Austin is a city of entrepreneurship and creativity. We have plenty of opportunity for startups to take off here. There’s just one thing that can make moving into an office space difficult: commercial real estate prices.
Enter co-working spaces, where a monthly membership rate provides a working area and often other benefits, as well. Here are 10 Austin-based options.
1/ MELD Coworking
MELD Coworking is located near Hyde Park, which is perfect for anyone wanting to avoid the downtown crush. The location offers a variety of amenities, including:
- Free parking
- Dedicated quiet areas
- Coffee and snacks
- Ergonomic furniture
You can choose between four types of memberships, from day passes to 24/7 access.
502 W. 30th St. — Website
2/ The Commune
More interested in finding studio space or working with other creatives in a co-working space? The Commune was built for you, literally. Located on North Loop, this space offers members work stations or studios, a photo studio, mess sinks, and more.
Another perk? The Commune hosts tons of creative workshops even non-members can experience.
101 N. Loop Blvd E. — Website
3/ Work & Woof
The founders of Work & Woof fully acknowledge that Austin is a dog-obsessed city. While this space offers a number of amenities for humans, you can always bring your furry companion to work with you. Work & Woof even offers free doggy daycare.
4930 S. Congress Ave. — Website
4/ Vessel Coworking
Need somewhere more quiet and relaxing? Vessel Coworking offers several types of membership options, from day passes to flexible or dedicated seating. Between the cold brew on tap and the Vessel Slack channel for troubleshooting, you’ll feel right at home.
500 E. St Johns Ave. — Website
5/ Capital Factory
Capital Factory is located in the heart of downtown Austin. The focus is on creating a community and providing a place for members to grow their network.
Any membership package includes 24/7 access to the site, use of the VR/AR lab, and access to the mentor network. Also worth mentioning, Capital Factory organizes some of the best events in town.
701 Brazos St. — Website
6/ The Hive
Parenting is a full-time job in itself, and sometimes it’s challenging to separate parenting responsibilities from the everyday business grind. The owners of The Hive know this well, and that’s why they designed their co-working space with on-site childcare. While there are limitations, The Hive will give you up to 12 hours a week to focus solely on your work!
10415 Old Manchaca Road — Website
7/ Createscape Coworking
The name says it all. Createscape Coworking was created with the intention of providing a home for people in the creative world. There’s a lot to like about the space. It’s dog-friendly, offers free parking, has a grocery store and cafe on-site, and even more. You can choose a full-time or part-time membership, among other options.
701 Tillery St. — Website
8/ Soma Vida
While today’s work culture tends to glamorize grinding and hustling until you drop, it’s so important to take care of your mental health and well-being. Soma Vida is focused on healing and wellness, so the team there provides programming such as yoga, meditation, mentorship, and education for founders.
2324 E. Cesar Chavez — Website
If you mosey on down to south Austin, you’ll be able to find a co-working space called fibercove. This place works with multiple Internet providers to ensure you’re connected at all times, because dropping off that conference call is never fun, right?
Fibercove also has a variety of workstations, both sitting and standing, and beer on tap for those days when you need a little extra something to make it to quitting hour.
1700 S. Lamar Blvd. #338 — Website
10/ Orange Coworking
Also located in south Austin (like way south): Orange Coworking. It offers 24/7 accessibility to members, as well as a unique mailing address free with any six-month commitment. There’s also a ton of parking. Another great perk? Orange is right next door to an H-E-B.
Fun fact: Orange Coworking is a partner with Start-Up Kids, so you can feel good about investing your time there.
2110 W. Slaughter Lane #160 — Website
@theAustinot wants to know:
What type of co-working space are you looking for in Austin?
The original version of this article was published Nov. 3, 2016.
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