Bower House

East Lansing, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: January 9, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Live cooperatively

Community Description

Bower is a co-op house that feels like a home! While it’s close enough to MSU’s campus to walk or ride a bike to class, it’s far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a college town. We’re a vegetarian based co-op with a meal plan including vegetarian/vegan dinners 5 days a week. We love to play video games, have open mic nights, play with our cats, and have potlucks every Thursday. At 19 members, Bower is a little smaller than some of the more popular houses, but we still love to bond and have fun together as housemates. We work hard to be sustainable and environmentally friendly by having our own compost and garden, and by recycling! Bower is a great place to meet people and get adjusted to the East Lansing area! If you want to live in a place with a diverse group of caring, open minded people, Bower is the place to be!

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1971
  • Start Living Together: 1971
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Bower House
  • Phone: 517-355-8313
  • Community Address:
    127 Whitehills Dr
    East Lansing, Michigan, 48823-2725
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban


  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 19
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visitors for a tour or shared dinner are welcome any time. Visitors wishing to stay overnight or wishing to be in the house unaccompanied need to contact the community at least one week in advance (preferably two) and ask if they may stay as a guest. Overnight guests are limited to a few nights. If the house cannot be reached directly, the co-op’s business office can very helpful in opening lines of communication. Go to Bower’s house page and email the membership officer.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Submit the application on
    Tour houses virtually on our website.
    Once accepted, contact Membership Officers of the houses you’re interested in touring!
    Tour the houses you’re interested in.
    Go to a house dinner AND a house meeting at the houses you like.
    Wait to hear from the house’s Membership Officer about the status of your approval.
    If approved by a house, make an appointment with MSU SHC office to sign a contract for your favorite one!
    Voila! You are a member-owner of the MSU SHC!


  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Join Fee: $405
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:


  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Michigan State University Student Housing Corporation

Community Affiliations

Vesta Co-op, New Community Cooperative, MSU Student Housing Cooperative, Ferency House, Elsworth Cooperative


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