Not all coworking spaces are created equal, and not all are created for creatives. Here’s the ultimate guide to shared offices in Sydney for freelancers and the creative industries.
Calling all of Sydney’s creative minds. The freelancers and independents. The agencies and startups. The photographers and videographers; the writers and designers; the architects, influencers, podcasters and producers.
You guys pretty much invented coworking. You opened your uber fashionable office doors first. You shared your coffee, bean bags and ping pong tables. You realised the glaring benefits of working alongside people you actually like and/or have something in common with.
But these days, “coworking” can refer to anything from the local coffee shop to a seriously corporate serviced office. Neither will help Sydney’s creative souls push boundaries.
So here’s the definitive guide to Sydney’s best coworking spaces for creatives, freelancers and independents, complete with opinion from our very own Sydney coworking specialists. (Hi Sean and Justin!).
And if you’re short on time and strict on budget, you’ll be happy to know that our list is in price ascending order and you can book free office tours or get advice as you go. We’ve got you covered.
Bondi Junction, Neutral Bay, North Strathfield, Penrith, Pyrmont
Dedicated Desks from: $81 per week
Private Offices from: $360 per week
No one beats WOTSO Workspace in making the workplace feel like a creative playground. It’s one of the largest Australian coworking brands with six workspaces in Sydney and eight more around the country, all part of listed property fund manager BlackWall. With this scale and setup, the zingy decor, whacky artwork and epic social events might come as a surprise at first, but that’s exactly why the people know and love WOTSO. What’s more, all of the offices are in non-CBD locations to help members work closer to home while the WOTSO “Passport”gives you access to all the other WOTSO spaces in the country when you travel.
“WOTSO is all about standout spaces and it’s the first stop for many freelancers and creatives thanks to the unbeatable prices. Great place to start and grow a business.” – Sean
Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills & King Street, Sydney CBD
Dedicated Desks from: $95 per week
Private Offices from: $394 per week
Emerge Sydney has just opened its second coworking space in the same building as Facebook’s old office and Apple’s flagship Australian store – a small indication of the groundbreaking popularity of its first Surry Hills coworking space. Founded in 2016 by a small team, Emerge was designed to make people love going to work: a design-led space with overwhelming natural light and a fun, open and inclusive environment. And they’ve nailed it – Emerge was one of Office Hub’s most popular offices in Sydney in 2018. Emerge Surry Hills is mostly home to marketing, advertising and design companies with a few professional services and corporate firms thrown in. Regardless – or maybe because – of the differing industries, everyone knows everyone and people stop to mingle and catch up in the corridors. The brand new space on King Street is perfect for creatives wanting the CBD location without the stuffiness or for corporates seeking a little more inspiration.
“Great team behind Emerge that makes sure nothing is ever too much to ask. Always a joy to pop in and meet the newest members at Emerge.” – Justin
Randle Street, Surry Hills
Dedicated Desks from: $98 per week
Affordable, fresh and friendly – GroupeeWorks is the Sydney coworking space that you won’t be nervous to join. Founded by Sydney fintech app founder Jarred Baker when he struggled to find an affordable place to work, GroupeeWorks has become his way of giving back to (and connecting with) the local startup scene. The New York-style loft space offers fantastic facilities and sundrenched desks, and the great rates draw a mixed crowd, from those who have outgrown the kitchen office to project teams and SMEs. Its prime spot next to Central Station is convenient for the commute, the city clients and Surry Hills’ vibrant evening scene.
“GroupeeWorks makes Surry Hills an affordable business location. Relaxed, low-key and somewhere that anyone can fit in.” – Sean
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Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Dedicated Desks from: $99 per week
The Lodge is an uber boutique coworking space in villagey Marrickville – the perfect spot for laidback creatives. Brought to the market by a local publishing company, The Lodge is a shared office that feels like your own space. With plenty of light and greenery, comfy mismatched furniture, music in the background and a small supportive group of people, it has a great energy that will never be too intense or distracting. Not only are you allowed to bring your dog to work, but the other members want you to. Big difference. What’s more, there is off street parking and, located in the heart of Marrickville, the space is close to cafes, restaurants, pubs and public transport.
“The Lodge is tucked away above the shops on Marrickville’s main street. Top pick for anyone moving out of the home office or wanting a more chilled out space. – Sean
12 locations across Sydney
Dedicated Desks from: $104 per week
Private Offices from: $322 per week
Servcorp might not look like your typical coworking space, but hear us out. The world renowned serviced office provider is now delivering a high end coworking solution that is perfect for creatives looking to connect with corporate clients. In Servcorp’s coworking spaces, you’ll find entrepreneurs, small businesses and project teams in a huge variety of disciplines – and they’ll need your creative services. You’ll also benefit from some of the best technology, internet and service in the game. If you’re looking for the kind of collaboration that brings in new business, make yourself the first creative port of call for Servcorp’s members. It’s less community management, more meaningful networking, reliable tech and unparalleled professional support.
“Not only can you become part of one of the world’s biggest entrepreneurial communities, you’ll also get incredible service and tech, not to mention an A grade building.” – Justin
6x Sydney CBD, 1x Pyrmont, 1 opening in North Sydney
Dedicated Desks from: $130 per week
Private Offices from: $243 per week
Yep, next up is WeWork, the world’s biggest coworking company. If you haven’t heard of WeWork, all you need to know is that it’s slowly taking over the world. With hundreds of coworking spaces around the world, the company has now branched into co-living, social fitness and even co-kindergartens. If it sounds kinda crazy, that’s because it is – but you don’t get a $10 billion dollar valuation without being seriously good at what you do. WeWork is known for its supersized, superstyled workspaces, action-packed events schedule and global community. You might get a little less space for your buck but if you’re looking for high energy and heaps of social events, WeWork’s the one. With coworking spaces in some of the most prestigious buildings in Martin Place, George Street and Kent Street, it also puts you close to big clients without dulling your spark.
“People either love or hate WeWork – usually takes a visit to know which side you’re on. Either way you can’t argue that it’s polished and well managed with plenty of perks for members. Attracts lots of big businesses and project teams as well as freelancers. ” – Justin
Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Dedicated Desks from: $130 per week
Private Offices from: $368 per week
Erring slightly more towards the corporate side of things is Element Offices, a classy yet completely affordable coworking space in Surry Hills. Element endeavours to alleviate members of mundane day-to-day business tasks with a range of support services along with flexible packages so you’ll never be locked in for a million months. It’s light-filled, spacious and immaculately maintained and the magnificent views across Sydney CBD will keep you inspired all day long – or well into the night if you want to make use of the 24/7 access.
“Best for creatives needing some extra help juggling admin tasks or just those who prefer a more upmarket and professional feel to keep them motivated.” – Justin
George Street, Chippendale
Dedicated Desks from: $138 per week
Private Offices from: $320 per week
+U is a small coworking operator with a big difference – six floors of industry-specific coworking space to make sure you’re sharing, learning, socialising and collaborating with the right people. (Okay, it’s not that small). There’s The Collective floor for marketers and advertisers, The Hive for freelancers and creatives, The Co-Op for tech types – you get the idea – all packaged in one of the classiest yet arty-est interiors in Sydney. With buzzy workspaces occupied by compatible creatives, it’s easy to see why +U has firmly cemented its place as one of the city’s most popular coworking spaces. The George Street location right by Central Station doesn’t hurt either.
