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Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Cebu

Best (and worst) coworking spaces in Cebu

Cebu is an island province of the Philippines Central Visayas region. The island has a long history of settlers from different parts of the world, all of whom have left an influence on the culture. Plenty of travelers that go there to live and work will find everything they need in Cebu City. 

As it stands, it’s the only place where you’ll find reliable internet and coworking places. The island may not be the #1 place to set up your long term business plan, but it’s definitely a top pick for those who enjoy working and traveling. Remote workers who enjoy being close to nature will particularly like it. The island’s main city will be your working headquarters, while on the weekends, you can enjoy the amazing nature preserves out of town. You can also check out our local guide to Cebu to find things to see and do while staying there.

With more and more jobs moving out of corporate offices and into personal space, people no longer need to be permanently situated for work. This opened up pretty much the entire world to digital nomads and gave rise to a new work culture globally. Major tourist destinations, like Cebu, are now catering to this new age of travelers and settlers. As a result, Cebu City is full of amazing coworking spaces. Here’s the list of nine great and two bad coworking spaces:

Check out:

  1. ASPACE Crossroads
  2. The Company IT Park
  3. KMC Flexible Workspace
  4. Openmind Coworking Space
  5. Altspace Cafe
  6. ACX Outsourcing Hub
  7. Nomads Hub
  8. Avant Offices Inc
  9. Workplace Cafe

Avoid:

  1. Desko
  2. iioffice

Our favorite coworking space in Cebu is ASPACE Crossroads

Source: ASPACE Facebook

ASPACE Crossroads is highly praised for its focus on community building. It heavily invests in social gatherings, celebrating popular holidays, themed events, etc. This approach makes it a place where people come and stay for a long while. It also has a dedicated TEDx host space with some special events. The workspace interior is mostly in elegant black, white, and gray, with splashes of color from different types of artwork. It’s pet-friendly and has cozy relaxing areas where you can take a break. 

A drawback could be that it might seem a bit unprofessional since the rooms have empty concrete walls and an open ceiling, making it look unfinished. That being said, it’s among the most highly praised coworking spaces in Cebu, and the prices are also competitive.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $40 (PHP 2,000)

Hot desk per month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)
Private office, five people, one month: $990 (PHP 50,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Here are the other coworking spaces in Cebu we liked

The Company Cebu

Source: The Company Facebook

The Company Cebu coworking space is located in the city center in the area known as IT Park. The list of perks and amenities this space offers is great, but what really makes it stand out is their focus on building a community. They offer so many out-of-work activities, such as drink and lunch evenings, workshops, and even TEDx events. They also connect all the members through a Facebook group and a community app. This makes meeting new people and finding new business and other connections easy. Although it doesn’t offer its own coliving space, there are plenty of affordable Airbnb’s nearby.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $8 (PHP 400)

Dedicated desk per month: $180 (PHP 9,000)

Private office, two people, one month: $515 (PHP 26,000)
Private office, four people, one month: $871 (PHP 44,000) 
Private office, six people, one month: $1,190 (PHP 60,000) 
Private office, eight people, one month: $1,700 (PHP 86,000)
Private office, ten people, one month: $1,980 (PHP 100,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

KMC Flexible Workspace

Source: KMC Solutions

The Flexible Workspace is part of the KMC Skyrise 4 building—an 18 story rentable office space spanning over 13,000 square meters. The state-of-the-art building is equipped with 24/7 IT support staff, backup power generators, and multiple internet connections. Among the coworking spaces in Cebu, this office building is definitely one of, if not the most modern. The prices are surprisingly fair, all things considered. There are also plenty of community events, workshops, and social gatherings to take part in. Other useful facilities in the space include:

  • Childcare
  • Full kitchen
  • Showers
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Meditation room

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $300 (PHP 15,000)
Private offices per month: Many options, contact for negotiations

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

Openmind Coworking Space

Source: Openmind Facebook

Located in the IT Park of Cebu City, what immediately sets Openmind apart is that it’s open 24/7 and has rates to accommodate early birds and night owls. This feature is a favorite among young workers who enjoy flexible working hours. The space is more oriented towards freelancers and small groups. They have a set of fixed prices, but you can ask about additional discounts depending on the time you aim to be there. Usually, they’ll offer lower prices for evening and night shifts. There are a few private offices that you have to book in advance— bear in mind that they get rented out quickly. The furnishing is modern, and there’s plenty of equipment to use. Openmind also has free parking on the premises. The only downside is that most desks are somewhat clumped up.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $60 (PHP 3,000)

Hot desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

Hot desk, six months: $190 (PHP 9,700)/Month

Hot desk, one year: $188 (PHP 9,500)/Month

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

Altspace Cafe

Source: Instagram @Altspace.ph

Altspace is a minimalistic cafe offering food and drinks and a great place to work or study. Owned and operated by a local couple, the place is small and able to fit 25 people tops. It’s clean and cozy and maintains a family atmosphere. The drink and food choices are good, and there are usually promotional prices on workspace packages. When you get tired, you can relax in the lounge area and grab a bite to eat or have a hot drink. The only drawback, like with other coworking cafes, is that it’s walk-in only. The cafe is also rentable for larger events.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.50 (PHP 35)

