Why Coliving is not Coworking

The best way to reduce the cost of work or living spaces is to share them. With the rising cost of living, people are searching for more affordable ways to survive. Because of this, more and more people are using cohabitation spaces. Two types of cohabitation spaces are co-living homes, and co-working spaces. Although the concept regarding these two ideas are similar, they are not the same.

            Coliving spaces allow people to live together, connect, and reduce the price of rent. The focus on these places is affordability and getting to know new people. A lot can be said for co-living spaces because they help people bond, and build strong relationships with people they might not have otherwise known. Coworking spaces, on the other hand, are more focused on work. The intention behind these places is to provide an office for those who work from home, or for people who need a quiet, professional area(Coworker, 2018). Connections can be made in these spaces, but they’re unlikely. The attention is more on getting work done quickly and efficiently without the hassles one would face at home.

            Co-working spaces have only recently become popular. They were created as a way to accommodate new business professionals, and those who work from home. Though they are becoming more and more common, co-working spaces are still a fad. They’re not yet a tried and true aspect of society. Coliving spaces, however, have been around for years. Though they’re not the most well-known housing unit, they are here to stay. Coliving homes provide an affordable option for people who wish to live in big cities, but can’t afford to do so on their own. It is a way of life– not a fad. Coliving homes are there for those who can’t afford other options, and for those who need a new support system.

            Another major difference between co-working spaces and co-living spaces is the behavior within them. Coworking spaces are professional. There is a protocol on how one must act in a co-working space, which doesn’t allow real bonds to form. Co-living spaces are lax. They let their residents live comfortably and be themselves. They can wear pajamas all day if they so choose. A coliving house is a home, whereas a co-working space is, quite simply, work. Living and working are not the same, no matter what anyone says. Comparing the two takes the positivity out of the co-living homes(Perdrix, 2019). It also limits the unique experiences that come from each cohabitation situation.

            The only similarity between co-working and co-living spaces is that they share the work “co.” The two focus are two very different aspects of life– living and working– and should not be compared. What they do bring to the table is affordability, and a potential to work with and get to know others. The two cohabitation spaces are both on the rise, yet they should not be compared. They’re both their own idea and concept–they will only flourish if they are treated accordingly.


  1. Coworker, What is Coworking? (2019, October 07). Retrieved May 22, 2020, from https://www.coworker.com/mag/what-is-coworking

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