What’s ‘Co-Living’ Like? We Flush €1300 A Month Down The Toilet To Find Out


FOLLOWING the decision to give the go-ahead for a 208-bedroom co-living scheme in Dún Laoghaire in Dublin after developers made the massive concession to ensure every person has their own kitchenette, WWN sought to make a better effort at understanding why co-living schemes are being heralded as such a great step forward by politicians and developers who wouldn’t be caught dead actually living in a co-living space.

Trying to appraise co-living spaces in Ireland has proven tough as the building work hasn’t started yet on the high rent yield, barely-living initiatives, so WWN needed a way to replicate living in a cramped de-humanising space that charges €1300 a month.

After giving it a lot of thought and consulting with experts on housing we concluded the best way to give the co-living experience a fair shake was by flushing €1,300 down the toilet every month.

To preserve the authenticity of the experience we also locked ourselves in a cramped closet to replicate the spacious and luxurious elite living conditions promised by co-living developers.

Initial thoughts

We’ll be honest: it didn’t feel great. Watching that money swirl around the toilet bowl was awful. The decision to do a poo beforehand and conserve water by not flushing twice was even more awful.

But we shouldn’t be too down on it, it could be worse we could be co-showering or co-losing-the-will-to-live.

Giving it a second chance

Not going to lie: not great, could even say a bit shit. A bit massively shit. Considerably shit in a massive sense.

Okay, one last time

Wow, that was €3,900 over just three short months. We would 10 out of 10 never recommend that to anyone ever.

However, a soulless marketing company in conjunction with developers and the Minister for Housing is definitely going to make it sound very fancy and appealing indeed.

Despite people, who would never ever choose to life in co-living nor will they ever have to make that choice, telling us how great it is the experience was the opposite of good. Bad in fact.

UPDATE: It’s only a matter of time before more co-living schemes get the go ahead so start preparing yourself by flushing a tenner here and there just to get a small sense of what it will feel like.