The number of coworking spaces (shared workspaces with common office amenities, ideal for startups, freelancers, remote workers, and satellite offices) has exploded in Boston over the past few years, with more sector-specific (cleantech, food startups, social entrepreneurship) share office spaces as well as general community coworking spaces. Here’s the rundown of what’s available now, and what is on the way.
Cambridge Coworking Locations
Cambridge Coworking Center (C3) – $425 / month shared space – Within the CIC building at One Broadway, in Kendall Square, this is one of the largest coworking spaces in the area. Although the CIC has options for dedicated desk and small office space, the C3 is almost entirely open floorplan, shared table coworking space. There’s also an option for small teams to rent a dedicated table of their own.
NGIN Workplace – $375 / month shared workspace – An upscale coworking space in Kendall Square. This new space intends to focus on helping startups connect internationally. It offers a range of plans for coworkers and freelancers depending on the type of space, number of members, and amenities desired. It also offers non-members access to event space and conference rooms for a fee.
WeWork Mass Ave – $350 / month shared space – In Central Square, one of the newestest locations of the WeWork coworking network. An upscale coworking and startup office space, WeWork offers its members a range of benefits including health insurance plans and credit card processing at lower rates.
Industry Lab – $310 / month dedicated space – Part makerspace, part coworking space, this is a curated community in Inman Square with shared access to a machine shop, including 3d printers.
Workbar Cambridge – $350 / month full-time open workspace, $500 / month dedicated desk – In Central Square, one of a growing number of Workbar locations. Options for part-time access and dedicated offices as well.
Geek Offices – $475 / month dedicated desk – Located in Inman Square, Geek Offices offers full-time dedicated desks in cubicles, private offices, as well as part-time access options.
Plug – $340 / month open workspace (for up to two founders), $420 / month dedicated desk, $45 / day drop-in access. The first U.S. location of a coworking business that started in Brazil, Plug is a new space in East Cambridge near Lechmere, right next to Somerville’s eastern point. Plug offers standard coworking benefits, plus event space and mentorship from their team.
Cove – $89 / month nights & weekends access, $189 / month unlimited access – In the same building as Barismo Coffee in Kendall Square (at Voltage Cafe’s old location), Cove is a cozy coworking space with all the perks of a high-quality coffee shop. Membership comes with an app that connects you with the other members and tracks real-time availability in the space.
Alley – unlisted pricing – This is part of a series of coworking spaces being opened by Verizon nationally, a Cambridge location near Harvard Square. They say, “each location is a curated community powered by the emerging technologies and thought leadership of Verizon.” Besides whatever that means, there’s one feature I haven’t seen in other spaces that stands out: a nursery, for new and expecting mothers.
InTeahouse – unlisted pricing – In Central Square, InTeahouse’s ‘flagship location’ is run by an investment network opening coworking spaces to build a global network of innovators and entrepreneurs. They have an additional location in Hangzhou, China, and plan to open additional spaces this year in London, San Francisco, Munich, and New York. Space is available by application only.
Koa Labs – unlisted pricing – In the heart of Harvard Square, this is a private coworking space run as part of a startup fund by serial entrepreneur and investor Andy Palmer.
Boston Coworking Locations
Workbar – $350 / month full-time open workspace, $400-500 / month dedicated desk, private offices available – Spaces built to suit a variety of work-styles, from open ambient noise spaces to partitioned areas for calls to quiet-space areas with white noise generators. Now with two locations in Boston:
- South Station – Workbar’s original location, just across from South Station in a cool half-below-street level space.
- Back Bay – Brand new as of January 2018, this location is steps from the Public Garden at 399 Boylston Street.
In addition to open workspace and dedicated desks, this location has private offices for teams of 2-6 available. Workbar also has additional spaces within Staples stores in Brighton, Norwood, and Danvers.
CIC Boston – $425 / month shared space – The CIC’s Boston coworking location, at 50 Milk Street. CIC / C3 clients have access to common spaces and conference rooms at both locations.
Impact Hub Boston – $375 / month shared space – Located within CIC Boston, Impact Hub is a social entrepreneurship-focused organization providing coworking space and community for teams and individuals looking to make a difference.
Coalition Boston – $200 / month for shared space during weekday business hours, $250 / month for 24/7 shared space access – Located in Chinatown, this is a coworking space with a variety of additional membership options, from occasional conference room usage to private offices.
Oficio – $99 / month unlimited daytime access, $149/month 24/7 access – This is an open-floorplan, upscale coworking space with additional options for part-time use, and two Boston locations:
- In the Back Bay, by the Public Gardens on Newbury Street.
- A Fenway location, at 136 Brookline Avenue.
Oficio also has the unique option to add additional members to the same coworking plan for a small one-time fee.
Idea Space – $350 / month full-time, $500 / month dedicated desk – A boutique office space in the Back Bay. It also offers private offices and event space.
