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Living in East Lansing

Michigan State University is located in the heart of East Lansing, Michigan. This lively Big Ten college town offers a mix of small-town charm and cosmopolitan diversity and culture. The city’s amenities exceed its size, with nightlife, shopping, places of worship, coffee houses, and restaurants that satisfy any craving—all within walking distance of campus. It’s a community of close-knit neighborhoods, excellent public schools, lush parks, and exceptional recreational facilities.

A few miles from campus is the state capitol in neighboring Lansing. Michigan State is close to popular destinations like Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Chicago. Nearby airports and bus stations provide convenient transportation.

The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) provides bus service on campus and in the Greater Lansing area. CATA operates fixed routes that serve all university apartments, residence halls, commuter lots, and the main campus seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during fall and spring semesters. It also provides year-round service to off-campus apartments in East Lansing, Lansing, and surrounding communities.

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