Sydney is the startup capital in Australia. For many this may be a surprise finding a startup scene so vibrant and bustling in one of the most expensive cities to live in the world.
And despite, startups in Sydney sure like to co-work and there are different set ups for different professionals to be found all over the city. So when I spent a few months living in Sydney last year I had to check out the spaces, join the meetups and finally put together a small list of the best coworking spaces in town.
This non-profit coworking space’s main focus is to be a passionate community of startup companies, all working to support each other in achieving success. It is Australia’s largest coworking space and also offers free professional services to its members such as set-up accounting, design and customer experience support. With an unlimited supply of barista style coffee and over 300 workshops per year, it is a hub for inspiration, focus and collaboration. I loved the space, the cool sound-proof eggs to have Skype calls and just the people that worked here, very inspiring
Price: from AU$300 per month for part time membership
Address: 608 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Creative decor and tonnes of natural light make this space a haven for innovation and a perfect environment for collaboration and idea sharing. Desk X Space welcomes companies and individuals from all industries that are open to sharing and supporting each other. It has a focus on PR and helping its members to understand how to align their business with the media and develop the best user experience for their customers. There are also regular events and workshops for its members and it is close to lots of great restaurants, bars and galleries.
Price: from AU$150 per desk per week
Address: 3/85 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Hub Sydney is part of the international Hub family that can be found across Australia and as far afield as London and New York. It aims to create the perfect work environment for collaboration whilst also taking care of its members’ health, wellbeing and personal development. The weekly events schedule for members includes educational seminars and workshops as well as wellness events. The napping and meditation space is perfect for a quick escape from the grind if the delicious fair trade coffee isn’t quite enough to keep you going.
Price: AU$500 per month – 24/7 hot desking
Address: 101 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
One for the techies out there, this hub is designed with technology start-ups in mind and provides a digitally advanced space for those in the industry. As well as being well connected via public transport, the space also runs its own investment venture called Tank Stream Ventures that can link members to a wide network of investors for their start-ups. Members have the chance to attend a wide range of regular events from professional development seminars to letting your hair down at the annual TSL Go karting Grand Prix!
Price: from AU$650 per month – Level 1 full time
Address: 4/17-19 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Aimed at creative professionals, Commune provides workshops, design and photography studios and event space for those working in the creative arts. It has a very community focused work ethic and encourages regular collaboration between its members and local businesses. The space even hosts the local boutique craft market Locally Made regularly throughout the year. There are events and workshops covering everything from courses on 3D design to photography exhibitions in which members can showcase their work.
Price: AU$100 per week – part time membership (3 day per week)
Address: 1/160 Rochford St, Erskineville NSW 2043, Australia
Vibewire is a proudly youth-led non-profit coworking space that is a launchpad for young people and their ideas and innovations. It is ultra-affordable and as well as connecting young entrepreneurs to others at the same development stage as them it also allows access to a network of industry professionals for collaboration and support. Their outlook is all about inspiration which is evident in the regular events platform Fastbreak that provides rapid-fire talks from industry leaders and inspiring individuals. As if that wasn’t enough, Vibewire also runs recruitment and digital agency Vibrantly that matches its young movers and shakers with corporate, NFPs and community organisations.
Price: from $50 per month membership
Address: 525 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Targeted at high end professionals and industry leaders, Gravity is a beautifully designed space with a slick interior of open plan workspace and private meeting rooms. Its focus is to provide a peaceful environment for those in high stress and high responsibility roles who may be travelling abroad for business or in need of an escape from the office. Gravity also has sister offices in Melbourne and Sydney for those travelling the country.
Price: from $650 for part time member
Address: 3, 50 Carrington St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia