As online, remote work has become a popular and economically sound way to make a living, a new trend of working and living abroad has begun to spread all over the world – especially in popular cities in Europe. Co-living and coworking is a sustainable and affordable way to take advantage of the kind of work that allows you to perform your job from anywhere in the world.
There are so many amazing benefits of co-living, ranging from financial benefits (since all bills are shared) to always having a community of support. Co-living allows young digital nomads to explore the world and also provide affordable housing to creative, like-minded people to work and live together – providing a sense of community and inspiration.
There are a lot of aspects of this lifestyle that you need to be comfortable with before making the commitment, like sharing personal space, contributing to positive energies, and being able to go with the flow. Before jumping into a co-living house, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:
Do You Enjoy Engaging in Your Community?
Co-living communities involve an inherently social lifestyle. When you have multiple housemates, you will be interacting with them daily, contributing to dinners, chores, and household events. The social aspect of co-living is part of what makes the experience special.
Many co-living spaces offer events such as movie screenings, dinners, and charity events that not only benefit the living space’s community, but can often include the surrounding city community as well. Contributing to these events is a big part of the lifestyle. This is where you will bond with, and learn from, your housemates.
Living as an active member of the community will ensure you are getting the best out of the co-living arrangement. If you aren’t ready to interact with your housemates and you’d rather spend your free time alone, co-living may be out of your comfort zone. Maybe, however, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and take the leap.
Are You Willing to Share?
When you choose to live in a co-living accommodation, you are deciding to share your space with like-minded individuals that you may not know. Determining if this is right for you is almost completely dependent on how much you are willing to share.
In co-living situations, those living in the community will be sharing spaces like kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and more. That means communal furniture, kitchen utensils, sinks, toilets, etc.
When living in a co-living and coworking space, especially abroad, you will be surrounded by people from all over the world and different walks of life. Sharing your life with others will allow you to learn from each other.
Contribution to shared chores, grocery shopping, cooking, and bills are also expected. For the house to run smoothly, when you pay your membership fees, you are helping out with all the bills needed to run the home. This includes any electricity, gas, internet, cable, and more.
Do You Prefer Flexibility?
In order to make the co-living concept work for you, you need to understand that it’s a quite flexible way of living. This is not a permanent accommodation. Those drawn to this kind of living fit in as digital nomads – always on the go, ready for what life throws at them.
In lieu of rent, many co-living spaces charge for memberships. These can range from days to months, depending on the house or building. Memberships allow for your stay to be on your terms, rather than signing a year-long contract, keeping you free to live your digital nomadic life.
While staying in a co-living space, you will see many different people come in and out as their memberships end and they begin the next part of their journey. As for your own journey, each co-living space is different and offers various accommodations – no two are alike. Though each community is different, these differences are what make co-living so special.
Do You Like the Idea of Coworking?
Escaping the office doesn’t mean escaping work. Digital nomads are taking advantage of coworking spaces offered in order to spark creativity, inspire thought, and allow for a free-flowing exchange of ideas.
Just like the rest of the co-living model, the lifestyle allows inhabitants to share working space. Working online remotely can be somewhat lonely, especially when you choose to live your life on the road. Though you will be working on your own, it doesn’t have to feel like it.
If you found yourself answering yes to these questions, co-living could be the perfect choice for you. It’s never too late to see what these living communities could offer you.