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San Francisco/Bay Area Co-Working
Leave your heart in San Francisco and your distractions outside the door. The Bay Area is home to more co-working locations than almost any other region of the country, stretching from the campus of Cal-Berkeley to the heart of Silicon Valley. The Bay Area has been driving American innovation for decades now, so come see how you can get your part of it from the cockpit of a sleek, brilliantly-designed co-working space.
What Are My options?
A great place to start is WeWork, which operates 17 co-working locations in the Bay Area. They’re mainly located in central San Francisco, in the city center and mid-market, Chinatown and the Embarcadero. You also can post up at a WeWork in Silicon Valley in San Jose and if you’re up in Marin County, the WeWork in the Valley Towers can get you squared away nicely.
There are a wide variety of other companies, which run a handful of co-working spots in San Francisco and the Bay Area, or even just a single location. Two of these that really stand out are Regus—which has dozens of locations across the Bay Area—and Spaces, with locations in San Francisco, San Mateo, Menlo Park, and San Jose.
The bottom line is that you can be a hi-tech programmer in the valley, a student at Cal or just a guy looking for a quiet place to work on a small business idea in downtown San Francisco and find a co-working spot for you. Most are located conveniently near BART lines, so getting in and out should be a breeze.
What Are the Prices Like?
If you’ve been in the Bay Area for a minute, then you know that location is key, and this is definitely true for co-working spots. For example, if you’d like to sign up for a shared “hot desk” at the WeWork Oakland location, it’ll cost $340 per month. That same shared desk at the Embarcadero location in downtown San Francisco would cost you $580. For shared office space the same concept applies. An office space for 5 at the Mid-Market location will cost $3,600 per month, while in San Jose, an office for 5 will run you just $2,690 per month.
At the Spaces location in San Francisco’s Soma district, you can rent an office starting at $1,170 per month. You can also rent a spot in the office’s “business club” for $378 per month, or get your own dedicated desk for $547 per month. In San Jose the prices are cheaper, with a business club space running $330 per month, dedicated desks for $500 per month, and private offices starting at $825 per month.
With Regus there is a wide range of per-day prices which depend on your location. For instance, if you’re setting up shop at the downtown San Mateo location it’ll run you $41.80-$57.50 per day, while out in Concord it’s only $12.70-$17.40 per day, and at a number of locations in San Jose you can pay around $15 per day. For other options like a private office of your own, you’ll need to contact the company for a custom quote, though typically these prices will be cheaper in the same areas where the per day locations are more affordable.
What Does My Co-Working Space Provide?
The co-working revolution has become a global phenomenon, with countless locations from Australia to Peru, and China to Germany. A big part of the recipe for success is that these locations tend to have the same focus on aesthetics and comfort, and with maximizing your ability to work peacefully and productively. Not only that, but there is a long list of amenities that you can expect to find at most co-working locations in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
These include:
  • Super-fast internet
  • Spacious, unique common areas
  • “Start up vibe”
  • Business-class printers
  • Free drinks (including fruit water and fresh, micro-roasted coffee)
  • Private phone booths so you can take that call in peace
  • Onsite staff to help you out
  • Unique playlists
  • Diverse seating
  • Professional and social events - network and chill™
So...Where Are We Co-working?
Few places on Earth have spawned more rule-breakers and game-changers than the Bay Area. This spirit of creativity and “get up, get out, and get something” is in effect at 17 locations (and growing) around the area, all you have to do is find the right spot to set up camp.
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