Residential Life Policy: Brown Association of Cooperative Housing (BACH)
The members of the Brown Association of Cooperative Housing (BACH) are people who want to live in a communal situation and recognize shared benefits in sharing responsibility. Members of BACH pay all room and meal fees directly to BACH, and decisions on how to spend the money are made collectively. The residents of the two Brown Cooperative Houses make up this non-profit organization that is independent of the University.
The houses are open to all members of the Brown community. The residents of a house are responsible for all cooking, cleaning, and general maintenance of their house. The two houses are Watermyn (166 Waterman Street) and Finlandia (116 Waterman Street).
While off-campus permission is not required for members of BACH, annual declaration of intent to live in one of the two co-ops is required and must be approved by the Office of Residential Life. BACH members must pay the non-resident fee as they are not living in a University residence hall.
There are usually more applicants than spaces in the houses; admission is on a random basis while trying to keep a healthy balance of members.
Vist the BACH web site for more information.