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Helyar House

Helyar House is a cooperative living community located on the George H. Cook campus. A unique alternative to traditional residence halls, for over 50 years, Helyar House has been a community where students live together, learn together, and work together.

At its heart, it's a community that provides a family environment in which its members are responsible for self-governance. Each house member—first-year through senior—works hand-in-hand to achieve common goals which provides them with a strong foundation of self-reliance as well as excellent social interaction and leadership opportunities.

Being self-governing means each year becomes a social experiment in which the residents must work together through the myriad of problems that all students encounter in addition to the complex problems of cooperative living. Helyar House residents, which number about 40, plan, purchase the ingredients for, prepare, serve, and clean up after their own meals. They work cooperatively to provide their own janitorial services and building maintenance. In doing so, they solve their own problems and learn many critical leadership, interpersonal and life skills.

Two students standing in front of Helyar House.