'not your ordinary lifestyle this is co-living at its best. the future of living is here'
renting at apartment as an expat in different countries can be difficult even when you speak the language its not that easy to find a place that lives up to the standards and quality that you want, the fact you won't have a rental history or credit rating in your new country can also hamper your efforts. step in domeq. its a co-living apartment buliding located just a few mins south of brno, czech republic..
i have been travelling for years staying in hotels, hotels & co-living spaces but this is the first time that i have stayed in a co-living space long term. if your not sure what a co-living space is then here is the basic concept; a place where you have your own space be it a room or apartment (as in domeq's case) but have the benefits of all bills, (yes even wifi) is included in your monthly rent its just one easy payment per month. the other benefits are that co-living spaces like domeq can offer month to month contracts so if your only staying in brno for a few months you don't have to sign long term contacts like in most cases for apartments and as the name suggests co-living also gives you the advantages of a communal living space. in domeq we have a communal living space that includes a pool table, multiple connected tv's with netflix, a cinema display for the big movies when we want to watch with friends, even a huge communal professional kitchen for the times when we cook together.
there are lots of different options and configurations of the apartments in domeq. i personally have the two bedroom apartment on the fifth floor with views towards the airport, its perfect i am a trainee pilot so i can check the weather before i go just by looking out my window.
you will also find here single apartments, duel single apartments and double bed apartments too. the building only opened in november 2017 therefore all the apartment are brand new its a great feeling to move into a place that no-one has ever lived in before. each apartment comes with all the amenities of a standard place like bathroom, kitchen and desk space for the times you need to work from home. another great feature of the place is that all the apartments are fully furnished so no need to buy big furniture pieces, they also offer monthly rentals of cutlery and dishes so if you staying for the short term its more economical to rent.
so your maybe thinking how does the communal aspect work?... well just think of each apartment as not having a living room. your living room is the communal area in the lobby on the ground floor that has super comfortable places to sit, tv's and even a pool table. this area is super cozy and over the time that i have been here i have made some great friends as most evening we meet up downstairs to watch tv, chat and even do our homework but the great thing is that there is always someone around to talk with. if you are a single person worried about security then this is the place for you they have 24h reception and keycard access for the building so its super secure. this is the place to come if your living alone or as a couple but want the benefiit of meeting others if you wish because for the days that you don't want to then its easy just stay in your apartment.
location location location.... domeq is just south of the old city centre in a technology park about 4 mins ride on the tram from the central train station. a 1 min walk gets you to a lidl supermarket, 5 min walk to vakovka shopping centre, 10 min bus ride to ikea. if your travelling outside the city the airport bus route passes by the main road and the main long distance bus station is only 5 mins away i really could not think of a better location as you have all the benefits on your doorstep.
so whats the cost... well for a 2 bed single occupancy apartment you are looking at 12,500 (€500) per month but this includes all bilsl there are no add on's unless you want to take a cleaning service and some other service that they can provide. also remember that domeq is on a month to month basis so no need for those long contracts.
sum up.... i have been living here for a little while now and i can honestly say that i have had the best time. i have made life long friends, learned to play pool very well and became a better chef using the communal kitchen. all in all its a super positive experience and i believe that this is the future of living. everyone can benefit from the co-living lifestyle....
so by now i hope your thinking how so i get a place here? well domeq rentals are run by foreigners in brno. this is the premier rental and expat service provider in czech. to come and see one of the apartment fill in this form and a rental agent will get in contact with you. make sure to mention that you seen this blog to them..
- czech koruna. the city is very inexpensive compared with northern europe.
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country travel tips
atm: any is fine most are free in the city. i would recommend equal bank for foreigners.
sim card: vodafone has the best coverage in the area. but can be expensive for data.
transport: a 3 months all access central city transport pass costs around €50