College Houses: Application
We are so glad you want to join our cooperative community!
There are three major steps each new member must take to join College Houses:
-Submit your application and review your Membership Results email.
-Submit your contract request detailing your house/room preferences.
-Submit your housing contract along with the required documentation and pay your deposit and new member fees.
Specific instructions will be provided with your contract offer.
-Proof of eligibility; see
eligibility requirements (not needed during summer)
-Copy of Photo ID
-Criminal Background Check (performed by the office upon submitting your contract)
-Contract guarantor (if under the age of 21 at signing)
-Proof of need-based financial aid or income (ONLY if applying for an Income Verified Reserved space)
Please do not submit any documentation to staff until you have a formal contract offer!
This helps avoid confusion. We appreciate your cooperation.
Security Deposit and New Member Fees
College Houses applications are submitted at no cost to you (free)!
If you receive a contract offer, a $363 payment is required to finalize your lease with College Houses. This includes a $300 refundable security deposit, a $52 non-refundable membership fee, and a non-refundable $11 administrative fee.
Rental Policies and Procedures
College Houses Members members must be at least 18 years of age at the date of move in.
College Houses membership is open to students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester (fall and spring) at a local, non-profit institute of higher education.
College Houses members must complete up to 6 hours of house labor (chores) per week. This may include cooking, cleaning, leadership positions, administrative work, yard work, and basic maintenance.
College Houses is committed to fostering an environment for people of all identities to thrive and be able to fully participate in their community. We strive to provide housing free from harassment and we do not tolerate any form of hostility, assault, or offensive conduct, including speech, towards a person or group.
Permissible reasons to reject an applicant:
a. The applicant is not enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester (fall and spring) at a local, non-profit institute of higher education.
b. The applicant has been found to have a poor rental history. Having no rental history will not necessarily be considered to be a poor rental history.
c. The applicant has submitted a poorly completed or incomplete application.
d. The applicant has a criminal record.
e. The applicant is justifiably perceived as a threat to the members of the house.
f. The applicant is justifiably perceived to be someone who will be disturbing the right to quiet enjoyment of the house.
g. The applicant is justifiably perceived to be unwilling or unable to live and work alongside people of diverse racial, social, ethnic, religious backgrounds or diverse sexual orientations.
h. The applicant is justifiably perceived to be unwilling or unable to perform the duties of cooperative living, including, but not limited to, completion of labor, participation in meetings and other obligations listed in the contract.
i. The applicant is justifiably perceived to be disruptive to the cooperative functioning of the house or otherwise unqualified to use the services provided by the house.
College Houses adheres strictly to all requirements of the federal Fair Housing laws. We do not discriminate against any applicant for any reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
Required Community Guidelines Slideshow: Prospective Member Education
Living in a co-op is a unique experience with its own benefits and challenges. The presentation linked below will give you information to help you become familiar with co-op living. Please take your time to learn this information, then return here to proceed with your application.
Please confirm that you have reviewed the information and presentation linked above.
I have reviewed the information and the presentation, I will uphold College Houses' community rules and expectations, and I am ready to proceed with my application.
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