25 Hours to 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

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.