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January 30th, 2024

  • Urban Campus is set to open La Maillerie, Lille Coliving in summer 2024.
  • This new construction venture is supported by Nhood (real estate provider) and Batipart (investor).
  • The La Maillerie coliving marks Urban Campus’ largest coliving project, with a total of 121 units.
  • The building features a unique design of shared cluster units in cozy, standard, or premium categories.

We are expanding in Lille! 

Urban Campus is thrilled to announce the continued progress of the La Maillerie Coliving venture in Lille, set to open in the summer of 2024. This innovative coliving development, in partnership with Nhood and Batipart, has been meticulously designed from the ground up to embody the essence of coliving. The building will offer 121 units, making it Urban Campus’ largest coliving space to date.

La Maillerie, Lille Coliving coming in summer 2024

 

Urban Campus La Maillerie, Lille Coliving 

The La Maillerie, Lille Coliving will have a distinctive design featuring cluster units. These units are crafted to balance private and communal living, offering residents their own private bedrooms alongside sleek, shared common areas. Also, future colivers will have the choice of cozy, standard, and premium living options. Each category offers different amenities and modern layouts. 

Urban Campus has always been committed to providing exceptional common spaces for community-building and connection. This project is no different, including state-of-the-art common zones like:

  • Coworking Space
  • Gym
  • Cinema Room
  • Event Space
  • Lounge
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Expansive Terraces
  • Patio

 

La Mallerie in Villeneuve-d’Ascq

La Maillerie, Lille Coliving coming in summer 2024

La Maillerie is a historic district undergoing a vibrant transformation. It is nestled in the tranquil Villeneuve-d’Ascq region of Lille. This rapidly developing area is becoming a hub for professional opportunities, thanks to its proximity to the headquarters of major corporations like Auchan, Bonduelle, and Leroy Merlin

The area is also home to universities and specialized schools, including the prestigious EDHEC Business School Campus. This blend of industrial growth and educational excellence makes La Maillerie an ideal place for professional development and networking.

Additionally, the neighborhood is a haven for nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts. The region boasts extensive green spaces, including the Parc du Héron nature reserve. Furthermore, the culinary scene is vibrant, highlighted by the internationally recognized Les Halles Biltoki food market. This renowned market is a central spot in the neighborhood, and is conveniently located less than 5 minutes from our new coliving. 

La Maillerie is ideally situated at the crossroads of the Croix and Villeneuve-d’Ascq areas, offering a perfect blend of local charm and convenience. The location also provides access to the lively city center of Lille. 

 

Urban Campus: Expanding and Growing

La Maillerie, Lille Coliving coming in summer 2024!

The launch of La Maillerie is a significant milestone in the ongoing expansion and growth of Urban Campus. Our vision is to revolutionize the concept of urban living, and this venture is a leap forward in that direction.

Above all, we are dedicated to creating innovative living spaces that adapt to the evolving needs of the modern world. This new venture is a pivotal step in our mission to broaden our reach across France. It is a symbol of our growing commitment to enhancing urban life through innovative living solutions.

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Have you ever tried kombucha? 

Kombucha is quickly becoming a sensation worldwide. Imagine a refreshing, fermented drink that not only tastes delicious but also offers unique health benefits. Crafted from a blend of tea, yeast, and sugar, Kombucha’s magic ingredient is the “SCOBY” – a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. This bacteria turns kombucha into a drink that is, in fact, alive

While the concept of a ‘living’ beverage might seem unusual, Kombucha’s fusion of deliciousness and wellness is something you need to experience. Trust us on this one; you’ve got to try it.   

We are excited to not only jump into the fascinating world of Kombucha, but to also share the inspiring story of one of our Urban Campus colivers. Get ready to meet an inspiring entrepreneur who transformed his affinity for Kombucha into a booming business and one-of-a-kind brand. 

 

Meet Raul de Frutos: Co-CEO and Co-founder at Viver Kombucha 

Meet Raul de Frutos: Co Founder & Co CEO at Viver Kombucha

Raul de Frutos is a coliver in our UC Atocha, Madrid Coliving and is the Co-CEO and Co-founder of Viver Kombucha. It is nearly impossible to describe Raul in just a few words, but if we had to, it would go something like this: fervently passionate, curious, and downright inspiring. Raul co-founded and runs Viver Kombucha, the #1 fastest growing kombucha brand in Spain in 2023. 

But how did Viver Kombucha come to be? Let’s rewind.

Originally from Cádiz, Spain, Raul moved to Madrid to study Industrial Engineering at the Univerisdad Politécnica de Madrid. It was there where he met Fernando, who would later become his future business partner. During their final year of university, they both decided to go to the United States to complete their degrees in Chicago. Having always been drawn to adventure, Raul loved the challenge of living in a foreign country and exploring the many cultural differences. 

The most important thing Raul did in the US? Drink kombucha. He cited himself as a total kombucha addict during this time, and also witnessed the rapid growth in the drinks popularity. Raul stayed in Chicago for 5 years after graduation, working principally with startups and gaining tons of professional experience. But in the back of his mind, he always had the idea of popularizing Kombucha in Spain. 

 

The start of Viver Kombucha

Meet Raul de Frutos: Co Founder & Co CEO at Viver Kombucha

Following their five-year stint in Chicago, Raul and Fernando both moved back to Spain with the plan to launch their very own Kombucha venture. They used their savings from the US to establish a dedicated Kombucha factory in Granada. This endeavor involved months of meticulous effort, especially when it came to refining the art of Kombucha brewing on a large scale. 

“We thought we knew how to make Kombucha, but once you start making it at scale it’s completely different. Kombucha is a really wild product and we had many things to learn. We actually went to California to learn from the Kombucha gurus there, and did a lot of consulting and revisions of our process.”

Mastering the kombucha-making process

Meet Raul de Frutos: Co Founder & Co CEO at Viver Kombucha

If you’re curious how Kombucha is brewed, here’s a quick overview of the process. 

  • Brew sweet tea as the base.
  • Add sugar and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) to the tea.
  • The SCOBY eats the sugar, converting it into beneficial acids and probiotics.
  • Let the mixture ferment for about 3-4 weeks.
  • Add organic fruits for flavoring.
  • Allow another week of fermentation to infuse the flavors.
  • Bottle the kombucha.
  • Kombucha is not pasteurized in order to preserve the beneficial bacteria. Therefore, it should be kept refrigerated after production to maintain its quality and health benefits.

Building from scratch

Initially, Raul and Fernando did everything themselves, including hand-labeling every Kombucha bottle. They started with just one single flavor, ginger and turmeric, and went door-to-door asking stores in Granada to stock their product.

