Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA) is a student-owned and operated non-profit corporation which is entirely separate from Oberlin College. OSCA provides at-cost housing and dining options to roughly a quarter of the student body.
All OSCA members are Oberlin College students, and any Oberlin College and Conservatory student may choose to live and dine in OSCA. We reserve a number of rooms each year for First Years. And during Winter Term, many students give OSCA dining a try, regardless of their Fall Semester meal plan status.
Each week, OSCA members contribute a certain number of work hours to their respective co-ops. Members are in charge of almost every task, including food purchasing, cooking, cleaning, inspecting, work charts, and food safety, as well as sitting on the General Management Team and the Board of Directors, and much more.
OSCA is an umbrella organization for six dining-only co-ops, three housing & dining co-ops, and one program hall. Each individual co-op is responsible for its own day-to-day operations. Through its All-OSCA structure, OSCA Staff and Employees oversee general daily operations; this structure has allowed all OSCA co-ops to function as a united organization for more than 70 years.