Members: 22 (14 singles, 4 non-singles)
Approx. cost: Single-$582/mo Non-single-$427/mo
Laundry: 2 washers, 2 dryers
Common Areas: Living room, dining room, kitchen, 70’s lounge
Highlights: Beautiful murals, spacious common areas, in between Orion and Beal co-ops, alcove
Bus Line: #24 and #26 CATA Lines
Nearby Locations: MSU Union, CVS Pharmacy, Hopcat
Blocks from campus: 3
Vesta is a relaxed and chill atmosphere where anyone can be who they are. We value individuality, acceptance, and quality time with each other. With a family of 22 people, there is always someone there to hang out with, and with several common spaces everyone can find their own space when needed. We aim to be a house where everyone can be who they are unabashedly, and embraced with love by everyone. If you’re looking for a familial home to meet and closely bond with many people, then we would love to have you in the Vesta Fam!
When 505 M.A.C. was built in the 1950s, it was a much smaller house. Over the last 40 years, several additions have made it one of SHC’s largest houses. It was the home of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority until 1967, when it became the Ulrey Women’s Co-op. In 1972, the newly-formed SHC purchased the house. It remained a women’s co-op and kept the same house name until 1982 when it became open to women and men. In 1985 it was renamed Zolton, after the late Zolton Ferency — an MSU professor, social activist, and perennial political candidate in East Lansing. For years Zolton was known as a party house, which eventually became the bane of its existence.
In February 1993, Zolton House was closed and a new co-op was formed. Audre Lorde co-op, named after the radical black lesbian poet who died in November 1992 of cancer, was established as a feminist-based co-op friendly to people of all sexual orientations. Problems erupted and the house changed its name to Niko, after a cat that lived there. After continued membership problems, and the house turning into a circus during the 1999-2000 School Year, the membership drastically changed. During the Summer of 2000, members of the Sigma Pi fraternity living at Phoenix moved to Niko, to pursue a special use permit to function as a fraternity as well as a co-op. Sigma Pi made many improvements, including a new parking lot and back fence. In the winter of 2001, Sigma Pi voted to change the name of the property from Niko to Shadowood. In the summer of 2002, Sigma Pi and SHC went their separate ways, and in the fall of 2002, the house returned to being an open membership house, changing its name to Mosier House in honor of Aaron Mosier – a member of SHC from 2000-2004. Finding a new spirit and community within its walls in the 2005-2006 School Year, Mosier was renamed Vesta after the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family in Roman Mythology.