“Washington, D.C.” and “government” feel synonymous in the minds of most Americans, for obvious reasons. And yes, if you head to a brunch hangout or a cocktail mixer in D.C., you’re bound to encounter plenty of lobbyists, news journalists, and Capitol Hill staffers. But politics aren’t the only game in town; largely due to the constant government-related projects happening in D.C., the nation’s capital hosts an enormous white-collar population, from attorneys to financial advisors to consultants. D.C. is also a burgeoning hotspot for hospitality, with new hotels, restaurants, and networking venues opening on a regular basis. Finally, the D.C. area remains a major center for higher education, with faculty and students from Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Howard University, and George Washington University (among others) seeking spaces to pursue their academic goals.
For all of these reasons, coworking in D.C. recently emerged as a vibrant trend, with dozens of dedicated spaces opening to accommodate the flood of remote employees, freelancers, and part-time office workers. We found 16 of the best examples throughout the D.C. metropolitan area, including several spaces specifically oriented toward women.
Known for chic, impeccably-designed group coworking spaces intended to resemble boutique hotels, Industrious has multiple locations in the D.C. area, but their main campus can be found in the heart of Downtown, just a few blocks from the White House Lawn. Industrious’ prime real estate makes it an easy pick for D.C. residents commuting from farther-flung neighborhoods, and the space’s stylish, eco-friendly environs (and tasty local coffees and snacks in the kitchen area!) add to the appeal.
Location: 1 Thomas Circle, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005
Price: $473+/month for dedicated desks, $824+/month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, unlimited free printing, complimentary coffee, local snacks, relaxation rooms, networking events
If you work in an industry involving frequent meetings with out-of-town visitors, AdvantEdge has you covered. The workspace is located just steps from many of Downtown D.C.’s top business hotels, and the facility includes spacious and comfortable meeting rooms to accommodate them. Combined with the speedy WiFi and advanced phone-conferencing amenities available at AdvantEdge, the space becomes an ideal pick for putting your best professional foot forward.
Location: 2101 L. St NW, #800, Washington, D.C. 20037
Price: Pricing available upon request
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, mail services, complimentary coffee, bike storage, networking events
A cleverly-named workspace and business incubator in the center of Downtown, 1776 seeks members who are interested in launching and growing their own companies with a strong D.C. identity. The organization behind the space focuses on curating helpful events for members looking to raise their business profiles, from traditional networking mixers to “fireside chats” with local industry leaders.
Location: 133 15th St NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005
Price: $199/month for “hot desks”, $350/month for “hot desks” plus additional perks, $600/month for dedicated desks, private office pricing available upon request
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, free printing/scanning/faxing, complimentary French press coffee, networking events and workshops
H Street Corridor
Do you prefer a workspace with a distinct Anthropologie vibe? Locale Workspace, a coworking venue with mid-century modern furniture, abundant exposed brick, and Edison bulbs aplenty, will suit your aesthetic expectations. This particularly-beautiful space offers one-day passes if you’re not quite ready to take the membership plunge, which also makes it attractive to visiting businesspeople and freelancers with unconventional schedules.
Location: 1320B H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Price: $20/day, $99/10 days, $159/month
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, storage lockers, complimentary catered lunches, networking events
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Another popular workspace group with multiple D.C. locations, Spaces’ NoMa location just off of H Street provides an especially central place to work and to meet other local professionals with similar goals and interests. Spaces emphasizes the social nature of its spaces, and its regular workshops and networking happy hours are vibrantly attended by members.
Location: 1320B H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Price: $350+/month for coworking, $779+/month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, flexible rental terms, mail handling, lockers, complimentary coffee, networking events
6. The Yard
With a Capitol Hill location right next to major shopping and dining hub Eastern Market, The Yard works well for remote workers who like to step outside the office and take some time for themselves during lunch breaks. The space itself is excellently equipped for both individual workers and small companies, and the building’s large picture windows make it truly feel like part of the D.C. landscape.
Location: 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Price: $350/month for open desks, $495/month for dedicated desks, $650+/month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, neighborhood discounts, free printing, storage options, onsite art gallery, complimentary coffee, rooftop lounge, wellness events
MakeOffices claims 9 workspaces in the D.C. area, but their location in the trendy Logan Circle neighborhood has the most aesthetic appeal. The sizable venue features office and desk layouts to suit most any purpose, and the event curation team schedules not only typical networking mixers and happy hours, but also wellness-oriented activities to help members maintain their inner and outer balance.
Location: 1015 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Price: $35 for day passes, $300/month for open desks, $800-6,000-month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, lockers, bike storage, free printing, game room, free printing/copying/faxing, complimentary coffee and craft beer, relaxation and wellness rooms
A popular and youthful D.C. neighborhood with a plethora of restaurants and nightlife options, Dupont Circle is a natural fit for a well-outfitted coworking space steps away from major transit hubs and committed to maintaining flexible and affordable work environments geared toward freelancers and entrepreneurs. Carr Workspaces’ Dupont outpost can be found the heart of what may be the city’s most walkable neighborhood, an enjoyable locale to explore after powering through the work day.
