Updated: Jun 13, 2022
People have been asking me more and more if I could recommend a coliving for them so it starts to make sense to create my very own list. Places I have been to and loved. Nothing less, nothing more.
In no particular order:
Key words: Nature & outdoor activities lover at any season. Traditional village life. Cheese, wine, chocolate. Small cozy community.
Type: Destination coliving Location: Grimentz Village, french speaking part of Switzerland (but english is the language of the community) - Everything can be done by foot + 5 min walk from the gondola. Size: 2 chalets next to each other. Up to 15 ppl. Average 6-8 Access: worth it ;-) A couple of hours by train+bus from Geneva airport but Swiss public transports are amazing and the view is breathtaking. Price range: Depends on season and type of room. From 249 Eur/week for a shared bed (2 ppl in the room) in low season to 349 Eur in high season (Winter) - Also single and double rooms available. https://www.swissescape.co/prices
Minimum stay: 1 week
Average stay: 3 weeks Activities: season based.
Winter season starts around mid November - ends mid April: skiing and snowboarding of course, snow shoe hiking, sledge, eating fondue and drinking mulled wine, lots of boardgames with the community!
From April to end of Sept: hiking, climbing, mountain biking, tennis, mini golf...eating raclette on the balcony, cow and marmotte spotting...
Community set up: 1 community manager on site encouraging group activities and exchanges. Focus on business and skillsharing. Coaching services available by co-founder Fanny. Founders Haz and Fanny are digital nomads themselves and are usually visiting a 3-4 times a year. Communication tool: Whatsapp. Can I volunteer as a Community Manager: Yes absolutely - Minimum stay is 1 month https://www.swissescape.co/work-with-us
Cleaning: Once a week on weekends. Shared and private rooms. Pet friendly: no Kid friendly: no I have been there: On my way! (July 2022) I work with them: yes - Since Jan 2021 FAQ: https://www.swissescape.co/faq Booking: https://www.swissescape.co/book-now Webiste: https://www.swissescape.co/
Listen to Fanny's episode on The Humans Inside The Pods to learn more about her story and how Swiss Escape was born.
Key words: French countryside - Castle life - historical area - french (sea) food and wine lover Fun & eclectic community.
Type: Destination coliving Location: Picauville, Normandie, France (but english is the language of the community) - Not far from the D-day beaches or the famous Mont Saint Michel. Size: A chateau and a manoir! Up to 30 guests at onces, usually around 20. Access: worth it ;-) -A few hours by train from Paris . Then you can organise pick up from the station with the team. Possible to rent a car to get around on day trips. The team also rents out the chateau car and you can always car pool! Price range: Depends on the type of room. There are also family appartments in the Manoir accross the park. From 350 Eur/week for budget room to 550 Eur for a deluxe. https://chateaucoliving.com/book/
Minimum stay: 1 week
Average stay: 1month Activities: yoga is included. You can borrow bikes, walks in the forest, hikes, historical tours, day trip to the beautiful coastal towns (Honfleur...) , eating french food, boardgames, themed parties, hide and seek in the chateau, horse riding on the beach... Shared meals to chip in for, sunday crepes are included, weekly family meetings, skillshares...
Community set up: 2-3 community manager team on site encouraging group activities and exchanges. The team does supermarket runs twice a week so people can pre order their food. Founder Katia is on site several months a year. Communication tool: slack. Can I volunteer as a Community Manager: Yes absolutely - Minimum stay is 3 months.
I have been there: Yes! I work with them: yes - Since Jan 2022
Listen to Katia's episode on The Humans Inside The Pods to learn more about Chateau Coliving's story.
Key words: greek island life, gorgeous villa, infinity pool, greek food, small cozy community, amazing views, indian summers, self care.
