14 Singles - 5 Doubles - 24 Residents
1777 Euclid Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
Euclid is one of the smaller houses, and correspondingly clean and mellow. We’re unique in that we have the highest single to double ratio in the co-ops - out of nineteen rooms, only FIVE are doubles. Yeah baby, do that delicious math in your head. We’re not so eager to compete for the crown of BEST MEGA PARTY HOUSE EVER!!! ...no, here at Euclid, we’re more about soirees. We’re like your favorite coffee house where you say you go for the free internet and java buzz to “help with your homework” when really it’s all about the sweet sweet taste of procrastination.
We curl up by the fireplace, watch awesome movies on our big screen TV, and listen to music on our excellent sound system. We gaze out over the city by our rooftop hammock, play friendly games of pool, and build forts out of mattresses and our abnormally large number of couches. We are diverse, yet united in a love for our home that runs very deep. If you think you’ve got special gifts that no one appreciates... then we probably won’t appreciate them either. Joking! We will, and we’re excited to meet you!
Euclid Hall was originally built in the 1920s as a meeting space and residence for the Japanese Students Club at UC Berkeley. During WWII when Japanese students were sent to internment camps, the Co-op leased the house to preserve it as student housing. After the war Euclid was returned to the Japanese Students Club.
By the 1960s, with Japanese students integrating into mainstream student life, the JSC sold Euclid to the Co-op, and used the money to create a scholarship fund. Read more on the California Japanese American Alumni Association website: http://www.cjaaa.org/history.html (Webmaster note: Sadly, it seems the Japanese American Alumni Association is no more. Lucky for us, the Wayback Machine has an archived page we can link to. https://web.archive.org/web/20150206023146/http://cjaaa.org/history.html)
Creating opportunities for students of color has been part of the Co-op since the beginning. Our articles of incorporation's first purpose is "To promote the social and general welfare of the community by offering low-rent housing to all university students, regardless of race, creed, color or national origin, and thus influence the community to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in housing."