“+U is miles ahead of the game in the way it groups aligned businesses together. As the industry grows, more coworking spaces will follow this trend but +U is the OG and I can’t see anyone executing it as well as them.” – Sean
Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Dedicated Desks from: $144 per week
Private Offices from: $171 per week
Urban CoWork is one of the Inner West’s newest coworking offerings but it comes from an experienced team. Terina Pusic and her family ran shared office spaces around Sydney before identifying the need for a more professional and premium-style coworking centre in the creative suburb of Marrickville – and this impressive office space was born. Terina, a Marrickville local, has effortlessly brought together all manners of creatives and freelancers in a professional yet relaxed and laughter-filled environment. At Urban CoWork, the rates really are all-inclusive and they cover every facility and amenity you might need – conference rooms, internet, printers, 24/7 access, great coffee, events, bike storage, showers and free snacks. Situated close to Sydenham Station, this coworking space benefits from proximity to a city train line and the vibrant feel of the Inner West.
“Urban Cowork offers flexible and affordable memberships with a positive vibe that hits you as soon as you walk through the door. Great for consultants, freelancers and small businesses in the Inner West.” – Sean
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Co House Studios
Morley Avenue, Rosebery
Dedicated Desks from: $150 per week
Private Offices from: $650 per week
Co House Studios is a stunning coworking space in Rosebery set within The Cannery Building, an 11,000 sqm revived warehouse and creative south Sydney destination for food, design and style. As well as office suites and open plan desks, Co House offers a photography studio and event spaces for hire. The impeccable design has earned it some of the most hits on the Office Hub website and the real thing doesn’t disappoint – original brick walls, timber flooring and eye-catching accessories make it a haven of creativity and innovation. Rosebery’s stunning transformation in the last 10 years has turned it into a thriving foodie, design and small business hub – think of it as the new alternative to Surry Hills or Redfern that’ll keep you well clear of the city’s congestion woes.
“Co House shows you don’t have to be in the CBD to compete with the big budget options. We always get excellent feedback from clients, particularly for the photography facilities.” – Justin
Flinders Street, Surry Hills
Dedicated Desks from: $161 per week
Private Offices from: $400 per week
Spaces originated in Amsterdam and is part of IWG, the holding group for the world’s largest serviced office company Regus. With Spaces, IWG is breaking away from its corporate reputation and into the creative market – and boy are they doing it in style. The two floors at this coworking space in Surry Hills feature soaring ceilings, designer furniture and industrial fit outs in a look that’s guaranteed to drop your clients’ jaws. The sought-after Flinders Street precinct isn’t bad either, characterised by trademark terraces, prodigious pubs, independent cafes and local businesses. Combine creative style and a top location with the seamless management that only a company like IWG can provide, and what do you get? One of Surry Hills’ most show stopping coworking spaces, that’s what.
“Spaces guarantees a certain standard of service and presentation. If you want a coworking feel while always feeling confident bringing clients and prospects in for meetings, you can’t go wrong with Spaces.” – Justin
William Street, Darlinghurst
Dedicated Desks from: $165 per week
Private Offices from: $400 per week
Established in 2009, Desk Space is a super reputable coworking space in the heart of Darlinghurst. The wow-inducing design incorporates heritage features, wooden floorboards and striking artwork for a raw and understated agency feel and it’s home to one of Sydney’s longest-standing coworking crowds, a collective of multidisciplinary specialists who embrace sharing and collaboration opportunities. The tailored events and activities programme gives every excuse for a midweek drink and the extra motivation for a workout class – if you’re looking to find the ultimate work-life-play balance, you’ll fit right in at Deskspace.
“A cool crowd, productive feel, great style and busy location on the city fringe make Desk Space the fave for small businesses and independents.” – Sean.
Renwick Street, Redfern
Dedicated Desks from: $170 per week
This chic coworking space in Redfern is run by a creative content agency and operated with good vibes only. After moving into their stylish new digs in 2018, the company realised they had enough room to swing several cats and so opened their spare desks up to the public. They’ve attracted collaborative people from complementary disciplines by offering urban style, meeting rooms, a podcasting recording studio and a voiceover booth. But the fun stuff is just as important – be sure to join in with Friday drinks and cheese boards or take others on at ping pong to break up the nine to five. It’s also just steps from some of the suburb’s most popular eateries, bars and cafes including Redfern Continental, Milk Bar, Arcadia and The Dock while easy proximity to the city and Surry Hills put even more afterwork options on the cards.
