Coliving: Everything you need to know about the new trend in accommodation

In this past decade, we have seen important changes in our way of interacting thanks to the advance in technology. It is a fact: we are more connected than ever but, paradoxically, increasingly isolated. In response to this, many initiatives have emerged in which community takes precedence such as coliving or co-living, besides some other modalities we will analyse in this article.

In housing models, this phenomenon of isolation results in blocks of buildings where neighbors neither know each other nor live together. In large cities specially, this is linked to long working hours or split hours that take place away from home, to which people return home later or at night.

This year hasn't been easy to socialise, which has considerably affected our spirit and mental health. What is clear to us is that in a post-covid society we must opt for models in which community is important in order to avoid situations arising from isolation and loneliness.

It is also important to be well-informed about how to face the following months so that, if you are thinking of going abroad, for example, you can know how has Covid affected the Erasmus Program and other study and internship programs.

What is coliving?

Coliving: Everything you need to know about the new trend in accommodation

You may already know the word coworking and coliving may sound a bit of the same. Or maybe you think coliving means sharing a flat with some flatmates but with a more current name, right? We are sorry to tell you it is not the same! So what is coliving?

Coliving was born a few years ago in Silicon Valley with the goal that people with similar interests in the workplace could share experiences and even projects, besides living together. Compared to the coworking that we already knew, in which people share space with internet connection and work tables during the working day, coliving goes further allowing workers and entrepreneurs to have the chance of living in a space where besides working, they can exchange ideas and curiosities in their spare time.

This new accommodation model combines private living space with numerous common areas such as workspaces, leisure areas, and relaxation, gyms, swimming pools, etc. Therefore, in coliving, there is room for both privacy and independence and also community life. On the other hand, in many of these spaces, although not in all of them, students are not allowed since this concept is focused more on a professional environment.

The difference between cohousing and coliving

The idea of community that we have mentioned before is growing for decades as a response to an increasingly individualistic society, therefore, they try to rescue values such as solidarity, sharing experiences, and in short, living together with the new housing models. As a result, co-housing was born, the predecessor of coliving. But are they the same? What is cohousing?

Cohousing is a model that emerged in Denmark in the 1960s and it consists of a community formed by private houses and a great variety of services and common areas. Generally, they are usually international communities or related groups that define a series of objectives and values to live together. These spaces can be self-managed or not.

Coliving: Everything you need to know about the new trend in accommodation

The design is orientated to people to favour the encounter and the life together, and also the neighbours work on the planning and the development of the community. Therefore, although this concept shares some values with coliving and its members may have similar interests, this model does not have as the main objective sharing experiences and forming projects as is the case with coliving.

Coliving in Spain: Coliving in Madrid and Coliving in Barcelona

Although coliving is quite popular in the U. S. A. and among other European countries with Germany in the lead, in Spain several accommodations of this type can be found.

One of the most popular is the Urban Campus, which has two spaces for coliving in Madrid: one in Malasaña and another one in Chamberí, from €700 per month for a studio room.

Several companies that already have these kinds of accommodations in Europe have their spotlight on Spain to expand the coliving offer, such as the Dutch one The Student Hotel, which intends to open two new spaces this year 2021: one in Madrid and another one in Barcelona, besides the one they already had planned to open in San Sebastián. Some other companies such as Homii and DoveVivo also have expressed their intention to expand the number of beds in the capital.

Coliving: Everything you need to know about the new trend in accommodation

On the other hand, the lack of regulation means that there is a certain limitation when launching this kind of project or that most of them register themselves as hotels or some other kind of tourist establishments. This is one of the reasons why coliving has not yet completely taken off in Spain, something that the big cities in Europe seem to be willing to change.

In any case, the advantages of coliving are becoming clear since there are more and more young professionals who are choosing this way of living and relating. We will be watching out how this tendency evolves with regard to the next post-covid era, but everything indicates that we will hear much more about coliving this year.

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