Meet Raul de Frutos: Co Founder & Co CEO at Viver Kombucha

Despite initial skepticism from friends and family, their efforts paid off. They sold their first bottle in March 2020, and sales quickly increased. In the early days, Viver Kombucha was only available in herbalists and specialty health food stores. Present day, it’s sold in over 4,000 stores across Spain, including major retailers like El Cortes Ingles and Carrefour. The company has expanded to a team of 20 and is also beginning to enter other European markets. Above all, their commitment to selling healthy products remains stronger than ever. 

“The market is full of drinks that are not healthy for people…I think it’s important that people have healthier options. Working on a product that is good for people really motivates us.” 

 

Raul & Urban Campus

Meet Raul de Frutos: Co Founder & Co CEO at Viver Kombucha

Raul’s entrepreneurial spirit is fully engaged in leading Viver Kombucha alongside Fernando, where he’s ambitiously expanding the brand to include a variety of fermented and healthful beverages. His vision is far-reaching, seeing kombucha as merely the first step in a larger journey.

Beyond the professional realm, Raul thrives on adventure and excitement. This is evident in his love for travel and socializing, coupled with a strong passion for fitness. He even completed an Ironman in Hawaii while residing in the US!

Passionate about meeting new people, Raul has always found great value in residing with roommates or in shared spaces. This preference led him to Urban Campus, attracted by the prospect of a vibrant, shared community. Since he works from home, Raul cherishes the ability to step out of his private space and spontaneously engage with fellow residents in common areas. Whether coworking together, hitting the gym or going to community pizza nights, the ease of connecting with other colivers in Urban Campus is priceless for him. Plus, the convenience and flexibility offered by Urban Campus is a great bonus for his busy lifestyle as a business owner. 

Want to try Viver Kombucha for yourself? 

  • Check out all their different packs and flavors!
  • Psst…UC members! Check out your UC Member perks for a special discount code.

Meet Raul de Frutos: Co Founder & Co CEO at Viver Kombucha

Let’s get to know the free museums in Madrid 🏢 🌆

Immerse yourself in the artistic heartbeat of Madrid, a city where world-class art and history are accessible to all. Among Madrid’s most enticing attractions are the numerous museums dotted throughout the city, many of which open their doors to the public for free. Madrid’s museums, ranging from timeless classics to modern marvels, showcase the city’s dedication to art, history and more. 

Ready to explore for yourself? Keep reading for our guide to free museums in Madrid.

 

Free Museums in Madrid: Museo de Historia de Madrid

Free Museums in Madrid - let’s explore the city!

The Museo de Historia de Madrid, located in the former Royal Hospice of San Fernando, offers a journey through Madrid’s history from the 16th century to the present. Its collection includes paintings, models, and photographs that depict the evolution of the city. The museum’s highlight is the Allegory of the Villa de Madrid, a painting by Francisco de Goya. Visitors can also explore temporary exhibitions that delve into various aspects of Madrid’s history and culture.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Address: Calle de Fuencarral, 78
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

 

Espacio Telefónica

Free Museums in Madrid - let’s explore the city!

The Telefónica Building, constructed between 1926 and 1929, was originally the headquarters of the National Telephone Company of Spain. In the 21st century, the building underwent a significant transformation to become Espacio Telefónica. The space hosts exhibitions that blend art, science, and technology, offering a unique perspective on the digital world. The museum’s interactive displays and multimedia installations make it a fascinating visit for tech enthusiasts and art lovers alike. 

  • Entrance: Free
  • Address: Calle de Fuencarral, 3
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

 

Museo Geominero

Free Museums in Madrid - let’s explore the city!

The Museo Geominero, housed in the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, presents a stunning collection of geological treasures. Visitors can marvel at minerals, rocks, and fossils from Spain and its former colonies. The museum’s architecture, with its grand staircase and beautiful stained glass, adds to the experience. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in geology or natural history.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Address: Calle Ríos Rosas, 23
  • Opening Hours: Every day of the week from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

 

Museo del Aire (Air Museum)

Free Museums in Madrid - let’s explore the city!

The Museo del Aire, located at the former Cuatro Vientos Airport, offers a fascinating exploration of aviation history. This museum provides an extensive collection of aircraft and aviation-related artifacts. Visitors can see over 150 aircrafts, ranging from early flight models to modern jets, including fighters, bombers, and transport planes. The museum also features engines, weapons, and uniforms, giving a comprehensive view of aviation technology and its impact on history. 

  • Entrance: Free
  • Address: Carretera de Extremadura A-V, Km 10,700
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

 

Museo Sorolla

Free Museums in Madrid - let’s explore the city!

Although not technically free, Museo Sorolla comes close with an extremely-low cost of 3€.

Dedicated to the works of Joaquín Sorolla, this museum is located in the artist’s former home and studio. It offers an intimate glimpse into Sorolla’s life and art, showcasing his luminous, impressionist-style paintings. The museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens, also designed by Sorolla, providing a peaceful retreat in the city. His works, primarily focused on landscapes, portraits, and social themes, reflect the light and color of the Mediterranean. 

  • Entrance: 3€
  • Address: Calle General Martínez Campos, 37
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm; Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.

 

Museo del Romanticismo

The Museo del Romanticismo, set in a restored 19th-century palace, offers a glimpse into the Romantic era in Spain. It houses a collection of furniture, paintings, and decorative arts from the 19th century, reflecting the lifestyle and customs of the period. The museum’s highlights include works by Goya and Madrazo, as well as a recreated Romantic-era garden. 

  • Entrance: 3€
  • Address: Calle San Mateo, 13
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.

 

Free Museums in Madrid: Museums with Select Free Hours

In addition to the free museums in Madrid, there are certain museums which open their doors for free during specific hours. This ensures that Madrid’s wealth of art and history is accessible to all, democratizing the cultural experience.

Prado Museum

One of the world’s premier art galleries, the Prado Museum houses an impressive collection of European art. It features works by Velázquez, Goya, and Bosch – just to name a few!

  • Free Entry Hours: Monday to Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Reina Sofía Museum

The Reina Sofía Museum, focusing on 20th-century art, is home to Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ and other modern masterpieces.

  • Free Entry Hours: Monday and Wednesday – Saturday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, plus Sundays from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Offering a comprehensive overview of Western art, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum showcases works from the medieval period to the late 20th century.

  • Free Entry Hours: Mondays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Museo Nacional de Arqueología

The National Archeology Museum provides a journey through Spain’s rich history, from prehistoric times to the modern era.

  • Free Entry Hours: Saturdays from 2:00 pm and Sunday mornings.

Museo Sorolla

 Celebrating the work of Joaquín Sorolla, the Museo Sorolla also has select free hours. As mentioned before, you can explore the beautiful space which showcases the luminous works of Joaquín Sorolla. 

  • Free Entry Hours: Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

Want to read more about Madrid? 

Are you considering coworking or coliving, or are you just curious about the evolving landscape of shared spaces? 

This article is your go-to guide! 

