Exploring Lansing

It’s not exactly a secret that I’m excited to finally be starting school at Michigan State in January.

In light of that excitement, Austin and I decided to pack up the car and explore the Lansing area last week.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  I’ve only been to Lansing a handful of times. We decided to drive to the local Guitar Center, check out East Lansing, and visit a couple of apartments that caught our interest online. With that as our base, we set off at 9 o’clock in the morning for our adventure.

Going to school thirty-five minutes away is obviously going to be a struggle, since I’ll be commuting. So, Austin and I have decided to look at apartments in the general area. We’ve been talking about moving during the summer. This would allow him to take the car to work and school, and would allow me to take a bus to my classes.

It would also give us a chance to figure out if Lansing is the right area for us. Personally, I want something that’s bigger than Howell, but smaller than Manhattan. There were far too many people there, for my taste. But I loved how convenient it was to have everything I needed sitting right there on my block.

Basically, we’re looking for something in the middle. Lansing seems to be a fairly good location for that. After seeing it, my mind hasn’t changed.

We started at Guitar Center, which is about fifteen minutes from downtown Lansing in a huge strip mall. Apparently, it’s called Frandor (a name I’ve been struggling to remember).

This place is gigantic. The Guitar Center is, obviously, amazing. I’ve never seen so many guitars in one place. There’s also a PetCo (where we looked at turtles and rats, since we want both), a Kroger for grocery shopping, and various restaurants. It was a good start to our trip. Something about it felt right. Like, I could see myself shopping there for clothes and groceries and food. Normal.

Then, we started making our way to the first “apartment” complex (which really consisted of condos, rather than apartments). I have to be honest here. Traffic in Lansing is terrible. Figuring out where to go, what lane to stay in, and what turns to make was a nightmare. We had to switch GPS systems halfway through.

We eventually found the complex. I won’t go into too much detail, mostly because we’ve already decided against it. Overall, it had great space for our budget and plenty of amenities. But that just didn’t make up for the neighborhood and the quality of the condo itself. We were on the fence, thinking maybe our budget was just too low. But the next place blew it completely out of the water.

I won’t tell you the name. I think that would be shooting myself in the foot, in a way. This place is just too awesome to start spreading around. Every student in Lansing is going to want to apply there.

But I’ll tell you a little bit. The lady was extremely nice and very helpful. She showed us plenty of pictures and discussed our budget and our needs. This place feels like a perfect fit. And the location is impossible to beat. Walking distance to the Capitol Building and the downtown library, as well as eight different sub shops and a card shop.

It’s competitive to get in, so we’re trying not to get our hopes up. We still have three months before we can fill out an official application, and six months before we’re looking at moving in. But we want to be prepared for anything. Hopefully, getting a head start has helped us in that aspect.

After looking at the apartment building, we were over-the-top excited. We drove around for a while, looking at all of the shops and strip malls. There’s just about everything you could ever want located within a fifteen minute radius of downtown. As long as I have a car, that’s good enough for me.

And, judging by Austin’s reaction, it was good enough for him too.

We’re planning on going back this Friday.

I can’t wait to see what we find next.