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Bill in Scottish Parliament would make all new homes so insulated they would need almost no heating

Labour MSP Alex Rowley has proposed a bill in the Scottish Parliament that would require all newly built housing in Scotland to pass the ‘Passivhaus’ standard, an architectural design that keeps a stable temperature so almost no heating is required. According to the Passivhaus Trust, ‘Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort using […]

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A Look Inside the Edinburgh Student Housing Cooperative

With the cost of living constantly rising, finding housing in Edinburgh seems to have become a privilege for the few who are able to afford skyrocketing rents. Student housing is no different: we have all heard or read the stories of students desperate to find a place to call home without much luck. The University […]

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Tenants in all Scottish uni-owned halls granted rent freeze, but no guarantee for private halls

Tenants’ rights minister Patrick Harvie has said in parliament that tenants in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) will receive the “same level of protection” from the recently announced rent freeze and eviction moratorium as private tenants. However, it is unclear whether this means that tenants in PBSA will have their rents capped at 6 September levels, […]

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Edinburgh students “living on couches”, unable to rent flats as Freshers Week looms

Many students who study in Edinburgh have been finding it impossible to find accommodation and are facing commutes from other cities, or living on other people’s sofas.  The Student spoke to several students looking for flats in the increasingly competitive and expensive Edinburgh housing market. Mair Thomas, 19, is a student of nursing at Edinburgh […]

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VP Community Beth Simpson on tackling the housing crisis in Edinburgh

When Beth Simpson ran to be the Students’ Association Vice President Community last year, her main interests lied in sustainability and in empowering students to create positive change. However, as she says, the issue of housing quickly came to the forefront and stayed dominant for the whole of her term, which is now coming to […]

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“The mould turned out to be toxic.” Horror stories from EUSA’s ‘Let’s Talk: Housing Crisis’

The standard and availability of student housing in Edinburgh is worsening, an issue central to concerns of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association and the student community at wide. On Thursday 20th January, the Students Association held their first Let’s Talk: Housing Crisis event online, giving students the opportunity to share their “experiences and frustrations with […]