Student Resources COVID-19

In this time of uncertainty, it is important that our students have up to date information on the status of resources available to them both on campus and in the greater Lansing community. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will update this page to reflect changes in student resources.

Please contact Caroline Kraft,, if you would like to add resources to this list.


Campus Resources

Campus Housing Information & Updates:

Food Options on Campus: Current Dining Operations and Hours (Updated 3/18)

MSU Food Bank: (Updated 3/19): The food bank is now operating on weekly appointments. To schedule an appointment go to this link:

CATA Updates: (Updated 3/20): Public CATA transportation centers are closed, but buses are still running limited routes with free bus fare and rear-door boarding. See for additional information or call CATA's special emergency hotline at 517-999-2549 for questions about the impact of COVID-19 on its services.

International Student Resources:

Internet Access On and Off Campus:

(Updated 3/19): Given the move to virtual instruction, knowing where Wi-Fi is available matters. Following is a list of buildings on campus that have Wi-Fi and are open regular hours, unless otherwise indicated:

  • Student Affairs and Services, VP Office and open areas
  • The International Center
  • Brody Hall will be open until 10 p.m., beginning Wednesday, March 18.
  • MSU Union - open 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
  • General residence hall Wi-Fi is available to students remaining on campus

Tools used for Remote Learning:

Libraries: libraries closed on 03/16, but virtual services and many resources are still available. See the link above for library resources.

RCPD: (Updated 3/19) Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) Staff are working remotely and remain intent on ensuring MSU remains a model of accessible education. See the link above for contact information and online meeting options.

Olin Health Center: Olin Health Center is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please call 517-353-4660 first if you would like to see a medical provider. If you need to have a prescription filled, please use the MyMSUHealth patient portal to make the request.

Testing for COVID-19 (Updated 4/01): MSU Health Care offers Drive-thru testing to members of the public with a physician’s order for COVID-19 testing. Go to Parking Lot 100 at 804 Service Road, just east of the Radiology Building at the Clinical Center. Drive-through specimen collection will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These hours may change according to need.

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

  • Beginning March 17, as a COVID-19 preventive measure, CAPS offices at Olin Health Center, MSU Student Union, and the Neighborhoods will be closed.
  • CAPS counseling and psychiatry staff will work remotely to help meet the needs of MSU students.
  • Established patients with scheduled appointments will be offered phone or Zoom sessions. Patients will be contacted and given instructions.
  • All group counseling services have been cancelled. Group co-leaders will reach out to students to discuss alternative options, such as phone consultations.
  • Patients needing a prescription refill prior to their next appointment can use the MyMSUHealth patient portal to make the request:
  • CAPS Phone (517-355-8270) will be set to a voice prompt with 3 options: (Press 1) To talk with a crisis counselor, (Press 2) to leave a message with the CAPS Nurse which will be responded to within one business day, or (Press 3) for general messages.
  • CAPS Connect sessions and Outreach Services are canceled through the spring semester.

Fitness and Wellness (Updated 3/28): All rec and sports facilities on campus are closed until April 13th, but free at home workout resources are available under the resources tab on

 Parking on Campus (Updated 3/24): the MSU Police Department is offering parking rebates to both students and employees for the month of April. Students who are interested in taking advantage of this prorated opportunity can contact the MSU Parking Office; more information can be found at

Greater Lansing Community Resources

Local Grocery Store Hours (Updated 03/20)

Meijer: 8am to 9pm

Senior Citizen Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7am to 8am

Essential Workers (medical doctors, nurses, etc.) Hours: 7am to 8am Mondays and Wednesdays

Walmart: (Starting 3/24 until 4/28) 7am to 8:30pm

Senior Citizen Hours: Tuesdays from 6am to 7am

Target: 8am to 9am

Senior Citizen Hours: Wednesdays 8am to 9am

Fresh Thyme: (Starting 3/22) 8am to 8pm

Senior & Immune Compromised Citizen Hours:  6 am to 8 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Walgreens: 9am to 9pm ; 24-hour pharmacies will operate as normal


East Lansing Public Schools Meal Distribution Plan (Updated 3/28): 

Meal distributions will take place every Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The district said meal distribution will be pick-up/drive-thru at East Lansing High School and food will be passed out from the loading dock area.

ELPS said you may pick up a week's worth of meals for any child 18 and under and for young adults with special needs age 26 and under. The district said to bring a box or laundry basket to collect the meals.

If you don't have someone who can pick up the meals for you, you can email or call 517-333-7426 and include your name, number of children and address so that delivery arrangements can be made.

Children do not have to be enrolled in the East Lansing Public School system to receive meals.


Lansing School District School Closure Food Service (Updated 3/28):

Free meals are available for all family members. See flyer for more details.


Greater Lansing Area Restaurants: Hours, Status, Websites: Local Restaurant Status


General Help: Housing, Bills, Food Pantry Options, Support:

“Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? We’re here for you. Just call, text, or search online and we’ll get you connected.”

211 Connects you with government and non-profit organizations across the state of Michigan 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The operators also help in 180+ languages.

 Call them by dialing 211 on your phone, or text your zip code to 898211.


COVID-19 Health Questions

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has opened a hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.