News Home & Design Roam: "Global Co-Living Subscription" Lets You Sign a Lease to Live in Different Locations By Kimberley Mok Kimberley Mok Twitter Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who has been covering architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. Learn about our editorial process Updated February 19, 2021 This story is part of Treehugger's news archive. Learn more about our news archiving process or read our latest news. Share Twitter Pinterest Email ©. Roam News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive The rise of the gig economy and a growing global cohort of freelancers has resulted in an explosion of co-working spaces all over the world. Digital nomads, or workers and entrepreneurs who are "location-independent" and can work from anywhere in the world -- as long as there's decent wifi -- are an emerging phenomenon at these co-working spaces in cities like Berlin, Buenos Aires and Amsterdam. Co-living spaces catering to these digital nomads are also popping up. Now, a startup called Roam is piloting an interesting new model where participants can sign a lease to live in various co-living spaces around the world. The idea is to foster a global community of digital nomads while giving them a network of places to call home. Here are some photos of their Madrid location: © Roam / Madrid © Roam / Madrid Founder Bruno Haid says on Co.Exist that the company arose from his own hassles in navigating the logistics behind the location-independent lifestyle: Just managing my stuff and going back and forth between Airbnbs and housesitting became more cumbersome over time. At the same time, I was involved in a couple of early co-living communities in San Francisco and saw the cultural value of something like that. © Roam / Miami © Roam / Miami There's also the isolation and disorientation that one can feel when landing in a new place; but with traveling professionals, this can occur more frequently, says Haid: If you go from location to location, it always takes a couple of weeks to feel at home. That's something that we want to make sure is done in a very short time frame. You can literally show up in Bali and you live with people who have been there for a long time, means you have everything you need to navigate the local community, to know what's where, what can I connect to. The company, which already has locations in Miami, Madrid and Bali, recently garnered another $3.4 million in funding to develop new locations in London and Buenos Aires; they are aiming for eight to ten co-living hubs by 2017. Roam's co-living spaces -- which will provide private beds and bathrooms in addition to a communal kitchen and working spaces -- are targeted at people of all ages, not just the young, single freelancer. © Roam / Bali © Roam / Bali © Roam / Bali Living at a Roam space isn't necessarily as cheap as finding digs on your own: one week in any of their locations will cost USD $500, and one month $1,800, up to a maximum of two people. But utilities, and of course a "battle-tested" Internet connection are included -- certainly an advantage. Not to sidestep the inevitable considerations of how increased travel translates to a bigger carbon footprint, but it's an intriguing concept to have a 'home' and community of sorts in any of these locations, not to mention the possibility of trading in your conventional static-location lease for a location-independent one, while getting some work done in an exciting new locale.