Although this is a fantastic step for students across Manchester, landlords continue to make student’s lives miserable. Students will often only live in a property for one year, so why bother with them when there’s always another group waiting to move in? Landlords treat students as disposable as they will leave the area soon anyway.
The 9k4What? and the Rent Strikes campaigns have shown that when students act in unity, we can make a difference. But we need a solution. There is an alternative. And Manchester is the place to prove it.
Many of us don’t want to feel cut off from the community in this way, and want to be part of the great dynamic culture that makes up Manchester. We wanted to set up a way for students to create autonomous yet community driven housing as an alternative to private renting. The modern co-operative movement was formed here in Manchester. The epicentre of the Student Rent Revolution is here in Manchester.
The first co-operative set up by the Rochdale pioneers aimed to provide affordable and alternative food and provisions to benefit the community. Since then the cooperative movement has extended across the world.
Recently the UK has seen a growth of the student housing co-operative movement with Bristol, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Brighton and Birmingham all having their own examples of this solution in practice.