MSU is in the city of East Lansing, Michigan. East Lansing is an unbeatable combination of historic small-town atmosphere and cosmopolitan sophistication. Tree-lined avenues, the picturesque banks of the Red Cedar River, and its proximity to a number of shopping areas, all accessible by public transportation, give East Lansing its small-town ambiance. The presence of Michigan State University and the nearby capital in Lansing makes the citizens of East Lansing as diverse as the world is large. An eclectic mix of 36 restaurants, specialty boutiques and galleries, parks and natural areas, and entertainment such as special festivals throughout the year lends downtown East Lansing an atmosphere that is both upbeat and relaxed.