Less than two decades ago, co-working spaces weren’t even around. The first known co-working space is said to be traced back to Berlin, Germany in 1995. Today, there are dozens in every major city around the world, offering desks to freelancers and one-person businesses, all the way through to entire areas dedicated to one company.
So, if you’re wanting to work at a co-working space in Sydney, which are some of the best? Ahead, we share them, handpicked for their top-notch perks and prices. Considering Sydney has roughly 70 co-working spaces, this edit of just seven establishments was tough to create.
The Commons has several locations in Melbourne and three in Sydney: Central, George Street and Surry Hills. It offers private offices, dedicated desks and open desks, and members across all its sites have access to 112 meeting rooms, 10 event spaces, seven podcast studios and three photography studios. Its key point of difference is beautiful, environmentally-conscious interiors.
La Porte Space
La Porte Space in Sydney’s Rosebery is a multi-functional space that can be used for events, weddings and fashion showings, as well as for office space. A luxury brand, it aims to align itself with creative entrepreneurs with the aim of building a like-minded, collaborative community.
Tank Stream Labs
Tank Stream Labs offers technology-focused spaces in Sydney’s Barangaroo, on Sussex Street and on York Street, where it’s housed in a heritage building called ‘Transport House’. Memberships offered range from Flexible, where you can hot desk, and Day Rates, which gives you access from 9am to 5pm, to Dedicated Membership, where you can access the facilities 24/7.
WeWork has 10 properties within Sydney, located mostly around the CBD, plus a location in Pyrmont and another in North Sydney. Many of the locations are dog-friendly and are equipped with espresso bars and outdoor spaces. On offer are private offices, dedicated desks and hot desks, which also give you access to lounges and phone booths.
Fishburners is a co-working space on York Street in Wynyard for early-stage startups in Australia, known for hosting panel talks and mixers. Recent talks include ‘Gen Z and Tech Panel’, ‘Capital Raising Avenues for Startups’ and ‘The Art of Scaling Your Business. A membership here includes credits and discounts at Amazon Web Services, Hubspot and Google Cloud.
The Work Project
The Work Project has two floors in Quay Quarter Tower for flexible workspaces and co-working, as well as a business lounge and café with views of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Rent dedicated desks or offices, and take advantage of community events, networking events and secretarial services.
Space and Co
For those living or needing to work in Parramatta, consider Space and Co, which takes over two levels of a building on Smith Street in Sydney’s second CBD. The brand also a co-working space in Sydney’s original CBD, on George Street, as well as six locations in Melbourne. Space and Co caters to businesses of all sizes and working individuals with all types of needs, giving them bespoke solutions.