Is cohousing for me?
The best way to get an insight into cohousing is to visit and spend time in some communities. Remember that there are a range of cohousing groups out there, and you may need to visit a few to help you understand what elements of community are important to you. Visiting may also help you decide whether you would be happier joining an existing community or whether you want to be part of setting up a new one. Good questions to ask yourself while visiting a cohousing groupare:
- What do I find attractive about the concept of living in a cohousing community?
- What do I feel about making all major decisions (and maybe minor ones) about where I live with other people?
- How much time do I have outside work/family/hobbies?
- What balance between privacy and community is right for me?
- Can I cope with disagreements?
- Can I cope with sometimes not being allowed to do things I want (eg keep some kinds of pets/numbers of cars/some kinds of activities)?
Remember, communities are first and foremost where people live and many groups have scheduled visiting days and times. Some offer regular open days or invite visitors to join them on community work days. There may be an opportunity to spend the night. You should expect to have to plan visits some time in advance and to fit in with what is convenient for the community rather than the other way round. Details of our scheduled cohousing visits are listed here, and you can find details of group’s scheduled open days on their pages in the directory.