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Housing, Meals and
Residence Hall Life

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Holmes room layout

A standard residence hall room sleeps up to three people. Each room shares a bathroom with the adjoining room. Families will be grouped together.

All participants in Grandparents University experience college life by living and dining in an MSU residence hall. Registration includes two nights lodging in the residence hall and meals in the dining hall.

Room Details

Each residence hall room can sleep up to three people and is furnished with a bunk bed, desk, and dresser. Each residence hall room shares a bathroom with the adjoining room. MSU residence hall rooms do not have air conditioning and we suggest bringing a fan along with other amenities listed on the Homework page. Pillows, bed sheets, blankets, and bath towels will be provided by your residence hall.

All participants are required to be in the residence hall from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Room keys are issued to adults only during registration. Participants are responsible for their conference cards and room keys. All cards and keys must be returned by the conclusion of Grandparents University on Thursday.

There is a fee of $20.00 for each unreturned conference card and a $75.00 fee for each unreturned room key.

Room Assignments

The adult and child participant from each family will be in one residence hall room. If there are 3 people to a family, they will all be in one residence hall room. Families with 4-6 participants will be assigned adjoining rooms. Room assignments are made by the Grandparents University team. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, so each room will have both an adult and child from one family.

Holmes Hall is barrier-free and has a limited number of rooms for guests with special accessibility needs. Akers Hall is not barrier-free. Please be sure to indicate any special requests on your registration form.

Meals

Meals are included with your registration. All meals are served in a campus dining hall. Dining hall hours are strict, so we suggest bringing change for vending machines if you want to purchase a few snacks and/or drinks.

The menus are prepared with all guests in mind. While food preparation avoids items like peanuts, guests with food allergies should always consult an MSU dining hall staff member at each meal. The dining hall staff has experienced every possible special accommodation - the residence halls at MSU have been hosting events and conferences for more than 100 years, and each summer more than 35,000 guests stay at MSU.

Facilities

Holmes Hall is located in the East Neighborhood (across Shaw Lane, north of Akers Hall) and is the largest residence hall on campus. The hall opened in 1965 and is named for John C. Holmes, a Detroit horticulturalist. Holmes Hall is home to Lyman Briggs College, a living-learning community. Holmes Hall is barrier-free.

Rooms include lofted beds and modular furniture, as well as a suite-style bathroom (one bathroom is shared by two adjoining rooms). The Holmes Dining Hall is located on the second floor with elevator access available. A fitness room, weight room and music practice rooms are located within the hall. There is a newly renovated Sparty's on the first floor, and several lounge areas with wireless internet access and plenty of space for board and card games. The IM East facility is also located nearby and offers basketball, racquetball, volleyball and soccer.

Akers Hall is located in East Neighborhood (across Shaw Lane, south of Holmes Hall) and was built in 1964. It is named after Forest H. Akers, an MSU student from the early 1900s. Akers Hall is not barrier-free.

Akers features two-bedroom suites with a separate living/study area and a bathroom shared only by suite occupants. Akers Hall is not barrier-free. Akers Hall includes the newly renovated dining hall "The Edge."

The Akers lounge areas have wireless internet access and plenty of space for board and card games. A fitness room, game room, TV lounge, and music practice rooms are located within the hall. The IM East facility is also located nearby and offers basketball, racquetball, volleyball and soccer.

The Edge at Akers

The Edge dining hall features six entre venue stations:
The Pit: Smoker-style meats, vegetable entres and grill items
Tandoori: Authentic Indian and global cuisine
Sticks & Noodles: Stir-fry and Asian cuisine
Stacks: Subs and deli sandwiches
Sprinkles: Desserts
Slices: Pizza and pasta bakes