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The 10 Best Coworking Spaces in Oslo

Entrepreneurship
Feb 11 2020

New to the Norwegian capital? Or just started looking at new premises to launch your startup? Coworking spaces could be ideal for you. The cost-effective and flexible way to run your business, coworking is increasingly popular all around the world, and particularly in the Nordics.

We’ve already covered the best spaces in Stockholm and Helsinki, so it’s about time to see what Oslo has to offer.

 

1. 657 Oslo – Largest CoWorking Space In Town

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Spread across two historic buildings of 3500 sqm2, 657 Oslo is Norway’s largest coworking space. It is currently the home of 220 people from more than 90+ companies. They focus on creative entrepreneurship, and the membership prices are super flexible, including drop-in options and one day a week only. You can also set up your own office at 657 Oslo (but do contact them for pricing).

Perks include the usual fast internet, coffee and tea, private phone booth, printers, and 24/7 access. There is a wide array of meetings rooms and event spaces so you can host workshops, parties, and interviews at your leisure. 

  • Membership price: Drop-in costs 200 NOK per day. Desk space one day per week costs 1,000 NOK per month. 3 days a week is around 2,400 – 3,000 NOK a month. A full-time desk costs between 3,400 to 4,000 NOK a month. 
  • Extra perks: Access to the 657 services such as SCALE, which shares expertise on growing your startup.
  • Best for: creative entrepreneurs in the field of design, architecture, media, etc.

 

2. Mesh – An Expanding Network

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Founded in 2012, MESH was the first coworking space in Oslo, and it’s still growing today. Two new hubs are on the way, namely MESH Youngstorget, at Møllergata 6-8, and MESH Drammen, in the heart of the city. This means if you couldn’t get a spot in the original building, you’ll soon be able to join an expanding community of entrepreneurs and attend events, enjoy the great facilities, and the expected perks like fast WiFi, meeting rooms, and a printing area.

MESH is actually part of a Nordics-wide community of creators, which links them with Founders House in Copenhagen, DIGS in Trondheim, and companies like Kahoot!, Spotify and Snapchat.

  • Membership price: The entry membership is for a place in the work lounge, starting at 790 NOK per month. A flex or fixed desk costs 2,190 – 4,490 NOK a month. Prices for private offices are available upon request.
  • Extra perks: The electronic key access to enter with an app is a nice touch. Sadly no discounts for the Backyard restaurant nearby.
  • Best for: Like 657, Mesh also caters mostly to creative entrepreneurs.

 

3. Startup Campus – For all entrepreneurs

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The coworking space of Startup Campus itself aims to be more than a collection of shared offices. It’s a 2,500 sqm open-door community for anyone who wants to hang out and surround themselves with fellow entrepreneurs. Don’t let the fact that it’s located above a parking garage scare you: the facilities are as modern and friendly as you can hope.

  • Membership price: Access to the lounge area costs 690 NOK a month. A flex desk is 1,990, and a fixed desk around 2,790 a month. You can then book office desks, starting at 6,580 per month. 
  • Extra perks: People who rent an office get to host one free event per year in the event space. Everyone gets a discounted price on general events. 
  • Best for: Everyone interested in entrepreneurship is welcome.

 

4. So Central – Transparency, Knowledge, Welfare

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Founded in 2012, SoCentral is more than a coworking space: it’s a full venture dedicated to sharing knowledge via open-source, sustainability, and social innovation. If you want to be part of a community that works towards a more open, sustainable and inclusive society, this is the place for you. To set up your company at SoCentral, you can either rent a space or become a member of their incubator program. 

  • Membership price: Flex desk with 20h access per month costs 1,050 NOK. 24/7 access costs 2,100 NOK. A Fixed desk with unlimited access to meeting rooms is 3,350 NOK per month.
  • Extra perks: Pro-bono advisors! Something you rarely get with other spaces.
  • Best for: Companies and startups focusing on social innovation.

 

5. Oslo International Hub – Cross-Border Business Starts Here

With two locations at Oscars gate, an accelerator and connections to a number of government funding programs, Oslo International House also aims to be more than just a coworking space. They want to be a hub for cross-border business in Oslo and help facilitate bilateral setups of Chambers of Commerce.

But they do also have shared offices! And an interesting and unique offer from Oslo International House is the ability to set up a virtual office with their postal address and occasional access to meeting rooms. It’s a great way to give your budding company legitimacy, especially for face-to-face meetings with potential investors. 

