The eight university-owned and -managed buildings housed within them the independent and self-governed student organizations known as Prospect of Whitby, 660 Stewart, 302 Wait Avenue Cooperative, Triphammer Cooperative, Von Cramm, Wait Terrace, Wari Cooperative and Watermargin.
These organizations extend far beyond the buildings in which they are based. They each have their long histories and depend on the personal investment of each resident in each co-op.
The self-governing nature of Co-ops expects respect, responsibility, and consideration from its residents. By taking personal responsibility for the upkeep of their organizations and facilities, Co-op residents acquire practical, extracurricular training in building community that is beyond what is offered in traditional residences halls, West Campus Houses and Program Houses. This is how the Cooperative Spirit is built.
In addition, the open and supportive environment of Co-ops fosters the development of student leadership skills through activism within the Co-ops and throughout the Cornell Community.
Each Co-op is a unique, self-governed housing unit with distinctive features, including: