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Grab a new lease on life

Get a new lease on life!

09 February, 2021 | UKO

What if I said you could lease the life you always imagined for yourself, that it’s not a fantasy and if you wanted, you could start living it today!

 

2021 has kicked off (Happy New Year btw) and although we are all a little more crowd-aware, we are definitely pulling together more as a family in a radical spike of consciousness and desire to appreciate more. 

 

Appreciation is a bit of a funny verb.  We think we are all acting on it, until we’re faced with adversity and we are forced to look it straight in the eyes.  So right about now, we are probably doing our fair share of what I like to call, appreciation grazing.  And that’s a great thing. No-one ever said too much of a good thing was bad right?

 

With heightened appreciation for loved ones and life, we are also forced to re-evaluate how we live and with who.  And that’s probably very normal. These strange times have introduced a slurry of revolutions that promote change in every which direction, so if there was ever a time to sit up and pay attention, it’s now. Loneliness is a thing of the past!

 

Our time is now

 

We’ve seen the rise of social revolutions.  We have seen humanity rise globally and the celebration of family.  The rental revolution is here and coming soon, right along with it, is the community living revolution.

 

We are appreciating what we have more, lightening the burden of finances and life by living with less.  We are coming together more, collaborating and seeing strength in the collective.  We are seeing remote working, trust increase and humans coming together in a time of need. 

 

Appreciation is self preservation and you could lease your way to living life your way through the rise of yet another ‘sign of the times’ protégé’, co-living.  Read our top 5 house keeping resolutions for 2021.  

 

Giving yourself a new lease on life is not just a saying, just like our appreciation cousin, it hides in the weeds until we see it.  It’s a good time to explore.  

 

Generation lease

 

It’s estimated that approximately 1.46 million Australian renters are aged between 25 – 34 years old. Of this number, 250,000 live by themselves.

 

This generation of independent renters are characterised as being highly mobile, moving through careers and from place to place.

 

They are tech-savvy, digitally connected, working professionals demanding flexible living solutions to fulfil their everyday needs. 

 

Co-living is a modern form of shared living. You get a private designer micro apartment all to yourself and share the living spaces with others. In expensive inner cities, it’s become a popular space to live more affordably, connect with others and empower you to live the dream.

 

The world may show her cracks, but there are enormous opportunities if you are looking

 

UKO offers multiple co-living spaces in Sydney for you to choose from.   Every studio comes fully furnished, with lease flexibility, a community host and community activities! 

 

Make 2021 the year you look back on with a smile for giving yourself that new lease on life.  

 

Book yourself a tour to see why our residents are thrilled with their space:

 

UKO Paddington

 

UKO Paddington Village

 

UKO Stanmore

 

UKO Newtown

 

UKO West Ryde

 

Find out more about co-living and UKO today. 

 

Or

 

Book a tour with us and we’ll be happy to show you around.

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Can designs influence your mood?

Can designs influence your mood?

09 February, 2021 | BY UKO

Behind every grand building, is a grand design that has a badass science to it.

 

Introducing the science behind the unique and modern Paddington studio apartment and the influence these designs can have on our mood. 

 

It’s no secret that patterns, light, dark and space all play into our mood. But what about innovation, clean finishes, tech and functional design?

 

Architects and designers have often considered space and function over the behaviour of those who will live with it, but that is all changing without a shadow of a doubt. 

 

User-friendly buildings are being adapted into city scapes more and more and with good reason; cost of living and desire to live life differently. Today’s renter is different. They value flexibility and experiences more than any generation before them.

 

Smart design.  Modern living

 

UKO has been built for digital nomads, corporate travellers, students, key workers, flexible renters and well, just about anyone interested in the idea. It’s all encompassing design solution was built to simplify responsibilities and present a smart and functional space for modern living.

 

UKO’s design team develop shared space apartments that are functional, adaptable and comfortable.  Above all, every room has been created to ‘live in’ and meet the needs of the wellbeing of their residents. ​

Well-designed communal spaces form the centre-piece for interactions between residents.  The interior architecture and design layout has been optimised for easy living and for mood in light of it’s easy-on-the-eye aesthetics.

 

Designed for living

 

Apartment furniture and appliances have been considered with the same focussed strategy.  Every detail adds to rental appeal.  From the adaptable, move anywhere furnishings, to the move-in-ready studio’s, the active social spaces and instant communities.  Above all, it’s affordable.

 

It’s no wonder UKO has become Australia’s undisputed leader in the co-living arena; an established, well-connected and reputable brand that meets the needs of its residents first.

