Friends’ Cooperative House
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
- Last updated: January 7, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Cooperative Living, Community
Our co-op is based on a principle of acceptance of people’s differences. All it takes to become a member is a willingness to take part in the cooperative effort that keeps the house running. In addition, we have policies in place that emphasize an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
Our 13 residents include undergraduates, graduate students, and working people. The age range is often quite large.
We want to place special emphasis on creating a strong and tight-knit community. We aim to do this with a house retreat at the beginning of the school year and some organized house outings in addition to the informal social activities.
Benefits of living at Friends:
• Cooperative living.
• Great location. The heart of campus and the Capitol are each just a five-minute walk away.
• Eat what you want. Living in Friends’ makes it easy to eat what you want to eat, whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or meat eater. Friends also emphasizes organic and locally grown foods.
• Family-like atmosphere. Our house is small enough to allow members to form close relationships with everyone they live with. Our dining room, cozy living room, and five porches are very popular spots for spontaneous hanging out.
• Free washer and dryer.
• Local calls are included in your room charge. Friends has a phone line that everyone shares. You are also free to buy your own phone line for your room.
• Free wireless DSL.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1967
- Start Living Together: 1967
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.madisoncommunity.coop
- Phone: 608-251-2667
- Community Address:
437 W Johnson St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-2205
- Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
- Location: Urban
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Should expect the rough equivalent of five hours per week.
$76: $40 goes to Madison Community Co-op; $21 goes to NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation and gives the member a lifetime membership in NASCO.
Rent ranges from $270-$440 per month depending on room size
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
- Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
All of our food purchases are vegetarian, but members are free to purchase food in addition to what the house provides, including meat.
No smoking of any substance is allowed inside the house, however, smokers may use one of our outdoor porches.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
Madison Community Cooperatives
Madison Community Cooperative (MCC), Avalon Cooperative House, The Phoenix Cooperative House, Sofia Cooperative House, Syntropy Cooperative House, Ofek Shalom Cooperative House, Lothlórien Cooperative House, Hypatia Cooperative House, Audre Lorde Cooperative House, Ambrosia Cooperative House, International Cooperative House (ICH)