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Student Life

Exploring Lansing and Michigan

  • MSU Arts and Culture (notably Broad Art Museum and Wharton Center for Performing Arts)
  • MSU Athletics: the official website for Spartan athletics, including game schedules, tickets, and more.
  • MSU Livestock Pavilion: Weekly horse shows, rodeos, 4-H exhibits, Home and Garden, and Quiet Water Symposium.
  • The City of East Lansing has a website with a calendar of events. Annual events include the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Film Festival, Arts Fair, and Jazz Festival. During the summer, there is a farmer’s market in Valley Court Park.
  • Visit Greater Lansing attractions, from breweries and art galleries, a local symphony orchestra, to outdoor activities and family events.
  • Explore the State of Michigan, from thriving urban areas like Detroit and Grand Rapids to unspoiled nature including lakes, campgrounds, wildlife refuges, and 103 state parks.
  • Detroit is 1.5 hours to the east. It has a world-famous art museum (Detroit Institute of Arts), professional football, hockey, basketball, and baseball, a zoo, and a symphony orchestra.
  • Chicago is 4 hours to the west and accessible by Amtrak train. Chicago has stunning architecture, the Art Institute of Chicago, a zoo, and a symphony orchestra.
Sparty mascot with onlookers
Sparty, the MSU mascot, on a parade

Life at MSU

  • The Office of Admissions has a Life at MSU section. Scroll to the bottom for information on getting around East Lansing, Bus Maps, Campus Maps, and more.
  • Student Affairs and Services has a site devoted to campus programs, services, including rules, regulations, rights and responsibilities that have been established in the interest of intellectual and personal development while protecting individual freedoms.
  • The Graduate School has a section on Student Life with resources on wellness, student organizations, and more.
  • Spartan Life: a student handbook and resource guide.
  • WorkLife Office: works towards creating an inclusive, responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in work and personal lives.
  • Office For International Students and Scholars (OISS) is the campus resource for international students. They help with visas, travel, and maintaining your legal status while in the US. OISS also has a number of resources to help you, including community resources, a list of international student clubs, and events.
The new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
The new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Campus Transportation and Parking

Click on this image to go to the interactive MSU campus map.
Click on image to access campus map
  • Parking on campus: any vehicle you bring on campus must be registered through the MSU Police Department. Generally, students with assistantships are eligible to obtain parking permits which allow parking at several lots throughout the campus.
  • Campus maps
  • Bus maps: The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) provides bus service to all parts of the campus and connections with CATA routes serving the Lansing and East Lansing area. CATA buses on campus are free with student ID.
  • Bikes: The University maintains bicycle racks throughout the campus. Bikes should be locked to these racks when parked. Annual bicycle registration through the MSU Police Department is required.