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Old 06-06-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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Hello all!!

My boyfriend recently got accepted to medical school at MSU and we currently live in California so I have questions about East Lansing!

How is the public transit system? I have been looking at housing around campus (around 3-4 miles away) and it seems no matter where I look at that distance it will take about an hour to get to campus on a bus! We live in San Francisco where public transit is amazing and my boyfriend is hoping not to have to purchase a car, but an hour each way on a bus is too much for a med student already pressed for time. Any advice? Is a car a must in this city??

On that same note, I have never been to East Lansing or Michigan at all for that matter, so does anyone know what neighborhoods a medical student would live in? We aren't looking to be with the rowdy undergrads and we have a large dog so something with at least a small yard is a must, but it needs to be close to campus so too much time isn't wasted on transit.

I'm sure I will have a lot more questions! Big cross-country move ahead and all, so thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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I would have to say unless you want to live within a 5-6 mile radius, you will need a car, and to be safe from the rowdies. You may find something closer if your lucky that is quieter, then maybe you could use a bike, but I would say a car is a must...especially in winter. Even most of the students who live on campus have a car I believe. Also, Michigan is a beautiful state with tons of outdoor activities. If you want to see some of the beauty while your here...especially the lake Michigan side and north......you need a car.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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Hello all!!

My boyfriend recently got accepted to medical school at MSU and we currently live in California so I have questions about East Lansing!

How is the public transit system? I have been looking at housing around campus (around 3-4 miles away) and it seems no matter where I look at that distance it will take about an hour to get to campus on a bus! We live in San Francisco where public transit is amazing and my boyfriend is hoping not to have to purchase a car, but an hour each way on a bus is too much for a med student already pressed for time. Any advice? Is a car a must in this city??

On that same note, I have never been to East Lansing or Michigan at all for that matter, so does anyone know what neighborhoods a medical student would live in? We aren't looking to be with the rowdy undergrads and we have a large dog so something with at least a small yard is a must, but it needs to be close to campus so too much time isn't wasted on transit.

I'm sure I will have a lot more questions! Big cross-country move ahead and all, so thanks in advance for your advice!
The East Lansing area is one of those places where a car isn't necessarily required, but if you're going to do anything apart from going to school and buying groceries, a car is strongly recommended. That being said, since parking at MSU is expensive and inconvenient, public transportation might be the way to go.

Most of the bus lines in the area meet in downtown Lansing, which means that you'd have to transfer and add 20-30 minutes to your trip. Many bus lines on the east side of town, however, meet on MSU's campus. So I would stick to East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, or the east side of Lansing. Looking at CATA's website (CATA is the public transportation system in the Lansing area,) these would include routes 1, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. Route 20 (Jolly-Dunckel) is mostly apartments. Route 23 (Okemos) is either apartments or probably too expensive for a med student, although there might be something available on Mt. Hope between Hagadorn and Okemos Roads. Most areas in East Lansing would be fair game - I'd recommend avoiding the area between Grand River, Abbot, Burcham, and Hagadorn roads to stay away from rowdy undergrads. Some areas of East Lansing are kind of expensive, but areas near Lake Lansing Road in the Hagadorn/Towar Road area would work (Route 24) and further west on Lake Lansing Road (although that area is kind of apartment heavy.) Other areas to consider would be Haslett near Lake Lansing and/or Marsh Roads (Route 22), the area north of Grand River between Hagadorn up to and including Park Lake Road (Route 1), or possibly on the east side of Lansing near Michigan Avenue between Clemens and 127 (also Route 1.) I'm not sure about the crime there though, and I definitely wouldn't venture too close to Kalamazoo Road.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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Thanks for the info! Sorry I forgot to say that while my bf doesn't have a car I do. So as far as running errands or traveling out of the city, we have that covered. The problem lies in him having to waste too much time on the bus during his daily commute.

I will definitely look along those bus routes, thanks for the advice. Finding a place to live in a city you've never been to is challenging!
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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Is this your first move? A trick I learned when moving around during college/post college - was to go to Google maps and type in the stores/places you typically visit (e.g. Panera Bread, Starbucks, Whole Foods, movie theatre) - Then focus your search to the surrounding locales. It makes it a lot easier to plot places within walking distance/short drives so you don't have to physically go there in advance. Plus you can use the "Satellite" feature and see it at street level (i.e. you can see if the rental is next to a car wash, a strip club or a cemetery etc) and also the upkeep/shadiness/charm of the surrounding homes. Hopefully you've bought plenty of green and white polo shirts.
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