Local Resources

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On-campus Housing

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Off-campus Housing

The MSU Student Housing Cooperative (MSU SHC) is a non-profit, autonomous organization providing an affordable off-campus housing option to students and the Greater Lansing community. There are more than 240 members in our 17 houses. Houses vary from 5 to 29 members, each with their own character and history. Our name honors our historical affiliation with Michigan State University, where we remain a registered student organization. However, we operate independently from the university with additional requirements and guidelines for membership.

Legal Aid – MSU Law Clinic

The MSU Law Clinic is a law firm staffed by dedicated clinical educators and second and third-year law students that offers free legal services in various specific areas of practice. Explore site for more information.

Legal Aid – Legal Assistance Referral Tool

This site, linked on the State of Michigan website, offers resources for legal assistance, including housing/tenant issues.

Legal Aid – Ingham County Public Defender

If you are not currently enrolled or have an issue not eligible for assistance with campus services (student legal services), you might find free or low cost help with the office of the Ingham County Public Defender.


Visit the City of East Lansing home page for more information about the community, government and police.

Parking – City of East Lansing

Here you may explore parking options with the  City of East Lansing.   East Lansing Parking Office Phone: (517) 337-1277.

East Lansing Police Department 


City of Lansing Website


MSU Police Department

MSU Police:

We handle all police and criminal matters on MSU property. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life on campus by working collaboratively within our diverse community to reduce crime, enforce laws and provide for a safe environment.

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Michigan Secretary of State

Campus Bus System (CATA)

Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)

CATA provides a variety of quality public transportation services in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties. All campus bus service is provided by the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during Fall and Spring Semesters. CATA operates ten on-campus fixed routes serving all University apartments, residence halls, commuter lots, and the main campus. Additionally, CATA provides direct service to off-campus apartments in the Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos and Haslett areas year-round.


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MSU NightOwl – CATA Late Night Transportation

We’ll Come to You” services Curb-to-curb transportation on MSU’s campus:  The Night Owl provides late night/early morning campus service at times when other CATA bus services are not running. Passengers may travel between any two locations on MSU campus. Rides are restricted to campus only.

  • Call 517.432.8888 (2.8888 from any campus phone) when you are ready for a ride. A small bus will arrive within 20 minutes of your call to take you to your campus destination. No advance reservations will be accepted.
  • Visit: https://www.cata.org/MSUNightOwl for more information


Home to the Amtrak station in East Lansing:  Capital Area Multimodal Gateway, also known as the East Lansing station, is an intermodal transit station in East Lansing, Michigan. Operated by the Capital Area Transportation Authority, it is served by Amtrak’s Blue Water passenger train, local buses, and intercity buses.


The Michigan Flyer:  Reliable motorcoach connections between East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit Metropolitan Airport at affordable rates.

Capital Region International Airport (LAN)


Greater Lansing Food Bank

Serving the mid-Michigan counties of Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella and Shiawassee.

Lansing 5:01 is a nonprofit organization that strives to retain and attract young professionals in the Lansing region by connecting both college talent and young professionals to the community’s emerging quality of life opportunities.

Lansing 5:01 hosts fun networking events throughout the year that can help students widen their professional and social connections in the Greater Lansing Area.  Make sure to check them out!

Volunteer opportunites for GSOs – if your student organization is looking for community volunteer opportunities, be sure to check out Lansing 5:01!


We offer financial services to MSU and OU faculty, staff, students, alumni association members, and their families as well as a variety of select employee groups.

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MSU Parking – Permits