If you’re already an experienced digital nomad or traveler you most likely know the ins and outs of co-living, but for anyone new in the business it might be a term that you’ve heard, but still, don’t know too much about. No problem. We do, and we’re going to teach you everything you need to know.
Co-living is basically just shared living where you might have your own room or apartment, but also have access to communal areas where you can work, hang out and meet new people. So, like a hostel? Yes, but also no: co-living focuses on working professionals who still want to have the best of times while visiting all the places on their bucket list. Kind of like us!
Do a little scroll to see all our favorite places; we’ve mostly chosen ones you can find in several locations, but we might have added some other ones too – you’re just gonna have to read and find out!
This is one of the best ones, hands down. No competition. Especially the one in Bali, which is so much fun. It’s got everything you’d want, like reliable WiFi, weekly cleanings and all the jazz, but here’s the best part: if you go with these guys, you’ll have access to all their locations, which other than Bali is London, Miami, and Tokyo – for now, others are coming as well! It’s like the best club membership ever.
Another both international and pretty awesome one, Outsite has lots of locations in the US as well as places like Costa Rica, Bali, and Switzerland, each one even better than the next. Other than all the standard goodies such as cleaning, your own room, and towels (towels are heavy!), Outsite has made it their goal to ensure that you find that perfect work/life balance meaning that they’ve lots of equipment and activities – and they’re super-flexible. Just like you!
Based in America, Ollie has spaces both on the east and the west coast, all designed with working efficiency and the comfort of a hotel in mind. It’s pretty much the perfect environment for creativity, taking care of yourself and letting your imagination run free; if we all think outside that box, who knows what we can accomplish! Ollie also wants us all to get along, so they sort out lots of activities and experiences, both inside your temporary home, and elsewhere. You might actually hit your Facebook friend limit.
Look, another US-based one! You’ll find Common co-living places in the largest American cities, and your mind might actually get a tiny bit blown after having seen their design and attention to detail. The windows will face to the south, and their storage solutions would make any IKEA staff member proud. They are very aware that every communal area is to be shared – the only downside is that you have to stay 3 months minimum – then again, would you really want to leave?
Speaking of lack of flexibility, these guys do not suffer from that! Quite the opposite: Nomad House moves around, bringing skilled, motivated people together to share their work and ideas for 30 days. These retreats happen about four times a year, and they’ve taken place in Europe, South America, and Asia (yes, they’ve been to Bali) so far. If you have loads of ideas that you don’t know what to do with, check it out!
Just like the Nomad House, Unsettled organizes retreats (from one week up to a month), and what they’re all about is getting you off your couch and out of the office so that you can shake up your routine and have unexpected adventures – kind of like us! They sort everything out for you, from workspace to local experiences and workshops, and yes, they do go to Bali. Don’t worry.
Back to a more standard co-living place – but oh-so-exciting! Selina has locations all over South America (and soon some in Portugal and Greece, too!) and whether you want beaches, city centers or jungles, they will be able to sort you out. It’s got the charm of a hostel and the comfort of a boutique hotel; choose between hammocks, private rooms, and suites – and there’s both surfing and yoga, along with all sorts of adventures.
Have you started missing Bali yet? So have we, so let’s get talking about the beautiful island again, shall we! You’ll find Outpost in Ubud and Canggu as well as in Cambodia, and the founders know more than anyone how rewarding it is to leave the office behind and step out into the world, exploring and connecting with people. And that is precisely what Outpost encourages you to do! And in beautiful Bali, nonetheless.
As usual, we just like too many things and destinations! These co-living places are as fun and inspiring as the rest, and all deserve a little mention! Like SunDesk in Morocco with a gorgeous beach view, or Swiss Escape in Switzerland, complete with the Alps in the background. The Collective is the largest co-living building in the world and can be found in London, and if you’re longing for some rural Germany, head to Coconat! Gap House in Seoul and Share House LT Josai in Tokyo are also really cool.
That’s one of the best things about co-living; you never know who you’re gonna share a house with! What you do know, though, is that you’ll get a fantastic experience while being able to get all your work done. Do they have waterproof laptops yet?!