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 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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The Best Events Around Your UKO Suburb

The Best Events Around Your UKO Suburb

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | BY UKO

Hand picked for their localities, here’s what’s happening around our awesome suburbs.

Our UKO’s are hand picked for their locations. From the Inner West to the East and Northern Sydney they’re all in prime positions.  If you want to know your local or top places to eat in your UKO suburb, check UKO locations on our website. Let’s explore what makes each UKO location outstanding… here’s what’s happening around our city as COVID restrictions ease. Get your UKO neighbours together and get around town! Here’s the best of what’s happening over the coming weeks. 

Eastern Suburbs

Surry Hills Markets

1 December 1 2020 (Monthly event)

The Surry Hills Markets are a fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, specialising in handmade, second-hand and recycled goods. The markets are held in Shannon Reserve, on the corner of Crown and Collins Streets.

Motel Mexicola, Bondi 

Saturday, November 14 & all December 

Bondi Beach Public Bar’s regular menu, interior and playlist will be replaced by those of Motel Mexicola! Expect tacos, tequila and colourful tiles aplenty.

Cinderella, the Grounds of Alexandria 

Between now and January 3, 2021

You don’t need a fairy godmother to enjoy Sydney’s latest pop-up. You don’t need to arrive via a carriage that used to be a pumpkin, either. When you’re having a bite to eat at The Grounds of Alexandria, you will be able to wander through lit-up laneways that look like they’ve just stepped out of a fairytale — and tuck into a pumpkin carriage sponge cake.

Inner West

The Show Must Go On Dendy Cinema, Newtown 

Now – Wednesday, December 2

When it comes to watching some of the most entertaining movies ever committed to celluloid, Dendy Newtown is taking Grease‘s advice — by giving viewers more. The venue is dedicating a heap of sessions to big-screen musicals. Yes, it’s expected that you’ll hear some singing from the audience.

Outer West 

Pop up Disney+ Drive-In, Bankwest Stadium 

November

Since late in 2019, when Disney launched its own streaming platform, fans of its animated classics, beloved hits and many, many super-popular franchises have been able to binge their way through the Mouse House’s back catalogue from the comfort of their couch. Fans are being asked to leave their houses to check out a selection of the company’s famed titles — all thanks to the new pop-up Disney+ Drive-In that’s coming to Sydney.

Still undecided? Here are a bunch of other links for you to check out!


A Couples Journey to Coliving

A Couples Journey to Coliving

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | BY UKO

Co-living is not only for singles, the experience for couples 

We caught up with Paddington Village couple Sara and Diego about their experience with Co-living and life in their UKO Paddington Village Gallery Studio. Co-living is not only for singles, it’s couple friendly too! Save on dollars and gain the benefits of the Co-living community such as drinks and nibbles on a Friday, a much loved touch for UKO members when the weekend comes around! Here’s a couple’s personal personal journey to, and experience in, coliving. 

Diego, how did you meet Sara? What have been some of the biggest benefits and challenges living together as a couple in a coliving studio?

Sara and I were born in the same city but met here in Sydney, whilst we were on our own journeys. It’s like life laid out the best pathway in front of us to follow. We’re now living together in a coliving studio. When living as a couple, you start to know one another much more such as one another’s individuality that comes out through manners and customs. When you share space, you share time and even your moods! But we have fitted together so well. 

The studio gives us the option to “customise” it to our liking and we don’t tend to have much furniture or many decorations. I like how the place was initially set up. I’ve tried to keep the layout as it leaves enough space to move around and not feel like you’re getting out of bed and walking straight into the fridge! For us it’s great to have a balcony, we chat whilst watching beautiful sunsets before moving onto the couch where we keep chatting or watch YouTube. We’ll cook something and eat at the dining table. We’ve even had friends come over and we didn’t feel there was no space. So far I haven’t struggled with anything, so, there’s not much to talk about regarding challenges.

Why did you move to Sydney and what do you do in this city?

Diego – We’re from South-America. For us it’s important to learn the English language to open up more opportunities, whether that’s professional or personal. It was a great decision that we made to come to Australia rather than the United States. Here we’re able to study and work and afford the experience, which is not possible in the States. The quality of life we experience here is a blessing, and Sydney is one of the best cities to live in the world. We also love the opportunity to meet people from everywhere and learn from their culture. And of course, to be able to have a beautiful place to come home to after work!

Sara, so how’d you come across UKO?

I’d planned to spend some time outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains around the time that Diego and I met. When I came back to Sydney, and we planned to move in together, we went to a few open inspections and nothing was suitable. I’d seen the photos of Paddington Village on the UKO website. I was super excited and said to Diego, I want to move here!

Why Paddington Village?

