University of Wisconsin–Madison

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Zoe Bayliss Cooperative is to provide affordable housing for female UW-Madison students in an open, collaborative, and friendly student-run community that supports students in their academic pursuits.

What is a cooperative and how does it work?

The Zoe Bayliss Women’s Cooperative is a community of UW-Madison 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 selected to oversee the functions of the cooperative. We hold house elections every year, including one at the first meeting that allows new residents to get involved right away. Offices that are re-elected annually are: president, vice president, kitchen coordinator, work duty coordinator, business manager, secretary, and judicial chair.

Cook and Kitchen Facilities

We have a paid cook who cooks two meals – lunch and dinner – per weekday; their price is included in rent. He is always looking for new and interesting dishes to prepare. Residents are on their own as far as preparing breakfast, but the food is provided. Our menu is very diverse to accommodate all the favorites from around the world. 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.