My neighbors, my co-livers

I live with the same group of 40+ community college and university students throughout the academic year (late September through mid-June). Then a good share of the residents head home (or elsewhere) for the summer, and a more random assortment of folks takes their place.

So far my new summer neighbors include

  • a retired couple from South Carolina who’ve returned for their third summer here
  • a materials science graduate student from a midwestern university
  • a law student newly arrived from Texas
  • a fellow vegetarian across the hall
  • a summer-study group from Asia whose rambunctious young members seem to most appreciate the cookies in the dining hall and the remote control in the TV lounge

Holdovers include our several RAs (resident assistants), who help run the place and thus get an education in building management; a third-floor resident with an emotional support animal who’s the mascot of the whole building (regular pets aren’t allowed); and a smattering of other quiet young people.

Our lifestyle may qualify as co-living (or perhaps “co-living lite”), because we share some amenities — a TV lounge, a dining hall, laundry facilities — as well as monthly social activities such as game-watching parties and cookie decorating.

Co-living is a growing trend in the real-estate industry — much further along outside the United States, but practiced in the US by firms such as Common and Bungalow. I’ll write more about it in later posts, and especially if I attend the next international co-living conference, in Paris in June 2020 — a follow-up to the first one, in 2017. Fingers crossed, mes amis!

Published by Sherri Schultz

Writer & change-maker exploring micro-dwelling in Eugene, Oregon. Founder of Springfield/Eugene MicroDwellers: https://www.meetup.com/Micro-dwellers .

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