This semester, I moved off campus. I did it to save money and because I only have classes 2 days a week. I mean no disrespect to the living spaces and people who utilize them on campus. Moving off campus, though, is a great decision.
As residents in the neighborhoods surrounding Stony Brook University and the Town of Brookhaven work to rid the area of illegal housing rentals and attract single families to the homes for sale, students may have to look for other housing options.
Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners, Ltd., the group fighting illegal rented homes in residential neighborhoods, held a meeting at the Mount School in Stony Brook on Wednesday, Oct. 23 for its members to discuss the ongoing issues with students living off-campus.
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley addressed the issue of illegal off-campus housing in a letter published by the “Village Times Herald.” Stanley countered several misconceptions, including the perception that the university’s student body has tripled over the years and there are not enough dormitories to accommodate the increase.
In the midst of the Town of Brookhaven cracking down on illegal rental houses used by Stony Brook students, residents do not place the blame for major problems on students. For Bruce Sander, founder of the group known as Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners, the issue lies with landlords who allow more than four unrelated renters in a home, a policy which is against the town code.