STONY BROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Some homeowners in Stony Brook on Long Island are complaining that college students don’t make good neighbors.
As Stony Brook University’s student body grows, more students have been seeking housing off campus.
“We’ve got bedrooms in here that are anywhere from seven to eight, with eight to ten kids in this house,” Stony Brook homeowner Richard Pandolfi told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan. “Throughout our community here, it’s like crabgrass. It’s been spreading and we want it to stop.”
Local residents said dozens of neighborhood homes that once belonged to single families have been scooped up by absentee landlords out to make a buck.
Residents have complained that the students are noisy, litter and create parking problems.
“They park on the street and then people try to back out of their driveway and they can’t see,” a homeowner told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.