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Where will I live at Michigan State?

Michigan State guarantees housing for all students, and because the campus is very large and contained, most students choose to live on campus. There are different housing options for students over and under 21. Visit the MSU housing page to see more information about where you may live during your time as a Spartan!

The ASP office highly recommends that students stay on campus during their semester at MSU. Living in the residence halls is part of the U.S. college campus experience, it allows students to connect to other students on their floor and it provides access to additional on campus activities.

How do I complete a housing application?

The housing application was included in the application packet you completed when you submitted your initial application to the American Semester Program. Once you submit the housing application form, your American Semester Program adviser will work with the responsible office on campus to make arrangements for your housing assignments. Any special requirements and needs will be taken into account wherever possible, but placement will depend on space and availability. If there are questions about this step, please email american(at)

What is the meal plan like?

What meal plan you have is dictated by what which type of housing you choose. For more information about housing and meal plans visit the MSU housing page.

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 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 questions about the Owen dining plan, please e-mail american(at) or msuex(at)

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

Do I have to sign up for a dining plan?

Students 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.