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Sansom Community Kitchen Co-op

Sansom Community Kitchen Co-op in Sansom Place East

What is a Community Kitchen Co-op?

This is an opportunity for students in rooms without a kitchen to have access to an apartment with a small kitchen in order to prepare simple meals, eat, relax and socialize with other co-op members.  The apartment will have a small stove, microwave, refrigerator, table and seating area.  The co-op begins with a kick-off meeting in late August once all residents have arrived and ends on June 30.

Why join?

You can select the lowest priced room type (Single Room-1BR/shared bath) and still have access to a kitchen to prepare meals.  It’s an opportunity to get to know other students in your community. You will be part of a new adventure…name your co-op?  Prepare and share meals?  Utilize the space to relax and take a break from studies? There are many possibilities.  This space is for use by co-op members only!

How do I sign up?

First, you must complete a housing application. Once your housing application is complete and you have received your housing assignment, send an e-mail to stating that you want to join a community kitchen co-op. Once you are assigned to a room and accepted into the co-op, you can expect a non-refundable $100 kitchen co-op fee to be added to your student bill each semester.

Where are the co-op kitchens?

One apartment with kitchen will be designated for co-op use for every few floors.  You will be assigned to the co-op closest to your room.  Because the co-op apartments are located next door to other residents' rooms, members must be respectful of their neighbors when utilizing the space.

How does it work once I’ve signed up?

You will be asked to complete a contract outlining the rules and responsibilities of being a member of the co-op.  You will be issued a key for the community kitchen space.  Your Graduate Associate will call together a meeting of co-op members so that you can meet one another, review rules and responsibilities, and discuss how you would like your community to operate.  Staff and students will learn what works best and make adjustments along the way.

When can I gain access to the kitchen co-op?

Access to the kitchen co-op begins after members have attended the mandatory orientation session, usually held in late August. In order to gain access, you must attend orientation and sign the kitchen co-op contract. For 2019-2020, the kitchen co-op is available from August 26, 2019 to June 30, 2020, 24 hours a day, subject to building quiet hours and all other building policies. For 2020-2021, the kitchen co-op will be available from the mandatory orientation session to June 30, 2021, 24 hours a day, subject to building quiet hours and all other building policies.

What is my kitchen co-op fee used for?

Your money will help offset the cost of basic supplies for the co-op.  This money is not refundable.

What do I provide?  What is provided in the kitchen?

You provide your own supplies including pots, pans, dishes, utensils, food, etc. It is recommended that you have a mini-fridge in your room to store your food.  There is limited refrigerator space in the apartment and it must be emptied weekly. Basic cleaning supplies will be provided to maintain the space. Members are required to replenish as needed.

What are my responsibilities?

The co-op members are responsible for the upkeep and management of the space.  Members must clean up after themselves and participate in a chore rotation for the apartment.  All University and residential policies apply.  The co-op units are not to be used as a living space, but as a cooking and social space only.  The space may not be used for sleeping, bathing, overnight guests, or hosting large events.  Failure to fulfill expectations of the community or violation of University policy may result in suspension of co-op membership, fines, or other disciplinary action.