Young child crouched over a box garden taking a photo of flowers with a phone. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

We regret Cambridge Cohousing has ceased to operate and the Society will be dissolved. This website and resources will remain public until June 2023 to share information.

Would cohousing work for you?

Whether you are a young or old, single, a couple, a family, a retiree, or in any other situation or stage of life, cohousing could provide social and financial advantages for you and your whānau.

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The young single

You've a wealth of knowledge to call on when you need it (from baking to financial advice) and support if you want it. You've got a fantastic vege garden on tap for your vegan lifestyle and you've been encouraged to do a meal plan for the next community dinner. When your parents come to stay they can use the guest room in the common house, so your flat mate isn't inconvenienced. And you won't have to cook one day a week (or get takeaways).

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The young couple

You can afford a home, yay! You’ll have a meeting space to use for the community group you belong to. You can play your guitar in the common house without annoying your neighbours. And you wouldn’t have to cook one day a week, just turn up to the common house dinner.

Young girl and father touch noses (hongi). Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash.

The young family

Your children can explore and roam safely in a large open play area with a reassuring neighbourly eye on them. They’ll have playmates just across the way (no roads to worry about). There will be multiple adults to answer the “But Why's?" You’ll have multiple nannies on tap. And you wouldn’t have to cook one day a week.

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The mid-lifers

Working from home has never been better, when you're sick of your own company and need a break, you've always someone in the community to chat to. Your partner's busy corporate job is much easier to leave at the door, with distractions like social yoga and shared community meals. The teenagers have commandeered one of the common house rooms for their games. And you won't have to cook once a week (or get takeaways).

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The retiree

There will be companionship when you want it and privacy when you don’t. You’ll know your neighbours. You can share your knowledge and hobbies with others in the community. You can downsize and get rid of some of your toys and tools but will still be able to do projects in the shared workshop space. And you won’t have to cook one day a week.

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The older couple

You can travel and don’t have to worry about the garden (someone else will water it). You can have your daughter and her partner to stay in the common house guest room, so they don’t have to sleep on the couch. And you won’t have to cook one day a week.