On Campus Co-ops


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The [WWW]http://www.housing.ucdavis.edu/housing/tri_cooperatives.asp (Tri-Coops) housing extravaganza is the awesome coalition of three houses: Agrarian Effort (Ag), Davis Student Co-op (DSC), and Pierce Co-op. At full capacity, 12 or 13 people live in each house. The three houses are located off of Regan Hall Circle, right next to The House and the Regan dorms.

The Tri-Cooperatives are an interesting social experiment known as a Community. The Tri-Co-ops are not self-sustaining, but community members do hold sustainability in high regard, growing all the food in their gardens organically and offsetting their energy consumption with solar panels. Plans to institute a solar hot water system are currently in the works as well. They have some gorgeous ladies and lovely bees in their gardens. The gardens serve as a way to enjoy a more sustainable form of living on our fragile planet.

Community meals are held every Sunday-Thursday at 7PM (which applicants and others are welcome to attend). Garden parties are held every Friday from 2 until dark.

There are typically 1 or 2 spaces open every quarter, along with many more for the summer or fall seasons. If you are interested, just come over to one of the houses and introduce yourself. A dinner or garden party is a great place to do this. Feel free to pick up an [WWW]application at the housing office, or go find one at our official [WWW]UCDavis website (sites for each co-op are under construction!)

Along with the application for Student Housing, you also get to fill out this sweet questionnaire: tricoop_app.pdf. If you're interested, fill it out and send it to tricoop@ucdavis ASAP — the sooner we get to know you the better!

Don't forget to also check out the Domes, a unique example of an on-campus cooperative residential area, as well as other Cooperative Housing in Davis.

Residents of the co-ops have also been known to assist in facilitating the Sustainable Living Circus.

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Some pictures


Tri Co-op Thanksgiving, Fall 2012

thanksgiving2007.jpgTri Co-op Thanksgiving, Fall 2007

Garden1.jpgThe large Co-op community garden

Garden2.jpgThe attractive trellis entrance

Garden3.jpgQuite a beautiful abundance of flora

Garden4.jpgView of the large solar panels



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2007-11-02 11:31:30   I plan on updating this incredibly outdated page. -DSCr —DerekDowney

2008-03-17 23:08:18   there's lots of fresh, delicious looking red swiss chard growing on the bike path side of the garden right now. everytime i bike by i just want to sit down right there and have some greens. —MiranPark

2009-10-25 20:15:49   The WEF mailing list just sent out a letter stating that Student Housing wants to shut down one of the houses for budgetary reasons. The content of the letter can be read [WWW]here. —EliseKane

2009-10-25 21:10:08   If the students who are living in a dormitory or co-op are the ones paying for it, how can something be closed for budgetary reasons? I know the dorms are in no way a good deal for students if you look at similar rooms or apartments in the area ( [WWW]http://www.ucdbs.com/dorms ), so unless UC Davis is paying extra to ostensibly show how environmentally-oriented the campus is, closing the co-ops for budgetary reason is utter nonsense. —hankim

2009-10-25 21:56:44   This could be because it has a mandate to house more people than it did before. Or it could be that it wants to turn the co-ops into dorms that it gets more money from. Or both. —IDoNotExist

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