MSU Student Housing Cooperative

The MSU Student Housing Cooperative (MSU SHC) is a non-profit, autonomous organization providing an affordable off-campus housing option to students and the Greater Lansing community. There are more than 240 members in our 17 houses. Houses vary from 5 to 29 members, each with their own character and history. Our name honors our historical affiliation with Michigan State University, where we remain a registered student organization. However, we operate independently from the university with additional requirements and guidelines for membership.

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"This is awesome! How do I join the SHC?"

We're glad you asked. The MSU SHC has a dual approval process. First you get approved at the Co-op level via our application below. You’ll then move onto getting approved at the House/s you like the best!

Here are your steps to joining our Co-op:

  1. Submit the application below.

  2. While you wait for your application to process (takes up to 3 business days), tour houses virtually on our website.

  3. Once accepted by the Co-op application, contact Membership Officers of the houses you're interested in touring!

  4. Tour the houses you're interested in getting approval for to learn more about Co-op living.

  5. Go to a house dinner and a house meeting at the houses you like.

  6. Wait to hear from the House's Membership Officer about the status of your approval.

  7. If approved by a house, make an appointment with MSU SHC office to sign for your favorite one! Upon signing, you’ll pay Shares and Dues of $505.00 and go through a contract orientation.

  8. Voila! You are a member-owner of the MSU SHC!

For questions regarding the status of your application, contact our Member Services Coordinator at  You should receive a response to your application within 3 business days. If you haven’t received a response, give the Office a call at (517) 355-8313.

Contract Dates for the 18-19 Contract Period : August 24, 2018 through August 18, 2019

Contract Dates for the 19-20 Contract Period : August 23, 2019 through August 16, 2020