Coworking and coliving are emerging as the next big thing in real estate trends, with the global coworking market anticipated to grow significantly from $9.2 billion registered in 2022 to $34.5 billion by 2032, expanding at an alarming compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6%, as per Allied Market Research. Concurrently, other studies also project exponential growth for the coliving market. 

In this coverage, we will unravel the dynamics of these transformative trends, providing insights, perspectives, and a glimpse into the exciting future of collaborative living and working. 

Explore expert financial guidance with Stephen Blake as we delve into these transformative realms. Stephen’s expertise, showcased in this collaborative blog post, offers invaluable perspectives. Let’s dive right in!

 

The Rise of Coliving and Coworking

Navigating Real Estate Trends in Coliving and Coworking Spaces - with Stephen Blake

Coliving and coworking have experienced a remarkable surge in popularity as real estate trends, capturing the essence of the evolving global work and living dynamics. Today, there are over 5 million coworkers worldwide, and this number is expected to experience even more significant growth. 

As already seen, the report by Allied Market Research projects a substantial annual growth rate of 14.6%, aligning closely with the 13% projection by Team Stage. Notably, the embrace of co-shared workspaces is evident among SMEs, with 37.93% utilizing these collaborative environments.

In this thriving ecosystem, the appeal of coworking extends beyond mere statistics. 84% of coworkers express heightened engagement and motivation when working alongside their peers. This statistic underscores the anticipation of further expansion in coworking, where collaborative environments foster creativity, productivity, and even better mental health. 

Meanwhile, in the realm of coliving, the chronic housing shortage we’re currently facing is expected to intensify in the coming years. Projections indicate that 9% of the global population will reside in 42 mega cities by 2030, with two-thirds expected to inhabit metro areas by 2050. 

Coliving consultant Leah Zilliac commented on these numbers, stating, “There simply isn’t enough housing to match these numbers. Coliving will (and must) play a role in helping to meet these demands in the future.” 

In other words, as we explore the landscapes of coliving and coworking, it becomes evident that these innovative models are not merely trends but integral solutions shaping the future of work and living.

 

Importance of Adapting to Modern Work and Lifestyle Trends

Navigating Real Estate Trends in Coliving and Coworking Spaces - with Stephen Blake 1

A lot has changed over the years in how we approach work and lifestyle. Thanks to population growth, technology, increased knowledge, and other triggers of change, almost all spheres of life have been affected by the wave of transformation, and this includes the commercial real estate landscape. 

For instance, gone are the days when a homebuyer had to attend countless in-person meetings to negotiate on a few elements when buying a house. Nowadays, remote buying of real estate has taken over, and that’s just one of the many palpable changes we’re witnessing in the housing market.

Coliving and coworking are other transformative trends, underscoring the inevitability of the changes happening in our current world.

But then, what is the importance of adapting to modern work and lifestyle practices, you may ask?

Well, here are some benefits:

  • Flexibility and Autonomy: Modern trends in work and lifestyle offer unprecedented flexibility. The shift to remote work allows individuals to structure their workdays in a way that suits them best, fostering a sense of autonomy.
  • Global Connectivity: The influence of technology has shattered geographical barriers. Coliving and coworking spaces provide a platform for global connectivity, enabling professionals to collaborate and connect across borders.
  • Economic Considerations: Embracing modern work and lifestyle trends can be economically advantageous. Remote work reduces the need for extensive office space, leading to cost savings for businesses. Similarly, coliving arrangements often offer more affordable living options than traditional housing.
  • Wellness and Community: There’s an increasing recognition of the importance of wellness in the workplace. Coliving spaces are designed with community and well-being in mind, providing shared amenities and communal areas that contribute to a holistic living experience.
  • Work-Life Integration: Modern trends encourage a seamless integration of work and life. The distinction between professional and personal spheres is becoming less rigid, allowing for a more balanced and harmonious lifestyle.

In essence, the changing dynamics of work and lifestyle underscore the need to adapt to modern real estate trends. Remote work, remote real estate transactions, coliving, and coworking are not just trends; they represent a paradigm shift that emphasizes flexibility, connectivity, and a holistic approach to life and work. As we navigate this transformative era, embracing these trends becomes not only beneficial but essential for thriving in the evolving landscape.

 

Coliving Trends

In recent years, coliving has witnessed a remarkable surge in popularity as societal and work dynamics undergo a transformative shift. Individuals are increasingly drawn to the concept of shared living that extends beyond traditional accommodation models. This trend is driven by a desire for community, flexibility, and enhanced social interaction.

The Concept of Coliving

Coliving represents a departure from conventional housing arrangements, emphasizing not just shared physical spaces but the cultivation of a vibrant and supportive community. 

It is a holistic approach to living that caters to a diverse demographic, offering an experiential lifestyle beyond mere cohabitation. Residents actively engage in communal activities, fostering a sense of belonging and shared purpose and finding a way to work around the escalating home prices.  

The concept aligns with the evolving preferences of a generation seeking meaningful connections and collaborative living experiences.

Demand for Coliving Spaces

The escalating demand for coliving spaces reflects a cultural shift in housing preferences. The mobile workforce, in particular, finds appeal in the flexibility and convenience offered by coliving arrangements. 

Millennials, as per LinkedIn, were initially the main driving force behind these real estate trends, owing to the social dynamics and cost-effectiveness inherent in shared living. However, demographics have shifted with time, with 2023 stats now showing older adults, including baby boomers and retirees, embracing the coliving arrangement. 

The integration of workspaces within coliving environments adds an extra layer of attractiveness, aligning with contemporary expectations of seamless work-life integration.

Key Features of Successful Coliving Spaces

Successful coliving spaces exhibit distinct features that contribute to their popularity and functionality:

  • Community-Centric Design: Thoughtfully crafted spaces that encourage social interaction through shared kitchens, lounges, and recreational areas. Design elements promote spontaneous connections among residents, fostering a sense of belonging.
  • Flexibility in Leasing: Offering short-term leases provides residents the freedom to adapt to changing circumstances. This flexibility aligns with the dynamic nature of modern lifestyles, catering to a diverse demographic, including digital nomads and short-term project-based workers.
  • Integrated Workspaces: Recognizing the importance of work-life balance, successful coliving spaces incorporate dedicated workspaces. These areas are equipped with amenities like high-speed internet and comfortable seating, creating a conducive environment for remote work.
  • Amenities and Shared Resources: Beyond individual living units, coliving spaces provide communal amenities such as fitness centers, coworking spaces, and laundry facilities. Shared resources, including utilities and internet, contribute to cost-effectiveness for residents.
  • Conflict Resolution Protocols: Conflicts are inevitable no matter who’s around us, so clear guidelines and mechanisms for conflict resolution are crucial for maintaining a harmonious living environment. Establishing transparent communication channels and addressing issues promptly contribute to the overall well-being of the community.
  • Cultural and Lifestyle Programming: Successful coliving spaces often curate cultural and lifestyle events. These can include workshops, social gatherings, and skill-sharing sessions, enhancing the overall experience and fostering a sense of community engagement.
  • Environmental Sustainability: A growing focus on sustainability is observed in successful coliving spaces. Incorporating eco-friendly practices, such as solar power, energy-efficient appliances, and waste reduction initiatives, resonates with environmentally conscious residents.

