Formed: 1935 Established: 1935
Students' Cooperative Association
The mission of the Students’ Cooperative Association is to provide cooperative, affordable housing to college students in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1935, we are one of the country’s oldest student co-op associations. Our seventy student members live in, own, and operate three houses across the street from the University of Oregon campus. The Campbell Club and Lorax Manner accommodate primarily undergraduates, while the Janet Smith House is for graduate students.
We keep our costs down by buying our food in bulk, cooking our own meals, and doing most of the maintenance and all of the cleaning ourselves. We offer vegan, vegetarian, and omnivorous meals of mostly organic food. Members grow vegetables in our yards and tend a community garden plot in a local park.
Our houses run smoothly because of members’ respect for diversity and sense of community. Each week members are expected to perform approximately six hours of chores and attend a house meeting, where we use consensus to solve problems, allocate funds, and plan special events. Members also gather to host community benefits with live music and share their knowledge of bicycle repair, screen printing, and other skills. Because we have no landlord, members have the responsibility to keep the houses clean and in repair.
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Former/Other Names: Campbell Club, Janet Smith, Lorax Manner
Visitor Process: Please call, email, write, or stop by to make an appointment for dinner and a tour.
North American Students of Cooperation
50% M 50% F
Open to which gender(s):
All genders welcome
5% identify as 'non-white'
(We do, however, generally only accept students.)
(We use a 100% consensus model.)
Leadership Core Group:
(Each house has officers, including a president, secretary, and treasurer, and the association has a board which includes a president and a speaker. The board oversees all three houses, though each house has a great degree of autonomy.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Members share their income to the extent that they pay fees that buy food, toiletries, utilities, and cleaning supplies.)
(The average member's work load is about 6 hours per week.)
($40 fee for lifetime membership in the North American Students of Cooperation)
(Depending on whether the room is a double, small single, or single, membership fees range from about $300 to $390 per month.)
Land and Buildings
(We live on a tree-lined street across from the UO campus in a primarily student neighborhood.)
1 acres (0.4 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all dinners
(Members prepare 5-6 house dinners each week, and sometimes lunches, too.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
There are some dietary restrictions
(The Lorax Manner prepares vegan meals, while the Campbell Club and Janet Smith House serve meals with vegan/vegetarian/omnivorous options.)
(Each house revises its dietary practices as membership changes. Vegan, vegetarian, wheat-free, and dairy-free options are all possibilities.)
Open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender members:
(LGBQT encouraged to apply)
Restrictions on Romantic Relationships (between consenting adults):
Shared Spiritual Path:
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