Working at BGC? Live nearby for just around P4K a month

Nov 9, 2018

According to a market survey by MyTown, the average millennial spends three hours a day commuting and three to nine days of their income on transpo cost. And according to their CEO, Mark Kooijman, that 1,200-respondent survey in 2012 also showed that 90% lived with parents or family members.

We can relate, so we were interested in their goal with the MyTown dormitories: reduce that travel time to a few minutes walking while costing less than what you'd spend on commuting anyway.

Most of their dorms are near this CBD, and we all know how the surrounding areas in Taguig can get sketchy, but it doesn't look too bad outside Auckland tbh. It's the building on the left with a twin right across the street.
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MyTown Auckland on Harvard St. in Makati is their 14th building and lies just off Kalayaan Avenue, a few minutes walk away from 32nd St. in BGC.

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CEO Kooijman with Group Director Jelmer Ikink
PHOTO BY MYTOWN

PHOTO BY MYTOWN

A 4-man room
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Split it in half and you get desk space!
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They even split the desk with tape for your convenience
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The units go from 10-12sqm, which is small indeed compared to a traditional condo. Basically, you sleep in the room and do the rest of your actual living in the common areas and other amenities.

You can eat in your room if you don't feel like doing it in the pantry too
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PHOTO BY MYTOWN

The roofdeck is a chill spot and our favorite part, it's got a nice view of the Manila Golf Club and Makati skyline too
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Their main selling point is that MyTown dorms are purpose-built to the need of a young professional (and safety standards for corporate clients), so it feels less shabby and impromptu than a traditional bed spacing arrangement in a home or informal condo-share.

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Perhaps the biggest barrier of entry is how compact the setup is–if you're claustro or used to having a big personal space at home then it may be hard to adjust. But if you don't mind sharing and are attracted by the price and precious time saved in traffic, then co-living might be the move you need.

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