/Inside co-living spaces where it costs more than $900 to share a room – Business Insider

Inside co-living spaces where it costs more than $900 to share a room – Business Insider


“I thought it couldn’t possibly be this easy,” he told Insider, “and then it was.”

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Sean Finn and Nicolas Raposo are Outpost members.

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Finn lives in an Outpost co-living space in upper Manhattan. Co-living spaces are essentially homes where strangers live together.

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Members meet at an Outpost house in upper Manhattan.

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Outpost Club was started by three Ukrainians that struggled to move to NYC themselves because of issues like credit checks, scams, and agent commissions, so they made a business to accommodate people in similar situations.

A kitchen in an Outpost house.

A kitchen in an Outpost house.

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Modern co-living is just the latest version of a trend that’s more than 200 years old — cohabitation, or people living together.

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An Outpost house in Williamsburg.

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At Outpost, there’s an average of 16 people living in each house. While some of them are apartments, others are multi-story houses.

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An Outpost pride celebration.

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The spaces are decorated like homes, but they feel like dorms.

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Storage space and decor at the east Bushwick house.

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Filled-in chalkboards and dry-erase boards on the walls that seemed to assign responsibilities and advertise community events reminded me of life in college.

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A schedule of responsibilities at the Central Park house.

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People live in shared spaces and, in some cases, even shared bedrooms.

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Outpost member Kira Hooks in her bedroom, which she shares with one other person.

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Residents say they were surprised to find large living spaces in their homes. “All my friends overseas said I’d be living in a shoebox,” Finn told Insider.

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An Outpost living space in upper Manhattan.

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There can be up to two beds in a bedroom, which typically range between 70 to 170 square feet in size.

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Private rooms range from 70 to 140 square feet and shared rooms range from 75 to 170 square feet.

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Kira Hooks, 26, moved into a shared bedroom in Outpost’s Bed-Stuy house in August 2019.

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Outpost member Kira Hooks at the east Bushwick house.

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She told Insider that Outpost supplying amenities made the transition much easier.

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Kitchen in the upper Manhattan house.

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Hooks said that co-living helped her transition from Nashville to New York mentally and socially.

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There’s shoe storage on each floor of the east Bushwick house.

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“New York initially can feel very lonely,” Hooks told Insider. “Coming from a place like Nashville, geographically everyone is together, whereas New York is really spread out.”

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Outpost member Kira Hooks at the east Bushwick house.

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Other Outpost residents from different houses said similar things.

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Resident’s play games at an Ice Cream Social — one of Outpost’s community events.

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“I come home every day and it’s like a party,” resident Mira Ciganek told Insider. “I look forward to actually being with people.”

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Outpost member Mira Ciganeck in her shared living space.

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Ciganek, who lives on the second floor of Outpost’s East Bushwick house, said she shares a room with two other people.

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Ciganek in her room.

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But this is no longer an option in 2020. Outpost said it’s phasing out rooms with three beds to keep its residents safer, cleaner, and happier.

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A shared room in the Outpost Bed-Stuy house.

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“When we were first starting out, we wanted to maximize the usable housing space in an effort to keep rents low for our tenants,” Outpost told Insider.

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Outpost’s east Bushwick house.

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Ciganek is a student at Baruch College and said that Outpost was an ideal housing option compared to the alternatives.

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Outpost member Mira Ciganeck in her shared living space.

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Since they’re typically used as transitional accommodations, Outpost offers short-term leases. You can stay for just a month.

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Storage space and decor at the east Bushwick house.

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Outpost provides all the necessary amenities. All you need to bring with you is a suitcase.

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A kitchen at the east Bushwick house.

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Raposo and Finn have developed a solid friendship through Outpost even though they live in different houses.

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Raposo and Finn met through Outpost community events.

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Outpost hosts community events at different houses and sometimes other locations to help members get to know one another.

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An Outpost summer community event.

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Ciganek also mentioned that the social experience at Outpost varies depending on which house you’re in and who is living there.

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A dry-erase board at the east Bushwick house.

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