New Member Info

We are excited about your arrival and wish you a successful transition to co-op living.

If questions or concerns arise, please contact us at 510.848.1936 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be glad to assist you.

Contract Period

The academic Year Contract period for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 begins Friday August 19th 2016 and ends Friday, May 19th 2017.

New Member Orientation

Please read the important information for new members.
All new members are required to attend a central level new member orientation.  Central level orientation provides an overview of the BSC's central services, such as member resources, housing, and accounting, as well as our overall organizational structure. At central level orientation you'll find out about the many opportunities and resources available to you as a member that will help you thrive in our unique organization. 

All new members are required to attend one central level new member orientation in addition to any house/apartment level orientation you may have. You will be FINED $25 if you do not attend one central level orientation. Orientation meeting dates and times will be posted when they are available.

Student Eligibility

During each academic semester of co-op residency, all members must be able to prove their eligibility to live in the co-op. Please see the student eligibility guidelines for specific criteria.

Transferring

In order to transfer for Fall, you must first have a signed Fall contract. The Fall transfer request form will be available through the Member Portal beginningthan August 18th. If we are unable to transfer you for Fall than your are committed to your current coop location.  

Directions to the BSC

Please see our Maps and Directions page.

Detailed Instructions from San Francisco Airport: PDF JPG

Moving In.  

Your house or apartment manager will check you in and give you a room assignment and keys.  If you are moving into a co-op house, when you first move into the co-ops, you will have a temporary room, and you’ll be assigned to a temporary roommate. Why? So that you can have time to get familiar with the house and meet all your potential roommates for the semester! Permanent rooms are selected within the first two weeks at Room Bids.

Arriving Late?

Fall 16 Residents

Move in day is Thursday, August 18. If you plan on arriving after Sunday, August 21, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What to bring?

All rooms in the houses and apartments come with a desk, chair, bed, mattress, and dresser.  Please bring your own bedding.  Our mattresses are 38"x80" or 60"x80" (the smaller size is "extra long twin".  If you are moving into a house, you do not need to bring your own dishes, utensils, or kitchen equipment - this is all provided.  Rochdale, Fenwick, and most of the houses also have "free rooms" with clothing and supplies left behind by residents who have moved out. 

Car parking is limited in Berkeley.  If you are interested in purchasing a parking space for the semester, please contact your house manager

Bike parking is available at most houses.  Bring a U-lock.

Subletting and Pets

Subletting is prohibited. Warm-blooded animals are not allowed in the co-ops. Subletting or pet ownership can result in termination of your contract with penalty.

If you have problem when you arrive

The beginning of the semester can be a chaotic time as your managers may be new and workshifts are not yet assigned. If you do have problems or questions regarding the furnishings or condition of your room or apartment, please contact your house or apartment manager. If they are unable to solve the problem, contact Central Office. If you feel that you need immediate assistance, and it is move-in weekend, please call our office at 510-848-1936 and leave a voicemail on extension 301. We will be checking the messages over move-in weekend.

Canceling

Once you sign a contract, it may be very expensive to cancel.  All cancellations result in a $150 cancellation fee PLUS rent charges until you are replaced in the co-op system.   

Payments

There is a $50 membership fee in your first semester of residence. All residents must also pay a security deposit of $250 ($175 for EOP members). The security deposit is refundable after the end of the last semester of residence and you can request the refund through the member portal. Semester rent payments are made in three equal installments. Your first payment is due with your contract (unless you obtain a payment deferment). See the payment information page for more information about payment schedules, amounts and policies.

Housing Safety Information

View lots of good information on how to live safely in your co-op.

Questions?

For general questions, such as payment or policies, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For house specific questions, such as move-in logistics, parking, rooms, food, please contact your house manager.

The page of things every resident should know contains answers to the most common questions.  You can also review our Policy Directory for a full list of BSC rules and processes.

All Residents

For announcements throughout the semester, visit www.bsc.coop.  Bookmark it!  Make it your home page! You can also follow our Facebook page.

Workshift starts the day you move in.  Ask a manager to get started. Know and follow BSC Policies to keep the co-ops a safe space for everyone.
RSVP Online for New Member Orientation. Recycling and other sustainability information.