All participants in Grandparents University experience college life by living and dining in an MSU residence hall. Registration includes two nights lodging in Holmes or Akers Hall and meals in MSU's award-winning dining services.
Holmes and Akers Halls are located on the east side of campus and are across the street from the IM East, offering basketball, racquetball, volleyball, and soccer. Pillows, bed sheets, blankets, and bath towels are provided by the hall.
Holmes Hall 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.
The halls feature:
Room keys are issued to adults only during registration. Participants are responsible for the safe keeping of their conference meal cards and room keys. All cards and keys must be returned at 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.
The adult and child participant from each family will be in one residence hall room. If there are three participants in a family, they will all be housed in one residence hall room. Families with four to six participants will be assigned adjoining rooms. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, so each room will have both an adult and child from one family.
MSU residence halls are barrier-free and have a limited number of rooms for guests with special accessibility needs. Please be sure to indicate any special requests when you register.
Meals are included with your registration. All meals are served in campus dining services. If you would like food or drinks outside of regular meal hours, we suggest bringing change for vending machines or to use at the Sparty's Convenience Store.
The menus are prepared with all guests in mind. Our dining services staff has managed every possible dietary restriction — 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. Guests with food allergies are encouraged to consult an MSU dining services staff member for meal recommendations.