Or something else?
Does anyone split the rent with you?
How big is the place?
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I share an apartment with my girlfriend. It's a three-room apartment (2 rooms plus one living room plus a small kitchen and a bathroom). The apartment costs just around 1,000 US dollars. However, that doesn't include stuff like TV and internet. We're super happy to live here because it's a special type of apartment that I'm not sure even exists in the US or other countries. The apartment belongs to about 400 other apartments in the neighborhood. Together, they make up what we call a "cooperative living society". These cooperative living societies were originally founded by socialists and poor factory workers in the early 20th century. The point is that you should be able to live somewhere without somebody else ripping you off. Because laws were more relaxed back then, many rich owners of apartment blocks and houses could charge poor factory workers horrendous rents and become rich thanks to the fact that living space was scarce and factory workers were basically forced to live in these kinda places. In order to change that, they came up with the revolutionary idea to form a union, put all their money into a big pot and buy apartment blocks with that common money. Nowadays, these unions or cooperative living systems have expanded a lot and have become very important in Switzerland. The trick is that when you rent an apartment, your rent is much cheaper than in normal apartments because your apartment doesn't belong to some idiot who wants to make money off of you, it belongs to the community/union that you've joined by signing a contract. The union is organized in a direct democratic way, so that everyone has a say over the communities finances and new projects (such as renovating certain apartment blocks etc.). The system is basically a non-profit organization and that makes living much cheaper. Otherwise, an apartment of the same size in this good location that we have would easily cost around 1,500-2,000 US dollars. My girlfriend and me are both university students, so we don't have lots of money.0