August 6th, 2013 in by Leslie Bourke

Portland’s Co-Working Spaces


A few months ago, I found myself weary of the same coffee shops. I searched for a new work environment. Combing through this wiki and other sites, I located several co-working and shared office spaces in Portland, OR. In case you’ve embarked on a similar quest, here are my findings. Prices updated September 3, 2014.

Co-Working at Collective

1. Collective Agency

322 NW 6th Ave, Suite 200
collectiveagency.co
$250/mo for a flexible desk

I’m currently a member here and really enjoy it so far. Situated in Old Town, Collective is close to many businesses and very accessible via mass transit. Inside, skylights and exposed brick walls contribute to a casual and open feel. A large community room features desks available for “co-working.” As Collective puts it, this means being among “people doing work they’re passionate about and committed to.” You can now pay upfront for a year and save $600 off your membership. Reserved desks are also available for $125 more per month.

The number of people working at Collective varies day-to-day. During the week, you’ll find a rotating 5 to 20+ members. Guidelines posted on the website and in the shared kitchen encourage members to generally keep it quiet in the open space. Phone calls and meetings therefore usually take place in the conference rooms or one of three couch areas.

The three organizers go above and beyond to make sure everybody is comfortable and can work productively there. Members often self-organize lunch outings to nearby food carts and happy hours.

If this sounds interesting, consider signing up for their free day trial.

Co-Working at NedSpace

2. NedSpace

1400 SW 5th Ave, 3rd floor
nedspace.com
$275/mo for a hot desk

Because of the location (right in downtown Portland at SW 5th and Columbia) and the divided work spaces, NedSpace has a more professional feel. The U shaped office currently has a number of desks available. You can sign up for a hot (flexible) desk or pay $100 more per month for a reserved one. If you pay upfront for a year, you can save $1200 off your membership. Nice!

A number of start-ups have launched within NedSpace over the years. The founders are very welcoming and encourage the exchange of ideas. If this culture appeals to you, I recommend scheduling a tour.

Co-Working at TENpod

3. TENpod

Ode to Rose’s Building, 3435 NE 45th Ave
Burnside Rocket Building, 1111 E. Burnside St
tenpod.org
Burnside Rocket Building’s half pods start at $325/mo

TENpod has two locations — one close-in on East Burnside and the other in the Beaumont neighborhood. I visited the latter last year, which had two desks open (the other building was full). The common room features various desks separated by tall shelves. The pods feature approximately 4 desks and support 2-3 people. After choosing the desk you’d like to rent, you can leave your equipment there. This is a plus if you own a desktop computer or hate lugging a laptop around.

The day I visited TENpod only two people were working, so the space felt a little barren. Take just a few steps downstairs, however, and you’re in the much-frequented Grand Central Bakery. I wouldn’t mind being so close to freshly-baked bread.

Co-Working at the Hive

4. The Hive

240 N Broadway
leftbankproject.com/hive
$365/mo

The Hive is just south of the Broadway Bridge on the east side. Because it’s the priciest I didn’t visit this one. If your budget allows, you might want to check it out! Let me know what you think of it.

Co-Working at ADX

5. ADX

417 SE 11th Ave
adxportland.com/space/coworking
Starts at $275/mo

If you love to make things, whether it be woodworking, metal fabrication, or using lasers (yes please), you’re probably familiar with ADX. They’ve taken over the lease for the adjacent building and transformed it into a co-working spot. The space is smaller than the others I visited, but it’s organized and lets in plenty of light. Like TENpod, you can choose a desk and move your computer on in. The desks next to the windows on the perimeter cost $100 more per month.

If you have or are interested in an ADX membership, co-working there would be especially convenient.

Co-Working at Collective

That’s It!

With the growth of freelancing and small businesses that aren’t tied to a physical location, I suspect the co-working trend is just beginning. Let me know if you find other shared office space in Portland or have advice to share. Good luck with your search!

 

Comments

  1. John Richter said on September 29th, 2013

    Thanks so much for this write up!


  2. Walnut Studiolo said on October 3rd, 2013

    Great write-up! Exactly the info I was looking for. Thank you!


  3. Matthew Stroh said on October 12th, 2013

    This is a very helpful article and just what I need. “Hot desking” is such a simple (and profitable) concept, but it was harder than I had expected to find a good resource to compare the spaces.


  4. Brent said on October 14th, 2013

    Great timing, thank you very much.


