The ultimate guide to living with roommates in Coliving

We often share accommodation with someone most of our lives. First there are parents, relatives, then dorm roommates, partners, or just people we came in contact with in different hostels or Airbnb when traveling. Whatever the reason, sharing of housing has been a common part of our lives for many years.

And it's not just shared housing. The sharing industry has started to grow enormously in recent years and we can see it in various sectors. Sharing cars or places in cars. Sharing space in the trunk of cars. Sharing bicycles or scooters. Job sharing and the like. The so-called "Sharing" business is on the rise, and not just in the real estate sector, where Coliving - which is basically an abbreviated word - is common.

Coliving shared living has been taken to a new level and it is time to introduce it to you in all its beauty. You may not believe it, but Coliving is the golden mean between expensive hotel rooms and low-quality accommodation via Airbnb.

A brief history of Coliving

Coliving is nothing new. Its origins date back to the 19th century, where this opportunity was used mainly by immigrants or people who did not have enough money to rent a separate apartment. So these people rented and lived together in one apartment or house. Living together became a bit silent because more people could afford to buy their own house or flat due to the improving economic situation.

A few years later, with the increasing demand for travel, more and more tourists came to the cities, and many of them could not afford to pay for expensive hotels. A certain group of people noticed this, and because they owned large apartments or houses, they began to rent rooms on their own. Later, Airbnb and, of course, Coliving evolved from this trend - as we know it today.

Who is Coliving for?

  • In short, Coliving is looking for some tips from people.
  • Tourists who need housing only for a short time.
  • Students who need to live off college premises.
  • People who want to stay for a short time and get to know the city.
  • People who love society, do not want to be alone, and want to use this way of life in the long run.

The advantages of Coliving is mainly that it is flexible, offers its tenants many benefits, and can be used in both long and short term. Coliving offers one's own privacy, but at the same time the promise that one will never be alone. This can be very beneficial in many cases, and people using this lifestyle are aware of it.

In essence, Coliving quickly and efficiently solves the housing crisis in larger cities, where apartments are expensive and people do not even have the opportunity to rent the entire apartment themselves in their desired quality and in their desired part of the city. That is why it is a great opportunity for millennials who are trying to be independent from their parents and live their own lives.

What does the normal day of a person living in Coliving look like?

Many people ask what a person's day at Coliving looks like. We will try to outline it for you based on experience. We asked a "Coliver," who uses Coliving from SharedEasy in New York. A typical "Coliver" works from home or has to run to certain meetings from time to time. He is active and enjoys what his neighborhood has to offer.

8:30 am:

Alarm clock in your room. After morning hygiene, his steps lead mainly to the kitchen, where all equipment is in place for him to have his favorite morning coffee, have breakfast and even chat with his roommates, who are also slowly waking up or have been awake for a while.

9:00 am:

A laptop opens on one of the desks, which are very reasonably distributed throughout the apartment so that everyone who works from home has enough space for their work. Video conferencing, audio calls, chats are being planned. It's easy to work in.

12:00 pm:

At this time, the lunch break usually begins. "Coliver" can eat at home, or if he wants to change environment, he goes to one of the nearby proven restaurants. It may even happen that one of the roommates prepares food for everyone.

2:00 pm:

At this hour, work begins again. Usually, people go to meetings at this time, or all-day work is finalized or deadlines are completed. Again, you can choose to work from any desired spot or part of the house.

4:00 pm:

A short break for coffee and chat with roommates. And then back to work.

7:00 pm:

Usually, another day is planned and everything concerning work ends.

7:30 pm:

At this time, roommates usually meet and have dinner together, or of course everyone sticks to their own program. You go to the city, to the restaurant, to the bar, to the fitness centre, or for a walk - it's simply a completely free time after a quality working day.

11:00 pm:

Hooray for bed, so as to be able to go full steam again the next day.

This is a description of a normal day from a person who currently makes use of Coliving. Of course, this is just one example out of many. For example, if someone does not work from home, he will always leave in the morning and return home after work or after school and the like. So just take this as an example.

If you want to use this type of housing, you should be able to behave according to certain laid down rules. Here are the most important things to keep in mind.

How to be a good Coliver?

  • Be an active member of the community. Get involved in various events with your roommates.
  • Respect the household rules of Coliving.
  • Respect your roommates. Some of them can work at night, etc.
  • Respect the guests of your roommates.
  • Read the rules of noise and privacy of other people in the house.
  • Keep order and cleanliness.
  • The kitchen, dining area and living room are sacred. Always clean up after yourself. Everyone loves a neat person.

Who is a bad roommate?

  • He who did the opposite of all or any of the above.
  • He disturbs people using headphones. Headphones usually mean that people are working, making phone calls or simply do not want to be disturbed.

You don't have to be completely sociable, but don't deliberately avoid people with whom you share a household. It's disrespectful and you'll make a bad impression, too. Always ask yourself - objectively - if you would choose yourself as your roommate. You have to realize that this is not only your home, but also the home of all your roommates.

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