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How to find a room in a collective house in Boston

First, learn about the different collective houses in Boston has a directory of Co-op Houses in Boston, with pictures, descriptions, and more.  Of course, there's a lot more people living collectively than have entered themselves in the database (we estimate about 50 co-op houses!), but this is a great place to get a feel for what and where Boston has to offer.

Then, meet some co-opers

The Collective House Assembly's monthly meeting is a great way to meet Boston-area co-opers in person.  We welcome interested folks who don't yet live in a co-op to come to a meeting, introduce yourself, and get involved.  The Assembly meets
2nd Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave in Chinatown (floor 5).

Our Meetup Calendar lists a variety of events, including new roommate and house mixers for people looking to move into a co-op or form a new one to meet each other.  There are also skillshares and lectures held at collective houses around Boston.  Go learn something new, meet interesting people, and maybe find out about a co-op vacancy while you're there.

Finally, respond to or post an ad

The BCN listserve ( is a useful way to find vacancies in existing Boston-area co-ops. Browse the recent archives for openings, or send an introductory e-mail explaining who you are and what sort of living situation you're looking for.  Subscribe or unsubscribe.

Search on Craigslist (no, seriously!). Doing a search for "coop" in the all housing section, or searching for the key words "we cook" in the same place yields regular results! You can even get automatic email alerts whenever a new craigslist listing is posted.