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576 Alvarado

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  • Capacity: 35 upperclass
  • Neighborhood O: Florence Moore, 576 Alvarado, 675 Lomita, 680 Lomita, Muwekma, Story, and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A

On the corner of Campus Drive and Alvarado Row sits a white house called 576 Alvarado. This student-driven and student-managed home is represented by a community that is beautiful, resilient and weird. The soul of 576 Alvarado has morphed and changed over the years—each generation finds new resonance with old traditions and willful minds thrive among a deep culture of solidarity. We "bring us with us." Fluctuating from complete autonomy to complete togetherness, this community carries forth a unique and awesome experience that encourages residents to personally grow in directions they might not have predicted.

Being a home that was independent for over 100 years, residents have been challenged to take charge and care for their living space with creativity, fervor and love. Residents here participate in a weekly cook or clean shift and chore, as well as a more intensive Work Week or Weekend at the beginning of each quarter. Many residents see the work as an embodiment of their love and commitment to the house, and list these work week/ends as one of their favorite experiences in the house—a time when love is expressed through work, cultivating community. Every corner of the house is special, bearing the alterations made by past residents. Students at 576 Alvarado learn how to cook an elaborate meal, deep clean every space in the house, and use building and gardening tools, among countless other lessons. Nowhere else on campus can you develop such important life skills with the support of a community that soon feels like family.

The kitchen is the heart of our home, and we take pride in cooking up delicious meals that accommodate all diets. Stop by for a meal and ask us about our house. You might not be able to get us to stop talking.

576 Alvarado prides itself on its independence and strong community that centers BIPOC and queer identities. Inclusion, belonging, restorative justice, and accountability are top priorities in our community. The community encourages any and all house members to take initiative in creating a community at 576 that is valuable, comfortable, and unique. The community has a zero-tolerance policy for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, xenophobia, and any form of bigotry. Additionally, no forms of violence or assault will be tolerated.

576 Alvarado Pre-Assignment Open House

  • Tuesday, June 15 @ 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
  • Please contact Terra Helmer for more information about the Co-op Crawl.

Additional Housing Information, via Residential & Dining Enterprises

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