Student Co-op Homes is a national co-operative owned by student housing co-operatives and their supporters, established to promote, enable and scale-up student co-operative housing.
Our main function is to help student housing co-ops having access to property through acquiring buildings to lease on to our members. We also support new and established student housing co-operatives with training and advice on how to set-up and manage their co-op.
It’s our vision to create a thriving student housing co-op movement in the UK. And through these co-ops provide ethical housing that improves students’ health and wealth; gives them valuable life skills – and more power and control over their lives.
Private landlords own property simply to make money from students. Research from The NUS reveals that students increasingly struggle to pay rent, experience poor housing conditions and suffer negative mental health as a consequence.
A new student housing co-op sector is now emerging in the UK in response to this crisis. Currently, there are three student housing co-ops successfully providing homes to more than 100 students at below market rent in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Sheffield – it’s a model that works.
Others student housing co-ops have been set up in Nottingham, Brighton and Glasgow but they are struggling to buy property in a fiercely competitive market. That’s where Student Co-ops Homes comes in. We’re launching our first ground-breaking share offer to raise capital to buy houses for these co-ops in need and to kick off the growth of the movement. It is our ambition to increase the national capacity of student housing co‑ops from 120 to 10,000 beds.
- Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative
- Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative
- Sheffield Student Housing Co-operative
- Glasgow Student Housing Co-operative
- Nottingham Student Housing Co-operative
- SEASALT Housing Co-operative, Brighton
- The Phone Co-op Foundation for Co-operative Innovation
The start-up and incubation of Student Co‑op Homes have also been generously supported by Co-operatives UK, The Midcounties Co‑operative, East of England Co‑operative, The Reach Fund and Students for Co-operation.