 

Moods are lifted not just by the hidden gems in the architect, but by the community, events, sense of belonging and lighter way of living.  It’s designed for living.

 

To Find out more about co-living, visit www.uko.com.au 

 

OR

 

Book a tour and come see for yourself.

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Hey there, lonely!

Hey there, lonely!

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

Sometimes we end up feeling alone.  Friends move away; you’re living someplace new; or perhaps you’ve started a new job.  Sometimes feeling lonely is just a moment in time that can be fixed with a quick bit of advice. 

 

Co-living is a modern take on a share-house. It gives you a private studio and invites a sense of community.  It doesn’t matter if you are single, a couple, new to the country or in from another state.  UKO is the perfect launchpad to meet new friends and feel part of the neighbourhood real quick.

 

Privacy, security and space

 

UKO private studio units are designed to a highest quality with modern finishes. They have all been created to maximise space and comfort and entertain (yes, that’s on your agenda, even if it’s not right now).  Each unit has its own kitchenette facility and ensuite bathroom, making each space a comfortable and self-sufficient living space. 

 

Friends, community and entertainment

 

Our properties celebrate communal spaces to work, share a coffee, entertain, meet new friends or mingle.  It’s easy to make friends,collaborate and share ideas in this space.  It’s the perfect way to build a network and integrate quickly.

 

Every apartment has a host that plans events and entertainment to bring everyone together, so it never needs to feel forced or intimidating.  You can expect free yoga, BBQs and other social events.

 

Lonely just doesn’t exist at UKO, so what are you waiting for!  The new year is looming. You can literally just move in with a bag and go.  2021 is the year you make your mark and meet new found friends.  

 

“I’ve enjoyed the community events – we had an awesome Christmas dinner which was like one big family! I’ve also been able to make great professional connections.” 

UKO Resident – Stanmore

 

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CO-LIVING, VISIT WWW.UKO.COM.AU

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Cheers

UKO Crew


Top 5 house-keeping resolutions for 2021

Top 5 house-keeping resolutions for 2021

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

 

Make your New Years’ resolution about you. And why not!  After the year we’ve had, you deserve to make a few important changes to build you up in 2021. Make 2021 your year of independence!

 

Here’s our top house-keeping tips to help you ease into the year ahead:

 

Live lighter

 

Make 2021 your year of lightness. This means less clutter, less baggage, less hassle, less rent. Your aim should be to do less of the stuff that weighs you down and chews up time and focus on giving back to yourself in other ways.  Time is precious and we need to protect it and make it work for us.  How will you make it work for you this year?

 

Take the stairs

Lockdown has delivered a year of unknowns.  It’s given food for thought in planning our year ahead. One thing is for sure, we need to practice healthier habits with every little thing we do.  Make Jan 01 2021 the day you decide to take the stairs and walk with ease to wherever it is you need to be and move on up this year.  

 

Get connected

 

Many people around the world got to feel the heaviness of loneliness this year sadly. If anything, it’s tested our personal space and showed us the importance of community. Make 2021 your year to connect more.  Reach out to others and belong to something greater than yourself. Enrich your life with community, stronger friendship and the support you deserve.

 

Live life your way

 

Commit to you! This is your year to live the way you really want.  There’s no time like now to start. If life has weighed you down this year, perhaps you need to think about the new practices and habits that will enable you more next year.  This could mean living more centrally, living with others, or living a more simpler life.  You may want to live closer to work or in walking distance to your locals.  Whatever you need, be sure the year ahead is kind and makes it possible for you to do the things in your life that really matter to you every day.

 

Off-line your life

 

2020 has seen us lose track of how long we spend online. Make 2021 your most productive year yet and find ways to celebrate living life your way by learning a new skill, meeting new friends, playing old-school board games, being outdoors, practicing yoga, gardening, cooking or anything that doesn;t involve a screen.  Your mind and body will thank you for this in the year ahead.

 

Resolution solution

It’s all ready for you.  Get your bags packed and move straight into your new designer ready-made studio.  Complete with friends, sunset views, free yoga, BBQ nights and best of all, your rent will cover it all.  All your resolutions are about to come true.

 

Take a closer look at some of the best co-living apartments located in and around Sydney.  Studios are now available.  Come book yourself a tour to see why our residents are thrilled with their new space:

 

Paddington

 

Paddington Village

 

Stanmore

 

Newtown

 

West Ryde

 

SPECIAL OFFER

 

Before the 2021 rates kick in we’d like to offer you a special offer for the first 3 months of the year. Get in touch to apply today and let us ease you into the year ahead.

