Cooperative Houses

Living in a co-op is very different from living in a residence hall or other University-operated residence. Co-op members, who live in various-sized bedrooms from singles to quints, jointly plan the purchasing of food and supplies, budgeting of finances, and coordination of jobs. Residents usually spend from 2 to 6 hours per week doing house jobs, including cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning bathrooms and other common areas. Typically, students must also participate in a “Work Week” prior to the beginning of Autumn Quarter, during which houses are cleaned and readied for the opening of school. By sharing in house activities, residents often feel that a co-op is more like a home than other traditional student residences. For more detailed information on co-ops, such as pre-assignment information, their vision and purpose, see Residential Education’s co-op pages.

Co-Op Housing Assignments

Students are assigned to Co-Ops through the pre-assignment process and the regular housing draw. All students who live in a co-op must agree to the terms and conditions of living in the house when they apply. Co-Ops are self-governing houses and many determine their own independent room assignment process.  Some of the co-op houses operate by consensus and determine their room assignments accordingly.  Because these room assignments are made under the governance of the house, these houses often have some co-ed living arrangements that may or may not adhere to the gender-neutral housing policies.  The University does not forbid mixed gender assignments in coops, but no student will be assigned to a mixed gender room against his or her wishes.  For more information on co-ops or on consensus room assignments, contact the House Managers of the individual Co-ops.

General Information

Residence Name

576 Alvarado, Columbae, Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF), Hammarskjöld, Kairos, Synergy, Terra
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Neighborhood

Row and Cowell Cluster

Street Address

Various - see House Facts tab
Mailing Address

Students living in Row Houses (Upper Row, Lower Row, Clusters 1, 2, or 3/Cowell) are strongly encouraged to follow the directions for the mail and package process provided on the Mail Delivery and Shipping page, as the PO Box address is each student’s official Stanford address and should be maintained during their entire undergraduate career.  However, Row residents are also able to have mail packages delivered directly to the Row Houses by addressing mail and packages to the houses street address.  Please be reminded that Student Housing/the university accepts no responsibility for packages sent/delivered at individual residences.

  Florence Moore Housing Front Desk Enchanted Broccoli Forest (EBF)
Housing Front Desk

The Row Housing Front Desk

576 Alvarado, Columbae, Hammarskjöld, Kairos, Synergy
Stern Housing Front Desk

Terra

Dining Service

Student-managed meal service: Residents and nonresident eating associates manage the house meal service and prepare all meals themselves. Eating associates at co-ops are required to work 2 - 5 hours per week planning, preparing, and serving meals. Because students prepare all meals, co-op board plans cost less than other meal plans at Stanford. For information on a house’s board plan or becoming an eating associate, speak to the house’s kitchen manager.

Class Configuration

Upperclass

Co-ed Type

Co-ed on each floor

Custodial Service

University managed
Furnishings

Each house is unique, but general furnishings in a typical student room include a bed, desk, chair, dresser or drawers, bookcase or shelves, closet or wardrobe, wastebasket and recycle bin. Bathrooms are communal; single-gender or co-ed.

Common Areas

Each house has a kitchen, dining room, lounge, computer cluster, and study area

Addresses and Year Built

House

Address Year Built

576 Alvarado 

576 Alvarado Row 1896

Columbae​

549 Lasuen Mall 1900

EBF (Enchanted Broccoli
Forest)*

1115 Campus Dr. 1965

Hammarskjöld​

553 Mayfield Ave

1896

Kairos​

586 Mayfield Ave 1911

Synergy

550 San Juan 1901

Terra*

539 Cowell Lane 1967

(* Denotes houses that offer spaces to students interested in Gender-neutral Housing.)

House Facts

**Each co-op has the pre-assignment option—please read information below.

576 Alvarado

576 Alvarado  

Configuration:
Co-ed type:
Resident Assistance:
House Interest:

 

Upperclass
Co-ed on each floor
Student staff
Co-op living with a deep culture of community and tradition.

Columbae

Columbae

Configuration:
Co-ed type:
Resident Assistance:
House Interest:

 

Upperclass
Co-ed on each floor
Student staff
House programs center on the theme of social change through nonviolence.

Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Enchanted Broccoli Forest*

Configuration:
Co-ed type:
Resident Assistance:
House Interest:

 

Upperclass
Co-ed on each floor
Student staff
House offers spaces to students interested in Gender-neutral housing.

Hammarskjold

Hammarskjöld

Configuration:
Co-ed type:
Resident Assistance:
House Interest:

 

Upperclass
Co-ed on each floor
Student staff
Residents are an international group from many different countries who seek international cooperation and understanding.

Kairos

Kairos

Configuration:
Co-ed type: 
Resident Assistance:
House Interest:

 

Upperclass
Co-ed on each floor
Student staff
Co-op living

Synergy

Synergy

Configuration:
Co-ed type:
Resident Assistance:
House Interest:

 

Upperclass
Co-ed on each floor
Student staff
Residents strongly support an awareness of the environment.

Terra

Terra*

Configuration:
Co-ed type:
Resident Assistance:
House Interest:

 

Upperclass
Co-ed on each floor
Student staff
House offers spaces to students interested in Gender-neutral housing.

*Important Assignment Information

Residential Education is offering a pre-assignment system for all Special Program Houses (Ethnic/Academic Theme, Focus and Cooperative Houses). This process will allow Resident Fellows, Faculty Affiliates, and house program staff to pre-assign a set number of residents who complete the pre-assignment application and meet all necessary requirements prior to the Housing Draw. Here is the Residential Education link for detailed pre-assignment information.

There are TWO ways to get in to Co-Op Houses: pre-assignment or through the Draw.  Please see the Theme and Focus House page for details.