Feb. 9, 2016 - Austin Grandt
Finding an apartment to live in is a challenge for anyone. Finding something in your price range in the right neighborhood can seem impossible at times. Now imagine if you had to go through that process every 3 to 4 times a year. This is exactly what many digital nomads experience.
Roam is a company that is wanting to solve the apartment hunting problem for digital nomads. They are offering a a month-to-month lease at co-living spaces across the globe. This means you can show up with a laptop and some clothes and have a comfortable place to call home. For digital nomads, this means no longer having to show up in a city wondering if you’ll spend the next 1-2 weeks in a hotel trying to find a place to live. Airbnb seems to currently have a lot of the market covered, but I definitely see Roam as being a viable option as they continue to grow.
Rooms cost $1,600 a month, which seems costly given the price of housing in some of their target markets. It could be worth the cost given their focus on community and being a place to support the nomadic lifestyle. One of the founders wrote a very interesting Medium post talking about the power of community and how you should embrace some level of community in modern society. If they are able to deliver on the community aspect, I could see their locations being an oasis of creativity and entrepreneurship for creative types across the globe.
Roam currently only has one location in Bali, Indonesia. On their site they advertise a second location coming soon in Miami, Florida. On their Product Hunt launch, one of the founders said that there are more places in the pipeline so I would keep an eye out over the next few months to see if anything is announced. For this to have maximum value to the user, they will have to launch numerous sites in many regions. The team looks amazing so I expect that they will be able to deliver on the promise of a true global subscription for co-living.
This is the $1,600 question. I think for the occasional nomad it likely isn’t worth it, especially if you are holding on to your apartment/house back home. For the long term nomads, this is a definite viable option that seems like it will only improve with time. If you’ve found that Airbnb just simply isn’t cutting it for you anymore to find a place to live, definitely check out Roam and see if it could be a fit for your needs.
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