Vibrant, affordable and well-connected, Berlin is fast becoming a hotspot for digital nomads and a new generation of stylish coliving spaces catering to their needs.
As Germany’s largest and youngest city (more than half its population is under 45 years old), Berlin is becoming increasingly popular with digital nomads, international freelancers and entrepreneurs. Unlike most tourists, these types of travellers tend to stay longer in each place to allow time to work and play. Coliving spaces offer the perfect solution, combining fully-furnished bedrooms and all-inclusive utilities with a ready-made community of like-minded individuals. Unlike traditional models, renters can choose how long they stay for too. With dozens of apartments peppered across the capital to choose from, we’ve rounded up seven of the most stylish coliving spaces based on customer feedback, value for money, amenities, facilities and location.
Room in Spandau apartment
This cheap and cheerful apartment is located in Spandau, a historic corner of northwest Berlin best known for its running, biking and hiking trails in Spandauer Forest. The bedroom features a double bed, wardrobe and desk, as well as eclectic adornments like four-poster netting and a sparkly chandelier. Residents share the space with three other housemates and share access to a spacious bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. WiFi is included in the rate but electricity and gas cost an additional €85 per month. Contracts are available on a fortnightly basis. From €690 per month.
FRENDZ – Prenzlauer Berg
FRENDZ is a relatively new kid on the block, but the coliving space has already become so popular that there are plans for two new locations in Mitte and Friedrichshain. Residents can choose from private rooms with or without a balcony in a range of two-bedroom apartments, making it an excellent option for those who would prefer not to live in a large group. Each bedroom features a desk, bed and small outdoor terrace, with access to a larger communal space with kitchen, dining and TV zone and additional workspaces. Residents will need to commit to a stay of at least three months to bag a room. From €750 per month.
Happy Pigeons Prenzlauerberg
Coliving spaces can range from setups with minimal shared contact to super-sociable spaces. Happy Pigeons sits on the latter side of the spectrum. The independent project is on a mission to create ‘active living environments’, where residents regularly interact and learn from each other. The ‘Colourful Nest’ apartment features four stylish bedrooms with access to a large community and coworking space. Activities and social gatherings take place throughout the month, from live music to taco-making evenings, making it a brilliant option for solo travellers looking for a ready-made community. From €800 per month.
Shared apartment in Berlin
This bright and light-filled apartment is located in Turmstraße, far enough away from the tourists to give residents a more authentic flavour of the German capital. The neighbourhood is brimming with restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cafes, as well as some of the city’s most thought-provoking art galleries and cultural spaces. The apartment comprises five bedrooms, each kitted out with a large double bed, desk and standalone wardrobe. Residents share two bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with a washing machine and dishwasher, and a large terrace or balcony overlooking the bustling streets. Prices include all utilities and a fortnightly cleaning service. From €860 per month.
Colonies Prenzl II
Colonies offer beautifully furnished private rooms and coliving spaces in several locations across Berlin, but this premises in Pepin is one of the best. Located 100 metres from Schönhauser Allee station and surrounded by countless cafes, restaurants and green parks, it’s an excellent option for those who have left their wilder party days behind them. Private studios feature high ceilings, a mezzanine bedroom, a private bathroom and a kitchenette. Unlike most coliving spaces, couples can rent a room here too. Cozy common areas offer additional space to work, chill out and relax with your housemates. From €1,030 per month.
The House of Co
Conveniently located in Berlin Mitte, this sprawling coliving space is an easy stroll from the main train station and Nordhafen waterfront park. The house – if you can call it that – encompasses 43 coliving flats with 4-5 ‘micro-apartments in each, bringing the grand total of residents up to 213. Each micro-apartment includes a comfy double bed, a fully-equipped pantry kitchen, a workspace and a modern shower bathroom. Residents have access to the larger coliving ‘apartments’ too, each of which boasts a fully-equipped communal kitchen, living and dining areas and floor-to-ceiling windows. From €1,099 per month.
Europacity Coliving combines the privacy and comfort of an independent apartment with the sociability of a shared house. The space includes 4-5 individual apartments on each floor measuring around 150m² in total. Each apartment has its own bathroom, small kitchen with microwave, induction hob and refrigerator, a shower room and a sofa bed with side tables and a reading lamp. Bills include internet, concierge services and utility bills, though you’ll need to pay a one-off final cleaning fee at the end of your stay. Parking can be purchased for as little as €120 per month. From €1,774 per month.