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


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 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 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.

#UKOlife


Value in A New World

Value in A New World

SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 | BY UKO

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.