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Exploring the Allure of Coliving Spaces, for Digital Nomads

By Ben Spicer

Sep 05, 2023

The lifestyle of nomads has garnered attention in recent times. As this way of life continues to grow new forms of accommodations have emerged to cater to the needs of us wanderers. One such popular accommodation option is coliving spaces. In this article we will delve into the concept of coliving, its appeal to nomads, the features offered by coliving spaces, noteworthy coliving spaces around the world, predictions for the future of coliving and tips for making the most out of your coliving experience.

Understanding Coliving; A Blend of Privacy and Community Living

Coliving as its name implies is a housing concept where individuals or groups reside together in shared quarters. It provides a blend of living along with communal aspects. Within these coliving spaces residents typically enjoy their rooms or apartments while sharing common areas like kitchens, living rooms and coworking spaces.

This concept is rooted in creating a sense of community and fostering a feeling of belongingness. It goes beyond accommodation by encouraging connections and building a network among residents. Social events and activities are often organized within these coliving spaces to promote interaction and collaboration, among community members..

Picture waking up in a designed room adorned with contemporary furnishings and bathed in natural sunlight streaming through large windows.

As you step into the area you'll find fellow residents enjoying their morning coffee and engaging in conversations. The shared kitchen is filled with the inviting aroma of brewed coffee and the sound of breakfast being prepared. The coworking space is bustling with individuals diligently working on their laptops creating an atmosphere that fosters creativity.  You got yourself a coliving space!

When you choose to live in a coliving space it's not about finding a place to reside. It's about becoming part of a community that supports and uplifts one another. Coliving offers more than shared amenities; it provides an opportunity to build lifelong friendships, collaborate on projects, and create lasting memories.

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The Growing Popularity of Coliving Spaces

Coliving spaces have seen a surge in popularity due to various factors. One key factor is the rise of remote work which has led to an increased number of nomads and remote workers who seek flexible accommodation options.

As a nomad, when you explore cities and immerse yourself in different cultures you no longer need to worry about limited housing options and deciding between community, quality, or privacy. Coliving spaces offer furnished apartments, with utilities and amenities tailored to your needs.

With amenities, like high speed internet coworking spaces, gyms and communal kitchens you can fully concentrate on what truly matters; your work and the experiences that come with it.

Additionally coliving spaces offer a sense of security and comfort for nomads. Moving to a city can be overwhelming. Being surrounded by a community of like minded individuals who share similar goals can help alleviate any worries or feelings of isolation. Whether you need recommendations for the cafes or want to collaborate on a project the coliving community is always there to offer support.

Moreover coliving spaces create an environment that encourages growth and learning. Residents have the opportunity to attend workshops and skill sharing sessions organized by residents who're experts in their respective fields. The chance to learn from others and expand your knowledge base is one of the benefits that coliving provides.

As the demand for community oriented living spaces continues to rise, coliving is transforming the way people live and work. It offers an alternative to housing options by not only providing individuals with a place they can call home but also enabling them to find a welcoming community that feels like family.

The Attraction of Coliving for Digital Nomads

Coliving spaces have gained popularity among nomads because they offer a multitude of benefits. Let's dive deeper into why digital nomads are attracted to coliving!

The Advantages of Coliving for Remote Workers

One of the biggest perks of coliving for workers is the ready made community. Digital nomads often struggle to find a network of friends while constantly on the move. Coliving spaces provide a community of people who live the same lifestyle as you and the opportunity to meet people that you can continue traveling with.

Throughout the day you have the chance to connect with others in the coworking area, collaborate on projects, or simply bounce ideas off each other. In the evenings you can bond over game nights or shared meals, forming friendships that go beyond the coliving experience.

Furthermore coliving spaces commonly offer workspaces. These designated areas allow digital nomads to separate work from leisure and avoid distractions that come with working from coffee shops or hotel rooms.  The common space is also a great gathering place for guests to socialize, make plans, or just hang out.

Imagine having access to an equipped coworking space within your coliving space. You can choose from workstations each tailored to work styles. Whether you're someone who enjoys a nook, for concentration or a collaborative space for bouncing off ideas the coworking area has got you covered. With solid internet and even comfy office chairs, it provides an environment where you can work efficiently and comfortably work in your new shared home...

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How Coliving Enhances the Lifestyle of Digital Nomads

Living the nomad lifestyle is about embracing flexibility and exploring new horizons. Coliving spaces perfectly align with this way of life by offering ranges in rental terms and a community of friends at each new destination.

