Symposium > Transportation

By Car

From New York City, take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) eastbound from the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan or the Throgs Neck Bridge or Whitestone Bridge in Queens to exit 62, and follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 9 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left. Check with mapquest for driving directions and driving times. Note that traffic on Long Island can be heavy especially in the mornings and evenings. Please take this into account when planning your trip.

By Train

Take the Long Island Railroad's Port Jefferson line from Penn Station in Manhattan to Stony Brook. The LIRR station is at the north end of the campus; bus service to the central campus is provided. Trains to and from Penn generally require transfers at Jamaica or Huntington. Hicksville is also a transfer point on some lines.

By Ferry

Car ferries cross Long Island Sound at Bridgeport, Connecticut to Port Jefferson, Long Island. Take Route 25A west to Nicolls Road, and turn left on Nicolls. The University entrances are the first three intersections you come to. From New London, Connecticut to Orient Point, Long Island. Take Route 25A west to Nicolls Road and proceed as above.

By Plane

Long Island's Islip-MacArthur Airport is 16 miles from the campus and is serviced by direct flights by major airlines and commuter lines. New York City Area Airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) are 50 miles to the west. It is also relatively simple to get to Stony Brook from these airports. Please see the ground transportation links on the airport’s web pages for more information on shuttle service and other transportation options. Driving directions to Stony Brook University from Islip-MacArthur Airport: exit the airport via Johnson Avenue. Turn right onto Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454 West). Turn right onto Lakeland Avenue (Route 93) and right again onto Smithtown Avenue. After crossing the bridge, Smithtown Avenue becomes Ronkonkoma Avenue. Turn right onto Expressway Drive South and take the Long Island Expressway (I-495) east to Exit 62 (Route 97) and follow Nicolls Road north for 9 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left. The Suffolk County Transit system also has buses from MacArthur to Stony Brook via Smith Haven Mall. Check out the Suffolk County Transportation website for more information.

Getting Around in Stony Brook

Here is a link to a campus map. The Symposium talks will be held in the Theater of the Charles B. Wang Asian American Center. The Department of Linguistics is located on the second floor of the Ward Mellville Social and Behavioral Sciences Building. For information regarding transportation in and around campus, and parking information, please see the Transportation and Parking page.


Parking is free in West Campus Administration Garage on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Fridays if you leave after 7 PM. Otherwise, the fee is up to $7.50 per day.