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Use the application form at the bottom of this page to apply to the Co-op. If you would prefer to submit your application through other means, please get in touch with us.
Below, prospective applicants will find necessary information including current rents, shares in the Co-op, and responsibilities of membership. Please do take the time to read this – it’s important stuff!
Please note that we only accept applications from individuals.
The current rent (until the end of August) is £315 per month.
Rent for the year September 2018–August 2019 has not yet been decided but will likely be around £320 per month. This includes all utilities, internet, and general use flat goods (e.g. basic cleaning supplies and loo roll). We also require a deposit of £100 (this is different from your share – see below).
Tenancies can start on either 1st June 2018 or 1st September 2018. You can move-in after that date, but you’ll be liable for rent from the 1st. (E.g. If you’d like to move in 12th September, that’s OK, but you would need to begin your tenancy and rent payments from 1st September.)
To become a member, you will have to buy a limited liability share in the company. Owning a share makes you a part owner of Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative Ltd, and entitles you and all other members to an equal say in how the co-operative is managed. Owning a share also means you accept the responsibilities of membership (see below). To become a tenant you must become a member. You must also be a matriculated student of a further or higher education institution to be a member. Shares cost £100, which is returned in full when you move out of the co-op (and thus cease being a member!). The share is ‘risk capital’, so in the unlikely event that the co-op goes bankrupt, you may lose your £100.
A housing co-operative is more than just an affordable place to live. In fact, it is affordable for the very reason that we manage and maintain our home ourselves—we are the landlords.
As such, we expect all members to contribute actively to running the Co-op. The average member is expected to contribute 3-6 hours per week, including attending meetings. Whilst being flexible to member needs, we take member participation very seriously.
There are many ways to contribute, from helping to manage our financial accounts to organising social events. Please refer to the ‘Current Projects’ and ‘Working Groups’ sections on our website to learn more about how you could participate in the co-op. We also highly recommend coming to one of our open days to see how the co-op works (see the homepage).
Equality & Diversity
If you think there may be any barriers to you becoming a member and living in the co-operative, please do let us know and we will try to help.
We aim for the co-operative to be a safe and welcoming community, with zero tolerance to discrimination—a space where minority groups and those traditionally oppressed within society can feel welcome and able to participate fully.