MSU board sets housing rates for 2005-06

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

Apr 08, 2005

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

The new rates call for a 5.25 percent increase in room-and-board rates for the 2005-06 fiscal year. Effective fall semester 2005, it will cost $5,744 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 among the lowest in the Big Ten and the lowest 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. "These new room-and-board rates emphasize our position as one of the most affordable housing systems in the nation."

In addition, rates for a remodeled, one-bedroom university apartment will rise 5.25 percent to $581 per month, a $29 increase over last year. Rates for a remodeled two-bedroom university apartment also will rise 5.25 percent to $644 per month, a $32 increase over last year.

University Housing continues to meet the residential and academic needs of MSU's students.

  • Ethernet service was recently installed in University Village, bringing the number of access outlets within housing units to 21,600. It's anticipated that by August all university apartments will be wired.
  • University Housing supports the academic mission by providing more than 17 percent of residence hall space for academic programs, including classrooms, office space, computer labs and student activity space.
  • More than 200 conference groups - or about 38,000 conferees - utilized residence hall facilities and hospitality services over the past year.
  • In May 2006, Snyder/Phillips Hall will be closed for 15 months for major renovations, including installation of a sprinkler system, window repair, upgrading of the mechanical systems, and reconfiguration of community bathrooms.

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