Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Department

Information Systems and Business Analytics

College

Business

Project Advisor

Keri Jacobs

Description

Iowa State University draws many students to the city of Ames from all over Iowa, the country and the world. Iowa State students have the option to live on campus and contract through the university or off campus and contract through a private market landlord. Prices are influenced by several factors, including square footage and amenities. What if there was another housing option for students in Ames where students could have more control? A student housing cooperative would offer this solution. Cooperatives are essentially non-profit businesses that provide ownership, control and benefits to its users. A housing cooperative would allow students to become an active member within their housing community through governance and other arrangements, like sweat equity and typically generate cost savings to their student members. Student housing cooperatives are increasingly common at universities and colleges across the country, and students are drawn to its competitive pricing and the ability to contribute to its operation. Iowa State University is growing, and there is a need for housing options for students in Ames. This project explores a student housing cooperative model in Ames and the community, leadership opportunities and cost benefits it could provide students.

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Student Housing Cooperatives: Would a Housing Cooperative Benefit Students at Iowa State?

Iowa State University draws many students to the city of Ames from all over Iowa, the country and the world. Iowa State students have the option to live on campus and contract through the university or off campus and contract through a private market landlord. Prices are influenced by several factors, including square footage and amenities. What if there was another housing option for students in Ames where students could have more control? A student housing cooperative would offer this solution. Cooperatives are essentially non-profit businesses that provide ownership, control and benefits to its users. A housing cooperative would allow students to become an active member within their housing community through governance and other arrangements, like sweat equity and typically generate cost savings to their student members. Student housing cooperatives are increasingly common at universities and colleges across the country, and students are drawn to its competitive pricing and the ability to contribute to its operation. Iowa State University is growing, and there is a need for housing options for students in Ames. This project explores a student housing cooperative model in Ames and the community, leadership opportunities and cost benefits it could provide students.