Inspiring co-operative enterprise through education


There is plenty of support available for those interested in setting up a student co-operative.


Students for Co-operation
Students for Cooperation is a democratic federation of student co-ops across the UK, organising for social change.

Radical Routes
Radical Routes is a network of radical co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change. The network is made up mainly of housing co-ops of various sizes (none with more than 17 members), a few workers co-ops and a couple of social centres.

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)
Since 1968, NASCO and its affiliates have been working with students, worker-owners, activists, and community members who are interested in applying cooperative principles to meet their needs and fulfill their various missions.

Co-operative Development Scotland
Co-operative Development Scotland was set up in 2006 to increase the contribution of co-operative enterprise to the Scottish economy. They are a subsidiary of Scottish Enterprise and have a Scotland-wide remit to promote and facilitate the development of co-operative enterprises.

The Co-operative Enterprise Hub
The Co-operative Enterprise Hub is looking to inspire the next generation of co-operative pioneers and arm them with the necessary skills and knowledge to grow their co-operative and, in turn, the UK co-operative economy. We believe passionately that the co-operative way offers individuals the opportunity to come together to create businesses that are better for them and society.


A student's guide to starting a co-operative
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.

Co-operative Entrepreneurship: Co-operate for Growth
Co-operative Entrepreneurship provides an informative practical guide to the nature and process of establishing a co-operative enterprise. Drawing on best practice and international guidelines, this text is suitable for students engaged in new venture creation projects, as well as graduates looking to develop their commercial idea.

How to set up a food co-op in a university or college
Produced by Sustain and The Soil Association, this short guide advises students on how to establish a food co-op in their institution.