Location: 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 450, Washington, D.C. 20036
Price: $25 for day passes, $35/month for open cafe seating, $299/month for open desks, $440/month for dedicated desks, private office rates available upon request
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, flexible lease terms, fully-stocked cafe, onsite IT support, networking events
If you’re a creative professional in search of a coworking space created with design pursuits in mind, check out BUREAU. Located in the diverse and eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood, BUREAU offers everything from designer paint kits to top-of-the-line sound studio equipment to media connections to design interns available to help with projects as needed. BUREAU’s networking events also provide an excellent opportunity to liaise with other artistic Washingtonians.
Location: 1800 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Price: $50 for 2 days/month, $100 for 8 days/month, $175/month for unlimited access
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference room, free printing, unlimited coffee, wine, and snacks, design equipment, networking events and workshops
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat-Sun, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Coworking behemoth WeWork has numerous D.C. locations, but for a unique space with plenty of history, we recommend the Shaw outpost in a former Wonder Bread Factory. This building features high ceilings and wide picture windows and also includes an outdoor terrace accessible through large garage doors, adding to the space’s industrial cache.
Location: 641 S St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Price: $390/month for “hot desks”, $450/month for dedicated desks, $675-13,150/month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference room, complimentary coffee, snacks, and beer, printers, mail handling, bike storage, office supplies, dog-friendly, networking events
Tech-industry mavericks settling in D.C. can find a home at Inclusive Innovation Incubator, also known as In3. This space caters to coders, tech entrepreneurs, and company founders looking for a safe place to plan their next moves. In3 offers a highly-supportive network of industry contacts and regularly hosts classes, workshops, and networking events to help facilitate connections that can prove lucrative for both parties.
Location: 2301-D Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Price: $30 for day passes, $125/month for open desks during nights and weekends, $200/month for open desks, $1100+/month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, printers, conference rooms, ability to host private events
Hours: Variable, depending on membership plan
12. The Wing
After becoming a smash hit among professional women in its original NYC locations, female-only coworking space and social club The Wing launched a D.C. branch, giving the working women of the nation’s capital the chance to pursue their career aspirations in an environment of feminist support. The Wing’s gorgeous Georgetown space can be accessed after applying and earning acceptance to The Wing’s membership roster, and once you’re in, you can attend Wing-sponsored events, work on your laptop from their chic lounges, and enjoy perks like fully-equipped beauty rooms and gourmet snacks.
Location: 1056 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Price: $215/month for single-location access, $250/month for all-access membership
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, drinks and snacks, lactation rooms, beauty rooms, scheduled speakers, networking events
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
13. The Hive 2.0
Nestled in the peaceful, residential, and historic neighborhood of Anacostia, The Hive 2.0 caters to entrepreneurs, with a particular slant toward the tech community. This work venue features a lab space for product testing, along with more conventional office areas for day-to-day operations. Its slightly-less-central location makes it an appealing option for employees who want to stay out of the inner-D.C. traffic chaos, and the reasonable prices are accessible for early-career professionals in need of comfortable and functional office space.
Location: 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C.
Price: $100/month for common area and lab access, $200/month for shared desks, $350/month for dedicated desks, $450+/month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, mail service, flexible lease terms
14. Hera Hub
Like The Wing, Hera Hub, a coworking space in the quiet Friendship Heights area of Northwest D.C., provides a sanctuary for female-identifying professionals. The space doubles as a business accelerator, providing members with the necessary resources to forge meaningful professional connections and expand their visions.
Location: 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20016
Perks: High-speed WiFi, printing/faxing/scanning, complimentary coffee and snacks, free parking, office supplies, networking events
Hours: Flexible for members
As D.C.’s business profile continues to grow, professional resources fan out from the city center and set up shop in suburbs and bedroom communities like Arlington, VA. One prime example is CoworkCafe, a coworking space with distinct coffeeshop energy. If you like the vibes at your local java purveyor but also want the amenities and speedy WiFi characteristic of an office, CoworkCafe provides an excellent middle ground.
Location: 2719 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Price: $20/day passes, $150/month
Perks: High-speed WiFi, flexible work areas, free printing/scanning/copying, access to reserved space, networking events
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
16. ALX Community
In Alexandria, a suburb just south of D.C. proper, you’ll find ALX Community, an amiable coworking space located in the heart of the Old Town center. It’s a comfortable communal space, and residents on this side of the Potomac will appreciate the access to high-quality office amenities, meeting spaces, and web connections without having to venture into the city.
Location: 106 N. Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Price: $25/day passes, $149/30 hours per month, $199/month for open desks, $400/month for dedicated desks, $1100+/month for private offices
Perks: High-speed WiFi, conference rooms, complimentary coffee, free printing, mail handling, bike storage, dog-friendly, local discounts, networking events
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for 30-hour passes, 24/7 for monthly passes