Some MSU on-campus apartment rates to be lowered

Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations, Office: (517) 432-0920, Cell: (517) 281-7129, Tom.Oswald@ur.msu.edu; Vennie Gore, Housing and Food Services, Office: (517) 355-7457, vgore@msu.edu

Apr 16, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. — While room-and-board rates for Michigan State University’s residence halls will increase 5.1 percent for the 2010-11 academic year, rates for some university apartments will decrease or remain the same as last year.

At its meeting today, the MSU Board of Trustees approved the new rates, prices that will keep MSU’s costs among the lowest in the Big Ten and among Michigan universities.

For students living in residence halls, the rate hike will affect freshmen, transfer and returning students who select the silver unlimited meal plan. Under that meal plan, students have unlimited access to all 14 undergraduate hall dining rooms on campus.

Under the new pricing, basic residence hall room and board rates will be $7,770.

However, under the new pricing plan, Spartan Village, Cherry Lane and Faculty Bricks one-bedroom apartments’ monthly rent will be reduced by $50 to $650, while two-bedroom apartments’ monthly rent will remain flat at $774.

University Village four-bedroom apartment monthly rent will increase $20 to $683 per resident, a 3 percent increase.

“It’s essential that we try to keep housing and dining rates affordable,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president in Residential and Hospitality Services. “We’re confident that this will strike a reasonable balance between affordability, enhanced services for students and needed renovation of aging facilities.”

It’s estimated that more than 14,000 students will live in MSU’s residence halls in 2010-11. Emmons Hall, part of the Brody complex, will be closed for renovations for approximately one year starting in May.

Only three of the 11 Big Ten schools have lower room-and-board rates than MSU. Among Michigan’s 15 public universities, only four schools have lower rates than MSU.

For additional information, visit http://www.hfs.msu.edu/.