If each Austin co-op was an American state, then 21st Street would be Texas. The proudest, weirdest, and perhaps the most storied co-op, 21st Street is a campus institution. Architecturally compared to a tree-house, the co-op is home to an active and close-knit community of passionate, fun-loving students, from engineering grads and aspiring nurses to chefs and artists. The typical ’21st Streeter’ is adventurous and spirited, but also contemplative and eager to learn. Ours is also the only clothing-optional co-op in the College Houses system.
At 21st Street, members live in furnished single or double rooms, which are joined into five and ten-person suites. The co-op’s twelve unique suites are linked by wooden walkways, and each includes a living room, balconies, two bathrooms and showers per floor, and a kitchenette. Many suites serve double roles, some of which include a game room, a theater, a library, and a study lounge. Other shared amenities include a parking lot, laundry room, and a fully stocked kitchen. The co-op also has plenty of outdoor space, including lawns, porches, gardens and a fire pit.
Labor opportunities at the co-op are diverse: 21st Streeters may find themselves working in the community bike repair shed, improving the grounds, or cooking the in the kitchen, which serves members 17 meals per week with vegetarian and vegan options. There is plenty to do most nights at the co-op: on weekdays, members hang out in suites or on the back porch, and officers coordinate educational events such as life drawing classes and documentary screenings. On weekends, the co-op hosts diverse fundraising and social events, including concerts, bike races, and themed parties. Members quickly form close bonds around mutual interests, organizing board game nights, trips downtown, and camping weekends.
If you’d like to know more about life at 21st Street, please feel free to join us at a house meeting or come to one of our many events.
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- Furnished suites with small kitchenette: refrigerator, oven/range, sink, and cabinet space
- Furnished rooms which includes a bed, dresser, chair, and desk
- Meal plan
- High speed wireless internet available in each room
- Computer lab
- Multi-functional common space with stage
- TV lounge
- Bike Shop
- On-site laundry facilities
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