Co-Living: The Future of Renting for Millennials.

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Communities in the last decade have become of upmost importance to our generation. We have communities for every aspect of our lives. There's the Facebook community, the local sports community, vegan food blog communities, there are even online communities for single people empowering women (If you haven't heard of Bumble yet, download it now and thank me later). Communities exist for almost everything...Well almost everything. 

We have AirBnb and Couchsurfing communities for people that want to share their homes for the short term. But what about the long term? What about all the working professionals moving to a new city that want to create a sense of community around their home life? What about people who move out of their family home and want to create a similar atmosphere in their flat share? What about people who just want to live with like minded individuals? Let me introduce you all to co-Living. 

Co-Living is the future of renting for the millennials. It brings a sense of community to the only area lacking in our busy lives - home. So what exactly is it? Co-living spaces consist of separate private bedrooms and ensuite, all connected with communal living spaces, work spaces and kitchens. They will usually have gyms, gardens, organised social events, cleaners, and pretty much anything else you could possibly want in your living space. 

They range in size depending on the company. Common, a NY based company creates custom apartments for 6-10 people, while The Collective  has custom built a co-living space for over 500 people in London.  (Which includes a spa, library and cinema might I add!) 

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So who is co-living for? It is designed for people who want the hassle taken out of renting by paying one bill that covers everything. It is for people who are tired of house shares gone wrong, or fed up of bad landlords. It is for people who want to be part of a community of like-minded individuals. A recent Wired magazine article about co-living pointed out that “among the young", the "loneliness epidemic" has gone viral: nearly 60 per cent of 18- to-34-year-olds told the Mental Health Foundation they felt lonely often or sometimes.” So whatever the reason, there may be something in co-living for you. 

The first co-living space will be brought to Dublin in Spring 2018 by Node and you can be the first to apply here. But what about filling the space with like minded individuals? Imagine living in a community of people that work in similar areas to you, or have similar interests to you. That's where Sroomm comes in. Sroomm is a tech start up in Dublin that provides a peer to peer platform for roommates to match, connect and chat based on compatibility. Think Tinder, but for finding the perfect roommate. 

How does it work? Simple. Just log on, click a few buttons that will tell us what your interests are and a little bit about yourself. Next tell us where your room is and upload a few photos. Then just sit back, put your feet up and relax. Potential roommates will be shown your profile based on compatibility, and can send you a message request. You simply decline, or accept and live chat to arrange a viewing. Sroomm is currently under development, and will be launching in Dublin in the coming weeks. 

The future of renting has arrived. To make sure you are the first to hear about our platform once it launches, make sure to join our Facebook community here so that you can begin to build your own home community. 

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