Living and dining

Welcome to your 5,200-acre backyard.

MSU's campus is big. Really big. But once you're here, you'll quickly discover that campus is like a small, walkable city—with beautiful park-like green spaces, botanical gardens and neighborhoods where you'll feel right at home.

It won't take you long to find your favorite spots to study, eat and relax with friends.

Live On

With 27 residence halls grouped into five neighborhoods, there’s a place for everyone to call home. In fact, 99 percent of the freshman class lives on campus.

Living here means you’re at the center of all that MSU has to offer: academic support, health resources, renovated residence halls, award-winning dining facilities, recreational activities, student organizations, leadership opportunities, friends and fun.

Staying on campus proves to be a smart move, too. National research shows that students who live on campus are more academically successful and more connected to the campus community. Plus, with everything included (even laundry), it’s a good value for your green and white dollar.

Explore each of the neighborhoods and find the right fit for you.

Eat at State

Ranked 22nd in the nation for best college food (, MSU makes deciding what to eat—from fresh sushi to an award-winning, locally produced cheeseburger—the biggest challenge.

Students can use their dining plan at more than 30 places on campus from full-service dining halls to express cafes and food trucks. Plus, there’s a dining option open any time of day (or night).

Each dining facility offers a variety of healthy food options, including menu items to support ovo-lacto vegetarian and vegan diets. Students with food allergies or intolerances and those who follow a special diet have resources and information to help make safe choices while still having a great dining experience. Students needing further support can contact Culinary Services for accommodation.