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Promoting cooperation through providing healthy, quality affordable housing & services

Not for profit – Community – Self Governing

Find more than a home living in a cooperative!

As individuals, we are members empowered through democratic participation to create a community equally accessible to all.

  • Democratic control; one member, one vote.

As an organization, we are committed to expanding the cooperative movement.

What you’re really missing out on are all of the benefits of a co-op!

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Cooperating together for more than 80 years

Since 1939, SHC Co-ops have empowered members just like you.

The Spartan Housing Cooperative (SHC) is a non-profit, autonomous organization providing an affordable off-campus housing option to students and the Greater Lansing community. There are more than 240 members in our 17 houses. Houses vary from 5 to 29 members, each with their own character and history. Our name honors our historical affiliation with Michigan State University, where we remain a registered student organization. However, we operate independently from the university with additional requirements and guidelines for membership.

  • The co-op gives members an opportunity to strive towards their goals and see potential while working in a system of circle economy and sharing. As a co-owner, the SHC has given me many opportunities to advance the organization through sustainability, diversity, and a sense of family known to none other than the members of this caring community.

    Evan Morton

    The beautiful part about living in a co-op is you never really feel alone. Although 2020 has been an absolute blow of a year, being part of the co-op makes everything the tiniest bit more bearable. There was, and is, no shortage of kindness, support, and camaraderie despite that physical distance that separates us.

    Elizabeth Price
    Raft Hill

    Living in the SHC has given me a diverse, tight-knit community of friends. I have never felt more at home anywhere else.

    Leah Rogers
  • All of my best college years memories have involved the coops. I met all of my best friends through the SHC, experienced experiences I never expected to experience, and grew so much in my time here.

    William Chen
    Raft Hill, Apollo, and Phoenix