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






UKO Crew

Value in A New World

Value in A New World


How valuable are the physical things that we strive to obtain and harbor in life? Converting to co-living.

My journey to co-living was in stages… the tipping point was when COVID hit Australia — who would’ve thought!

Coming from startup land in Sydney, I’m across new businesses and market entrants. My first impression of UKO was — a great concept… it embodies minimalist and flexible living, however, it isn’t quite practical for me right now. During this time two things were becoming apparent in my life:

Firstly, that my career would revolve around technology and my lifestyle would always be to a degree nomadic — traveling domestically and internationally for leisure, work, friends, and family. It wasn’t a stage or a once-off event like a uni exchange.

Secondly, my have for life admin became stronger— it’s boring and I see little value in it. I’m always looking for ways to eliminate it and I disagree with the notion that ‘it’s part having responsibilities’. I never liked signing any contracts (for example phone plans) because long-term commitment didn’t match the evolution in my life. Minimalism and the need for flexibility were emerging more in my life.

Converting to co-living

The first stage of converting to co-living was deciding to avoid real estate agents at all costs (the rental system is the worst system ever!). So, I sold all of my furniture and appliances — all of which I outlaid a cost of $4000 and gave away/ sold for 10% of the purchase price. I had no lease for the first time in a while, I went to Europe not having to pay rent back home for a month — great! When I came back to Sydney I stayed in an Airbnb until I found a place on Flatmates — no lease and not much furniture ($1000 worth) — great. I lost money again when I moved as COVID hit. I had flexibility but I still had to have some furniture.

The second stage of converting to co-living was when I flew to regional Australia for a couple of months, I was considering joining a local co-working space however in COVID, I couldn’t justify the value anymore. I was confused about what I should be doing.

When I returned to Sydney UKO was the solution. It could accommodate my 2 suitcase concept, I didn’t have to outlay costs for furniture and appliances and I could eliminate life admin through UKO’s subscription modesl — an all-inclusive price — Amazing! I subscribed in 15 minutes. #signmeup

COVID — the tipping point

When my world became 100% online and there was no physical reason for me to be in Sydney, this was an exciting concept. However, I didn’t expect to find it as challenging as I did being outside of a city. I took lockdown as an opportunity to focus on a project that I had running in South Australia. What I was lacking was a network and connectedness to a community that could support and enhance my lifestyle.

Contrasting the UKO community with being in Adelaide — a regional city, it’s clear how important a role co-living has in shaping this new world. I struggled to work in Adelaide as COVID presented a huge challenge for how we are to now engage with people and expand our network to generate value.

Thinking about lifestyle and how far mine is adapted — value now really is in the non-physical things; when driving a car, owning a fridge or a TV has no relationship to my work… it’s all just stuff. And more, all of this stuff becomes a liability when you’re stuck with it — like a rental lease with a bad housemate. Co-living becomes an asset.

How we create our lives and what we fill it with is so important. With systems designed for a new world that’s shaped around both technology and the knowledge economy, why use services or commit to responsibilities that aren’t suited to this new world? The physical things that we aspire to, and harbour so closely, we should perhaps think quite differently about.

The Co-working Evolution

The Co-working Evolution


You’ve heard of co-working, but co-living?

For entrepreneurs, co-working was an exciting concept for a work environment. Access to affordable, flexible workspace, and a community. I remember the old days of Fishburners, Haymarket in Sydney — the original building. I’d attend the Friday drinks, hang out, see businesses pitch and listen to guest speakers from the ecosystem. There was hype and excitement from the success stories from within it. Fishburners has since integrated into the NSW Government’s Sydney Startup Hub in the CBD — an 11-floor building established to generate SME’s through co-working, of which have created 100 percent of all net jobs growth in NSW in the 6 years leading up to 2014 (*Source: Jobs for the Future Report). Co-working has played a part in many startup’s lifecycles — many do launch and start out in these communities because of the support that’s so valuable during a business’s infancy.

COVID-19, earlier in the year, I was sitting in a co-working space seeing people leave their hot desks or small office space wondering what would be next for co-working. Teams distributed overnight. What had been an emerging norm and source of so much value in my work for the past 4.5 years looked to be going down the drain. I left for regional Australia.

The workplace literally became anywhere. For the first time, locality was irrelevant so long as you had your laptop and Wifi. As individuals and teams weren’t in co-working spaces where did they go… anywhere but a Fishburners, which the Government boosted to grow the economy or a WeWork, which in recent news has been the center of co-working controversy.

The workplace is anywhere

The demand for co-working is predicted to increase, that’s undoubtedly true but how co-working will evolve is still being defined.

Today’s workplace can be anywhere — remote employees, startups, and freelancers are now migrating seamlessly between home offices, coffee shops, and co-working spaces. As I write from the common room of UKO Stanmore I’m about to go for a meeting at a cafe and then spend the afternoon at +U Collective. As part of my co-living subscription, I have 10 days/ month access to UKO’s partner co-working space. Combined co-working co-living subscriptions at UKO start from $400/ week, all-inclusive. Other international co-living providers Mason & Fifth (London) and Outsite (USA & Global) offer similar solutions where members live in private studio apartments and share access to common areas.

When I left my last co-working space to go to regional Australia, I was confident that as long as I had my laptop I could be anywhere for opportunities. In South Australia, I thought — why don’t people do co-working — well they didn’t want to pay for something that they could do in their four-bedroom detached home.

I see co-living as the next biggest thing in housing due to the benefits of all-inclusive rent, added conveniences, and access to a community that lowers the cost of living. As 1 billion people are predicted to access co-working by 2030, right now is only the begging for co-living — what’ll be a bigger and better version of co-working. How it continues to evolve is still unknown.