Austin Co-op Directory

What is a co-op?

Co-operation, or cooperation, refers to the practice of people or greater entities working in common with commonly agreed-upon goals and possibly methods, instead of working separately in competition.
A cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) is a group of persons who join together or co-operate, to carry on an economic activity of mutual benefit.
A housing cooperative is a legal mechanism for ownership of housing where residents either own shares (share capital co-op) reflecting their equity in the co-operative's real estate, or have membership and occupancy rights in a not-for-profit co-operative (non-share capital co-op), and they underwrite their housing through paying subscriptions or rent.
A cohousing community is a kind of intentional community composed of private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities. A cohousing community is planned, owned and managed by the residents, groups of people who want more interaction with their neighbors.
Hostels, also called youth hostels, provide short-term accommodation to travellers or backpackers. Many co-ops in Austin also serve as hostels.
A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving (but can be that as well).
A credit union is a member-owned financial cooperative, democratically controlled by its members, and operated for the purpose of promoting thrift, providing credit at competitive rates, and providing other financial services to its members.

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Student Housing Co-ops

College Houseshttp://www.collegehouses.org
  • 21st Street Co-op
    707 W. 21st St.
  • Halstead Co-op
    1905 Nueces St.
  • Laurel House Co-op
    1905 Nueces St.
  • Nueces Co-op
    1905 Nueces St.
  • Opsis Co-op
    1906 Pearl St.
  • Pearl Street Co-op
    2000 Pearl St.
  • Taos Co-op
    2612 Guadalupe
College Houses is a non-profit student housing cooperative owned and managed by its students residents - compososed of several houses located near the University of Texas at Austin.

1906 Pearl Street
Austin, TX 78705

512.476.5678
800.880.2676
512.476.1743 fax
ICC Austinhttp://www.iccaustin.coop
  • Arrakis Co-op
    2212 Pearl St.
  • Avalon Co-op
    3000 University
  • Eden House Co-op
    1910 Rio Grande
  • French House Co-op
    710 W. 21st St.
  • Helios Co-op
    1909 Nueces
  • House of Commons Co-op
    2610 Rio Grande
  • New Guild Co-op
    510 W. 23rd St.
  • Royal Co-op
    1805 Pearl St.
  • Seneca Falls Co-op
    2309 Nueces
ICC is a nonprofit co-op organization owned and operated by student members. Houses near UT Austin.

2305 Nueces
Austin, TX 78705

512.476.1957
512.476.3904 fax

Independent Housing Co-ops

Deutsches Haus Co-ophttp://studentorgs.utexas.edu/dhaus/
The Deutsches Haus (German House) is an international co-op located two blocks from the University of Texas at Austin, in the West Campus neighborhood.

2103 Nueces St.
Austin, TX 78705

512.477.8865
La Reunion Cooperativehttp://lareunioncoop.org
Located at 7910 Gault St. in sunny Austin, Texas, La Reunion is an open, non-discriminatory, and democratic apartment-style community based on cooperative principles.

7910 Gault Street
Austin, TX 78757

Rosewood Housing Cooperativehttp://www.rosewoodcoop.org
Rosewood Co-op is an independent community housing cooperative in Central East Austin, TX.

1165 San Bernard St
Austin, TX 78702
Sasona Co-ophttp://www.sasona.org
Sasona Cooperative is a non-profit community housing co-op in South Austin.

2604 Paramount
Austin, TX 78704

Sunflower Co-ophttp://www.sunflowercoop.blogspot.com
Sunflower Co-op is a member owned housing co-op located in Austin, TX.

1122 3rd St.
Austin, TX 78704

512.447.1268
Whitehall Co-ophttp://whitehallcoop.com
Whitehall cooperative is a vegetarian, consensus-run, multi-generational housing coop located in central Austin, west campus neighborhood.

2500 Nueces
Austin, TX 78705

512.472.3329
512.472.7382

Alternative Housing

Hostelling Internationalhttp://www.hiaustin.org
Hostelling International-Austin is a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization, and is a member of the worldwide organization Hostelling International.

2200 S. Lakeshore Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741

512.444.2294
512.444.2309 Fax
800.725.2331

Oak Village Commonshttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/OakVillage
Oak Village Commons is a group of families interested in building a cohousing community in Southwest Austin, TX (Oak Hill). Our vision is a family-friendly, earth-honoring community.

512.301.9563

Cat Barron


Drew Dillard

Other Co-ops

All Austin Cooperative Nursery Schoolhttp://www.allaustincoop.org
All Austin Cooperative Nursery School is a part-time preschool program created and supported by a community of parents, teachers, and children, working together to provide high-quality experiential learning for our children in a secular environment.

2301 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

512.454.5315
Artists Screen Printing Cooperativehttp://www.aspco.org
The Artists Screen Printing Co-op is a not for profit co-op serving the needs of artists and designers who desire to share a common screenprinting workspace and studio in which to collaborate and create original works.

1109 Shady Lane
Austin, TX 78721

512.434.9339
ATX Hackerspacehttp://atxhackerspace.org
We are a community of people who love to learn and make things, as well as a collaborative industrial workshop. We have 8000 square feet of space perfect for artists, designers, engineers, makers & hackers, fabbers, scientists, musicians, seminars and workshops, coworking, and a ton of other stuff.
9701 Dessau Road Suite #304
Austin, TX 78754
Austin Audio Co-ophttps://www.facebook.com/austinaudiocoop/info
Austin Audio Co-op is a collaboration of audio engineers, DJs, videographers, and event producers. We provide audiovisual services for rallies, concerts, weddings, films, and speaking engagements, and more!

512.222.3010

Austin Cinemaker Co-ophttp://www.cinemaker.org
The Cinemaker Co-op is a non-profit film resource center in Austin, Texas, dedicated to the belief that film can be -- and is -- a financially accessible art form.To that end, we provide low-cost super 8 film equipment rental as well as a variety of educational workshops, screening salons, and film festivals throughout the year.

1705 Guadalupe St. Suite 201
Austin, TX 78701

512.236.8877
Austin Co-op Think Tankhttp://www.thinktank.coop/
ACTT works to promote co-operative models as the best alternative to business models that are, more than ever, unjust and bankrupt. As a cooperative, we rely on the involvement of those who are committed to our mission.
Austin Raw Feeders Co-ophttp://www.arfcoop.org
The Austin Raw Feeders' Co-op is a purchasing cooperative for people in the Austin, Texas metropolitan areas who feed their pets a natural, fresh foods diet. We are an unincorporated non-profit association of friendly, like-minded people who value cooperative ideals.

Black Star Co-op Pub and Breweryhttp://www.blackstar.coop
With a special focus on local producers, the basic mission of the Black Star Co-op is to foster an environment in which member-owners, as well as the general public, may realize the principles of co-operative ownership, worker self-management, education and community action through the responsible enjoyment great beer and food.

7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78752

512.452.BEER (512.452.2337)
Cooperation Texashttp://cooperationtexas.coop/
Cooperation Texas is an Austin-based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives.

5604 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

512.394.8648
Dahlia Green Cleaning Serviceshttp://dahlia.coop/
Dahlia is a worker-owned and operated business dedicated to providing reliable, high-quality and eco-friendly cleaning for Austin residences and businesses.

512.786.4249
Darkroom Co-ophttp://www.darkroomcoop.net
Established in the mid-1970s, the Darkroom Coop is a community darkroom space independently maintained and organized by its members.

2000 Pearl St.
Austin, TX 78705

Ecology Actionhttp://www.ecology-action.org
Austin's downtown recycling center. Ecology Action of Texas was founded in 1970 as an all-volunteer group that sought to promote a variety of environmental issues, most notably recycling. Today our mission is to educate and empower people to create a healthier environment through waste prevention and accessibility to recycling.

707 E 9th St
Austin, TX 78701
GAIA Host Collectivehttp://www.gaiahost.coop
Reliable Internet hosting services from a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to environmental and social sustainability.

800.672.8060
KOOP 91.7 FMhttp://www.koop.org
KOOP (pronounced koh-op) is a community radio station in Austin, TX, owned and operated by its members in a cooperative structure depending primarily upon its volunteers and supporters for all operations of the station.

PO BOX 2116
Austin, TX 78768-2116

512.472.1369
512.472.6149
Moontower Co-ophttp://moontower.coop
Moontower Community Agricultural Co-op supports the local food sector by creating direct relationships between farmers, producers, and consumers through a multi-stakeholder co-op, in Austin, TX. This allows producers to cooperate for discounted supplies and increased access to food production contracts. Supporter members gain access to locally-produced food, classes, events, and more. By giving farmers, ranchers, food producers, and consumers the tools of cooperation, they will be able to build a resilient local food network.
New Music Co-ophttp://www.newmusiccoop.org
New Music Co-op is a grass roots community organization made of up of composers and performers from the Austin area dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of new music. We create opportunities for performance, education, and composition of adventurous sound.

1010 Willow Street
Austin, TX 78702

512.423.4888
Pedernales Electric Cooperativehttp://www.pec.coop
Since 1938, Pedernales Electric Cooperative has served our members, supported our communities and helped extend electric service throughout the Texas Hill Country. As a PEC member, you are an owner of this organization, its history and its future.

P.O. Box 1
Johnson City, TX 78636-0001

888.554.4732
People's Organization of Community Acupuncturehttps://www.pocacoop.com
POCA is a multi-stakeholder cooperative whose goal is to make acupuncture available and accessible to as many people as possible and to support those providing acupuncture to create stable and sustainable businesses and jobs. Community acupuncture clinics, acupuncturists, patients, members of the public, and organizations can all join POCA. There are currently three member clinics in Austin.
Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakeryhttp://redrabbitbakery.com
We are Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, a worker cooperative that is equally owned and controlled by its worker owners. Our goal is to uphold the values and 7 principles of a cooperative while creating superior vegan products that appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike.

512.537.8546
REIwww.rei.com/stores/austin-downtown.html
Since 1989, REI Austin-Gateway has been providing outdoor enthusiasts in the Austin, Texas area with top-brand gear and clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and more.

9901 N Capitol of Texas Hwy
Ste 200
Austin, TX 78759

512.343.5550
South Austin Children's Cooperativehttp://www.southaustinkids.org
The South Austin Children's Coop is a wonderful little rugrat zone nestled in Bouldin Creek under a canopy of old pecan trees. It is entirely run by the parents, who share all duties including maintenance, teacher's aide, and coop administration.

512.443.0263
South Austin Motorcycles Co-ophttp://www.southaustinmotorcycles.com
We are all about helping our fellow riders experience all the joys of motorcycling. From actual group rides, fixing or modifying motorcycles, buying or selling them, obtaining donated parts through our free-swap program or buying new ones through Austin Motorcycles with the deepest discounts you will find anywhere.

11500 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78748

512.280.6988
Texas Agricultural Cooperative Councilhttp://www.texas.coop
The Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council (TACC) is a voluntary, statewide industry association created by Texas cooperatives themselves in 1934 to serve as a collective voice, catalyst, and clearing house on all co-op activities in the state.

1210 San Antonio Street, Ste 101
Austin, Texas 78701

512.450.0555
Texas Electric Cooperativeshttp://www.texas-ec.org
Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC) is a statewide organization dedicated to representing the interests of cooperative electric utilities in Texas and the member-consumers they serve.

1122 Colorado St., 24th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

512.454.0311
Texas Rural Cooperative Centerhttp://portal.utpa.edu/...
The Texas Rural Cooperative Center (TRCC) is a nonprofit based at UT Pan-American in Edinburg with a service representative in Austin. We offer free technical support and development services to cooperatives and groups looking to form cooperatives throughout Texas, especially small agricultural producers.

956.665.7528
Vuka Co-ophttp://www.vukacoop.com
By night, Vuka is a large event venue with a spacious backyard that offers a tranquil retreat in the city. We host both big and small events, including weddings, premieres, fundraisers, conferences, meetings, workshops, movie screenings, corporate parties, and more.

411 West Monroe
Austin, Tx, 78704

512.761.3842
Web Wranglers of Texas Co-ophttp://www.texaswebwranglers.com
A web development cooperative association.
Wheatsville Food Co-ophttp://www.wheatsville.coop
At Wheatsville we focus on quality and equality. While offering a full range of organic and natural foods and the best selection of locally-produced food products, we also carry the traditional American staples you'd expect to see at the corner grocer.

3101 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78705

512.478.2667

Credit Unions

A+ Federal Credit Unionhttps://aplusfcu.org
A+ Federal Credit Union was founded in 1949 by a group of 50 teachers during a picnic meeting at Zilker Park in Austin. These foresighted individuals liked the idea of having a not-for-profit, financial cooperative that would be built on a philosophy of people helping people.

P.O. Box 14867
Austin, TX 78761

800.252.8148
Amplify Credit Unionhttps://www.goamplify.com
Amplify is a member-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members and over $558 million in assets.

Amplify FCU
PO Box 85300
Austin, TX 78708
800.237.5087
Capital Farm Credithttp://www.capitalfarmcredit.com
Capital Farm Credit is a customer-owned cooperative, providing financing to rural landowners, country homeowners, agricultural operators and agribusiness firms throughout Texas.

877.944.5500
Farm Credit Bank of Texashttp://www.farmcreditbank.com
Farm Credit Bank of Texas, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a cooperatively owned wholesale bank providing loan funds and services to 17 retail-lending co-ops and four other financing institutions.

