Co-ops are collectively owned businesses, governed and operated by their members. Neill-Wycik is a student housing co-op. This means we’re a not-for-profit living space… so there’s no landlord collecting earnings off our rent! This is how we’re able to offer such affordable housing in such a great location. If you live here, you’re an OWNER of Neill-Wycik. Without a landlord ALL the money from our housing charges goes back into running our building – by the students, for the students.  After signing your lease you automatically become a member of the co-op. With this comes a bit of responsibility…

        In a co-op there’s the expectation that members will give back to the organization. Being a member of Neill-Wycik means that you help keep our rent low by contributing your time and energy to the building, as well as being involved in its democratic functioning and governance. The Member Contribution Program is set up to allow members to give back by creating community and allowing them to offer their own unique skills and passions for the benefit of everyone living here. Members at Neill-Wycik are expected to complete 2 MCP hours per month, which might include such tasks as:

  • Running a club or committee
  • Managing a facility
  • Preparing and sharing food
  • Improving and maintaining the building
  • Sitting as a member on the Board of Directors

There are numerous ways to complete your MCP hours. For more ideas about how to contribute, you can always contact your Community Assistant. Remember, the health and functioning of a co-op rests in its member’s hands.

The cooperative movement has a deep history dating back to 19th century Europe. The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers established the “Rochdale Principles” which have, over time, come to be a set of unifying ideas adopted by the co-operative sector as whole. When you hear someone mention the Co-operative Principles they are talking about:

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member’s Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training, and Information
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

Here at Neill-Wycik these are a guiding set of beliefs that we strive to practice in everything we do.