate, make sure that each of you lists each other as your desired roommate on your New Students Preferences Form.
 

Q: How are roommates assigned?

A: While Campus Residences makes every effort to honor specific roommate requests, we are unable to guarantee placement with requested roommates. When assigning spaces, we do our best to match lifestyle preferences as indicated on the on-line housing preference form.
 
 
New Student Queries
 

Q: How are you placed into a undergraduate college?

A: You are placed in a Undergraduate College based on the answers you fill out in the New Student Preference Form. It is not based on your major and you may not change your New Student Preference Form once it is submitted. Your Undergraduate College will determine what quad you are placed in for your freshman year. You must remain in your quad your entire freshman year.
 

Q: What are the Undergraduate Colleges and how is placement made?

A: All incoming Freshmen are assigned to one of the six Undergraduate Colleges, small broadly thematic communities designed to help integrate all new freshmen into the Stony Brook community. Each Undergraduate College offers a wide variety of academic and social activities for all the members of the community. The advantages to students are numerous: Interactions with faculty, staff and other students; development of campus connections and contacts; and strengthening of student support networks. Student councils and programming boards have been formed in each College to encourage and promote student initiated activities. While some of the Undergraduate College themes may correspond to your intended major it is not necessary for this to be the case. The freshmen year is typically a year of academic and personal exploration and the Undergraduate College themes allow for students to become immediately connected with other students, faculty and staff who share similar interests.  For more information, visit the Undergraduate College website at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ucolleges/.
 

Q: What are the benefits of living on campus?

A: Some of the benefits of living on campus include participating in campus activities, developing life skills, and convenience. Students living on campus also get an opportunity to learn more about diverse cultures and are generally more satisfied with their college experience. There’s also greater opportunities to network with others and develop contacts that will prove useful to them in the future.
 

Q: What are the Living Learning Centers?

A: The Living Learning Centers are internationally recognized programs that add an academic dimension to campus living. Those students who want to connect their academic pursuits and social life in the residence halls can choose themes that capture their interest and inspire their imagination. There are currently eight different Living Learning Centers in which Stony Brook students have the option to participate: Human Sexual and Gender Development; International Studies; Science and Engineering; Environmental Studies; Media Arts; Community Service-Learning; Interdisciplinary Arts; and Health and Wellness. Each Living Learning Center is affiliated with one of the six Undergraduate College themes. Students who wish to participate in a Living Learning Center can do so by declaring the minor and contacting the Faculty Director of the Center they are interested in. Applicants will also be asked to identify an interest in one of the Living Learning Centers on their New Student Preference Form. For more information students can call 631-632-1322 or visit the Living Learning Center’s website at www.stonybrook.edu/llc.
 

Q: I was recently accepted by SBU for a second Bachelor's Degree and have lived on campus for the past eight semesters; can I still apply for fall on-campus housing?

A: As a second degree student, you would be eligible for housing, but priority would first be extended to students with less than eight semesters in campus housing. You are encouraged to contact the Off-Campus Housing Service at 632-6770 or visit them online at http://och.fsa.sunysb.edu/ to seek suitable housing in the surrounding communities.
 

Q: I am an incoming student accepted to the University Scholars Program or the Undergraduate Honors College. Will I be placed in a special residence area?

A: Not necessarily, however, the Undergraduate Honors College is located in Tabler Quad.
 

Q: What size are the beds in the residence halls?

A: Some of the mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long twin (36"x80"). The Residence Hall Association (RHA) has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items, as well as other campus-living necessities. All bedding items sold through this program are guaranteed to fit all of the twin beds on campus. Proceeds from this program go to the RHA and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website http://www.rhl.org/sys.
 

Q: I am a new student entering Stony Brook in the spring semester. Will I be guaranteed housing?

A: Applicants for Spring housing are not guaranteed space on campus, but, if space is available, have been traditionally offered residency before classes begin.  If you feel that you have an extenuating circumstance that requires on-campus placement, please email us at reside@stonybrook.edu.
 

Q: I am a new student and I heard that I will be placed in over assigned housing. What exactly does that mean?

A: Yes. To honor the guarantee of housing to all new Freshmen who apply for housing by the May 1st deadline, the University finds it necessary to assign nearly all of our new Freshman and Transfers into over assigned housing (double rooms assigned as tripled accommodations or lounges utilized as bedrooms).

