University of California, San Diego’s Student-Run Co-ops

Students at the University of California, San Diego run four separate cooperatives:  1) Che Café, an all-ages DIY music venue, vegan café, and event space; 2) Groundwork Books, a bookstore specializing in progressive literature and low-priced textbooks; 3) The Food Cooperative, San Diego’s oldest organic vegan grocery store; and 4) The General Store Co-op, a worker cooperative selling affordable food, school supplies, and other products.  To help support these cooperatives, in 2017 UC San Diego agreed to provide each enterprise with free utilities and rental space for just $1 a year.