Opsis: the “co-op retirement home”

collegehouses: Opsis is the co-op for more serious students looking for a quieter living environment. The coop, which has 20 members and 10 apartment units, contrasts the other...

collegehouses:

Opsis is the co-op for more serious students looking for a quieter living environment.

The coop, which has 20 members and 10 apartment units, contrasts the other co-ops in College Houses by being much smaller and more low-key. Social events are notoriously not well attended. “It’s a small number of people [that attend], because it’s [sic] a lot of grad students, and a lot of them are really busy,” said Andrea Eck, the membership coordinator at Opsis.

However, satisfaction must be high; membership turnover is generally very low. Eck says it isn’t unusual for a year to go by without any apartments opening up. The house reviews all applications at weekly meetings. Accepted applications are stored, and when a current member moves out, that person’s roommate chooses a new roommate from the stack. Accepted applications are only kept for a year; if an applicant has not been invited to join the house within a year, he or she must reapply to continue to be considered for membership.

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