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Looking for housing [Apr. 18th, 2010|11:42 pm]
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Hey everyone!

I'll be starting graduate school at MSU in the fall, and I'm in the process of trying to find a place to live. Does anyone have any recommendations for complexes/places to look at (or places I should make a point of avoiding)? Thanks!

[User Picture]From: youaretarable
2010-04-19 04:36 am (UTC)
When I was there I lived at 731 apartments on Burcham street. They were nice, close to school (definitely walking distance) but far enough that it's not too loud and crazy on the weekends, highly recommend as a grad student. The apartments right next door are nice as well so you have options.. What program are you going into? Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: carryonandon
2010-04-20 02:03 am (UTC)
Agreed - apartments on Burcham are pretty close to campus, plus there's a good bus route that goes down that street. At least it was for me when I was trying to get to the business school.

You might consider the Spartan Village (grad student housing) which are furnished, but I'd only recommend a renovated apartment there. There's a bus, but the complex is on the opposite side of the train tracks from most of the University - and trains are frequent. Last I knew, they were building a bridge over the tracks, though. Maybe that's done now?? I guess, I would recommend these if you have to sign a lease on something sight unseen. At least they are somewhat habitable.

I had some friends that lived in Owen graduate hall, but those are *very* small and you share an en suite bathroom. It includes clean linens and weekly cleanings, though. However, you can hear everything your suitemate does in the bathroom. Also, they put the twin bed on wheels to save space during the day, but this creates other problems...

Stay away from anything near Red Cedar (Bogue and Grand River) unless you enjoy being tear gassed.

In the Burcham neighborhood, or in the neighborhoods just east of there, are probably your best bet to be away from frat parties.

Also, avoid the studio apts at Michigan ave and Grand River behind the 7/11 (or former 7/11). I lived there once because it was close to campus, but it would frequently drop below 55 degrees in my apartment during the winter and there was a mold problem.

Good luck! There are some nice places out there, but you have to look a bit.
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[User Picture]From: youaretarable
2010-04-20 03:48 pm (UTC)
Definitely heed the warning and stay away from the red cedar area! It is insane. I was hanging out around there during final 4 a few years ago and I was tear gassed!

Other options are out on Lake Lansing Rd by meijer.. I think they're called berry tree apartments? I don't know of anyone who lived there, but they're far enough from campus (not walking distance but there is a bus route) that the noise wouldn't be a problem..

My friend who was in the MD program lived down hagadorn (past the train tracks), it seemed like a really nice area and is close to the medical buildings
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