You may be forgiven for comparing coliving with a glorified college dorm. Where, instead of students cramming for upcoming exams, you have digital nomads launching their next startup or perhaps, a drop-shipping business.
Yet, proponents of these spruced-up communes claim that they offer a sense of community. Which is of course key in our lonely digital worlds.
WeWork entered the coliving game as early as 2016, opening two WeLive spaces in the US. Not one to downplay communal living, their website proclaims ‘Love your life.’ Because, well, FOMO sells.
Some coliving spaces function on a longer-term basis and allow you to live smack-bang in the middle of big cities; think The Collective in London, or Projects in Berlin. Oh and Happy Pigeons, who decided to steer clear of communist names.
Looking for a more temporary solution? There are short-term coliving spaces popping up all over Europe and now also the Balkan, which naturally include coworking facilities. So let’s say you’re a digital nomad looking to spend anywhere from a couple of nights to a couple of months in a spot. Where can you live and work with ease?
Well, since we love to remote work ourselves, we decided to throw together a little list for you. Happy coliving
Kotor Nest is a coliving space for all digital nomads and remote workers in the middle of Kotor’s ancient Old town in a 200-year old authentic stone building built in the Austrian-Hungarian style! Located 700 m from Kotor Beach, 70 m from Sea Gate – Main Entrance and 70 m from Kotor Clock Tower. Facilities at this accommodation include a shared kitchen, a shared lounge and free Wi-Fi in all areas. The snack bar invites you to linger over a drink.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge, a stovetop, an electric kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk.
Closest Airport by Car: Tivat, Montenegro (20 mins).
Cost: Comfort room / €24 per day, €720 per month, Standard room / €19 per day, €580 per month, Loft Apartment / €29 per day, €880 per month
Tivat is a coastal town in southwest Montenegro, located in the Bay of Kotor. As of 2011, its population was 14,111. Tivat is the centre of Tivat Municipality, which is the smallest municipality by area in Montenegro. Playworking itself is located some 20min drive outside of Tivat in the peninsula village of Đuraševići. Included is daily hiking, biking, SUP & kayak (use of and group activities) at the space. While Playworking is located beautifully with great views of the bay, there is not much around and a simple shopping trip will take you on a 20min walk or bike ride one way.
Closest Airport by Car: Tivat, Montenegro (30 mins).
Cost: Standard accommodation / from €500 per month single occupancy low season to €1500 per month double occupancy high season, Premium accommodation / from €975 per month single occupancy low season to €1800 per month double occupancy high season
Beyond looking like an architectural delight, Mokrin House makes for quite the rural escape. You can expect three delish meals per day — including their homemade rolled cheese(!) — and boutique accommodation options. Plus, you can splash around in the pool, get lost in the Serbian countryside on a complimentary bike, or snuggle up with other digital nomads for a movie night.
There’s a secluded coworking space available 24 hours per day and plenty of workshops and seminars to occupy your time. Always wanted to try your hand at ceramics? Well, now’s your chance.
Closest Airport by Car: Timișoara, Romania (1,5 hours).
Cost (incl. full-board):
Dorm Room / €46 per day, €289 per week, Shared Room / €59 per day, €371 per week, Single bedroom / €85 per day, €535 per week, Single Comfort / €108 per day, €680 per week
Nomad Island is a new addition in the Balkans and the first coliving in Albania. A charming villa from the 1920s offers colivers an intimate setting with just a few rooms and a beautiful outside working area.
The space is located in a quiet street, right in the middle of Tirana, close to the Old Bazar (Pazari i Ri), where a plethora of tasty and cheap eating options are luring in locals and visitors alike.
Closest Airport by Car: Tirana, Albania (20 mins).
Cost: Shared 4-Bed Community room / from €480 per month, Private room Micro / from €680 per month, Double room / from €980 per month, Suite from €1180 per month
1. Kotor Nest [Kotor, Montenegro]
2. Playworking Montenegro [Tivat, Montenegro]
3. Mokrin House of Ideas [Mokrin, Serbia]
4. Nomad Island [Tirana, Albania]