MSU Board of Trustees sets housing rates for 2003-04

Contact: Charles Gagliano, Housing and Food Services, (517) 355-7457, or Tom Oswald, University Relations, (517) 355-2281,

May 09, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State University's housing rates will remain among the most competitive in the nation under budget guidelines approved by the university's Board of Trustees at its Friday, May 9, meeting.

The budget calls for a 6 percent ($298) increase in room and board rates for the 2003-04 year. Effective fall semester 2003, it will cost $5,230 annually for a student to live in an on-campus residence hall (double room, 15 meals per week).

Even with the increase, MSU's on-campus room-and-board expenses are the lowest in the Big Ten and among Michigan public universities.

"The housing staff takes great pride in the delivery of quality services to our student customers," said Charles Gagliano, assistant vice president for housing and food services. "The fact that we can provide these services in a competitive and affordable market keeps us an attractive housing option."

Gagliano expects about 14,500 students to live in university residence halls next year, including almost all first-year students. In addition, more than 65 percent of those students currently living in the residence halls and returning to MSU have made room reservations for the 2003-04 academic year.

About 3,000 students are expected to live in university apartments, where monthly rents will be between $498 and $594 depending on apartment size and type.

A number of initiatives have made on-campus housing a popular option for undergraduate and graduate students:
Every residence hall room now has high-speed Internet access.

There are many residential programs designed to help students excel academically by combining living and learning environments. These include the Residential Option for Science and Engineering Students; the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment; and the Residential Option in Arts and Letters.

University Housing encourages on-campus residents to read daily newspapers through its participation in the MSU Readership Program, which provides copies of The New York Times, USA Today and other daily newspapers in all residence halls.

In response to student requests, additional nonsmoking space was established in McDonel Hall and Emmons Hall, for a total of 3,436 spaces system wide.

In conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, a new mail center was established in University Village. " In conjunction with Residence Life, space and support continue to be provided for the Common Ground Coffee House, a non-alcoholic entertainment alternative presented on weekends in Akers Hall.