General Information

Student housing for people, not for profit!

The Berkeley Student Cooperative is a nonprofit cooperative providing affordable housing in houses and apartments to UC Berkeley, community college, and other full-time college students who meet our eligibility requirements. The co-ops are an ideal place to meet new people and participate in a welcoming community. We offer housing in 20 properties near the UC Berkeley campus.

Affordable and Convenient

Because there is no landlord making a profit, the co-ops are the best deal in town. Budgets are collectively set by the members every spring and cost substantially less than private housing or residence halls.  

Rent Comparison

Rent is about $850.00 a month in the room and board houses (food and utilities included) and ranges from $500.00 to $850.00 a month for single rooms in the apartments (most utilities included).  View all rates.  All but one of our houses and apartments are located 1 to 5 blocks from the UC Berkeley campus.

Also, as a member-governed and member-serving cooperative, we work to make it easy for you.  You can apply for housing and sign contracts online - no need to make a trip for an interview.  There is a one-time, non-refundable $25.00 registration fee and a one-time, non-refundable $50.00 membership fee.

We offer priority to students with disabilities, international students studying abroad at UC Berkeley, and participating students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).  Our office at 2424 Ridge Road (cross street: Euclid) is open 10:00am-5:00pm, PST Monday through Friday. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510-848-1936.

Sharing Resources and Responsibilities

The houses and apartments are managed and operated through the efforts of members, and each unit represents a distinct community with its own culture, systems, and unique benefits. Living in a co-op means that there is no need for you to own your own set of pots and pans, shop for and buy all your own supplies, do all the cleaning, have your own vacuum, cook every day, etc. By working together, we save money, conserve resources, and save time spent on chores!

The room and board houses range from 17 to 140residents, with most between 25-65 residents.  At the houses, most dinners are communal, all food is collectively purchased, and members do 5 hours of workshift per week.  Most members live in shared bedrooms.  Typically after a semester to a year, (sometimes a couple of years depending on the popularity of the house and the number of single rooms) members can bid into a single room. 

At the apartments, members buy and cook their own food and do around 8 hours of workshift per semester.  Each member at the apartments has a private bedroom in a studio or a 1-4 bedroom apartment.  Two members wishing to live together may choose to share a 1-bedroom apartment.

Each unit has weekly or biweekly meetings and most make decisions based on majority vote.  Each unit also elects 5-10 house level managers and 1-4 members to the Board of Directors, which meets every 2-3 weeks.  There is also a 20+ person professional staff and 100+ member jobs ranging from maintenance to delivery to office work. 

Your House Becomes A Home

Just as important as the economical aspects of co-op living are its advantages as a social and learning experience. Members learn management, cooking, maintenance, and communication skills, as well as gain a sense of living in cooperation with a variety of other people. In the co-op there are members of many diverse backgrounds, ages, interests, nationalities, and lifestyles drawn together into a community that promotes friendships, greater understanding of others, and an exchange of knowledge. People often join the co-op for the economy, but stay for the community!

Below are three 3-minute videos providing an overview of what it's like to live in the Berkeley Student Cooperative.