An image of the front of Lothlorien and it's tire swing.

14 Singles - 15 Doubles - 2 Triples - 2 Quads
58 Residents
2415 Prospect Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Vegetarian theme (All meals vegan/vegetarian, no meat allowed in kitchen and other common spaces)

Founded in the 1970s, Lothlorien has a long tradition of activism and art.  It's a house where one can make signs for a protest, learn to cook, find peer support, paint a mural, watch the sun set over the bay, and build friendships - all in the same day!  Our meat-free kitchen is a great place to make breakfast with a friend or play your favorite music while washing pots.

Most recently, members have participated in movements to defend public higher education, redistribute wealth, and oppose animal and labor exploitation in the food industry.  Our splendid living room hosts political theater, movie nights, and meetings.  It's also totally OK if you're just here for food and a bed.  We respect everyone’s level of engagement in the community. 

That said, we do try to create the society we want to see in our daily life, and practice participatory democracy, consent, and anti-oppression.  Knowing that we're 58 people assigned by a points, membership number, and a computer, we hold workshops and guide one another towards a safe and respectful space that more can feel at home in.  

Lothlorien boasts the largest library and smallest per capita utility bills in the BSC.  We also have a treehouse.

Lothlorien Points of Unity

We make decisions by consensus:

- To avoid tyranny of the majority, our house council makes decisions by consensus.  All members present must agree for proposals to pass.

- All members have the opportunity to facilitate council.

We work to create a safer space:

- We do not tolerate racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, specieism, etc, and ask that those with wealth or class privilege to check their privilege and avoid claiming moral superiority.

- Consent is mandatory and we take sexual assault seriously.  Workshops are held every semester and before parties.  Parties are currently in-house or invite only.

We aim to provide equal access to nutritious food by:

- Making and providing ready-to-eat food.

- Accommodating food allergies with equal alternatives at meals, such as gluten free pizza.

- Meeting people’s needs to reduce the amount of personal food people need to buy.

We fight for a more environmentally and socially just food system by:

- Participating in direct activism.

- Hosting events and discussions on the global food system.

- Minimizing purchases that exploit people or animals, while recognizing that consumer choices alone will not solve structural problems in the capitalist food system.