Formed: 1933 Established: 1933
This page last updated:8/21/2012
Berkeley Student Cooperative
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Founded in 1933, the Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC) is the largest student housing cooperative in North America, housing over 1,200 people. Although a private nonprofit corporation, the BSC works in cooperation with the University of California to provide housing for its students.
The mission of the Berkeley Student Cooperative is to provide a quality, low-cost, cooperative housing community to university students, thereby providing an educational opportunity for students who might not otherwise be able to afford a university education. Membership is generally limited to full time students. Most members attend UC Berkeley; however, the co-ops are open to students at any college or university.
About 900 of the BSC's members live in room-and-board houses scattered around the Berkeley campus that each function as a separate cooperative household with elected managers for room assignment, work organization (housekeeping, food service, etc.), and maintenance. The other 300+ live in apartment complexes where members share 1-4 person apartments and take turns with grounds maintenance and recycling. Food service is not provided by the co-op at the apartments.
Our Board of Directors is made up of students elected by each of our houses. A central support staff of about 25 nonmembers provides technical information to members as well as oversees day-to-day administration (such as housekeeping applications and organizational financing). We also provide warehousing and support services to individual house food programs.
Communities within the BSC include Andres Castro Arms, African American Theme House, Casa Zimbabwe, Cloyne Court, The Convent (Graduate & Re-entry students), Davis, Euclid, Hillegass-Parker House (Graduate & Re-entry students), Hoyt (Women only), Kidd, Kingman, Lothlorien (vegetarian), Ridge, Sherman (women only), Stebbins, Wilde (LGBTQIA & Queer), Wolf, Fenwick, Rochdale, and Northside.
The BSC also maintains an Alumni Association for former members to stay in touch and support the cooperative's mission. www.bscaa.org
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Introduction to the BSC
Former/Other Names: University Students Cooperative Association, USCA
This page last updated:8/21/2012
Visitor Process: Tours for prospective members are available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org For other visits, please contact our VP of External Affairs at email@example.com During the summer (June-August) please contact our President at firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: Members generally need to be full time students at a college or university.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(must meet our student status requirements)
By majority rule
(Each of the 20 communities has a house council, and also elects representatives to the central level board of directors)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(A small number of scholarships is available.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(each person works 5 hours per week.)
Land and Buildings
Land Owned By:
(Community owns some buildings, leases others)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all dinners
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Dinners shared, other meals prepared individually.)
(One of the houses is vegetarian)
Common Spiritual Practices:
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