Perfect for creatives and freelancers, co-working spaces are becoming more popular in Subi as they offer a more affordable and convenient option than the CBD’s spaces. With three options, from the dog-friendly Ampersand Collective populated with young creatives to the long-term option of Forum Co-Work, who also provide marketing advice for start-ups, you’re sure to find a space to meet your work needs.
Ampersand Collective is a small, cosy co-working space on Hay Street for creative types wanting to work in a more social environment. Decked out with wooden floorboards, high ceilings, decorative plants and natural lighting, it exudes a trendy minimalist energy. Being a dog-friendly space, you’re allowed (ahem, actually encouraged) to bring in your pooch to accompany you while you work. If you’re after a meeting room, their workshop space next door is available for hire, seating 10 – 12 people with a 42-inch TV, projector and whiteboards.
Mondays and Fridays are usually the quietest days, but you should be able to find availability on any day of the week. Hot desks go for $25/day, including free parking, and complimentary coffee and tea! As their building is currently under construction, they have moved a few doors down until early November 2020 and are offering 50% off during this time. To book, send an enquiry through their website or give them a call on (08) 6323 1743.
The new kid on the block, Forum is an open plan co-working space with a culture of helping each other out. Different from the rest, Forum offers short-term workspace hire from a month upwards at $99/week, as opposed to daily hotdesking. Mostly populated by small business start-ups and entrepreneurs, it has permanent tenants including marketers Coup and geologists All Terrain and is managed by a team of marketers who offer their skills to create a strategy for start-ups using the space. Expect high speed internet, an environmentally-friendly working space and interactivity so you can gather ideas from Forum’s marketeers and other tenants. Plus, at the end of each month a networking event is held where you can learn from each other, build connections and have a good old chinwag. To book, register on their website or give them a call on 0419 939 876.
Studio 1, 186 Hay Street, Subiaco
Just a four-minute walk from Subiaco train station, Element Coworking is arguably the most flexible of the three, offering hot desks by the hour as opposed to a full day. Whether you’re needing to hire out a meeting room, hot desk, or rent a permanent desk space, there are plenty of options from just $5/hour. The demographic varies, with the space popular amongst 30 – 60-year-olds, from writers to small business owners. Open daily from 9am – 5pm, you’re welcome to pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea from their communal kitchenette facility, or you could opt for a takeaway coffee from one of over 100 nearby cafes or restaurants. With a very casual vibe, feel free to dress however you like, whether in a suit or your sweats, no one will judge! To book your spot, send them an email or register on their website.