What is co-housing and where to do it

by Housesimple on 7th July 2018

As housing prices continue to rise and young adults are feeling the squeeze, more and more creative housing options are coming out of the woodwork. And cohousing, the trend that’s been on the rise for the past few years, seems to be leading the charge of alternative housing options. The idea is simple — you can rent a private room, apartment, or, in some cases, even a home and then benefit from the shared communal spaces and amenities. Although they’re mostly popping up in London, more and more we’re seeing them in other areas of the UK — anywhere where rents are high and tenants are looking for something more.

Is co-housing for you? Well, if you feel the isolation of living alone, especially in a large city, and you’re craving that sense of community, shared living can take you back to your uni days — but with a major upgrade. Check out some of these top co-living spaces around the UK to see what all of the fuss is about.

 

The Collective, London

When The Collective opened in 2016, it really put UK co-housing on the map. Though the private rooms are small, the coworking spaces, outdoor areas, and even a cinema go a long way to make up for it. And, if you’re used to paying London prices, The Collective offers way more amenities than the average London flat.

 

Echo Street, Manchester

This ambitious project has recently been given the green light for 642 co-living bedrooms, as well as some student accommodation, that is set to totally transform Manchester's Echo Street. With shared living spaces and luxury apartments available, it aims to give grads a leg up into post-university living, while still maintaining a sense of community.

 

Lancaster Cohousing, Lancaster

Cohousing with a truly friendly feel, Lancaster Cohousing offers

private homes, community facilities, workshops, studios and shared outdoor space. Currently, with 65 adults and 15 children, it’s one of the only living spaces that allow private homes and is family-friendly, showing the cohousing can work no matter where in your housing journey you are. And if that doesn’t sell you, it’s beautiful riverside location almost certainly will.

 

Norn, London

Norn is part co-living space, part private members club. Membership to Norn allows you to access the living spaces in Berlin, London, San Francisco, or Barcelona — perfect for the modern nomadic worker. It’s swish and luxurious — a far cry from some of the more behemoth-feeling co-living spaces — and they’re all about the experience, hosting member’s events in all of their cities.

 

Ventnor Villas Co-living, Central Hove

This Hove location, right next to the centre of gorgeous Brighton, is the ultimate millennial living space. Trendy, stylish, and located a stone’s throw from the beach, it focuses on innovation every step of the way. A place to work, live, and thrive. Want to be even more in the centre of things? Their Clifton Hill location offers the same amenities at an enviable address. And if you want something with a little more breathing room, their Eastbourne location gives you another glorious seaside option.

 

Vantage Point, London

Located in popular Archway, the Vantage Point co-living space in London seems to offer something for every area of your life. With 7,000 square feet of shared social space, you can work out in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, relax in the lounge, or book out the private dining room for when your friends come around. And with tenancies available for up to three years, there’s a security that you don’t find in many places in the rental sector.

 

Cohousing isn’t for everyone, but with all of the amazing amenities on offer, it’s easy to see why many young people would be flocking. In London and Manchester, having a cinema or gym in your building usually comes with a suffocating price tag, but these options give you those luxuries — as well as some camaraderie — for a fraction of the price. It’s an area of real estate that’s continuing to boom, so keep your eye out as more co-living spaces pop up near you.