The Beginning

SEASALT (South EAst Students Autonomously Living Together) was founded in spring 2018 to create affordable, high quality housing for students run by students.

A core working group was formed made up of students from both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Members come from a variety of  different courses including International Development, Law, Neuroscience and Cyber Security.

Our Aims


Provide High Quality Housing


Maximise democratic control of the co-op


Provide Affordable Rent


Educate our members, the wider student body and community about co-operatives


Create a vibrant community of knowledge and skill sharing


Work closely with co-operatives across Brighton & Hove


A housing co-operative is a property run and managed by its members. Housing co-operatives have been operating across the globe since the 19th century for the purpose of creating affordable, high quality housing that provides its members with the autonomy to make decisions in the interest of the co-operative. There is no landlord, which means that housing co-operatives require self-governance when managing costs and making decisions regarding the obligations of its members. 

As the property is owned and managed by its members, everyone has a vested interest and stake in how it’s run. The co-operative model flexibly adapts to both individual and collective autonomy. Alongside this, it provides members with a transformative experience through skill-sharing, policy-making and community engagement. Each co-operative operates according to the 7 co-operative principles. All housing co-operatives follow these, but also have the autonomy to create their own vision and values. The co-operative organisational model is incredibly successful, marked by it longevity and sustainability.

Yes, student housing co-operatives have been popular in North America since the Great Depression in the 1930’s. The first student housing co-operative in the UK was established in Birmingham in 2014. SEASALT will be the first student housing co-operative in the South-East. 

    • Communication: photography, video-making, social media, blogging and website management.
    • Finance: budgeting, preparing financial reports, financial modelling and training, bookkeeping (using online software).
    • Campaigning: from awareness raising activities to door knocking. We need people who are enthusiastic and positive to help us spread the word and listen to people’s ideas and comments. 
    • Research & policy-making: SEASALT will be a student-led housing co-op for generations to come. To make it work we need robust policies that ensure we offer an inclusive and democratically run co-op. Right now, we are in the process of researching and contacting social investors.

The property is purchased in the same way as a house (20% is required for a deposit, 80% is borrowed as a mortgage). Brighton & Hove Commnity Land Trust are planning to raise money for the deposit through a mixture of Loanstock, grants and funding. 

Yes, graduates can live in SEASALT for up to one year after graduation. This is essential for the transference of skills to the next co-operative group.

What are members saying?

It bothers me that renting to students is seen as a way of making profit off of young people. Gaining funding is the first step to enable us to regain control over our housing conditions in a way that cares for the wellbeing of students and the environment.
Seasalt Chair & Masters graduate
I joined SEASALT because I have been a supporter of co-operative organisations for a long time, and after experiencing the stress of finding affordable housing in Brighton I realised high-quality, affordable housing is vital for student wellbeing.
SEASALT Treasurer

SEASALT is working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust to make our vision a reality.

BHCLT is a non-profit community-led organisation, registered as a Community Benefit Society.