How to Apply

Applications to live in MOSAIC during the 2019-20 school year are NOW OPEN! Click here to apply.

  • We have lots of spots available in both houses for next year! We still have room available in the Zooo for Spring quarter– please refer to our room availability before applying. If you are accepted to live in MOSAIC and we do not have any rooms left, you have the option of being placed on the waitlist.

Because many of our members tend to be students, MOSAIC takes applications to live in the co-op on an annual basis. Applications open up in early winter, and close once all spots for the coming year have been filled. (Occasionally we end up with unexpected vacancies at other times of year; when we do, we announce them here.) For information on the regular application process, see below.

Application Process

In order to be considered for membership, you must do three things:

  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. Complete an interview with a member of each house you’re applying to, in person (if possible) or via Skype.
  3. (If you live in Evanston/Chicago/nearby) Attend a dinner at each house you’re applying to.

In order to be considered for membership in the co-op by a particular application deadline, you must complete all three of these steps before the deadline. If you can do that, you’re all set!

You should start by filling out the online application. Once you’ve submitted the application, we’ll send you an email to arrange an interview/house dinner. We’ll make sure to give you an opportunity for an interview/dinner within one week after you’ve submitted your application at the latest.  If you have any questions about this process, please email us.

Application Deadlines

We will consider applications to live in MOSAIC in batches every two weeks until all spots in the co-op for the coming year have been filled.

  • The next application deadline is: January 13th, 2019.

After each deadline, everyone who has completed an application will be considered simultaneously. Within a couple days after the deadline, we’ll email you to let you know whether you’ve been A) accepted, B) rejected, or C) placed on the waitlist.

Criteria for Admitting New Members

We admit applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. As long as we have spots left, we generally admit all applicants who can commit to the expectations of membership in the order in which they applied. However, we may give preference to people who are applying to live in the co-op for the full year over partial-year applicants.

You do not have to be a student to live in MOSAIC. We do not discriminate in accepting new members on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, presence of children, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, order of protection status, source of income, whether a person was once homeless, or unfavorable military discharge.

After You’ve Been Accepted

Once you’ve been accepted to a house, we’ll email you to congratulate you and officially offer you a spot in the co-op. You’ll be sent a “member contract” to sign, which is a lease with MOSAIC. At that point, you’ll have a certain period of time to ask questions and sign your member contract before we release your spot and offer it to someone else. You can always turn down your offer of membership (because you’ve found another place to live, for financial reasons, etc.), but that would make us sad. :(

Contract Periods

Both of our houses offer yearlong member contracts (leases) from July 1 – June 30. The contracts are divided into four separate periods, roughly aligned with Northwestern’s academic calendar.

The contract periods for 2017-18 are:

  • Summer: July 1 – August 31
  • Fall: September 1 – December 31
  • Winter: January 1 – March 31
  • Spring: April 1 – June 30

You may apply to live in the co-op during some or all of these periods. However, we do generally give preference to people who can live in the co-op during the full academic year including Fall, Winter, and Spring periods. (Summer period works a little differently; click here for more information.)


We know the application process is a little complicated! If you have any questions about the application process, please email us. (But before you do, check whether your question has been addressed on the FAQ page.)