Sure, you can stay in a hotel for your next vacation. A luxury hostel will do just fine, too, if you’d like to travel in style without breaking the bank. But if you want even more value when you travel, consider staying in a co-living space.
Built with digital nomads in mind, co-living spaces offer a cheaper alternative to apartments and more permanent homes for people who live their lives on-the-go. But travelers can take advantage, too, especially if they’re planning to stay put in one place for a week or even a month.
For about $40-$60 per night, co-living spaces let you stay in a community-focused environment with other socially-minded travelers. Not only are the prices affordable, co-living spaces also offer excellent amenities, some of which put hostels, and even hotels, to shame. Design-forward rooms, cinemas, rooftop bars and ubiquitous Wi-fi are the norm.
Here are some co-living spaces to check out if you’re interested in a longer stay, and a smaller bill when you check out.
Bali, Indonesia: Roam
The mantra at Roam is work-life balance, and staying here comes with an out-of-the-ordinary perk. When you stay for at least two weeks, you can jump between all of their locations for a single price. And their locations are in amazing places; besides Bali, they have properties in Tokyo, Miami, Madrid, and London. So if you need to travel to Tokyo to eat Ramen one week, then have sangria in Madrid the next, this might be an affordable option.
The Bali location offers free yoga classes and a roster of social activities to help travelers (and longer-term residents) stay inspired during their travels. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and public spaces; all rooms have private bathrooms and the communal kitchen has excellent amenities.
Cost: Starting at $500 USD per week ($62 per night); 7-night minimum stay
London, England: The Collective Old Oak Common
A large, upscale co-living space with more than 550 bedrooms, The Collective Old Oak looks like it could be on a reality show -- without the intrusive cameras.
Rooms in The Collective come equipped with everything you need, but the shared spaces are the highlight here. Communal areas include a cinema, sports bar, and roof-top area. There’s also a gym (sign-up fee required), spa, and laundry, and rooms and linens are cleaned once every two weeks. Note that shorter-term stays aren’t allowed here, so this is your best bet if you’re looking to hunker down in London for a longer period of time.
Cost: $1,200-$1,500 per month with a non-refundable $650 holding fee
New York City: WeLive
The team that created WeWork co-working spaces has also created the similarly-minded WeLive.
These fully serviced shared and private rooms can cost significantly less than a hotel, especially if you book in advance. The amenities are straightforward -- linens, towels, kitchenware, internet, cable TV, beer, water, and toiletries. Community events, group meals, fitness classes, and pub crawls are included in the price.
Cost: $130-$200 per night or about $1200 per month; no minimum stay
Los Angeles, California: PodShare
For $50 per night, the “podestrians” at PodShare can work, sleep, and socialize for a fraction of the cost of staying in a hotel. With three locations around Los Angeles, travelers and other nomads can turn bunk-style beds into work desks.
Perfect for solo travelers, PodShare bunks can be reserved for 24 hours at a time. Note that you can’t reserve specific dates directly at the time of booking. You’ll need to wait and see if room is available, so plan ahead if you’d like to try this option on your next trip.
Cost: From $50 per 24 hours