The idea of coworking spaces is quite new to Russia, but they are fast gaining popularity. Whether you are a freelancer, the owner of a startup or a travelling businessman, there is something for everyone in Moscows coworking scene. You do not need to be young and cash strapped to find a use for coworking spaces anymore. Many small companies with under 10 employees are increasingly finding it more cost effective to use coworking spaces instead of paying for their own costly office space in the centre of Moscow. Coworking spaces in Moscow tend to be modern and well appointed and there is ever increasing competition, driving down prices, which is great for customers.
Here in this article, I will show you some of the most popular coworking spaces that Moscow has to offer. If you know of any others that are worth a mention, then please do not hesitate to leave a comment.
Cabinet Lounge is at the high end of what I would consider a coworking space. In fact, it is pretty much a serviced office that chooses to call itself a coworking space. They run on a subscription only basis, with a pricing structure that discourages one time use. The facilities on offer are absolutely stunning and very professional in appearance – if you have a high powered meeting scheduled, it may be worth the one time cost to use their meeting room facilities.
2. Work Station
The name of this work space is not exactly inspiring, but it is considered by many to be one of the best general coworking spaces in Moscow. They have three locations, one in Gorky Park, another by Metro Dimitrovskaya and the third by the river, accessed by Kievskaya Metro. Each location has a range of services to make your life easier, including lockers, equipment rental, high speed internet and even a courier service. The Dimitrovskaya site even incorporates a capsule hotel, so you can take a snoooze! Unlike Cabinet Lounge, these are not expensive or exclusive spaces. The prices charged are very reasonable, with daily, weekly and monthly passes available.
This option is one I would consider very ‘Russian’, so if you are a foreigner coming to town looking for a coworking space it may not be the best choice. That said, if you can speak Russian and engage with the regular seminars and events, you will receive amazing value. In fact, this particular coworking space is advertised by the Moscow City administration as they work to encourage small business in the city. The facilities are everything you would expect from a coworking space, with most of those regularly using it working on startup businesses.
Good Republic is a coworking space in Moscow with a very relaxed vibe, but with a serious edge to it if you are looking to grow your small business. They offer space in a large common area, as well as quieter and more private workstation and meeting rooms. It is a space designed to encourage collaboration with your fellow coworkers. One particularly good feature is the presence of resident advisers who can help you to navigate the choppy waters of a new startup.
5. Start Hub
Start Hub is one of the more famous options for coworking spaces in Moscow, but is squarely aimed at attracting more permanent ‘tenants’. The original ‘Flacon’ branch is a haven for the creative crowd, with large studios available for long term rental. The new branch opening by Gorky Park is set to move into the more casual coworking market and it will be interesting to see how it develops.
Which Coworking Spaces in Moscow to Choose?
The five businesses mentioned above are merely scratching the surface of the available coworking spaces in Moscow. These may be the most well known or popular, but more and more new spaces are popping up every day offering great services to those who choose to work there. The only way you will really know which one is best for you is to get out there and test them out! Once you have tried some of the great work spaces on offer in Moscow, be sure to drop by and say how it went in the comments section.