Sara – I’d been living in Killara, which is nice but not the most convenient place to live. I knew Paddington quite well and how much of a great location it is! Walking around Paddington Village there are such beautiful streets and houses!

Diego – We knew about the co-living concept for a while before we moved in. I’ve personally found it amazing as I like to socialise. In a regular flat you rarely have the chance to with flat mates as everyone has busy and varied schedules. For the first time, as our fellow UKOers are always friendly and happy to say ‘hi’, I often have short conversations. This makes me appreciate how good the people are that I share the building with. I’ve only attended one event, but it was enough to meet everyone and become excited about the UKO experience.

What has your experience of UKO been?

Sara – When we went on a tour of Paddington Village we were surprised, Diego especially, to find that the photos on the website were accurate. Everything in real life looked as it did online. This is rare with rental apartments in Sydney! Everything was brand new and the sign up process was easy. I’m super busy with my work and study so I love how Jorge (the Community Host) leaves sweets in our communal lounge area and drinks and nibbles in the fridge on a Friday! I also love having fresh sheets every two weeks. OMG this is unbelievable! 

 So, co-living and micro apartment living is working well for you two

Diego – I have to say that it’s more than I expected. We are both pretty organised people and like to have a harmonious place to live. It’s a winning combination to have a micro apartment – our own space which is easy to clean. 

Living here has also taught us to own less. Previously, when we had a large room, we were able to store many things which we never really used. We found it incredible that the studio had all the necessary space! Before moving in, the first thing we did was decide what we needed to keep and what we could get rid of such as clothes, bags, etc. Another benefit was the kitchen appliances were brand new. The experience from the beginning has been incredible and it continues to be. 

Have there been any unique benefits to co-living as a couple that you didn’t expect?

Our co-living experience has been minimal as we haven’t attended every gathering, however, after being to a couple at UKO Paddington and UKO Paddington Village, the opportunity to know people who are similar to you is a unique benefit. In this environment, everyone is willing to share the benefits that UKO provides within the spaces. Sara and I discuss personal challenges, this is not speaking native English. However we feel proud when we’re interacting with locals and holding these conversations! So we’re really fulfilling our purposes coming to Australia! 


15 Steps to a Better You

15 Steps to a Better You

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | BY UKO

Developing one’s self and finding balance 

Get back on track with 15 steps to a better you: make plans, make money, get into a good routine… etc, just follow these steps and there you’ll have it; a better you. No, well we all know it’s not so simple. We want our lives to be exciting and fulfilling however there isn’t any guide for how to exactly achieve this. We can get caught up in work and even lose track of time, to the point where we wonder where the years go. Juggling study, work and life… the old work-life balance is challenging. At the best of times, work won’t clear your mind, so we need to find this excitement for fulfilment elsewhere… but how!

Balance The Grind is a website entirely dedicated to showcasing healthy work-life balance through stories of people all over the world in different careers and lifestyles. No individual is the same, hence talking anyone through an ideal step-by-step process just won’t work. However by looking at others as examples, we might be able to garner the ideas that we need to coordinate all of the things that make up our work and our lives. 

Balance The Grind’s Daily Routines series explores the daily routines, schedules, habits and rituals of successful world leaders, artists, startup founders, business executives, writers and world class athletes to uncover the key learnings. I took a look at Sydney local entrepreneurs Manda Kelly, Co-founder of Freelancing Gems,  Lauren Crystal, Co-founder of Hassle and Liam McNally, Diversity & Inclusion Partner at GitLab. These people all have such busy days! Back-to-back meetings, small time slots to produce work, guest speaking on webinars and then they’ve got their families, friends and health to sort out! How do they do it? Multitasking, juggling follow-ups… they’ve all had experience stopping and starting routines and practices to adjust and adapt their lives. 

The key is to give yourself the time.

Time to work out what it is that you need to balance work and life. This is because balance is going to be different for everyone and dependent upon commitments, health and family situation. Central aspects of Manda, Laren and Liam’s lives are exercise, work flexibility and breaking work down into smaller pieces. No university assignment work style all-nighters! What a relief! 

Manda, Lauren and Liam all exercise in the mornings at some stage. It may be first thing at 6:00 am, at 8 am… or later in the morning at 11 am. Flexibility is something that these people have across the board which allows for different intersections of work and life. Work flexibility means that you don’t have to wait until 6:00 pm to get to the gym. It also means that you can work globally, Liam’s company is US based and Manda has recently spoken at the UN World Entrepreneurs Day webinar. Flexible work means they can all make their personal appointments which are often scheduled during work hours. Their work patterns are broken up into 1-2 hour slots and regular breaks such as gym, groceries, walks or coffees are integrated around slots. The experts say productivity is then increased and the mind is cleared.