  • Membership price: The virtual office is 199 NOK a month. Hot Desks are 950 NOK a month. Fixed Desk costs 1,200 NOK monthly. Full office space starts at 4,900 NOK. 
  • Extra perks: Oslo International House will promote paying members on the website and other marketing communications.
  • Best for: Companies with an international background. Solo entrepreneurs who need an affordable business postal address and meeting room (Virtual Office membership).

6. Share – Your Community And Work Space

Share, as the name suggests, is all about the cross-pollination of ideas for Norwegian startups. The emphasis is on creating a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and creatives, with a focus on tech startups.

  • Membership price: Share House, to access the community, is 1,800 NOK monthly. Share Desk is 3,200 a month.  Private offices are available upon request.
  • Extra perks: One of the main perks of being a member is the ability to book the Amfi space: a stunning renovated stable right in the city center.
  • Best for: General tech startups

 

7. Epicenter Oslo – House of Digital Innovation

Bringing together digitally-innovative companies in Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam, and Oslo, Epicenter is a veritable startup hub for the Nordics. The Norwegian location, in Edvard Storms, is indeed in the (epi)center of town, which makes it easy to connect for meetings and networking.

In fact, the events calendar at Epicenter is probably one of the biggest selling points for members. You’ll get to attend all kinds of conferences on AI, robotics, technology, and even social events like craft beer tasting or Christmas “ugly sweater” parties. 

  • Membership price: The entry plan is 2,250 NOK a month for accessing the space and events. Flex membership, for setting up a laptop only, is 3,900 NOK a month. A permanent seat is 5,500 a month (for up to 8 people), and a full studio is 25,000 NOK a month.
  • Extra perks: probably one of the most active event calendars in Oslo, and obviously all members get access to all events.
  • Best for: Digital, tech startups. 

 

8. The Simula Garage – Free Space for 12 Months

An initiative from Simula Research Laboratory, the Simula Garage is a coworking space designed to accommodate a mix of entrepreneurial projects and startups by OlsoMet students, alumni and staff (the premises are located at the Oslo Metropolitan University). Since its inception in 2016, it has helped 80 startups get started through support with PR soft funding and networking opportunities.

It is a research-oriented space, where your startup would ideally be dedicated to tackling scientific challenges with long term impact on society. This includes communication systems, computer science, software engineering, cybersecurity, and machine learning, amongst others.

  • Membership price: It’s free!
  • Extra perks: As if free space wasn’t enough, you also get to keep all rights to your idea.
  • Best for: science-focused startups

 

9. Huckletree – From London to Oslo

After successfully running a handful of locations in London and Ireland, co-working space Huckletree is now opening an Oslo location. The premises are impressive: 10,000 sq ft on the waterfront next to TV2’s live broadcast suite. 

There is no specific vertical for the startups who wish to apply, and looking at the UK membership tiers, it looks like Huckletree is just as suited for solo freelancers as it is for growing startups.

  • Membership price: No listing for the Oslo location, but you can get an order of idea with the UK memberships
  • Extra perks: Partnership and discounts with brands, workshops, wellbeing program, panels, etc…
  • Best for: science-focused startups

 

10. Greenhouse – Gardening In The City

 

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Greenhouse is a coworking and event space located in the “upcoming agricultural district in Grønland”. And yes, it is the home of companies working on innovative solutions to urban challenges, particularly in the food tech sphere.

Different memberships give you access to different areas, such as the Work Lounge and Flex area. You’ll also get to try your hand at cooking classes, be first in line to join the upcoming food incubator, and explore what else the community is doing in the sustainability / green movement sphere.

  • Membership price: Superflex, with two-day access to the Work Lounge is 900 NOK a month. Flex, for 24/7 access, is 1,500 for a hot desk, and 2,500 for a fixed desk. You can also rent full offices from 5,000 a month.
  • Extra perks: Access to the rooftop garden with bees, hens, and allotments. Cooking classes.
  • Best for: Foodtech, sustainability, agriculture-based startups.

 

Other Oslo Coworking Spaces – Honourable Mentions

We’ve only selected 10 co-working spaces to look at different specific niches, but of course, the Norwegian capital has tons more to offer.

Smaller, but equally good spaces include Kroloftet, Fellesverkstedet for industrial building, UMA Workspace, or XLR8HUB at the affordable end of the spectrum.

You can also look at the International giants like Spaces, WeWork, and Evolve, who have an increasing presence across Norway, and don’t forget to check out local university websites, as they sometimes have coworking offers for non-alumni and students.