Explore Your Neighborhood

Want to learn some cool new things about your campus neighborhoods? Michigan State University’s campus is home to five separate neighborhoods, and each neighborhood offers unique opportunities for residents.


Located on Michigan Ave. and Harrison Rd., on the north-western corner of campus. Brody consists of six residence halls: Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Emmons and Rather

In the center of this neighborhood is Brody Hall, home of Brody Square dining hall in North America and the Brody Engagement Center. Here you will find the engagement center staff, student health clinic, math and other course tutoring, writing assistance, academic advisors, a computer lab with printing services, individual and group study spaces and much more! 

Brody is close to the Breslin Center and the Kellogg Center. A unique living learning community exists in both Rather and Bailey Hall. The home to the Residential Initiative for the Study of the Environment (RISE) is in Bailey and Rather hosts a community for science and math majors. 



North neighborhood is located along Michigan Ave. and Grand River Ave. along the north side of campus. This neighborhood is composed of a group of residence halls known as West Circle and halls nestled along the Red Cedar River. All together the neighborhood consists of 10 residence halls, West Circle’s Campbell, Gilchrist, Landon, Mayo, Williams and Yakeley and Red Cedar’s Mason, Abbot, Snyder and Phillips

The north neighborhood engagement center is located in the Student Union building, with academic and intercultural support offices. The union also hosts the UAB office, Student media center, the Union food court, MSUFCU office, Spartan Spirit shop, MSU Dairy store, MOSAIC: multicultural unity center, MSU alumni memorial chapel and a Biggby Coffee. North neighborhood is also home to the Olin Health Center. You can dine in either Heritage Commons at Landon or The Gallery at Snyder/Phillips for food. 

North Neighborhood is located right on Grand River, near the library, the Broad Art Museum and Adam’s Field. Yakeley hall is the only hall on campus that is ALL female. North also holds the music college, many halls have a music living-learning option. 



River Trail neighborhood is located along the south bank of the Red Cedar River along Shaw Lane. River Trail consists of four residence halls: Shaw, Van Hoosen, Owen and McDonel.

McDonel hall is home to the neighborhood’s engagement center. Here students can get Academic support, health and wellness support and intercultural support and more. McDonel also houses a fitness center for on campus residents. River Trail has two dining halls: the Vista at Shaw and the Riverwalk Market at Owen. This neighborhood is located near the Business College Complex, the MSU College of Law, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Human Medicine, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

River Trail is unique in many ways. Owen graduate hall houses upperclassmen and graduate students with an optional meal-plan and community kitchens. Van Hoosen’s apartment style rooms can fit up to 4 people with individual kitchens and bathrooms in each unit. Van Hoosen houses women only, who are sophomores or above, with a minimum GPA of 2.2. McDonel is home to the International Language and Cultural Residence on the third floor: La Casa, a special Spanish language speaking floor and the Arabic Language Instruction Flagship Program. It also houses a living-learning option for business students.



East Neighborhood is located on the East side of campus, on the intersection of Hagadorn and Shaw. There are three residence halls in East: Akers, Holmes and Hubbard. Hubbard and Holmes are the largest residence halls on campus. 

The closest dining hall is the Edge at Akers. Hubbard hall, at a staggering 12 stories high, is home to the neighborhood’s engagement center, where students can get Academic support, health and wellness support and intercultural support.

East Neighborhood is home to the Lyman Briggs Natural Science Majors program. It is also close to the intramural-sport fields as well as a five minute walk to the Wharton Center. Akers hall has a unique room setups. It has both doubles and quad rooms, consisting of an apartment-style rooms with a separate space for desks.



South Neighborhood is located on the south side of campus between West Shaw Lane and Towbridge Road. Its four residence halls are: Case, Holden, Wilson and Wonders

The South Neighborhood Engagement Center is located in Holden Hall offering services in many things, including: math and other course tutoring, a health clinic, writing assistance, academic advisors, a computer lab with printing services, individual and group study spaces, MRULE and much more. There are dining halls in Wilson and Holden and South Pointe at Case Hall. Wonders hall is also the home of Wonderbodies, a convenient cardio and aerobic fitness center. South is close to the Breslin Center, the Munn Ice arena and the University Tennis Courts. 

The South Neighborhood also contains James Madison College in Case Hall. Wilson hall contains the Engineering Residential Program and the Engineering Core Experience First Year Program. Wonders Hall is home to the Army ROTC program. Holden Hall houses the Academic Scholars Program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), and the Second Year Experience Program.



Choosing a neighborhood can be a tough decision but hopefully some of the benefits listed above will help you make your decision. As always our on campus housing specialists are here to help you find the option that is right for you! Stop by or give us a call anytime. 

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