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Off-Campus Housing


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Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and have not looked into off campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's very convenient to live off campus

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is really expensive and some people really like it while others don't.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many placed to chose from with great amenities.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of buildings are average but the cost is far too high.


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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 246 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 235 responses

  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% 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 244 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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