What is a co-op?

Our mission is to build the foundations of a sustainable society through the practice of cooperative living.

BCL was founded by students from Indiana University and experienced co-opers from places such as Ann Arbor, MI, Madison, WI, Athens, OH, and Berkeley, CA. We are members of the North American Students of Cooperation.

A co-operative is an association united in meeting the common needs of its members.

We strive to create a living environment that is mindful of the economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations of our members. This foundation more naturally prompts members to share ideas, bring up concerns and appreciate each other's differences in a living situation.

A co-operative is democratically-controlled.

Each co-op house has a weekly meeting where members have the opportunity to vote on house agenda items. A few members will be elected as leaders on committees within the co-op to hold the houses accountable. All members are assigned chores and help with cooking as a part of their duties in the house.

A co-operative is economically supported by members.

Members pool money for food. Each month, members will pay for their designated room fee as well as a grocery fee, all on the same bill.

A co-operative is dedicated to cooperation with other co-ops.

Co-operatives can be found across the nation and world. We are dedicated to helping each other. A one-time membership fee is paid to the North American Students of Cooperation.

Read more about The Rochdale Co-operative Principles.

BCL Membership

All tenants of BCL go through membership process before signing a lease.

1. Fill out this application.

2. Schedule a cooking shift at 1 of the 3 houses by emailing Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to cook on your own! Each night, 2-3 people cook dinner for the whole house; you’ll be stepping in as a sous-chef to help out. This is an informal visit.

3.Schedule visits for the other 2 houses by emailing We highly encourage you to attend a dinner if possible. If you can’t make dinner, then at least get a tour. Since any of these houses could be your new home, we want to make sure you get a chance to see them all!

4. Attend a membership meeting scheduled below. At the membership day you attend, you will participate in an informal two-way interview over potluck dinner with the house. The co-op will vote on whether to grant membership, with 55% approval (upvotes) required to become a member. You can attend a membership meeting at any of three of the houses regardless of which one is your first pick to live in.

House Preferences

You will have a chance to rank your houses, but unfortunately it's not guaranteed that you will get your first pick. It's helpful to go through the processes early on.

Sign your lease

A membership committee representative will contact new members about the timeline for signing leases and picking specific rooms. If the new member does not sign the lease in a timely manner, the room becomes available to other members.

Questions? Email