The UK’s first student’s housing co-op launched on the 27th of June on the Pershore Road in Birmingham, with local students as well as figures from the co-operative movement coming to it. The nine bed property was purchased by the Phone Co-op, and is being leased to the members of the housing co-op, where they will be able to make democratic decisions about their living space without a landlord.
However, there is still much work to be done on the house! As well as decorating all the rooms, we need to build two of the rooms, including putting up a partition wall in the living room to make the 8th bedroom. Over the summer, members of the Birmingham Students Housing Co-operative would appreciate the assistance of anyone who has some free time and wants to come and visit.
We encourage the creative and practical abilities of anyone interested in student co-operatives to come down and help out. Whether you are interested in gardening, art or D.I.Y, there are a whole mountain of things to be doing in the house. We can provide a crash space and food, as well as some fantastic company whilst you are with us! If you’re interested, email homeswithoutlandlords@ gmail.com to get in touch!