With co-living, the living’s easy—you don’t have to worry about cleaning or running out of toilet paper, as it’s all taken care of.

From college dorms to bunking in hostels, sharing a home is an age-old concept. But, it should be noted that co-living is no dormitory situation.

These stylish abodes are designed to take the functions of space sharing into consideration and encourage social interaction, while also giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the privacy of their own rooms. 

Of course, then there are the added benefits of affordability, flexibility, a built-in social network, and great amenities. Ahead, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about the three co-living companies that are pushing the limits with this new housing trend.  

1. COMMON

The Baltic, one of Common's eight co-living residences spread throughout the New York City-area, is located in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighborhood.

The Baltic, one of Common’s many co-living residences spread throughout New York City, is located in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood. 

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The Baltic residence's shared spaces include a 24-hour gym and plenty of lounge areas.

The Baltic’s shared spaces include a 24-hour gym and plenty of comfy lounge areas.

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Company M.O. This company renovates existing structures like vacant apartment buildings, and also builds co-living homes from the ground up. Each property is unique with cool, comfortable furnishings and timeless decor. “We design specifically for the homes to be social and cost-effective,” says Sophie Wilkinson, Common’s head of design and construction. “We think about design with co-living from the start.”

Locations: 18 homes located across four major cities: Chicago, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington D.C. 

Design: Properties range from a beautiful historic building in Chicago with original architectural details like stained glass windows, to a brand-new building in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, that has a sleek, minimalist vibe. 

Cost: A room in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is $975/month, while a room in San Francisco’s South of Market area is $2,600/month 

Lease: 6 to 12 months 

Residents/home: 9 to 130, depending on location 

Amenities: High-speed internet, utilities, weekly cleaning, household supplies, free onsite laundry, a fitness area, as well as a co-working space 

Shared spaces: Living room, lounge areas, workspaces, kitchen, fitness room, bathrooms (2-3 persons/bath). Outdoor spaces include rooftop decks and backyards. 

Private spaces: Bedrooms 

In the Baltic residence, renters can choose from a private studio or a co-living suite with several private bedrooms and a common space.

In the Baltic residence, renters can choose from a private studio or a co-living suite with several private bedrooms and a common space.  

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See the full story on Dwell.com: These 3 Co-Living Companies Are Transforming Urban Living

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