We’re a Community
We believe everyone should have access to higher education, and we ensure our housing is affordable and all-inclusive to reduce the financial burdens of attending college. The monthly rent payment includes room, utilities, internet, laundry, and food. This allows you to easily budget for housing and boarding expenses. There are no hidden costs!
We believe in the value of working collaboratively and collectively – achieving together what may not be possible alone. There are 3 distinct aspects of cooperative living that are important to understand: community building, shared resources and labor, and democratic control.
Community is the foundation of our organization. Our members eat, work, study, relax, and grow together, which leads to incredible bonds and lasting friendships.
Building and maintaining a healthy community requires active participation from all members. And sometimes, things don’t go well. Conflict and disagreements happen and that’s ok! Conflict is an opportunity for creativity, connection, and growth. We provide the tools and resources needed to navigate difficult situations both individually and as a community.
Each semester we offer a wide array of workshops to enhance your formal education, build life-skills, and strengthen your community. Trainings encompass topics such as conflict resolution, consent, mental health, leadership development, bystander intervention, restorative justice, understanding racism, and more! We also have a full-time staff member dedicated to ensuring our communities are healthy and functioning well.
SHARED RESOURCES & CHORES
One of the most unique parts of cooperative living is an equal sharing of resources and chores. Our houses are stocked with everything you need to live comfortably. There is no need to buy pots and pans or buy living room furniture. It’s included! All members are responsible for completing an average of five hours of chores per week. Some examples of chores are cooking, cleaning, basic maintenance, yard work, and house leadership. This keeps the cost low and the houses running smoothly.
Our communities are self-governed. Each semester members come together to create the environment they want to live in. Important community issues are discussed and resolved democratically at bi-weekly house meetings. Additionally, the membership elects the ICC Austin Board of Directors which governs the organization. The Board sets the goals and long-term direction of ICC Austin and ensures staff is following the strategic plan and adhering to the policies set by the Board.
ICC Austin Core Values