Campus Housing

Location
East Lansing, MI
Undergrads
34,196
Tuition (in-state)
$32,580 ($12,622)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. My classes are usually very close to my dorm and I am always given options to choose classes at the times that I want. Walking to class is the best because Michigan State has the best campus! Students and even strangers are very friendly and always willing to help. Only a few dorms are pretty old, but there are many renovations going on which goes to show that MSU cares about their students. Life on campus is great. The only problem is that tuition is really high and it can be a struggle to pay for school if you don't have scholarships or enough financial aid.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The location is great and central!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: all depends where you live the campus is huge

College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Some of the housing complexes are relatively far from campus (i.e. Brody), but the bus system is very helpful in that regard. Brody also has the biggest dorms on campus, and the newest buildings - with an awesome cafeteria (the biggest non-military in the US)!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 463rd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 646th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1342nd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel McElroy
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Freshmen at MSU have to live in the dorms—it’s not a punishment, it’s an experience you won’t forget. All of the dormitories have different features, layouts, locations, and facilities to suit everyone’s preferences. Most students favor the old mansion feeling of dorms in West Circle on North Campus. The other favorite is South Complex, where the majority of the newer dorms are situated. However, many freshmen are placed in largely unpopular Brody Complex. Don’t be too worried about this for your first year; however, living with other first-year students is a great way to meet new people. Remember that everyone else at Brody is in the same situation as you. Besides, Brody also has the largest rooms of any dorm on campus.

Dorm life is all about convenience. Residents are provided with a bed, a desk, Internet and cable connections, toilet paper, and vacuums. There are no monthly bills to worry about paying—it’s all taken care of at once with tuition. Most students who live in a space with community bathrooms actually consider it a blessing in disguise, because unlike suites and private rooms, someone cleans the community bathrooms every day. Then there’s the question of what to eat. Residence halls provide students with food right where they live, and they can have as much of the campus food per visit as their hungry little hearts desire. In essence, every meal is an all-you-can-eat buffet—definitely the closest to mom’s home cooking that can be found anywhere besides, well, home. Another definite benefit of dorm life is location: a 10-minute walk to class is a small obstacle in comparison to trying to drive on or around campus. This motivates many students to live on campus again after their freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
15,442
Average Housing Costs
$3,500
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
43%
Number of Dormitories
25
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Dorms
  • Shaw Hall
  • West Circle
Worst Dorms
Brody Complex
What You Get
  • 24-hour computer lab access
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Voicemail
Available for Rent
Cleaning supplies, vacuums, brooms, and telephones.
Did You Know?
MSU has the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country, with an average of 14,500 students living in the halls during the academic year. Staff members prepare and serve, on average, 30,500 meals a day.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Abbot
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 600
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Double
Special Features: Ivy-covered Gothic-style building, with music rooms and a fitness center. There is one all-female quiet floor.
Akers
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 800
Bathrooms: In suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suite
Special Features: Akers rooms are unique in that they have two bedrooms, a living/studying area, and a bathroom shared by only the occupants of the suite.
Armstrong in Brody Complex
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, few sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Largest rooms on campus. Fourth floor is an all-female and special interest quiet floor.
Bailey in Brody Complex
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, few sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Houses the Residential Option for Science and Engineering Students (ROSES). The male and female fourth floors are quiet floors.
Bryan in Brody Complex
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, few sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Houses an Honors College floor, and entire building has strict quiet hours.
Butterfield in Brody Complex
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, few sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: All rooms have window air conditioners.
Campbell
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: There is a quiet floor for both men and women.
Case
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 800
Bathrooms: In room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suite
Special Features: Home to the James Madison College interdisciplinary programs. Features an air-conditioned solarium/dining room, a library, and two upscale study lounges on each floor. There is also a fitness center.
Emmons in Brody Complex
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, some sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: All floors are smoke free.
Holden
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 1100
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suite
Special Features: Holden Hall hosts MSU's own student radio station, Impact 89 FM, as well as the Asian/Pacific Heritage Room, an MSU community police office, and the English Language Tutorial Room. Two floors are non smoking and four floors are coed by suite floors.
Holmes
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 1250
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suite
Special Features: Houses an Honors College Living/Learning experience floor.
Hubbard
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 1100
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suite
Special Features: It's the tallest building, both on campus and in the city of East Lansing! Aerobics room, weight room, ping-pong, pool/billiards, televisions, and a music room with pianos on each side.
Landon
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 300
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single or double
Special Features: Features a unique dining option that allows you to have your food cooked to order at the Creation Stations. Landon is also home to Totally Takeout.
Mason
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 600
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Single or double
Special Features: Hosts the residential option for Arts & Letters, a two-year residential program for freshmen enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
Mayo
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Features one quiet floor for men.
McDonel
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 1000
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Much international exposure-especially good for students planning on study abroad.
Owen
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 900
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Houses graduate and professional students
Rather in Brody Complex
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen, some upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The entire hall has a no-alcohol policy. Rather is also the most ethnically diverse hall on campus.
Shaw Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 600
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double, or triple
Special Features: East Shaw is smoke-free. There is a quiet floor for both male and female students.
Snyder/Phillips
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Phillips is a quiet hall and has a Residence Halls Association movie office. Snyder is home to the Psychology Department.
Van Hoosen
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 80
Bathrooms: In apartments
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment
Special Features: Women need a minimum GPA of 2.2 to live in this apartment complex. Students are placed on waiting list, so apply early.
Williams
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Single or double
Special Features: The only residence hall on campus where a meal plan is not required, and kitchenettes are supplied on each floor.
Wilson
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 1120
Bathrooms: In room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Wilson Hall is home to the Department of Residence Life and hosts the Multiracial Unity Living Experience (MRULE) program.
Wonders
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500
Bathrooms: In room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suite
Special Features: Has its own dining hall.
Yakeley/Gilchrist
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, double
Special Features: Dining room services and an Honors College floor. This is a combined house.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Cherry Lane Apartments
Floors: 42 buildings
Number of Units: 800
Bathrooms: In apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Faculty, upperclassmen, or graduate students
Room Types: Efficiencies, one- and two- bedrooms
Special Features: Typically assigned to faculty and are located about three-quarters of a mile from the center of campus.
Spartan Village Apartments
Floors: 102 buildings
Number of Units: 2,100
Bathrooms: In apartment
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen and graduate students
Room Types: One- and two- bedrooms
Special Features: Located on the southwest side of campus approximately two miles from the center of campus.

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