 

Happy new Year!  Be kind to yourself in 2021 and come see what Co-living has to offer you.  You won’t believe the difference it will make to your life. Come and see it for yourself!

 

BOOK NOW

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Test if co-living is for you!

Test if co-living is for you!

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

The biggest cities in the world are witnessing a social revolution. But is it for you?

The rise of co-working spaces is upon us. Social engagement and the increased cost of living has contributed greatly to the future of a community and lifestyle.  Co-living at UKO means connecting humans in all areas of life for a new way of living that’s lighter on stuff and richer in meaning. 

We’ve designed homes for those who want to live more collectively, and connectedly, it is an anchor for the curious to explore, create and socialise. 

There are several co-living spaces in Australia, the first of its kind being that of UKO, who have five (5) hubs in Sydney and are growing. We owe our success to our communities, who love nothing more than a flexible, stress-reduced, simple way of living. 

 

Here’s 5 way to test if this global trend is for you:

You love perks

It’s hard to think this one isn’t for us all.  Everyone loves a perk! And it seems to be a big appeal factor for our UKOers.

Do you look for amenities that feel new, are innovative, high in quality and unlike most rentals? Are you attracted to unique perks such as free on-site entertainment, laundry, house cleaning and even a host — and at no extra cost?  Do you look for reasonable rent prices, a diverse lifestyle and love the thought of sharing some of your time with like-minded people? 

 

You believe less is more

Do you crave experience? Do you have a love for aesthetics?  Is managing your finances better in 2021 on the cards? Do you like the idea of living a minimalistic life?  Do you like to feel organised and desire more control in your life?

Within a humble 22-35sqm in size, you’ll find a smart and innovative studio design at UKO.  Private studios are set up with functional simplicity and every space has been highly considered to maximise your living experience.   

You want rent to cover it all

Do you ever get the urge to move straight into a new fully furnished service apartment with just a bag in hand? Do you want your rent to cover everything, all bills, furnishings and more?

At UKO, every studio is fully furnished and fully private. Each includes beautifully designed spaces with appliances and a few consumables. Bills are fully covered, you can expect high speed WiFi and several other amenities, such as clean linen, BBQ’s, Movie Nights, Brunches, communal dinners and instant friends.

You could be juggling a student loan or moving out of home for the first time.  Maybe you are a young professional, single or a commuter looking to live centrally and reduce travel time. Perhaps you are a couple looking to live and save smarter with aim of finding a reliable, safe and quality life without the added hassles.

More people are looking to find easier, more convenient ways of living;  more are wanting to live sustainably, with fewer material items. More wish to spend their time and money on the things that matter most.

Solutions like UKO co living accommodation enable people to live life in ways that allow them to shape their own lives, giving them the freedom they desire.

 

You are inspired by innovation

 

Are you nomadic by nature? Are you an imaginative and creative spirit who loves the idea of all things new?  You live for smart design and form to help you live life your way.  You may want to work flexible hours?  Or perhaps work from home.

Do you love to network and brainstorm ideas? Do you long for less housework? Do you long to have more time on your hands, freeing you up to focus on what matters most to you?

Are you into craft, well-engineered things and purpose-led design? Do you like to surround yourself with clever gadgets and solutions to get through your day?

You will love how functional designs make a difference and enhance your immediate living spaces rather than take away from them at UKO.

Do you also love being ‘IN IT’ and central to all things? Do you like being able to tap into life as you walk out the door? UKO co-living in Sydney offers several spaces, all in prime locations and within a quick walking distance to the events, best clubs, bars, restaurants and shops to have your home life experiences meet your good time ones as often as you feel the urge.

 

You want friendship and a community

 

 

Are you looking for an instant community and authentic friendships? Loneliness might have been a concern for you in the past and you are looking to move past it.  Do you like the security of having others around you? Do you desire a sustainable lifestyle that builds a bank of experiences and do you thrive on social interaction? 

Do you long to forge your own path and do things differently? What about true friendship and companionship in times of need? This is most definitely a place of connection for you to consider.  Although each studio is private, the communal spaces and host present the perfect opportunity for networking and collaboration. Your host will motivate get togethers, when times are safe to do so (outside any Covid restrictions) and your community awaits when you feel like connecting.  It’s like having friends on tap.

 

If you said YES to any of the above questions, then co-living will definitely suit you and you should consider booking a tour at UKO today.

 

BOOK A TOUR today or visit www.UKO.com.au for more information about co-living.

