Being a student can feel like you’re in the hands of others, whether landlords or supermarkets. But there is an alternative. A growing movement of students are forming co-operatives to take control of the big things in their lives, like housing, food and transport.
This guide outlines the main steps to starting a co-operative. It is written for students, with blogs by students who have done it, alongside, films, links and case studies.
As Sean Farmelo, an active student co-operative activist and blogger here says, the “seldom-experienced feeling of ownership and empowerment is, I believe, truly at the core of why co-operatives are seeing such support in recent times from students.”