An inside look at the Cohabs New York community

By Andy Sto Published 20/04/2023

The New York Cohabs community is changing the way remote workers live in the Big Apple. With a tight-knit resident crew, awesome amenities, and a great base to explore the city, let’s dive into what makes this community like no other.

Living in NYC through Cohabs

If you’re new to the Cohabs name, we’ll break down the basics and welcome you to the latest trend in co-living spaces.

NYC City Manager and Cohabs’ first American hire Daniel Clark said it best in a recent interview, “Cohabs is home. It’s a living environment where you can come from basically anywhere in the world and plug into an instant community.”

An instant community is right. Stepping into the Cohabs community means easy, creative, and innovative housing set-ups, with rooms adapted to work from home. You can also enjoy communal spaces equipped for dinner parties, socializing, and even live music, and a customer-centric perspective that you won’t find with other NYC landlords or companies.

Spend your free time enjoying your rooftop view, learn from interesting and diverse housemates, pig out at the next holiday party, participate in local community service projects, or head outside to meet new people as an expat in NYC.

If you prefer to stay in, you can chat, network, and befriend housemates from across the U.S. and the world, with a 50/50 domestic to international split in most Cohabs homes. Join the 20% of New Yorkers working from home with your new community, getting to know NYC inside and out in between your working hours.

As of April 2023, there are four open Cohabs buildings in NYC, with many more soon to come. Explore housing options such as Malcolm X 34 in Harlem and Crown 907, Prospect 885, and Prospect 271 in Brooklyn.

Cohabs NYC moving forward

There are 54 open beds in the NYC Cohabs buildings as of early 2023; however, Cohabs aims to have 250 beds available by the end of the year. You can find current open buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but the team continues to explore options across NYC.

It isn’t easy, but the Cohabs real estate team is making magic happen in the big city one step at a time. They search daily for additional buildings and neighborhoods to curate, cultivate, and expand the Cohabs community residents know and love.

While the NYC market is highly coveted, Cohabs was born across the pond. It has been making international waves for years and continues its goal of expanding. Cohabs plans to open at least two more U.S. markets in the next two years, and Daniel Clark mentioned Boston, Chicago, D.C., and the west coast as potential locations for more Cohabs spaces.

Internationally, you can find Cohabs in Spain, Belgium, and France, but they also hope to add six more markets by 2026; we expect their international number of beds to go from 1200 to 5,000 by then.

A lot of positive changes are in Cohabs’ midst; what won’t change is their commitment to community through unique and efficient co-living spaces and the awesome group of people that live there.

Who are the residents?

While there are plenty of ways to meet new people in NYC, co-living with other remote workers definitely gives you a head start. Co-living spaces are only as good as the residents within them, though, so who lives in the NYC Cohabs community?

For starters, Cohabs hosts a pretty even split between female (44.8%) and male (41.4%) residents, with the remaining percentage non-disclosing. Cohabs caters to students or working professionals who need a space to be, work, and grow among others those can learn from and connect with.

The co-living spaces represent a whopping 17 nationalities, with French, American, and Belgium residents topping the list. You can also find residents from Spain, England, Switzerland, and many other countries.

Most of the residents are in their 20s and 30s. The average age of NYC’s Cohabs residents is 27, although the youngest resident is just 21 and the oldest is about 40.

While the demographics shed some light on the Cohabs population, there’s much more to a person than what their passport states. Let’s meet two Cohabs residents to get a gist of the personality types you may run into in the NYC living spaces.

Meet Giulia

Giulia is a 28-year-old Brazilian native working as a freelance graphic designer. As a child, she always dreamt of visiting New York City and finally made her dream a reality after landing a job in Australia.

Giulia was excited about her six-month stint in NYC, but the timeframe made apartment hunting and furniture shopping sound like a nightmare. She also wanted to avoid bunking with other people in the same room to keep working remotely and on her own schedule.

Giulia found her saving grace when she discovered Cohabs on a blog page she was visiting. On her move-in day, she was lucky enough to walk right into one of the Cohabs events, where she met welcoming housemates, food, and fun – and plenty of experiences to boot!

Meet Maxence

Maxence is a 40-year-old Belgian living in the Prospect 885 Cohabs building and working as a Belgian reporter who covers daily politics and social issues. When he first arrived in NYC in 2020, Maxence was stuck in an overpriced shared apartment in Manhattan when COVID hit. 

Maxence then moved to Brooklyn to try and compensate for the situation but soon found himself at his wit’s end. That’s when he visited a Cohabs home.

Making the move into the new co-living space, Maxence found friendship and a new social life through Cohabs, regardless of the age difference between him and many of his housemates. He now enjoys affordable housing, respectful and friendly roommates, and the big plus of Prospect Park right around the corner from his work-from-home abode.  

Living in Cohabs vs. standard NYC apartments

Cohabs wasn’t the first co-living space set up in NYC, but that doesn’t make it anything like the rest. You’ll get certain perks at Cohabs that you won’t find in the standard NYC apartment or co-living space:

·       The community and events

·       Curated, fully furnished homes with upscale amenities

·       A resident-centered focus

Community

Choosing a roommate (or a few!) is hard work. There is vetting to be done, and you’re often up against hundreds of other tenant applicants. Add an unpleasant landlord in the mix and you cut your chances of securing a lease even further.

Then, once you’re in the apartment, good luck figuring out if you’ve found a normal roommate. From cleaning rituals to mismatching schedules, plenty could go amiss.

Cohabs has changed the way house hunting works, as they work hard to make accessing their spaces easy, fun, and natural. You can complete the online application in just five minutes, and it’s followed up with a phone call to learn more about you and how you’d fit in at Cohabs. They truly ensure that personalities and experiences align so that each home is cohesive and conducive to personal progress.

Once in the co-living space, you’ll enjoy weekly activities, seasonal parties, after-work drinks, exercise classes, live music, Cohabs community service projects, and plenty of other activities Cohabs arranges for the benefit of their residents.

Prefer to lay low and have alone time? Not to worry – the homes are also designated with that in mind.

Curated home with amenities

Each Cohabs space is specially curated with furniture, artwork, and communal spaces to make the most of your work-from-home experience. Even though there are plenty of co-working spaces in Manhattan, Cohabs is sure you’ll end up spending more time at home for both comfort and efficiency.

From collaborative spaces to private work areas in each room, Cohabs knows how to make a space ideal for both work and life without sacrificing style or amenities. You’ll also enjoy included house cleaning, a terrace (in most buildings), bike storage, a gym, TVs, basic monthly supplies, and more.

A resident focus

Second to community, one of the biggest bonuses of Cohabs is the focus on the residents and their well-being. You won’t be dealing with an angry New York landlord; Cohabs is all about adaptability, communication, and kindness. Your satisfaction and comfort come first.

As a plus, leases are much more flexible than the standard NYC housing contract, the online application takes just a few minutes to submit, and you’ll enjoy the perks of Cohabs from the moment you step through the door of your new home.  

Final thoughts on the NYC Cohabs community

The NYC Cohabs community is more than just a housing arrangement. It’s a way to fully integrate yourself into the NYC lifestyle, live with a diverse group of housemates, work while exploring the bustling city, and grow both professionally and personally in a new, robust environment.

If you’re tired of standard living arrangements that don’t consider your needs, it may be time to consider Cohabs. Explore the website to learn more and reach out if you have any questions.

About the author Andy is a seasoned digital nomad from Brussels. He runs a blog for digital nomads, remote workers, and remote company leaders: https://andysto.com/. He enjoys hiking, singing, playing improv games and discovering hidden gems all over the world.