As with so many urban centres around the world, Boston is increasingly embracing new working trends – with a growing number of coworking spaces dotted throughout the city.
With the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the opportunities for people to work remotely, coworking spaces are likely to experience a major boom over the coming years. In Boston, this pattern is already in place, with many freelancers and small start-ups already working in communal and collaborative settings. We’ve picked out 12 of the best coworking spaces that the city has to offer.
Located just six miles from downtown Boston, this coworking space was created to connect solo entrepreneurs, remote workers, and other work-from-home types and small business professionals to one another and provide them with the resources they need to succeed and grow. Quiet, clean and thoughtfully laid out, it’s a trifecta of tech enabled space, featuring an outdoor patio and a full inventory of office supplies. Monthly memberships includes 24/7 key-card access to the space and its workstations, conference and meeting rooms. Coworking pricing starts at £100 per month for 1 day a week’s access and rises to £350 per month for unlimited access. All membership packages include printings, options to book private spaces, and other benefits.
7 Somerset Avenue, Winthrop / www.incubatecoworking.com
With eight locations across Greater Boston, Workbar attracts freelancers, start-ups and companies seeking a premium remote working solution. Focussing on member wellness & productivity, their flexible memberships let you control when and where to work each day. Communal workspaces are designed for different work styles such as quiet areas, phone-friendly rooms, café areas, and open kitchens. All open memberships also include a set number of hours in tech-enabled meeting rooms. Hot desking rates starts at $229 per month for a Part-Time Plus package, which offers 10 days’ access a month, rising to $399 for full-time access. There’s also a Workplace Mobility program for those seeking a customisable hybrid work model for their employees. Since gathering at headquarters every day is no longer viable for everyone, this is the perfect solutions for companies in need of flexibility starting at 199 per pass. Meanwhile On Demand options let you book a workspace instantly for $29 per day or reserve a space starting at $10 per hour.
Venues across Boston / www.workbar.com
A curated community of Boston’s top early stage B2B software start-ups, The Venture Lane is home to a cutting edge workspace and offers a range of flexible membership options to suit your needs. They also provide member companies with weekly impact programming and a built-in network of Boston’s B2B software movers and shakers. Membership packages range from $295 per month for a Hybrid Desk, which gives you hot desking access for two days a week, through to $550 per month for unlimited use of a dedicated desk, while private offices are priced at $780 for unlimited use. There are also meting rooms available.
55 Court Street (nearest subway: State Station) / www.theventurelane.com
Cambridge Innovation Center
More than 20 years ago, a few MIT entrepreneurs with startup ideas had the novel thought of sharing an office. Today, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is a global leader in building and operating innovation communities with more than 2,000 companies in nine campuses across the US, Europe, and Asia. That includes three buildings in the Boston area: 50 Milk Street in Boston’s Financial District, and One Broadway and 245 Main Street in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, “the most innovative square mile on the planet.” With flexible spaces designed for evolving needs and work styles; memberships on 30-day terms; and amenities and programming that create a thriving innovation ecosystem, CIC is ideal for growth companies, startups, and individual entrepreneurs. Clients benefit from the organisation’s worldwide network, prestigious addresses, sophisticated technology, high-touch support, perks and wellness offerings, and much more.
Venues across Boston / www.cic.com
One of Boston’s most unique coworking spaces, Branchfood is dedicated to transforming our food systems by envisioning a more sustainable one that’s consistently improved by innovation and technology. Uniting food entrepreneurs, industry professionals, students of food, and investors, the venue features is own coworking area offering an array of office amenities including fast WiFi, copying and printing equipment, a phone booth and conference rooms, as well as a kitchen and free snacks and beverages. There are also frequent educational, networking, and member-exclusive events. Coworking prices are available upon request.
50 Milk Street (nearest subway: South Station) / www.branchfood.com
With two locations in Boston complimenting a global portfolio of venues, Spaces are global leaders in coworking spaces. Situated in Boston’s vibrant Back Bay neighborhood, Spaces Newbury Street offers a tailored service concept, while its State Street space puts members at the bustling centre of the city’s financial district, boasting a grand lobby within its architecturally impressive building, Both venues have a curated blend of private offices, open meeting rooms and collaborative lounge areas. Coworking membership packages are identical too, starting at $93 per month for 5 days a month access and increasing to $225 per month for limitless access. All members also gain access to a busy programme of networking events.
359 Newbury Street (nearest subway: Lansdowne) / www.spacesworks.com
A boutique office venue in Boston’s Back Bay district, Idea Space provides freelancers, entrepreneurs and small businesses with a creative, shared workspace. There are a range of solutions, including private offices, dedicated desks, an open collaboration space, and conference room rental options. Flexible memberships range from one hour to long-term monthly packages, with coworking membership rates starting at $100 per month for 5 day passes per month and 1 conference room hour per month, and rises to $350 per month for unlimited access. There are also individual day passes priced at $30 per day.
867 Boylston Street (nearest subway: Ruggles) / www.ideaspaceboston.com
Milk & Broad Cooperative
Situated in the heart of Boston’s Financial District the second floor of historic Architects Building, Milk & Broad is a space where entrepreneurs, companies and others members of the Boston startup ecosystem could set up shop, whether they needed a full office or just some space to work for a few days a week. In an atmosphere of collaboration and openness, the venue includes both open workspaces and private offices for small teams. Member can make use of hourly meeting rooms, coffee/tea, a whiteboard, phone, TV, and regular networking opportunities. Dedicated desks with unlimited access are priced at $350 per month.
50 Broad Street (nearest subway: South Station) / www.milkandbroad.com
A community and coworking space made up of businesses addressing important challenges, both locally and globally, Impact Hub is home to entrepreneurs, freelancers, advocates, campaigners, artists, consultants, and more. Members benefit from access to meeting spaces and hot desks, flexible exhibition and event spaces, and a comprehensive and programme of member-driven events. Full-time “hot-desk” coworking membership is priced at $400 per month and includes 24/7 access to a shared, open coworking space as well as printing services, conference rooms, a kitchen, bottomless coffee/tea and exceptional views of downtown Boston.
50 Milk Street (nearest subway: South Station) / www.impacthubboston.net
Social Innovation Hub
A collaborative community and shared work space in downtown Boston, the Social Innovation Forum caters to nonprofits seeking to work productively, build their capacity, and broaden their networks to achieve social impact. There two levels of membership packages: hot desk membership, priced at $375/month, and dedicated desk membership at $425 per month. There’s also the possibility to block dedicated desks together to create a team space. In addition to basic office amenities, members have access to workshops, trainings, peer-to-peer network building, and other events and activities to connect more deeply with Boston’s philanthropic and social sector leaders.
2 Oliver Street (nearest subway: South Station) / www.socialinnovationforum.org
Another big player on the global coworking scene, Industrious has four open, light-filled spaces across Boston, each in desirable parts of the city. Amenities across the locations include reception services, lounge areas, meeting rooms, spacious seating arrangement, wellness rooms, fitness centres, daily breakfasts and craft coffees, and much more. You can choose from a community membership package or hire an office space, with Community membership ranging between $428 and $648 per month, and Office spaces between $1,121 and $1,600 per month.
Venues across Boston / www.industriousoffice.com
The Food Loft
Created to be at intersection of foodtech, food media and food start-ups, The Food Loft has played a pivotal role in the ongoing growth and development of the food innovation space in Boston and beyond. Located in the city’s vibrant South End district, on the top floor of a beautiful, light-filled loft space, they offer a choice of work spaces divided into shared desk, semi-private, or private offices to accommodate the flexibility necessary with start-ups. Co-working members have 24/7 access to the space, along with super-fast WiFi, printers/scanners, coffee/tea, free snacks, a spacious kitchen and a number of private conference rooms. Pricing for a shared desk starts at $150 per month, or for a semi private office with a window it’s $550 per month. Day passes are also available for $7.50 per day.
535 Albany Street (nearest subway: Ruggles) / www.thefoodloft.com