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 app on their iPhone, Android or computer.

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

If you have questions about how to use the RoomSync app, please contact the Housing Assignments Office at or contact RoomSync at


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 and the University Activities Board at

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

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

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.