WHAT: As the proportion of people who can imagine living a more nomadic life in the gig economy increases, we also see an increase in various forms of shared housing developing in parallel. The target group for co-living often has few belongings, living in an international context with the opportunity and willingness to live in many different countries. Co-living is divided into “destination co-living” and “residential co-living” where the first describes co-living as part of a reason to visit, and the second a new form of housing solution in, for example, large cities. All over the world, villages that previously had a focus on tourism are being transformed into new visitor groups where digital nomads are one. SocialBookers.co is a service that offers a compilation of co-living places, for example in Europe. A quick search there shows many alternatives in, among other places, Spain, Serbia or Estonia. At the same time, we can see a development towards shared housing solutions at real estate companies where, among other things, housing complexes with smaller apartments are transformed into co-living, in favor of both socially and environmentally more sustainable solutions.
SO WHAT: In a world where loneliness, experiences and consumption are crucial issues for the development of society, co-living can aim to both reduce loneliness, prolong experiences, reduce emissions and promote local production. A study conducted by KTH on co-living as a living lab shows that if conditions exist in the form of, for example, shared meals and predetermined rules, the social exchange between the residents increases.