Frequently Asked Questions

Residence Hall Questions

Are the residence halls air conditioned?

Van Hoosen Hall, University Village Apartments and 1855 Place are air conditioned.

If you are assigned to any other on-campus housing location, we strongly suggest you bring a fan. Personal air conditioners are permitted for medical reasons only and require approval in advance. Requests are coordinated through the Facilities Manager Office of the neighborhood in which you are residing, with final approval needed from the University Physician.

If approved by the University Physician’s Office, air-conditioning units are provided by your neighborhood facilities departments.  Installation is completed by a MSU-authorized maintenance personnel. There is a rental fee of $175 for approved air conditioner requests.  This includes installation, removal and energy costs.

For more information, please contact your neighborhood Facilities Managers Office below:

Can I build a loft?

Lofts are not permitted as all residence hall rooms have modular elevated beds provided beginning fall semester, 2012. This furniture also allows students to reconfigure their rooms as needed.

Do I need to bring a vacuum cleaner?

Vacuum cleaners are available at the service centers in the residence halls that residents can check out when needed.

How do I set up my cable TV?

Both new and returning students will need to rescan their televisions before taking advantage of the new channel lineup.

How to hook up your television

  1. Connect the coax cables
    1. Digital-ready television: Simply connect the coax cable from your TV to the cable outlet. Make sure both ends are tight. You must use coax cords with screw on connectors as to not cause RF leakage.
    2. Non-digital television with a converter box - see detailed instructions (PDF):
      1. Connect the coax cable to the converter box.
      2. Connect the other end to the cable outlet.
      3. Make sure both ends are tight. You must use coax cords with screw-on connectors as to not cause RF leakage.
      4. Insert the output plug of the converter box into your television's "video" or "game" input.
  2. Reprogram the television
    1. Turn the television on and go to the menu. 
    2. Select “rescan" or "reprogram." Make sure to select “cable” mode. 
    3. Wait for the scanning to complete. This process can take up to 15 minutes depending on the brand of television. 
    4. When scanning finishes, you should see more than 100 digital channels.
  3. Tune in to an HD channel
    1. Example type 19.1 (“1” “9” “.” “1”) on the remote to get to a digital HD channel.

For more information about the new lineup and to find answers to cable-related questions, visit cabletv.msu.edu.

View a list of recommended sustainable appliances and electronics to bring with you to campus.

Is storage available for my belongings over the summer?

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will be helping with MSU student move out this spring. We will be offering a student package for summer storage which will include 5 large boxes, 1 roll of packing tape, a marker and 3 bulky items. For more information visit us at https://twomenandatruck.com/student-storage.

What appliances are allowed in residence halls?

Mini-refrigerators are not to exceed 5 cubic ft.  Compact microwaves should not exceed .9 cubic ft.  It is strongly recommended that all appliances be Energy Star rated.

You can pre-order Energy Star®-rated microfridges, futons and personal safes from collegeproducts.com/spartans 

View a list of recommended sustainable appliances and electronics to bring with you to campus.

What can I recycle?

MSU offers a comprehensive recycling program in the residence halls. Materials collected include:

  • White and Mixed paper
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard and Boxboard
  • Magazines, books, catalogs, directories
  • Plastics #1 - #7
  • Household metal

Recycling centers are generally found in building lobbies. For more information on what can be recycled, visit www.recycle.msu.edu.

What is a quiet floor?

All our residence hall communities maintain courtesy hours and a student’s primary right in the residence halls is the ability to sleep and study. There are quiet floors that go beyond the above standard and expect the members of the community to have the right to sleep, study and otherwise engage in activities free from the noise of others. It is important to understand that these are predetermined communities and the residents of these communities are expected to live by the stated standards.

What is alcohol-free space?

All our residence halls abide by and enforce state laws regarding alcohol.  However, alcohol free spaces are predetermined communities/rooms that require residents living in them to abstain from using alcohol in the community or to return to the community intoxicated regardless of age.  

What size carpet should I buy?

