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Coliving spaces in Singapore: the ultimate guide

Coliving spaces in Singapore: the ultimate guide

By Aditi Gaitonde Fernandes

We’ll say it. Renting has never ever been easier and we’ve got the phenomenon of coliving to thank. Coliving has picked up steam in the past few years and we’re positive it will continue to rage.

Young Singaporeans, expats and business travellers have embraced this trend that takes flat-sharing to a whole new realm. Coliving brands have successfully managed to up the fun bits of home-sharing for residents and minus the pain, hassle and annoyances.

If you’re looking to rent at one of these spaces, you’re choices for coliving companies in Singapore include:

  1. Hmlet
  2. Gnômadic
  3. Lyf
  4. Login Apartment
  5. Cove Living
  6. Commontown
  7. Yolo Live
  8. Easycity by Dash Living
  9. 85 Soho

But first…

Here are the basics. Generally speaking, the logistics of moving into a coliving space are more or less the same across these companies. When you find a coliving apartment that wows your socks off, chances are you’ll be asked for…

Identification: Your passport/IC and a valid work visa that covers the tenancy period.

Contract: You’ve got to commit to a minimum rental booking of 3 months. From there on, most places have a flexible monthly option. Occasionally, you might even find places that you can rent by the week or day. (See: Hmlet’s Cantonment and Lyf Funan).

– Security deposit: You’ll need to fork out a security deposit that’s almost always refundable, provided you don’t wreck the place.

Rent: Generally, the first month’s rent is pro-rated. Some coliving spaces might need you to pay a one-time membership fee. Remember, the rent is all-inclusive but it never really hurts to ask as many questions to clarify your doubts.

Termination of Contract: A 30-day notice period is common.


Hmlet

With coliving spaces across Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney, Hmlet has been making its presence felt since 2016. Beautifully designed homes, community-first approach and experience-driven living certainly set it apart.

Curating gorgeous spaces in unique properties across Singapore, the membership also comes with access to a bustling community of like-minded professionals from across the world.

We looked inside some of their most striking properties. Click through for for a video home tour of…

Hmlet Cantonment in Tanjong Pagar
Hmlet Sturdee Residences in Farrer Park
Hmlet Yong Siak in Tiong Bahru
– and Hmlet Sydney

Hmlet apartments across Singapore

  • CBD, starting from $1,260/month and $870/week at Hmlet Cantonment
  • Tiong Bahru, starting from $1,600/month
  • Orchard, starting from $1,200/month
  • River Valley, starting from $1,000/month
  • Little India, starting from $1,100/month
  • Plus, Bukit Timah, North East, East Coast, West

Hmlet’s services include…

  • Fully furnished apartments with access to all facilities
  • Rent includes utilities, unlimited wifi, weekly cleaning and maintenance
  • Entire apartments (studio to 3-bedroom) also available for rent
  • Weekly housekeeping and quarterly thorough cleaning
  • Community events
  • Pets allowed in private apartments
  • Convenient Hmlet members’ app to pay bills, book services, RSVP to events and text housemates

Go further with Hmlet.


Gnômadic

There’s a luxury coliving space in town and we’re all eyes! Gnômadic’s unique rentals effortlessly blend the best of high-end hospitality and utmost comfort. Gnômadic has forayed into the Singapore market with two exclusive offerings – a jaw-dropping penthouse duplex in River Valley and a sprawling 3 bedroom unit with an insane view of Orchard Road. And we’ve been inside…

Gnômadic apartments across Singapore

Gnômadic’s services include…

  • Fully furnished luxurious apartments with access to all condo facilities
  • Rent includes utilities, wifi and housekeeping services
  • Smart home features, fully equipped kitchens, extra linen and toiletries
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Community events and special access to lifestyle shows

Go further with Gnômadic.


Lyf

Real estate giants CapitaLand’s business unit The Ascott stepped into the coliving space in 2019 with a jaw-dropping offering: Lyf Funan. Located in Singapore’s most tech-forward mall Funan (you heard us!), Lyf – pronounce ‘Life’ – boasts 412 rooms unlike any you’ve ever seen.

Designed to infuse life with energy, expect to see plenty of pop art, fun patterns, neon light and boardgames and life-size games (there’s a ball pit for grown-ups. No kidding!), plus home tech, of course.

Lyf plans to expand across Asia in China, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. In Singapore, two more spaces are in the pipeline in Farrer Park (2020) and One North (2021). We can’t wait…

Lyf apartments across Singapore

  • Funan, starting from $170/night
  • Farrer Park, launching in 2020
  • One North, launching in 2021

Lyf’s services include…

  • Fully furnished apartments available for singles, couples and groups for long and short stays
  • Coworking space available
  • Members’ app and mobile access key
  • Community events and workshops

Go further with Lyf.