These features collectively define the success of coliving spaces, creating environments that not only meet the functional needs of residents but also contribute to a thriving and interconnected community.

 

Coworking Trends

The evolution of workspace dynamics has brought forth significant real estate trends in the coworking landscape. As professionals seek flexible and collaborative environments, coworking spaces have adapted to meet these changing needs. 

The Concept of Coworking

Coworking revolutionizes traditional office setups by providing shared workspaces that foster collaboration and flexibility. It goes beyond mere physical spaces, emphasizing a community-driven approach where diverse professionals coexist, share ideas, and collaborate. 

The benefits of coworking extend beyond a desk; it’s a dynamic environment that caters to freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers, offering an alternative to traditional office settings. 

This shared space not only provides a cost-effective and adaptable work environment but also creates a vibrant community where the benefits of coworking, such as networking opportunities and shared resources, become integral to professional growth and a fulfilling work experience.

Growth of the Coworking Industry

The coworking industry has experienced exponential growth since 2010, impacting property management, driven by the rise of the gig economy, remote work trends, and a shift in professional preferences.

This flexible workspace solution has become a mainstream choice for individuals and businesses seeking cost-effective, adaptable, and community-oriented work environments. The industry’s trajectory signals a fundamental change in how people approach workspaces.

Essential Elements of Coworking Spaces

Successful coworking spaces exhibit key elements that contribute to their popularity and functionality. Some of these common trends include:

  • Flexible Workspaces: Coworking spaces include adaptable layouts that cater to diverse work styles, providing open areas for collaboration, private offices for focused work, and communal zones for informal discussions.
  • Community Atmosphere: Fostering a sense of community through networking events, skill-sharing workshops, and shared spaces that encourage spontaneous interaction. Coworking spaces often have community managers to facilitate connections among members.
  • Technology Integration: Equipping spaces with cutting-edge technology, including high-speed internet, video conferencing facilities, and smart office solutions. This enables seamless collaboration and connectivity for remote workers.
  • Amenities and Services: Offering amenities such as well-equipped coffee bars, comfortable lounges, and concierge services. Some coworking spaces even provide fitness facilities and wellness programs to enhance the overall work experience.
  • Accessibility: Convenient locations with easy access to public transportation, parking, and essential services. Proximity to restaurants, cafes, and other amenities contributes to the convenience of coworking spaces.
  • Customization Options: Allowing members to personalize their workspaces with adjustable desks, ergonomic furniture, and even branding opportunities. This creates a sense of ownership and comfort, enhancing the overall work environment.
  • Networking Opportunities: Facilitating networking through organized events, industry-specific meetups, and online platforms. Coworking spaces often have dedicated spaces for networking, encouraging collaboration and professional growth.
  • Sustainability Practices: Incorporating eco-friendly initiatives, such as energy-efficient lighting, recycling programs, and sustainable materials in construction. This commitment to sustainability aligns with the environmental consciousness of many professionals.

These essential elements collectively contribute to the success of coworking spaces, creating environments that not only meet the practical needs of professionals but also nurture a collaborative and vibrant community.

 

Conclusion

In our evolving world, coliving and coworking are the surging real estate trends in the market. Over 5 million people globally are coworking, with a projected 14.6% annual growth. Coliving addresses an impending housing shortage by 2030. Adapting to modern work trends is crucial, offering flexibility, global connections, and greater affordability. Remote work and shared spaces redefine our work-life approach. Coliving fosters wellness, while coworking emphasizes community and collaboration, benefitting freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers. Embracing these trends is essential for a more dynamic and interconnected future.

Whether you’re a local or expat, the journey to finding jobs in France is a path filled with both opportunities and challenges. France offers a unique professional landscape, renowned for its diverse economy and rapidly growing career opportunities. However, navigating the French job market requires nuance and skill, especially when it comes to the logistics of securing a job. 

We are here to help you get started with your job hunt, and provide you with some tools and resources that can make the process easier. Let’s search for jobs in France! 

 

Searching for Jobs in France: Important Resources

A Brief Guide to Finding Jobs in France

The process of looking for jobs in France can be streamlined by using the right online resources. These platforms not only list job opportunities but also offer networking and professional development tools. Here are the top 5 resources for job hunting in France:

Pole Emploi

As France’s official public service for employment, Pole Emploi is an essential resource. It offers a comprehensive list of job openings across various sectors. Users can create profiles, upload CVs, and apply directly for jobs. It’s also a great place to find information about training and career advice.

LinkedIn

Linkedin is an invaluable professional networking platform for job seekers all across the world, including in France. The platform allows you to create a professional profile, connect with industry peers, and apply for jobs. Users should actively network, engage in industry discussions, and utilize LinkedIn’s job search functionality to find relevant opportunities.

Apec.fr

Specializing in executive and managerial roles, Apec.fr is ideal for higher-level job searches. It provides job listings, career advice, and information on salary trends. The site also offers personalized services like CV analysis and interview preparation.

Indeed

 A globally recognized job search engine, Indeed aggregates listings from multiple websites. This makes it a convenient resource for a wide range of job openings in France. It allows users to upload resumes and apply to jobs directly through the site.

Monster

Known for its extensive database of job listings, Monster is a popular choice for job seekers in France. It is user-friendly and covers various industries. Monster also offers tools like resume building and career advice. 

 

How to Write a CV in France

A Brief Guide to Finding Jobs in France

In France, a CV is a reflection of your professionalism. Employers value clarity, brevity, and specificity. It’s not just about your qualifications, but how you present them. French CVs usually prioritize education and work experience, and they’re more formal compared to some other cultures. No matter what, a high-quality CV is essential to securing jobs in France. 

General Outline & Formatting Recommendations

  • Personal Details: Start with your name (surname first), address, email, and phone number. 
  • Professional Experience: List your work experience in reverse chronological order. Include your role, the company name, dates of employment, and a brief description of your responsibilities and achievements.
  • Education: Detail your educational background, starting from the highest degree. Mention the name of the institution, the degree obtained, and the dates attended.
  • Skills: Highlight language skills and any other relevant skills (like computer skills). For language proficiency, be specific about your level.
  • Additional Sections: You can include sections for certifications, volunteer work, or hobbies, but keep them brief and relevant to the job.
  • Photo: In France, it is common to include a simple professional photo on your CV.

