Located on the northern outskirts of campus, but still only a short walk away, Keep is a large mansion with expansive porch and swing. Providing meals for 75 students, the cottage houses 54 of those diners. Similar to Tank and Old Barrows, Keep has a tradition of meat-friendly meals while always having vegetarian and vegan options. The intimate and homey lounge is the primary venue for merriment and tomfoolery. This includes the infamous campus-wide, annual Halloween party. Keep’s basement is also home to the Oberlin Bike Co-op, where students can rent bicycles and learn to fix them too.
Keep is no different from the other Co-ops when it comes to who takes care of the place. Every member of the house has an assigned, equitable task requiring some work hours every week. Students find this a small price to pay in return for at cost housing. The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) remains a nonprofit organization, always giving back any extra funds they have at the end of the year.
Though the atmosphere changes every year with the flux of house members, Keep’s communal spirit is a constant. If this sounds like the place to be, please remember to fill out an OSCA application, available on the OSCA website. A yearly, random lottery determines who will live in and dine at Keep.
House Support and Resources: One Faculty-in-Residence, two French Teaching Assistants (TAs), and one Resident Assistant (RA) live in the house and provide residents with close ties to the Department of French and Italian. A library with program related resources is located inside along with a TV lounge equipped with French language stations.