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Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative

Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative is a student housing cooperative in the United Kingdom, providing affordable self managed housing for the co-operative's nine student members. The co-operative was the first operational student housing co-operative in the UK when it opened in June 2014.[1][2][3][4]

Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative Limited
Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative
IndustryStudent housing
FoundedBirmingham, England (2014 (2014))
HeadquartersPershore Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

The co-operative manages a property on Pershore Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham. The property is leased from The Phone Co-op who acquired the property on behalf of the Housing Co-operative through its 'Co-operative and Social Economy Development Fund'. The co-operative is a member of Students for Cooperation, a federation of student co-operatives across the UK, alongside the UK's two other operating student housing co-operatives, Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative and Sheffield Student Housing Co-operative.[5]


Since its opening in June 2014, Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative has charged students a relatively low price[clarification needed] for accommodation whilst making significant improvements to the property. Whilst many of these improvements have been made by the tenants or friends of the tenants living within it or hired professionals using their own co-op’s budget, other improvements have only been possible so quickly with financial contributions for home improvements from The Phone Co-op.[citation needed]

As of December 2016, improvements include: converting part of the huge lounge into a reasonably sized[clarification needed] eighth bedroom, converting an unused garage into a large ninth bedroom, erecting a greenhouse, erecting a shed, installing a curtain rail and curtains in the lounge, installing shelving in the lounge-kitchen-bedrooms, installing a large raised bed in the garden and re-building a garden wall.[6]

Tenancy applicationsEdit

Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative opens applications at least twice per year to find new students that wish to live in the co-op. The application process consists of filling out an application form and a visit to the co-op by the applicant.[7] Selection of new tenants is a transparent and democratic process, involving all of the current tenants living in the co-op.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kelly, Liam (13 March 2013). "Student co-operative pioneers a reduction in university housing costs". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Birmingham Students Housing Co-op on a solution to exploitative landlords". The Guardian. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ Benitez, Isabel (27 June 2014). "The Phone Co-op supports first student housing co-op in the UK". The Phone Co-op. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Students in Birmingham launch first ever student housing co-op in the UK". Co-ops UK. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative". Students for Cooperation. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  6. ^ "All albums". Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Birmingham Student Housing Co-op: applications for 2017/18 membership". Birmingham Student Housing Co-operative. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.