Olivia Marzuki

Customer Story – Olivia Marzuki

Customer Story - Olivia Marzuki

Why pay more, if you can share?
Especially, if you happen to live in an expensive place like Singapore.

This year, Singapore tops as the world’s most expensive city for the fifth straight time – tied with Paris and Hong Hong.

This is according to the most recent annual report, Worldwide Cost of Living, which ranks cities based on the prices of food, drink, clothing, and home rents.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to me.
Having experienced “living” in three expensive cities during my Global MBA in the past year, I come to appreciate the concept of Sharing Economy.

In this day and age, you’d hear more verbs starting with “co-“.

Yes… like co-working, co-living.

They are the embodiment of a concept called Sharing Economy.

Sharing Economy means assets or services are better utilized between private individuals, typically by means of the Internet.

And thanks to Sharing Economy, we can easily rent out our cars, apartments, bike, and even Wi-Fi network when we don’t use it.

Now, back to co-living.

It’s a relatively new concept that first gained popularity in London and New York.

It entered Asia quite recently… perhaps in the last 2-3 years. And, in a place like Singapore, it seems to work like magic.

Co-living refers to residential spaces that apply the Sharing Economy model. These spaces offer fully furnished private or semi-private bedrooms for rent in an apartment unit. The communal spaces like kitchens, common areas, and bathrooms are shared among tenants.

When I first arrived in Singapore, I was a poor and hungry student trying to complete my final semester of Global MBA at SP Jain School of Global Management, Singapore Campus .

Okay – maybe I exaggerate a bit. I never go hungry because I love food too much.

Anyway, in my desperate search for an affordable yet comfortable place to live, I was lucky to come across Easycity.sg online.

And, as the name resounds… Easycity made it easy for me to settle down in Singapore.

After a quick chat with a friendly staff named Alex, I made an appointment to view a unit at The Maylea at Pasir Panjang, which was not too far away from my SP Jain campus.

The 3-bedroom unit is just like any other apartment; it has a living room, TV, dining area, balcony with a view, storage, service area with washing machine and dryer.

But what I liked most is the fact that it has two kitchens: dry and wet. Perfect for someone like me who loves to cook and bake!

It also comes with full condo facilities… swimming pool, gym, BBQ pit and… my favorite: Jacuzzi.

The rent includes everything; service charges, wi-fi, utilities, and once-a-week cleaning service.

With no second thought, I decided to take the space. It was a common bedroom with a shared bathroom. There were other tenants staying in the other common room and also the master bedroom.

They were very friendly and I liked the fact that we respected each other’s privacy.
My study quickly ended (thank God for that) and now I’m lucky to be able to stay and work in Singapore.

Lucky enough for me. My office, Mediacorp, is not far from The Maylea – so I just continue staying here… but in the master bedroom, with my own bathroom & bath tub.

It’s like a destiny how I found this place… thanks to EasyCity.sg!

And just like any other business, where there’s competition, consumers are reaping the benefits.

With the growing competition in Singapore, EasyCity is not the lone player here. There are other co-living providers, like Hmlet and Login Community.

And I have done my research. I’ve spoken to them and viewed some of their offerings too. But I still think EasyCity.sg has the best deal in town.

Their attention to details, friendly staff (I love Venesa) and curated list of tenants makes EasyCity live up to its brand name – making your living in the city, easy peasy.

Most of all, I think co-living is a brilliant effort to solve some of the common problems of modern urban living.

Co-living startups continue to pop up all over the world, in metropolitan cities like San Francisco and also holiday destinations like Bali. I think these startups will shape the future of living sooner than we think.

I do plan to have my very own home, of course. Sooner or later, I will have to settle down and live in my dream home.

But for now, while I’m still saving up that money… I’d say… sharing is caring.

Interested to know more about co-living in Singapore? Visit Easycity.

Olivia Marzuki
Global citizen, journalist & foodist