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APPLICATIONS TO LIVE AT CSHC FOR SEMESTER 2 2021 ARE OPEN!

Would you like to live in a socially and politically engaged community where participation is valued and equity is considered important? Would you like to work towards greater social justice and be supported by friends while doing so? If yes, then The Canberra Students’ Housing Co-op is the perfect place for you!

At the co-op, we aim to create an inclusive and safe environment where we value each other’s differences and embrace diversity. We believe that diversity makes our community stronger and more vibrant, and helps us all to grow as individuals as we learn from others’ different experiences and perspectives. At the co-op we all play a role in making sure the co-op is a Safe Space. A Safe Space is an inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable to express their individual identities, without being made to feel unwelcome because of their sex, gender identity, race, cultural background, sexuality, sexual practices, religion, or physical or mental ability. The co-op has a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination, harassment and bullying. 

Here is a useful article to get you thinking about living at CSHC: http://demosjournal.com/we-just-needed-a-place-to-live/

Read onward here for information about applying. We are keen to hear from you!

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Application to live at CSHC for Semester 1 2020 is open! And we need YOU!

Would you like to live in a socially and politically engaged community where participation is valued and equity is considered important? Would you like to work towards greater social justice and be supported by friends while doing so?

Here is a useful article to get you thinking about living at CSHC: http://demosjournal.com/we-just-needed-a-place-to-live/

Read onward here for information about applying. We are keen to hear from you!

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Applications to live at CSHC in Semester 1, 2019 Open!

If you would like to live at the Canberra Student Housing Cooperative next year, apply now!

Here is how to apply:

  1. Submit your written application here. You must submit an application by 11:59pm Sunday, 23rd of September. Please answer all the questions and consider your answers carefully (The form doesn’t save your progress, so please make sure you have a stable connection). We take your responses seriously and base our decision to progress you through to the next stage of the on your answers.
  2. Our Applications Coordinator will invite you to one of our communal dinners. We will try our best to find a night that suits you. You will also be briefly interviewed by our residents after the dinner. Alternate arrangements can be provided if you are not located in Canberra and thus are unable to make it to dinner. This stage will happen between the 24th of September until the 11th of October.
  3. We will let you know if you have been accepted into the Co-op by the early November.
  4. In case of any enquiries, please send an email to contact@csh.coop
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Applications to live at CSHC in Semester 2, 2018 Open!

If you would like to live at the Canberra Student Housing Cooperative next year, apply now!

Here is how to apply:

  1. Submit your written application here. You must submit a written application by 11:59pm Sunday, 22nd of April. Please answer all the questions and consider your answers carefully (The form doesn’t save your progress, so please make sure you have a stable connection). We take your responses seriously and base our decision to progress you through to the next stage of the on your answers.
  2. Our Applications Coordinator will invite you to one of our communal dinners or potluck dinner on Sunday, you must attend the dinner. We will try our best to find a night that suits you. You will also be briefly interviewed by our residents after the dinner. This stage will happen between the 22nd of April until the 11th of May.
  3. We will let you know if you have been accepted into the Co-op by the early June.
  4. Any enquiries, please send an email to contact@csh.coop
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Applications to live at CSHC in Semester 2, 2017 Open!

If you would like to live at the Canberra Student Housing Cooperative next year, apply now!

Here is how to apply:

  1. Submit your written application here. You must submit a written application by 11:59pm Sunday, 30th of September. Please answer all the questions and consider your answers carefully. We take your responses seriously and base our decision to progress you through to the next stage of the on your answers.
  2. Our Applications Coordinator will invite you to a one of our communal dinners or potluck dinner on Sunday, you must attend the dinner. We will try our best to find a night that suits you. You will also be briefly interviewed by our residents during the dinner. This stage will happen between the 2nd and the 27th of October.
  3. We will let you know if you have been accepted into the Co-op by the 30th of October.
  4. Any enquiries, please send an email to contact@csh.coop
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Applications to live at CSHC in Semester 1, 2017 Open!

If you would like to live at the Canberra Student Housing Cooperative next year, apply now!

Here is how to apply:

  1. Submit your written application here. You must submit a written application by 11:59pm Sunday, 23rd of September. Please answer all the questions and consider your answers carefully. We take your responses seriously and base our decision to progress you through to the next stage of the on your answers.
  2. Our Applications Coordinator will invite you to a one of our communal dinners or potluck dinner on Sunday, you must attend the dinner. We will try our best to find a night that suits you. You will also be briefly interviewed by our residents during the dinner.  This stage will happen between the 19th of September to the 21st of October.
  3. We will let you know if you have been accepted into the Co-op by the 27th of October.
  4. Any enquiries, please send an email to applications@csh.coop

 

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[PRESS RELEASE] Rip-Off of the Year: ANU Rents Go Through the Roof

Canberra Student Housing Co-operative (the Co-op) has received unconfirmed reports that last Friday afternoon the Australian National University approved significant increases in on-campus accommodation tariffs for 2015.

Sources have alleged that catered accommodation options will increase by 5% and uncatered options by 7%. This will see weekly tariffs reach $297.78 for the most common room type at Lena Karmel Lodge, and $356.48 at ANU’s historic Bruce Hall.

In addition to the weekly tariff, students must pay additional upfront charges for administration and building maintenance, equating to an additional $10 per week for first year residents.

These increases were first announced in an email last week from Acting Registrar Stephen Milnes. Other changes included a move to the central allocation of new residents, depriving individual halls of the ability to select residents based on cultural fit and other longstanding factors. Reportedly, this change has also been approved.

A 2012 survey by ANU’s Interhall Council found that students’ average income was just $400 per week (approx $410 adjusted for inflation). While the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling defines “housing stress” as spending in excess of 30% of income on housing, ANU is demanding that students commit over 74% of the typical Unilodge resident’s weekly income to accommodation (which comprises parental support, part time work and, for some, Centrelink benefits). Meanwhile, students in catered accommodation will have just $53.48 per week left over to cover living expenses such as textbooks, transport and medical bills.

Because of 2004 amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, on-campus accommodation is excluded from all standard protections offered to tenants. Using the formula provided in the Act, any increase greater than 0.5% would be “excessive” and subject to legal challenge in the ACT Civil and Administrative Affairs Tribunal. An increase of 5% represents a figure that is 10 times an “excessive” increase under the Act, and is considerably out of step with the broader ACT housing market.

Students are extremely concerned about the prospect of on-campus housing becoming the exclusive domain of students from privileged backgrounds with parents with the capacity to subsidise rents. Housing, along with the Federal Government’s proposals for fee deregulation represent alarming cost of living pressures for all tertiary students at the ANU.

The Co-op offers students an affordable alternative to on-campus accommodation, with an all-inclusive tariff of a more reasonable $165 per week, and fosters an environment centred around community and social responsibility. Students at Sydney University’s STUCCO Housing Co-operative pay as little as $70 per week.

Applications for the first round of our November intake close on 30 September 2014 and can be submitted via our website.

Contact

Co-op Directors: contact@csh.coop

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PRESS RELEASE: Housing Affordability Missing in Latest ANU Accommodation Report

The latest report on campus accommodation (entitled ‘Review of the Division of Residential and Campus Communities’) shows that the University is more focused on its own cost cutting than taking the crisis in student housing affordability seriously. In it’s analysis of the “strategic role” of DRCC, the issue of affordability to students is notably absent.

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Now taking applications for Residents!

Canberra Student Housing Cooperative have vacancies arising between now and the start of Semester 1 2014. Please fill out the application form by following the link from the ‘Application Form’ tab above!

Looking forward to meeting you!

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