Cohousing information

The chief cohousing source in the UK is undoubtedly

UK Cohousing Network

Cohousing USA is a similar big resource


The US cohousing association


There are many books on cohousing, but those generally considered to be the most useful have been books by the authors below.  The titles and content have been updated and earlier versions are still available in all good dusty bookshops:

Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by McCamant, Kathryn, Durrett, Charles 2011

Senior Cohousing Handbook, 2nd Edition (Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent) by Charles Durrett 2009

Other books of interest:

Living Green: Communities that sustain by Jennifer Fosket 2013
Reinventing Community: Stories from the walkways of cohousing by David Wann 2010
Sunnyside Cohousing community: A model for development by Rosalie Dawson
The Cohousing Handbook: Building a place for community by Chris and Kelly Scott-Hanson 2005
The View from #410: when home is Cohousing by Jean K Mason 2010
The village effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact maters by Susan Pinker 2014

Academic work on cohousing can fuel those common house debates:

An academic paper examining ‘aspects of the particular legal environment for a nascent but growing CoHousing movement within the UK’
This paper was commissioned as part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation programme on A Better Life, which aims to increase our understanding of what can help older people with high support needs now and in the future.

From other academic sources:

The UK press has been raising awareness of cohousing and indeed some of its many benefits. While we have featured in articles in eg Sunday Times, we do not provide links to such material as it is behind a paywall.

Cohousing also features in blogs:

Search on ‘cohousing’

And, of course, our blogs on this website! Not to mention our Facebook page!

Hear our Chair, Phil, on our story so far in this podcast from House Planning Help.

See our introductory video at

Some blog articles of interest:

Twitter is also a source of cohousing information, search on the hashtag #cohousing.

View our Twitter posts or visit our page on Twitter.