benwest 8th February 2016 Blog Housing Share Tweet Rat in bathroom Whether it’s doing battle with rogue landlords or battling rising ramp and broken boilers, student housing can be terrible. Of course, that’s all totally avoidable – as long as you don’t mind stumping up as much as £209.79 per week (that’s £10,868 per year*) for student halls. So with the housing market broken, and with higher education leaving many students financially broken, students across the country have had enough. They’re turning to co-operatives to create the alternative: housing that they can actually afford, live in, and run themselves. With financial backup from the Phone Co-op, the first student housing co-operatives are now open in Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh. With no landlord, students there are paying as little as £40 in rent per week, which includes management fees, maintenance allowance and – for those of us stuck with avocado bathrooms and splattered kitchens – a full refurb every 15 years. Here’s the latest from 805 Pershore Rd, Birmingham – the first student co-operative house in the UK Applications are now open for Birmingham Student Housing Co-op- click for details *The government’s maintenance loan is £10,702 for London-based students, and £8,200 for those living outside London. You’ll need help from parents, a job or a student overdraft if you want to eat. Oh, and forget about student grants – the government are cutting those.