Austin’s 7 Most Affordable Coworking Options
Whether you're freelancing or starting and running your own business, "working from home" can be a lonely enterprise. It's also hard to motivate yourself when that months-old laundry is staring you down or your bed is just begging for attention. Coworking spaces are an awesome solution that offer the community self-employment lacks, as well as an office that isn't your couch.
These are the six most affordable in Austin.
Cost: $160 - $320/month; $25/day
Either end of the monthly membership at Createscape gets you 24/7 access to the venue’s general coworking area, private conference room, printer, and complimentary coffee and tea. While any and all freelancers are welcome at the East Austin space, photographers and videographers will be especially pleased to hear about the studio and equipment rentals Createscape offers its members.
Cost: $150 - $750/month; $100/month student discount; $15/day
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday (for $225 - $750/month rates)
Part coworking space, part startup incubator, part community space for innovation, Urban Co-Lab is an ideal space for entrepreneurs who thrive on a collaborative environment. As part of the community, you’ll also have access to the venue’s hosted events, including workshops, hack-a-thons, a book club, and more. For a $15 drop-in rate, it’s worth at least checking out.
If you’re a South Austinite who can’t be bothered with the commute downtown, Orange Coworking exists to connect with you with other freelancers and small business-owners in the area. A membership at Orange also comes with access to meeting rooms, a craft room, mail service, an in-house personal assistance, and accessible parking (again, this is South Austin).
While many venues limit meeting space or offer it at an additional rate, Perch allows its members free access to a conference space capable of seating 20. Personal lockers, mail service, and video projector and whiteboard use round out the deal. Also worth mentioning is the all-important “snack support” and a free one-day pass that allows you to try before you buy.
Cost: $50 to $300 per month
The Comeback Space has 5 founding members, with goals to "create a workspace that would make it easier to build a network of exciting freelancers." On E. 5th St., near shops like Brew & Brew and Byron and Blue, this space is centrally located, bustling with events and even offers membership yoga.
Cost: $75 - $400/month; $25/day
A babe-friendly atmosphere accented by modern vintage design, “posh” is really the perfect descriptor for this North Austin space that offers coworking space, conference rooms, and offices to female freelancers, entrepreneurs, and businesses. Community and collaboration are a key part of the Posh package, with monthly pot-luck networking lunches, quarterly cocktail parties, and free educational seminars included with membership.
Cost: $50 - $200/month
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 24/7 with full membership
On the cheaper end of the coworking scale, Chicon Collective rounds out the list as a self-described “experimental” coworking space out of East Austin. No suits in sight, this venue combines work with play to incorporate a social scene into its offered amenities. If you’re stuck on freelancers’ island (i.e. your couch), feeling cut off from the rest of the world, this might be a good choice for you.