Over assigned housing is a phenomena occurring on many campuses as the number of college bound high school graduates continues to grow. Research indicates that those assigned to over assigned housing do as well as their colleagues in traditional spaces.

Students assigned to over assigned housing will be offered reassignment to a permanent space as vacancies become available, using a lottery to be drawn immediately after check-in ends each fall. Further, every resident of over assigned housing will receive a $5 daily credit to their University account for every day that they reside in a temporary space.  Once the student is de-tripled or at the end of the semester, whichever comes first, the students will receive a credit on their student account.

Please note that students assigned to doubles occupied by three students (tripled rooms) will not receive a full complement of furnishings for each resident. These spaces will be furnished with two full sets of furniture in addition to a third bed, which is almost always bunked. Students assigned to lounges used as bedrooms will receive a full set of furnishings for each of the residents of the room.
 

Q: I have been assigned to a designated triple for the fall semester. Am I guaranteed to be de-tripled for the Spring?

A: Tripling may last until the beginning of the spring semester.  Most residents will receive a detripling offer by the end of the fall semester. Reassignment will be offered to all three residents collectively. It will be up to all three residents to decide who is going to accept the new space. Once the resident receives notice of their new assignment, they can immediately sign in and start moving. If assistance is needed, Campus Residences will provide a work crew to help them move larger items. A specific time schedule will be posted in each quad.
 

Q: How do I apply for housing as a new student?

A: To apply for housing you must pay your $200 room deposit and complete the on-line New Student Preferences form by May 1 (freshmen and transfers ) and May 15 (graduate). Housing for transfer students is not guaranteed and will be offered on a space available basis. To submit your on-line housing preferences, visit our website at www.sunysb.edu/newstudent. Students in the AIM / EOP Program are not required to pay a tuition / room deposit but must complete the on-line preference form by the May 1st deadline in order to be guaranteed a space in campus housing.  If you no longer plan to reside on campus, you may request a partial refund of the housing deposit in accordance with the appropriate semester deadlines. If you choose to request a refund after making a room deposit, a forfeit fee of $100 per each request will be assessed. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by August 15th (Fall) and Januaray 15th (Spring) otherwise the entire deposit is forfeited. Emails can be sent to reside@stonybrook.edu.
 

Q: I really want to live in a corridor-style residence hall. As a new student, do I get to choose what kind of room in which I live?

A: No. All freshmen are admitted to one of the University’s Six Undergraduate Colleges. The academic themes of the colleges are:

  • College of Information and Technology Studies

  • College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities

  • College of Science and Society

  • College of Global Studies

  • College of Leadership and Service

  • College of Human Development

Specific room assignments are based on academic interests identified on the on-line housing preference which determines their placement into one of the six Undergraduate Colleges.

New Transfers are assigned to the spaces based on their responses to the questions on the New Student Preferences Form and available space, typically in corridor style housing. Graduate students are assigned to Apartment housing.
 

Q: What items/pieces of furniture are provided to residential students?

A: As a matter of convenience, Stony Brook provides the following pieces of furniture free of charge to those students residing on campus:


Standard Single Bedroom (one student living in a standard single bedroom)

- 1 bedframe

- 1 mattress

- 1 bureau (a large, four- or five-drawer dresser)

- 1 pedestal (a smaller three-drawer dresser)

- 1 computer desk w/ desk chair

- 1 closet

Standard Double Bedroom (two students residing in a standard double bedroom)

- 2 bedframes

- 2 mattresses

- 2 bureaus

- 2 pedestals

- 2 computer desks w/ 2 desk chairs

- 2 closets

Temporary Triple Bedroom (three students provisionally sharing a standard double bedroom)

- 3 bedframes

- 3 mattresses

- 2 bureaus

- 2 pedestals

- 2 computer desks w/ 2 desk chairs

- 2 closets

Standard Triple Bedroom (three students residing in a standard triple bedroom)

- 3 bedframes

- 3 mattresses

- 3 bureaus

- 3 pedestals

- 3 computer desks w/ 3 desk chairs

- 3 closets

In addition, for those students who choose to reside in suite-style living, the following amenities are provided:

Four- and Six-Person Suites

- One loveseat (two-seater couch)

- One three-seater couch

- One coffee table

West Apartments, Chapin Apartments, and Schomburg Apartments

- One three seater couch

- One loveseat

- One coffee table

- One dining table with six dining room chairs

- One refrigerator

- One microwave oven

- One stove

Please note that residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture, gadgets, or other items of importance, but must first check with the Student Conduct Code to ensure its legality within the residence area.  Students are urged to discuss plans to furnish their rooms with their roommates as to avoid potential conflict or discord.
 