Additional tips and recommendations: 

  • Choose a Clear Format: Use a clean, professional layout. Stick to a traditional font like Arial or Times New Roman, and keep the font size around 10-12 points.
  • Tailor Your CV: Customize your CV for the job you are applying for. Focus on experiences and skills that are relevant to the job description.
  • Be Precise and Concise: French employers prefer CVs that are straight to the point. Aim to consolidate your experience to only one page. Ensure that every piece of information included adds value and is relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • Proofread: Make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors, as this reflects your attention to detail.
  • Avoid Abbreviations and Jargon: Steer clear of any lingo or abbreviations when possible, especially if they are industry or country-specific. Use clear and universally understood terms.
  • Include Contact Information: Always add your contact information at the top of your CV, including your phone number and professional email address.

 

Job Interview Tips in France

A Brief Guide to Finding Jobs in France

In France, the job interview process is characterized by its formality and thoroughness, reflecting the country’s professional and precise culture. Typically, they are less about personal rapport and more focused on professional competencies. It is important to be extremely clear about how you can contribute to the company.

Candidates should expect to address interviewers formally, as using first names is typically considered too casual for professional interviews in France. It’s also important to note hiring can take a long time. Interview processes tend to be extensive and slow-moving. 

Preparation is key in landing jobs in France. Before an interview, you should thoroughly research the company and the role, often revisiting the job description to align your skills and experiences with what the employer is seeking. Be ready to articulate your professional experiences clearly using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result), as this method helps in providing structured and impactful answers.

 

Once you get the job…

If you’re searching for the perfect residence in France, check out our Urban Campus coliving spaces!

Our coliving spaces offer a diverse selection of personal living spaces from private rooms to studio apartments. Plus, the included common spaces create an engaging and dynamic community environment, featuring cozy lounges, open patios, fitness centers, shared coworking spaces, and entertainment areas. Additionally, we plan events to help you to mingle and network with other like-minded young professionals.

At Urban Campus, we also offer comprehensive amenities. This includes everything from furnished rooms and high-speed internet to utilities, housekeeping, and laundry services, all consolidated into one convenient payment. We also have a straightforward, digital reservation system which streamlines the entire booking process. Explore our coliving options and prepare for a seamless transition to your new job in France.

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Welcome to Lille, a quaint city in the north of France known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and most importantly, its exquisite cuisine. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, Lille’s culinary scene is sure to entice you. 

Lille, often overlooked in favor of Paris or Lyon, holds its own as a culinary hotspot in France. This city offers a unique blend of traditional French cuisine with a twist of Flemish influence. From Michelin-starred restaurants to charming street-side creperies, Lille has something for every palate. Keep reading for a our recommendations on the best restaurants in Lille! 

 

The Best Restaurants in Lille 

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Bloempot

Bloempot stands out in Lille for its dedication to local produce and Flemish cuisine. The restaurant’s ambiance, with its reclaimed wood and industrial decor, creates a rustic yet modern setting. The menu reflects a commitment to sustainability, offering innovative dishes rooted in regional traditions. This makes Bloempot a prime destination for those seeking an authentic Northern French culinary experience.

The menu at Bloempot surprises, changing with the seasons and the availability of local produce. Known for its eloquence, we definitely recommend making a reservation some time in advance.

Location: 22, rue des Bouchers, 59800 Lille, France

The Best Restaurants in Lille

La Table – Clarance Hotel

La Table at Clarance Hotel offers a luxurious dining experience right in the center of Lille’s old town. The restaurant’s menu showcases the best of French haute cuisine, from roasted dumplings to la lotte rôtie. The elegant setting is detailed with fine linens and crystal glassware, adding to the restaurant’s upscale charm. While on the pricier side, La Table promises unforgettable dining. 

Location: 32 rue de la Barre, 59000 Lille, France

The Best Restaurants in Lille

Ripaille

Ripaille is a cozy bistro known for its classic French cuisine. It’s an ideal spot for both romantic dinners and casual gatherings with friends. At Ripaille, the focus is on serving gourmet and diverse dishes, all prepared on-site with fresh, seasonal ingredients. 

The menu is regularly updated to reflect the best of what’s in season, offering something for everyone with vegetarian, fish, and meat options. The restaurant takes pride in supporting local artisans, producers, and breeders, especially with locally sourced bread, cheese, beer and natural wines. 

Location: 4 rue des Bouchers, 59000 Lille, France

 

The Best Restaurants in Lille

Le Compostelle

Le Compostelle in Lille is a culinary jewel, set within a 15th-century building rich in Templar and pilgrim history. Adorned with French Renaissance decor, it stands as a favorite destination for local and visiting food enthusiasts. The restaurant is also renowned for its exceptional wine selection. 

The menu, curated by the chef, features a rotating selection of French culinary masterpieces. Highlights from past menus include steaming oysters, pigeon fillet, roasted hazelnut, and pan-seared foie gras. For dessert, you can choose from delicious options like chocolate namelaka or freshly made macaroons.

Location: 4 rue Saint-Etienne, 59800 Lille, France

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Estaminet Au Vieux De La Vieille

Estaminet Au Vieux De La Vieille in Lille is more than a restaurant; it’s a place where culture and dining converge. It has a lively café environment, allowing guests to enjoy draft beer and play local games. Authentic cultural decor embellishes the interior, reflecting the area’s history. This spot is perfect for both locals and visitors wanting to experience Lille’s cultural and culinary essence.

Their menu is a showcase of regional flavors and dishes. A few favorites include: 

  • “Soupe de chicons saveurs en’or” – a creamy soup made with endives, carrots, and onions. 
  • “Tatin de boudin noir aux pommes” – an apple tart with black pudding
  • “Carbonnades Flamandes” – Small pieces of beef cooked with beer, gingerbread and brown sugar 

Location: 2-4 Rue des Vieux Murs, 59000 Lille, France

 

French Haute Cuisine 

The Best Restaurants in Lille, France

French haute cuisine is celebrated for its meticulous preparation and presentation, showcasing the depth and diversity of French culinary expertise. It is characterized by its emphasis on quality ingredients, elegant plating, and complex techniques, reflecting a rich gastronomic history. 

Here are five must-try dishes found in French haute cuisine:

  • Coq au Vin: a classic French stew made with chicken, slowly cooked in red wine, usually with mushrooms, bacon, and sometimes garlic. The wine adds a rich depth of flavor to the tender chicken, making it a hearty and flavorful.
  • Bouillabaisse: Originating from Marseille, this fish stew combines various kinds of fresh fish and shellfish with a rich broth flavored with garlic, tomatoes, saffron, and a variety of herbs. It’s often served with a rouille sauce and crusty bread. 
  • Ratatouille: This vegetable stew from Provence features eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, onion, and tomatoes. Each vegetable is cooked separately and then layered together, allowing each to maintain its distinct flavor.
  • Duck à l’Orange: A sophisticated dish featuring roast duck served with an orange sauce. The sauce, typically made with orange juice, sugar, vinegar, and stock, offers a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, complementing the rich duck meat.
  • Tarte Tatin: A famous upside-down pastry in which the apples are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. This dessert is known for its caramelized top, created when the tart is inverted after baking.

