Getting Around Campus: Your Transportation Options at MSU
As you plan your class schedules and await your housing assignments, we want to ensure you have all the information you need to navigate campus. MSU is a large place, and while navigating campus may seem daunting, there are numerous ways to make it feel small and accessible. Here are some transportation options available to you!
The MSU campus map can be accessed online or obtained as a physical copy at any Service Center. Additionally, you can download the MSU mobile app from the App Store or Google Play Store, which includes a searchable campus map for easy location finding.
With more than 120 miles of pedestrian walkways and sidewalks, walking is the most popular option to get to and from at MSU! Additionally, are more than 12 miles of pathways and trails on MSU's campus. These pass through every neighborhood, making it easy to use these trails for walking and any other kind of mobility.
The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) bus system is free for all students during the fall and spring semesters along all on-campus routes. These routes conveniently serve university apartments, residence halls, commuter lots and main campus facilities. Most on-campus routes operate until 2:30 a.m., and if you need late-night transportation, the Night Owl service offers discounted rates. CATA also offers routes that extend to off-campus areas like East Lansing, Lansing, Okemos and Haslett, with options to pay per ride or purchase passes.
MSU has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. With more than half of our roads equipped with bike lanes and over 20,000 bicycle parking spaces, biking is a popular mode of transportation on campus. If you need to rent, repair, buy or equip a bike, the Bikes Service Center is here to assist you. All students must register their bike with MSU Parking Services if you bring your own bike to campus.
First-year students are not permitted to have cars on campus. However, if you are a commuter student or an upperclassman residing off-campus, you may register your vehicle with the university as a commuter. Students who live on campus must have a minimum of 28 credits to register their vehicles for on-campus parking. Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you can purchase a parking permit through MSU Parking Services.
Mopeds are another popular transportation option on campus. There are designated parking spaces specifically for mopeds across campus marked by small purple squares on the interactive MSU map. To use a moped on campus, you need to register it with the Secretary of State Office and obtain a parking permit.
Spin Electric Scooters
During the non-winter months, Spin Electric Scooters offer a convenient way to get around campus. Using the dock-less scooter share system, you can locate and unlock a nearby scooter using your smartphone. Please note that electric transportation, including e-scooters, e-bikes, mopeds and hoverboards, are not allowed inside campus buildings.
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