What to Know About Neighborhoods on Michigan State Campus

One of the biggest transitions for incoming freshmen at Michigan State is learning how to navigate campus.

Knowing your path early in your college career can be very helpful in getting ahead in many areas of your college experience.

As a sophomore, I’m here to take you through the specifics of the five different neighborhoods on campus to help those who may be unfamiliar with the lay of the land.

General amenities

There are many different useful features each district has to offer, but there are some that each district has.

At MSU, there is no charge for doing laundry.

“Students only have to provide the detergent and there are laundry rooms in each hall, usually in the basement,” said Bethany Balks, manager of the communications and marketing team for education and services. residence accommodation.

There are also cardio rooms and at least one community kitchen in each neighborhood. These places can be very convenient if you live far from the nearest MI or your neighborhood dining hall.

Each neighborhood also has at least one all-you-can-eat dining room as well as a Sparty’s for take-out food.

“In Brody and Case as well as in Hubbard, there are more hot takeouts at these Sparty locations,” Balks said. “Then you go somewhere like Holmes or Wonders and there are a lot more quick grab items for students to take advantage of.”

Holmes and Holden also offer mobile ordering options where students can order meals through Eat at State.

Each quarter is also equipped with a study room. Like Cardio Rooms and Community Kitchens, they’re handy when you’re away from the MSU Library or other study spaces. While there are many general amenities shared by each district, there are also many differences that make each unique.

East district

The East Ward is located on the northeast side of campus, near the intersection of Hagadorn and Shaw roads.

It contains the Akers, Holmes and Hubbard dormitories. In East Neighborhood, you’ll find a lot of freshmen as each of the dorms houses mostly freshmen, along with a few sophomores at Holmes. There are two dining halls located to the east, one at Akers and the other at Holmes Hall.

Close to the neighborhood are IM East, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and the Business College Complex.

East Neighborhood also has Honors College floors, where MSU Honors College students can mingle and/or live with each other.

River Trail Neighborhood

This neighborhood is located along the south bank of the Red Cedar River on Shaw Lane. This neighborhood includes McDonel Hall, Shaw Hall, Owen Graduate Hall and Van Hoosen Apartments.

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This district has only one dining hall in Shaw Hall. It is right next to the East Ward so you are also very close to IM East, Wharton Center and Business College Complex as well as MSU College of Law and College of Veterinary Medicine.

River Trail, like East Neighborhood, designated the Honors College floors.

North Piece

The halls in this area are the oldest on campus and feature traditional collegiate-style architecture. The neighborhood stretches just north of the Red Cedar River and along Michigan and Grand River Avenues.

North Neighborhood holds 10 separate rooms; Abbot, Campbell, Gilchrist, Landon, Mason, Mayo, Phillips, Snyder, Williams and Yakeley. This neighborhood includes two dining halls (Landon and Snyder-Phillips), as well as a food court in Union MSU.


Besides MSU Union, North Neighborhood is also located near Adams Field, the Broad Art Museum, and the bustle of the Grand River. Grand River Avenue is one of the main attractions in the state of Michigan, as it has many restaurants and shops.

North Neighborhood has Honors College floors and optional co-ed floors.

South Piece

This area is located southwest of Spartan Stadium between West Shaw Lane and Trowbridge Road.

Besides being close to Spartan Stadium, it is also close to Breslin Center, Munn Ice Arena, IM West and outdoor tennis facilities. It includes Case Hall, Wonders Hall, Wilson Hall and Holden Hall.

There is an all-you-can-eat dining room in Case and a take-out dining room in Holden. If you’re a science student, recent graduate Nick Saba, who stayed in the dorms for the four years of his career at MSU, said he couldn’t recommend Wilson Hall enough.


“It’s really good because it’s full of other freshmen and it’s really meant to get you in and get you started on campus,” Saba said.

South will also host many freshmen this year, as its four dorms are home to freshmen. It also has optional mixed floors for students.

Neighborhood Brody

Finally, Brody Neighborhood is located on the west side of campus, just north of the Red Cedar River.

Brody hosts six venues: Armstrong, Bailey, Bryan, Butterfield, Emmons and Plutot. These halls have the largest student rooms on campus. The neighborhood is located near Spartan sports facilities and the Breslin Student Events Center.


Brody is home to some of the most architecturally interesting buildings, including Brody Hall itself, home to the Brody Square Dining Hall.

Overall, each neighborhood has its advantages. There are plenty of things you can do to maximize your time spent in your neighborhood and it’s up to you to take advantage of all that yours has to offer.

If you have any further questions, contact the residence’s Education and Housing Services office. Happy life on campus!

This story is part of our 2022 mailed print issue. Read full issue here.


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