What is Coliving? The Complete Common Coliving Guide
Welcome to your one-stop hub for coliving. Here, you’ll find all the information you need on the following topics:
Co-living is “city living made better” and “communal living made easier.” Coliving simplifies the process of finding a roommate, offers the cheapest places to live, and designs beautiful homes for convenience.
In the context of the urban housing crisis and developers in the real estate market, coliving is one of the best and most direct means to achieve optimal density, affordable housing, and an urban community in areas such as New York and the Bay Area.
What is coliving?
What exactly is coliving? It’s a question we get asked all the time. In today’s sharing economy, young people — millennials, especially — have embraced the concept of sharing rides, experiences, and homes. Coliving simply makes this more accessible and convenient in major cities.
Unlike traditional apartments that lack essential amenities and a sense of community, coliving gives residents (we call them “members”) a private bedroom and allows them to share access to fully furnished living spaces, shared kitchens, and incredible amenities. On one hand, it seems pretty similar to your standard roommate situation (living with friends), and some even call coliving homes “adult dorms.” However, coliving offers so much more than that.
At Common, our homes are designed to facilitate the sharing of spatial and program operations of a home while eliminating the pain points of living with roommates. That means we provide everything from toilet paper to professional cleaning services — for free. Through smart architectural design, community event planning, and resident support, coliving at Common aims to make home sharing desirable and affordable for all types of residents all while creating new, diverse opportunities and a strong community.
Learn how Common makes the roommate experience in the city 100% easier, and find all the answers to all your questions about coliving below.
- A brief history of coliving
- Top 5 things you’ll want to know about coliving
- How does coliving differ from traditional rentals?
About coliving at Common
- What is the application process like?
- How do you move into Common?
- What’s included in the rent?
- Types of coliving: studios, microunits, coliving, traditional
- How renewing your lease works at Common
- How to transfer from one Common home to another
- Your biggest questions about Common answered
The coliving experience
- What community means at Common
- New York Times profiles Newlyweds at Common Havemeyer
- A day in a life with LeeAnn Webster
- Meet a member: Misti Schindele
- Meet a member: Gabe Guzman
- Meet a member: John
- Meet a member: Rachel Quint
- Meet a member: Malachi Lee
- Meet a member: Mavreen Smiel
- Meet a member: Alison Schiffer
- Meet a member: Robert Arrendondo
- 33 Questions with Common Member Monique Steiner (video)
Moving to a new city away from your community can be scary, no matter how many exciting opportunities await you in your new home. There are plenty of obstacles to overcome. Not only do you have to find a place to live, but you also have to discover all the different areas, get used to the transportation system, and even make new friends.
Fifty percent of Common members are new to the city they live in. Our members come from diverse backgrounds, and they range from young professionals and digital nomads to entrepreneurs and social workers, with the median age being 29. One of our main missions at Common is to help create an intentional community among our residents. Though each of our members enjoys privacy in their private bedrooms, we also encourage them to share experiences. Whether that may be by cooking dinner together in the kitchen or attending a free community event, members are always invited (but never obliged) to spend time together and build a sense of community.
Interested in learning about the fine print (How much should you be spending on rent?) or just want to learn about the best restaurants in the areas around you? The articles under this category have you covered. We’ve compiled our best tips for getting settled and finding like-minded people below.
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Finding an apartment
- All the leasing professionals you need to know
- What fees are involved with moving?
- What do I look for when choosing an apartment?
- How much should I be spending on rent?
- What are some basic leasing laws I should know about?
- What are the different types of apartments?
- What’s the average rent in major cities?
- Housing options for international students
How to move
- Biggest moving mistakes people make
- Best moving companies
- Lifehacks: Moving to a city in the spring
- Lifehacks: Moving to a city in the summer
- Lifehacks: Moving to a city in the fall
- Lifehacks: Moving to a city in the winter
- 3 Tips for Moving to New York City
- Adjusting to a brand new city
- Beginner’s guide to New York City
- Beginner’s guide to San Francisco
- Beginner’s guide to LA
- Beginner’s guide to Chicago
- Beginner’s guide to Seattle
- Beginner’s guide to Washington, D.C.
Living with roommates is a great way to save money and build community in a big city, but it comes with its own set of unique challenges. First things first, how do you find them if you don’t have friends yet in the city? And then, once you’ve moved in, how do you navigate things like cleaning, overnight guests, and shared resources?
We’ve created the following articles to guide you through every aspect of living with roommates.
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- Tips for finding the perfect roommate
- 6 types of roommates you’ll find on Craigslist
- Roommate agreement form
- Your guide to living with roommates
- How dating works when you have roommates
- Best tips on how to be a good roommate
- 5 says to deal with a bad roommate
- Living with roommates as an introvert
Lessons from living with roommates
- What living with roommates is actually like
- Why it’s important to know your neighbors
- What living with roommates has taught me
- Why every 20-something should live with roommates
You’ve moved into a new home! Congrats! The next step? Decorating your space and transforming it into your own living oasis. There’s no wrong way to choose decor — your style is completely up to what makes you feel comfortable at home. But starting that process is daunting, and sometimes expensive. That’s why at Common, your home — including your private bedroom — comes fully furnished and shared spaces — including the kitchen — come fully stocked, so you just need to make the finishing touches.
Keep reading to discover our favorite decor tips, tricks, and hacks. Common’s own Head of Design and Construction Sophie Wilkinson even shares her favorite design tips for shared community spaces.
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Modern design tips
- 3 of the most helpful tips for designing your space
- How to personalize your room
- Small space design solutions
- Decorating shared spaces tips from Sophie Wilkinson
- Have fun with neutrals
- How to re-energize your space
- Where to find cheap, quality furniture
- Creative IKEA hacks you can achieve
- DIY decoration ideas for spring and summer
- How to design an effective home office