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Cooperative living at Stanford

Cooperative living has thrived at Stanford for more than forty years, offering a diverse range of living environments as each co-op community holds distinct values. For example, many offer gender-neutral housing; some feature vegetarian kitchens and meals; and others make house decisions through a consensus process. Co-ops can focus on alternative lifestyles, intentional communities, LGBT friendliness, international awareness, or social change through nonviolent action.

One common feature for all the co-ops is that you become part of a job system of shared responsibility. You share in cooking dinners and cleaning up, shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow co-opers, which is a great opportunity to bond with your community. But you also take pride in your contributions and learn important real-world and life-long skills--and these jobs can save you thousands of dollars a year on rent and board bills!

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Current Co-op Houses

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576 Alvarado

576 Alvarado has its roots in self-sufficiency. Our do-it-yourself ethos stands for student agency and skill building. Since its foundation in 1893, this abode has served as a bastion of student-autonomy, both functionally and spiritually. We are an open, loving community, and we keep it weird.

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Columbae

Living in Columbae is becoming a member of a big family and participating in traditions the house has had for decades. Whether we’re cooking a meal together, body painting, walking our house’s slackline, or watching the world  from our awesome porch, every day in Columbae is a beautiful adventure.

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Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Hey! So you wanna be cool? You don’t need to be cool. I don’t wanna be cool. You should just be you! Here at EBF, everyone believes friends are cool, and c’mon, what else do you need, kid?

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Hammarskjöld

We put a great emphasis on the cleanliness and coziness of the house, and like other co-ops, we embrace and actively welcome expression in a safe and open space. We take great pride in the variety of countries and cultures represented in our community. 

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Kairos

Kairos has a zero tolerance policy for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, and classism. We are a community of consent.

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Synergy

Up on our hill, surrounded by trees and our beautiful garden, it’s possible to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of campus life. We create our own intentional space, and establish our own norms in this house. Synergy is one big, loving, wacky family.

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Terra

We’re here & we’re queer! And we want to support Stanford’s queer community beyond the walls of our home. We pride ourselves in fostering an inclusive space, especially for marginalized communities, that everyone can call home.

TIle image featuring  4/30/2013 Gardening at Columbae, a vegetarian cooperative house. Freshman Leopold Wambersie helps Junior Kyle Moore sift dirt to create new planting beds in the Columbae Garden. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service