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Students in triples will be in one of three different configurations. The configurations are as follows:

1. 1 Standard Bed, 1 Bunk (Includes 2 Beds), 2 Desks, 2 Dressers, 2 Closets/Armoires 

2. 1 Loft, 1 Bunk (Includes 2 Beds), 2 Desks, 2 Dressers, 2 Closets/Armoires 

3. 1 Loft, 1 Bunk (Includes 2 Beds), 3 Desks, 2 Dressers, 2 Closets/Armoires 

* If all three students in a tripled room collectively decide that they would like to change the configuration of their room, there will be a process communicated to them after the start of opening. 


Top 10 Reasons Why Living in a Triple is a Positive Experience!

10. You have something in common with a large population at SBU. 
9. It is the least expensive room rate on campus. 
8. You have two people to go to the dining halls with.
7. You save time and money by not commuting.
6. You have less to bring to school by sharing items such as a TV, mini fridge, stereo, etc. 
5. You are invited to monthly programs exclusive to students who have been tripled. 
4. There is more frequent cleaning of the bathrooms in corridor style residence halls.
3. Living in a triple helps you learn to better manage your time and resources.  
2. You have two people to study with.
1. You have the chance to make two new friends right from the beginning of your college experience. 

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Tips for Living in a Triple

  • Organize your belongings 
  • Communicate openly
  • Be aware of your roommates' needs 
  • Spend time outside of your room 
  • Invest in earplugs
  • Discuss the possibility of sharing larger items prior to check-in
  • Let the little stuff go and learn to compromise


Detripling [View 2014-2015 Detriple Lottery]

For questions or concerns regarding your quad's detripling list, please contact your RHD. The lists will be posted early in the fall semester and are the priority detripling rosters displayed by Quad, in gender order. This roster will be used as spaces become available to reassign students currently living in tripled rooms to permanent accommodations. While the list is published in log order, actual space offers will be extended within building by log order. (For example, if Irving A115 is the first male triple in Irving College on the Mendelsohn Quad detripling roster, the residents of that room will be offered the first available space within Irving College).

*Due to higher retention rates of returning students and an influx of new students, we anticipate some rooms may be tripled for the entire academic year. 


Room Changes  

Campus Residences also offers a Room Change Concierge Service designed to provide personalized assistance to residents who are exploring the possibility of a room change with another resident. For more information on this program, please click here


Additional information about tripling can be found on the Tripling FAQ page

Tripling Testimonials: From the Students Themselves!

Approximately 15% of our students in triples choose to remain voluntarily tripled. Here are some testimonials from students who have commented on their tripling experience.

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As a triple I gained two new friends.  It was great to have people that
you could do things with before you made friends in your classes. We had
our differences but it was a good experience.
-Nora Asamoah

Truthfully, first moving in and getting settled into a triple meant to be a double room was difficult. We seemed to just have too much of our own things to even fit in the available space! The three of us worked together to decide on the most livable environment; although we were provided with the "color system," which split up the furniture and space evenly- we did not go by that. We split the room up according to what seemed necessary to store our things and it clearly worked out great! As the year went on we became closer and closer friends, and I know I can speak for all of us when I say that we couldn't really imagine not living with each other. When we got the de- tripling letter, we all just put it off for a while, not wanting to even discuss it. The night we decided to speak about it, it was clear that we were all perfectly happy and we made the decision to stay in the triple. We felt that we were already settled and comfortable with each other, we thought that none of us should have to move out and go through that whole process again. Tripling is NOT as bad as it seems, the experience taught me a lot about myself and helped me make two best friends!
-Stephanie Pisano

I was initially tripled my first semester here at Stony Brook, but was asked to be de-tripled over the course of a couple of months.  My roommates and I had not quite fully familiarized ourselves to one another, but we got along nonetheless and our schedules worked perfectly around one another's.  Not one of us had any problems or issues and we liked one another.  It helped that we liked our hallmates and we lived on the first floor which was quite convenient.  And so, when asked to be de-tripled, no one wanted to leave; we remained together for the rest of the year.  Even though we were no longer being compensated, we were happy being roommates and got to know each other better.  Now, we continue to be good friends.
-Erin Mallare

Entering Stony Brook as a freshman and living on campus, I was a bit concerned about being in a room with two other girls.  Luckily, I knew one of my roommates, Lynne, from high school so it made the situation a bit easier.  Lynne and I agreed that we would share everything, including the bunk beds (I took the top bunk and it’s really not bad!).  While Lynne and I were setting up the room, we were already planning how we were going to rearrange it when our third roommate left. However, over the course of the first semester, or really just the first few weeks, the urge to be de-tripled completely dissipated.  Our third roommate became way more than just our "third roommate."  Her name was Teresa and she became our friend.  Lynne and I approached the tripling situation with more of an open mind then I even realized.  It was amazing to always have two people there for you.  It was also pretty awesome to have three alarm clocks going off in the morning because it was only VERY rare that all three of us slept through that 8:20 class. With the three of us there, the room became our home; we made it our home because we made it work.  It was a nice way to adjust to life here at Stony because I had two individuals there for me.  Meeting people was easy and fun because you don’t have to do it alone but, more importantly; I always had someone to grab food with, even at 2:30 in the morning right before Kelly closed!  I would say we were one of the last rooms to get a de-tripling offer (we were actually hoping that they forgot about us because it was fun getting credited for something we didn’t even mind).  It came sometime in February and we knew that it was just something we weren't going to do.  I can't even imagine what freshman year would have been like without both Lynne and Teresa.  We had innumerable late night laughs, and made some unforgettable memories. Honestly, I’m going to miss Teresa always being there.  Luckily, she is going to be my suitemate next semester and Lynne is going to be my roommate.  Clearly, we are pretty much inseparable at this point and I couldn't have asked to have things any different.  If I could tell all of the incoming freshman anything, it would simply just be to go into this situation open mindedly and extract as much positive from it as possible; I can certainly say that if you let go of that "I can’t believe I’m being tripled" bitterness, you will begin to enjoy everything that comes along with living with two other students!
Megan Cartelli                                                       



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