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Ah, France! Not just the land of fine wine and delicious cheese, but also a paradise for skiing. Why pick France for your ski holiday? Imagine swooshing down pristine slopes with the Alps as your backdrop. The best ski resorts in France offer varied terrains suitable for all skill levels, plus exhilarating après-ski culture once you’re done shredding the snow. 

France offers a unique blend of challenging ski runs, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant cultural experiences. It is THE  top destination for skiers and snowboarders from around the globe. Let’s explore the best ski resorts in France! 

 

The 5 Best Ski Resorts in France: Chamonix Mont-Blanc

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Chamonix Mont-Blanc is nestled in the Haute-Savoie region in the French Alps, near the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. This resort is renowned for its breathtaking views of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe. Chamonix offers a variety of skiing terrains, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced skiers. It’s an especially excellent location for extreme skiing and snowboarding, with steep slopes and deep powder. 

Best Features:

  • Breathtaking views of Mont Blanc
  • Diverse ski runs suitable for all levels
  • Famous for off-piste (backcountry) skiing and challenging slopes

Ideal Visitor Profile: Chamonix is perfect for those who crave adventure and aren’t afraid of a challenge. It’s also a great pick for mountaineers and hikers looking to explore the alpine wilderness. If you love a blend of historic charm and high-adrenaline skiing, Chamonix will not disappoint. Intermediates and beginners have plenty to enjoy too, with panoramic views at every turn.

  • Location: Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Peak Season: December to early May

 

Courchevel: Luxury and Diversity

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Welcome to Courchevel! Located in the Tarentaise Valley, Courchevel is part of the Les Trois Vallées – the world’s largest ski area. It is known for its luxurious ski experience and high-end amenities. After a long day on the slopes, you can ski right into your boutique hotel or chalet. This resort is famous for its beautifully groomed slopes and vibrant après-ski scene, which is filled with gourmet restaurants and exclusive boutiques. 

Best Features:

  • Linked ski area; you can easily ski to other resorts
  • Luxury ski resort with high-end amenities
  • Wide range of slopes for beginner and advanced skiers
  • Excellent après-ski scene and gourmet dining options

Ideal Visitor Profile: Courchevel is great for skiers looking to indulge over the holidays. It’s also fantastic for families and beginners, thanks to its excellent ski schools and options for gentle ski runs. If you’re someone who enjoys the finer things in life, both on and off the slopes, Courchevel is definitely your destination.

  • Location: Les Trois Vallées, Savoie
  • Peak Season: December to April

 

Val d’Isère: A Challenge for Adventurers

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Val d’Isère has evolved from its humble beginnings as a quaint farming village into a bustling epicenter of winter sports. This resort is near the picturesque Tarentaise Valley of southeastern France, in the Savoie area of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. 

Val d’Isère offers a blend of traditional charm and modern ski facilities. As a key component of the Espace Killy ski area, shared with Tignes ski resort, Val d’Isère invites skiing enthusiasts to experience its remarkable slopes and vibrant alpine culture. Plus, it has incredible off-piste/backcountry skiing.

Best Features:

  • High altitude ensures high-quality, reliable snow conditions
  • Wide variety of runs, including beginner-friendly and expert terrain
  • Vibrant nightlife and a variety of dining options
  • Incredible off-piste skiing opportunities 

Ideal Visitor Profile: Perfect for those who love a challenge and have a passion for backcountry skiing. Advanced skiers and snowboarders will find themselves right at home here. It’s also a great choice for those who want to experience vibrant nightlife with an electric ski community. 

  • Location: Tarentaise Valley, Savoie
  • Peak Season: Late November to early May

 

Les Arcs: Family-Friendly Fun

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Les Arcs, located in Savoie near Bourg-Saint-Maurice, is part of the vast Paradiski ski area. This resort is a family-friendly destination, offering activities for both skiers and non-skiers. Its range of pistes (marked ski runs) make the resort suitable for all levels. It features excellent activities for children, making it an ideal choice for family vacations. Also, the views of Mont Blanc from the slopes are nothing short of stunning.

Best Features:

  • Diverse range of pistes, plus additional off-piste opportunities
  • Part of the massive Paradiski area
  • Family-friendly with lots of activities for non-skiers

Ideal Visitor Profile: This resort is a fantastic option for families and groups with mixed ability levels. It’s also great for those who appreciate modern amenities and easy access to a large ski area.

  • Location: Savoie, near Bourg-Saint-Maurice
  • Peak Season: December to April

 

Méribel: The Heart of the Three Valleys

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Méribel is located in the Les Trois Vallées (Three Valleys) ski zone. Its position provides easy access to other major resorts like Courchevel and Val Thorens, making it a central point for exploring the famous linked skiing area.

The Méribel resort is characterized by its wooden chalets and offers stunning views of snow-covered slopes and clear skies. Méribel also caters to all skiing levels, with a variety of slopes ranging from easy green runs for beginners to challenging black runs for experienced skiers.

Best Features:

  • Charming alpine architecture
  • Great for all skiing levels, including an expansive beginner area
  • Central Location in Les 3 Vallées
  • Lively Main Village with an exciting atmosphere for visitors

Ideal Visitor Profile: Méribel is ideal for those seeking a quintessential alpine experience. It’s great for families, groups, and intermediate skiers. The resort’s lively main village also makes it a popular choice for those looking to unwind after a day on the slopes.

  • Location: Les Trois Vallées, Savoie
  • Peak Season: December to April

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Hey there, fellow Christmas enthusiasts! 

Are you ready to explore the best Christmas markets in Europe? In this article, we’ll take a dive into the most enchanting Christmas experiences that Europe has to offer. From the aroma of mulled wine to the twinkling lights and festive crafts, each European Christmas market has its own unique charm. 

Get ready to add these destinations to your holiday bucket list 🎄

 

Which European country has the best Christmas markets?

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Of course, determining the best Christmas markets in Europe is subjective and varies completely based on personal preferences. However, many often applaud Germany for its enchanting Christmas markets, with cities like Cologne, Berlin, and Nuremberg frequently topping the lists. These markets are renowned for their traditional charm, festive decorations, and wide range of seasonal treats and crafts.

 

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe 

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Nuremberg, Germany

The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the oldest Christmas markets in the world, and typically runs from the last Friday in November until December 24th. The market is known for its distinctive red and white clothed booths. Every year, the famous Christkind opens the market with a prologue. Visitors can enjoy Nuremberg sausages, Lebkuchen (gingerbread), and unique ornaments made by local artisans.

