What is Coliving?
Coliving is a pretty new concept that has gained a lot of momentum in very little time mainly due to the demand from the millennial generation. Along with this fame, Coliving has also managed to carry a lot of misconceptions around it. There is always an air of doubt whenever something new comes up in the market. The same thing happened when the Coworking concept came into the picture, people were skeptical of it working and serving the need, but it turns out that Coworking is now a multi-billion dollar business. Here in this article, we will try to bust the most common myths around Coliving and make you familiar with the truth behind Coliving.
The Myths about Coliving and the truth behind them.
1. Coliving life means a life in Hostel or Dorm.
This is the most common myth around Coliving that counts Coliving as a subcategory of hostels and dorms. Yes, there are similarities between dorms and Coliving like affordable rents, suitable locations, and community experience. But we need to understand that the two are different and separate individual entities.
Coliving offers much better and higher standards of living. The Coliving spaces are generally designed to impress you at first look. You get all the amenities that you get at your home, beautifully decorated interiors, a variety of facilities and utilities that come along with Coliving spaces. Coliving also caters to a larger demographic compared to dorms which usually is more concentrated on students or millennial’s. Therefore, Coliving is much broader in its scope and offers a high standard of living.
2. Coliving is for Nomads and Hippies.
Another misconception commonly associated with Coliving spaces is that they are basically for the Hippies and Nomads types. Well, that is not correct. Coliving does not cater to a specific set of people in terms of backgrounds and beliefs although open-mindedness and tolerance are considered to be an important part of Coliving and community-based living. Living in a social space does not make one a Hippie or a Nomad or whatever you call it. Some of the Coliving spaces turn out to be a fairly permanent address for some.
3. Coliving means No Privacy.
The basic concept of Coliving is built around community living as it offers communal spaces along with many home-like amenities. Community living doesn’t necessarily mean that you give up on your privacy. Although Coliving always promotes communal harmony and socializing among the residents, it also ensures that your privacy is kept intact. The shared facilities in Coliving spaces such as the common rooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens are meant to bring people together and interact, but it also provides you with your private rooms which you can call your own space and enjoy your privacy.
4. Coliving is only for Students and people under 30.
Coliving does seem to be addressing the requirements of the younger generation, but it doesn’t end at that. This generation is quick to adapt to a new concept which makes sense to them rather than investing in a permanent property in this ever-changing world. With multiple job opportunities and options for this generation, the Millennials are choosing to stick to Coliving spaces which provide them everything a home can provide without having the burden of selling or renting out their property when they move to other cities. They are choosing to live in a collaborative space and building a global network for themselves.
5. Coliving is not for families and couples.
The myth that Coliving is not for families and couples has been proved to be wrong outside of India. Even in India, Couples are looking to move into coliving spaces with their friends. The new generation isn’t skeptical or afraid of not owning their own house but is thinking more on the lines of shared resources and connecting with people more. Coliving provides you with opportunities to expand your horizons and get involved in a diverse community.
So here were the most common myths surrounding the concept of Coliving. Coliving has been around for ages in different forms around us. The most common example being the Ashrams in India which has been an example of community living for a long time. Many festivals around the world celebrate the community’s way of living together. The new world is all about building a good network and interacting with people from all parts of the world irrespective of caste, gender, or religion and Coliving is the concept that portrays the world of communal harmony. We hope we have managed to break the common myths around Coliving and helped you with the truth.
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