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Lending Center and Surplus Store

Lending Center

We understand that many international visitors are only at VIPP and MSU for a few months or a year. It makes sense, sometimes, to borrow or buy secondhand household stuff like a small desk, a lamp, some cooking pans, etc. 

The Lending Center makes it easy to acquire these items for your stay. The CVIP International Student Lending Center is based in Spartan Village and loans household items in good condition to MSU international students and scholars. Borrowing items, instead of purchasing new items, cuts back on waste.

The CVIP International Student Lending Center is based in Spartan Village and loans household items in good condition to MSU international students and scholars. Borrowing items, instead of purchasing new items, cuts back on waste.

We also encourage you to donate anything you may not want to take back home by the end of your program in MSU to places such as the Lending Center so future participants can benefit, too.

Surplus Store and Secondhand Stores

Shopping at the MSU Surplus store is one way to find affordable items. Some items are sold new ("surplus" items offered at a discount) while other items are secondhand. The store is open two days a week, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Another way to acquire secondhand (used) items is to shop at places like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Purchases at these stores support charitable efforts.

The nearest Salvation Army thrift store is at 2655 E. Grand River Ave in Meridian Township. It is open Monday-Saturday.

There are several Goodwill sites in Lansing. Visit the Goodwill website to find a location near you.

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