Type: Destination coliving- Seasonal (Only open for individual coliving from November 1st to march 31st) Location: Chania, Crete, Greece (but english is the language of the community)
Size: 2 gorgeous villas next to each other. Up to 10 people. Access: 15 min drive from the airport! . Possible to rent a car to get around on day trips and if you do not drive you can always car pool! Price range: All rooms are ensuite + balcony with sea view. Option of extra space with mezzanine. 465 Eur/week or 1850 Eur for a month in the regular double. https://www.greekescape.co/prices
Minimum stay: 1 week
Average stay: 1.5 month Activities: Pool, beach, market, discovering Chania's many delicious restaurants and cafes, exploring the beaches around Chania, hiking, wine, honey, oil tasting, game nights, bbqs, masterminds... Focus on business and skillsharing. Coaching services available by co-founder Fanny.
Community set up: 1 community manager on site encouraging group activities and exchanges. Co founders Haz & Fanny often spent 2-3 months there. Communication tool: Whatsapp. Can I volunteer as a Community Manager: Yes absolutely - Minimum stay is 1 month. https://www.greekescape.co/work-with-us
Cleaning: Once a week. Shared and private rooms. Pet friendly: No Kid friendly: No
I have been there: Yes! I work with them: yes - Since Jan 2021
Key words: beach and city combo, very active community life, amazing for wine & beer lovers, historical place, lots of workspaces option including outdoor.
Type: Destination coliving Location: Burgas, Bulgaria (but english is the language of the community) Great spot for a 'Visa run' for non European who can only stay in the EU for 90 days as Bulgaria is not in Schengen.
Size: A large former communist bath building fully rennovated. About 20 guests. Access: 25 min drive from the airport, 20 min from the city and the beach. Very affordable cab option. Price range: Different type of rooms (ensuite, double, single) - From 30 to 40 Eur/night https://burgascoliving.com/pages/book/
Minimum stay: 1 week
Average stay: They just opened! Activities: beach, visits of towns around, exploring the bulgarian cuisine, hiking, movie nights, game nights, bbq nights, ine and beer tasting by the owners (beer brewer), massage skillshares...
Community set up: Katya and Tony the owners are the heart of this new community. With their two labs. They host cooking classes, beer tasting and pretty much anything you want to do. Communication tool: Slack Can I volunteer as a Community Manager: Yes absolutely - they are now recruiting! Get in touch directly with Tony and Katya https://burgascoliving.com/pages/explore-5/
Cleaning: Once a week. Shared and private rooms. Pet friendly: yes Kid friendly: I do not know actually
I have been there: Yes! I work with them: no FAQ: https://burgascoliving.com/burgas-coliving-2/ Booking: https://burgascoliving.com/pages/book/ Webiste: https://burgascoliving.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/burgascoliving/
Heart of Stockholm
Key words: Self run community, belonging, one of a kind, shared living, urban & close to nature, eclectic community, self awarenes and exploration.
Type: Residential coliving Location: Sockholm. Central location (Ostermalm) Size: Former 4 stories hotel. About 53 residents. Access: Easy peasy. City center. Walking distance to pretty much everything. Close to subway stations. Price range: Depends on the type of room (shared, private, single, double...) From about 600 euros a month up to around 1500 euros month.
Minimum stay: 6 months. Preferably 1 year.
Average stay: about 2 years.
Activities & Community set up: skillshares, painting, potery, hiking, climbing, movie night, game night, dinners, brunches, parties, yoga, concerts...This is a residential coliving. It is a home for all of these 50+ people. People are not nomads but mostly locals and expacts. Being a self run community anything that happens is by the engagement of the community members themselves. There is no community manager. Each new resident is invited to join a team that helps the house to run smoothly and the community meets once a month to discuss any potential improvement or challenge. Communication tool: Slack
Cleaning: Couple of times a week for the shared spaces, every second week for the private rooms.
Pet friendly: On case by case basis Kid friendly: On case by case basis
Curious to hear what it is all about? A lot of The Humans Inside The Pods episodes are with former or current K9 residents!