Top 8 Affordable Coworking Spaces in NYC
Never fear, there are plenty of low-cost coworking space options. And no, coffee shops don't count. Let's face the facts. In Manhattan, a dedicated desk will usually run you about $500 per month, and a shared coworking pass will be around $400 per month. Day passes aren't much cheaper -- prices range from $25-50 daily. Yikes, not affordable at all!
Although there are definitely many benefits to coworking for startups and individuals, it is a commitment and can be hard to stomach. Maybe that $500 would be better used towards some Facebook ads or spin classes?
Lucky for you, there’s a lot of everything in this fair city, including coworking spaces, and you can find something affordable if you put in the time. And good news, we’ve done the digging for you. Here's how you can cowork in the five boroughs for under $200 per month.
Nowhere Studios - $195/mo
For $195/mo, you can nab any open coworking seat at Nowhere Studios. Located in the up and coming area of Bed-Stuy, you’ll get a lot of room here. The coworking space is sponsored by Nowhere Mag and many of the spaces’ residents includes photographers and creatives. The space boasts four different work areas, including a roof deck (although it is a little too cold to take advantage of it this time of year). Tons of natural light pouring in through the skylight, and a real industrial feel where you can make your magic happen. Open 24/7 and membership includes conference table access as well.
IFP - $150/mo
Work at Dumbo’s IFP Media Center! The 20,000 sqft facility is full of space to collaborate — find a nook in the library or cutely designed conference rooms. Cuper Cafe, the in-house cafe, serves not only coffee, but also wine, beer, and lunch — the sandwiches come highly recommended. Membership comes with daytime access, as well as plenty of events hosted in the space. There are even video and art exhibits from the local community. Considering its proximity to Manhattan, this is a hell of a deal.
BXL Business Incubator - $195/mo
Hop on the 6 and head up to Hunt’s Point to find BXL Business Incubator, South Bronx’s premiere startup incubator and coworking space. BXL is a perfect place for turning your idea into a startup. $195/mo gets you 24/7 access to the space with a dedicated desk and 4 conference room hours. Take that, Manhattan! BXL’s business resources include in-house counselors for things you might need help with like legal.
Bat Haus - $175/mo
Bat Haus is a workspace with local Brooklyn flavor! Decorated with string lights and long wooden tables, this idyllic loft vibe encourages creativity and collaboration. Weather permitting, you can even get some fresh air by doing work in the backyard. There are tons of cheap local eats nearby. For a tasty taco lunch, check out Los Hermanos next door. Or you can save your stomach for the weekly happy hour with beer and snacks. For $175/mo, you’ll be able to take a seat at the large communal tables 3 days a week from 9am - 7pm. If you need to have a top secret meeting, members get 2 hours per day of conference room time!
TEEM - $200/mo
Bring your work uptown to TEEM! This open style coworking space has a special flex desk rate — 15 visits per month for just $200. Come by 9am - 5pm and get comfortable in one of the fancy ergonomic office chairs. Get some quality heads down time, or meet some of the startups of Cofound Harlem accelerator headquartered out of here. For a limited time, you can also get a free monitor if you sign up for a 3 month membership! The deals just keep on coming.
Paragraph - $183/mo
For all the writers out there that need a literary haven, you’ll may be surprised to know there is one right in the heart of Union Square. Overcome that procrastination and defeat that pesky writer’s block at Paragraph. Find a spot on the comfy couches, or in the partitioned desks if you prefer some privacy. There is an application process involved, as well as an initiation fee of $95, but the location, 24/7 access, and pricing is unbeatable.
The Productive - $170/mo
The Productive is dedicated to providing an affordable space for creatives professionals and entrepreneurs to thrive. Its tenants include developers, animators, digital artists, designers, writers and editors alike. The space is conveniently located in Midtown and $170 gets you night (after 5pm) and weekend access. If you're looking for a place to work on your awesome new business idea after your day job, The Productive has what you need. See, affordable coworking in the city does exist!
Last but not least,
Croissant - $129/mo
Hate commitment? Croissant is not a traditional coworking space, but a network of 20 spaces in New York City. For $129/mo, you’ll get 40 hours and 5 guest hours to use whenever and wherever you want within the network. And any unused hours will rollover. With locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, Croissant is perfect for roamers and finding a place to work on the go. There is even a 7-day free trial so you can test drive the membership before you buy. We think Croissant is awesome, but of course we are a bit biased.