Coworking spaces were started in Australia after their enormous success in the US and have increased here in popularity worldwide over the last year or so. This is because of the flexible work-life balance and other benefits coworking spaces offer for people on the go, making them ideal for businessmen and women travelling to Melbourne.
The freelance workforce these days is growing in leaps and bounds and there is a significant increase in small business entrepreneurship as well. In fact, a study conducted by real estate agents, show that the coworker industry has grown by an astounding 960% in the past three years!
If you’re travelling to Melbourne, the following are the top 9 best coworking spaces in Melbourne CBD.
This spacious corporate office space is situated in the CBD across Market and Queen Streets overlooking the Yarra River and is considered to be the “big shot” of coworking spaces. The Cluster, with no less than six multimedia meeting rooms and an impressive list of corporate and tech clients, caters for serious, financially stable businesses. It is also great for those small companies who need a corporate environment in order to expand.
Roy Space, situated just off the intersection of Johnston and Brunswick Streets and nestled in the heart of Fitzroy, is a bright and beautiful space filled with indoor plants that resemble a lush and healthy jungle. This cute office is ideal for plant lovers and has large desks for its small population, 24-hour access, fast internet, a separate meeting room, as well as table tennis. This is a coworking space in Melbourne CBD that is reasonably priced for what it has to offer and is ideal for inventive freelancers.
The skill-share and networking opportunities that coworking space provides is one of the biggest advantages for startups and freelancers to get involved and Inspire9 taps into this potential for new companies. Situated in Richmond, Inspire9, once the Australian Knitting Mill, has been refurbished into an open plan, bright and airy contemporary office, with plenty of plants, pool tables, reading books and bean bags. What makes Inspire9 a great coworking space in Melbourne is their social and networking events and fantastic parties – all to help colleagues to bond.
Another coworking space for creative freelancers, Depo8, just off Chapel Street, has members from all types of industries. This is a warm and minimalist, medium-sized office that has a crafty, homemade environment, with plenty of plants scattered throughout. Depot8 offers extremely flexible rates, including hourly, so it is ideal for those non-committal coworkers. Depot8 provides everything you need, like a kitchen with plenty of coffee, showers, meeting rooms, extra fast internet, as well as storage for bikes. This is one facility you should definitely consider if you’re looking for cheap coworking space in Melbourne.
This is one of the best coworking spaces in Melbourne that has a “home away from home” feel to it – a lovely blank canvas where you can build your ideal office. Macquarie Street Studio, a white and bright industrial space with photography studio attached, is perfect for artists, photographers, graphic designers and anyone who enjoys a minimalist environment. This coworker space is situated in Prahan, just off High Street, close to public transport and numerous café options.
People from all sorts of working backgrounds, such as finance, tech, property, business consulting and marketing are attracted to Gravity. With its refined minimalist interior, the office offers coworkers an open plan working area, function and meeting rooms, as well as spaces where you can relax and recharge your batteries. They offer casual or part-time memberships as well as a full-time membership that gives you access at any time of the day or night and free usage of meeting rooms.
Situated in Prahan on Chapel Street in what was once the Revolver Music Arcade, Revolver Coworking space, at more than 1000 square metres, is large. It has 15 offices, a gallery, lounges and a variety of private meeting rooms and event spaces. Workshops, seminars and other networking events are hosted here for Revolver Coworking people. Workspace is intimate and perfect for small businesses of up to ten people.
Situated in the creative centre of Richmond, Melbourne, Spaces offers an abundance of eateries, cafes and quirky shops right on your doorstep. This suburb really has everything you need to unwind after a hard day at work. With membership, you will have access to the Space business club, personal assistance from the reception desk and the general manager, as well as after work events. Space comes with a few other perks too, like furniture and flower hire services and decorative artwork. This coworking space even provides tailoring and dry cleaning services!
Hub Southern Cross houses its desks in the Mail Exchange Building opposite the Southern Cross station. This 100-year-old historical building was the inspiration for the founders of Hub Southern Cross. They worked with the Hassell design practice by using the original architecture to create a space that is modern and stimulating. All-inclusive packages are offered to members, giving them access to printing facilities and meeting rooms, as well as regular wellness and learning events like weekly lunches, speed networking sessions and champagne tastings. The Hub Southern Cross is an amazing coworking space in Melbourne CBD, to say the least.
The above 9 coworking spaces are just a few of countless available, so you are almost guaranteed to find the one that suits your particular needs perfectly, should you ever be in Melbourne CBD on a working holiday.