College Houses was formed in 1964 as a UT student government project with funding from the Hogg Foundation. The original vision was to create a housing facility for students that was vibrant and intellectually stimulating. In 1973, a HUD grant allowed College Houses to purchase its first two buildings on Pearl Street and property to construct a third building W. 21st Street. College Houses transitioned from leasing to owning the buildings and adopted the cooperative housing model, which gives house members full democratic control over their living environment as well as the skills to manage the facilities. Since then College Houses has grown tremendously and serves 750 students each year in our seven co-ops located near the University of Texas campus.
To serve as a transformative environment that empowers students through democratic, cooperative living. We provide affordable housing to foster community, support education, and promote personal development and well-being.
Our "Super Co-op" (Halstead, Laurel and Nueces) is ADA compliant, we're currently working on making Taos Co-op more accessible and creating a long-term plan for making all of our houses more accessible
We have 2 tiers of monthly rent. The Super Co-op members pay $915 for a single and $698 for a double. The older houses pay $835 for a single and $642 for a double.The apartment style co-ops (no meal plan) pay $626. This includes the cost of food.
The food cost per person is right around $150
For our houses over 40 members, the labor requirement is 4 hours/week during the long semesters, and could go up to 6 hours/week in the summer, depending on occupancy. For the houses under 40 members, the labor requirement is 2 hours/week.
2-5 times per week