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Local Community Information

Below you will find a map of MSU and it's surrounding communities that offer housing. Many participants choose to live either in Spartan Village, southwest of campus or East Lansing, Okemos, or Haslett in Michigan. 

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Housing Options

There are several housing options around MSU and these are most popular choices for our visiting scholars and students. 

Spartan Village Apartment 

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Spartan Village is an MSU on-campus apartment. It is located at the southwest corner of MSU campus. Most of our program participants choose to live there. It is 35 minutes’ walk away from campus, however participants can also choose to ride a bike or take a bus to get to campus.  Since there are limited apartment units provided by Spartan Village, please complete the application as soon as possible once you make the decision to live there. Application and payment must be made by scholars directly to the Spartan Village Housing Office. VIPP cannot do it for the scholars.  

Step 1: Decide the house type you want to live in 

Spartan Village provides one or two-bedroom apartments. Apartments are furnished with dining room table & chairs, couch, coffee table, desk with chair, bed and dresser. Apartment rates include utilities: heat, water, electric, cable, Ethernet and trash removal. Below is the monthly rate of 2017-2018 academic year for F1 and J1 student visa holders (Rates subject to change). 

For F1 student visa holder

  • One Bedroom - Renovated: $723
  • Two Bedroom - Renovated: $864

For J1 student visa holder

  • One Bedroom -Renovated: $903
  • Two Bedroom - Renovated: $1,079

Step 2: Fill the Spartan Village Application Form and Pay Application Fee

The Application form can be downloaded at There is some general information required in the application form. You may select the house type and request for a roommate in the application. 


  • You may see a number of Apartment Preferences in the application form, just choose Standard Furnished.
  • If you have a roommate already, you should fill his/her information at the roommate request part, and he/she should fill your information in his/her application as well.
  • Department Contact Name should be your program coordinator.

There is a $40 nonrefundable application fee, you could pay online. The payment link is in the application form, just click and pay. The U.S. billing address is Spartan Village Leasing Office, Michigan State University, 49 Middlevale Rd, Room 180, MI 48823  

Step 3: Send the application form to Spartan Village.

Email the finished Application From to UAinfo(at)

Step 4: Pay for the first month Rent

Once you get the email response from Spartan Village, you can pay for the first month rent via the pay method provided by Spartan Village to complete the apartment reservation. Spartan Village will NOT reserve the apartment without receiving the first month rent. The rent deposit is refundable if you decide not to come to MSU. 

Additional Notes: 

  • Spartan Village’s check-in times are Monday – Friday 8am-5pm. The leasing office is closed for national holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. If you arrive outside their business hours or on weekends, you will have to stay in a hotel. VIPP can book a local hotel for you at your own expense. We will take you to the Spartan Village Apartment the following morning for check-in and to sign the lease. 
  • SV provides basic furniture. Sheets and towels are provided but not pillows, blankets or duvets. You may want to consider bringing these with you or purchasing your own locally upon arrival. VIPP will arrange a shopping trip on the day of your arrival or the next day.  
  • Parking: Residents are required to register motor vehicles, mopeds, and bicycles with the MSU Police Department during the duration of their residence in MSU facilities. The cost of parking is not included in the rental rate.

Central Park Apartments 

Central Park Apartment is located in Okemos, MI, 20 minutes away from MSU's campus by car. Central Park is close to everything you need - from shopping, restaurants to parks and recreation. They offer 1, 2, & 3 bedroom apartment homes. You can choose from spacious floor plans with fireplaces, private balconies, walk-in closets and additional storage space. Apartments start at roughly $740 per month and vary based on size, amenities, etc. For more information please visit their website

Knob Hill Apartments 

Knob Hill apartments in Okemos, Michigan are just minutes from Michigan State University and offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent. Their apartments feature large balconies and spacious closets, as well as new kitchen appliances, new flooring and custom cabinetry in select homes. Take a dip in the sparkling pool, work-out at the fitness studio, enjoy a game of sand volleyball or take a stroll on their scenic hiking and biking trail. Knob Hill is in the coveted Okemos School District and close to shopping, restaurants and entertainment with easy I-96 highway access. Floor plans start at roughly $790 per month and vary based on size, amenities, etc. For more information please visit their website

Club Meridian Apartments

Club Meridian Apartments in Okemos, Michigan offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans. They are close to shopping, golfing, and a variety of entertainment. Club Meridian is in the Okemos school district and is close to MSU. Every home comes with covered parking so no need to worry about scraping your car in the winter. Enjoy coming home to a picturesque setting, surrounded by nature preserves. For more information please visit their website

Meridian Meadows Apartments

Meridian Meadows in Okemos, Michigan, offers convenient living in a truly unique park-like setting that boasts beautiful and mature landscape. You can choose from five spacious floor plans to suit your specific needs including loft and townhome styles and some with private entry and basements. Within biking or walking distance, our residents can enjoy great shopping, dining options and entertainment, while still savoring the serenity of our neighborhood. Visit their website for more information.