You’ve probably heard about the rapid rise of CoLiving and how it’s taking the urban world by storm. While it may follow a specific model in your mind, CoLiving is the furthest thing from one-size-fits all.
The formats and types of CoLiving options are just as diverse as the global cities it occupies. We’re about to give you a rundown of ALL the different forms of CoLiving, from the most private of personal units to an ultra-sharing pod.
Often seen in large-scale CoLiving operations like The Student Hotel or XSocial Communities in Miami, these units provide a great degree of privacy and personal space, including one’s own bedroom and living area, plus a private bathroom and kitchen. Think of these more like tiny apartments: they have everything one could need in their private unit, but the CoLiving aspect is evident when considering that these concepts also have larger versions of these amenities such as huge communal kitchens and workspaces which residents tend to opt for over their own small version. This gives guests the option of using their own when desired, but more often that not, it’s the luxurious and extensive shared version that they gravitate towards. As more of an ease into the CoLiving model, this option is great for individuals who are willing to spend more on rent for their more personal space but still want all the benefits of CoLiving.
That’s right, it is what is sounds like. Some CoLiving models like PodShare in Venice or UP(st)ART in Hollywood offer the utmost collaboration of resources and space, with residents sleeping in their own pods but sharing all other amenities. This is great for people who don’t need a lot of space of their own, are traveling or staying for a short period of time, or who want to save money on rent by bypassing an entire personal unit. Pods are definitely a love-hate option, but if this works for you, it’s an amazing way to live minimally and optimize use of space.
In this case, with spaces like XChicago and Projects in Berlin, residents have access to their own room, much like an optimized roommate scenario. They enjoy their own private space to sleep and unwind, and may or may not have an attached private bathroom, but still share the common areas like the kitchen and living room. This is common in cases of an apartment masterlease, then renting out rooms. It’s a great option for those looking for a slightly smaller CoLiving experience which can allow for more personal bonding. However, when situated in a larger apartment complex, residents still enjoy access to a broader community of shared spaces and events.
In this case, with spaces like A Landing Pad or Hub53, residents also have their own room, but are surrounded by fewer others because they are in a single house as opposed to an apartment with dozens to hundreds of other units. In this format, residents tend to stay more long-term and can orient the home more toward specific lifestyles or hobbies because the number of people is fewer. For example, some concepts like Kindred Quarters are geared toward entrepreneurs, while others come together to focus on house-wide activities such as skiing, musicians, artists, or anything at all.
Similarly to the Individual Rooms, some concepts like 908 Coliving offer shared rooms in which residents may occupy a room with one or more other people. They can still use this space to unwind, but it is not exclusive to them. However, it’s not quite like a pod because this room is just shared with one or a few other people, making it slightly more private, especially if the others are not in at the time. These shared rooms can be anywhere from multiple people in bunks or just one other person. Many enjoy this option as a way to cut costs but still have access to a semi-private place of their own to unwind.
While some CoLiving spaces offer a true sense of home and permanence, others provide the ideal surroundings to travel and bond with others while exercising location independence. Concepts like Selina, Roam, and CoWorkSurf thrive with shorter-term, holiday-style living that feels like a vacation paired with workplace efficiency. For these spaces, think of the sleeping units like hotel-style: not having a private kitchen or apartment, but a bit more space than the pod format.
Keep in mind that this list is not even exhaustive- there are even more CoLiving iterations that this that exist and thrive. For example, Kin is creating CoLiving specifically for families and children. Make no mistake, this is truly for everyone.
In all of these formats, there are vast differences but also some resounding similarities. The linking factor of all these CoLiving options is that they combine a more space-saving place to live than traditional housing, combined with the foundation of a sharing economy by having communal spaces and a basis of community and interaction. By infusing these into a living space, you’re guaranteed to get more out of life- whichever CoLiving format you choose.
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