Our purpose is to provide affordable, quality housing to the UCLA academic community, emphasizing the social welfare of members before profit. Further goals include the education of members, staff and community about co-operativism, the exemplification of democratic, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory living, and further expansion of membership and facilities whenever prudent.
UCHA is comprised of three buildings that operate as a unit with central dining, so your opportunity to connect is enhanced regardless of what room you live in. We are owned and run by the members and have been around since the 1930s.
Life at the co-op is HUGELY DIFFERENT than any other student living arrangement. The communal dining, the chore shifts, the special projects, the committees, the social events, and the many common areas all combine to offer countless opportunities to connect with the other several hundred of your fellow members.
Every member is responsible for performing one four-hour chore shift per week. The types of chore shifts available include: maintenance, kitchen, administration, mail handling, gardening, tech support, security, social events, governance, and many other specialties often proposed by individual members. Members commonly move from one type of chore shift to another from one quarter to the next.
In addition, members must take turns cleaning their bathroom and must do additional 4 hours on some kind of project or projects any time during the quarter. "Project" can be anything that enhances life at the co-op, either physically, aesthetically, emotionally, or socially. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
The Co-op hires limited full-time staff to help facilitate the day-to-day operation of the organization.
The Co-op has laundry rooms, a computer room, TV rooms, a piano, a pool table, a gym. We also have "study" rooms which can be used for small gatherings, music practice, exam taking, and so on.
In addition, UCLA’s Sunset Recreation Center, with tennis courts, an Olympic size swimming pool and sauna, is only three blocks away.
Three buildings >> one Co-op
UCHA owns three buildings, two are side by side and the third one across the street, with a total housing capacity of over 400 students.