Applications are now open!
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Applications for September 2020 move-in are open 9th Februrary to 1st March. The application form will be live at the bottom of this page only when we are accepting applications. Please do not enquire about vacancies in the meantime.
Below, prospective applicants will find necessary information including current rents and responsibilities of membership. Please do take the time to read this – it’s important stuff!
Please note that we only accept applications from individuals.
Open Days and Application Process
If you want to get to know the Co-op and its people before applying, we will be hosting OPEN DAYS! Watch this space and our social media for more details. We will show you around the building, introduce you to the workings of our co-op, and answer any questions you might have over some tea and biscuits!
Open days will be held on the 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd of February at 1pm and 3pm. Come and have a look around!
Once you have applied, your application will be reviewed by the current members of the Co-op. We will get back to you as soon as possible, but definitely within 1-2 weeks!
Rent (September 2019 – August 2020) is £335 per month.
This includes all utilities, internet, and general-use flat goods (e.g. basic cleaning supplies and loo roll). We also require a deposit of £100 (this is different from your share – see below). Rent generally rises each year with inflation (currently calculated using the May RPI figure).
In most cases, tenancies can start on 1st September, 1st January, or 1st June. You can move-in after that date, but you’ll be liable for rent from the first of the given month. (E.g. If you’d like to move in 12th September, that’s OK, but you would need to begin your tenancy and rent payments from 1st September.)
To become a member, you will have to buy a limited liability share in the society. 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 we manage our co-operative. 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. 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 manage and maintain our home ourselves—we are the landlords.
As such, we expect all members to contribute actively to running the Co-op. The average member is expected to contribute 3–6 hours per week, including attending meetings. Whilst being flexible to member needs, we take member participation very seriously.
The Work Sharing Plan is a way of making sure all the work in the co-op gets done and that everyone contributes in an equal way. The system assigns roles to individual members and support them in carrying out their assigned role. There are many ways to contribute, from helping to manage our financial accounts to organising social events. Please refer to the ‘Current Projects’ and ‘Working Groups’ sections on our website to learn more about how you could participate in the co-op.
We also highly recommend coming to one of our open days to see how the co-op works (see above and check out the homepage and social media).
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.