4801 Plaza on the Lake Drive
Austin, Texas 78746

512.465.0400
University Federal Credit Unionhttps://www.ufcu.org
UFCU: A strong, healthy member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative. We strongly believe that fair and honest products, along with outstanding customer service, are what have made UFCU Austin's largest locally-owned financial institution.

PO Box 9350
Austin, TX 78766-9350

512.467.8080
800.252.8311
Velocity Credit Unionhttps://www.velocitycu.com
Velocity Credit Union is a full-service financial institution that provides our community unique value through a personalized local banking alternative.

P.O. Box 1089
Austin, TX 78767-1089

512.469.7000
800.933.2029

Collectives and Community Organizations

Austin Freecyclehttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/
AustinFreecycle
http://www.freecycle.org
Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Austin Improv Collectivehttp://www.austinimprov.com www.myspace.com/austinimprovcollective
The mission of the Austin Improv Collective is to promote improvisational theatre in Central Texas and develop sustainable performance, practice, management, and teaching skills for Austin's improvisational theatre community.

Austin Time Exchange Network http://www.austintimeexchange.org
The Austin Time Exchange Network, a grassroots, community program, enables individuals to exchange services with one another by sharing skills within a network of people in Austin.

PO Box 301033
Austin, TX 78703

512.207.0598
Austin Yellow Bike Projecthttp://austinyellowbike.org
The Austin Yellow Bike Project (YBP) 501c(3) is an all-volunteer initiative to put bicycles on the streets of Austin and Central Texas by operating community bike shops, teaching bike mechanics and maintenance, and acting as a local bike advocacy group.

2013 East 51st
Austin, TX 78723

512.457.9880
Bikes Across Bordershttps://www.facebook.com/BikesAcrossBorder
Bikes Across Borders is a horizontal--non-hierarchical--consensus-run collective with the goal of promoting autonomy and community through the use of human-powered transportation, do-it-yourself technologies and the arts.

FrankenBikehttp://frankenbike.nethttp://www.myspace.com/frankenbike
FrankenBike (n) A free bike swap meet held once a month in Austin, Texas that is open to anyone who wants to buy, sell or trade bicycles and bicycle related gear or parts.

512.694.6529

growminglehttp://growmingle.com
growmingle is a grower’s play on the word commingle. We formed growmingle for one reason: to commingle with our neighbors through the oldest form of social currency (food).

512.200.2241
Monkey Wrench Bookshttp://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org
MonkeyWrench Books is an all volunteer, collectively-run radical bookstore in North Austin. We provide an extensive collection of radical literature and media, prioritizing books, magazines, movies and zines that you won't find at your average corporate bookstore.

110 E. North Loop
Austin, TX 78751

512.407.6925
Rhizome Collectivehttp://www.rhizomecollective.org
The Rhizome Collective is regrouping and we are seeking not-for-profit groups who would be interested in being part of a space for community organizing.

420 Kemp St.
Austin, Texas 78741

512.385.3695
Treasure City Thrifthttp://www.treasurecitythrift.org
Treasure City Thrift supports groups working for grassroots change using a sustainable and democratic economic model. We transform waste into resources which benefit our community. We are committed to economic and environmental sustainability, and operate collectively by consensus decision making.

2142 E. 7th St.
Austin, TX 78702

512.524.2820

Co-op Resources

Fellowship for Intentional Communityhttp://www.ic.org
The Intentional Communities Website came online in 1994 and is published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community. This website complements the FIC's print publications such as the Communities Directory and Communities magazine in providing people with the information and resources needed to find, create, maintain and support intentional communities of all kinds.

RR 1 Box 156-W
Rutledge MO 63563-9720

660-883-5545
National Cooperative Bankhttp://www.ncb.coop
NCB, FSB (NCB), a federally- charted savings bank is the only bank in the United States dedicated to delivering nationwide banking products and solutions to cooperatives and other member-owned organizations throughout the country.
North American Students of Cooperationhttp://www.nasco.coop
The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Family [of associations] organizes and educates affordable group equity co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community oriented cooperative movement.

P. O. Box 180048
Chicago, IL 60618 USA

773.404.2667
National Cooperative Business Associationhttp://www.ncba.coop
The National Cooperative Business Association is the nation's oldest and largest national membership association representing cooperatives of all types and in all industries with programs that help co-ops strengthen their businesses so they can better serve their members and transform the global economy.

1401 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

202.638.6222
Texas Credit Union Leaguehttp://www.tcul.coop
The Texas Credit Union League is the official state trade association serving credit unions in Texas. Organized in 1934, the Texas Credit Union League provides credit unions with valuable resources, products, services and programs to meet present and future challenges.

4455 LBJ Freeway
Farmers Branch, TX 75244

469.385.6400

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