Carpet sizes vary by residence hall. Here are guidelines for use when making purchases:

Akers Bedroom: 6' 7" x 15' 3"
Akers Living Room: 9' 5" x 10'
Armstrong: 12' x 12'
Campbell: 9' x 12'
Case: 11' x 12'
Emmons, Rather, Bailey Butterfield: 12' x 12'
Holden: 11' x 12'
Holmes: 11' x 12'
Hubbard: 11' x 12'
Landon: 9' x 12'
Mason/Abbot: 10' x 12'
Mayo: 9' x 12'
McDonel: 11' x 12'
Owen:  8’ X 10’
Shaw: 11' x 12'
Snyder/Phillips: 10' x 12'
University Village Apt: 6' x 9'
Van Hoosen: Apartments are carpeted
Williams: 10' x 12'
Wilson: 11' x 12'
Wonders: 11' x 12'
Yakeley/Gilchrist: 9' x 12'

We encourage everyone to purchase carpeting that has a finished banded edge to prevent tripping as carpet tape is not allowed in the residence halls.

Carpet orders are available through the University Activities Board with convenient move-in day pick-up locations in each neighborhood. For more information on what options are available, visit http://uabevents.com/carpet.

What size futon fits under our modular beds?

A standard size futon that is less than 80 inches wide will fit underneath our modular beds. Most futons on the market today are approximately 75 inches wide.

What size sheets should I buy?

Residence hall beds require twin extra-long, 80" sheets. Each traditional residence hall provides a linen package for each student upon request at the service centers. This white linen package includes twin, extra-long sheets, a pillow case and two towels. The linen package can be exchanged weekly for clean linen at no additional cost. If you would like to purchase colored sheets, they are also available in many retail stores. The University Activities Board also coordinates a linen sale as a fundraiser to raise money for free weekend and evening events for students. For more information, visit www.uabevents.com.

Where are the laundry facilities located?

Laundry facilities are located in each residence hall building, including the University Village Apartments.  Van Hoosen apartment residents may use the Owen Hall laundry room.

Students who live on campus in the residence halls at Michigan State University will enjoy a new amenity starting this summer — free, unlimited laundry in all on-campus residence halls.

There are two coin only Laundromats located in Spartan Village. 

Should I purchase renter's insurance?

The University DOES NOT accept liability for the theft or loss of money, property, valuables, damages to any resident's property or personal injury sustained in the residence hall. It is recommended that students either carry his or her own personal property insurance or determine if property loss is covered by their parents' homeowner's policy. In addition, students are urged to put proper identification on his or her valuables, and keep a list of them with descriptive information, model numbers, and serial numbers. Make a copy of the list and keep one at home.

Can I request a water filter for residence hall suite or apartment?

Each year, Michigan State University’s water is tested. The results are included in an annual Water Quality Report. For more information, the report is available at: https://ipf.msu.edu/green/water/water-quality-report/

Before you invest in a water filter, we recommend that you try out the water once you get to campus. If you and your roommates decide that you would like a water filter installed in your residence hall suite or apartment, you will need to purchase the filter and submit a maintenance request for the REHS Facilities team to install it.

Can I upgrade my cable services?

 Yes.  You can add premium channels from XFINITY® like HBO®, Cinemax®, Showtime® and The Movie Channel®.  You can also add a DVR to your room so that you can record your favorite shows and watch them on your own time.  Go to ipf.msu.edu/services/cable-tv/comcast-services-upgrade.html and complete the ‘Comcast Service Upgrade’ request form.  An XFINITY® representative will contact you within a few days to schedule your services.

Does my residence hall have Wi-Fi?

MSU provides Wi-Fi in common areas and classroom spaces in all residence halls. All residence hall rooms are Wi-Fi ready. Some residence halls provide wireless network service throughout the building, including student rooms, while others require residents to bring their own wireless access points. Access points are available at the MSU Computer Store or other retail outlets. 

Current halls with Wi-Fi throughout the buildings include:

  • Akers
  • Butterfield
  • Case
  • Holden 
  • Holmes
  • Hubbard 
  • Landon
  • McDonel
  • Rather
  • Phillips 
  • Snyder
  • Wilson

For detailed information on setting up wireless access points in residence hall rooms, visit MSU IT at tech.msu.edu/network/wireless. 

