Summer Workshops Accommodation Options

This information was current for summer 2016; check back for updates in spring 2017.

Many workshop participants choose to stay at MSU's Owen Graduate Center, a cost-effective option. Other participants may prefer to make their own arrangements and stay at other accommodations near MSU's campus.

Owen Graduate Center (on MSU campus)

This is a student residence hall. Reservations for workshop participants must be made online through Residential and Hospitality Services (see instructions under "Reserving Owen Rooms" below) no later than June 30, 2016.

Essential Information

  • Daily rate (per person) single occupancy: $35 per night (plus 6% sales tax, $37.10/night total)
  • Check in: 3:00pm, Check out: 11:00am
  • Participants will pay Owen Graduate Center directly (not CLEAR).
  • Payment by credit card is preferred upon check-in at Owen.
  • Please inform Owen Graduate Center of any medical needs when checking in
  • Lodging rates do not include a meal allowance. A la carte meals are available at the Riverwalk Market Cafe in Owen Graduate Center (open 7:30am-6:30pm during the summer) or at the cafeteria at Shaw Hall (open 7:00-10:00am for breakfast, 11:00am-2:00pm for lunch, 5:00-8:00pm for dinner during summer). Meal prices at Shaw are: $5.25 for breakfast, $9.75 for lunch, and $9.75 for dinner, plus tax. Meal prices at Owen equate to approximately the same amount as Shaw. Shaw Hall is located a short distance from Owen, just east along the river. Dining facilities are also available in the International Center next to Wells Hall, in the Student Union, and on Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing.

Basic Facts for Owen Rooms

  • Room Size: approximately 11'9 x 8'6, single occupancy; double occupancy is double the size
  • Furniture: twin bed, desk, chair, and dresser
  • Bathrooms: suites, two rooms connected by a shared bathroom
  • Linens: sheets and towels, pillow and blanket are provided
  • Air Conditioning: NOT provided (may want to bring a fan if possible)
  • Ethernet Connections: available via the campus system (bring your own cable)
  • Wi-fi: available in lobbies, lounges and dining area
  • Smoke-Free: All rooms are smoke-free.
  • Barrier-Free: Barrier-free upon request.
  • Onsite Facilities: laundry room, game and TV room, ATM
For general information on Residential and Hospitality Services at MSU check

Reserving Owen Rooms

  • Please contact Geoff Parkerson directly at He will make reservations for each individual. Please include: 
    • The name(s) of the CLEAR workshop(s) you are attending (also be sure to specify that you are with CLEAR)
    • Your first and last name
    • Your gender (rooms are singles with a shared bath in between; they make sure people on either side of the bathroom are the same gender)
    • Your check-in date (for most people this is the night before your workshop starts)
    • Your check-out date (may be the last day of your workshop, or the next day if you stay that extra night)

Other Accommodations

Some hotels offer an MSU rate. When making your reservations, be sure to ask for any MSU or Big Ten applicable discounts. The prices listed above are subject to change depending on weekdays vs. weekends, special events, etc.

Harrison Road on MSU's campus
55 South Harrison Road
Phone: 517.355.5090
Fax: (517) 353-1872
$140/night + tax (includes parking) depending on availability (ask for Big Ten rate)
(approximately a 20 minute walk to Wells Hall)
Holiday Inn Express & Conference Center (has received great reviews from past participants!)
2209 University Park Drive, Okemos
Phone: 517.349.8700
Fax: (517) 381-7301
$99/night + tax Be sure to ask for the MSU rate!
Shuttle to campus may be available - ask when making reservations.
3615 Dunckel Road, Lansing
Phone: 517.332.2575
Fax: (517) 332-1459
$69.99/night + tax (Sun-Thurs), $89.00/night + tax (Fri-Sat) Rates are subject to change without notice. Groups of 10 or more should speak with the groups department at 800.874.9000 Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM EST.
(approximately 5 miles south of campus on CATA bus route #20)
3545 Forest Road, East Lansing
Phone: 517.351.8181 / 1-888-CANDLEWOOD
Fax: (517) 351-8101
Discount Rate:
Suite at MSU rate:
  • $95 + tax for 1 to 6 nights
  • $85/night for 7-14 days
  • $75/night for 15-29 days
1 Bedroom Suite: $115/night + tax (without MSU rate)
(approximately 3 miles south of campus. Free parking. Shuttle is available for less than 6 people at a time.)
2187 University Park Drive, Okemos
Phone: 517.347.6690
Fax: (517) 381-7301
$82 to $108/night
Ask for the MSU rate or use the link on MSU's website to receive 20% off when making your reservation.
300 M.A.C. Avenue (downtown East Lansing)
Phone: 517.337.4440
Fax: (517)-337-5001
Weekdays: $169/night + tax (MSU or Big 10 discount rate, limited availability) + parking. 
$155-210 + tax normal rate
(approximately a 10 minute walk to Wells Hall)
2710 Lake Lansing Road, Lansing
Phone: 517.482.0500
Fax: (517) 482-0557
$95-$129/night + tax (ask for MSU rate)
(approximately 5 miles north of campus)

CLEAR encourages all workshop participants to make their reservations early due to special events.


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