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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Miles Davis


152 Collingwood

Members: 6 (4 singles, 1 non-single)
Approx. cost: Single-$512/mo Non-single-$374/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 Megan at friebeme@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.