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Housing Options


There are many convenient places to live at MSU and in the surrounding areas. Check out maps of MSU and its surrounding communities that offer housing. Many participants choose to live either in Spartan Village, just southwest of campus, or in East Lansing, Okemos, or Haslett. Review this page to learn about the most popular housing choices on-campus and off-campus for VIPP scholars and students.

On-Campus Housing: Spartan Village

Spartan Village is an MSU on-campus apartment. It is located at the southwest corner of the MSU campus. Most VIPP participants choose to live there. It is a 35 minute walk from campus, and participants can also ride a bike or take a bus to get to campus.

Spartan Village Housing Application


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 apartment type you want to live in 

Spartan Village provides one or two-bedroom apartments. Apartments are furnished with dining room table & chairs, couch, desk with chair, bed and dresser. Apartment rates include utilities: heat, water, electric, cable, Ethernet and trash removal. Below is the monthly rate of 2019-2020 academic year for J1 visa holders (Rates subject to change). 

For J1 visa holder 

  • Standard one bedroom - $871 per month for 1 year stay  
  • Standard two bedroom - $1,028 per month for 1 year stay  

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.
  • 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 Form to liveon(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's rent via the payment method provided by Spartan Village to complete the apartment reservation. Spartan Village will NOT reserve the apartment without receiving the first month's 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 located 54 Crescent Rd, Apt 1622-C, East Lansing, MI 48823. It 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 no 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.

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Nearby Off-Campus Housing

The apartments listed below are off-campus housing, but are located very close to MSU. They are walking distance to campus and the lively East Lansing downtown area.


Located right on Grand River, these upscale apartments offer luxury accommodations and amenities. Landmark offers several different layouts from micro-living to two-bedroom apartments. The Landmark apartments are situated directly above East Lansing's very own small-format Target and places you and your family across the street from campus and right in the middle of downtown shopping. Visit their website for more information.

The Hub

One of East Lansing's newer luxury apartment complexes offers high-quality amenities and activities for residents. Best suited for individuals or small families, The Hub offers many different floorplans, community benefits, and on-site retail locations such as Georgios and 7-11. Visit their website for more information.


SkyVue has a convenient location in Lansing, Michigan near MSU, fun community events, and a large selection of spacious apartment floor plans to choose from. As well, SkyVue is in the Frandor Shopping Center and puts residents within walking distance of groceries, retail shopping, and entertainment. Check out their website for more information.

Newman Lofts

Just behind the Landmark apartments are Newman Lofts, another new addition to East Lansing's upscale living scene, and East Lansing's only 55+ active adult community. With similar features to Landmark, Newman Lofts is in a pedestrian-focused part of downtown East Lansing and is within walking distance of all the city's major landmarks and necessities. Many floor plan options are available, but these apartments are best suited to individuals, and are limited to individuals 55 years of age and over. Visit their website for more information.


Off-Campus Housing in Neighboring Communities

The apartments listed below are located in the neighboring city of Okemos, a short drive from MSU's campus. These apartments are ideal for families, as they are located in the highly regarded Okemos School District, and are farther away from the hustle and bustle of East Lansing and MSU.

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 and 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.


With its distinctive design and an array of amenities, Elevation’s superior luxuries are found indoors and out. Whether you seek the excitement of the outdoors, nearby culinary delights or the comforts of home, you’ll find it all right here. Embrace the outdoors at nearby nature trails, parks, and community spaces in Okemos. Visit their website for more information.