Modern life, especially in big cities, is very expensive. A great way to live in the urban space around the world is to cohabitate with others. This has become known as coliving. Whether you want to be able to afford rent in New York or to experience a city around the world, choosing this path will help you follow your dreams while providing the support, comradery, and stability to go for it. Learning what this kind of cohabitation entails will help you put into clarity the best city for you and your situation.
What is Coliving?
Coliving is a modern phenomenon of communal habitation that provides a way for people to get their own room and share common space with other people. It has become a popular way to make life in expensive areas more accessible for all kinds of people like travelers, students, and workers who need to relocate. It is no secret why this lifestyle is popular for its affordability and flexibility. It can also provide amenities and a sense of community. Your roommates can help you adapt to a new city and learn to overcome its challenges. With support from peers, you will be able to thrive.
New York City
New York City isn’t just one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is one of the most vibrant. Here you are stronger together. When you cohabitate with others, you can live in a bigger, more comfortable place. It takes a long time to truly become a New Yorker, and that’s because there is a steep learning curve. That’s why one of the best ways to move to the Big Apple for the first time is to live with other people who can show you the ropes of living in one of the most exciting cities in the world. There is no shortage of things to do and places to go.
Singapore is another city that is quite expensive. According to some lists, it is the most costly city in the world to live in. Still it is a wonderful place to live if you follow the rules. You can find upward mobility if you’re willing to work hard. You will have a good life. It is also a safe place for women. The social and political rules are complex, which makes living with other people who may not be from Singapore advantageous. Being one of, if not the, most expensive and complex places to live in Southeast Asia, living with other women can be very helpful.
The most expensive city in Canada, Vancouver is an amazing place to live. If you’re not from Canada, you will be able to take in all of that uniquely Canadian friendliness while taking advantage of an international city. You will likely live with interesting people, who may be from Canada or somewhere else entirely. With so many things to do and see in the area, living with people who provide a way for you to swap ideas about activities you should utilize while you’re in Vancouver.
Notoriously one of the most inaccessible cities, Los Angeles is expensive, huge, and diverse. When you don’t know it well, it can feel impenetrable—incomprehensible. First, you probably won’t know what neighborhood to live in. They are essentially their own cities after all. You won’t know what area is safe and what neighborhood is dangerous. You won’t know how to get places. If you don’t have a car, you will have to get one. There is no way around it in LA. All of these reasons make Los Angeles a great place to cohabitate with others who either know the drill or are going through it with you. With such an expensive and inaccessible place, Los Angeles is perfect for coliving.
One of many European cities where coliving is a good option, Berlin is relatively inexpensive and full of interesting people. When you choose to live with others, you will be able to find creatives and intellectuals who you can live with. Everyone here speaks English. In Berlin, cohabitating can help you live in a great place. It is a great and safe city for women to live together and soak in all the art, culture, and party scene Berlin has to offer.
When it comes to cohabitating as a woman, there are a few things you want to keep in mind. Whether you are trying to make an expensive place cheaper or an inaccessible place easier, coliving offers a wonderment of possibilities, community, support, and financial stability.
Ryan Beitler is a journalist, writer, and travel blogger who has been featured in Paste Magazine, The Slovenia Times, New Noise Magazine, and more.