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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Bower

 127 Whitehills

127 Whitehills

Members: 19 (17 singles, 1 non-single)
Approx cost: Single-$470 Non-single-$333
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: 7
Mealplan: Yes, Vegetarian/Vegan Option
Refrigerators: 3
Laundry: 1 washer, 1 dryer
Common Areas: Living room, dining room, kitchen
Highlights: Newly renovated, organic garden, outdoor composting
Bus Line: Abbot Rd. Bus Line
Nearby Locations: Post Office, Library, Hannah Community Center
Blocks from campus: 10

Bower is a co-op house that feels like a home! While it’s close enough to MSU's campus to walk or ride a bike to class, it’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a college town. We’re a vegetarian based co-op with a meal plan including vegetarian/vegan dinners 5 days a week. We love to play video games, have open mic nights, play with our cats, and have potlucks every Thursday. At 19 members, Bower is a little smaller than some of the more popular houses, but we still love to bond and have fun together as housemates. We work hard to be sustainable and environmentally friendly by having our own compost and garden, and by recycling! Bower is a great place to meet people and get adjusted to the East Lansing area! If you want to live in a place with a diverse group of caring, open minded people, Bower is the place to be!

Interested? Apply to the SHC first by clicking here. Then contact Becky at cogginsr@msu.edu

History


Several houses were established after World War II to house veterans returning to college. In 1947, Bower House became the fifth housing co-op in East Lansing. Named after Bob Bower, who was killed during the war, it remained an all-men's house until the late 1960s. Over the next several years, the men continued to dominate house governance. Tensions rose when Vietnam veterans returned to the house. In 1971, Bower House joined SHC, and the house eventually became a vegetarian-themed co-op.
Today, Bower House is one of the most demanded co-op houses in East Lansing. In addition to being a vegetarian house, vegan options are included with every meal. Bower prides itself on being very environmentally-aware through its recycling and food purchases.