McDonel Hall Sunny

McDonel Hall

River Trail Neighborhood

McDonel Hall is known by Spartans for its optimal housing for returning students, transfer students and those wanting a more quiet, mature atmosphere. The hall offers a Residential Business Program living-learning option. It is also home to a Sparty’s Refresh.

Fun fact: McDonel Hall is named after Irma and Karl McDonel. Karl was secretary to the State Board of Agriculture, which is now the MSU Board of Trustees.

Floor Plans

  • Double Room

    Floor plan dimensions are approximate — room size and furniture dimensions can vary from room to room. 

    Mcdonel hall floor plan

Virtual Tour

Building style: Midcentury modern 

Neighborhood: River Trail

Year built: 1963

Number of Floors: 6

East McDonel Service Center: 517-353-1292

West McDonel Service Center: 517-353-1602

Schedule a Tour: MSU Tours

Engagement Center: McDonel

Address: 817 E. Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48825

Building Features

  • Suite-style bathrooms
  • Double-style rooms
  • Gender Inclusive Floors
  • Fully furnished
  • In-room Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Co-ed floors
  • Barrier-free housing
  • Bike storage 
  • Music practice room
  • TV lounge
  • Meeting space

McDonel Hall Location


Want to see more?

Explore other halls in River Trail Neighborhood.

Van Hoosen Hall l Shaw Hall | Owen Hall

East McDonel Service Center


West McDonel Service Center



Community Director 

Brooke Robinson

Eddie Nguyen-Koelzer

Assistant Director of Residence Education

Eddie Nguyen-Koelzer


Aaron Minnis

Facilities Manager

Aaron Minnis

Sara O

Neighborhood Administrative Coordinator 

Sara Olsztyn


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