In Toronto and the GTA there are a lot of great cost-effective coworking spaces that include free amenities and flexible rentals, ranging from day passes to hot desks and private offices.
Need a new office but on a tight budget? Coworking is a great option for those looking for more space and privacy, but not quite ready to make a commitment to a permanent address. Perfect for freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups, coworking provides the flexibility to choose what type of rental you want, and for how long.
To help you stretch your budget and find the best options, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 cheapest and best coworking spaces:
Shecosystem is the most inexpensive coworking space on our list. The downtown space aims to bridge the gap between work and wellness by offering up a place where women can collaborate. With added perks such as a member’s kitchen with free coffee and tea, healing room with massage table, free wellness classes and access to health insurance, Shecosystem lets you get your work done and connects you with a community that supports your holistic well being.
Day Pass: $20, 10-Pack: $15, Unlimited: $200
Northspace is one of the best overall coworking spaces on our list, with a wide variety of inexpensive and flexible options available. Two Toronto locations are designed with startups and small businesses in mind, with the goal to foster collaborations and a sense of community by promoting entrepreneurship and diversity. Amenities include 24/7 access, an open pantry with plenty of free and paid food available, an awesome games room and of course, high speed internet and wifi.
Day pass: $20, Hot desk: $180/month, Permanent desk: $290/month, Private office: from $750/month
Devhub is Canada’s first coworking space that is also an educational hub. The downtown space is the least expensive day rental and is perfect for developers of all levels. The community of support you’ll find here promotes growth through mentorship and collaboration. Unlike other coworking spaces, Devhub’s focus is not on startups or entrepreneurs – it’s a space for members to learn, code, teach, engage, connect and be challenged. Amenities include device labs, white boards, quiet working areas, standing desks, and hack nights. Fido is welcome too, as the space is pet-friendly.
Day pass: $15, Weekly: $70, Communal desk: $300/month, Dedicated desk: $450/month
4. Lab T.O.
Lab T.O. is a loft-style space located in the Junction that is one of the most inexpensive options for a day rental. The coworking space is targeted to digital professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs, and encourages support across industries, where everyone can learn new skills, share contacts and make connections. At Lab T.O., each space also includes an ergonomic leather chair and desks built locally, making this a comfy and functional space to work and learn.
Day pass: $20, Monthly: $200, Weekly: $80
Women on the Move is designed specifically for women and those who identify as women. This cheapest hot desk Roncy spot is a safe place for women to thrive and is perfect for shepreneurs in early stages, across all industries. What better place to empower the she economy than a coworking space designed for women by women? Members can take advantage of free coffee and tea, a guru help desk, professional network, free workshops, as well as professional and social events.
Hot desk: $125/month, Networking membership only: $50/month, Host your own workshop: $100/month
6. Venture X
Venture X in Mississauga is one of the cheapest options for a hot desk, and is a coworking space that has a boutique hotel vibe. Wide open spaces fill this spot, which includes a diverse and growing community of entrepreneurs, tech startups, consultants, marketing teams, financial advisors, realtors and lawyers. High-tech meeting rooms, super fast internet, 24/7 keycard access, and dedicated hospitality staff round out some of the great amenities.
Hot desk: $195/month, Day pass: $25/month, Dedicated desk: $400/month, Private office: $650/month
Makeworks is a College West coworking studio that has one of the lowest prices for a hot desk. An on-site laser cutter makes this space totally unique, where members work alongside a diverse community of creative professionals, in the areas of app design and ceramics just to name a few. Awesome amenities like free wifi, 24/7 access, weekly drinks and demo nights, discounted access to prototyping and special pricing for all BrainStation courses and workshops truly make this space a creators dream.
Hot desk: $200/month, Dedicated desk: $350/month
The Village Hive gets its name from its location – the beautiful Olde School House in Markham Village. This space is one of the cheapest options for a dedicated desk, and is a community coworking and wellness centre all rolled into one, with a variety of workshops, classes and networking sessions available to members. The Village Hive is a great alternative to more traditional office spaces, and offers free parking, a shared kitchen with fridge and microwave, internet and wifi, charging stations, coffee, tea and healthy snacks.
Dedicated desk: $300/month, Drop in: $25/day, 4-pack: $75/month, 12-pack: $185/month
Workplace One is located in the historic Breithaput Block in Kitchener-Waterloo, with 3 other locations in Toronto. The central location is right in the middle of the city’s influential tech hub, making it a great option for entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers and businesses on the move. One of the best priced options for a dedicated desk space, amenities include 24 hour office access, wifi, printing, copy and fax, community kitchens, A/V equipment and phone/IT plans.
Dedicated desk: $350/month, Private office: $495/month, Coworking membership: $25/day – $185/month
10. District 28
District 28 is located in trendy Leslieville and is consistently rated one of Toronto’s best coworking spaces. The cost-effective option for a dedicated desk, offers something most coworking spaces don’t: member access to 3 studios on site, perfect for adding multimedia content to your brand’s Instagram page, or for creating a commercial. The space attracts motivated and passionate creative individuals, with the flexibility to accommodate small to medium sized teams. Amazing amenities include 24/7 access, parking, exclusive invites, a business mailing address, bar/restaurant on site, discounted rates, private screening room and edit suites.
Dedicated desk: $350/month, Hot desk: $195/month, Studio: $200/month, Private office: $1,100/month
*This article was written for Strike Design Studio, and appeared on CoworkerBee