Affordability

Keeping Rent Low:

  1. Co-opers reduce operating costs by acting as their own landlords when they review applicants and do minor maintenance & landscaping.
  2. The Collective of co-ops keeps rent low by getting tax exemptions applicable for low-income housing and non-profits.
  3. Being registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit helps us get grants and donations for projects.

Current Monthly Room Rates: 

  • $500-550 rent for a single room in an off-campus co-op, shared negotiable
  • $440 per person at the Tri Co-ops (bedrooms house 1-3 people, depending on the room size)
  • $540 per person to share a dome that houses 2 people

On campus rent is about 50% of average market rate for a bed lease in Davis.
Off campus rent is about 60% of average market rent for a unit lease in Davis.

Shared resources:

  • Community dinners and bulk food buying helps reduce food costs.
    • Communal houses pay between $50-100 for Board each month.
  • Ample garden space allows for members to grow produce to supplement food budgets.
  • Furniture, kitchen equipment and tools are typically passed on each year, reducing your move-in costs.

SCHA also offers:

  • Payment Plans – Allows you to spread payments over 2 months or more.
  • Emergency Rent Assistance – SCHA budgets to waive a total of $4K for rent each year for co-opers experiencing temporary extreme financial hardship.
  • First Month’s Rent Assistance – Co-opers can choose to donate their security deposit to support in-coming co-opers with move-in costs.
  • Compensated Workshops & Positions – Co-opers can lead social justice workshops in exchange for compensation (~$100). Board officers are compensated up to $100 per month for organizing committees.
  • Sliding Scale Rent – Co-opers participate in Economic Justice workshops, engaging with the principle of Participative, Distributive and Social Justice to either voluntarily increase their housing charge by an amount of their choosing, to request to pay less on a month-to-month basis, or to keep their rent the same.