 

Q: I am a student beginning my tenure at Stony Brook in the fall. Will I be guaranteed housing?

A: All new undergraduate students are guaranteed housing for the fall semester if they apply for housing by May 1st. New graduate students are guaranteed housing if they apply by May 15th for the fall semester. Spring applicants are not guaranteed housing, but, if space is available, have been traditionally offered residency before classes begin.
 

Q: I am a new student. when will I receive my housing assignment?

A: Campus Residences makes every effort to notify new students of their specific room assignments as early as possible. For the fall semester, those new admits who met the May 1st deadline (May 15th for graduate students), notification of room assignments is typically mailed by early August.  For the spring semester, new students should expect to receive notification of their room assignment approximately one week prior to their scheduled check–in date.
 
Mail and Postal Services
 

Q: I am expecting a letter or package this Saturday. Will it arrive?

A: Mail is delivered on Saturdays, with the exception of holidays. The mail rooms have limited hours of operation on Saturday. Please check with your local mail room for Saturday hours.
 

Q: Why haven't I received my mail?

A: If your mail is improperly addressed or the name is different from what is used on SOLAR, mail may be delayed or returned to the sender. Returning to the sender means that the mail will be returned to where it came from. Once that happens, we will be unable to retrieve it. If there is no name on package or letter, by law it must be returned to sender.
 

Q: How are packages handled?

Packages are delivered daily by several delivery companies.  Express packages are delivered by 11am.  RESIDENTS EXPECTING AN EXPRESS PACKAGE COULD CONTACT THE MAILROOM THE MORNING OF THE EXPECTED DELIVERY DATE, OTHERWISE the mailroom will contact you once the package arrives.  

Packages delivered without special delivery arrive on campus between 3pm and 5pm.  The packages are then sorted in the mailroom and a package slip is left in your box for a package pick up.  DUE TO AN INCREASE IN FRAUD, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR UNIVERSITY ID WITH YOU TO PICK UP YOUR PACKAGE- NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE PERMITTED.

The package delivery process - receiving a package slip in your box - takes 24 to 36 hours. Due to limited staff, calling the mailroom to check if a package has arrived will further delay the process.
 

Q: How does the mail and package system work at Stony Brook?

A: US  POST  OFFICE (USPS)

The USPS mail is delivered daily between 12pm and 3pm, Monday through Saturday. The mail room staff sorts the mail and delivers it. Sorting the mail is based on current students living on campus. We are responsible for forwarding mail or returning it to sender. This process can take up to 24 hours. The mail is then delivered to student’s mailboxes.

PACKAGES

Packages are delivered by several delivery companies (USPS, UPS, FED-EX, DHL and other smaller companies). Express and overnight packages are received according to scheduled delivery times.  Packages delivered without special delivery will arrive on campus anytime between 1:00pm-5:00pm. The packages are then sorted, which will send an automatic email alerting you to pick up your package. You must have your SBU ID or any other valid photo ID with you to pick up packages-NO EXCEPTIONS.The package delivery process can take from 1-3 hours. Due to limited staff, calling the mail room to check if a package has arrived or appearing in person before receiving the email will only delay this process.
 

Q: Where is the on-campus mail room and U.S. post offices?

A: There are three mail rooms on campus. The Keller Mail Room is located at the Keller College in Roosevelt Quad. The Irving Mail Room is located in Irving College in Mendelsohn Quad. The Chapin Mail Room is located at the Chapin Apartment Complex. The Irving Mail Room provides postage and mailing services that include 1st class letters, flat rate mail, package services and express mail by way of USPS. If you need stamps or regular-sized envelopes, they may be purchased at the Seawolves Market.

There are also two Post Offices nearby. The Stony Brook Post Office is located at 129 Mail Street, Stony Brook.  Go WEST on 25A past Astoria Federal Savings Bank. Continue down 25A 1.5 miles. When you come to the intersection of 25A and Main Street TURN RIGHT. The Stony Brook Post Office will be on your right in a shopping center. The phone number is 631-751-0032.  Or if you prefer, you can go EAST on 25A. Go approximately 1 mile and the Setauket Post Office will be on your right. If you come to the Chase Bank or King Kullen Shopping Center, you have gone too far. The phone number is 631.941.4005.
 

