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Housing and Dining Plans

American Semester Program & Exchange students are guaranteed on-campus housing, living amongst degree seeking MSU students and scholars from around the world. With 27 residence halls grouped into five neighborhoods, there is a place for everyone to call home. Living on campus provides a traditional U.S. college experience and allows students to connect with other students.

Residing on campus puts students at the center of all that MSU has to offer: academic support, health resources, renovated residence halls, recreational activities, student organizations, leadership opportunities, friends and fun. The wide array of award-winning dining facilities allows students to choose where to eat on campus, utilizing their meal plan wherever they go.

On-campus living proves to be a smart move, too, as national research shows that students who live on campus are more academically successful and more connected to the campus community.

Visit the MSU Housing Page to learn more!


Whether a student lives in East Neighborhood or Brody Neighborhood, they will be part of a large, expansive community of on-campus students. With guaranteed on-campus housing, students have nearly all resources and services available as other degree-seeking MSU students. 

Within each Neighborhood students have access to numerous services: writing centers, academic or college advising, cafeterias, health resources, recreational activities, student organizations and leadership opportunities.

See the Office of Admissions overview of MSU Neighborhoods.

For American Semester Program & Exchange students, accommodation options include:

  • Undergraduate or graduate housing
  • Private or shared bathrooms
  • Double or single rooms (singles cannot be guaranteed)
  • Unlimited meal plan

Dining Options

Shaw-Hall-Vista-Dining-Hall.jpgStudents who live in the on campus residence halls are required to purchase a dining plan for their semester at MSU. There are simply not enough cooking facilities available for students to cook all of their own meals. In addition, many students are very busy with classwork, on campus activities and other cultural exploration that they are thankful to not have to worry about grocery shopping and cooking their meals.

The dining halls on campus offer a wide variety of food options and can accommodate many dietary needs. Students who would like to talk about their specific needs, are able to talk with a staff member about those needs after arrival on campus.

Meal plans are dictated by which type of housing you choose. Students who choose to live in an undergraduate hall on campus are automatically signed up for a silver dining plan. This plan allows for unlimited meals each day that the cafeterias are open for business during the semester you are signed up for the plan.

The Owen Graduate Hall dining plan is more limited and will likely not cover meals for the whole semester. Many students living in Owen hall choose to eat out more or accept that they need to purchase additional meals toward the end of the semester.

For more information about housing and meal plans visit the MSU housing page.

To view daily menus and events at the Dining Halls on campus, visit the Eat At State website.