Bloomington Cooperative Living creates and maintains affordable, communal housing in the Bloomington area. We are democratically controlled by our members, both at house and cooperative-wide levels.


At The Trellis and Middle Earth, BCL strives to serve people meeting the area mediam income (AMI) for the Bloomington, Indiana HUD metro area.

BCL is Community
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COMMUNITY EVENTS
Welcome to BCL

BCL announced The Trellis as the official name of our newest community at 921 West 9th Street. This location offers private bedrooms and two suites with communal living areas. The Trellis is ADA compliant and welcomes families and individuals of all ages. The suites offer private living and bathroom areas.

Middle Earth, which is located just a few blocks west of downtown Bloomington, was our first BCL-owned property featuring 20 bedrooms. BCL leases two additional houses. Which House and Goodlawn are located just south of the Indiana University area off Atwater Avenue.

About Our Members

Between our four houses, BCL consists of over 60 members from all aspects of the South-Central Indiana community. Our members come equally from:

  • The Bloomington community

  • IU graduate and doctoral students

  • IU undergraduates


Our membership consists of individuals, couples and families with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We have an open membership policy via prospective interviews. Anyone who can commit to the principles of cooperative living and the expectations of membership is eligible to join.

Become a Member

At this time, we are waitlisting all membership applicants which will be opened, as openings become available, in the order submitted. 


At its core, BCL is all about community. We have: 

  • House meals and meetings

  • Game and movie nights 

  • Cooperative-wide gatherings

  • And community events for the Bloomington and Indiana University areas


We hang out together and support one another.

Bloomington Cooperative Living is a place where countless people have made lifelong friends. We strive to make the cooperative more than just a place to eat and sleep.

Our Introduction
Submit an Application

All prospective members of BCL go through a membershipping process before signing a lease and becoming a part of the BCL community.

You first step requires you to complete an online application. Access our membership application from our site menu, on house pages and other locations on our site.

Schedule an Interview

After applying, our membershippers will contact you to schedule an interview which can be done in-person or via Zoom.

During interviews, you'll participate in an informal two-way conversation with current cooperative members. This is a perfect time to ask any questions about BCL, it's members, the houses and cooperatives.

Visit Our Houses

Schedule visits for our houses by responding to the emails we send. We highly encourage you to pitch-in for one of our dinners and stay for a house meeting (typically, Sundays at 7:30 pm). 


If you decide to help prepare dinner with our members, don't worry, we aren't asking you to cook alone or to be a super chef. 


At the least, you should get a house tour. Since any of our houses could be your new home, we want to ensure you see each house. Also, feel free to attend one of our General Assembly meetings on the second Sunday of each month.

Membership Process

CoL Yr.

CoL Mo.

Space

Room

HOUSE
Availability

$6,517

$543

124 Square Feet

Room 4

No Openings
No Openings
Coming 2023

CoL Yr.

CoL Mo.

Space

Availability

Room

HOUSE

$6,517

$543

124 Square Feet

Room 4

No Openings
No Openings
Coming 2023

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