Q: What is my campus address?

A: ### Circle Road (Look for your corresponding quad address)

Your Building, Your Room # (Including any wings/suite designations)

Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790
 

Q: How do I know if I have a mailbox and combination?

A: Your building staff should have assigned you a box and combination in the beginning of the semester.  If you have trouble finding out about your mailbox or problems with the combination please contact the mailroom:

Kelly, West, Roosevelt, Roth, Tabler - 6-4150

H-Quad and Mendelsohn – 2-4746

Chapin Apartments  - 4-6746

If mail problems persist, please write an e-mail reside@stonybrook.edu

 
Waiting Lists
 

Q: How can I add myself to any of the housing waiting lists?

A: To add your name to any of the housing waiting lists visit the waiting list website at: https://www.studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/HousingWaitlist
 

Q: I recently added my name to the waitlist for a single. My roommate and I are not compatible, and I would like to know how soon I can get a single room.

A: There are only about 450 single rooms in the residence halls and the waiting list is almost equally as long. Priority for single rooms goes to students with a documented need of a single room for medical reasons. Any remaining singles are assigned using the existing waiting list.

Roommates having difficulties may benefit from discussing their issues with their RHD.  Your RHD will help you mediate, and negotiate a roommate contract, if needed.
 

Q: I missed the application deadline or I'm a continuing student without housing. How can I add my name on the waitlist for the West Apartments, a single, family housing, or graduate housing?

A: The waitlist is reset the first Monday each May, for the following academic year.  You may add your name to the waitlist at http://www.studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/housing_app.shtml.

The waitlist is not normally utilized until the following spring semester.  If you do not live within a commutable distance to the University, please contact Off Campus Housing at 631-632-6770 or visit them online at http://och.fsa.sunysb.edu/ for assistance with finding a rental in the surrounding community.
 

Q: If I did not receive a room on campus, when can I expect to get housing? I placed my name on the waitlist, and want to know if I am guaranteed housing.

A: Interest in campus housing is at the highest level it has been in years.  Despite groundbreaking construction that added 600 additional housing spaces in 2010, the University cannot provide a room to all students who wish to reside on campus. If you are a Stony Brook student during the Fall semester and put yourself on the waiting list, it is quite possible that you will not receive housing that year.

Once you move off campus and try to return to housing or if you do not renew your housing contract through Room Selection, space is not guaranteed and it is likely that some students will go a year or longer without receiving an offer of campus housing.  You may check the status of your waitlist application at http://www.studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/housing_app.shtml.

If you don't live within a commutable distance from the University, you may wish to contact Off Campus Housing at 631-632-6770 or visit them online at http://och.fsa.sunysb.edu/, for assistance in finding a rental in the surrounding community.
 
Special Accommodations
 

Q: As a new student, do I get to choose what kind of room I live in (suite, corridor, and so on)?

A: No, new students do not choose their room assignments.

All freshmen are admitted to one of the University’s six Undergraduate Colleges.  Specific room assignments are based on academic interests identified on the on-line housing preference along with space availability, which determines placement into one of the six Undergraduate Colleges.  The academic themes of the colleges are:


  • College of Information and Technology Studies

  • College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities

  • College of Science and Society

  • College of Global Studies

  • College of Leadership and Service

  • College of Human Development


New transfers are assigned to residence hall spaces on a space available basis utilizing the responses they provide to the questions on the New Student Preferences Form.  Since transfers are typically the last students to be assigned, granting preferences is limited.


New graduate students and family applicants are assigned to apartment housing. Almost all new graduate students are initially assigned to shared spaces within the Chapin Apartments and families to 2 bedroom apartments shared with another family.
 

Q: I am a University Scholar or I have been accepted into the Undergraduate Honors College. Will I be placed in a special residence area?

A: Not necessarily, however, the Undergraduate Honors College is located in the Tabler Quad.
 

Q: I am a student with a disability and need specific housing accommodations. What do I need to do to make this possible?

A: Campus Residences will make every effort to meet the medical needs of students who demonstrate a need for a single room. Every residential community does have a small number of ADA accessible rooms for students who utilize wheelchairs. A student who believes that s/he needs a single room for medical reasons must contact Disability Support Services at 631-632-6748.  S/he will meet with the student to discuss his/her specific needs, and if appropriate, s/he will make a referral to the Division of Campus Residences.
 