So what does balance mean to Manda, Lauren and Liam? For Manda Kelly, balance means “personal balance in mind, body and spirit! I am pretty high energy so I need my down time and mindfulness.” Lauren Crystal says it’s “ loving your job, whilst at the same time your work environment and respecting the boundaries of your personal life.” For Liam McNally, “it’s very important for me to have that integration in order to be productive. I achieve this by being strict with my flexibility.”  

These may not be your answers but here are the top tips from the experts: 

  • Turn your phone on airplane mode so you don’t get calls during your personal time.
  • Use tools such as Hassle to reduce emails to a minimum.
  • Focus for 1-2 hour intervals of work and take breaks to maximise productivity. 
  • Never compromise your exercise or your health. 
  • Catch up with friends to break up your day for exercise, walks or coffees. 

Balance to maintain both our mental and physical health is essential. If you’re not healthy you can’t do much at all! By burning the candles at both ends you can get run down, exhaust yourself and potentially bring out illnesses. Keep that balance! It’s not as easy as following any step by step guide as we all have different responsibilities and commitments as well as heath levels. So, ensure that you take the time to work out what you need to get your balance right! 


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.


Take Content Creation Seriously

Take Content Creation Seriously

October 16, 2020 | BY UKO

Why we need to take emerging careers more seriously

I remember computing lessons at school with desktops and monitors lined up in rows, set-up towering over the heads of the class seated in ‘computer chairs’. I’d spend most of the lesson trying to remember my password xhkejqc8976 of which I wasn’t allowed to write down because other students who might get their hands on my log-in and run a muck on Microsoft Paint. I remember Bebo and my Myspace bio with ‘Uffie’ playing in the background it read, ‘Howdy y’all, Libdog is the name, G-town is my turf […]’. Now this all seems like an absolute joke. However in late 2005 Uffie (singer-songwriter) wrote “Pop the Glock” and released it as a Myspace demo which launched her career (Wikipedia) the adoption of social media sites into the mainstream and their apps years later have significantly changed career pathways, how we connect and the way that people use the internet. The rise of social media also widened the divide between parents and technology during the noughties. It’s no wonder the gap between parents and the future of work…

After going through university and the entry level job ranks to middle management what I realise now is my English and Art lessons were the skills that I needed to make the most of technology, it wasn’t the skills I was learning in IT class in the 2000s. It’s now how we express ourselves and elevate our human experiences through these platforms. 

I’ve veered away from business operational roles to content creation which has questionable prospects. Yet more than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, while social media users have passed the 3.8 billion mark. There’s no denying the significance of social media. Although older generations may not be computer literate they’re likely to utilise social media platforms such as Whatsapp and Facebook to communicate, consume content and purchase goods and services. Social Media platforms and other platforms alike make the usability of technology now much simpler hence the adoption curve.

Nevertheless the social media domain still has a certain stigma and isn’t considered a career. It’s also often associated with fashion and art industries that make significant economic, cultural and political contributions to society. The idea that social media is just ‘fun’ is a short fall upon the impact that it has had over the past decade and is continuing to have. 

I used to have aspirations of working for an international not-for-profit or in foreign policy. When people’s careers are focussed around addressing important issues such as world hunger or homelessness you do question the importance of social media. After middle management, starting a concept called Libbation isn’t too far flung from my Myspace bio. I was a little embarrassed telling people when I started freelancing and building my brand because I didn’t have career ambitions beyond this; people didn’t think I was ambitious enough anymore or that I’d gone completely rogue. 

However, the power that you have in this realm to build brands, to inspire and to work with businesses that are providing solutions to real problems, means the work can be just as important. Social media has been significant in the past decade and it’ll continue on as essential onto the next. What I was learning during my early days of freelancing was that in every capacity that I was working in, content was driving the bottom line. It didn’t matter what organisation or industry I was in this type of marketing was what was needed and something that I could offer in a contracted capacity because of my writing ability and creativity not because of IT lessons. 

There’s still a lot of vagueness around social media. From a business perspective I see it as an evolution of sales; people used to call lead lists to see if anyone wanted to buy something, then came digital marketing and then partnerships upon the rise of social media and the usability of technology. How people are now gaining knowledge and consuming content is continuing to evolve. At school I should’ve known that I could’ve had a career in writing without working for a news room or writing a famous novel and that the skills were similar to creating my Myspace page. Education is yet to incorporate social media and industry is yet to consider the value of it. The generation of authentic and original content is essential for brands. Social media should be taken more seriously as it isn’t just fun and games. 


What is Co-living?

What is Co-living?

OCTOBER 16, 2020 | BY UKO

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

Build Others Up

OCTOBER 2, 2020 | BY UKO

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