Bristol, home to cider, great music and an infamous graffiti artist is also a burgeoning tech and coworking scene. Check out the city’s top coworking spaces and prices (if you’re used to London prices you may want to read this sat down) in Runway East’s rundown of the best of the west.
77 Stokes Croft
Stokes Croft has long been known as the creative centre of Bristol with a high density of artists, musicians and students contributing to its identity. Surrounded by graffiti, studios and bars this bohemian area has begun to attract a plethora of startups and creative freelancers making it a hotspot for any founders or creatives to ply their trade. Hotdesks start at £150 per month.
Community type: Artists, freelancers, creatives
Plus points about 77 Stokes Croft:
- Set in iconic building
- Ten minute walk from city centre
The Desklodge is a mixture of a playground and a creative workspace bringing to life that work hard play hard attitude. It’s quirky decor includes a tree in the middle of the event space, a Doctor Who phone box which leads to a quiet, no phone calls and no meetings, space and a plush hotdesk area with silk lined walls. With hotdesks ranging from £10 to £150 a month and fixed desks for £260, this is hot property in a location close to Temple Meads train station and a 5 minute walk to the city centre.
Community type: Startups, freelancers, creatives
Plus points about Desklodge:
- Pay by the hour memberships
- Free coffee
- Free 2 day trial
Another Stokes Croft hotspot, this not-for-profit social enterprise includes a coworking space that is perfect for brand new startups. The rates are designed to support creatives and young entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas starting at £60 for 30 hours. It has a simple layout and everything you would expect from a coworking space (apart from the David Bowie themed meeting room) with the addition of a variety of exciting socialising options just around the corner.
Community type: Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, Startups
Plus points about Redbrick House:
- Discounts at local cafes/restaurants
- Open 7 days a week
- Cake Wednesdays
Set in a very attractive Georgian building with large windows and exposed brickwork, Studio 31 provides a classy touch to the coworking experience and houses a mixture of media startups. Located right in the centre of town behind Park Street and under the shadow of the Wills Memorial Building, this space has a traditional Bristolian architectural look and is right on the doorstep of the city’s best bars and clubs. The hotdesk prices range from £2.50 a day to £175 per month.
Community type: Startups, freelancers, media
Plus points about Studio 31:
- Discounts at local cafes/restaurants
- Half price membership fees for the Square private members club
- Clifton Hotel accommodation offers
Raw Space: Coworking
Slightly further north of Stokes Croft but still on the Gloucester Road is Raw Space, a space with a focus on community and collaboration. Their flexible pricing plan is aimed at hotdeskers and freelancers with desk prices ranging from £60 – £300 a month depending on the plan. There are plenty of great cafes and pubs nearby as well as St. Andrews park which is an ideal location for summertime hangouts.
Community type: Startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs
Plus points about Raw Space: Coworking:
- Dogs allowed
- 7 day free trial
- Unlimited tea and coffee
Continuing with the Stokes Croft theme we have Mild Bunch who have been providing coworking opportunities since 2010. They have a strong media background with member who have connections such as the BBC, Facebook and Sony. The space provides a mixture of studios or offices and is a strictly fixed desk system at £255 on a monthly rolling contract.
Community type: Media, freelancers, digital natives
Plus points about Mild Bunch:
- Armchairs for lazy working/naps
- Large shady terrace with a comfy work table
- 24 hour access
Hamilton House is a multi-varied space with coworking, studio and event options as well as the infamous ‘Canteen’ in the premises. Suffice to say this place has it all and situated right in the heart of Stokes Croft it has attracted the creatives of Bristol. There is a strong focus on art, tech and freelance work here but all are welcome as the community feel is very tangible. Hotdesks are a flat rate of £10 per day.
Community type: Artists, freelancers, tech startups
Plus points about Hamilton House:
- Massage centre
- Yoga/dance studios
- Weekly community lunch for everyone in the building for £3.50
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