 

Q: I've heard that there are specialty living areas (i.e. 24 hour quiet communities, alcohol free rooms, modest lifestyle spaces, etc). Am I eligible for these spaces?

A: Yes, there are 24 hour quiet communities in every quad. Several of our quads also offer alcohol free environments. Our newest specialty community, modest lifestyle living features a no-visitation policy by members of the opposite sex, a commitment to a 24 hour quiet lifestyle as well as a commitment to an alcohol free lifestyle. As of July 2007, all of Stony Brook’s residential communities became smoke free. To be considered for one of these specialty living areas indicate your preference(s) when completing your online housing request. We’ll do our best to honor your preferences, however space is limited and placement into these areas is not guaranteed.
 
Changing Rooms
 

Q: How can I apply for a room change if I'm not happy with the room to which I'm assigned?

A: During the first two weeks of the semester, there is a room freeze that allows time for the residential staff to confirm where all residents live and to identify vacancies, if any exist. After the room freeze ends, a student not assigned to temporary housing (i.e. temporary triple) who wishes to make a room change must contact their quad office to make arrangements to switch rooms.

Freshmen interested in changing rooms are limited to spaces within their assigned Undergraduate Colleges. Nearly every room change during the fall semester will be a one-to-one exchange with another resident, due to the fact that the fall semester typically starts with residents in provisional triples.

Room swaps must be to like-type rooms (residential double to residential double, residential single to residential single, West single to West single, West double to West double).  Changes from double to singles or residence halls to West will only be granted once you are reached off the waitlist.  You may add your name to the waitlist at http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/housing_app.shtml under "housing applications."
 
Apartments
 

Q: Can I sublet my undergraduate apartment?

A: Only graduate students are allowed to sublet their apartments.  During the winter session, however, undergraduate students may allow fellow undergraduate students to live in their apartments. Special permission must be granted by the Residence Hall Director and Campus Residences for this to occur.
 

Q: What are the requirements for getting into West Apartments?

A: To live in West, you need to be an upper division student (U3 or U4 standing or a graduate student), have a cumulative Stony Brook GPA of 3.0 or more and have a clean judicial history. To place your name on the West Apartments waiting list visit the Campus Residences home page at http://www.stonybrook.edu/housing.
 

Q: What is the difference between style housing and the residence halls?

A: There are many differences between apartment living and residence hall living:  Fewer students share bathrooms in apartments and apartments have central air-conditioning, personal kitchens and a living room.  Students in apartments are responsible to take out their own garbage, clean their own apartment, buy cleaning supplies, and are responsible for any damage done to the common area of the apartment.  The choice is a matter of personal preference, and all options should be considered before choosing a style of living.  Remember that undergraduates cannot live in the West Apartments unless they are of junior level standing, have no judicial records, and maintain a Stony Brook GPA of 3.0 or higher.

 

Q: Are the University Undergraduate Apartments co-educational?

A: Yes, the West Apartments are co-educational as far as living on the floors.  Persons of the same sex, however, live together in the individual suites. There are also floors within a modest lifestyle building that are designated unisex.
 
Undergraduate Colleges and Living Learning Centers
 

Q: I have read about Living Learning Centers. What are they?

A: The Living Learning Centers at the University at Stony Brook provide students with the unique opportunity to integrate their academic experiences while living in designated areas. Students may live with other residents who share similar academic interests, and interact with faculty on a more personal level outside of the traditional classroom setting. The goals of the programs are achieved by providing credit and non-credit learning experiences within a residence hall. Each center is staffed with a Residence Hall Director and a Faculty Director, each having an office within the building, and are available to help residents by answering questions, offering advice, and more.

Listed below are the Living Learning Centers and their locations on campus:


  • Media Arts - Douglass College

  • Leadership - Langmuir College

  • Community Service Learning - James College

  • Environmental Studies - Hendrix College

  • International Studies - Stimson College


Please visit the Living Learning Center website at www.stonybrook.edu/llc for more information, or talk to the residence hall director of the college hosting the LLC that piques your interest.
 

Q: What are the Undergraduate Colleges, and where are they located?

