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Where to cowork in Waterloo Region

February 22nd, 2024 by Alex Kinsella

(Updated Feb. 22, 2024)

Coworking spaces are more than desks, Wi-Fi, and free coffee—they are a place to be part of a community. Business leaders and employees alike know that spending time IRL with your coworkers is critical to innovation. Working side-by-side in a workspace means more opportunities for those serendipitous moments sharing a coffee or simply taking a break that can spark a new idea or approach to a problem. 

Beyond innovation, sharing a space can also make your team happier. A survey by Small Business Labs reported that 89% of co-workers said they felt happier after joining a coworking space, and 83% said working in a coworking space made them less lonely.  

Whether you need some space to network, a place to focus on a challenging task or get away from noisy roommates or children at home — coworking spaces might be right for you. 

Thankfully, there are many options when it comes to coworking spaces in Waterloo and Kitchener. To help you find the one that's right for you, we’ve put together this guide to coworking spaces in Waterloo Region.

Almost all the options around town offer these three common space types: 

Now, on to the list!

Coworking at Den 1880

Located in a historic building on Erb St. in Uptown Waterloo, Den 1880 is the newest coworking space option in Waterloo Region. The building, which was once home to an insurance company and served as a station for the Waterloo Region Police, has also been the site of the Communitech Data Hub. Today, Den 1880 offers hot and dedicated desks and private office space. 

Den 1880

14 Erb Street West, Waterloo

Amenities

  • Located next to the Waterloo Town Square and Willis Way LRT stations
  • Centrally positioned in Uptown Waterloo, with restaurants and shopping steps away
  • Full-service kitchen
  • Fully equipped podcast/video podcast studio
  • Meeting rooms and phone booths

Options

  • Club membership: Hot desks with access to meeting rooms, kitchen, and podcast studio
  • Resident membership: Same as above with a dedicated desk with secure access
  • Team membership: Fully furnished private offices


Jacklyn Warmington, Operations & Community Manager at Den 1880, said they believe that well-designed spaces contribute to enhanced productivity and the overall well-being of their members.

"We believe that well-designed spaces contribute to enhanced productivity and the overall well-being of our members, and no detail has been overlooked. Honouring the building's rich history and architectural beauty, we have brought the space back to life. Upon entering, your eyes will be drawn to the soaring ceilings, impressive mouldings, ornate chandeliers, and thoughtfully designed furnishings."
- Jacklyn Warmington

She added that the space includes 16 ft. locally crafted library-style tables, a variety of high-tech meeting rooms, a stage with theatre-style seating, and a podcast studio in the building's vault. 

"Den 1880 creates a space where leaders in their field can come together to form a vibrant community that encourages knowledge exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration, resulting in an environment that nurtures creativity and fuels the success of our members," said Warmington.

Coworking at WorkHaus

WorkHaus is located next to the Kitchener Market on King Street in the east end of Downtown Kitchener. It offers spaces for individuals and teams, along with awesome food options at the Kitchener Market and around downtown.

Workhaus

290 King Street East, Kitchener

Amenities

  • Steps from the Kitchener Market with easy access to the 401 and Highway 7
  • Furnished offices with high ceilings and large windows
  • Bring your best friend to work with you in this pet-friendly environment
  • You can work from any of the eleven Workhaus locations across Canada

Options

  • Hot desks (day passes available)
  • Dedicated desks
  • Private offices
  • Corporate packages


The community at WorkHaus is diverse, said Community Manager Adam Mawer.

"No matter the industry — tech, HR, marketing, trades and more — people love taking advantage of the valuable services, amenities, and programming at WorkHaus."
- Adam Mawer

Mawer said that everyone at Workhaus truly has your back no matter what comes your way. He has experienced this support first hand after receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2020. “I was able to temporarily hand over the reins to two of our most tenured members, and they continued in my absence — they had my back. I try to return the favour every day now.”

Coworking at the Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre is Canada's #1 private business accelerator. Its coworking space and community incubation program allow businesses to realize their aspirations alongside other passionate founders.

