Best Co-Working San Francisco
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San Francisco is a pricey place to live and work. Ranked the #2 most expensive city in the United States by Investopedia earlier this year, the median home price is a staggering $1.4 million.
The City by the Bay may boast breathtaking views, mild weather, and a ton of unique features, but the ability to own a piece of that landscape is reserved for only a select few.
The same can be said for business: even big companies like Twitter, Salesforce, PayPal, Yelp, and Airbnb have either downsized drastically or moved completely out of the city. While this has opened up office space for lease at a higher-than-usual rate, the cost of leasing any permanent space is astronomical.
What is a Co-working Space?
If you can’t afford traditional office space in San Francisco – and let’s be real, you can’t (Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren’t reading this article) – an accessible alternative is a coworking space.
The concept is simple and brilliant: rather than pay for occupying an entire room, you pay a smaller fee to access the space only when you need it, and often, only for the specific features you require.
- Maybe you need a spot to set your laptop and hammer out some work a couple of times a week that isn’t a local Starbucks.
- Perhaps you’re meeting a new client and want to convey how professional your company is.
- Maybe you have a remote team but would like to get some face time once a week and need a conference room to facilitate that.
In any of these cases – and countless others – having access to a coworking space makes sense.
What Coworking Space is Right for me?
The answer to that question is a resounding it depends.
If you just need a desk and an outlet, your options are going to be plentiful.
If you require a larger area, a conference room, a TV, printing and Wi-Fi capabilities, or other specific features, you’ll likely limit the number of possibilities.
Additionally, of course, the cost is a prime concern.
Today we’ll explore coworking spaces in San Francisco by focusing upon those two main factors: available features and price.
We’ll also include further details for each space, but we’ve selected these spaces based upon the features and price, with an individual worker or small company in mind.
This list is meant to provide you with some cool options based on your needs.
Let’s get to the list.
Our Four Favorite Coworking Spaces in San Francisco in 2021
Note: These are listed alphabetically and are not ranked. Also, this list is current as of April 2021, but please check each place to make sure the details are still effective.
Many coworking spaces have closed due to the pandemic, and more may in the coming months.
Bespoke is positioned on the top floor of the Westfield Mall downtown, and it’s just a really cool space.
Primarily focused on tech industry startups, it has all the popular, necessary amenities like 24/7 access and free printing but has several unique features like a rock-climbing wall, bocce ball green, and a quiet library with sleep nooks.
I mean, how doesn’t enjoy a good nap during the workday?
- Hot Desk, Dedicated Desk, Private Office available
- 24/7 access
- Unlimited printing
- Pet friendly
- WiFi and wired internet
- Mail services
- Bike storage
- Complimentary coffee and tea
- Quiet library with sleeping nooks
- Bocce ball green
- Rock climbing wall
- Rooftop access
- Cost: Varies (you can check their website)
Search for the best coworking spaces in San Francisco, and virtually any list you find will include Canopy.
Armed with ultra-modern design features (the areas were crafted by world-renowned designer Yves Béhar), three unique locations, and free coffee,
Canopy is the high-end coworking solution for those that want to impress. Of course, that level of impressiveness is going to cost you, so this may not be the best solution if you’re not already fairly successful (or at least well-funded).
Canopy offers three locations in SF currently, with spots in Jackson Square, Pacific Heights, and the Financial District. There is a fourth site coming soon in Menlo Park.
- Hot Desks, Dedicated Desks, Private Offices available
- 24/7 access
- Full-sized kitchen with free coffee
- Herman Miller ergonomic furniture
- Full-sized community kitchen
- Conference room and board room
- Private phone booths
- Wired and wireless internet
- VoIP desk phones
- Mail service
Cost: The main downside of this space for most folks. Some of the plans are flexible, but it’s generally pricier than most (check their website for more specifics).
Hot Desk: There are three options here.
- “Nomad”: You get access to a range of shared workspaces 60 days per year; Canopy lists these as “conference rooms, outdoor terraces, phone booths, and more.” Note that desks are not listed there. If you’re on a laptop and the no-desk thing doesn’t bother you, this is a pretty good option.
- “Shared Table”: You can sit at a shared table in any of their buildings and do so 10 days per month (double what you’d get with the Nomad package).
- “Community Table”: You get a seat at the table as often as you’d like.
- Dedicated Desk: Includes ergonomic Herman Miller desk and Sayl chair, lockable storage, and a shelving unit.
- Private Office: For higher expectations.
Galvanize San Francisco offers a unique coworking space for all but focuses on the tech population; Galvanize itself is a tech company that provides comprehensive coding and data science training.
Engaging in coworking on their campus not only gets you the space and amenities you need but also helps you get connected with the SF tech community.
The building hosts networking events, boot camps, demos, and other events where loads of tech industry influencers and startup enterprises can be found.
While this has surely slowed during pandemic times, it’s an important selling point for a company that wants to promote your success to the community at large, in what they describe as a “one-of-a-kind tech ecosystem.”
The building itself is located in the SoMa district at 44 Tehama Street. The feel is modern but rustic, with lots of large, open-space areas and bright windows, but also has café spaces with wooden benches and relaxing, quiet lounges.
Check out a virtual tour of the Galvanize San Francisco space to get a better feel.
- Hot Desks, Dedicated Desks, and Conference Rooms available
- Private phone booths
- WiFi and on-site support
- 24/7 access
- Bike storage
- Dog friendly
- On-site staff
- Recreation space
- Community kitchen
Cost: varies, (check their website for more specifics).
Flex Membership: This gives you limited access to the site but also offers some online amenities. This is designed for primarily-remote workers that need to access the space every so often.
♦WeWork San Francisco
WeWork is probably the nation’s best-known and most-established coworking provider.
In San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area alone, they boast over 20 distinct locations, including in the Salesforce Tower, Embarcadero, and Waterfront Plaza. Additionally, you can find space near UC Berkeley, in downtown Oakland, and outside of the immediate area in San Jose, Marin, and San Ramon.
While you’re unlikely to find parking at most locations (hello, welcome to San Francisco!), many of the locations are in the Financial District and SoMa (South of Market) areas of town, which have easy access from BART and Muni.
Since WeWork offers several locations, the features are not always the same. However, most – if not all – of their properties offer these key features:
Hot Desks: This is the most popular and probably best feature. Because you’re agreeing with a chain provider, you’re gaining access to more than one property. You can purchase a WeWork All-Access pass and that grants access to any All-Access building.
Now, having said that, not all their properties are considered All-Access, so do your homework first to make sure your desired location(s) fit the offer.
Private Offices: Lockable offices that are available for a monthly rate. These can vary from very small (like a small cubicle) to large enough to accommodate a small team. Pricing is highly variable here and is only available upon request.
Day Passes: If you’re not into the monthly service fee and just need an ad-hoc space, you can buy a pass to use their space a day at a time. The price can vary slightly by location.
Hourly Conference Room rental: Just like the description suggests. As low as $10 per hour, that’s a great price to bring your team together or really wow a new client.
- Common Areas
- Stocked Kitchens
- On-Site Staff
Unique Features: Many of WeWork’s spaces include unique features, such as:
- Bicycle storage
- Pets allowed
- Mother’s rooms
- Wellness rooms
- Event space
- Espresso/coffee/tea available
Cost: Once again, because WeWork has varying locations, the prices are not static. (check their website for more specifics).
Six More Coworking Spaces in San Francisco to Explore
There are, of course, many more coworking spaces in San Francisco worth exploring. Here are six more that should be on your list to consider:
One of Covo’s unique offering is an hourly rate, along with free trial days. An onsite taproom, high-end coffee shop, and modern furnishings make this space both beautiful and functional.
Cool, modern spaces in Mill Valley and Fort Mason. It is designed especially for women and available for more than just coworking (they suggest filming your product video or recording your podcast here too).
♦Minnesota Street Project
A group of old warehouses on Minnesota Street offers a unique experience for artists of all types.
Another chain-type solution, Regus, gives you access to at least 10 spots throughout The City, mostly in the Financial District and SoMa.
♦Runway Innovation Hub
Located in the Twitter building, Runway not only offers working space but also will help companies get their ideas out into the community. Huge event spaces and lounge areas abound, but they don’t allow independent consultants or service providers.
A no-frills approach but does what it needs to do well. Offers very competitive pricing in its Montgomery Street location and has cold brew, soda, fruit, and beer on tap to help you power through the workday.
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