MSU Student Housing Cooperative

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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152 Collingwood

Miles Davis

Members: 6 (4 singles, 1 non-single)
Approx. cost: Single-$532/mo Non-single-$399/mo
Floors: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Meal plan: No
Refrigerator: 1
Laundry: 1 washer, 1 dryer
Highlights: upper deck, patio & fire pit shared with Ferency Co-op, small and quaint house, restored hardwood floors, built-in wall piano
Bus Line: #1 CATA line
Nearby Locations: Mason/Abbot Halls,  Student Services Building, Espresso Royale (coffee shop), The Peanut Barrel (bar), MSUFCU (credit union).
Blocks from campus: 1

Interested? Apply to the SHC first by clicking here. Then contact Steve Fishman (fishma19@msu.edu)

History

Built in the 1930s, 152 Collingwood had passed through many hands until SHC purchased it in 1976. Originally a part of Hedrick for ten years, the house was later associated with 146 Collingwood, called Key Largo (now Ferency), giving the house an understandable identity crisis. Maintenance problems made vacancies a chief concern until the Asher Christian Scientists who had left Elsworth House moved into Miles Davis and made it one of SHC's best properties. In 1991 they moved on, and the house was reopened as an SHC co-op named after jazz great Miles Davis.
In 2010, our vice president of maintenance began restoring the house to it original glory, piece by piece.  The entire house now boasts beautifully restored 1920s hardwood where ancient carpet once lay. Gutting and dehumidifying the basement along with an overhaul of heating and ventilation systems and some new paint rendered Miles Davis a shining example of cooperative ownership, stewardship, and do-it-yourself-ism.  
Other Miles Davis alumni have contributed by making cups and bowls, house artwork, and a bar, which now resides at New Community, a more congenial place for the fine piece of co-op craftsmanship.