How can I control the heat in my residence hall?

When temperatures drop below 50 degrees, pumps that provide heat to the rooms automatically turn on. Inside each room in the residence halls, the amount of heat can be controlled by opening/closing the vents, using the attached knob or chain. If you are unable to locate the vents or need assistance, contact your hall’s service center.
 

How do I submit an online maintenance request?

There are times when a maintence request needs to be submitted for something to be fixed in your room. When this is the case log into your iLiveOn account. Once logged in you will see "Request Maintenance" on the botton of the left side of the page. Click here and follow instructions for submitting the request. The facilities team of the building will then be notified and will contact you shortly thereafter.

 

Student Questions

Do I have to live on campus?

The Michigan State University Housing Terms and Conditions states that freshmen and sophomores (0-55 credits), including transfer students, must live in on-campus housing. (The housing requirement is currently waived for sophomores, students with 28-55 credits.)

Students are automatically exempted from this policy if they are:

  • Married 
  • Twenty years or older by the first day of classes at the University
  • U.S. armed services veteran with at least one year of active service 
  • Living with parent(s) or legal guardian
  • Taking six or fewer credits during the semester in question 

Can I have guests in my room?

Yes, you may have a guest stay in your room, but you will need to first gain agreement from your roommate and a guest may not stay for more than three consecutive nights in any given week. We highly encourage you to explore expectations of guests with your roommate prior to a visit. Remember that you are responsible for all actions of your guest.

Does MSU offer a roommate matching program?

Michigan State University is excited to offer students an opportunity to find their roommate and meet other residents through the RoomSync application on Facebook. In collaboration with RoomSync, MSU is using social networking technology to give students the ability to find and choose their roommates for a happier and more gratifying campus living experience.

Finding a new roommate on RoomSync is easy. Follow these quick and simple steps: 

  • Go to http://apps.facebook.com/roomsync. Do not click the link from your mobile device; wait until you are at a computer. You can add the RoomSync mobile app after joining on a computer.
  • When prompted, enter your iLiveOn/MyHousing ID, which can be found by logging into iLiveOn.
  • Once you have matched with your roommate on RoomSync, you can make your request official during online sign-up.

If you have questions about how to use the RoomSync app, please contact the Housing Assignments Office at liveon@msu.edu or contact RoomSync at support@roomsync.com.

 

How do I get involved on campus?

There are a number of events at the beginning of the year that offer opportunities to learn about and get involved in the incredible array of campus organizations and activities. Attend Sparticipation on Munn Field or Spartan Remix at The Rock/Auditorium Field.

Also, your Resident Assistant is an outstanding resource for you to find connections to other residents and activities on your floor, building and neighborhood.

Information on activities and student organizations can be found on the Student Life page at: http://www.studentlife.msu.edu/ and the University Activities Board at: http://uabevents.com/ 

How do I set up cable TV in my room?

To set up your television, you will need to: 

  1. Connect the coax cables
    1. Digital-ready television: Simply connect the coax cable from your TV to the cable outlet. Make sure both ends are tight. You must use coax cords with screw on connectors as to not cause RF leakage.
  2. Reprogram the television
    1. Turn the television on and go to the menu. 
    2. Select “rescan" or "reprogram." Make sure to select “cable” mode. 
    3. Wait for the scanning to complete. This process can take up to 15 minutes depending on the brand of television. 
    4. When scanning finishes, you should see more than 100 digital channels.
  3. Tune in to an HD channel
    1. Example type 19.1 (“1” “9” “.” “1”) on the remote to get to a digital HD channel.

Both new and returning students will need to rescan their TVs to have access to the most updated channel listing. 

For more information about the new lineup and to find answers to cable-related questions, visit cabletv.msu.edu.

How do roommates live together successfully?

Whether a roommate is your best friend from home or someone you just met, someone very similar to you or very different; your best bet to having a successful relationship with a roommate is through open, honest and respectful communication. 

