Svenja Eichenberg works as Head of Marketing for a European retail group
‘I changed my job, so I was looking for somewhere to live in Munster when I saw the new opening of POHA House and thought, “Oh, I’d like to test this!” I had a video interview with the team, they explained how it works, but what I really liked was the attitude. It was immediately clear to me this was something I wanted to be a part of.
People expect it to be for young people, but I am 50 and I don’t feel too old here. I just feel good. It’s different, yes, with different nationalities, different ages. But to be in this community is a choice.
I moved into a one-person studio, which is cosy, stylish and very much my taste, with modern, trendy furniture. Straight away it felt like being home. I just buy little bunches of flowers to add my personal touch.
I work a lot, and only really spend time in my studio for sleeping, and a couple of hours a day in the communal spaces. It’s very relaxing, and just like you are in your own living room. Everybody is always so friendly it feels like a family.
My favourite day each week is Wellness Wednesday. The day starts with a little jog, then there is breakfast on the terrace. I go to work, and when I come back there is a yoga class and maybe fresh juices afterwards, which for me is the perfect day. It’s always the same people who go, so here we also create our own little bit of community.
Things rarely go wrong because everybody tries to make this community work – it’s about respect. And it is very democratic. There are meetings when we can give feedback if there is something we want to change. Communication is good: we have an app where we get a lot of information so it’s very transparent and open.
During my professional life I have changed apartment maybe 10-15 times, and this is the first time I’ve ever considered co-living. I thought I’d only be here for three or four months to see if I liked it, but now it feels like the future.’