Inside the new ‘co-living’ space

How do you make sure a residential building where a dozen co-eds eat, sleep, work, and playdoesn’t feel like a college dorm? “Co-living” startup Common is on a mission to find out.

The Brooklyn-based company, founded in 2015, operates a chain of fully furnished apartments where tenants, mostly young professionals and creatives, can rent bedrooms for varying lengths of time. Residents share common spaces like kitchens, living rooms, and even a roof deck, and participate in community events such as museum trips, bowling, and Sunday night dinners. The toilet paper is always in stock, and HBO GO streaming is ready-to-go upon move-in.

Common is a sweet solution for city transplants — if they can afford it. Rooms at Common’s first San Francisco outpost, which opens this week, start at $2,600 a month.

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