Off-Campus Housing

East Lansing, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$32,580 ($12,622)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many houses and apartments that you can find off campus for a decent price. Living off campus is also nice because it is convenient and you don't have to buy your own food.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus, and the majority of my friends have not either, so I do not feel knowledgable enough to write a real review.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing on Michigan State's campus can be a pain. Most upperclassmen live in off campus housing after their freshmen year. Due to MSU's huge size it can be difficult and expensive to find a good quality apartment/house near campus. Although there are a lot of options, most people sign their leases for the next school year, in the prior September or October.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus at Michigan State University isn't a bad idea, but I would prefer to live on campus. Cedar Village is really close, but it can get rowdy on the weekends. Parking is difficult around campus if you plan on bringing a car. The apartments nearby are safe and clean, but pricey for a college student's budget.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places to live off campus. Many students live off campus because there is so much.


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  • 162nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel McElroy
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Like any housing option, living off campus has both advantages and disadvantages. Off-campus housing allows students more freedom than living in the dorms, but this freedom does have its downsides: Many students who live off campus struggle daily with finding parking spots near their classes, paying rent and utility bills on a monthly basis, and finding roommates who won’t drive them crazy and will clean up after themselves. Off-campus students have the option of buying a small on-campus meal plan to use when they don’t want to cook for themselves. Most students agree that the closer a building is to campus the more expensive rent will be, and many students share bedrooms to cut costs.

Students who want to live off campus need to start looking for a place to live and people to live with as early as possible—this is the only way to get the best places near campus with the best facilities. Many students sign their lease for the next year in mid-October. Ask around for people who are looking for someone to sublet their apartments, or are looking for a roommate. Also check online for MSU’s off-campus housing list. There are some pretty reasonably-priced apartments in East Lansing, but there are also a few to steer clear of. Make sure to research everything and check out the apartment or house thoroughly before signing a lease. Leasing agents are always willing to answer questions, and often give apartment tours.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Cedar Village
  • Chandler’s Crossing
  • Melrose Apartments
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $400
  • 2 BR: $450
  • Studio: $375

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 188 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 186 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 186 responses

  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 22% Extremely helpful.
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