Home to the flagship campus of the University of Texas, the state capital, Austin, has a long history of producing some of America’s best talent. The city’s academic heritage is matched by a vibrant modern startup scene, which has seen an explosion of startups in recent years in a variety of fields.
To support those embarking on ambitious endeavors, Austin has a plethora of co-working spaces tailored for efficient, social, and engaging daily work. If you’re planning to spend some time in Austin and want to use co-working spaces here, we’ve picked out 10 of the best, offering versatile packages that are ideal for temporary residents of this city.
Located in vibrant central Austin, MELD Coworking is a friendly and colorful co-working space where individuals and small groups can work productively together. With multiple work areas, large screen monitors, ergonomic workstations, and dedicated quiet nooks, remote workers have the flexibility to work best in the most comfortable way possible. Day passes are available for $25 and flexible monthly memberships are available for $180, with no long-term contracts. Other amenities include adjustable sit-to-stand desks, bike racks, on-site parking, dedicated fiber optic internet, phone booths, rentable meeting rooms ($25 per hour), and complimentary coffee, tea, beer, and snacks.
Work with Furs
Work & Woof is a traditional co-working space, but with a quirky twist that gives dog owners the opportunity to bring their four-legged friend along for the ride. For dog lovers who can’t bear the thought of leaving Rex home alone during the day, it offers a supervised indoor/outdoor play park, or simply have your pooch with you at your desk. There are four distinct membership packages that start at $400 per month for hot desk access, all of which include free doggie daycare while you’re on site, as well as access to amenities such as office supplies, private phone booths, locked filing cabinets, printing services, a fully equipped kitchen and free coffee and tea. A day pass costs $30 per day and also offers free daycare for your furry friend.
With three sites in Austin (North Austin, Downtown, and East Austin), Common Desk is an established name in Austin’s co-working environment. There are a variety of membership packages to choose from, with shared desks starting at $350 per month, and day passes available for $25 per day. Whichever you choose, all members have access to a range of amenities and services, including high-speed WiFi, unlimited meeting room reservations, chat rooms, a cocktail lounge, a fruit and food bar, and tea/coffee/beer. In addition, we host regular community and wellness events, providing an ideal opportunity for members to meet like-minded people.
Located in Austin’s lively North Loop neighborhood, surrounded by quirky vintage shops and dive bars, The Commune is popular with artists, creatives, and anyone who is passionate about working in a community environment. There are a number of co-working memberships, each of which gives you access to community spaces and studios starting at $200 a month for two days a week. For infrequent visitors, there are also day passes available for $30 per day. Everyone who enters The Commune enjoys access to a community table, lounge, courtyard, printer and scanner, cafeteria sink, easel, design resource library, computer monitor, private phone booth, kitchen, art storage, meeting room, and photo studio.
Orange Office Space
Located in a shopping plaza in a south Austin suburb away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Orange Coworking is a membership-only workspace for entrepreneurs, freelancers, small businesses, telecommuters, and others looking for a remote work environment. There are also meeting rooms and event spaces available for members and non-members to rent. Membership fees for Open Space Works start at $275 per month, and there are also day passes available for $35 (for an even better deal, you can buy a 10-pack for $275).Open 24 hours a day, members have key fob access, and amenities and services include high-speed internet, printing, soft drinks and snacks, tea and coffee.
Opened in 2017, FIRMSPACE’s Austin venue was designed to provide an alternative to traditional executive suites and open co-working spaces for established professionals. Spread across the entire 19th floor of the city’s 500 West 2nd skyscraper, which is also home to the Austin Google Outpost, the space combines a world-class office environment with eye-catching views of downtown. The soundproof, enclosed offices start at $800 per month, payable monthly or signed for a longer term. Members also have access to a range of shared, high-profile amenities, including meeting rooms, common areas serving cold brew coffee, and a fitness center.
Situated a 10-minute walk from Austin’s downtown district, CRAFT offers walk-in coworking for all-comers. But the space’s main USP is that it also caters specifically to people whose day-to-day work involves hands-on creativity in fields such as metalwork, jewellery and cabinetry. There’s space here for up to 40 crafters (plus 200 standing guests) to come here and make use of tables, shelves and an extensive library of DIY supplies and tools. The most basic membership is priced at $10 for the first week and then $60 per month going forwards. Coworking hours are Monday through Friday.
Spread across three locations, all within a block of each other, Link offers professional, welcoming work spaces featuring dedicated desks, meeting rooms, connectivity and, most importantly, human interaction. Large library tables, comfy chairs complimentary drinks & snacks, and sweeping views of Austin’s picturesque green spaces add to the experience. Each coworking venue is open 7 days a week, from 6am to 12am, and memberships start at $350 per month for a shared desk.
Located in North Austin, Duo Works is a professional coworking, office and meeting space where remote workers can thrive in a collaborative and creative environment. There’s a mix of private offices, meeting and training rooms, open lounge areas and desk areas, and members can make use of fast Internet, printing services, community events, and complimentary beverages. There’s also a dedicated smartphone app for members to book meeting rooms. The cheapest membership is a Part Time membership package, which starts at $125 and gives you access to hot desking in an open coworking area for 6 days per month, plus 4 hours of meeting credits and use of printing, parking and beverages. Day passes are also available for $25 per day.
Opened in 2014, Createscape is an independently-run, coworking office located in a renovated 1950s bread factory in east Austin. The venue offers a variety of budget-friendly memberships including full-time and part-time packages, and discounts are given to artists, students, non-profits, veterans, and for those signing up to longer contracts. Part-time rates start at $120 for a month’s membership, which affords you 5-days-a-month access. There are also day passes which start at $25 for an open desk. All members can make use of a number of amenities including 24/7 access, an on-site grocery store & café, kitchen facilities, patio seating, high-speed WiFi, free guest passes, free parking, and regular membership events.
Housed within the Center for Social Innovation in East Austin, directly above a popular food hall, Relay offers a shared workspace, dedicated desks, private studios and conference rooms. Designed for individuals and small teams working specifically on social change projects and ventures, the venue has several flexible coworking memberships with options for flex desks, dedicated desks and private studios. Rates start at $325 per month for access to a shared workspace, and all members can benefit from a number of amenities and services such as lounge areas, free parking, bike racks, showers and snacks, as well as a busy programme of community events.
Impact Hub Austin
Impact Hub has two venues in Austin, both offering coworking, shared workspaces, private offices, and dedicated desks. General coworking rates start at $300 per month, which includes two free guest passes a month, two free hours use of a conference room per month, and access to the HubNet online community. There’s also high-speed WiFi, printers and scanners, a common area, a well-stocked kitchen, free parking, community workshops, yoga & meditation classes, and free Fair Trade coffee, tea and yerba mate.