Ruth Cooper-Dickson, 38, moved into The Collective in north London, below, nine months ago. She believes that the commune involves less so-called life admin because the rent is simple and all-inclusive.
They live their lives online — snapchatting, Facebooking and tweeting friends they may rarely see as they work alone on laptops in cafés. Now millennials suffering from loneliness are taking drastic action to alleviate it: moving into communes. But the modern communes enticing the young urban creatives are a far cry from the hippy living of the 1970s: these boast “boutique interior design”, “beautiful shared space” and “luxury facilities” for every “member”.
One such site was established in north London last year. The Collective opened a site with a capacity for 550 people, giving city dwellers the opportunity to try out modern communal living.