It is important to talk to your roommate early to not have the problem escalate. If you have concerns or are struggling with a roommate contact your Resident Assistant. He or she can be a great resource to you as a sounding board, to mediate a conflict, or help you and your roommate to develop a roommate contract with agreed upon standards for the room.

I have been contacted to participate in a Census Bureau Survey. Is this typical for college students?

As a large, public institution situated in East Lansing, Michigan, students are randomly selected to participate in important and confidential Census Bureau surveys.  In accordance with strict United States Census Bureau guidelines and federal law (Title 13, U.S. code), a small sample of Michigan State University Residence Halls’ residents is periodically interviewed by a trained and fully credentialed Census Bureau Field Representative.

Census Bureau Research is an indispensable tool for policy makers who need to make informed decisions and scholars who need to gather and analyze accurate data.  Results help determine how federal and state funds are distributed to colleges and universities, municipalities and programs.

To protect privacy and remain in accordance with strict laws protecting respondent privacy, Census Bureau staff does not conduct surveys via email or identify the survey for which you have been selected. For more information, visit www.census.gov

I looked at my future roommate's social media profile, and I don't like him/her. What do I do?

Social media sites can be deceiving and not offer a full picture on your future roommate.  We would encourage you to reach out to your new roommate and make an effort to get to know him or her.  Michigan State University values difference and this may be a great opportunity for you to get to know someone who is different from you.  You can also reach out to your Resident Assistant who will be available to assist you and your roommate in bridging differences and developing a successful roommate relationship.

What are the rules in the residence halls?

The university’s number one priority is your safety and academic success. For these reasons there are regulations specific to the residence halls as well as campus that help to support these priorities. You can find these rules in the on-campus housing handbook (PDF).  If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact your Resident Assistant.

What should I do to get to know my roommate?

We encourage you to talk with your roommate, avoid using social media as a means to get to know him or her. Create time to interact with your roommate. Go to a meal or a hall activity together. 
Find common interests or take the opportunity to learn about something new to you that your roommate enjoys and can teach you about. Do not forget that your Resident Assistant can be a great resource to help you in this endeavor.

Parent Questions

Can my student live on campus if they are under the age of 18?

Students under the age of 18 can apply for on-campus housing. A parent/legal guardian must sign the Housing Contract. Additionally, the parents/legal guardians of students that will not be 18 when they begin their freshman year are encouraged to meet with Residence Education and Housing Services staff to gain understanding of campus living.

How can I visit my student?

If you want to visit your student we recommend you talk with your student and find a good time for a visit; once the academic year begins students are incredibly busy. 

You will want to be aware of a few things to make your stay on campus more comfortable.

How many years should students live on campus?

Research has shown that living on campus provides for more opportunities for students to connect to other students and to campus, leads to greater satisfaction in the student experience and has been shown to lead to higher academic success.  For these reasons, and many others, we recommend that students live on campus for at least two years.

Should I inform anyone in particular about a chronic health concern?

If your student has a chronic health concern there are several resources on campus.

Additionally, if your student is comfortable with sharing, her or his Resident Assistant and Community Director can also be a helpful resource.

What do students do to stay safe on campus?

MSU is a safe campus, and student safety and security is our first priority.  However, students should always keep personal safety in mind. We recommend that students always lock their room doors and never prop or hold exterior doors; walk in groups on campus at night and make sure someone knows where they are going and when they will be back if they are going to be away.

What if my student has a concern with his/her roommate?

Encourage your student to talk with her or his roommate. Many concerns can be solved through communication. If she or he has done this and did not have a satisfactory outcome, encourage her or him to speak to their Resident Assistant (RA). The RA has received significant training in communication, mediation and conflict management, and will work to build open communication and ultimately a mutually agreed upon set of standards in the room for all roommates to follow.

Why are building entrances unlocked during the day?

Many campus residence halls have classrooms and administrative offices. In these buildings access to those spaces are open to the public from 6:45 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. However, the living spaces in these halls are secured 24 hours a day by access doors that are not open to the public and require an access key to enter. Halls that do not have public spaces are secured 24 hours a day.

Apartments Questions

Can I sign up for a room if it is only me?

