Why Live Cooperatively?

Economic Benefits

Our primary purpose is to provide affordable housing to college students. We achieve this by living cooperatively: buying our food and household supplies in bulk and cooking our own meals, as well as doing most of the maintenance and administrative work, and all of the general cleaning and upkeep ourselves. By sharing living expenses with other members, the cost of living is generally significantly less than living on your own.  The house jobs you hold at the co-ops can also be used to build your resume!

Social Benefits

The co-op is an ideal place to meet new people and be a part of a strong community. Members often find that a family type of support group forms within the houses.

Environmental Benefits

Cooperative living benefits the earth through the common ownership of possessions and sharing of resources. For example, to buy our food and prepare our dinners, each house may make 1 or 2 trips to the grocery store (on behalf of their whole house) per week and use our 2 industrial size ovens - something that would take dozens of trips to the store and several houses worth of ovens if we each lived alone.  We do our best to source our resources and supplies locally and ethically and try to create as little waste as possible.  Many SCA members participate in sustainable practices like growing our own food, riding bikes rather than driving, repairing and reusing resources, and of course, composting and recycling.