MSU Promotes On-Campus Living As Competition Increases

When it comes to the Michigan State dorm life, one year was enough for Ashia Jones.

"Things just got crazy in the dorms, so I figured I would rather have more space in an apartment," said the Michigan State Junior.

That's the mentality for Jones and hundreds of other students who call Chandler Crossings home.

Known for its amenities and cheap living, Chandler remains a top off-campus choice for students, even though it sits miles away from campus. With new complexes popping up every year, MSU housing is trying everything to remain a desired option for students.

"We need to reinvent ourselves and constantly be thinking how we can provide a better service to our students and we continue to have to do that and we will continue to do that," said Dr. Kathy Collins, Director of Residence Education and Housing Services.

Collins says that means providing unique options that you can't get anywhere else.

"There's health clinics, there are academic tutors, there's academic advising, there's programming, we have Zumba classes," said Collins. "You can't find that at a lot of places off-campus."

Not to mention major cafeteria and residence hall remodels. But for Jones and other students, there's still the issue of space the dorms can't provide. An issue that schools everywhere are looking to solve.

Collins says on-campus apartments are becoming more and more of a trend across the country. Michigan State already has some on-campus apartments, but doesn't have any construction plans in the works now. Collins says it doesn't mean it's not an option in the future.

"Like any large business we have to look at our competition, we have to look at our product and we have to continue to provide a great product," she said.


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