Let’s have a look around London’s new “twodios” – the halls of residence-style communal homes for cash-strapped millennials.
Residents in the new 550-room, 11-storey development will pay £1,100 a month for a “twodio”, which is made of a 100sq ft private room including bathroom and a kitchen shared between two people.Bedroom for rent
What they get in return is no bills, a cleaner, linen changes as well as access to a roof-top terrace, library, games room, spa, sauna, cinema and a lot of other shared attraction in north London.Rooftop – still in the process of building
Expensive items in communal areas have been put there on a trust basis – they won’t be replaced if they’re broken or stolen until the person responsible speaks up and pays.
Housing company “The Collective” put the scheme together and describes it as “the world’s largest co-living scheme”.One of the many dining areas
Whilst the block is still under construction, the first residents were already able to move in last week. Joana Bucur, 30 is one of them. She is also one of the three line-in community managers at the complex and has played a large part in the decorating process and organisation of the building.
She said: “I came to the company because I believe in the co-living concept and I felt the need.”One of the finished roof-top gardens
“I believe it is the future of living for young people. I think there needs to be that step between graduating and starting real life.”
“The facilities are amazing, they are all new, you get so much included. All the spaces are yours.”
“We are targeting people who believe in the concept. We have around 20 people and staff – the first people moved in yesterday so last night we had a party, it was a relaxing time.”Cinema – open for all residents to use
Every floor has themed community kitchens, decorated like restaurants. In fact, the whole development, aimed at residents aged 21 to 35, reminds of a cross between student hall and luxury hotel.
What’s very different though is the importance of trust. Everyone can use everything that can be found in the communal spaces, without having to sign in or out.
Joana added that many people chose this commune style living because they previously had bad experiences with renting property.Games room, fully equipped
She said: “I had my laptop stolen. I was living in a warehouse and I went to live there because I wanted the sort of social side of shared living which I got but it was so horrible, it was really cold and the walls were so thin.”
“But what I did like was a support system of people.”
Here, Joana doesn’t feel any of those worries.
She said: “We meet all people before they move in and we think the people that move here agree with the concept.”The view from one of the roof-top gardens
“Now people are adults the onus is on them to clean up after themselves and respect the building.”
“They can use the DJ decks, they can use the cinema and they don’t have to sign anything out before use. But they know if it gets broken, it won’t be replaced.”
Other residents mirrored what Joana was saying. They all enjoy the simplicity of the concept, the fact that there’s always someone around and the idea of trust as the most basic level of every interaction.
Source: Daily Mail