Every apartment in University Village has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Each bedroom is considered a separate housing contract with Michigan State University.  Depending on availability you can sign up on your own or with 1, 2 or 3 other friends.

1855 Place will be our new on campus apartments. Opening in fall 2017 for MSU single students, these newly developed apartments are perfect for students searching for a little more independence while staying connected to the perks of living on campus. These one-, two- and four-bedroom contemporary units place Spartans just steps away from the action of campus life while offering numerous on-site amenities.

Take a look at all of our apartment housing options.

Can I take a tour of University Village?

University Village is near capacity and there are no open apartments or models available.  If you visit www.liveon.msu.edu and click on Virtual Tours (right hand side of page) and scroll over to University Village virtual tour, it will show an apartment via a virtual tour.

How can I (or my friends and I) get a spot a University Village?

Log on early during sign up!   Have the information necessary, including names and Housing Number. The system will show what is available depending on the number of people that you are wanting to live with or if you are wanting to live in one bedroom and sign up on your own.

The link is now live on your iLiveOn account for you to be able to go in and create your room code. Once this is created you will be able to apply this when signing up for housing. You can also apply a roomate code to pull in your desired roomate. 

How can residents sign up to live together?

Residents can sign up as individuals or with 1, 2, or 3 other roommates.  During sign up it will be necessary for roommates to know the names and roomate codes of the other residents who they wish to share an apartment with.

How much is the Rent at University Village?

The rent for the current year; 2016-2017 is $719 a month or $3,085 for each semester.  The default payment is by semester, if you prefer to pay monthly, please email UVinfo@rhs.msu.edu to make the change to monthly.

Each Apartment has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and each bedroom is considered a separate Housing Contract. 

Next year’s rates for University Village; 2017-2018 is $733 a month.

What appliances are included in the apartment?

Refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, and dishwasher are all standard in the apartments. Washers and Dryers are available Free of charge with a student I.D. in each of the buildings on the 2nd floor.

What furniture is included in the University Village?

In the Bedrooms there is a full size/long that is raised higher above the ground and a small dresser fits under the bed to offer more space.  There is also a desk and chair.  

In the Living/Dining Room; a sofa, 2 living room chairs, 2 stools at the kitchen counter, and 4 chairs and dining table are all included.

What if University Village sells out by the time I log on?

University Village has historically ‘sold out’ very quickly, typically within hours after sign up starts.  If you do not get selected, you can be put on a waiting list by emailing:  uvinfo@rhs.msu.edu . Typically the waiting list is not “worked through” until the following summer in July or August, no updates or specific information is given out in the interim.

What is included in the Rent?

All Utilities, including an expanded cable television line up are included with the rent. There are no landline phones available at University Village Apartments.

http://ipf.msu.edu/services/cable-tv/index.html

Housing Sign-up For Returning Students

Can I change rooms after I sign up online?

Requests for room changes can be processed electronically via your iLiveOn account beginning November 1, 2017. Our neighborhood housing specialists can also assist with making room changes.

Brody; Karen Spitz—104 Brody: spitzka@rhs.msu.edu

University Village and Spartan Village; Lisa Wilson—C101 Wilson: wils1050@rhs.msu.edu

Rivertrail; Melony Peabody—W167 Shaw: peabodyd@rhs.msu.edu

South; Sunita Mahdavi—E155 Wilson: mahdavi@rhs.msu.edu

North; Tara Miller—E146 Snyder: mille616@rhs.msu.edu

East; Wendy Poulin—W144 Akers: poulin@rhs.msu.edu

Can I select my own room or is it assigned?

All returning students for fall 2017 are able to select a room electronically until April 20, 2018. Students may also visit the neighborhood housing specialist for the hall they are looking to move into. 

Do I have to live on campus?

All students with 0-28 credits (including transfers) are required to live on campus. Many students choose to continue living on for two or more years to take advantage of academic resources, delicious dining, and fantastic student events!

How do I learn more about potential roommates?

