Have you ever tried to study for an exam in your bedroom and found yourself distracted by, well, everything? Whether it’s playing video games or washing the dishes, procrastination at home can eat up huge chunks of your time. Where you sit down to do your work has a huge effect on how productive you are, so as a student, it could be worth looking into one of the many coworking spaces popping up in various cities. According to The Conversation, more than 300 coworking spaces are now operating across Australia. So, if studying smarter, not harder, is one of your goals, a coworking space is an ideal way to get started.
What exactly is a coworking space?
A coworking space is kind of like a shared office, where students, freelancers, small teams, startups or anyone else needing a workspace can hire a spot. A desk at a coworking space – or even a portion of the office – can be hired by the hour, day, week or month. Some even offer discounted student rates or are entirely free.
Coworking spaces provide the perfect environment for independent learners who crave the communal nature of an office. They usually include WiFi, printers, scanners and photocopiers, a variety of desks and comfortable seating, and even a place to make coffee or tea. Unlike a crowded library or expensive cafe, coworking spaces are designed to help you get in the zone.
The benefits of coworking
Taking up a spot at a coworking space might just be the best move to succeed in your studies. Here are a few of the main benefits of studying in a coworking space.
Find a space to suit your needs
Most students are attracted to coworking spaces because they offer fast internet and other amenities to suit individual needs. Some coworking spaces are more focused on collaboration, with meeting rooms and shared desks, while others offer quiet nooks to block out distractions.
In an environment specifically designed for working, you’ll be more productive with fewer distractions. At home, there are plenty of outlets perfect for procrastination (hello, procrast-eating!), but at a coworking space, you’ll feel more compelled to get your work done. A coworking survey conducted by Deskmag a few years ago backed this up: the survey found that 62% of respondents reported an improvement in their work and 71% felt more creative when operating from a coworking space.
Get inspired by others
Within a shared space, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with hardworking, creative and interesting people. Your fellow students can inspire you to stop procrastinating and pursue your passion, or even collaborate with you, teach you new skills, and share their knowledge. Coworking spaces can also help you expand your personal and professional networks, which will come in handy in the future, and even allow you to attend social groups and events.
Over time, coworking spaces can also have positive effects on your health and lifestyle. Loneliness – especially for those studying away from home and established support networks – can put students at risk of declining physical and mental health. Sharing a space and working together, among other group interactions, is a great way to combat these feelings of isolation. Getting work done in a designated location away from your bedroom can also improve your sleeping and eating habits, as you establish a more productive routine.
How can I access coworking spaces?
In terms of cost structure, there are two types of coworking spaces: those that are included free of charge by universities or student accommodation providers, and independent paid options.
Student accommodation providers are at the forefront of creating student-centric coworking spaces. The Link at Campus Perth, for example, is designed to offer an upgraded version of a library. The colourful, modern space is an awesome place to study, with plenty of desks, meeting rooms, indoor plants, and warm lighting. Student coworking spaces like The Link are popping up in capital cities around Australia, so with a bit of research, you’ll definitely be able to find one to suit your study needs.
Universities, including the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia, are quickly getting on board with coworking as a way to connect students and entrepreneurs. Some local public libraries also provide basic shared workspaces for free.
The paid options are generally targeted towards freelancers, startups and small businesses, although they are equally suitable for students. They cost around $30 to $50 per day, or can be accessed through a monthly subscription fee. It’s a good idea to visit the space in person and get a feel for the environment before committing to any payment plan.
Have we piqued your interest in coworking? There’s bound to be a coworking space near you, otherwise, your educational institution or accommodation provider will be able to help out with more information.
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