Some housing rates remain unchanged, others increase slightly

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 15, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University’s 2011-12 room-and-board rates will remain unchanged at Spartan Village Apartments, while other residence hall rates will see a 4.95 percent increase, which is slightly less than last year.

For the 2011–12 academic year, basic residence hall room and board rates will be $8,154 for freshmen, transfer and returning students who select a meal plan that gives students unlimited access to all 12 residential dining halls, as well as access to 23 culinary services retail locations. That’s an increase of approximately $380 over last year.

Under the new rates, Spartan Village Apartments one- and two-bedroom apartments’ monthly rent will remain unchanged at $650 and $774, respectively. University Village Apartments four-bedroom apartment monthly rent will increase by only $7 per month per bedroom.

“In these challenging economic times, it is critical that students still have affordable access to the campus services and facilities they need to succeed,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president for the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services. “We believe these new rates strike an appropriate balance between affordability and the university’s need to maintain its facilities.”

MSU’s room and board rates continue to be among the lowest of all universities in Michigan and the Big Ten. Despite significant global food and fuel cost increases, the 2011–12 residence hall rates represent less of an increase than last year.

Approximately 14,000 students will live in MSU’s residence halls in 2011–12. Those recently renovated residence halls, including Emmons, Holden, Mayo, Owen and Hubbard, home to the first Neighborhood Engagement Center, are among the most popular for students.

Bailey and Rather halls, both part of the Brody Neighborhood, will be closed for renovations for about one year starting in May.

For more information about on-campus housing at MSU, visit www.liveon.msu.edu.