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What is Coliving?

What is Coliving?

07-02-2022

Community living, or ‘coliving’, is simply a group of people living together in the same place. The community often also works and spends their free time together.

If you travel and work, living in an individual apartment can get lonely, while hostels can have too many distractions and parties going on.

If you're looking for a like-minded community who also works while travelling, a coliving space might give you just that!

Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf

The Coliving Community

The reason people live in coliving spaces is to quickly make new friends in new places. Because everyone works, you can expect a calmer Monday to Friday, and more activities during the weekend. Coliving spaces that are organised around a specific shared interest, like surfing, create a like-minded community of people.

Coliving spaces have different degrees of social intensity. In some places, you only share the living room, kitchen or garden. In other places you also share rooms.

Many professional coliving spaces also have a coworking space attached.

Coliving spaces range from shared houses with three rooms, to fully managed camps or apartment buildings with 100+ people.

Types of Coliving Guests

Some guests need 100% focus to get their work done or grow their business. They connect with the community for surfs and dinners a few times a week, during work breaks and weekends.

Other guests want 'as much fun as they can', while being able to maintain their work, and are up for a cheeky Tuesday party. As a host, you decide to which kind of guest you cater to, and can set house rules to make sure everyone is happy.

Both guests need excellent wifi. Wifi is considered fast from 25mbps and higher. You can check your internet speed on https://www.speedtest.net/.

Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf

The Value of Coliving

Coliving is great for the long term travelling ‘slowmad’, because you get to make friends in new places easily. Since people are not moving every few days, you build better relationships. What better way to get to know someone than to live with them?

In our places, people even found love and started businesses together. (Ourselves included!)

A well hosted coliving space can be more pricey than standard accommodation. A host can usually make more money renting their place out to short-term guests, but prefer to host remote workers. Because remote workers stay for an average of one month, hosts have more time for side projects or other things they want to do.

Even though a coliving space might cost a little more, for many guests the experience has been life-changing, and allowed them to meet people that stay with them for the rest of their life.

If coliving opens up a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities for you, and helps you see life in a different, more rounded and exciting way, we believe it’s one of the most valuable experiences you can have, and that money can buy.

Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf

'I'm still confused about coliving, can you literally live there like a normal hostel?'

Yes! It’s really great to have a “home” away from home. I’ve lived abroad for 5 years and sometimes it can get lonely. It’s really nice to have a built-in community when you’re first landing in a new country. And we all work remotely, so we have the same lifestyle. Highly recommend trying it out. :)

- Britnee Bond from Remote Collective

For a full tour of a coliving space, check out this video by our friends John and Britnee!