  • We recommend using the RoomSync Facebook app to connect with other students at MSU and find a roommate match. Visit https://apps.facebook.com/roomsync/ to get started. If you have questions about using the RoomSync app, please contact the Housing Assignments Office at liveon@msu.edu.
  • You can also select a roommate from people you already know (friends, current students, etc.)! You must know the PIN and meal plan choice for the person you want as your roommate.
  • The Pin can be selected by logging into your iLiveOn account, clicking “Manage your housing options” then selecting Pin for roommate selection.

How do I select a single room?

  • Some rooms are already designated as a single.
  • You can tell which rooms are singles when you do the following:
    • Look for rooms with one bed
    • Click on bed
    • Click on room link under Room Details
    • Room Description will say Single or Permanent Single

How do I sign-up for housing WITH a roommate?

Once you have identified your new roommate

  • If you are selecting your own room online, you must “pull in” your roommate in the online housing system using the PIN that they created in their own iLiveOn account. You must know the PIN and dining plan choice for the person you want as your roommate.

*If you have three roommates and would like to pull in two of them as suitemates you can do so based on room availability, or you can pull in all three roommates into a quad in Akers.

  • Each student will receive an email with their designated sign-up time on Oct. 31, 2017. You can log in to your iLiveOn account during or after that time to select your room and pull in a roommate. Simply follow the on-screen instructions.
  • One person will need to complete the reservation process online for the pair or entire group. We suggest you designating the person with the highest class level or the earliest assignment date to do so.
  • Every person that will be “pulled in” as a roommate must create a PIN in their own iLiveOn account and share that PIN with the person completing the reservation process.
  • When choosing a room in the online reservation system, look for available rooms with two or more open bed spaces.

*If you do not select a room by April 20, 2018 you can visit the Housing Assignments office and they can assign you manually until May 1, 2018.

How do I sign-up for housing WITHOUT a roommate?

  • Log in to your iLiveOn account and follow the on-screen instructions for selecting a room. You can skip the roommate step and look for rooms with one bed space available which will give you many more options!

How will I be notified of my housing assignment?

You can see your assignment via your iLiveOn account at https://liveon.msu.edu/iliveon/login.html.

What is the difference between “Hall Name Single” or “Hall Name Permanent Single”?

  • A “hall name permanent single” is a room that can only be sold as a single and the increase in rate is: double rate + $820
  • A “hall name single” room is considered a “designated” single and can truly have two or more students assigned to the room.  The increase in rate is: double rate + $1,336

New Student Room Selection and Assignment

Do I have to live on campus?

All first-year students with 0-28 credits (including transfers) are required to live on campus. Students coming in with 28 or more credits are not required to live on campus. Also, if you will be 21 years or older by the start of classes, you are exempt from living on campus. However, many students choose to continue living on for two or more years to take advantage of academic resources, delicious dining, and fantastic student events!

How do I select housing WITH a roommate?

How do I select housing WITH a roommate? Follow the appropriate instructions based on the dates you signed your housing contract.

Housing Contract Date

Method for selecting a roommate

Both roommates signed on or before May 1, 2017

Use online room selection. See the Room Selection Instructions for help.

Roommate 1: Signed on or before May 1, 2017

Roommate 2: Signed by the time roommate 1 selects a room and pulls in roommate 2.

The first roommate can select a room and pull in the second roommate AFTER the second roommate signs the contract. The first roommate can follow the Room Selection Instructions for help.

Both roommates signed after May 1, 2017

Roommate selection is unavailable.

 

Your neighborhood, room, and roommate assignment information will be updated and available in your iLiveOn account (www.liveon.msu.edu) in early June. This same procedure can be used if you are wanting to pull in your suitemates as well. You would enter the roommate codes of your suitemates as well and the housing map will show you spaces that accommodate 4 people, including an entire suite.

How do I select housing WITHOUT a roommate?

Follow the appropriate instructions based on the dates you signed your housing contract.

Housing Contract Date

Method for selecting a roommate

Signed on or before May 1, 2017

Use online room selection. See the Room Selection Instructions for help.

Signed after May 1, 2017

The Housing Assignments Office will place you in a neighborhood and room.

