With 106 members Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op (ESHC) is the largest in the UK. Operating out of two properties the co-op is split into four ‘working groups’ to complete basic functions. The two buildings are split into flats made up of four or five bedrooms with shared facilities. The buildings were previously rented as private […]Read More Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op Visit
Living in Brighton and Hove the notion that there is a housing ‘crisis’ is not a difficult one to believe. A walk in any busy street will quickly make evident the numerous amounts of people sleeping rough on the streets come summer or winter. Yet I ask is this display really a ‘crisis’? I ask […]Read More A Housing ‘Crisis’?
Brighton is known nationally as a hot spot of co-ops and their history goes back a long way right to the very start of the co-operative movement. In 1828 The Brighton Co-operative Benevolent Fund Association, based on the communal ideas of social pioneer Robert Owen, was formed on 1 January 1828 and opened a shop […]Read More People before profit! Brighton Co-ops
‘’Can we paint the walls?’’ asked my housemate whilst looking at magnolia walls graced with multiple marks, stains and chipped paint. ‘’No’’ answered the estate agent with a non-negotiable face. It was fairly clear from that moment where we stood as tenants; mere temporary inhabitors of a building, customers, pieces in the (highly profitable) chess […]Read More Moving in Thoughts
In the hottest summer in years and even with many students going home for the summer SEASALT Housing Co-operative have been busy getting everything ready for Freshers whilst simultaneously putting an offer in on a former 15 bed care home. Being in Brighton has also made for some great meeting venues. “Heatwave summer! SEASALT Housing Co-operative meeting […]Read More SEASALT Summer 2018 updates
On another super sunny July morning a group of us from various projects in Brighton thanks to Brighton and Hove Community Land Trust travelled up to Bramley, near Leeds to check out the LILAC co-housing project. (Low Impact Living Affordable Community). Interestingly I went to a meeting about LILAC back in 2008 when I was studying […]Read More Trip to LILAC Co-Housing, July 2018
In 2014 a group of students in Birmingham successfully set up the first student housing co-op in the UK. To gain more of an insight into what living in a student housing co-op is really like, and to gather information into how its run, a group from SEASALT went to visit for a weekend. It […]Read More Trip to Birmingham Student Housing Co-op