As combining work with travel grows ever more popular, so does the concept of co-living. After spending a month in my first European co-living space this summer, I knew I was onto something good.
Living alongside other remote workers injects your travels with that extra bit of motivation you need to really buckle down and create something great. The opportunities for collaboration and personal growth are unparalleled, and inspiration hides around every corner.
Not only that, but co-living allows for true community building among a contingent of travelers that can often feel isolated by their unconventional travel style–slow, methodical, highly caffeinated, and characterized by hard work punctuated by play.
If you’re location independent or consider yourself a digital nomad, co-living with others just like you is one of the best things you can do to revitalize your creative energy and propel your business to the next level.
If your travels are taking you to The Old Continent, check out these beautiful European co-living spaces and get inspired to rise to greatness!
The Best European Co-Living Spaces for Your Next Workation
Casa Netural is located in the UNESCO town of Matera, Italy, a rural destination perfect for inspiring your dreams. They welcome everyone from freelancers to startup teams to remote workers and solopreneurs to share their space and find support from an international community of like-minded people. Co-living is quite affordable at €500 per month and €100 per month to use the co-working space. In your free time, explore the diverse landscape of Southern Italy including the famous Sassi di Matera, an ancient network of cave dwellings situated in the old town.
Coworking in the Sun
Coworking in the Sun combines workspaces, accommodation, leisure activities, Spanish lessons and more on the beautiful (and seriously sunny) island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Focus on your own projects or collaborate with others, then take a break to climb a volcano or enjoy the enchanting tropical scenery on “The Island of Eternal Spring.”
Nest Copenhagen is a dedicated co-living space that takes community-building very seriously. They have mandatory group dinners every Sunday and expect all residents to interact and contribute to the group, whether by teaching each other what they know or even sharing contacts. It’s all about relationships at Nest. You won’t be able to run your business from here as it is not intended to be a co-working space, but you’ll be sure to make a lot of valuable connections, find accountability partners and potential business partners, and best of all, make new friends.
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Surf Office has two sunny locations, one in Lisbon, Portugal, and the other in Gran Canaria, Spain. They offer both co-living and co-working spaces conveniently located near some of Europe’s best surf spots (although surfing skills are not a prerequisite!). Communal dinners are encouraged in their fully-stocked kitchens, and you’ll have everything you need to conduct business, including a fast WiFi connection, comfortable workstation, and a private space to conduct Skype calls.
I had the pleasure of checking out Hub Fuerteventura for myself this summer! This co-living and co-working space is situated in surfer’s paradise in the town of Corralejo, Fuerteventura. The accommodations on offer range from dorms in shared houses to private rooms in chic apartments–not to mention ocean views! The co-working space is equipped for your every business need, and provides the perfect atmosphere for organic collaboration. I’d recommend a stay at Hub Fuerteventura to any digital nomad, especially the sun seekers!
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“Sweden’s first co-living space for global entrepreneurs,” Hus 24 is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Stockholm’s startup scene while enjoying the chance to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Situated in the heart of Gamla Stan (the Old Town), this five-story house provides an inspiring environment for designers, hackers, entrepreneurs and founders to network and grow alongside one another.
Pura Vida Hub
Discover the charms of Bucharest, Romania when you spend your workation with Pura Vida Hub. The first co-living and co-working hub in the city offers everything you’ll need for a comfortable experience meeting and collaborating with other location independent nomads. Co-living rooms provide city views and activities are constantly being organized to help guests network, brainstorm, learn, and grow.
Enjoy life in rural Spain at Sende, a co-working and co-living space set in old Galician houses in Senderiz, a small village just 35 minutes from the northern border of Portugal. You’ll be surrounded by wildlife and nature, with big metropolitan centers like Porto and Santiago de Compostela not far away. Work on your dream projects in this cozy environment and spend your free time enjoying Port wine or chatting with the pilgrims of Santiago.
Sun and Co.
Sun and Co. is the first co-living and co-working community on the Meditteranean coast. Set in Jávea, a historic seaside town in Spain, this space exemplifies what it means to live the good life. Find your community in Sun and Co.’s 4-story, 19th-century home complete with dream kitchen, BBQ terrace, chill-out spaces, and free organic coffee and fruit to keep you focused. Get work done in the comfortable co-working space that offers everything you’ll need to run your business from the road.
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Looking for a thriving community in one of Europe’s most magnetic cosmopolitan centers? Look no further than The Collective, the newest and perhaps most exciting way to experience London. The Collective Old Oak is the world’s largest co-living space with 546 people living across 10 floors, and it’s designed with community in mind. This place truly has it all–communal lounges, communal kitchens, elegant dining rooms, a roof terrace, an on-site gym, a restaurant, a launderette, spa, and more! The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and offer excellent views–seriously, what more could ask for!?
European co-living spaces are truly a dream for the creative entrepreneur. Which of these would YOU most like to discover?