Login Apartment

Tote bags with the word ‘All.Inclusive.Living’ often make an appearance on Login Apartment’s Instagram feed. It pretty much sums up the philosophy of this coliving brand under ChongFu Investment. While Login has apartments in Queenstown, Katong and Novena, its newest offerings at The Lumos condo on Leonie Hill is making a buzz.

Up for rent are master bedrooms, junior masters and common rooms across 15 units. Need a place to yourself? You could rent out whole 1-,3-,4-bedroom units as well as penthouse duplexes, too.

Login apartments across Singapore

  • Queenstown, starting from $1,000/month
  • Orchard Road: The Lumos, starting from $2,185/month. You can also rent whole apartments (1br, 3br, 4br and penthouse duplex) starting from $3,800/month  
  • Orchard Road: Delfi Orchard, starting from $2,300/month
  • Plus, Novena and Katong

Login Apartment’s services include…

  • Fully furnished apartments with access to all condo facilities
  • No agent or on-boarding fee
  • Rent includes electricity, water, wifi and housekeeping services
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Community events

Go further with Login Apartment.


Cove Living

Founded in Singapore in 2018, Cove Living has its fair share of condo apartments across the island. From the CBD to Joo Chiat, Cove aims to take the hassle out of flat-sharing with services like weekly housekeeping, flatmate matching and all-inclusive rent.

Cove Living apartments across Singapore

  • Tiong Bahru, Redhill & Alexandra condos, starting from $1,400/month
  • Tanjong Pagar, CBD, starting from $1,700/month
  • Orchard & River Valley, starting from $1,100/month
  • Plus, Newton, Lavender, Farrer Park, Geylang and Joo Chiat

Cove Living’s services include…

  • Fully furnished apartments with access to all condo facilities
  • Rent includes utilities, wifi, housekeeping services and cleaning supplies
  • Weekly housekeeping and on-demand ironing
  • Flatmate matching
  • Couples can rent master bedrooms with ensuite
  • Community events 

Go further with Cove Living.


Commontown

This South Korean firm launched in Singapore in 2019, and it has already scaled up its ’folio. Commontown’s carefully curated homes are all stunningly designed with shared spaces that encourage conversations. Plus, their flexible rental agreement lets you move to other Commontown apartments after the first three months.

Commontown apartments across Singapore

  • Tiong Bahru and Redhill, starting from $1,600/month
  • River Valley, starting from $1,900/month
  • Bukit Timah, starting from $1,700/month
  • Plus, Novena, Paya Lebar and Aljunied

Commontown’s services include…

  • Fully furnished apartments with access to all condo facilities
  • Rent includes utilities, wifi, housekeeping services, bed linen, basic supplies and maintenance
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Community events

Go further with Commontown.


Yolo Live

Headquartered in Singapore, Yolo Live was founded in 2019. With a handful of co-living spaces in its kitty, Yolo Live’s rental period ranges from 3, 6 or 12 months. Each home is conveniently located close to the MRT in condos with great facilities. Plus, almost all their bedrooms are fitted with queen size beds for extra comfort.

Yolo Live apartments across Singapore

  • Clarke Quay, starting from $1,700/month
  • Jalan Besar, starting from $1,600/month
  • Toa Payoh, starting from $1,600/month

Yolo Live’s services include…

  • Fully furnished apartments with access to all condo facilities
  • Rent includes utilities, wifi, housekeeping services, basic supplies and maintenance
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Couples can rent master bedrooms
  • Community events

Go further with Yolo Live.


Easycity by Dash Living

In other news, Singapore coliving label Easycity has merged with Dash Living, a Hong Kong-based rental company and is undergoing a sweet rebrand at the moment. More on this soon.

Easycity by Dash Living apartments across Singapore

  • Marina Bay, Queenstown, Geylang, Kallang, Clementi

Easycity by Dash Living’s services include…

  • Fully furnished apartments with access to all condo facilities
  • Rent includes utilities, wifi, housekeeping services and quarterly aircon servicing
  • Flexible lease from 3 months up to 2 years
  • Weekly housekeeping

Go further with Easycity by Dash Living.


85 Soho

Spread across Singapore, China, Myanmar and Cambodia, 85 Soho’s living solutions are tailormade for digital nomads, freelancers and short-term leasers. In Singapore, the firm operates a handful of coliving spaces that includes student hostels.

85 Soho apartments across Singapore

  • Cantonment Road
  • Boon Lay Student Hostel (for students and members)
  • Raeburn Park

Go further with 85 Soho.


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