"When you’re a part of our community, you benefit from in-person and virtual platforms that enable programs, events, funding opportunities, and access to partners, so you’re never going it alone."
- Tabatha Laverty

“Our coworking spaces are all about giving founders options,” said Tabatha Laverty, Vice President of Marketing and External Relations. “Whatever you need, we’ve got a model that supports it.”

Accelerator Centre

295 Hagey Blvd, Waterloo

Amenities

  • Spacious working areas
  • Free coffee
  • Ample parking
  • Video enabled meeting rooms
  • Mentorship and programming for business leaders
  • Social events (an excellent way for the whole community to come together safely and flexibly).

Options

  • Single desks
  • Flexible workspace
  • Occasional meeting rooms


Coworking at the Communitech Hub

Working from home can be great, but sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name. The Communitech Hub offers flexible workspaces in the heart of the Waterloo Region tech community in Downtown Kitchener. The Hub is the center of gravity for founders, innovators, and partners — and a connector for those building trust-based tech companies. 

Communitech 151 Charles Street West, Suite 100, Kitchener

Amenities

  • 24/7 secure access to common spaces at the Communitech Hub
  • Wi-Fi, coffee, and tea
  • Access to kitchen space with refrigerator, freezer, and microwaves
  • Access to meeting rooms
  • Printer, copiers, and access to all common space amenities, including patio, BBQ, phone booths, quiet space, games room, and secure indoor bike storage
  • Virtual mail and address services

Options

  • Coworking spaces
  • Dedicated desks
  • Dedicated team space
"It’s clear with just one step inside our Hub that there’s a magical energy that permeates throughout the facility that comes from the incredible culture of connectedness and collaboration that Communitech and its community have come to be so well-known for over the years."
- Susan Brockhus-Stickler


Coworking at Catalyst Commons 

Catalyst Commons is one of the community's newest coworking spaces. The 65,000-square-foot coworking facility focuses on creating a frictionless workplace experience. Membership at Commons offers flexibility at its core, with the added benefit of a beautifully designed space to allow your workforce to grow.

Catalyst Commons

137 Glasgow St Unit 210, Kitchener

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi, coffee, and draught beer
  • Mentorship programs
  • Connect with an ecosystem of industry leaders
  • Pet-friendly
  • Nestled between downtown Kitchener, uptown Waterloo and right on the Iron Horse Trail
  • Virtual mail and address services
  • Video enabled meeting rooms
  • Flexible event space
  • Social and networking events

Options

  • Dedicated desks
  • Hot desks
  • Private offices
"We have a space for just about everything you could need: single desks, private offices, small or large meetings, team retreats, AGMs, large-scale events - you name it, and we have options. The new world of work is remote and hybrid, and we are uniquely positioned to help in this changing landscape. What we hear consistently from our members is that they come to Commons for a collaborative community and seamless experience. The light-filled, open common areas and regular events foster so many connections between people. It really is a supportive and fun place to get work done every day. "
- Angela Watkins, General Manager


Here's what Amber French, co-owner of Catalyst Commons, had to say about the space:



Coworking at Galt Collective

Coworking isn't just for Kitchener and Waterloo. Situated on the banks of the Grand River in Cambridge, Galt Collective is a 5,000-square-foot coworking and event space with character and community. From hosting a meeting to dedicated offices, the space is flexible and professional. Why would you ever work alone?

""Since we opened our doors, we have been blown away by the need and response for a place like this. We are always happy to have people in to see if Galt Co. is a fit for them."
- Eric Silveria, Creative Direction at Lucid Media and Galt Collective.


Galt Collective

101-135 George Street North, Cambridge

Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Coffee and tea included
  • Studio and event space
  • Bookable meeting rooms

Options

  • Day passes
  • Community memberships
  • Dedicated desks
  • Private offices
  • Meeting space


Today, instead of being offered as a perk, flexible work environments are essential. They provide the space for getting work done—and for finding a community to help you thrive.

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