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"The rooms are tiny, the rent is about £1,100 a month, tenants have to share kitchens – and the view is over one of London's bleakest skylines. But the creators of what they claim is the world's largest 'co-living' scheme, opening next week, believe it is the 21st-century alternative to that traditional rite of passage for twenty-somethings arriving in the capital – flatting.
"The Collective, a new 550-bed tower in Old Oak billed as 'a new way to live in London', is the corporate answer to the dilemma facing new workers in the capital hunting for a flat and someone to share the costs. It claims to give tenants – the first move in on Monday – a hassle-free, collective life similar to a student hall of residence, but for people starting out on their career.
"Its sleek modernity is a far cry from the Young Ones, but it's also a long way from the New York shared living of Friends. The majority of rooms are just 10 sq metres and relatively expensive compared to the traditional flatshare in London’s inner suburbs."