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APPLICATIONS are now OPEN!
Applications for Autumn 2017 move-in are now OPEN! Applicants are invited to submit their applications by 11:59pm, Sunday the 5th of March. Below, prospective applicants will find necessary information including current rents, shares in the Co-op, and the like.
Those who have applied previously and made it to the ‘applicant pool’ should expect to hear from us in due course.
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 will begin 1st September 2017. You can move-in after that date, but you’ll be liable for rent from the 1st. There may be availability for some members to move in as early as 1st June, but we won’t know for sure for a few months’ time.
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
Download and complete the application form below, and email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Complete Application’ in the subject line. 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.