  5. Kenan Farrell said on November 18th, 2013

    Thanks for the information. I’m going to tour a few next week. Based on location, I hope Collective or NedSpace work out for me.


  6. Danielle Alexander said on December 18th, 2013

    This is fantastic! I’ve been working with an office sharing platform called PivotDesk as they get launched here in Portland: http://www.pivotdesk.com/portland

    Check it out and let me know what you think!


  7. Alexis said on December 19th, 2013

    I just wanted to add, I’ve opened a new small coworking space in NE and we have desks available for $200/mo. If anyone is interested, check us out at http://www.denworkspace.com!


  8. Brandon Johnson said on January 27th, 2014

    I just Googled “shared office spaces Portland” and found Exactly what I was looking for! (I thought including web design might be too long-string for my first search)

    Thanks for info!


  9. Adam Elliott said on February 10th, 2014

    What a great resource here! And I love that Portland is such a haven for workspaces in general! I would like to ad that I have a co-workspace in North / Northeast Portland called Clean Slate Studios. Our website is http://cleanslatepdx.com but a tour is mandatory to really feel the vibe.
    Hope this finds you warm while the snow melts!


  10. Mike Alfoni said on March 12th, 2014

    Hey folks –

    Mike here, Ops Director for ADX! Wanted to note this article is awesome and a great resource – I’ll start sending people this way when then inquire about their options (we try and be good neighbors about there being options).

    For folks looking at us, we’ve changed our prices a bit from what’s listed here. Email us at if you’re interested in desk space that comes equipped with a high-powered laser!


  11. Emily said on March 13th, 2014

    Awesome resource! Thank you!!


  12. Katrina Heilman said on March 19th, 2014

    Hi everyone! I have ten desks for rent in a fantastic space at 340 se 6th., Portland Oregon 97214 at $400/negotiable a month. Great for a small start up if there is a group of you or we have desks for individuals! Please email to come check out the space. Thank you!


  13. Debbie Brooks said on March 31st, 2014

    Thanks so much for your research! I was approached recently by a colleague to share a space but, the rent/parking turned out to be beyond my budget. What you have outlined here is a fantastic idea especially for creative types…Yay Portland!


  14. Jane said on May 14th, 2014

    Wanted to add Hatch to the list. They have multiple options for workspaces and membership so you don’t have to rent for a whole month. Great space. http://www.hatchthefuture.org/join-our-community/individuals/


  15. Anthony said on June 17th, 2014

    This is awesome! Have you looked at NXT Industries? You get two creative facilities for the price of one.
    http://www.nxtindustries.com


  16. Clarence Witherspoon said on June 18th, 2014

    I’d like to add Witherspoon & Sons to your list. Located in downtown PDX, on the second floor of the newly renovated Witherspoon Building. http://witherspoonandsons.com


  17. Fernando said on September 29th, 2014

    SpareChair offers a great additional option. It’s an online community for those who work from home, have extra space, and want to network with other freelancers/remote workers in their neighborhood, while making some extra cash at the same time. You’re able to offer workspace or book a session at someone else’s workspace. Check us out at https://sparechair.me/. We just launched.


  18. Genevieve said on December 19th, 2014

    Hey! I’d like to add CENTRL Office to the list. It is a brand new shared work space that just opened in the Pearl on 13th and Everett. It provides a range of workspace options from dedicated rooms and desks, to open part-time desks. Memberships have unlimited use of common spaces, including kitchens/coffee bars, showers, conference rooms (when available), free access to events and discounted pricing for Meeting/Event spaces. Come down and check it out…it’s a super cool space too!


  19. Andrea said on June 24th, 2015

    It looks like the Ford building has coworking desks available to rent! Hoping to check them out, will update with info.
    http://www.intrinsicventures.com/thefactory/


  20. Darsey Landoe said on July 9th, 2015

    North Portlanders!

    Come visit Pep Coworking Shop in Kenton, next to the park and around the corner from Paul Bunyan, right off the yellow line.

    Currently have openings for flex desks, $150/month.

    We’re a tiny little shop with members who live close and really get along. Come join us!

    http://www.pepcoworkingshop.com


  21. Anthony said on January 6th, 2016

    Hello! Check out DeskHub, we recently opened a location in Portland and have been changing the way people work all over the country.

    Check us out!

    http://www.deskhub.com/portland



 

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