A new co-living space offering halls of residence-style opens in North London
A new co-living space offering halls of residence-style accommodation to adults with rent starting at £195/week has just opened in Willesden Junction in northwest London.
Residents of The Collective at Old Oak Common live in one of 551 en-suite rooms. Residents can choose a studio, which has a small kitchen, or a “twodio,” which comes with access to a kitchen shared with another roommate.
Tenants also have access to larger communal kitchens, lounges, games rooms, a roof garden, and even a cinema.
The building appeals to professionals like resident Erik Vonk, a business development manager at The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce, who moved into a studio there on May 1, paying around £1,200 in rent per month.
“The attraction is how new it is,” the 44-year-old told Business Insider over email. He said he particularly likes having access to a gym, sauna, and rooftop terrace — all of which are included with membership to The Collective.
Although he lives alone, Vonk said he enjoys the sense of community encouraged at Old Oak.
“Since I have everything for myself [in a studio], I will get to meet [other people] in the common areas like the library, sauna or the games room,” he said.
Though Vonk said there’s just a small group of people currently living there, he’s already made an effort to meet his fellow tenants. So far, he said he’s attended a social event on the rooftop terrace, and a “Game of Thrones” viewing session in the cinema room.
Social gatherings at The Collective are coordinated by three “community managers,” who organise talks, music, and other community-inspiring events, like the ones university students are used to.
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