How to find the best coworking space in any city

Finding a coworking space that fits your every need is now a breeze with these apps.

Find a coworking space anywhere in the world with these apps. Image credit: lechatnoir/iStock
Find a coworking space anywhere in the world with these apps. Image credit: lechatnoir/iStock

In the past few years, remote working has become more popular and not just for small business owners and entrepreneurs. In a Fortune Magazine’s feature on the best companies to work for in 2019, it was reported that 80 percent of Fortune 100 companies allow their employees to work remotely at least one day a week.  But, whether you enjoy the occasional work-from-home day, you’re a freelancer with a home office, or a full-time digital nomad, it can be challenging to find a place to work that will fit all your business needs.

Coffee shops and hotel lobbies can only offer so much in terms of ambiance, privacy, digital tools, and community.  Coworking spaces meet this increasing demand for an all-in-one solution with the casual feel of a coffee shop mixed with the professional tools of an office.

In order to compete, coworking companies have become increasingly specific in the ways they meet the needs of their clientele.  Many offer perks like free coffee, kombucha on tap, happy hours, professional development sessions, and even trampolines, in addition to basics like desk space, Wi-Fi, and a working printer.  

The good news is there are options for every taste and working style, but it can be overwhelming trying to find one that fits your budget and location.  Luckily, now the coworking trend has gone mainstream, there’s a crop of tools to help you find the right space no matter where you are.

Below is a list of some of the top resources to help you navigate the coworking space landscape.

Coworker – Filters to suit your unique working style

Coworker is a website-only tool that allows you to search from more than 12,000+ coworking spaces with desks, offices, meeting rooms in more than165 countries for a space that fits your every whim. 

The site allows you to search for a desk or a private office using an extensive list of filter options from the practical, like high-speed Wi-Fi and Skype room availability, to the whimsical like dog-friendly areas, a bocce ball court, and even trampolines. In each location, the site lets you know which spaces are trending with their “popular now” banner.

Signup for Coworker is free.  To reserve a desk or a membership, you can contact the individual coworking spaces through the website. Unfortunately, there is no way to filter for price, so your best bet is to filter first for amenities, then scroll through to find prices for each space.  

Special feature: Besides the extensive filtering options, you can rate and review spaces, ask questions, or leave tips for your other coworkers. 

Don't leave your dog at home, find a dog-friendly coworking space. Image credit: Pekic/iStock
Don’t leave your dog at home, find a dog-friendly coworking space. Image credit: Pekic/iStock

Croissant –  hourly access to the best spaces near you

This app uses your GPS location to help you find real-time, coworking spaces. It is free to browse as a guest, or you can buy a membership which starts at $39 for 10 hours of coworking a month.  The interface has a clean, intuitive design and is easy to use.

Once in, you can select a city from the drop-down menu or click the map view and select from a list of spaces near you. By clicking into a coworking space, you can read about the perks it offers and even reserve a spot through the app.  

You aren’t able to filter by amenities, so this works best if you are looking for an office in a specific location. If you sign up with the website, you can get a free week-long trial. 

Special feature: The search bar uses Google Maps locations so you can find coworking spaces near a specific venue like your hotel or gym.  

Available for iOS, Android, and desktop

Deskpass – perfect for business travel in the U.S.

Similar to Croissant, Deskpass allows workers to sign up for a membership through the platform to try out different coworking spaces. Unlike Croissant, Deskpass memberships deal in visits of unlimited length. 

After a one-month free trial period, memberships start at $49 for four visits a month. Any unused visits roll over to the next month. One downside is that Deskpass caps your visits to any space at five per month, which might not be great for those trying to become a regular.  Also, Deskpass is only located across 11 US cities right now.

Special feature: Deskpass Teams offers special rates and services just for groups, aimed at companies looking for alternative solutions for their remote staff. 

Available for iOS, Android, and desktop

Nomad Space – Top-rated spaces around the world 

This stylish search tool helps you sift through its 500 partner coworking spaces in 220 cities all over the world, including in less-common destinations like Reykjavik, Iceland, and Vaduz, Liechtenstein.  Each listing lets you read more about the company, shows its location on an interactive map, and gives you contact details to make a reservation.  

In Reykjavik and need to get some work done? Image credit: powerofforever/iStock
In Reykjavik and need to get some work done? Image credit: powerofforever/iStock

The spaces are all peer-reviewed, with star ratings that you can add to your search filter along with price and location.  The app doesn’t give you the option to search based on amenities or a specific location within a city. As a result, it is a tool better suited to the low-maintenance remote worker who can be flexible and doesn’t mind doing a bit of extra work to find the right desk space. 

Special feature: Their Facebook page regularly features new partner spaces with tantalizing photos that will make you want to jump on a plane for some business travel. 

Available for iOS

Regus Coworking – a customized coworking experience with a global reach 

With 3000 spaces in 120 countries, Regus offers both an app as well as white-glove solutions to individuals and companies looking for a range of remote working solutions including hot desks, private offices, meeting rooms, and virtual offices.  

The initial setup requires you to speak with a customer service agent, so it isn’t as convenient as Croissant or Deskpass, but once you register with a membership, Regus offers a vast community of users, perks like proprietary digital workplace apps, and discounts with partner retailers.  

To reserve a desk, you can either book spaces directly through the app or work with the customer support team to find a coworking space tailored to your needs. Contact Regus directly for pricing and membership details. 

Special feature: Their Global Connect app gives members access to a staggering 50 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, including at airports, hotels, conference halls, and train stations. We don’t know how this is possible either.  

Available for iOS and Android.


Sarah Thibault

Sarah Thibault is an artist and writer who has spent the last year traveling abroad for artist residencies. She is the founder of the travel blog Artists + Travel.