The Co.Space is a home away from home. Spud and Christian (owners of the home) are incredible members in the community and really exercise all they are trying to encourage the tenants to learn through the actions and things that they do. Alongside that, the members within the home are from all different walks of life that really helped me grow as a person. I will never forget my time in the Co, and i am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to meet so many incredible people by living here.
Do you want life-long friends from all over the world? Do you enjoy home-cooked meals twice a week (almost) as good as Abuelita would make? Do you want to be invited to numerous weddings in the future that also double as co? space reunions? Is community as important to you as it is to Leslie Knope? If you’ve answered YES to all of the questions above then what are you waiting for? Check out the co. space! I lived here in my Junior year of college and decided to return as a young professional a year later. Co-living taught me so much about myself and so much more on how to be a team player in a professional work setting. If you enjoy trying new things and challenging yourself, I highly recommend either living or visiting the co. space.
I spent the best US summers here! Hailing all the way from South Africa for a three-month research visit at Penn State University, knowing only my co-advisor (who btw recommended the place!) I was both excited and nervous as I didn't know how well my presence would be received. I immediately felt at home. My then housemates made me feel welcomed, and just by luck or divine intervention, I arrived on Sunday - a day when all housemates gather for dinner in the evening cooked by fellow colivers. The summer team-building camp weekend was awesome too! I got to know my roommate as we shared a room at the campsite too? To this day, I'm still implementing some of the lessons I learned from the activities we did on that weekend. The best part of the team building weekend was when we set around a camp fire and had s'mores! A first and memorable time for me. This is a place for change-makers; these are not just words but ethos colivers live by. So, joining this movement - I call it that because of the transformative impact staying at the space has had in my life - is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself. And the friendships forged in that space lasts a lifetime.
While I only lived here for one semester as a “young professional,” it was one of the best decisions I made while I lived, worked, and studied in State College. Remarkable community, amazing home, phenomenal people. Spud and Christian have built something incredible at the co.space and if you have the chance to live here for a day or for a year, you should absolutely take it.
The co.space is more than a home. It is a place where you will meet some life-long friends and experience what it truly means to be a community. My favorite part of living in the house were the retreats and guest dinners. During the retreats you grow as a community of co.spacers, but you also get to assess your personal values and set goals for the year. During guest dinners you get to connect to the State College community at large. I cannot recommend the co.space enough! You will smile, laugh, groan, and grow in this amazing space!