Work-life boundaries continue to blur: How the pandemic has changed co-living

Digiday 20 Jul 2021 04:01
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July 20, 2021 by Suzanne Bearne

With remote working now an option, last year Ellie Halls decided to swap Clapham in southwest London for the south of France for a month.

Rather than stay in an Airbnb apartment, the events manager, 41, decided she wanted more of an opportunity to meet new people. Inspired by a friend who had previously stayed in a similar set-up in Lisbon and New York, she booked a space at a co-living property in Montpellier.

There, Halls found herself with an instant crowd of potential friends. “As soon as I arrived everyone was really friendly. I headed to the beach with someone and joined a WhatsApp group for the building. There was always something to do.”

Halls, who booked her own private bedroom, said the extra cost of working from various meeting rooms meant she rotated between working in the restaurant, her room and/or in the shared living room or kitchen.

Halls enjoyed the experience so much that she stayed for six months. However, there were drawbacks. “Everyone was quite young. I think it’s better if you’re more like 25 years old than 40 years old. For me, it was a stepping stone, not something long-term,” she said.

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