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MSU's campus is big. But once you're here you'll learn it's like a small city with dynamic neighborhoods where you'll feel right at home.

At MSU, Big Ten sports are big-time events. We have a proud athletic tradition at MSU-even our mascot, Sparty, has won three national championships.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, just minutes away from Michigan’s capital city, Lansing, and in close proximity to Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and the beaches of Lake Michigan.



Exploring East Lansing

Broad ExteriorEast Lansing is a vibrant, classic college town. Tree-lined streets dotted with patio eateries, cafes, live music venues, shops and galleries complement the energy of campus. Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau for details on local flavor and dining options.

East Lansing is home to 25 close-knit neighborhoods. A charming mix of historic and modern neighborhoods are nestled among tree-lined streets, pocket parks, exceptional schools and public amenities.

The City of East Lansing produces and sponsors more than 50 community events a year. The goal of the Community Events program is to enhance the quality of life in East Lansing by providing a variety of festivals and events for community members of all ages.

Downtown East Lansing has an eclectic mix of more than 185 businesses, downtown East Lansing is the perfect place to shop, dine and have fun.

Travel and Accommodations

Area Lodging

Henry CenterVisitors to campus can select from a variety of local hotels. The Kellogg Center Hotel and Conference Center and the Candlewood Suites Hotel at the Henry Center of MSU are located on campus.

Many other hotels are located in the East Lansing and Lansing area. A list of recommended hotels and inns (including rates) is provided by the MSU Office of the Controller.

Airports and Public Transportation

The MSU campus is a 15-minute drive from Capital Regional International Airport. Taxicab service costs approximately $15.

Sparty StatueIt is a 75-minute drive from Detroit Metro Airport. The Michigan Flyer Airport Shuttle offers bus transportation to East Lansing for approximately $30. Buses run several times a day, and travel takes approximately two hours.

The Capital Area Multimodal Gateway on campus houses the Amtrak Blue Water train stop and three intercity bus services: MegaBusGreyhound and Indian Trails. Student discounts are available through Amtrak.

Local CATA bus routes stop at the station, and the facility also offers taxicab and bike-sharing services.

Campus Events

Want to know what’s happening on campus during your visit? The MSU events calendar provides a daily list of campus events. Explore everything from art exhibitions to varsity sports.

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