In just a few short years, the boom of co-working spaces in response to the rise of the gig economy has completely changed the game for startups and businesses in Singapore. After all, Singapore is an amazing place to live and work, but it’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world to lease an office.
The co-working trend not only gave people and businesses more flexibility in terms of budget, they also provided more flexibility in terms of short-term option and are specifically designed to cater to the needs of startups and entrepreneurs, one factor traditional offices were sorely lacking in.
With so many incredible co-working spaces popping up all over this Southeast Asian hub over the past few years, from the cheap and cheerful to the high-end crème de la crème, finding one that’s the best bang for your buck can prove challenging. Luckily, we’re here to do the legwork.
We all know quite well that cheap doesn’t necessarily mean bad, so if a crazy expensive office or fancy co-working space doesn’t make sense for you, why not consider one of these great value co-working spaces priced at under 30 SGD per day.
So, let’s get straight to it – the ultimate guide to Singapore’s five cheapest co-working spaces!
O2Work is a new generation of co-working space catered to businesses who care about sustainability and working in an eco-friendly environment. Designed to inspire creativity and boost productivity, this green oasis has large windows to let in lots of natural light, eco-friendly lighting and plenty of plants. In terms of its actual workspace, O2Work provides several private offices of different sizes and lots of breakout spaces for team discussions and casual meetings.
What’s more, both of their locations are open 24/7!
Level 22 & 23, Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Road,Singapore 188720
Level 12 & 13, Income@Raffles, 16 Collyer Quay,Singapore 049318
Since being established in 2011, Cross Coop has housed over 600 companies across all of its branches worldwide. Designed with small businesses and startups in mind, its facilities are impressive, with over fifty fully furnished private and shared rooms for you to choose from as well as a community space where it frequently organizes networking events and business seminars aimed at helping its members learn and succeed.
It even has an in-house café where you can sit and relax with a coffee in between projects.
Address: 80 Robinson Rd, #10-01A, Singapore 068898
Having opened in Hong Kong in 2012, The Hive has now grown to operate 20 spaces in seven countries across the Asia-Pacific region. You’d think that a co-working space with so many locations would have forgotten its humble beginnings, but not The Hive. We love that the space has a well-designed work environment with high speed Internet, a friendly service team and a laser focus on helping its community.
They have a three Singapore locations so you can choose where would be most convenient. However, the space at Carpenter is a bit more expensive than its other two locations. They also offer special rates for entrepreneurs under the age of 23 and early stage startups so be sure to check it out!
· 36 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059915
· Level 6, 1 Kallang Junction, Singapore 339263
You might remember this one from our list of the most unique co-working spaces in Singapore. Created as a community space for startups and developers in the tech industry to come together, NuSpace is the perfect option if you’re looking on a very tight budget because it’s free (yes, free!) for your first year of use.
It doesn’t end there either. It comes with a fully-stocked pantry loaded with complimentary coffee, tea, water and snacks, free WiFi, a foosball table and plenty of free tech seminars, workshops and other networking events. To gain access to this workspace, all you you have to do is sign up for a Nulab membership (which is also free).
Address: #02-06 The Signature, 51 Changi Business Park Central 2, Singapore 486066
Although it doesn’t offer a day pass, The Workshop has earned a spot on this list as one of the cheapest monthly rentals in Singapore– unlimited access to a hot desk will only cost you $220 SGD a month, which is about half of what most co-working spaces charge!
If you need a bit more than just a desk, they also provide work pods of different sizes, the largest of which can fit up to 18 people and can double as a studio, as well as storage units. Talk about your one-stop shop!
Address: 331 5008 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 #04-09 Techplace II Singapore 569874
The best thing about co-working spaces is that you don’t need to stay married to just one forever. There’s an app called BOOQED that offers plenty of on-demand co-working spaces (as well as meeting rooms and café tables) that don’t hurt the wallet so you can meet more people and enjoy a different space every week whilst sticking to a budget! And if you do decide to settle down, BOOQED provides the option of booking by the hour, day or month. It doesn’t get any better than this!