SEASALT (South EAst Students Autonomously Living Together) working group has been set up to launch the first student-led housing co-op in Sussex. Our vision is a student-led initiative for affordable housing, democratic living and long-term sustainability.
A co-operative is an autonomous association of people set up to meet the members common economic, social and cultural needs through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. It is based on 7 key principles:
A housing co-op is a property owned, run and managed by its residents! Yes students. Sounds like a dream? It is happening across the UK with the first student housing co-op in Birmingham established in 2014, Sheffield and the largest in Edinburgh with 106 beds. There is now a National Body, Student Co-op Homes set up in partnership with Co-ops UK to grow the sector.
The working group meets on a weekly basis and welcomes new members as needed. We formed in April 2018, chose the name and registered officially as a housing co-operative. We have our own bank account and consitution. Since April we have been busy business & financial planning and scoping out potential properties working closely with Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (community led housing programme). We have put planning permission in on a former care home to change its use to a housing co-operative. We are now in the process of writing policies, creating member packs and ensuring procedures are in place which all need to happen before we can purchase the property. This is an exciting time to join as it will help shape how the co-op is ran from pet policies to communal spaces.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of the founding members group creating the FIRST student led housing co-operative in Sussex!
SEASALT Housing aims are listed below:
Provide High Quality Student Housing
Provide Affordable rent
Create a vibrant community of knowledge and skill sharing
Maximise democratic control of the co-op
Educate our members, the wider student body, and community about co-operatives
Work closely with co-operatives across Brighton & Hove
Watch the video about Birmingham Student Housing Co-op the first established in the UK, 2014 and just launched #StudentCoopHomes, new National Body supporting student led housing co-ops.
The purpose of the role
Main tasks & responsibilities
This role would suit you if you...
Support & Training
How to apply
To work together as part of the working group to launch the first student-led housing co-op in Sussex
Volunteers are expected to commit to:
Full support from the SEASALT Project Manager (funded through Brighton & Hove Community Led Housing programme)
The opportunity to attend specialised skills and knowledge training sessions
Skills Gained: Participating in this opportunity will enable you to develop and practice the following skills
Are you interested but would like to know more?
You can complete the application form here.