What is coliving?

Coliving is a form of housing where residents share a set of interests, values, and/or intentions. The infrastructure can be private flats, shared flats or dorms, etc. But it’s based on values like openness and collaboration, networking, etc. The most common form of coliving is a structure integrated into a single building, house, or apartment based on the above predicament.

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people who are not related by blood, marriage or adoption choosing to share residential space

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Why coliving?

If you look around the world, the families are becoming nuclear, and everyone is looking to stay in a setup where they share space with like-minded people. Ultimately humans are social animals, and the need for socialization has now shifted from families to communities. Another reason for it being a bit more popular is that it has no strings attached module. You come to stay, enjoy leave, and explore a newer group of people.

Coliving.com explains in detail why you should consider coliving.

How does coliving work?

In its most brute form, coliving is nothing more than an old apartment format but with more common and shared spaces and amenities. For example, a coliving complex will have a common laundry, common kitchen, modern clubhouse, and extend to having book clubs, single mom’s clubs, open libraries, etc., depending on the demography and interest of the particular community. The community areas are maintained and operated by the provider, and tenants manage the private living spaces.

What is the benefit of coliving?

  • Living with a community has many more benefits on your mind and body than anyone cares to accept. First, it keeps people sane in today's world.
  • It takes care of any maintenance, repairs, running of common spaces as its operator is driven and professionally managed.
  • There are no owner hassles, and everything is transparent as it's technology-driven. You have an app for literally everything.

When should you start living in a coliving space?

You have either started working and moved to a new city or recently got into a relationship (official or unofficial) are the two most common use cases to move into a coliving space. Another prominent use case is that students who don’t like hostel kind of setup find this a good alternative. It provides you with similar people, safety, and many other benefits so that you can catch up with other aspects of your life and leave this one to the professionals.

About the guide to coliving

It is an attempt to bring together all the aspects of coliving into a single place so that people can form a holistic view of it and then decide to move into or start one. This guide doesn't talk about specific players in the market, but it does talk about what they should have to have a hassle-free coliving experience. The rest is up to you to decide.

What will you learn?

Each chapter explains a particular point of view on coliving and will give you a rational view of things. This is organized in a logical progression. However, you can jump around any section that you want to know more about. But it's recommended to read through all the chapters in order. So take your time and read through. You will be surprised by the things coliving has to offer.