“How do I apply?”

Once you fill out the online application, your application is submitted for review at your top three choices of houses. The outcome of a review usually comes within 2 full weeks by email.

“Can I take a tour?”

We have virtual tours online at each house page. If you would like to take a tour in person, you must contact the house Membership Coordinator to schedule a tour in advance. Our house membership coordinators are also students; if you show up without an appointment, they may not be on site.

“Are pets allowed?”

Cats are allowed. Other small animals have sometimes been accepted at the discretion of the house. Each house sets a limit on pets and you may request that your pet be allowed. Do not plan on bringing your pet when you first move in. We do not accept dogs or potentially dangerous animals regardless of size.

Emotional Support Animals

Per the Fair Housing Act, College Houses provides reasonable accommodations for an emotional support or assistance animal in the resident’s room. This accommodation does not extend to common or shared areas (such as the kitchen, dining room, study rooms, etc.) unless the animal is also a registered Service Animal. An emotional support animal is an animal that is necessary to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling when there is an identifiable relationship or nexus between the person’s disability and the assistance the animal provides. Typically, an emotional support animal is prescribed to an individual with a disability by a healthcare or mental health professional and is an integral part of a person’s treatment process. If you have an emotional support animal, you can provide a current letter from a licensed clinical professional or healthcare provider familiar with the history and functional limitations of you condition. This letter would need to confirm that the support animal is necessary to afford you an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the dwelling and that there is an identifiable relationship or nexus between your disability and the assistance the animal provides. This letter would only be used to confirm your accommodation request; the information provided would not be maintained in your College Houses file.

“What do I need to bring with me?”

All rooms are furnished with the basic furniture and storage facilities. This includes a bed, desk, chair, and dresser. You will need to bring your own sheets, pillows, blankets, personal items, and a desk lamp if you wish. Do not bring any high electrical load appliances such as a hot plate, etc. You are encouraged to bring your own computer even though we provide computer facilities.

“What is labor?”

Labor is your share of the work necessary to operate the house. This typically requires 4-5 hours per week by each person at the house. Opsis and Nueces typically require fewer hours. Whatever is done at your home is done at the co-op. Cooking, cleaning, doing dishes, mopping, minor maintenance, etc., are all part of the system. The first two weeks are flexible in that you sign up based on your schedule. By that time, schedules are set and then you will be assigned permanent duties for the rest of the semester. While some flexibility is allowed, it is critical that you come prepared to do what is assigned.

“Can I use other houses’ facilities?”

Yes, amenities such as the Pearl Street swimming pool and the 21st Street bike shed and recreation room are open to all members. You are expected to follow all their house rules.

“Are vegetarian meals served?”

Yes. All houses offer a vegetarian option for lunch and dinner. Each house may vary the emphasis according to their member interest each semester.

“Must I move out between semesters?”

Not if you have a contract for the next semester. You are welcome to stay and be part of the group that usually stays around. However, the kitchens are officially closed.

“Is parking available?”

Yes, but there is usually not enough for the entire population. We use a parking sticker system and we do tow in order to keep as many spaces available for members as possible. Parking for residents is $100 per semester ($200 for the year up-front).

“What is cooperative living like and what advice can you offer on how to select a house?”

Living in a co-op is great. You have the opportunity to meet a lot of people and form strong friendships. You have control of your house and your money, and the ability to affect real change. There is always something to do, and you usually have different things to choose from. The houses are close to campus and to each other, so you really feel like you are part of a community. You put in some labor, but it’s less than if you lived by yourself and had to cook and clean everything all the time. If you are quiet or not very social, then you can keep to yourself and still benefit from the cooperative system. If you are social, then you will meet a lot of great people.

“Do things always run smoothly?”

Well, no. Sometimes a meal just doesn’t turn out right, or maybe the cooks didn’t prepare enough of something. Or maybe someone didn’t do their labor and that affected something else. But that is why there are regular house committee meetings that you should participate in to help solve house problems when they arise.

“Who owns College Houses?”

As a cooperative, Texas recognizes us as our own business. The member elected board of directors is our legal authority. Isn’t that great! There are no other owners, just us!