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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It great living with a roommate especially if they are your friend, you feel more free and at will to do what you like.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a variety of options all over the area, prices are varied by condition and proximity.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of off campus options. It really all comes down to whether you'd rather live close to campus in a crappy apartment in close quarters or live further away (not walking distance to campus/bars/nightlife) but have great amenities, interior, price, etc.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, but am looking at apartments for junior year. The apartments are plenty, but it's somewhat hard finding one that fits all of your needs. The cost for the most part is okay, if you room with others so as to share the rent. Most of the apartments are conveniently along the bus route. If you ask around I'm sure there are places and resources to help you find the right place. The school is very good at helping students make a checklist of what they will need in order to live in a place. They also have apartment complexes such as University Apartments and CollegeTown.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everything is way overpriced, but it still ends up being cheaper than living on campus (depending on how nice your apartment/house is) because the meal plans for the dorms for crazy expensive. It's so nice to have your own space, and as long as you stay relatively close to campus your life will significantly improve.

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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 333 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 321 responses

  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 334 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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