Apartment living isn’t what it used to be.

When it came time to leave home and seek shelter elsewhere, independent people searched for their future dwelling by looking in the local newspaper. After they scoured the ads, they hopped in their car and took a drive down Main Street, seeking out any visible “For Rent” signs.

Things are much different today. Now there is a coliving option that is appealing to more and more people in big cities.

What is Coliving?

Coliving is more than just housing. It’s actually the creation of a conscious community that encourages a sustainable lifestyle and healthy living through sharing resources and space.

Is it for you?

Well, that’s the big question. The best way to determine if coliving is for you is to take a look at the pros and cons. We can help you do this by taking an inside look at two of the largest coliving habitats in the country: WeLive.com and Common.com.

Common operates in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

WeLive operates in New York City and Washington, D.C.

If these cities are where you want to dwell and coliving sounds nifty, read on.

The Pros of Coliving

Let’s start with the goods, shall we?

There are lots of benefits with living in a shared space. One of them is that you don’t always need to find furniture because coliving spaces are already furnished. That’s a bonus.

When becoming part of The Common Community, for example, you’re choosing to share responsibilities, kitchen supplies, and ye old bathroom. If this works for you, consider these other factors:

  • You’re Fine With a Membership
    Coliving often requires a membership fee in lieu of rent. That fee can include electricity, Wi-Fi, even regular apartment cleaning by staff.
  • You Enjoy Community Events
    New to the city? Need to find new pals? Coliving spaces offer group events like yoga classes, potluck dinners, and movie nights.
  • You Like Sharing Your Couch
    Communal areas are the focal point of coliving spaces. If you like company during scary movies, this is for you.
  • Month-to-Month Flexibility
    Not sure how long you’re staying? No worries. Your membership includes lots of goodies, and not being locked in to a contract is one of them.
  • You Believe in Sustainability
    You recycle. You don’t pollute the earth or your space with garbage or nasty chemicals. If this is your philosophy, you’ll fit in this kind of community beautifully.

The Cons of Coliving

If you don’t like sharing, have a habit of being extremely selfish, and use too much Windex, coliving isn’t for you. Here are some more reasons you might resist it:

  • You Don’t Like Memberships
    Memberships stress you out. They seem unpredictable. If you would rather write a check for rent only, ditch the coliving idea.
  • You’re an Introvert
    Hate pot luck dinners? Not a fan of watching a movie with the people you live with? If so, you need your own space, not a coliving space.
  • Your Couch is YOUR Couch
    If you’re like Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory and need to sit in the same spot consistently on your couch, ditch the common space idea.
  • You Need Commitment
    Sometimes we need a lease agreement for an extended period of time to feel secure. If living without rules isn’t for you, keep looking for the “For Rent” sign on Main Street. You’ll find your pad.
  • Recycling is For the Birds
    You get that there’s too much plastic on the ground and the ozone layer is cracking, but you can’t bring yourself to use anything but Windex in your kitchen. Don’t live with environmentally conscious people if you can’t part with your blue spray.

If you’re traveling for work and need a place to lay your head for a few days, coliving spaces like these can honor you.

If you want to stay longer, you can choose a private studio or a shared space. Depending on where you colive, membership can include all expenses, including Wi-Fi, cable, and housekeeping. Prices vary between $1,200 and $3,050 per month.

When adding all of your current expenses, does coliving make sense? If so, are you ready to ditch the Windex and coexist with human kind?