On top of all that many coliving spaces are strategically situated in neighborhoods that boast access to standard amenities, public transportation and local attractions. This ensures that digital nomads can truly immerse themselves in the culture and make use of their time spent in each city.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore markets, indulge in cuisine and fully immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the city. With access to transportation you can venture further and uncover hidden treasures that are off the typical tourist path. Coliving spaces don’t just provide a place to stay but also serve as a gateway to unique experiences and exciting adventures.

The Features of Coliving Spaces

Coliving spaces offer an array of features and amenities designed specifically to enhance the living experience for nomads. 

Shared Amenities in Coliving Spaces

Coliving spaces often include shared amenities that create a sense of home for residents. These can encompass equipped kitchens, communal dining areas, cozy lounges, game rooms and outdoor spaces like rooftop terraces or gardens. These shared areas promote a social atmosphere for residents to connect with one another.

In addition to these areas many coliving spaces provide amenities such as swimming pools, laundry facilities and bike storage.  All to improve the ease of life and enjoyment for guests.

Private vs. Shared Spaces, in Coliving

Coliving spaces typically offer a range of accommodation options tailored to preferences, including private rooms or shared rooms.

Some residents may choose to have their own room or apartment for the sake of privacy while others might enjoy sharing a space with roommates. Opting for a shared room is usually more cost effective which allows individuals on a budget to still experience coliving. On the other hand private rooms offer a tranquil and secluded environment after plenty of community activities through the week. Whether you desire your sanctuary or thrive in a more communal setting there is likely a coliving space that can cater to your preferences. 

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Top Coliving Spaces Around the World

Here are some of the coliving spaces that cater to the needs of digital nomads, in different locations.

In Europe there is a range of coliving options for digital nomads. Places like Bansko, Barcelona and Lisbon offer communities and access to experiences. For instance Outsite is a coliving chain that offers coliving and coworking areas, and amenities targeted to digital noamds. Another great option is "Sun and Co." in Javea, which provides  a great location along with regular community events and workshops.

Moving on to Asia this region has become increasingly popular among nomads due to its affordability, richness and breathtaking landscapes. Some known coliving spaces in Asia include "Biliq" in Bali, "Kohub" in Thailand and "Outpost," which has locations in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Coliving options in Latin America are quite diverse catering to preferences like vibrant city life or tranquil beach towns. In Colombia you can find choices such as Belafonte in Santa Marta or Vecino in Medellin.

Selina is a well known hostel/coliving brand that has many locations throughout Latin America.. These spaces provide a blend of work, leisure and community...

The Future of Coliving Spaces

Looking ahead at the future of coliving spaces as this industry is continuously evolving to meet the changing needs of nomads.

Trends in Coliving Spaces

Sustainability and eco-friendly practices have become trends in the coliving industry. Many coliving spaces now incorporate design elements to utilize energy sources and actively promote recycling and waste reduction.

Another noteworthy trend is the expansion of coliving spaces into rural areas and smaller cities. With remote work, digital nomads are on the lookout for locations that offer a lower cost of living and a more laid back lifestyle.

Choosing the Coliving Space

Do your research on various coliving spaces and read reviews from previous residents. Take into account factors like location, amenities, community atmosphere, pricing and length of stay requirements. It's important to find a space that aligns with your needs and preferences.

 Reach out directly to the coliving space for any questions you may have. Many locations will also have interviews as a chance for them to make sure you are a good fit for their community and give you an opportunity to see if it’s the right vibe for what you are looking for.

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Maximizing Your Coliving Experience

Embrace the sense of community by participating in events and group activities. Don't hesitate to introduce yourself to residents as soon as you can and jump into going places and exploring with the group.  That’s how the friendships are made.

Make use of shared spaces and amenities provided by the coliving space. Take time to explore the neighborhood, try cafes, and take breaks from work to immerse yourself in the culture.

Lastly maintain communication with both your residents and the management team at the coliving space. Respectful behavior creates an environment for everyone's enjoyment of the coliving experience.

Enjoy your time in a coliving space!  To sum up, coliving spaces have gained popularity among nomads who desire flexible and community focused accommodation choices. The idea of coliving effectively combines the need for space with the desire for connection offering a supportive network and a home-like atmosphere. Given the surge in work opportunities and the increasing importance of maintaining a work life balance it is highly likely that coliving spaces will continue to thrive. 

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