What to know about coworking in WeWork in Australia.
WeWork offers coworking spaces and flexible office solutions in hundreds of locations around the world. Freelancers, entrepreneurs, small teams and even large companies can use WeWork instead of renting their own office or working from home. This guide will take you through what you should know before you coworking at a WeWork location in Australia.
|Monthly fees||$500 - $2380|
|Locations||Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth|
|Workspace types||Hot desk, Dedicated desk, Private office, Office suite, Headquarters|
What's in this guide:
What locations does WeWork have?
WeWork has a number of locations throughout Australia, including:
What amenities does WeWork offer?
Amenities differ depending on the WeWork location you choose, but you can generally access the following:
- Front desk service, mail and printing facilities.
- Community managers and a steady stream of professional and social events to help you network.
- Common areas and kitchen facilities with fresh fruit, water, craft beer and coffee.
- Access to the WeWork global network.
- Phone booths, meeting rooms, office supplies and 24/7 building access.
- Bike storage.
What types of office spaces and desks does WeWork have in Australia?
This type of membership option is ideal for freelancers, solo workers or small teams that don't mind moving around each day. You have access to all amenities outlined above including being able to book meeting rooms, printing and networking events.
Hot desk memberships are cheaper than a dedicated desk (sometimes close to 50% cheaper in the same location) but keep in mind you will need to pack up your belongings at the end of each day.
Hot desks have starting prices of between $440 - $580 depending in the location.
If you want to use a monitor or keep a plant on your desk, you may prefer a dedicated WeWork desk. For a higher price, you will receive a dedicated desk in a shared office and you won't need to pack up your belongings at the end of each day. You'll also receive a filing cabinet and a rubbish bin.
This can be ideal for small teams, contractors, freelancers or other solo workers. You will have access to all WeWork amenities.
For a dedicated desk, the starting prices are between $530 - $1,000 depending on the location.
This type of membership suits companies of between one and 100+. You'll receive an office and desks for your team in an office that is private and secure and you'll receive your own lock and key for the space. You will also still have access to all of WeWork's amenities including Internet, bookable conference rooms, reception and networking events.
Starting prices for private offices are $870 - $2,380 but vary depending on location and the size of your team.
Office suites and headquarters
WeWork's office suites and headquarters cater to companies of between 20 and 250. You're able to choose your office layout and personalise it, for example, branding the space and requesting your technical needs.
There are no upfront costs and there's a two-year minimum on member agreements. You'll also be able to leverage WeWork's international business community. According to WeWork, the streamlined design and build process ensures you'll be able to move in quickly.
Prices for this membership depend largely on the size of the company and the requirements, so you'll need to get in touch with WeWork to discuss costs.
Compare WeWork to other coworking spaces in Australia
WeWork coworking reviews: What is it actually like working there?
WeWork currently* has a TrustScore of 2.8 out of 10 on Trustpilot. The majority of its reviews are bad (55%) followed by excellent (25%) and poor (14%). Here are two good and two bad reviews that have recently been posted. You can find all reviews for WeWork on Trustpilot.
*Scores checked 5 August 2019
Frequently asked questions
How does printing work at WeWork?
If you have a dedicated desk or private office you have a certain amount of printing per month included in your membership. If you have more than one person in your team, these amounts are pooled.
You can make up to 120 black and white prints and 20 colour prints per desk per month. If you go over this limit, the additional charges will be added to your invoice at the end of the month. If you have a dedicated desk or private office you also have the option of bringing in your own printer.
How often does WeWork hold events?
This differs by location and week to week, but by many accounts of WeWork members, the number of events can be up to at least a couple a week. This includes breakfast and lunch events with food and drinks, presentations by companies and other startups, and optional events after work hours.
What happens if I need more space?
If you require more space or more desks for your team, you just need to submit a support ticket or talk to the WeWork team at your location directly. You're allowed to add additional space at any time.
How do I cancel my membership?
You need to check the terms and conditions of your agreement for WeWork's cancellation policy.
What is the We Membership?
We Membership is a type of membership option at WeWork. You receive two credits each month to book space at select WeWork locations as well as access to events and the WeWork network.
Can I work from other locations?
You're able to work from another WeWork location by using credits to reserve workspaces. You can do this through the WeWork app or Member Network. Keep in mind this is subject to availability.