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg’s Christmas market is renowned for its blend of French and German cultures. The market typically runs from the end of November until Christmas Eve. Key attractions include Alsatian German Christmas delicacies, handcrafted ornaments, and the Great Christmas Tree at Place Kléber. The market is set against the stunning backdrop of Strasbourg Cathedral. 

Vienna, Austria

Vienna’s Christmas markets always rank high on the list of best Christmas markets in Europe. Imagine an environment filled with romance, warmth and holiday joy. The Rathausplatz market, set in front of the City Hall, is notable for its spectacular light displays and the array of hand-painted Christmas decorations. Visitors can indulge in traditional Austrian treats like Sachertorte and Glühwein (mulled wine).

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague’s Christmas markets usually start in late November and continue until early January. The Old Town Square market is famous for its giant Christmas tree and traditional Czech marionettes. The market offers a variety of handmade jewelry, wooden toys, and local specialties like Trdelník (a rolled pastry). The Prague Christmas Market is also a culinary delight, offering visitors the chance to indulge in traditional Czech foods such as roast meats, sweet pastries, and the famous hot mulled wine, known locally as svařák. 

Budapest, Hungary

The Budapest Christmas Fair typically opens in early November and runs until January 1st. It is located in the expansive Vörösmarty Square. This market is famous for its handmade gifts, intricate ceramics, and Hungarian foods like Kürtőskalács (chimney cake). 

Plus, visitors in Budapest can complement their holiday shopping with a visit to the city’s famous thermal baths! The Széchenyi Thermal Bath provides a warm, soothing retreat amidst the chilly winter atmosphere. Guests can soak in various indoor and outdoor pools, all naturally heated by thermal springs.

 

The History of Christmas Markets in Europe

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

The history of Christmas markets in Europe is rich and varied, rooted in medieval traditions. These markets originated in the German-speaking parts of Europe during the Middle Ages. They served as a means for people to stock up on goods and supplies for the winter months.

Over time, they evolved into the festive gatherings we know today, combining commerce with celebration. By the late 1960s and 1970s, Christmas markets began opening as early as the last weekend in November. This offered an extended period for shoppers to indulge in the holiday spirit and purchase special items.

In recent years, these markets have become a staple in many European countries, transcending their German origins. Each market now showcases its own blend of local culture, traditional crafts, and festive foods. 

 

Honorable Mention: The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Although not topping the list, here are some other notable and impressive Christmas markets in Europe that you won’t regret visiting.

  • Mainz, Germany: Mainz Christmas Market is a wonderful experience, offering a cozy and traditional atmosphere. It’s known for its beautiful Christmas light shows and a wide array of handcrafted items.
  • Barcelona, Spain: The Fira de Santa Llúcia in Barcelona offers a unique Catalan Christmas experience. It’s famous for its elaborate nativity scenes and traditional Catalan Christmas items. Be sure to try the “Escudella de Galets,” a hearty soup that features large, snail-shaped pasta shells known as galets.
  • Florence, Italy: Florence’s Christmas market, inspired by German traditions, is nestled in the picturesque Piazza Santa Croce. It’s a great place to find Italian Christmas sweets and handcrafted gifts.
  • Krakow, Poland: Krakow’s Christmas market is known for its traditional Polish ambiance and stunning medieval square setting. Visitors can enjoy unique Polish crafts and delicious local food.
  • Tallinn, Estonia: The Christmas market in Tallinn is a fairy tale come to life, nestled within medieval Old Town architecture. It’s particularly famous for its handmade Estonian crafts.
  • Helsinki, Finland: Helsinki’s Christmas market offers a blend of Finnish tradition and modern, flashy Christmas visuals. It’s a great place to find Finnish-inspired gifts and enjoy local seasonal delicacies.
  • Málaga, Spain: The Christmas market in Málaga stands out for its vibrant light displays and lively atmosphere. It’s a fantastic blend of authentic Spanish culture and modern holiday traditions.

 

Where is the most Christmassy place in Europe?

Here are some additional European cities renowned for their Christmas spirit. These cities are always worth a visit during the holidays season: 

  • Cologne, Germany
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Gdańsk, Poland
  • Zagreb, Croatia

 

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The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

Madrid, Spain

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor Christmas Market is a standout in Europe, transforming the city’s main square into a vibrant marketplace with endless stalls. It features a diverse array of Nativity scene figures and traditional Christmas decorations. Another charming spot is the Madrid Río Christmas Market, which offers a cozy ambiance with food stalls, a carousel, and a large Christmas tree. The location is ideal for family-friendly holiday activities.

Valencia, Spain

Valencia’s Christmas market, located around the Mercado Central, is a traditional market practically overflowing with local vendors. Visitors can explore a variety of local crafts, gifts, and festive foods, all set in the charming streets of this historic old town. Don’t forget to explore the festive lights strung throughout the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. 

Lille, France

Lille’s Christmas Market is a major attraction. The market draws over 900,000 visitors each year to its splendid stalls and city decorations. Located in the heart of the city, it’s known for its marvelous lights, diverse range of stalls, and the overall enchanting holiday atmosphere. The Lille Christmas market is a true embodiment of French holiday charm, offering a delightful mix of traditional crafts, regional delicacies, and joyful activities for all ages.

Are you curious about the benefits of coliving? 

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, the way we live and work is transforming. Enter coliving – a concept that redefines traditional living arrangements, offering a blend of community, convenience, and flexibility. Let’s explore the benefits of coliving and how it can enhance living experiences. 

 

What is Coliving?

The Benefits of Coliving: A New Era in Urban Living

Coliving is a modern form of communal living that goes beyond the mere shared housing. It’s an urban-centric accommodation solution, ideal for people new to a city, seeking an easy housing option, or looking for meaningful community. 

Coliving spaces are typically fully-furnished and integrate extensive common areas like coworking spaces, terraces, and gyms, promoting a blend of privacy and community living. Plus, they offer intetional communities of like-minded people.

 

Brief History of Coliving

The Benefits of Coliving: A New Era in Urban Living

The concept of coliving, akin to ‘coworking’, originated in Silicon Valley, a hub for young professionals and entrepreneurs. It evolved as a response to the unaffordable housing options in bustling urban centers. Initially, it was seen as a university residence for working professionals, but it has since expanded globally, adapting to diverse urban needs and lifestyles. Now, the benefits of coliving for a variety of different demographics are widely recognized. 

 

Key Benefits of Coliving

The Benefits of Coliving: A New Era in Urban Living

  • Combatting Isolation: Coliving offers an environment where residents can connect with like-minded individuals, reducing feelings of loneliness and enhancing social interactions.
  • All-Inclusive Living: Coliving spaces often include all essentials like utilities, Wi-Fi, and furniture, simplifying living arrangements and reducing the hassle of managing separate bills.
  • Flexible and Affordable Housing: Coliving provides a cost-effective solution for housing in expensive urban areas, with flexible contracts and a range of accommodation options.
  • Community and Networking: Coliving spaces foster a sense of community, encouraging collaboration, professional networking, and social activities among residents.
  • Innovative Living Spaces: Modern coliving spaces are designed with a focus on fostering social interaction and providing comfortable, functional living areas. Most colivings include common spaces like coworking areas, shared kitchens, cinema rooms, living rooms, patios, terraces and more. These can be especially useful for digital nomads or people who work remotely. 