Hot desk per day: $5 (PHP 250)

Hot desk per week: $20 (PHP 1,000)

Hot desk month: $70 (PHP 3,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 00:00 am
  • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

ACX Outsourcing Hub

Source: ACX Hub Facebook

ACX Hub is an IT and digital marketing agency based in Cebu. Within their offices, they offer a small coworking space. It is noteworthy because it’s exceptionally affordable and has plenty of rates to choose from. It’s quiet, making it ideal for students to study or work on projects. The furniture is not as great as in some other places, but having in mind the more-than-reasonable price, it’s definitely not bad. 

Individual freelancers might like their simple cubicles, while small groups can use the big tables.  Unfortunately, it’s not equipped to hold entire teams of people. Still, within this relatively small space, they manage to organize community gatherings, workshops, and events you can attend. The internet speeds are crazy good, easily going over 300 Mbps. While not offering a lot, ACX is definitely worth mentioning.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.50 (PHP 30)

Hot desk per day: $5 (PHP 250)

Hot desk per week: $20 (PHP 1,000)

Hot desk month: $70 (PHP 3,500)

Dedicated desk per month: $80 (PHP 4,000)

High-Speed Internet 300+ megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
    • Saturday: Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
    • Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere, though)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Nomads Hub

Source: Nomadshub.ph Facebook

Nomads Hub is one of the few coworking and coliving spaces in Cebu. Apart from getting work done, guests can rent hostel beds, use the laundromat, and get food and drinks while they stay. The location is also nice and central, with plenty of things to see and do around the motel. The drawback is that there aren’t dedicated workstations, so it tends to fill up quite fast, and you could end up without space. Members enjoy being part of a tight community that holds events like:

  • Social gatherings
  • Workshops
  • Mentorship programs

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.70 (PHP 35)

Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk month: $90 (PHP 4,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Workplace Cafe

Source: Facebook Workplace Cafe

As the name suggests, the Workplace Cafe is aimed towards those that enjoy working under the coziness of a cafe but need the reliability of an office. The atmosphere will be casual, but the furniture looks classy. There are a total of three Workplaces Cafes around Cebu:

  1. Ramos, Cebu City
  2. Banawa, Cebu City
  3. Tipolo, Mandaue City

Feel free to visit any of their branches. The cafes are all good at what they offer to the individual workers but definitely aren’t for group projects. They’re worth checking out, though.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $1 (PHP 50)

Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk der week: $31 (PHP 1,600)

Hot desk month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 2 am
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Avant Offices Inc

Source: Avant Offices Facebook

Avant Offices is a gorgeous office setting where less means more. The interior design is simplistic but not monotone. This does leave visitors with a slightly more corporate and serious vibe. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all Avant Offices offers. 

The space doesn’t exactly offer any reason to pick it over the others. It’s more of a “get in, get work done, and leave” type of setting. This reminds people too much of regular jobs, which freelancers and remote workers tend to run away from. The private offices are great, though. Because of this, we recommend this place much more to groups than to individuals. Smaller businesses and startups might find a home in this space.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per month: $160 (PHP 8,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

Private office, Six people, one month: $1,485 (PHP 75,000)

Private office, 12 people, one month: $1,680 (PHP 85,000)

Private office, 20 people, one month: $3,170 (PHP 160,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
    • Saturday: closed
    • Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

These are the two coworking spaces we would not recommend

Desko Cebu

Source: Facebook Desko

Desko is a 24/7 coworking space with an onsite restaurant and cafe, and plenty of free drinks. And that’s all the positives summed up. The space offers no private office or dedicated desks, meaning you have to find your own space. That won’t be an issue, though, as it’s been quite empty recently. Users have reported issues such as:

  1. Water shortage
  2. Internet losing connection or slowing down
  3. Unavailable or uninterested staff

To make things worse, the prices are quite high for what it offers. There are just too many better options, even nearby.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $1 (PHP 50)

Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $50 (PHP 2,500) 

Hot desk per month: $150 (PHP 7,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

iioffice Cebu

Source: iioffice Facebook

At first glance, there’s nothing wrong with iioffice. The interior is nice, and it seems well equipped. So, what’s the issue? Every desk, office space, and conference room are on a first-come, first-served basis. You can’t rent your spot in advance and be sure you’ll have it. This makes it practically impossible for groups of people to coordinate, much less work in private. You may even end up without a place to sit if you come in too late. There are some ergonomic chairs, but not enough of them. Some are reported to be overused and in dire need of replacing. This leaves some people sitting on plastic chairs or armchairs. 

The positive note about iioffice is that it is noticeably cheaper. Other than that, the company doesn’t offer us good enough reason to choose it over other spaces.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk per month: $80 (PHP 4,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No