East Lansing

Welcome to East Lansing

The state capital’s hip yet spirited and historic eastern side
Situated just three miles east of Michigan’s State Capitol building, East Lansing is a hip, artistic, yet historic community home to Michigan State University. This delicate balance of cosmopolitan culture and old-fashioned, small-town charm has placed East Lansing at the top of several “best of” lists, making it one of the state's top places to live. Much more than your typical college town, East Lansing and its residents combine for a vibrant, buzzy downtown district, strong local economy, residential enclaves protected beneath a dense canopy of mature treetops, and proximity to central Lansing and a regional airport.

What to Love

  • Home to its own downtown district, separate from that of central Lansing
  • Also home to Michigan State University, the first agricultural university of its kind in the nation
  • A great mix of small-town charm and big city amenities

Local Lifestyle

Part trendy and hip, part historic and old-fashioned, East Lansing offers something for locals from all walks of life. Casual neighborhood pubs, glamorous hotel eateries, and authentic south-of-the-border eats paired with ice-cold margaritas are popular gathering places for those looking to enjoy casual nights out or celebrate special occasions. Those living in East Lansing are a short commute from prosperous jobs in the city center, mere minutes away from the Michigan State University campus, and zoned to some of the best performing schools in the area. At the end of a long day, locals retreat to quiet neighborhoods and streets protected beneath a dense awning of lush greenery to enjoy the evenings in peace.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

East Lansing is home to plenty of traditional bars and grill establishments, like HopCat. An elevated pub menu and great weekend brunch pair well with one of the area's most extensive beer lists enjoyed in a cozy yet airy dining room. Beggar’s Banquet is a similar option found just around the corner. Since 1973, this essential neighborhood joint has been responsible for good vibes and good eats seven days a week. These establishments are great places to spend MSU game day and cheer on the Spartans. 

El Azteco brings something different to the table with Mexican classics accented by local ingredients. El Azteco offers seating in their warm dining room or up on the rooftop, where patrons can enjoy sweeping views of East Lansing and the MSU campus.

Another excellent rooftop view is at The Graduate Hotel. Positioned across the street from the MSU campus and Spartan Stadium, guests of this four-star establishment are treated to impeccable customer service at The Rock Bar. Michigan beer dip, the house smash burger, and The Rock brownie are special indulgences attracting locals and visitors alike. Their clever offering of house cocktails is sure to please all guests, with several paying tribute to MSU’s campus and traditions.

Things To Do

East Lansing is home to Michigan State University, a major employer in East Lansing. The university has also brought countless entertainment options to the locals. Every fall, the nation looks forward to football season and the unique spirit of college football. East Lansing locals are a stone's throw away from Spartan Stadium, where Michigan State University competes in the Big 10, one of college football's premier conferences. Men’s and women’s basketball games can be enjoyed close by at the Breslin Center.


East Lansing is home to good public education options. In addition to six elementary schools, East Lansing Public Schools includes:
  • MacDonald Middle School, grades 68
  • East Lansing High School, grades 9–12. Students of this highly ranked school take advantage of their outstanding athletic program, an extensive offering of advanced placement programs, and other extracurricular organizations.

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