 

Coliving with Urban Campus

The Benefits of Coliving: A New Era in Urban Living

Urban Campus is leading the way in the coliving movement, providing premium living spaces in pivotal urban areas. At the heart of Urban Campus is a commitment to fostering a supportive community. We strive to create environments where residents feel a sense of belonging and happiness, reducing overall feelings of loneliness. 

Urban Campus coliving spaces are vibrant hubs, hosting a variety of social events each month to strengthen community bonds and friendships. Our spaces are a unique melting pot, blending locals with individuals from around the globe. We cater specifically to young professionals, which has translated into a highly entrepreneurial and creative communities. 

Additionally, there are a variety of communal areas and private living spaces to enjoy. Each of our coliving spaces offers a range of private rooms and studios to choose from. You’ll also find our signature common zones in all Urban Campus coliving spaces, which typically include: 

  • Coworking space
  • Gym
  • Cinema Room
  • Living Room
  • Shared kitchen 
  • Patio
  • Terrace 

Above all, Urban Campus offers flexibility and ease. We only require a 30-day notice for lease cancellations, providing residents with the freedom to adapt as their needs change. All of our spaces come fully furnished and equipped. Plus, the booking and application process is streamlined and completed entirely online.

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Coliving vs Cohousing – what’s the difference? 

Coliving and Cohousing are two contemporary living arrangements that are often confused, but they cater to different lifestyles and preferences. Both modern concepts present unique approaches to communal living. Understanding the differences between coliving vs cohousing can help you in making an informed decision about which type of community living best suits your lifestyle.

 

Coliving: A Community-Oriented Urban Lifestyle

Coliving vs Cohousing: What's the difference?

Coliving provides an urban-centric accommodation solution, ideal for newcomers to a city or those seeking an easy housing option. It simplifies the process of finding a place to live, especially in urban environments. Coliving spaces typically offer fully-furnished private rooms or studios, along with extensive common areas such as coworking spaces, terraces, and gyms.

Booking and Convenience

The booking process in coliving is usually streamlined and online, making it efficient and transparent. This contrasts traditional leasing, which often involves cumbersome paperwork and high deposits. Coliving also mitigates issues like acquiring furniture or dealing with fluctuating utility costs. This makes the move in process seamless and easy. 

Designed for Interaction and Convenience

Coliving spaces are architecturally designed to encourage interaction among residents. They provide well-thought-out shared spaces, fostering a sense of community. Residents enjoy the privacy of their own rooms, often with private bathrooms, while also having access to communal living rooms, gyms, and workspaces.

Integrated Services

Colivings often include additional services like weekly professional cleaning, laundry and various perks and discounts. This approach aims to reduce the hassle of daily chores, enabling residents to remain stress-free and focus on their personal and professional lives. It also improves affordability as all services are often combined into one single bill. 

Intentional Community Building

A significant aspect of coliving is the emphasis on community. Often, the selection of residents is based on complementary profiles to facilitate a harmonious living environment. This creates opportunities for social interaction, professional networking, and cultural exchange. Coliving typically targets younger demographics, often including young professionals. 

Length of Stay & Flexibility

In coliving spaces, the concept of flexibility is deeply ingrained, especially concerning the length of stay. Unlike traditional leases, coliving contracts may span from a few weeks to several months, or even more than a year. This all depends on the provider’s policies and the tenant’s requirements. This flexible nature allows tenants to adjust their living situations without the long-term commitment often demanded by conventional landlords. 

At Urban Campus, we embrace a highly flexible policy concerning length of stay. For lease terminations, we only require a 30-day notice period.

 

Cohousing: A Collaborative Approach to Shared Living

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Cohousing, on the other hand, leans towards a more suburban or rural setting. It typically consists of privately-owned housing units clustered around shared spaces. Residents often self-organize and manage cohousing communities, collaboratively planning and running the community.

Shared Spaces and Mutual Responsibility

Cohousing communities feature common facilities like kitchens, dining areas, and recreational spaces. These shared resources foster a strong sense of community. Residents participate in the management and maintenance of these amenities, promoting a collaborative environment.

Privacy with Community Engagement

While offering private living spaces, cohousing encourages community interactions through shared meals, activities, and decision-making processes. It combines personal privacy with collective living, making it suitable for families and individuals who value community involvement in addition to having their own private space.  

Sustainable and Inclusive

Cohousing often focuses on sustainability, with shared resources reducing individual consumption. Communities are inclusive and diverse, welcoming people from various backgrounds and fostering a supportive environment.

 

Differences between Coliving vs Cohousing

Coliving vs Cohousing: What's the difference?

Here are some of the key differences between coliving vs cohousing.

  • Location and Structure: Coliving is more prevalent in urban areas with fully furnished spaces, while cohousing is often found in suburban or rural areas with individual housing units. Both emphasize high property quality. 
  • Management: Coliving is typically managed by a company, offering services like cleaning and maintenance, whereas cohousing is self-managed by residents.
  • Community Involvement: Cohousing requires more democratic participation in community life, while coliving provides a ready-made community with less formal obligation and more freedom.
  • Privacy and Sharing: Coliving offers more privacy in living quarters with shared amenities, while cohousing balances private homes with communal responsibilities.

 

Coliving at Urban Campus

Coliving vs Cohousing: What's the difference?

Urban Campus, established in 2016, specializes in crafting exceptional coliving environments in France and Spain, tailored for the modern young professional. Here’s an overview of what sets our spaces apart:

  • Adaptable Lease Terms: Our leasing policy is designed with your convenience in mind, requiring just a 30-day notice for any lease modifications or terminations. This ensures maximum adaptability for our colivers.
  • Community for the Long Haul: Colivers typically stay with us for 12 months, allowing for the nurturing of deep, enduring connections and friendships within our community.
  • Convenience: Living at Urban Campus is a stress-free experience. All of our private and shared spaces come fully-furnished and equipped. Additionally, all of your essentials are included in the cost of rent: utilities, Wi-Fi, cleaning services, laundry and more. This means one consolidated monthly payment covers all your living needs. 
  • Easy Application: Experience the ease of our digital-first approach with a straightforward and smooth online application process.
  • Engaging Community Life: We pride ourselves on fostering a lively community atmosphere, enriched by a variety of monthly events. These events include everything from language exchanges and craft beer tastings to competitive sports tournaments, all contributing to an energetic and united community spirit.

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