MSU offers a variety of on-campus living facilities. Each living environment features unique design and atmosphere. Most housing options on campus offer units that meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Visit the MSU Housing Live On website for more information on campus housing.
Requesting Housing Accommodations
A student with a disability in need of a housing accommodation due to their condition must identify and register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) in advance, at least 45 days prior to move-in or when the accommodation is needed. It is important to know that the number of accessible housing spaces are limited so starting this process early will aid in the implementation process.
Begin by registering with RCPD. Your Disability Specialist will facilitate housing accommodations and/or assist with dietary concerns. Depending on the housing accommodation you will request, additional documentation and information may be necessary. More details about different types of housing accommodations are below.
When requesting housing accommodations, it is important to follow and complete the MSU Live On sign-up and selection process. As housing accommodations are approved, RCPD will work with students and MSU Live On to make the necessary housing adjustments.
Visit the MSU Housing Live On website for more information on campus housing.
MSU offers a variety of housing options with accessible units and apartments throughout campus. Specific questions about accessible housing options should be discussed with an RCPD Specialist to determine which housing option will meet your needs.
More information about campus accessibility is found on our Accessibility at MSU page.
Room Accommodation Requests
If you require specific housing modifications (single room, specific location, bathroom needs, etc.) due to your disability, please complete the following:
Step 2: Submit a letter written by your diagnosing/treating medical professional on his/her professional letterhead explaining in detail why the housing accommodation is necessary due to your disability. If requesting a housing accommodation due to your psychiatric disability, the letter should come from a licensed mental health professional.
Step 3: The student resident submits a written statement describing the housing modification that you are requesting, and why the housing request is necessary due to their disability. This statement should be detailed and provide enough information to help a committee at RCPD understand exactly what is needed and why due to your disability. If this statement is submitted via email, it should come from your MSU email account.
Step 4: Once your RCPD specialist has all of the necessary information, the RCPD housing committee will review the request and make a determination. Your RCPD specialist will relay the committees decision back to you, and if approved, provide information to the housing office regarding the approved housing accommodations.
Dining and Dietary Concerns
Students with dietary concerns will find a range of opportunities in the MSU culinary system via MSU Eat at State. MSU offers a variety of food options at all campus residential dining halls and retail food venues, including menu items to support ovo-lacto vegetarianism, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diets. Our Culinary Services team identifies 11 allergens on our campus menu items – coconut, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, wheat and gluten – as well as dietary restrictions of alcohol, beef, gelatin, pork, vegan and vegetarian.
The MSU Eat at State team makes every effort to thoroughly train staff and label food allergens in each dining hall and retail food venue.
If you have dietary concerns, such as allergies or ingredient concerns, you should begin by consulting with the University Registered Dietitian. It may not be necessary to register with RCPD for dietary concerns, as the campus dietician can provide many resources to students to mitigate these concerns.
Service/Assistance Animal Policy in University Housing
Michigan State University provides reasonable accommodations to housing residents with a documented disability, which could include the use of a Service Animal and/or Assistance Animal (emotional support animal) in University housing.
Information below was taken out of the Service/Assistance Animal Policy in University Housing. Review the Service/Assistance Animal in University Housing Policy for the complete details and more information.
Assistance Animal in Housing:
A person may reside with an assistance animal (emotional support animal) in housing as a reasonable accommodation if:
- The person has a disability;
- The animal is necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling; and
- There is an identifiable relationship or nexus between the disability and the assistance the animal provides.
Assistance animals are required to be at least 12 months of age unless an exception to this requirement has been approved by the RCPD.
A resident who requires the use of an assistance animal in University Housing must identify and register with the RCPD in advance, at least 45 days before housing for the animal is needed, and provide the following documentation:
- Treating medical professional completes the Service/Assistance Animal in University Housing Documentation Form
- University resident completes the Service/Assistance Animal Request Form.
Once the RCPD has received the completed Assistance Animal forms, they will be reviewed by a committee at RCPD to determine the reasonableness and need for the request. Reasons why an assistance animal request may be denied are found in the Service/Assistance Animal in Housing Policy. The committee may also need to request additional information about the request. Your assigned RCPD specialist will reach out once the committee has made a decision regarding the assistance animal request.
Service Animals in Housing:
A person may reside with a Service Animal in housing if the person has a disability and the animal meets the definition of a "Service Animal", found in the Service/Assistance Animal Policy in University Housing and Service Animal Policy. The service animal is permitted to accompany the resident to all areas of housing where residents are normally permitted to go. A resident who will utilize a service animal in housing is strgonly encouraged but not required to identify and register with the RCPD.
Service animals are required to be at least 12 months of age unless an exception to this requirement has been approved by the RCPD.
If you require air conditioning in your campus residence, there are two different processes. Students who only require air conditioning to manage their medical condition should follow the MSU Live On procedures. Students with a disability that require air conditioning and additional services to manage their disability should work with the RCPD.
MSU Live On Air Conditioning Request Process:
Residents with a confirmed medical condition who require air conditioning, and who will not require other accommodations and/or do not wish to register as a student with a disability, can request an air conditioning unit for their campus residence through the University Physicians office. More information about the steps to request an air conditioner are found on the MSU Live On Room Information page.
RCPD Air Conditioning Accommodation Request Process:
Residents with a disability that require air conditioning in order to manage any adverse impacts that would be experienced without air conditioning (such as impacts to breathing or inability to regulate body temperature) must identify and register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) in advance, at least 45 days before the air conditioning is needed and provide the following documentation
Individuals interested in accessible housing options off-campus may contact the Capital Area Center for Independent Living (CACIL) to inquire about housing resources in the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if my housing selection period comes prior to meeting with an RCPD specialist?
It is important to follow all steps within the MSU Live On selection process. You should select the best room for you at the time of selection. If you are approved for a housing accommodation we will then be able to make necessary adjustments after your needs assessment and/or your housing accommodation is approved.
How long does it take to process my housing accommodation?
It depends on many factors including the requested housing accommodations and the time it takes you to submit required/additional documentation. Housing accommodations should be requested at least 45 days prior to move-in or when the accommodation is needed.
Can I receive housing accommodations in my living learning community?
Yes. You are able to request housing accommodations within your living learning community (LLC). You would follow the same process outlined above to request housing accommodations. Typically, RCPD tries to be respectful of the rules of the LLCs. Each LLC has different rules in place regarding housing selection, roommate options, and curriculum. Students within the LLCs are expected to follow the rules set forth by their community. Please reach out to your LLC for specific guidance on rules and requirements.
Can I request a housing accommodation after the start of a semester?
Yes. You can submit a housing accommodation request after the start of a semester. All housing accommodation requests will be reviewed and provided based on availability at that time.
Can I receive housing accommodations due to my allergy or chemical sensitivity?
Yes. The RCPD Chronic Health Specialists can work with you to determine a reasonable housing accommodation and discuss options for a suitable living arrangement. You should identify and register with a Chronic Health disability if you feel you will need housing accommodations.