Special Interest: Co-op
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!
Current Co-op Houses
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.
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.
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?
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.
Kairos has a zero tolerance policy for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, and classism. We are a community of consent.
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.