The Phoenix Cooperative House

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

  • Last updated: January 14, 2019 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: October 14, 2004

Mission Statement

Egalitarian Social Living

Community Description

The Phoenix Co-op currently houses 26 members — both students and professionals with a range of different ages — bringing a diverse and family-like environment to our co-op. We are located close to the Memorial Union and State Street in a spacious 1920s French chateau-style building. The house features original woodwork, a fancy spiral staircase, and a frequently-used fireplace.

Phoenix uses a modified consensus decision-making process – everyone’s voice is heard, and decisions are made democratically. We look for committed members who have a serious interest in living cooperatively as well as a desire to contribute your experience and energy to the house, even if you are just staying for the summer.

We proudly stand behind MCC’s mission of creating a healthy and safe space for every member, regardless of their background or identity. Our goal as a cooperative house is to create a sustainable and empowering community for all who want to partake in it, as well as offering low-income housing to Madison as a whole.

*Unfortunately, Phoenix is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1996
  • Start Living Together: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: membership coordinator
  • Phone: 608-251-2667
  • Mailing Address:
    636 Langdon St
    Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-1104
    United States
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 24
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust


  • Adult Members: 26
  • Child Members: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Come for a meal to see the house and meet folks! Email the membership coordinator ([email protected]) to schedule a date for your visit. Membershipping: 3 meals, then an informal interview session for you to meet the house and for members to meet you. We ask membershippers to attend at least 3 meals so that the house can get to know you and you have the chance to get to know the house. The membership coordinator will then schedule a membership meeting with you. The meeting consists of a question and answer session for everyone to ask you more about yourself in order for them to make an informed decision. We then put your membership up to a vote, and the membership coordinator would get back to you after 72 hours to let you know the result.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    dinner is served mon-thu with brunch and dinner served on sunday

    While we are not a

    smoking only allowed in member’s rooms or outside

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Madison Community Cooperatives, North American Students of Cooperation

Community Affiliations

International Cooperative House (ICH), Ambrosia Cooperative House, Audre Lorde Cooperative House, Friends’ Cooperative House, Hypatia Cooperative House, Lothlórien Cooperative House, Ofek Shalom Cooperative House, Syntropy Cooperative House, Sofia Cooperative House, Avalon Cooperative House, Madison Community Cooperative (MCC)