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The Rise of Co-Living

The Rise of Co-Living

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

Co-living is on the rise worldwide. This modern way of living stems from urban hubs and travellers that have embraced the shared economy as a lifestyle and ‘work on the go’ choice, inspiring people from all walks of life. The aim; to build fresh opportunities inside their transformative and somewhat liquid environment.

Today, co-living is not just for travellers, but for anyone keen to unlock a modern life with limitless lifestyle possibilities.  Balance and community living are just a few of the benefits These nifty spaces are designed with innovation and intelligence in mind. Think James Bond x Fifth Element vibes, with the clever rendering of space and time.  And if co-housing, hostels and communal spaces come to mind, think again; they are not even close to being in the same league.

Co-living space is a modern evolving life-lab to build inspiring opportunities

and give you the ultimate gift of all – time.

There are several co-living spaces in Australia, the first of its kind being that of UKO, who have five (5) co-living hubs in Sydney with expansion plans. The success, highly attributed to the benefits of living ‘the life’ your wayUKO co-living spaces are situated in prime, highly sought after spots all over Sydney, including Paddington, Newtown, West Ryde, Stanmore and soon to be Surry Hills.  These private 25sqm studios have been converted into cutting edge, state-of-the-art micro-spaces with functional spaces to go the extra mile.

Rent from $400 per week covers a fully furnished studio.  All bills are included, along with HD TV, linen, laundry, high-speed wifi and a community host to help you out. This frees up time to invest in the important stuff, and more like the BBQ’s, Movie Nights, Brunches communal dinners,  social opportunities and an easy walk to the best of Sydney.  A bit like a new-age co living hotel that celebrates the comfort of home with the backing of friends.

Monica – Your Friendly community host

The benefits of co-living exceed expectations. Need privacy, you have it! Want to connect, come get it. Must explore the city often. Yes.  Easy access to transport.  Absolutely! Need a neat, minimalistic setup.  Definitely.  Looking for security, safety, friendship, a network, collaboration or a space to learn?  UKO ticks all the boxes and with the New Year looming, you might like to consider you next move to suit your resolutions for the year ahead.

The rise of rent is relentless!

Solutions like co-living are genius in their concept of finding solace, Co-living is in fact for everyone, from couples to singles, the aspiring Elon Musks, the innovators, the Tinder-daters, the introverts and star-struck lovers, the poets and the dreamers, the intellectuals and the socialites.  This new way of living seems to open doors to new possibilities.  It puts its residents in charge of living a more flexible, minimalistic life.

 

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CO-LIVING, VISIT WWW.UKO.COM.AU

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25 Hours to UKO

25 Hours to UKO

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | BY UKO

How to spend your first 25 hours in UKO Stanmore

UKO Stanmore is in an ideal location, in between Stanmore and Annandale and walking distance to Newtown and Glebe.You have easy access into the city via bus, or a 15 minute walk to the train station that connects you to Redfern Station and Sydney’s West. Here’s your first 25 hours spent in and around UKO Stanmore. With so many options for what to do and a new community to explore, your first day might feel a little overwhelming. Here’s our guide for how settle in within 25 hours.  

Moving into coliving can happen fast! This makes relocating from interstate or overseas simple. Deciding which suburb you want to live in, organising the essentials such as furniture and utilities, setting up electricity and internet, and dealing with real estate agents can be a lot to manage. After booking a tour, on the UKO website, you can sign up straight away with your Community Host. Let’s say you’ve made the decision to move in, here’s what you can expect to happen within 25 hours at UKO. 

9 AM – This is Your Easiest Move Ever

Moving into UKO Stanmore, upon arrival Moni, the Community Host greets you and hands you your key cards to the building and your studio. She’ll help you get set up on the wifi and download the Mobile Access app where you can unlock your studio with your phone  — no need to worry about remembering or losing keys! You can now survive with no wallet! Join the UKO social network on Facebook to keep up-to-date with community happenings such as linen day (when you get your fresh linen) and events. 

Head to your studio, unpack your suitcase and hang your clothes and/or fold your clothes… the storage is clever! Everything is there. Your bed is made with fresh linen and you’re sorted for fresh towels. Your kitchen has everything you need and you’ve even got a toilet paper roll in your bathroom. There are no utilities to connect. You’re sorted. 

Moni can also introduce you to the +U Work Collective co-working space where you can currently make the most of 10 days free co-working per month. 

