What is Co-living?

What co-living exactly is, is still being defined. As three new locations have opened, the community has been sparked with events and activity.

UKO welcomes the opening of three new communities: Newtown, Paddington Village and West Ryde and the evolution of UKO co-living continues. I first moved into UKO Stanmore before crossing over to Paddington Village when it opened. One of the reasons I loved the concept of UKO was this flexibility. Having lived mostly in the Inner West of Sydney and for a time in North Sydney, I wanted to try living in the East. When I wanted to move into UKO there was availability at Stanmore. When the time came to Paddington Village, I packed my bags, jumped in a car and rode 15 minutes across town on a Monday morning before work.

As new UKO’s continue to open UKO has developed as a network of localities that you can move within the network. The ability to be transient is like being a city traveller – a local traveller… experiencing different suburbs and subcultures. As the city of Sydney is a focal point for Australian immigration and growth the Australian identity continues to evolve. Crossing Sydney communities can feel like crossing separate cities – different cafes, parks, bus routes… different vibes. In the most recent People of UKO series, UKO Co-founder Rhys Williams said, “wherever you are you need to make the most of your surroundings – live the culture.”

It’s so true — you should embrace your surroundings and make the most of what’s there. If there’s an ocean – swim. If there’s a cafe that makes stone baked bread – eat it.  If there’s a bike, ride it. A BBQ, cook with it. An event — make the time to meet new people. At UKO there are communal areas with cooking facilities, spaces to work and spaces to use… all of this is for community and to bring surroundings to life. 

So what is co-living?

As of the past month co-living is a network of buildings that hosts a real-world community split across multiple locations. Each location is unique like a Sydney suburb with different features and facilitates different lifestyle types through design. The people are diverse which makes for eclectic events and transdisciplinary communal learning. Let’s see what else is to evolve!

Build Others Up

When we feel accepted as ourselves there’s no need to compete, only to empower others — we can build each other up.

Image – Little Hopewell Street #intersectionwall @intersectionpaddington

Belonging means a sense that you can be 100% yourself in every inch of your actions and in what you produce you give what you truly have to offer. When you feel like you belong you’re confident in yourself and you have the capacity to bring others up around you. So it’s important for each individual to feel a sense of belonging – it strengthens a community and is an enabler for the success of many individuals.

Many people at UKO join the community during transitional life stages. Short – long-term stays and national and international lives make for a mix of changes within peoples lives and adaptation. The environments that are created through every day living as well as community events are grounds to exchange knowledge. For UKO to thrive, we need an environment that fosters collaboration and learning and for individuals to grow from their transitions.

As localities have expanded, organic events have emerged from the UKO community. We’ve seen a mid-week Karaoke night in Surry Hills, a Taco Tuesday at the Rocks, Trivia at Stanmore and Mini-golf in Newtown. There are co-workers within the community working remotely or for themselves. UKO members can take advantage of a current partnership with +U Collective , offering free co-working for UKO members. To find out more contact Vicky at info@plus-u.com.au and include your community host in the email to verify your membership.  

These groups and events are spaces to help each other out and build each other up. There’s so much diversity and collective experience across the UKO network. We’re currently 170 individuals across five buildings! The UKO community is welcoming and inclusive; to find out about upcoming events and gatherings check in with your Community Host – they’re the enablers of your UKO community. Also follow UKO on Instagram and join the Facebook Groups there’s a community Facebook group for each UKO locality as well as a general UKO group