“Chello is the name of the business working there as well as the coworking space – with a permanent team there, it helps members feel like they’re part of a bigger team even if they work alone.” – Sean
The Office Space
Reservoir & Brisbane Streets, Surry Hills
Dedicated Desks from: $170 per week
Private Offices from: $414 per week
The Office Space is one of Sydney’s earliest coworking concepts founded way back in 2004 by husband and wife duo Naomi and Boris Tosic. The two family-run offices, located just three minutes apart in the heart of Surry Hills, offer comfy retro vibes to make sure members feel at their relaxed and creative best – and they’ve racked up awards such as Best Office Design at the World Festival of Interiors 2016. The Office Space’s members range from startups and SMEs to global companies and Surry Hills locals will love the events programme that each month explores a different theme, often intimately related to the local Surry Hills community or learning from other members. The Reservoir Street workspace harbours a more light and airy feel while Brisbane Street’s time capsule interiors are reminiscent of 1950s New York.
“The founders’ background in building is evident as The Office Space is far from the cookie-cutter serviced office. It’s the prestige of a corporate office with the warmth of a boutique hotel and the unique touches of home.” – Sean
Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills & Clarence Street, Sydney CBD
Dedicated Desks from: $171 per week
private offices from: $720 per week
Your Desk was one of the first coworking operators in Sydney to step away from the games tables and introduce grown up glamour to shared working. Its Town Hall office is inspired by a Mad Men sense of retro romance and its Surry Hills space has a stylish bohemian feel – the design credentials of the founders shines through. At the helm are two builder brothers, an architect mother and an accountant father and they’ve created a couple of the most inviting workspaces in Sydney. The full service offices have large desks, plenty of meeting rooms and communal areas to rival your living room, not to mention price points you’ll love, friendly faces at every turn and unbeatable central locations.
“Your Desk stands out for the friendly and relaxed vibe I get every time I visit. The staff are super laidback and helpful, and it helps the whole thing feel a little less managed – you know, there aren’t any community managers forcing you to join in when you just want a cup of coffee. Recommended for anyone who hates too much organised fun.” – Sean
Liverpool & William Streets, Darlinghurst
Dedicated Desks from: $175 per week
private offices from: $400 per week
Hub is Australia’s largest Australian-owned and operated coworking provider and its two Darlinghurst workspaces are seriously impressive in both design and functionality. Styled to perfection by leading design practice HASSELL, the multilevel coworking spaces are geared towards improving holistic and flexible productivity for all manner of creatives and professionals. In terms of facilities, Hub Australia offers the best in Sydney with photography and podcasting studios, exercise rooms, rooftop terraces, inhouse barista cafes, parent rooms and more. Blending premium workspaces in landmark buildings with grungy surroundings in eclectic Darlinghurst, Hub stands out for truly understanding today’s creative generation.
“Quality wins out and that’s why Hub will always be teeming with members. Their offices are like hotels and Darlinghurst is a cool location.” – Justin
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Pitt Street, CBD North
Dedicated Desks from: $184 per week
Private Offices from: $518 per week
The Colab is the only creative coworking space on our list in Circular Quay. Thanks to the prime location in the CBD North, this high-energy workspace will suit freelancers and independents working with corporate clients in Martin Place or the Pitt Street precinct. Otherwise, it makes for an easy (and beautiful) ferry commute for those in the northern suburbs and puts members close to Sydney’s most famous landmarks, best restaurants and five-star hotels. As its name would suggest, The Colab fuels one-to-one collaborations between entrepreneurs along with the space, infrastructure and society to catapult success to the next level. Members love pushing each other to do and be better, the lack of drama and negativity and the higher motivation they’ve gained from working at The Colab.
