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Villains and Heroes: who has control over student housing?

The rapid commodification of student housing goes hand in hand with the rapid commodification of higher education. And luxury student accommodation is BIG business.

UC BERKELEY STUDENT HOUSING CO-OP – A TOUR

This summer, I was fortunate enough to visit the UC Berkeley student housing co-operative in California. The BSC (Berkeley Student Cooperative) was established during the Great Depression in the 1930s and has now expanded to become the largest student housing cooperative in the US, with approximately 1300 tenants spread across 20 houses. I was deeply…
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Co-operation jackson

Earlier this month two members from SEASALT, along with members from Out of Town & Bunker Housing Co-operative drove to Monkton Wylde, Dorset. Monkton Wyld is a sustainability centre set in the beautiful Dorset countryside. The 3 day Co-operation Jackson residential was organised by Stir to Action as part of their new economy programme. It…
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Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op Visit

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…
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A Housing ‘Crisis’?

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…
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People before profit! Brighton Co-ops

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…
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Private rental: Moving in Thoughts

One of our members moved into a private rented house and here are their thoughts from the first day: “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…
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SEASALT Summer 2018 updates

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…
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Trip to LILAC Co-Housing, July 2018

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…
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Trip to Birmingham Student Housing Co-op

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…
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