Hypatia Cooperative House

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

  • Last updated: January 4, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: October 17, 2004

Mission Statement

Affordable co-op living

Community Description

Hypatia is a 12-person cooperative that is currently home to graduate and undergraduate students, workers, and professionals. We are located in a beautiful mansion surrounded by a historic garden. Our house is in a quiet neighborhood three blocks north of the capitol, eight blocks from campus, and one block from Lake Mendota. Our spacious living and dining room has hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows that face the capitol, and a fireplace.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1963
  • Start Living Together: 1963
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.madisoncommunity.coop
  • Contact Name: Membership Coordinator
  • Phone: 608-251-2667
  • Community Address:
    411 N. Pinckney Street
    Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    Madison Community Cooperative

    Plus 10 other Madison Community Cooperative co-ops


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Briefly, we ask that people come to three dinners, fill in a survey. If from out of town, we make modifications to the process.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    MCC is an umbrella cooperative that is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected from the general membership. Anyone living in any of MCC’s eleven houses, of which Hypatia is one, is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.


  • Join Fee: $45
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    About 22 hours/month

    about $75-100

    Monthly room & food charges

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Large Scale Kitchen
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We buy & cook only vegetarian &/or vegan foods, but individuals can buy & cook meat

    No tobacco smoking in common areas

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Madison Community Cooperatives, North American Students of Cooperation

Community Affiliations

Madison Community Cooperative (MCC), Avalon Cooperative House, The Phoenix Cooperative House, Sofia Cooperative House, Syntropy Cooperative House, Ofek Shalom Cooperative House, Lothl√≥rien Cooperative House, Friends’ Cooperative House, Audre Lorde Cooperative House, Ambrosia Cooperative House, International Cooperative House (ICH)