Co-living is considered cool

The Asian Age.  | Priya Rathnam

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Sharing space with like-minded folks in a rental property has now become a convenient trend.

A group of people in a co-living space

Given how expensive lifestyles have become, not everyone can afford to rent out an apartment, which is why the concept of co-living has come into existence.

Co-living spaces are the new age zones where multiple people share a  home. They are not related each other and may not necessarily be friends or belong to the same sex. It also does not imply that couples in a co-living space are in a romantic relationship with each other. This is purely a practical option that helps share the burden of spiralling rental costs in addition to ensuring that the inhabitants are not lonely at the end of the day. To serve the youth, working professionals and the elderly, there are setups like the student housing, co-living and elderly housing.

Yash Mavinkurve, an employee at a private firm says, “I follow the policy where I’m the own boss of my room. However the flatmates I choose at these co-living spaces were like-minded or willing to be accomodating which is pretty important in such a scenario.”

The busy beavers in this present generation have everything just a click-away and now accommodation too. These are advertised on various media channels with ample number of pictures and list of specifications allotted to the place. With one’s own preferences and privacy in priority, such places in the city are trending now.

Azaan, founder of The Hub in the Bengaluru says, ‘The culture of co-living is rooted deep down. From the basic ancient barter system to the present common accommodation places explains the community structure and the relationships. These spaces encourage interactions with the fellow-beings, improves social-life, they’re comfortable, affordable and safe. Bengaluru is said to be the second trending city with the co-living spaces followed by Delhi. With all the essentials and comfort at one place and economical deposit amount, this may later lead to a decline of preferences for a house unless the owner loops in with co-living spaces. These spaces are for the millennial generation to match their lifestyle and trends in day-to-day life.’

Co-living spaces offer interesting events like pet adoptions, mandala workshops, discussions and more in the place. With more people bonding with each other, the bond gets stronger and assures an enlightening social life.

Rohit, an intern from Patna says, ‘With my limited time in this costly city, comfort and affordability was my preference and I preferred one such space after it popped up on my social media account. Sharing a space with like-minded people worked out well. Everyone’s  privacy is respected and comfort levels are taken into consideration by everyone.”  He described these spaces as home away from home. Bengaluru is becoming hugely popular as a city that offers co-living spaces.

Minu Becker, manager in health care startup says, ‘The importance of co-living must be understood by every individual. If the point of views don’t match up with the opposite person, the home turns toxic. Being a pet-lover, I hardly find a like-minded flatmates. But my friends mostly stay with their acquaintances and have never heard or experienced any insecurity as they are assured of 24X7 safety.’