“Great culture, sharing ideas and making sure businesses thrive is what The Colab is all about. A city coworking space with zero pretentiousness.” – Sean
Margaret Street, Sydney CBD
Dedicated Desks from: $196 per week
Private Offices from: $578 per week
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Nous House comes from award-winning Australian-owned management consultant firm Nous Group. Nous House was inspired by Nous Group’s experience in working with a broad range of clients across many different industries and it has been owned and operated by and colocated since 2016. Nous House specialises in bringing different people together to benefit from combined skill sets, networks and ideas, plus the expertise of Australia’s leading consultant company. Nous House is widely recognised for its success in coworking having won awards such as Australia’s Best Places to Work in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and one of the Best Workplaces in Asia in 2016 and 2018. Nous House Sydney is located at Wynyard – an impressive business address with plenty of restaurants and watering holes geared at professionals.
“The unique partnership with Nous Group is a real drawpoint as some of Australia’s most promising and proven consulting minds are there to interact and engage with – they seem to drive the community’s togetherness and success from within.” – Justin
Campbell Street, Surry Hills
Dedicated Desks from: $210 per week
Private Offices from: $670 per week
Sitting at the premium end of Sydney’s coworking spectrum is The MUSE, the 2017 brainchild of renowned Sydney entrepreneurs Nicholas Sammut and Abraham Mikhail. It sits at the western end of Surry Hills close to Central Station and has quickly gathered a devout group of creatives, artists and photographers as its core memberbase. The coworking and events spaces are housed in an architecturally stunning building – exposed brick, high raked ceilings, solid timber floors and character features adorn the three floors and a beautiful rooftop balcony is the backdrop to many great parties (we can attest). The MUSE offers an impressive calendar of events from professional workshops and art exhibitions to art classes and yoga sessions with the aim of helping its members balance wellbeing, inspiration and career development.
“The MUSE is a great choice for established creatives – it offers the very best in coworking design, services and location and attracts a classy crowd. Worth the investment.” – Justin
Barangaroo & 2x Sydney CBD
dedicated desks from: $230 per week
Private Offices from: $690 per week
At this stage of the list, we’re moving away from activity-packed coworking spaces and into a more calm, elegant and executive type of office experience. Work Club comes from Soren Trampedach, the Scandinavian thought leader on innovation and the new work culture with history at both Facebook and Google. Think leather and timber, an immaculate concierge team, organic refreshments, hand-sourced Danish furniture and evening whisky and wine tastings. Reportedly frequented by Qantas execs and many at the top end of town, Work Club membership is by application only – but Trampedach insists there’s no elitism: “We want diversity,” he said. “I want to assess how they’re going to contribute to the community. There’s no big egos here.”
“High end fit-outs, exclusive communities, and the networking and travel benefits of a global portfolio – Work Club is where you go to make it, or if you’ve already made it.” – Sean
La Porte Space
Epsom Road, Rosebery
Private Offices from: $500 per week
If you’re seeking luxury, look no further than La Porte Space – the one-of-a-kind high-end coworking provider known for its flawless facilities and star-studded clientele. La Porte Space was founded in 2015 by Hayley Bonham and partner Rory Elsom (both of Bonél PR) after they realised Sydney wasn’t so sweet for nomadic creatives. After reaching full occupancy in just two weeks, La Porte went on to establish itself as Sydney’s, if not Australia’s, definitive leader in luxury serviced offices. It has event spaces, photographic studios, cafes, a luxury concept retail space and a wellness studio. Factor in the minimalistic Scandinavian-accented interiors, Parisian antiques, collaborations with notable chefs, Moroccan-style al fresco areas, gym programme and sauna, and it’s easy to see why many of Australia’s top brands, from modeling agencies to designers and PR companies, have chosen La Porte Space as their home.
“La Porte Space sets new standards of style and luxury in Sydney’s coworking market. If your workspace is part of your brand, nowhere will give a better impression than La Porte.” – Sean