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Sorry if this doesn't really apply to you but I was looking at different apartments for my Junior year at MSU. There are a few options still available including:
University Terrace apartments are conveniently located across the street from the MSU campus. Spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments that are fully
Park Place Apartments in East Lansing, MI next to MSU Campus. Park Place has been thoughtfully designed with everything you need to make college life
The Oaks apartments located next to MSU campus. 1 & 2 bedroom apartments featuring newly remodeled kitchens, 2 level apartments with spiral
I can speak on the Oaks and Park Place. A friend lived in the Oaks and I visited a couple times. They were very nice. Only drawback - a lot of people dislike Brody complex because it seems "disjointed" from the rest of campus or that it is the misfit toy of the housing groups. If you dislike Brody for location, you'll hate the Oaks. I personally loved my time at Brody, so it didn't seem that bad. Park Place is kind of similar in that it's a bit of a ways off campus. You're going to have a hike to the bars with either choice, but I made the Park Place-bars-back trek a few times without problem. Park Place apartment was not as nice, IMO. IIRC, rent was lower at Park Place, as a result.
Good luck wherever you end up. Have fun.
Cedar Village...sluts. Game over.
Sorry...didn't mean to quote the above guy.
This post was edited by sprtnjdk 18 months ago
Thanks for your experiences and input. Much Appreciated.
I did live there. There were many sluts. Game was never over, however. Always played.
Weren't you the one that started this thread too?
FYI - I've heard horror about DTN.
Having lived in one of their properties, I agree. However, I will say they are not the worst. I had a terrible....TERRIBLE...time with a property management company that handled off-campus houses. WAY worse than DTN. I found that while DTN stiffs you on pricing because they can, they are generally very good about any issues you have. They were always very prompt with any repairs we requested or anything like that. They have students by the balls when it comes to apartments, but they're not as bad as people make them out to be.
I lived in The Oaks. While its a nice apartment, I felt that it was too far from campus and the downtown area. All my classes were in Old Hort and Berkey and the walk took 45 minutes, bus plus wait time took about 20 and a bike took about 10.
I did schedule some classes to be in Brody so the short walk was nice, as was the quick bike ride to Breslin.
I felt that The Oaks were too expensive for the poor location, mediocre management team, and horrible insulation I shared a room and it was $325 for the sharers and $425 for the guy who had a room to himself. The bike rides home from the bar down Michigan Ave were adventurous, but a huge pain in the ass. Food options suck. Frandor is a 5 minute walk across the street. Anything else will have to be delivered or you have to make a trek to get it.
There are better options closer to downtown if you're looking for apartments, Haslett Arms on Colling wood and Appletree Apartments on the 100 block of Orchard.
I lived in Appletree my senior year. Thankfully the property manager was let go since my time there, she was horrible. Speaking to people whove lived there since, its a complete 180°for the better. Smaller apartments but right down the road from the bars, across the street from campus, and plenty of food options on Grand River right there.
Hope I was of some help. Enjoy college and stay as long as you can. I miss it everyday.
I'd agree. DTN has a monopoly on apartments around EL and has students by the balls when it comes to that. However, I've lived in 3 different DTN communities (I like to move each year, experience new things) and have never had an issue with the management. Always have been timely on maintenance stuff and helpful with other issues.
When it comes to picking an apartment I'd say, as others have, location is big. Think about what you want. Big bar goer? Like to be within walking distance of food and booze and occasionally class at all times? I'd say you want to look closer to campus. I lived in Beechwood last year. Not a bad place and walking distance. Worth a look. But if you're an upperclassmen that wants it maybe a bit quieter and don't mind driving to places then places like the Oaks or places like that may work for you.
I've never lived in any of the places you've specified so I can't help ya there. Best of luck!
I had anal sex for the first time in The Oaks. I'd say The Oaks for sure.
CRMC is far worse than DTN in my experience. I heard lots of bad things about DTN but they've been great in my year and a half at Arbor Glen apts.
I had the same experience. I had a DTN apartment then a CRMC house. CRMC boned me harder, but maybe that was because it was a house and there were more things they could bone me for (lawn, washer/dryer, shoveling snow, etc.)
Bro, lets go to Ricks Thursday.
Get a house. Now that I live in a house I seriously regret ever having an apartment. It really is so much nicer to have more space and a yard.
Rented thru this company for 2 years. I hesitate to even call it a "company" because it's so small. Landlord is super awesome, maintenance guy is attentive and on-call, and prices are fucking cheap. I really can't recommend them enough. Looks to me like they're booked, but she's worth calling just to check, because its 100% the best place to rent thru in EL.
Since we're namedropping now, I'll jump in. I had Hagan Realty my Senior year, and they were ok. House was crap, management was decent but nothing spectacular. It was a great house to abuse, which is what college is for.
Now, my 5th year was a disaster. Avoid avoid avoid....AT ALL COSTS....Spiridakos Property Management. House we lived in was a massive piece of shit that was way overpriced. Management was terrible, almost to the point of being nonexistent, about requests for repairs. We had an electrical issue, that was apparently a carry over from a previous tenant, which posed a very real and serious electrocution hazard and we were told that we caused the problem and that we would have to pay to have it fixed. This was in the second week of living there. We were given two options: 1. Pay a large sum on top of rent and everything to have the issue resolved, or 2. Do nothing, be very careful about the situation, and not get electrocuted and pay. Now, I know you're thinking....Why didn't you take legal action if this wasn't your fault and a hazard? Well, my parents and I went through the contract with our attorney and it was determined that SPM had thrown so many loopholes into the contract that they would be absolved of any wrongdoing in a court of law. Period. The main guy, can't even remember his name now, was a complete douchenozzle to us the rest of the year. Even charged us for shit that we had documented as being there when we moved in because we "didn't report it immediately upon entering". DO NOT LEASE with Spiridakos Property Management.
Lmao. Was is a shithole likely on Evergreen? I rented from Greg spiridakos about 22 years ago - he owned like 4 houses on evergreen and they were fire traps in shambles... Can't imagine those are still like that/there.
I second this, I'm renting from this company right now and it's been fantastic.
That explains the stain on my carpet.
"We'll play anyone, anyplace, anytime!" - Tom Izzo
I spent a summer in Campus Village (right next to the Oaks) and feel completely different. I had an internship at the MSU Museum and I believe it took me 7 minutes to bike, 15 to walk (no offense, but if it it took you 45 minutes to cross 2/3 of campus, you walk really slow--I could get from West Circle to Hubbard in 25). It's close to grocery shopping in Frandor, but still right by campus and a short walk to downtown EL. Bonus that it was right on the Bus 1 route in case I had to go to Okemos/downtown Lansing. Maybe I was used to being over there after living in Brody freshman year, but I thought that area was the perfect location.
"This was a great Spartan day." --Walter Adams
Before you ask, yes, I am a girl.
No this was on Grand River. The place wasn't fit for a homeless shelter.
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