Registration for the OSCA Upperclass Co-op Lottery is now OPEN.


Please read the following information thoroughly; it explains how to become a member of OSCA for next academic year. To have a chance of getting into a co-op for next Fall, you must participate in the Upperclass Co-op Lottery this Spring.



The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) includes four housing & dining co-ops, three dining-only co-ops, and one housing-only co-op. OSCA has both room & board and board-only options available. OSCA has two safe space co-ops and one program house available โ€“ membership in these co-ops are selected entirely by application (see below). Students who plan to dine in Brown Bag Co-op must have village or town housing status.

All members of OSCA are placed by lottery number. To have a chance of getting into a co-op for next Fall, you must participate in the Upperclass Co-op Lottery this Spring. Lottery numbers are assigned randomly for upperclass students in April, and for first years (and transfers) in June. During the remainder of the year, lottery numbers are assigned from OSCA wait lists on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions concerning co-op membership, contact the OSCA office (Wilder 406), x58108


OSCA has two safe spaces and one program house available, whose membership are selected entirely by application. Applications are available on the OSCA website and must be submitted NO LATER THAN Sunday 11:59pm March 10, 2019 to be considered for the Lottery.

Old Barrows housing is a safe space for students who feel oppressed due to their gender; Old B primarily serves trans students, with a focus on trans women and trans feminine people. It also serves as a safe space for gender non-conforming people, including non-binary and other trans people. Cis women are allowed into the house as the lowest priority.

Third World dining is an intentional safer space for primarily People of Color, as well as low-income individuals and international students. Founded on the principles of the Third World Liberation Front, Third World members define their community values and agreements each semester according to the current membership.

Third World Social Justice housing co-op seeks to promote a safer community for members of all backgrounds, especially for members of color. The co-op also supports the efforts of identity-based student and activist organizations within the Oberlin community. Housing members dine in Third World Co-op.


Two people may apply for co-op membership as a pair; they will receive consecutive lottery numbers, increasing the chances of both persons getting into the same co-op. Note that consecutive pairs must have the same co-op preferences, in the same priority, and must be returned to the OSCA office NO LATER THAN Thursday 4:00pm March 21, 2019 to be considered for the Lottery.

More than two people may not apply as a consecutive pair. People applying as a consecutive pair need not be of the same gender, and in the case of room & board options, they are not expected to be roommates; pairs are not required to accept any joint options. Consecutive pair cards are available at the OSCA office.


Students with Oberlin College special accommodation approval for a single room may request a single in OSCA if they are accepted into a housing & dining co-op; these students must submit a single room special accommodation confirmation letter from the Oberlin College Director of the Office of Disability Resources to the OSCA office NO LATER THAN Monday 4:00pm April 1, 2019 to be considered for the Lottery.

Receiving an accommodation from Oberlin College does not guarantee a single within OSCA.


The co-op lottery will be held April 4, 2018. If you are assigned to a co-op at the April 4th lottery, you will be notified via e-mail by April 5th, 4:00pm.


You must go to the Wilder Hall lobby and sign an OSCA membership contract and pay a $75 deposit to hold your Fall assignment. You may pay your deposit on:

  • Saturday April 6, NOON-4:00pm (check or money order โ€“ NO CASH) in WILDER LOBBY
  • Sunday April 7, NOON-5:00pm (check or money order โ€“ NO CASH) in WILDER LOBBY
  • Monday April 8, 10:00am-4:00pm (cash, check or money order) in WILDER 402
  • Tuesday April 9, 10:00-NOON (cash, check or money order) in WILDER 402

No early or late deposit checks will be accepted! This mandatory deposit will be deducted from your Fall 2019 bill. If you fail to pay this deposit during these dates, you will lose your Fall co-op assignment. No exceptions.

If you are currently away from Oberlin for Spring and are participating in the Upperclass Lottery, you must mail your $75 deposit check to OSCA office by Monday May 6, 2019 to hold your Fall assignment.

All deposits are non-refundable after August 1st.


If you accept a space in a co-op and decide not to return to your co-op assignment, you must notify the OSCA Membership Secretary as soon as you can.

No deposit refunds will be given unless you request in writing by August 1st.


If you entered the Upperclass Lottery but either did not get into a co-op or did not get into your 1st choice co-op, and you still wish to become a member of OSCA, you must register for the Fall 2019 Wait List at the OSCA web site (http://oberlin.edu/osca) AFTER 4:00pm April 5 but NO LATER THAN 11:59pm April 7, 2019.


There is an extended deadline for students away from Oberlin during Fall 2019, and the $75 deposit is NOT required since OSCA cannot guarantee you a co-op space for Spring 2020.

If you plan to be away Fall 2019 and want to be a member of OSCA in Spring 2020, register for the Upperclass Lottery so that you are assigned a lottery number. After the Lottery, in order to keep your assigned lottery number, you must go to the OSCA website and register for the Spring 2020 Wait List NO LATER THAN 11:59pm Sunday, May 19.

Be sure to write 0000 as your OCMR# on the Spring Wait List form so that we know you will be away from Oberlin during Fall 2019.

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