New Community Cooperative

East Lansing, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: January 9, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

Student Co-op

Community Description

Stepping into New Comm is like stepping into wonderland! It is the most magical place imaginable, a place where you can truly be yourself. New Comm has a very relaxed environment, the couches are comfy, the cartoons are hilarious, and the company is wonderful. New Comm exists for the sake of spreading love and kindness throughout the universe, through compassion and cooperation. You’ll find the most kind and genuine people at New Comm, and that is really what makes this house special!

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1971
  • Start Living Together: 1971
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 517-355-8313
  • Community Address:
    425 Ann St
    East Lansing, Michigan, 48823-4410
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban


  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Visitors for a tour or shared dinner are welcome any time. Visitors wishing to stay overnight or wishing to be in the house unaccompanied need to contact the community at least one week in advance (preferably two) and ask if they may stay as a guest. Overnight guests are limited to a few nights. If the house cannot be reached directly, the co-op’s business office can very helpful in opening lines of communication. Please contact New Comm’s Membership Officer via

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Submit the application on our
    Tour houses virtually on our website.
    Once accepted, contact Membership Officers of the houses you’re interested in touring!
    Tour the houses you’re interested in.
    Go to a house dinner AND a house meeting at the houses you like.
    Wait to hear from the house’s Membership Officer about the status of your approval.
    If approved by a house, make an appointment with MSU SHC office to sign a contract for your favorite one!
    Voila! You are a member-owner of the MSU SHC!


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Join Fee: $405
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Common Facilities: Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Michigan State University Student Housing Corporation

Community Affiliations

New Community Cooperative, Ferency House, Elsworth Cooperative, Bower House


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