With increasing costs of living in the metropolitan areas, new solutions for the urban housing crisis has been developed. One solution and a growing trend is co-living: a way of living that is focused on a genuine sense of community, using shared spaces and facilities to create a more convenient and fulfilling lifestyle.
Sharing houses itself is nothing new, but co-living takes the concept of sharing to a whole new level. Not only does it solve the problem with an easier and more convenient housing in relation to economic benefits and location, but also provides lonely Millennials with the opportunity of connecting with others while living and working together.
So, what is co-living?
Some define co-living as the perfect platform for life in the city: a redefinition of the way people can choose to live, work and play under one roof. Co-living is both shared housing that are designed to support a purpose-driven life and a modern, urban lifestyle that values openness, sharing and collaboration. In other words, co-living is an urban form of housing that is designed to support purpose-driven life and a place where residents share living space, experiences, and mindset.
Who is co-living for?
Co-living is for open-minded people that don’t want to live alone in the city. In general, these people consist of young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and creative people that are looking for more than just a place to live, and therefore seeking a community of like-minded people.
How does this work?
The big question is how this way of living actually works out. These residents often have their own rooms, but share the common areas such as kitchen, living room, and bathroom with other residents. Also, to obtain the best togetherness, most co-living houses offer events and informal gatherings to unite the residents and create a community.
Finally, where do we find these co-living communities?
As co-living has become a growing trend, it is now possible to find more and more of these housing solutions in the major cities, such as in London, New York, San Fransisco, Barcelona, and so on.
Here in London, The Collective Old Oak has been designed for those who want to make the most of London life. All bills are prepaid and taken care of, regular room cleaning and linen change come as a standard, and they even have a full-time concierge service, meaning that all you have to do is enjoy the community and focus on what you love.