co.space: the home for changemakers
The (website hidden) is a global network of co-living spaces for world-changers. The flagship home is based in State College, PA and is home to 20 residents comprising a mix of students and young professionals. The home is in the heart of downtown State College and a 5 minute walk to Penn State campus. The residents living there have been carefully selected as some of the most driven, passionate and curious individuals we could find who share a passion for entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation (amongst other things). For more information about the home, please visit www-thecospace-com.
Located in the home is a single room dedicated for visitors. This room allows others to connect to the home during short stays and contribute their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to the community. The room is 400 sq ft and includes a twin daybed, pop-up trundle, desk and closet space. The room has a private bathroom on the second floor (and as you can see from the pictures, it is a bathroom unlike most you have probably used). The room is themed as a cave and the stairway leading to your private room is designed to resemble the inside of a mining shaft.
This is a rare and unique opportunity for Penn State alumni, guest professors, and visitors to State College who hope to connect with some of the top students and young professionals in the area and get a glimpse of where the community is heading.
As a guest of the home, you have full use of the kitchen and any communal food. The kitchen is fully stocked with commercial-grade equipment and we occasionally have large community dinners - so if the timing aligns, you are welcome to join us!
Interaction with Guests
We do everything we can to make your stay an enjoyable one. If you are looking to make connections with members of the community or faculty at Penn State, we are happy to offer our network to you. When you arrive, we'll show you the house and then help you get situated. Often times if you are looking for a good place to eat, someone in the house will be more than likely to go with you and show you around.
Everything is incredibly walkable.
Be Awesome. Contribute to Other's Ideas. Leave Inspired.
The (website hidden) is an opportunity for people who want to make the world a better place to live and convene. As a guest, we simply ask that you contribute to that energy in your own unique way.
We had a great time. From the moment we arrived we felt extremely welcomed. Everyone who lives there was very gracious to help us out in any way. The location is great for those looking to enjoy all that Penn State has to offer and is a short walk to everything.
We really can't say enough good things about the Changemakers! Spud and Galen were incredible hosts. They provided all the information we needed to have a great (email hidden).Space and to begin our lives in State College. We enjoyed getting to know them, their friends, colleagues, and BODI!
The shower in the cave was fun and creative and we enjoyed the hike up the mountain (stairs) to the room. The coal mine theme is fun.
As an incoming faculty member at PSU, staying here was exactly what I needed. The space gave me the sense of being back in graduate school after years of working for the government. The energy and urgency of the missions of the students and professionals increased the amperage on my own sense of purpose.
We think we engaged with every member of the household. We were invited to dinner on Wednesday night. That helped us to further bond with those we met. The composers concert on Monday night was outstanding (I am now a Shane Henderson fan).
Thanks to Katie, Hayley, Dustin, & Julien, Jean-Philippe and I feel like we know where to go to find fuel for our various passions. In fact everyone contributed to our feeling of welcome in State College.
We will be back for more house hunting in June and we hope you will have us back in your community.
Spud and Galen invited us to the house dinner and everyone else said hi when they spotted us in town and on campus. Everyone was curious about why we had come to SC and how we had found the house.
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We were looking for a place to connect with people from State College our soon to be new home. The co-space was the perfect place to take the pulse of the student population, catch the next wave according to the young professionals, and flash back on my own college days. This is student life at its best. Being 50&60+ we were concerned at first about the steep stairs up to the AirBnB room, but by the end of our stay we were nearly running up and down them. We enjoyed meeting everyone in the house and hearing their dreams. The group dinners were fabulous and the composers concert a real treat.
If you ar fussy, you might want to stay elsewhere, but if you want to be an instant part of the State College community, this is a great place to start.
Thanks to all for making us feel like welcome members of the community.
Both Spud and Galen were gone the weekend that I stayed, which ended up in a miscommunication to the other residents to have the room ready. Luckily, this delay did not severely interfere with my schedule, so Galen was able to coordinate this fix remotely. The only thing that was missed was a wipedown of the actual shower stall which I did not realize until early in the morning when everyone was asleep! Nothing that shower shoes can’t solve.
The cave design is unique and makes the atmosphere fun. The residents of the house are open and welcoming, which made me feel very comfortable hanging out and taking over control of the tv in the waterplace room. The location in town is great for getting to know what campus life is all about, but if you are a business traveler, the late night party noise outside is probably not going to work for you to get a good, full night’s sleep!
My daughter and I arrived on a Friday night for a one day visit, so just needed a comfortable place to sleep. We didn't get to meet the hosts or spend any time with the guests, which I'm guessing are what makes this an intriguing place, because the amenities left much to be desired.
The room is up a dangerously steep set of stairs that are non-navigable for anyone with any kind of issues with mobility. We were told the home was 100 years old and the room is the old slaves quarters. The floors are the original dade county pine and looked like they hadn't been swept, nor rugs shook in weeks. The room is TINY, so not OK for two people beyond 1 night. No closet, no dresser; just a bed with a pull out trundle, a small desk, and a chair. And with the trundle out there is barely room to walk. The floor under the bed was filthy. The lines were clean and the bed comfortable, so, with some white noise to drown out the college partying going on, we were able to get a good night's sleep.
The bathroom has a cute sink stand made out of a tree trunk and a waterfall effect for the water. However, the sink was dirty and did not drain properly. I had to wait 15 minutes after my daughter brushed her teeth for the sink to drain so I could use it. The silk flowers in the bathroom were full of dust and the shower area -- although hidden behind a faux cave facade -- was dirty if you really looked. Be sure to bring your shower shoes!! The water pressure in the shower was like a light rain - barely enough to even get your hair wet.
Overall, I think from a social perspective, this is a great concept, but we weren't there for socializing. If you're looking for a quiet, clean place to rest, this isn't it. You can rent a room at the State College Days Inn in the same locality for the same price and they're getting rave reviews. I just think $99/night was too much to pay for this experience.
Anyone looking for an engaging and exciting stay should consider visiting the (website hidden)!
Beyond great accommodations, staying here offered a refreshing State College experience. Proximity to campus and the downtown area enabled me to come and go as needed, to make my stay active and productive.
More importantly, I appreciated a warm welcome as more than just a tenant. Hosts and residents encouraged me to freely explore the space, enjoy the people, and join the activities. I welcomed the invitation to connect and engage openly, in an environment with an energy all its own.
Sharing the space with residents put a dynamic and colorful lens on my visit, without compromising my privacy as a guest. Creative accommodations added to the fun, and the conversations I shared with people took my adventure to an unexpected level.
Definitely a hidden gem of State College culture - my only regret is not having more time to explore!
Hi, my name is Spud and I am the Chief Catalyst for the (website hidden) (www-thecospace-com), an international network of homes for changemakers founded in State College, PA. I find myself to be an avid connector, relentless optimist and serial entrepreneur in the social innovation field. Aside from my work with the (website hidden), I enjoy facilitating and coaching emerging social entrepreneurs and work with universities and foundations around the country. Apart from these organizations that keep me well-occupied, I have a slight obsession with fog machines and hate wearing shoes. Whenever I get a free second, I love getting outside to enjoy what central PA has to offer (hiking, soccer, frisbee golf, ultimate, volleyball, etc). But I have been known to wander and enjoy traveling around the world in search of the next great breakthroughs and the people behind them leading change in the world.
I am joined by fellow co.spacer, Dustin Betz, who serves as one of the dedicated State College House Managers. Dustin is the Founder and President of GreenTowers, an urban agricultural and environmental design company that specializes in creating self-contained polycultures (aquaponics).
Between the two of us, we are more than happy to welcome you to our town and make your stay relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable!