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APPLICATIONS are NOW OPEN!
Whilst we currently have a full house, sometimes plans change and spaces often open up as the summer progresses. As such, we have opened applications for aspiring members for September move-in to be added to our waiting list. Below, prospective applicants will find necessary information including current rents, shares in the Co-op, and instructions on how to apply.
Details for Autumn Applications
Rent for the year September 2016–August 2017 is £310 per month. This includes all utilities, internet, and general use flat goods (e.g. basic cleaning supplies and loo roll). We have not yet set rent for the 2017–18 year, but you can expect it to be within the range of £310–£320/month. We also require a deposit of £100.
Tenancies can begin either 1st June or 1st September 2017. 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 June, that’s OK, but you would need to begin your tenancy and rent payments from 1st June.)
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 the members manage and maintain our home ourselves—we are the landlords. As such, we expect all members to contribute actively to running the Co-op. There are many ways to contribute, from helping to manage our financial accounts to organising social events, and different members may have different levels of involvement due to various constraints like academic workload or a part-time job. Whilst being flexible to member needs, we take member participation very seriously.
How to Apply
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. Please note that we only accept applications from individuals.
We have asked some open ended questions in the application process in order to differentiate between applicants. But don’t worry, the criteria for being accepted as a member/tenant are simply showing an enthusiasm for the project, bringing in new ideas or skills, and showing a willingness to help make this project a success in its third year and in years to come!
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.