WeWork – $400+ / month shared desks, $450+ / month dedicated desks – Upscale coworking and startup office space, with three locations in the city of Boston…
- In Fort Point, just across the bridge from South Station at 51 Melcher St.
- Near South Station itself, at 745 Atlantic Ave.
- In Back Bay, just outside the Public Garden, at 31 Saint James Ave.
…and two more coming soon:
- Steps away from Park Street & Beacon Hill, at 1 Beacon Street.
- Near North Station, between the West End & North End, at 200 Portland Street.
WeWork provides coworking spaces in other cities as well, and offers its members a range of benefits including health insurance plans and credit card processing at lower rates.
The Yard: Back Bay – $400 / month shared space, $550 / month dedicated desk, $725 / month private office. The newest national coworking chain to open a Boston location, this space overlooking Copley Square offers all the standard features, plus perks like on-site health events and a quarterly rotating-artists program. Their app provides booking utilities as well as access to their network of members across spaces in New York, D.C., and Philadelphia.
LearnLaunch Campus – unlisted pricing for shared space, $400 / month private desk – Edtech coworking & office space in the Back Bay, close to the Arlington T station. Additional options for larger teams.
The Food Loft – $150 / month shared space, $550 / dedicated desk, private offices available – Coworking for food tech startups, in Boston’s South End. Provided by Harvard Common Press.
Branchfood – unlisted pricing – Coworking for food & food tech startups, within CIC’s downtown Boston location. All the benefits of CIC membership, plus access to Branchfood’s massive network & events for food entrepreneurs.
Common Cove – $99 / month shared workspace – Boston’s “only waterfront coworking community”, in Chelsea, MA.
Spaces – $350+ / month shared workspace, $525 / month dedicated desk – Describing themselves to BostInno as “more grown up than a WeWork,” this coworking space on Newbury Street is run by corporate temporary/remote-office giant Regus.
Social Innovation Forum Coworking – $275 / month shared space, $350 / month dedicated desk – A coworking community for non-profits, located near Boston’s North End. This space offers members access to advisors “with skills in strategy, finance, legal, communications, and more.”
Hall – $156 / month shared space access, $276 / month shared space access + dinner – This in-development Back Bay coworking space seems to place a special emphasis on being a ‘feel at home’ working space as well as social space, with Sunday – Thursday evening meals provided as part of the membership.
G-Tek Labs – $200 / month unlimited desk access, $400 / month unlimited workbay access – A new South Boston coworking space for hardware startups. Members have access to to ‘Skeyl.it’ courses, part of a program helping hardware products scale.
MDP Co-Working, Watertown – $250 / month shared space – Part of athenahealth’s More Disruption Please program, this is a coworking space for healthcare startups. Free, daily shuttle service is offered from Harvard Square, Back Bay, Cleveland Circle, and Waverly.
The Village Works, Brookline – $275 / month unlimited shared workspace, $175 / month part-time options — Steps from the Green Line in Brookline Village, this “neighborhood workspace” draws independent professionals, remote workers, and small startup teams looking for a short commute. They also have a community membership option, single-day ‘drop-in’ options, and meeting room / event space booking for non-members. Members get reciprocal access at Workbar Network spaces.
Fields Corner Business Lab, Dorchester – $125+ / month shared space, $300 / month dedicated desk – Right off the Red Line, this coworking space was created to bring more entrepreneurs and small businesses to a booming business district in Dorchester.
Somerville Coworking Locations
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Artisan’s Asylum – $190 / month for unlimited access to shared space, $3.25/sqft/week for studio space – A makerspace with a fully-equiped machine shop and flex space studio. Next door to Brooklyn Boulders Somerville. Additional options for part-time access.
Canopy – $300/month for shared desk space, $450 dedicated desk, private offices available – Canopy emphasizes its diverse membership, from startups to public policy workers to social entrepreneurs. Canopy’s now at a new location in Union Square.
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville – $135 / month – This indoor rock climbing gym includes a small coworking space in a loft overlooking the climbing walls. Located between Harvard, Porter, and Union Square.
Greentown Labs – $455 / month shared space, $530 / month dedicated desk, $4/sq. ft./month lab space – A coworking space for energy and cleantech startups, with a machine shop and prototyping space.
Workbar Union – $350 / month full-time open workspace, $500+ / month dedicated desk – The newest Workbar location, this space opened recently in Union Square.
Alpha Landmark – $250 / month full-time open workspace, $375 / month dedicated desk – Located in Assembly Square, Alpha Landmark offers a range of shared office space types. Everything from day passes to coworking to private offices with access to the shared space.
More than just coworking…
Be sure to also check out our guide to startup accelerators & incubators in Boston. These programs also provide office space & a community of peers, but can provide specialized assistance, mentorship, access to investors, and even capital. But unlike most coworking spaces, these are usually selective programs aimed at a specific type of startup, typically that already have some early traction.