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Sarabjeet Kukreja

Co-living in India: A Solution to the Challenges of Population Growth and Urbanization

The Indian population is expected to surpass that of China, presenting both challenges and opportunities for growth. Co-living (community living) involves communal living, where individuals share spaces such as kitchens, living rooms, balconies, and private bedrooms. Co-living spaces can be shared apartments, houses, or purpose-built buildings.

For a considerable time, individuals pursuing education or employment have struggled to find suitable accommodation. Paying Guest (PG) arrangements have been a common choice, with saving money taking precedence over luxury living. The presence of a roof over one’s head has sufficed. Unless there was a relative living in the same city, the only viable option was a PG, which has always been looked upon unfavorably.

Dealing with the warden, who controlled the facility, was undesirable, particularly in the case of issues like water scarcity, bad food, seepage/leakage, pest infestations, or security, etc. Consequently, individuals felt pressured to save money for their families, leading to stress and health concerns. However, with the emergence of co-living, the era of PGs or unorganized living has come to an end.

Co-living is a unique solution in India due to the magnitude of the population, with overcrowding causing a strain on infrastructure and the overall quality of life. Co-living maximizes space use, reduces urban congestion, promotes sustainable living, and efficient resource utilization. Additionally, co-living provides fully furnished units, an experienced manager, a building superintendent, a concierge, and repair and maintenance services to ensure residents’ living standards are not compromised.

Co-living also fosters a sense of community and support networks crucial for mental well-being. India can lead in establishing co-living standards and concepts that cater to different groups’ needs, including students, young professionals, and families. Co-living can create inclusive communities, bringing people from different backgrounds and socioeconomic groups together. Establishing guidelines and standards for co-living spaces is essential to build trust and confidence among potential residents and investors.

Embracing co-living and adapting it to its unique needs can help India manage population growth and lead in building sustainable, inclusive, and thriving communities. As the world grapples with urbanization, climate change, and sustainability challenges, India has a unique opportunity to demonstrate co-living as a solution.

“The provision of affordable, superior living solutions to urban India’s young professionals is a substantial problem that Zolo seeks to address. We are pleased to support their vision of creating an all-inclusive and convenient housing solution for students and individuals alike, with the aim of building a thriving community that promotes strong social ties.” – said Sarabjeet Kukreja, Founder & CEO of Zeassetz, a subsidiary of Zolo Stays – India’s leading co-living brand.


Author Details

Name: Mr. Sarabjeet Kukreja

Company: Zeassetz

Designation: Founder & CEO


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