MSU Student Housing Cooperative

The Michigan State University Student Housing Cooperative (MSU SHC) is a non-profit organization providing a low-cost housing option for students at MSU and surrounding schools. There are more than 200 members in 15 houses across the East Lansing area. Houses vary from five to 29 members, each with their own character and history. 

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How Do I Join the SHC?

Our application can be found here. This application is your first step. You'll get a reply from us within 3 business days of applying.

After your receive your welcome letter, you must:

  1. Get a tour of the house(s) you like by contacting the membership officer listed on the house page
  2. Attend a house dinner to meet your potential future housemates
  3. Attend a house meeting to understand facilitation and functioning within the house
  4. Be accepted by a majority vote of current residents
  5. Sign your contract at the SHC office

Then you are a part of our community!

PLEASE NOTE : We are currently operating on a Wait List basis for all available spaces for 17/18. These Wait Lists are PER HOUSE, not for any space in  the Cooperative. Here is how our Cooperative manages the Wait List for any 17/18 space:

In order to be on a Wait List for any house, you must first:

1. Apply via our Cooperative's webpage here. Wait 3 business days for a response to give us time to screen your application. Applying is free.

2. If you're accepted, you'll receive a Welcome Letter that will further explain how to join the Co-op.

3. Tour the houses that you wish to be on a Wait List for : each house has a separate Wait List.

4. Get approved at the house you want to be on a Wait List for by attending a meeting and meal.

5. After having your tour card turned in, notify the Membership Officer or Member Services Coordinator letting them know you'd like to be on the Wait List for that particular house. At that time, we'll let you know the status of your place on the Wait List and what to expect.