10 AM – Explore – Coworking 

Walk outside of your studio, down the quiet, long hallways of UKO Stanmore (there aren’t many people around at this time, they’re at work or in their studios working). Go down the lift and past the bike racks, open the front door and hear the burst of traffic on Parramatta road. Cross the traffic lights, there’s no need to plan your bus, jump on any – they’ll all take you to Central. Ride the bus 10 minutes down Parramatta Road to arrive at Central. Walk across to +U Work Collective co-working space and get set up for the day. 

5 PM – Explore Your Neighbourhood,  

Catch the bus back to UKO Stanmore, oh yes it’s only a 10-minute ride! Entering the Stanmore building from the front, you go up the elevator and whilst passing the community kitchen and find Moni! Lucky, because you need to know two very important things, your options for shopping and where you’re going to get your coffee in the morning. She sorts you out! You walk 10 minutes down Nelson Street to SuperBarn in Annandale for a quick shop to get some basic supplies and you know where you’re going to get great coffee in the morning. 

6 PM – Discover the UKO Community 

You’re looking for plans for your first night in your new home, so you check out UKO free events on the calendar to see what’s happening. It’s Friday and there are Community Drinks on! Moni has made sangria, and ordered dinner from Frank’s Pizza. You don’t know anybody but you know Moni, this makes introductions that little bit easier! The community is welcoming, everyone’s chatting about their week as well as their experiences overseas. There’s music and someone even decided to do a small dance performance! Daniel, your new neighbour, tells you about the best running route is around Black Wattle Bay. 

7 am – Become a local 

Running down from Stanmore to the Black Wattle Bay you can’t miss Tramsheds. You stop in for Breakfast at Tram Sheds before walking back to UKO Stanmore. Along Nelson street there’s the beautiful Cherry Moon General Store, where you grab your coffee and a loaf of fresh bread. 

9 am – Make this your home

Some neighbours are exercising out on the terrace on their yoga mats, you stop by for an incidental chat. 

10 am – That’s 25 hours

By 10 am, you know the area, you’ve got your bearings, you’ve begun to get to know your community and you’re settled in! That’s 25 hours at UKO Stanmore. 


Ways to Wellbeing

Ways to Wellbeing

OCTOBER 19, 2020 | BY UKO

It can be hard to find moments of calm, mindfulness or privacy in what for most are busy, busy days. How your micro apartment kitchenette makes the chore of making food simple.

Each UKO has different kitchenettes; Padding original, Stanmore and Newtown have communal kitchens with a traditional oven in addition to individual studio microwaves or convection ovens. When it comes to making good food around your busy schedules here’s why micro apartments are beneficial. 

  • Interestingly, 12% of people globally don’t feel they have the right to ask for privacy at home (Ikea). Micro apartments provide a space for you to cook at any time. You get the privacy that you need to access your food and cooking whenever you like – it’s all yours and there’s no need to share;
  • The confines of a kitchenette might mean that you need to simplify your cooking however this doesn’t mean you have to compromise flavour (although I’ve have heard of some epic meals being made you can eat your dreams in a micro space), 
  • You can reframe an everyday chore such as making food as an opportunity for time out.

Good food cooked on your watch and time out – this all makes for a powerful wellbeing combination. Even when I’ve had access to a fully equipped kitchen I’ve never used all the ‘equipment’… why? Well it’s all too time consuming and I hate dishes. Cooking has always been challenging amongst busy days. Makes the chore of simple:

Clear enough space to cook in

Like most people’s, your kitchenette counter gets cluttered; ensure you clear an area big enough to cook comfortably in. Also make use of jars and other storage containers. 

Don’t clutter your space 

Try not to buy additional appliances for your kitchenette as this clutters space. In many cases you can use existing appliances to get the job done. For example, to make a toastie put your sandwich on a hot pan and place another pant on top – voila a toasted sandwich maker. 

Take advantage of being in a small space

Having everything in arms reach means your fridge, cooker and bin are all so close – you’ll save time in the kitchen running back and forth. Working close to the stove means you can do a few jobs at once (like start an eCommerce store whilst cooking because your kitchen is right in front of you and your desk is right behind you!). 

Cooking with Convection Ovens

If you’re cooking with a convection oven – fish is your friend, it’s a source of protein that’s super easy to cook and put with any rice, pasta or salad dish – it works great in Mexican style dishes! 

Cook whenever you want, cook efficiently and enjoy the process knowing that you’ll have minimum clean up! Oh yes and flavour… Community Host Jorge gave me some insights into his cooking tips – sautéed onion and mushroom in red wine works wonders for Italian – I tried this with pasta sauce and I can confirm that this is delicious.