A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CO-LIVING RESIDENT | LIFE AT CO-LIVING
The appeal of co-living comes from the fact that it fits so well with many different lifestyles. For example, some of past guests at startupbnb.com have included Leo Widrich, co-founder at Buffer; Conni Biesalski, digital nomad and blogger at PlanetBackpack.de; Paul Ryan, digital marketer at MarketSlide; and Chelsea Rustrum, author, speaker and consultant. Their varied backgrounds and professional endeavors give a peek into the widespread appeal of co-living. Typically, a day at a co-living space involves morning work sessions, meetings, lunch on your own, afternoon work sessions, breaks, and dinner or evening activities as a group.
TIPS, TRICKS, & ETIQUETTE
If you’re still on board with the coliving idea (we are too!), there’s one last thing to consider before taking the leap: how to make a successful transition from your current life/work model to coliving. Here are some tips, tricks, and etiquette to help you understand what you need to do – and avoid – as part of a coliving community.
- Be an active member of the community. Join events, meet your roommates (if sharing accommodation) and fellow residents, and take an active role in connecting with those you’re living with.
- Respect house rules about guests, noise, and privacy.
- Be considerate of your fellow residents. If keeping your space tidy is tough, opt for a single room and confine your mess to your personal surroundings.
- Help yourself. Even more than co-working, you need to be a self-sufficient, productive member of the space.
- Respect the kitchen and dining spaces as sacred. Everyone has to use them, so tidying up after yourself will keep you in everyone’s good books. …
- Be a wallflower. You don’t have to be social all the time, but it’s impossible to avoid everyone if you’re living in a co-living space.
- Be the resident everyone has a bone to pick with – do your part, and carry your weight in keeping the co-living space neat, tidy, and nice to live in.
- Annoy anyone with headphones on. Headphones mean someone is working or on a call, or they just don’t want to talk.
- Break the rules you agree to upon move-in. This isn’t your home – it’s everyone’s, and you have to respect that.