Our House

The house known as Summit Avenue Cooperative is a 1920's mansion at the top of a hill in a well-established residential neighborhood in University Heights just west of Camp Randall Stadium. The property has a large yard with off-street parking and bountiful vegetation. Our house offers members and guests a fireplace, hardwood floors, a computer, and a large sunroom. The neighborhood can be a bit confusing to navigate, so the provided map may be helpful.

Who We Are

We are a 17-member, independent, self-sustaining co-op. The typical make-up of the house is half male and half female. We share no particular political or ideological bent. We would like to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs to visit us and to consider membershipping at Summit Avenue Cooperative.

Member Responsibilities

In our cooperative environment, each member participates in about 5 hours of work-job duties per week such as cooking, cleaning, maintenance, grounds, and administrative jobs. In addition to these assigned duties, each member is also responsible for cleaning up after dinner about 3 times per month. Another responsibility of each member is to attend house meetings, which occur every 2-1/2 weeks on Sundays and Wednesdays. Members are also responsible for paying rent on the 1st of each month.

The cooperative nature of our home helps keep the rent low. Rent is composed of two fees; a House Fee and a Room Fee. The House Fee is $299, and Room Fees range from $0 to $188, depending on the size of the room and whether it is single or double occupancy. There is also a non-optional $84 monthly fee for food which covers 5 dinners per week, numerous non-perishable goods such as rice, flour, sugar, and pasta, and seasonings.