With start-ups and tech companies popping up at every corner of the Bay Area nowadays, it might be tough sometimes to figure out where you fit in. Where do you work if the kitchen table doesn’t suffice anymore or if your desk, like mine, has a load of day-old dishes and discarded papers strewn across the surface? How do you harvest productivity when all tables at your local coffee shop are full day in and day out? We all know working on your bed isn’t the answer either.

Repeat after me: coworking spaces. Oakland is chock full of them, and there are quite a few newcomers this year.

If you want to be surrounded by like-minded, focused and driven individuals who are also seeking a similar work-centered environment, check out some of the new spaces that have established themselves in Oakland within the past few months. Free seats abound.

1. Pacific Workplaces | 1300 Clay St. Suite 600, Oakland CA 94612 | 510.464.8000 | oakland@pacificworkplaces.com

Hours: See website or call for details.

We offer Full-Time Office Suites, Part-Time Office Space, Executive Suites, and Oakland Virtual Office solutions that establish a strong business identity in one of the best spots to do business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2. Percolator Workspace | 339 15th St. Suite 200, Oakland CA 94612 | 415.233.3562 | info@percolator.ws

Monday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Percolator is a shared workspace (co-working) in downtown Oakland.  We are a collection of techies, media (photographers, video), and physical artists.  There are dedicated workstations available for the right person or group.

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Courtesy of Percolator Workspace



3. Sudo Room | 4799 Shattuck, Oakland CA 94609 | info@sudoroom.org

Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Sudo Room is an open, non-hierarchical, collaborative community of humans, including tech developers, citizen scientists, activists, artists–and all combinations in between and beyond!–who are interested in and working towards social change. Our goal is to create the first inclusive, dedicated hackerspace in downtown Oakland, to share ideas and projects in citizen science, digital citizenship and literacy, environmental sustainability, community engagement, and self-government.

Sudo Room is committed to access, empowerment, transparency, and public/social good. Sudoers have a great diversity of interests and we emphasize respect and solidarity among ourselves and with others.

4. Cafe Underwood | 308 41st St. Oakland CA 94609 | (510) 995-6660

Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. // Friday – Saturday: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. // Sunday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

New school cafe, dedicated in catering to all those who work from home. We offer free wifi, rentable conference and office space, organic artisan coffee & food.


Courtesy of Cafe Underwood


5. The Blueprint | Oakland, CA

Hours: See website for details.

The Blueprint is a creative workspace for teams, social enterprises or small businesses to work side by side and support one-another. It’s like a coliving house, but for a workspace. We have flexible work hours, super affordable rates, and a warm welcome into our community of creative skill-sharers, makers, visiting artists, teachers, and life-long learners.

Private Residential Community Living Spaces

6. OpenDoor: The Canopy | 439 International Blvd. Oakland CA | 206.910.6363 | jay@opendoor.io 

Hours: See website for details.

The ground floor is a commercial space with sidewalk access to International Boulevard, 5 blocks from Lake Merritt. We are currently accepting applications for tenants who are inspired to collaborate with the upstairs residents and have a project, business or community use that complements the themes of knowledge sharing and creative empowerment. Ideally, this would be some form of workspace / studio / maker space that is available to both residents and the general public as a space to create, learn, work and play.

Click here to learn more about the lease opportunity.

7. OpenDoor: The Farm House | Dwight Way, Berkeley CA

Hours: See website for details.

The Farmhouse is a coliving house in Berkeley California that exists to promote empowerment and open collaboration. As the latest addition to the global Embassy Network, it is home to both permanent and passing residents, and is host to delightful dinner parties, wondrous workshops and ecstatic events.

Book a reservation here!

To find more information about other Oakland co-working spaces, check out Live Work Oakland’s 2014 Guide to Co-working spaces here.

Update: The Sandbox House, part of Open Door’s private residential living spaces, is closed.

About The Author

Natalie Meier is currently writing about issues in public health, tech and small business innovation as a freelance contributor for Oakland Local. Meier is a senior at Mills College studying English and Journalism and is also cross-registered at UC Berkeley. She currently interns for ABC7 News in San Francisco and has written for The Daily Californian, Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), StuVoice, and KALW.

2 Responses

    • Natalie Meier

      Hey Alison!

      In this piece, we featured co-working spaces that we haven’t covered before, as well as ones that are either new or a little less well-known in Oakland. You can find more about Impact Hub when we covered it for the 2014 guide by clicking the link at the bottom of the story.

      Thanks for reading!


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