‘Co-living’ living together again… Is it an alternative to youth housing?


The proportion of households living alone exceeded 30% last year. Among them, there are people who live in cramped and poor places. Recently, sharing a kitchen or laundry room as well as a cultural space is gaining popularity among young people.

Reporter Park Byung-il covered the story.

A multi-family house in Sillim-dong, Seoul.

There are about 60 studios in a 6-story building, and I went into one of them.

[아니, 여기가 다예요? 이게 전부예요. 2.2평 나오네요.]

With a space of less than two pyeong, including a kitchen and a bathroom, there is hardly any space left.

[(이 안에서 밥해서 여기에서 먹고 이대로 누워서 자고?) 그렇죠. (잘 때는 이렇게 여기에서 잘 거 아니에요.)]

Despite this, the monthly rent including management fee is 360,000 won.

Another nearby rent room is small enough that the toilet can only be accessed by crouching.

As such, there are a number of places where the minimum residential area per person is less than 14 square meters, as the owners of the building split the rooms to increase their monthly rental income.

[최은영/한국 도시연구소 소장 : 그런 14제곱미터(4.2평)가 강행 규정이 아니라는 게 문제예요. 4제곱미터(1.2평)만 넘으면 허가는 되는 상황이거든요. 그러니까 두 가구, 세 가구가 살게 되어 있는데, 열 가구로 쪼개 놓는다든가….]

It is difficult for young people with a housing cost-to-income ratio of 20-30% to escape from this poor housing environment.

Is there no alternative? In this six-story building, 36 people share each room, and each room does not have a bathroom and kitchen.

Instead, there are two shared kitchens and four shared bathrooms on each floor.

This is a co-living house supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

[조하나/입주자 : (아주머니가) 공용 공간은 다 치워주세요. 화장실도 여기 동에서 5명 지내는데, 한 번도 겹친 적이 없어요. 엄청 편하게 그래서 잘 쓰고 있어요.]

This is to reduce the space used by individuals and use it as a common space, and it is equipped with a public laundry room and cinema, as well as a gym, library, and drawing room.

However, the monthly rent is 30,000 won.

[조성익/ 홍익대 건축도시대학 교수 : 1인 가구들이 가장 많아진다는 것 아닙니까? 그러면 그 사람들이 왜 기존에 가족이라는 전제로 지어진 집에서 살아야 하느냐?]

As the demand for co-living increases, large corporations are also joining in.

In this 16-story building with 378 households, each room has a bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities.

Nevertheless, there are separate cultural spaces such as a shared kitchen, a shared laundry, a movie theater and a game room.

In addition, there is a common work space, a rest room, a gym, and even a dog playground.

[박아름/E 코리빙 하우스 직원 : 강남 서초 부근 일대에는 이 뭐, 기업이라든지, 그리고 전문직으로 종사하고 계시는 전문 직장인 분들이 많으시다 보니까, 그런 분들이 이제 생활하시는 경우가 많으시죠.]

Co-Living House first appeared in Korea in 2015.

Beyond the efficiency-oriented first-generation co-living house that reduces personal space and increases public space, we have now entered the stage of large-scale and high-end.

It is predicted that it will become a new alternative to solving the housing problem caused by the increase in single-person households as it is differentiated and developed into more diverse forms in the future, expanding options in price and convenience.

(Video: VJ Yoon Taek)


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