Cost = terrible
Best options = Alumni Tower, any of the Mignons, Cartmell (a little small), Nunn Hall, Field, Grote-Thompson is the best.
Worst Options = Waterfield, Cooper, and Butler.
The on campus apartments are a joke, and are about as big as a suite, only they cost more and have a stove and fridge.
I didn't enjoy having a roommate in my tiny Cooper room, but both of them moved out within a week's time, and I was okay with staying there after that. There are NO elevators in Cooper, Waterfield, or Butler. They are community bathrooms, and most of the time, they aren't very clean. That is due more to the people who live there rather than the janitors. There aren't enough janitors on campus, and MSU won't shut down the terrible buildings because they're money hungry. They also won't renovate any of the ones that actually need it, rather, they simply renovate the good dorms and make them EVEN BETTER. What the crap, MSU?
The costs are ridiculous, too.
Cost PER semester (2013-2014 prices)
Alumni Tower - $2,020
Butler Hall - $1,960
Cartmell Hall - $1,960
Cooper Hall - $1,960
East Mignon Hall - $2,115
Fields Hall - $2,230
Grote-Thompson Hall - $2,230
Mignon Hall - CLOSED
Mignon Tower - $2,115
Nunn Hall - $2,115
Waterfield Hall - $1,960
West Mignon Hall - $2,115
The rooms are hot during the winter (so much so that I left my heat off, wore a tank top and shorts, left the window open, and was STILL hot.) Then they are extremely cold during the Spring because they turn on the A/C far too early. I could see my breath after Spring Break when I was living in Cooper, and I was considering buying a small heater (against housing rules, by the way) because I could feel myself freezing to death.
I loved the people in my dorm, especially my hall (most of the time. the drama got to be a bit much sometimes.) The RAs are almost always fantastic. I really do applaud MSU for selecting great people for those jobs (most of the time.)
Twin XL mattresses, two desks, and closet space is basically all you get from MSU. There are *usually* mirrors in the rooms, but sometimes not due to various reasons.
it has its ups and downs, the walls seem paper thin and the un reliable elevator takes some time. The laundry room could use newer and more equipment
I live on campus because I live too far away from to home. I do enjoy living on campus because it gives me the freedom to live on my own away from relying on other people, but also a safe feeling that if I do fall I will have help getting back up.