“We were fed up with extortionate rent, exploitative landlords, dodgy letting agencies, and substandard housing. We wanted to increase the amount of affordable housing for students and create a sustainable, non-exploitative, community-led housing co-operative as an alternative to the private rental market.”
Edinburgh student housing cooperative is an inspiring initiative. The video here is a selection of short interviews with residents on life in the coop. Below is an extract from their website. May their success be an example to others and inspire a movement for students to take control of their housing needs.
With 106 members, Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative Ltd (ESHC) is the largest student housing co-operative in the UK. We work closely Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative, currently the only other student housing co-op in the UK, which also opened in summer 2014.
It is a massive achievement and one that has taken more than a year of work in preparation. We have been incredibly lucky to turn Wright’s Houses into our new home. Although new to the UK, the student housing co-operative model is a popular one in North America and in countries around the world. It creates an opportunity for students to take control over their living, learn new skills, and live in an open and vibrant community.