A: There are six Undergraduate Colleges corresponding to the six undergraduate quads on campus:


  • College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities - Tabler Quad

  • College of Science and Society - Roth Quad

  • College of Global Studies - Eleanor Roosevelt Quad (ERQ)

  • College of Leadership and Service - H-Quad

  • College of Human Development - Kelly Quad

  • College of Information and Technology Studies - Mendelsohn Quad


All Undergraduate Colleges include customized advising and support, special educational and social programs, and opportunities for close interaction with faculty and fellow students around themes of common interest. Both commuter and residential students are welcomed into College life. First-year resident members of each Undergraduate College are housed together in the same residential quadrangle. First-year commuters have a centrally located home on the Academic Mall.


The colleges are named for distinct themes around which academic and social life revolve: the system is intended to let students explore a wide range of interests, both within their intended majors and across the academic spectrum.


While each College has its own personality, there are many experiences that will be the same for every first-year student:


A committed team of faculty and staff. The Faculty Director is an esteemed member of the faculty who provides intellectual and academic leadership for the College. The College Advisor provides academic support and guidance for each freshman in that College. The Quad Director and Residence Hall Directors provide expertise in the areas of student development and student life at Stony Brook.


  • Freshman Seminar 101. In the fall, each freshman is enrolled in a College-specific seminar. It's a semester-long opportunity to get acquainted with Stony Brook, taught by staff who know and understand the campus community. The course is designed to give new students the skills they need for success — both academic and social — while exploring aspects of the Colleges' respective themes.

  • Freshman Seminar 102. The spring seminar affords freshmen a unique opportunity to get to know faculty in small, interactive classroom settings. Learning takes place in the context of in a small community (less than 20 students) comprising faculty and students who share similar interests. Faculty from across campus teach seminars based on their particular areas of expertise and intellectual interest.

  • Student Involvement. Each College hosts frequent, varied social and educational activities. Students can easily get involved through College student councils and programming boards.

  • The Undergraduate Colleges exemplify Stony Brook's unique approach to life and learning, combining all the advantages of a major university with the close connections of a small community.


For more information, please visit the UGC website:

http://www.stonybrook.edu/ucolleges/
 
All Other Questions
 

Q: Where can I eat on campus?

A: Dining services are located in the Student Activities Center (SAC), The Stony Brook Union (Union), Tabler Cafe, Roth Food Court, and West Side Dining. For further information please visit http://campusdining.org/
 

Q: Where can I find more information about transportation on campus?

A: Visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/transportation/
 for all information regarding transportation and parking on Stony Brook's campus.
 

Q: When will my building be renovated?

A: Campus Residences is committed to maintaining our facilities on a 6-12 year renovation cycle.
 
 

Q: How do I schedule a tour of Stony Brook's campus?

A: During the academic year, student-guided campus tours are offered on most weekdays and on Saturdays. Information sessions, hosted by admissions counselors, are offered on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. During the summer, campus tours and information sessions are hosted on most weekdays. To schedule your campus tour please visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/ugadmissions/visiting/infosessions.shtml
 

Q: What if I miss room selection?

A: If you do not select a space during the 4-5 week Room Selection period each spring, you will not have housing for the next year.  You may wish to contact Off Campus Housing at 631-632-6770 or by visiting their website at www.stonybrook.edu/och, for assistance finding accomodations in the surrounding community.
 
 

Q: I am moving off-campus. How do I cancel my meal plan?

A: To change or cancel your meal plan please visit http://campusdining.org/
 

Q: As a commuter student how can I get involved with campus activities?

A: Stony Brook University provides many opportunities for commuter students to become involved with campus activities. Students are encouraged to attend all events on campus and get involved in clubs and organizations. The Office of Commuter Student Services contributes directly and indirectly to the enhancement of the educational experience of all undergraduate commuter students at Stony Brook University. To find out further information about the Office of Commuter Student Services visit
 

Q: How can I find out more about the room selection process?

A: Each year information sessions will be held in different buildings on campus for students to attend. These sessions serve to explain the online process and answer any questions you may have.
For more information about Room Selection, visit http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/room_selection_help.shtml
 

Q: Where can I find fitness centers on campus?

A: The Campus Recreation Center is located on Tool Drive next to the Student Union building.
 
The Residential Fitness Centers are located within residence halls across the campus, for convenience and accessibility to all Stony Brook residents. Facilities are open Sunday to Friday, 7-11 p.m. and Saturday 2-6 p.m.
 
