Many students come onto campus not really fully knowing what to expect out of their living situation. For many and most, it is the first time they have lived on their own, and along with the shocks that come with starting college classes, they also have to deal with the shock of not being at home anymore, and truly being responsible for themselves, and making sure everything in their life runs smoothly. Simply put, where you choose to live, and who you choose to live with, can greatly impact and influence your college experience. Choose a bad place to live, or bad people to live with, and the amount of stress on your shoulders can increase heavily. However, choose the right people, and the reverse is true. Having good friends in college is almost more of a requirement than a suggestion.
The same is definitely true at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Where most students choose to live in a dorm, and if they are not satisfied with that after their first year, they move into apartments or respective Greek houses. It’s a status quo for the most part at UIUC, but there are a few that differ from this path, and choose a third way to live on campus. Most students don’t know that this type of living exists!
Private Certified Housing is a third option for students to live on campus, with a unique set of rules, and even benefits and hardships. Koinonia Christian Cooperative House is one example of this type of living. Private Certified Housing (or as it is known by its residents, PCH for short) is housing certified by the University, but not directly regulated, run, or funded by the University itself, but by some outside group or organization.
One of the big differences in this type of living is that freshmen students can live there, rather than live in the dorms, and still have it count as on campus living.