Zoe Bayliss Student Housing Cooperative has Found a New Building to Call Home!

A year and a half after being told by the University of Wisconsin-Madison their community would be displaced, Zoe Bayliss Student Housing Cooperative has finalized a move to 636 Langdon Street Madison, WI.

636 Langdon Street will allow our community to remain a student cooperative, maintain our capacity, and continue to offer affordable rent prices. We are also excited to expand our housing as an option to students of all colleges in the Madison area. Saving Zoe Bayliss is not just for our current members, but also for the many future students who will benefit from this affordable cooperative living option for decades.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us whether financially, or through their time and talents. Our community is forever grateful.

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Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization shall be to create an experience in responsible, cooperative living and to encourage academic and personal exploration in a flexible open, and friendly atmosphere.

What is a cooperative and how does it work?

The Zoe Bayliss Student Housing Cooperative is a community of higher education students who share in the responsibilities for maintaining their housing, such as cleaning and administration, as a way to keep costs as low as possible. Officers are elected to oversee the functions of the cooperative. We hold house elections twice a year, including one at the first meeting that allows new residents to get involved right away. Spring elected positions include president, vice president, kitchen coordinator and work duty coordinator. Fall elected positions include secretory, judicial chair, gardener, and social chair. Business managers are appointed yearly by the former business manager.

Cook and Kitchen Facilities

We have a paid cook who cooks two meals – lunch and dinner – per weekday with some basic groceries provided; their price is included in rent. He is always looking for new and interesting dishes to prepare. Residents are responsible for preparing their own breakfast if they would like. Each meal has a meat option and a vegetarian/vegan option. Food allergies and restrictions are generally able to be accommodated, but please reach out to our email if you have any specific  concerns. Our kitchen is open 24 hours a day so that residents may fix their own food if they desire.


Here at Zoe Bayliss we house students from many different backgrounds. Our scholars come from around the country and the world. Living here, residents can gain language experience and learn about cultures from all over the world.