Mendelsohn Quad - O'Neill College (2-3974)
H Quad - Benedict College (2-3975)
Roth Quad - Mount College (2-3976)
Tabler Quad - Dreiser College (2-3977)
Kelly Quad - Schick College (2-3978)
Roosevelt Quad - Greeley College (2-3979)
West Apartments - Building E, Commons (2-4938)
Chapin Apartments - Commons (2-6842)
 

Q: What is the Interactive Space Filter?

A: The Interactive Space Filter is a tool that allows you to see up to the minute availability of spaces in any building. Students will be able to view spaces at any time throughout the selection process which is helpful in anticipating availability of space in specific locations prior to your actual appointment time. The Interactive Space Filter is a great planning tool and it's easy for students to navigate. Students can view spaces with friends and create a realistic wish list of rooms, suites, or apartments where they would like to live.
 

Q: What is Stony Brook's smoking policy?

A: Stony Brook University is a "Smoke-Free University". It prohibits smoking in all buildings, in enclosed areas, and certain outdoor locations. Any resident or guest who wishes to smoke should vacant the building and smoke at least 25 feet from the perimeter of the building.
 

Q: What happens if I apply after the deadline?

A: Students who apply for housing after the published application deadline are typically wait listed for housing. Recent experience indicates that those on the waiting list are unlikely to be offered housing at all during the academic year given the sizeable number of students placed into over assigned spaces.
 

Q: How do I go about getting information about different meal plan options and what if I don't want to be on a meal plan?

A: Please note that all freshmen and transfers must be on a meal plan for at least their first two semesters in campus housing.  Visit the Campus Dining Services website at http://campusdining.org for a list of Meal Plan Options.
 

Q: Where can I find information about telephone, cable, Internet access, laundry service, etc?

A: Information can be found on our website at www.stonybrook.edu/housing
 

Q: How can I obtain more information about campus housing?

A: For more information about campus housing, feel free to call our office at 631-632-6750 or email us at Reside@stonybrook.edu
 

Q: What amenities will I find in my Quad when I arrive?

A: Every Quad features a state of the art Fitness Center and Computing Center available free of charge to resident students. Each residence hall provides kitchen and laundry facilities as well as study rooms, classrooms and recreational spaces for the residents of the building.
 

Q: What are the different dimensions of the residence hall rooms?

A: The chart below summarizes the traditional room dimensions for each Quad: 

QUAD

BEDROOM DIMENSIONS (approx.)

Mendelsohn

13’ x 14’ (182 sq. ft.)

H

13’ x 14’ (182 sq. ft.)

Kelly

16’ x 10’ (160 sq. ft.)

Roosevelt Single

10’x 11’  (110 sq. ft.)

Roosevelt Double

16’x 11’  (176 sq. ft)

Roth

9’x 17’    (153 sq. ft)

Tabler

13’ x12’  (156 sq.ft)

West Apartment Single

               (120 sq. ft)

West Apartment Double

               (160 sq. ft)

Phase II West Apartment Single

               (110 sq. ft)

 *Stony Brook continues to add to its inventory of residence hall spaces. A new 600 bed residence hall opened in Fall 2010.   The building features double rooms which are approximately 11' wide x 14'-6" long.
 

Q: Are there activities on campus to participate in?

A: Homecoming, Spirit Week, the Roth Pond Regatta, Midnight Breakfasts, Tis the Season, Residence Hall Blood Drives, and the Shirley Strum Kenny Arts Festival are but a few of the many traditions our students participate in. Our Resident Assistants coordinate several hundred social, recreational and educational programs in residence each year. There is also an active intramurals program and of course students are strongly encouraged to come out and root on our many NCAA teams.
 

Q: What does the University provide in each student room? Am I permitted to personalize my room?

A: Every double room comes furnished with two (extra long) twin beds, two desks, two dressers, two closets and a source of room lighting. All rooms are equipped with high speed ethernet and wireless capability, a telephone and expanded cable television service. Students may personalize their rooms but may not alter the permanent design of the space or attach items to walls using nails, screws or glue. Residents may bring televisions, stereos, and refrigerators (limited to those which produce 1.5 amps of electricity or less). Residents are encouraged to speak with their roommate(s) prior to moving in to discuss what each of them is planning to bring to the room. The following electrical appliances are prohibited from use in bedrooms: irons without automatic shut off, air conditioners, space heaters, halogen lamps, hot plates, any cooking appliance including, but not limited to: microwaves, grill cookers, coffee makers without automatic shut off, toaster ovens, etc. Residents may use coffee makers with automatic shut off, a hot pot, and a hot air popcorn popper in designated cooking areas of each building.
 

