The coolest co-working spaces in town for start-ups, entrepreneurs or digital nomads who just want to get some work done without committing to an office.
The Co. is a shared workspace defined by collaboration, not cubicles. The complimentary coffee is tempting (as are the convenient locations at Bangsar and The Row too), but also, The Co. encourages connectivity and creativity among the members of its community, which is a mix of like-minded professionals – from entrepreneurs to freelancers and fast-growing companies – who work and play together. Sometimes, there’s a wide variety of seminars and workshops you can join when the workday hits a lull – that, or you could seek out the resident cat.
Rates: From RM50 per day; RM650 per month.
Founded by Timothy Tiah, the man behind the blog advertising network Nuffnang, Colony is a 300-seat space that is targeted at startups, small companies and even large corporations, as evidenced by its prime location on Jalan Kia Peng.
Rent rates are pricier compared with other co-working spaces, with monthly prices starting from RM386 for an open hot desk and RM2,088 for a private office. On the upside, there are numerous benefits that come with that higher price tag: a nap area, a massage room where a certified masseuse can attend to you, and access to a rooftop gym and swimming pool. On top of that, every Colony employee has a RM100 budget per day per member that can be spent on anything they think can make a guest happy.
Rates: RM60 for a day pass. RM386 for an open hotdesk; RM688 for a dedicated desk; RM2,088 for a private office per month.
Co-founded by former business development head Stephanie Ping and fund manager Andrew Yeow, WORQ has established itself as one of the better co-working spaces in the Klang Valley, garnering the accolade for Best Coworking Space in 2017 at the Asean Rice Bowl Startup Awards, and even received a visit from HRH Prince Charles as part of his official tour in Malaysia.
WORQ has everything you want from a co-working space, and more. Located within walking distance of the Taman Tun Dr Ismail MRT station, WORQ offers private suites, hot desks and dedicated desk options that are accessible 24 hours a day. To keep your spirits up, there's plenty of natural sunlight, as well as a free flow of coffee and snacks offered at the pantry. Need to freshen up or have a quick break? Try out their sleep pods, massage chairs and showers. Amenities aside, the space regularly hosts guest lectures and gatherings to encourage further collaboration and networking opportunities between startups.
Rates: RM300 for a hot desk; RM600 for a dedicated desk per month. For private suites, contact WORQ for more info.
Located in the heart of Subang Jaya, The Success Factory is a sure-fi re spot to network and get work done. Rates at this co-working space are as low as RM35 per person for a full day, which includes printing (up to 20 pages), beverages and light snacks. If you’re looking to be a permanent resident, it’s RM600 per month and you get the full works of a functioning office.
Rates: RM35 per day; RM600 per month.
H Space doubles as a co-working and event space. The area is spacious – you’ll find big tables for group discussions and high tables for solo workers who prefer a bit of privacy. You can either opt for the hot desk (where you either share a desk with another person or just work on any available station) or a dedicated desk. Each option comes with all the facilities available, including pantry usage and mail collection. You can also book the space for meetings, workshops and events over the weekends.
Rates: RM290 for hot desk; RM490 for a dedicated desk per month.
Making an impact on KL’s co-working space scene is Impact Hub, a network of part co-working space, part innovation lab and part event space. The space even features a section called Impact Gallery, where local makers and social entrepreneurs are given a chance to showcase their work. The last time we checked, the shelves were featuring items from Biji-Biji Initiative, Eats Shoots & Roots, Urbanify and Kenny Loh.
Rates: RM500 weekly, usage of a desk for five days a week.
For those in need of a no-nonsense professional workspace to conduct business, Whitespace is the place to do just that. As well as space solutions, Whitespace also provides a slew of services to suit your business needs: a dedicated phone (and fax) number, a mailing address, plus courier, dispatch and receptionist services, among others.
Rates: From RM389 per month. A free trial for one month is available across all branches.
From RM8 per hour or RM30 a day, Jetpack (located in expat-heavy Hartamas) is for the jetsetter. One major plus: Jetpackers get access to other Jetpack locations around the world. If you need more convincing, they have discounted printing facilities, free coffee and tea to stay caffeinated, unlimited internet access, and even a package for those who want to mix work and fun. To do that, sign up for the activities add-on, a package that includes white-water rafting, rainforest exploration, beach getaways and cultural excursions.
Rates: RM30 per day; RM450 per month.
Collaborative workspace Uppercase is located within the compound of Bangsar’s Art Printing Works, a former printing factory-turned-urban creative campus which includes cafés (Pulp and Breakfast Thieves), event spaces (Bookmark, The Bindery, The Canopy), a food hall (Paper Plates), a cocktail bar (Case Study Bar) and even a pocket park by pow ideas. For RM450 per month, you get usage of a desk for five days a week, plus access to their perks – of which there are many – such as yoga lessons, networking events, free monthly events with talks and breakfasts, workshops, F&B discounts and more.
Rates: RM450 monthly, usage of a desk for five days a week.
All the amenities of a good co-working space are available at START, including complimentary coffee, conference rooms, high-speed internet connection, lockers, and a shuttle service to and from the Bangsar LRT station. It brings together early-stage entrepreneurs, techies and start-ups of all shapes and sizes to work together in a simple space with surrounds of soothing greenery.
Rates: From RM35 per day; RM450 per month.
Whether you’re looking for a virtual office, a co-working space, meeting rooms or an event space, The Entrepreneurs’ Lab has it all. Made especially for start-ups, The Entrepreneurs’ Lab off ers three-days a week packages to cater for fl exible hours. You’re welcomed to book the hot desks on a casual basis, while the virtual offi ce comes with a six-month contract that includes a personal phone number and receptionist service. Alternatively, companies looking to host talks or events can rent the dedicated event space.
Rates: From RM240 per month.