Co-living: What Is It? Who Does It? Why Bother?

drumming ceremony at sod turning for co-housing project
Drummers at a groundbreaking celebration for affordable co-housing for indigenous elders and youth in British Columbia, Canada.

What is it?

Co-living, in its broadest sense, means living with others. Since society has several traditions that involve co-living, not the least of which is the family, its currently growing popularity revolves around a more narrow scope: living with other people, some of whom are not related by blood or marriage.

Who does it?

The focus of affordablehousingaction.org’s interest (and these days the interests of many who choose this lifestyle): co-living can be affordable. With housing costs becoming a burden world-wide, the inconvenience of living only elbow-distance from others can be eclipsed by cost savings on housing.

Why bother?

Besides the cost savings mentioned above, some people find there are significant social and/or spiritual benefits that can be gained through co-living. Some of them are described with greater detail in a recent Housing Today article: Co-Living: The Friendly Future Of UK Housing?

See also other potential benefits, plus a brief description of forms of co-living that have been found to be profitable, and links to further information, at Shareable:  Is Collaborative Housing Right For You?

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