Join us!

Becoming a member of Students for Cooperation means you can become an active part of Students for Cooperation, take part in our decision-making structures and have a meaningful say in the work that we do. We have two classes of membership, ordinary membership and affiliate membership which are outlined below.

We are currently only admitting co-operatives, groups, societies, and organisations as members rather than individuals – though you are still encouraged to get in touch and get involved!

Ordinary Membership

Ordinary membership is open to any co-operative where:

  • More than 50% of the co-op’s members are students, and
  • Is actively trading, for example if your food co-op is buying and selling food or your housing co-operative is renting to its members, and
  • Supports Students for Cooperation’s values, aims and principles

Your club or society may meet the definition of being a co-operative so do get in touch.

Ordinary membership makes the co-operative a shareholder of Students for Co-operation Limited, with full voting rights. You do not need to be incorporated. There is a membership fee for housing co-operatives calculated on their number of members, otherwise, it costs £1 to buy your share!

Affiliate Membership

Affiliate membership is open to:

  • Student groups,
  • Student societies,
  • Students’ unions,
  • Co-operatives of any type, and
  • Supportive organisations

So long as they support Students for Cooperation’s values, aims and principles.

Student co-operatives and groups that are getting set up and not yet trading are welcomed as affiliate members.

Affiliate members are able to take an active part in SfC’s decision-making processes but ordinary members retain full voting rights.

Affiliate membership is free for student groups, student co-operatives in the process of getting started, and volunteer-run organisations. There is a small membership fee for larger organisations, such as students’ unions.


There are no lengthy forms to fill out or anything like that, just drop us an email at [email protected] with your name, some information about yourselves, and the best ways to stay in touch. We’ll then let you know if we have any further questions before processing your application!