Q: If I have a problem with a policy or procedure, with whom can I speak?

A: Your first step should be to contact your Resident Assistant (RA) and explain the problem you have been experiencing.  If the RA is not able to resolve your conflict, or if the answer is seemingly unsatisfactory, please make an appointment with your Residence Hall Director (RHD).
 

Q: Is there a deposit required for summer housing?

A: No - Summer is cash and carry. Payment in full (or proper deferment) is required in advance before summer housing can be extended.
 

Q: What type of amenities are provided in On-Campus housing?

A: Fitness Centers, Computing Centers, Kitchens, Recreation Center, Study Rooms, Classrooms, and more. A full list can be found in the Campus Housing Guide or at the Campus Residences website: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/
 

Q: I completed the room selection process for the upcoming semester, but if I find that I am able to live off-campus instead, when is the last day I can contact the school and receive a full refund?

A: If you've decided to cancel your housing request, you need to notify us, in writing, of your change in plans. As long as your cancellation request is received by August 15th for Fall semster and January 15th for Spring semster, you'll receive a credit of the $100 room deposit.
 

Q: What are the main differences among the residence halls and apartments?

A: Each quad is home to a specific undergraduate college, with housing preferences going to those students indicating they wish to belong to that particular academic environment.  H-Quad, Mendelsohn, and Roosevelt Quads are "corridor," or traditional, style, with each unisex floor sharing one bathroom with multiple facilities.  Roth, Kelly, and Tabler quads, however, are "suite style" communities with private bathrooms and multiple bedrooms within a room.  In addition, rooms in each quad vary by length and width.  The dimensions of each quad room is listed below:


Quad Room Dimensions

H Quad 13’ x 14’ or 182 square feet

Mendelsohn 13’ x 14’ or 182 square feet

Kelly 16’ x 10’ or 160 square feet

Roosevelt Single: 110 sq ft     Double:176 sq. ft

Roth 8’ x 17’ or 136 square feet

Tabler 13’ x 12’ or 156 square feet

West A-D 120 square feet

West A-D 161 square feet

West E-H 110 square feet.
 

Q: What are the room rates?

A: Since housing rates change yearly, we suggest calling our office or checking current rates are available on our website: http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/
 

Q: As a commuter student, what steps do I need to take to ensure housing for the upcoming semester?

A: Since commuters are not housed until everyone in temporary housing is moved to a permanent space, it is unlikely any commuters will be placed in residence halls during the fall semester. You may place your name on the continuing student waiting list by accessing the Campus Residences home page at http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res/ but you are also encouraged to contact the Off Campus Housing Service (631-632-6770) to investigate housing options in the surrounding communities. For further information visit http://och.fsa.sunysb.edu/
 

Q: When were the residence halls and apartment complexes built?

A: Every building at Stony Brook University receives a renovation on the average of every ten years, so while some quads may be "newer" in the traditional sense, each edifice receives updates in the area of roofing, siding, plumbing, flooring, technological advances, and more.  The chart below lists the quads, the dates construction on them was completed, the last renovation done to the area, and the next scheduled amelioration.

 Quad

Area Completed 

Last Renovation 

Next scheduled Renovation 

 Mendelsohn

1965 

2009 

2010 

 H-Quad

1965 

2010

2011 

 Roth

1967 

2011 

2011-2012 

Tabler

1968 

2008 

2015

Kelly

1969 

2007 

2014 

Roosevelt

1971 

2005-06 

2013 

Chapin 

1981 

Continuous

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Schomburg

1990 

Continuous 

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West Apts. I 

2001 

Continuous

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West Apts. II

2004 

Continuous

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Q: What television stations do I get?

A: http://it.stonybrook.edu/help/kb/main-campus-channel-listing
 
 
Room Selection

Q: Where can I find information regarding room selection?

 

Q: Where can I find information regarding room selection?

A: All room selection information can be found on the following link. http://www.stonybrook.edu/housing

 

 

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all forms, including sexual violence and/or harassment.
Contact Marjolie Leonard, Interim Director for Title IX and Risk Management, Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, 201 Administration Building,
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-0251, Marjolie.Leonard@stonybrook.edu (p) 631.632.6280.

See www.stonybrook.edu/titleix for more information and/or to report an incident.