Columbae is a vegetarian, social justice-focused co-op run on the principle of consensus— the idea that house decisions on everything from food to communal principles should be made with the input and consent of everyone living in the house. The house is a very tight-knit community because we live in cozy rooms that switch every quarter and bond over working together to make our house a home— including through cleaning toilets and doing dishes. Our residents and Eating Associates come together through a commitment to building strong relationships and dedication to our house theme of social justice, which we explore through frequent teach-ins and a wide variety of student initiatives, from rolling out to protests to thinking about our house’s purchasing and labor decisions can align with its moral and ethical values.
Some favorite house jobs include baking fresh bread and tending to our beautiful garden and firepit. The delicious smells of freshly baked goods waft through the house and lure you to the kitchen at all hours of the day, where you can always enjoy a cup of tea, and a deep discussion of anything from racial justice to your favorite musicians, with friends.
Please click here to access an audio tour of the house, via Soundcloud.
Because Columbae is legally designated as a vegetarian house, meat is restricted in the cooking area. Although our meat policy changes every quarter, meat can never be prepared or cooked in our kitchen.
Information regarding mail and package delivery
Students living in Row Houses (Upper Row, Lower Row, Clusters 1, 2, or 3/Cowell) are strongly encouraged to follow the directions for the mail and package process provided on the Mail Delivery and Shipping page, as the PO Box address is each student’s official Stanford address and should be maintained during their entire undergraduate career. However, Row residents are also able to have mail packages delivered directly to their Row house by addressing mail and packages to the house's street address. Please be reminded that Student Housing/the University accepts no responsibility for packages sent to/delivered at individual residences.
Additional Community Information
What is the coolest thing about your house & community?
Living in Columbae is becoming a member of a big family and participating in traditions the house has had for decades. Whether we’re cooking a meal together, body painting, drinking a beer and walking our house’s slackline at one of our Friday on the Lawn community hours, or watching the world go by from our awesome porch, every day in Columbae is a beautiful adventure. We see communal living as an opportunity for personal growth and learning, and that the 50 years of history of striving for justice as a house can stay alive in every moment of living in Columbae.
What makes a successful Columbae staff member?
A successful Columbae staff member is fully committed and excited to help build and foster a truly communal co-op. They are authoritative when they need to be, but more often lead by example, leaving it up to the community to consent on important decisions and determine the culture of the house. They are committed to the house theme, and they are excited to engage fellow community members with whatever social justice topics they care about. They have a freak flag and know when to fly it, and they enjoy being around the house whenever they can be.
Our house is meaningful to the Stanford community because…
Tradition is what makes Columbae special. We have body painting, a quarterly rooming meeting where we decide everyone’s room for the quarter and try to beat Synergy so we can streak them, room-warming, Friday on the Lawn, our annual spring music and arts festival... It’s hard to pick our favorite because we love them all! In a school where so much is constantly in flux, our house traditions, and long-standing commitment to communal joy and justice, stand out as something special and wonderful.
Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment
Requirements to Qualify for Pre-Assignment
Pre-assignment to Columbae will be considered for students who fulfill the following conditions:
1. Every pre-assignment applicant must complete a house job at Columbae.
2. Complete a house tour of Columbae.
3. Attend a dinner and theme event at Columbae.
We especially encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in living in an intentional and nurturing space to apply. Contact Columbae’s House Manager, Bunnard Phan, to schedule your requirements.
Requirements if Assigned
In general, living as a part of a co-op community means that all residents contribute to each other’s safety and well-being. To run the house ourselves, residents have both weekly and bi-weekly jobs that could involve cooking, cleaning, baking, or even gardening. The commitments can take between three to four hours a week. Residents choose jobs at the beginning of each quarter, and staff can accommodate any accessibility concerns.
As part of their agreement, pre-assignees will organize an event related to our theme and community. Past presentations have been teach-ins, workshops, or field trips. We encourage residents to share about their backgrounds, communities, or activism. Pre-assignees must also attend three theme events per quarter. You may contact any member of Columbae’s staff to learn more about past theme presentations or attend an upcoming one.
Columbae is a co-op located on the lower row. It is a student-run house committed to fostering a healthy and happy community. All residents are committed to the well being of the house as a whole: students cook, clean, plan events, and generally contribute to the house in their own way. We ask for an average four-hour time commitment to house jobs, which is a critical aspect of maintaining and giving back to the house. We are looking for students willing to accept this job responsibility as well as add to their house with their presence and skills.