Community Connections

Whether you are new to MSU, the Greater Lansing area, Michigan, or the United States, when you want to know where to turn for various services, shops and community resources, contact us with your questions and we’ll be happy to help you find what you’re looking for!

Things to Do at MSU

Our most popular publication is our "Things to Do at MSU" guide.  We print and giveaway thousands of these booklets every year.  This activity guide assists all families in exploring their community and helps them become acquainted with this rich environment. Whether you are an MSU faculty, staff or student or a community member, you will find activity information for people of all ages on campus and in the Greater Lansing area.  Click here to download a copy today!

Things to Do

Certified Tourism Ambassadors

In 2019, three members of the WorkLife Office staff became Certified Tourism Ambassadors!

The Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program strives to inspire and motivate our front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience!  MSU now has many CTAs with skills to make each and every visitor feel like they belong here and help in making Greater Lansing a home away from home!

The WorkLife Office plans to host many more CTA trainings in the future.  To see when the next training is, click the following links:

Feel free to contact the WorkLife Office Certified Tourism Ambassadors any time!

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Culturally Specific Organizations

Greater Lansing Chinese Association: (English), 欢迎加入兰辛华人协会 Welcome to join GLCA (Chinese)

Greater Lansing Jewish Welfare Federation:

Islamic Center of East Lansing:

Lansing Buddhist Association:

Lansing Area Mindfulness Community:

Resources and connections to the community of India in Michigan, listings of Indian music, events, dining and grocery outlets, and more:

Vietnamese American Buddhist Association of Lansing, in Michigan Buddhist:

Local Municipalities

East Lansing
City of East Lansing: Everything about East Lansing from events and attractions to city government can be found here!

City of Lansing: Lansing’s official website. Get information from the mayor’s office, city council, the city clerk’s office, and stay updated on events happening throughout the City of Lansing.

Lansing Visitors Bureau: Great site for visitors and even residents who would like to see what’s going on in the area! Lists of things to do, nightlife, shopping, group tours, and more. This site will also help you find hotels in the area if you or someone you know is coming for a visit.

K-12 Schools

The United States government expects children ages 6 to 16 years of age to be in school during the entire school year, with a limited number of exceptions as identified in the law.

General information about the many pre-kindergarten through high school (Pre-K and K-12), Alternative Education, Charter Public Schools and Schools of Choice, can be accessed through the State of Michigan, website.

For specific information about schools, you can visit their websites:

DeWitt Public Schools

East Lansing Public Schools

Haslett Public Schools

Holt Public Schools

Ingham Intermediate School District

Lansing School District

Laingsburg Public Schools

Mason Public Schools

Okemos Public Schools

Williamston Public Schools

Home Schooling might also be an option for your child.


Whether you are rent or own your home, your utilities (heat, water, electricity, internet, etc.) will need to be arranged with a local company. If you are renting your living space, sometimes the landlord will maintain control of the utilities, so be sure to ask if you need to set this up.

AT&T (phone, internet, cable television)

Comcast Cable TV & Internet (cable television, internet)

Consumers Energy (electricity, natural gas lines, heat)

East Lansing Water & Sewer (water & sewer services)

Lansing Board of Water and Light (water, electricity)

Trash & Recycling Pick-Up

East Lansing Refuse Collection

Capital Area Recycling & Trash


United States Postal Service: Set-up your local mailing service by contacting the United States Postal Service.


Lansing State Journal: Stay up-to-date on local news, sports, and entertainment. Subscription required.

State News: The State News is the student-run newspaper of Michigan State University. Can be accessed for free in campus and local buildings and online.

City Pulse: An “alternative” newspaper that features arts & culture, local events and news. Can be accessed for free online and in select buildings on campus and in the community.

Local TV Stations

WILX – Channel 10

WKAR - Public Broadcasting from East Lansing for all of Mid-Michigan


WLNS – Channel 6


City Link: Find general information about any city in the United States. You can also search for specific types of businesses within that city.

Capital Area District Library: With several branch locations, this public library is great for finding books and other volumes and events for kids and adults of all ages.

East Lansing Public Library: Located just north of campus, this public library offers great classes for kids and adults of all ages, along with a strong collection of books and other volumes.

MSU Human Resources Employee Discounts & Services: MSU offers a variety of on-campus and off-campus discounts and services to its employees and retirees, which can be found through this website.

Ingham County Information: Learn about living, working, laws, visiting, and health and safety within Ingham County (the county that contains East Lansing & Lansing).

Lansing Community College: A local college that offers college-level credits and grants Associates degrees.

Local Weather: Find the up-to-the-minute local weather forecast with The Weather Channel.

Mapquest: This easy-to-use site helps you search for local attractions and provides step-by-step directions.

Meridian Charter Township: This community is located just east of Michigan State University and encompasses Haslett & Okemos – two common towns for MSU staff and faculty to take up residence.

Pure Michigan: Pure Michigan is a great place to find fun adventures, shopping and tourist destinations all right here within the State of Michigan.


MSU Federal Credit Union: This credit union provides several convenient banking locations on and off campus. 

Several other banking options also exist in the area.


Sparrow Health System

McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Health Care


City Pulse descriptions, ratings and comparisons: 

Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau – dining and events search engine:

When your food dollars don’t go far enough, explore the Lansing Food Bank:

Eat at State offers many dining options on main campus:


Meridian Mall: A local shopping mall with several options for purchasing clothing, shoes, sporting goods, music, electronics, and more.

Frandor Shopping Center: Grocery and shopping near campus. 


Lansing Lugnuts: Enjoy a family-fun event by watching a game played by the local Lansing baseball team.

Lansing United: Enjoy a family-friendly event by watching a game played by the local Lansing men’s soccer (fútbol) team.

Biking at MSU

Information about the MSU-funded/staffed bike center and resources can be accessed here:

Bike-related commuter services helpful to new faculty and staff who rely on bicycling for commuting to/from campus; information here:

The MSU WorkLife Office and Michigan State University do not endorse any of the abovementioned resources nor does MSU control or guarantee the content or continued availability of the sites. They are listed with the intent of providing information to the campus community about available options; users are advised to access at their own risk.