Trilby Beresford
June 05, 2016 4:00 am
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Let’s face it, one of the best things about college life was co-existing in dorm rooms with your best friends (and enemies and acquaintances). It was just so easy having people close by for chill-out sessions, or to lend a hand, or for a shoulder to cry on. That’s why co-living has become ridiculously popular for young professional people under the age of 35!

The trend started here in the U.S., with start-ups like Pure House and Common in New York City, which offer shared living spaces and extended-stay housing along with a flourishing sense of community, a relaxed lifestyle, and all the amenities you could possibly want.

Basically it’s the perfect living arrangement for anyone who wants to meet people and have new experiences, so it’s no surprise that the UK has jumped on the co-living trend as well. The Collective opened last month in London, with units and studio apartments for rent at 225 pounds per week. That might seem high, but the price includes goodies like concierge services, room cleaning, utility bills, wi-fi, and more. There’s also a ton of amenities to take advantage of, such as a gym, movie theater, spa, games room, library, themed dining rooms (what?), and a laundry room. The best and most progressive thing about The Collective is that they match residents to their neighbors using a personality test! Hopefully it works, as it seems like the idea is for everyone to become forever friends.

The bottom line is that fun, communal living doesn’t have to be restricted to college students. It can be for anyone who’s looking to branch out and try something different for a change. After all, we only live once! Let’s all go hang out with our pals and make memories.

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