Welcome to the World of the Inter-Cooperative
Council at the University of Michigan!
Cooperative movements, including the ICC, have a long
history. Here you can find more information about the Inter-Cooperative
Council in Ann Arbor as well as links to other cooperatives.
We are the ICC, one of the largest student housing cooperatives
in the country. We were established in 1932 by students and since
that time we have successfully provided affordable, quality
housing to thousands of students from around the world.
Today approximately 600 members belong to our co-op and
they collectively own and manage 21 properties. The properties are comprised of 18 houses, of these properties are the houses that we live in and the
the Moses Coady/Paulo Friere Education Center
for our members and the community and the Rochdale Center
office space for both our members and staff.
Students created the co-ops to meet their own needs, thus
the ICC offers eight month Fall/Winter, 4 month Fall or
Winter, and 2 or 4 month Spring/Summer contracts. Our houses
range in size from about 12 to 85 members. The average house
holds about 30 people.
North Campus attracts a large graduate student population
and a sizable international student population.
Central Campus is a large, diverse crowd that is mostly
undergrads. Because co-ops are open to all
students, each house is made up of members coming from a
wide variety of backgrounds. What brings us together is
our dedication to create the best living atmosphere possible.
Most houses are quite social. There are often ICC-wide
parties at one house or another. Houses have gotten together
to play IM soccer, go apple picking, bowling, ice skating—the
list goes on and on.
The ICC houses are more than just places to sleep and eat.
Though our mission commits us to affordable housing, for
many of our members it is the community that makes all the
difference. The cooperative practices that govern
our houses such as shared work, democratic decision making,
and pooling our financial resources to improve our standard
of living, remain just as important for today’s members
as it was for the first co-opers in our houses.
Our members come from different cultural and social backgrounds,
states and countries. They hold varying political and religious beliefs
and espouse a wide range of interests and values.and
Thanks to all our unique
individuals, each of our houses takes on a different
personality each year. Some houses are smaller and
more quiet and some bigger and more loud. Some eat
more meat and some eat none at all. Some houses are
pet friendly and others prefer to live without. You
get the idea---every house is as different and unique as
each of its members! All members have an equal voice in
their house decisions and ICC policy making. We all
truly can make a difference.
The strong community within and among our co-op houses
helps many of us feel as though we have a home away from
home, and it is undoubtedly the truth. It is a place
to have fun, to learn new skills, build life-long relationships,
and have new experiences. Becoming a member of the
ICC offers you the opportunity to learn about real-time
democracy and learn how to be a valued member of a community.
One member once said, “The best thing about the co-ops
is that you get back the energy and love that you put in
to it; into the house itself, the people and the whole thing.
As you learn every minute you stay involved, you’ll
never regret any second!”
For more specific information on co-op living, including
descriptions and locations of our houses, co-op costs, house
amenities, and available spaces, please see the menu to