Your neighborhood, room, and roommate assignment information will be updated and available in your iLiveOn account (www.liveon.msu.edu) in early June.

How do I find potential roommates?

We recommend using the RoomSync Facebook app to connect with other students at MSU and find a roommate match. Visit https://apps.facebook.com/roomsync/ to get started. This tool is available through May 1, 2017.

If you have questions about using the RoomSync app, please contact the Housing Assignments Office at liveon@msu.edu or contact RoomSync at support@roomsync.com.

How do I request a roommate after May 1?

Roommate selection is unavailable to those who sign their housing contract after May 1, 2017, even if you are accepted to Michigan State University after that date. Most open rooms that can accommodate two roommates are unavailable by this time. See the Room Selection Instructions for help on updating your iLiveOn preferences. We appreciate your understanding as we work to finalize fall housing and prepare to welcome you to MSU.

What happens if I am accepted into a Living Learning Community after I have selected a room?

The Housing Assignments Office will re-assign you to your Living Learning Community. You will be able to view your neighborhood, room, and roommate assignment information in your iLiveOn account (www.liveon.msu.edu) in early June.

If you are applying to a Living Learning Community, please check with your specific program on living requirements.

Can I select my own room or is it assigned?

Visit the Room Selection Instructions to learn how you can select your own room. If you sign your contract on or before May 1, 2017 you will be able to select your own room. Otherwise, the Housing Assignments Office will assign you to a room.

 

Your neighborhood, room, and roommate assignment information will be updated and available in your iLiveOn account (www.liveon.msu.edu) in early June.

How will I be notified of my housing assignment?

You will receive an email to your MSU Spartan Mail account in early June. It will ask you to log into your iLiveOn account to view your housing information.

How will I know if I successfully selected a room?

You will receive this email:

Hello (student name),

Thank you for signing up to live on campus in (selected residence hall) for the 2017-2018 academic year!
 
By signing up to live on campus, you agree to the following:
(1) Your Housing Contract will be in effect for the entire 2017-2018 contract period.
(2) You are required to move into this hall if you register and enroll at MSU.
(3) This assignment is final unless you are accepted into a Living Learning Community at a future date. At that time, the Housing Assignments Office will reassign you.
 
If your plans change and you are no longer attending Michigan State University, contact the MSU Office of Admissions at 517-355-8332. If you have any housing questions, contact the Housing Assignments Office at 1-877-9LIVEON (1-877-954-8366) or at liveon@msu.edu
 
Thanks for choosing to Live On!
Residence Education and Housing Services

I cannot find an available room in my preferred hall. How do I find a room?

There may be several reasons why you cannot view rooms in your preferred residence hall.

  1. The hall is currently full. If this is the case, once the semester starts, you may want to speak with your Community Director, to see if there are rooms available in your preferred residence hall. Your Community Director will then initiate a room change for you. 
  2. The hall that you are interested in may be closed to accommodate students in a Living Learning program. In this case, once the semester starts, you may want to speak with your Community Director to see if there is room available in your preferred residence hall. Your Community Director will then initiate a room change for you. 

What if I am an honors student but my requested roommate is not?

Only Honors students can live on an honors floor. If you are selecting a non-honors roommate, you will need to select another room not on an honors floor.  

What if I am in both a Living Learning program and the Honors College?

Engineering and James Madison students in the Honors College can select for the Honors floor in Case Hall. Holmes Hall has an honors floor for Lyman Briggs students in the Honors College. Female RCAH honors students can select for the second floor of Snyder Hall, and male RCAH honors students can select the second floor of Phillips Hall. You should speak with your Living Learning department to determine what their rules are for their program prior to signing up.

What if my requested roommate is not in the same Living Learning Program as me?

Due to limited space within the Living Learning Communities, you may not be able to pull in a roommate who is not in the same program as you. Some Living Learning Communities have exceptions. Watch for noted exceptions during room selection.

Can I change rooms?

Requests for room changes may be accommodated after you move in. If you were accepted into a Living Learning program, and need to move into the Living Learning community, the Housing Assignments Office can assist with a room change to the Living Learning Community as space becomes available.