Impact Hub coworking space review

Home to thousands of startups and agencies, but the noise may be distracting to some coworkers.

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Impact Hub

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Building a strong entrepreneurial community is at the core of Impact Hub’s philosophy. It offers events, support for startups and community-hosted programs at over 100 locations worldwide. But if you’re looking for a place to focus, you may find the environment to be a bit too noisy and busy.

Impact Hub locations

Impact Hub has more than 100 sites in over 60 countries. It connects more than 17,000 members worldwide.

US locations include:

  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA

What amenities does Impact Hub offer?

Part of the appeal of Impact Hub is the perks for its members, including:

  • Wi-Fi, printing
  • Phone booths
  • Tea and coffee
  • Meeting and lounge space
  • Digital member directory
  • Lockers, storage and mailboxes
  • Discounted events and programs
  • Startup support

Costs

Impact Hub offers tiered membership options to suit various needs, and membership fees and tiers vary by location. All membership levels include access to Impact Hub’s more than 100 locations and its HubNet online community. Here’s a sample of its fees at its Austin, Texas, locations.

Membership typeCost per monthDescription
HUB Community$35 a month
  • Get workspace 1 day a month — $20 a day thereafter
  • Mailbox and conference room access available at additional charge
  • Discounted programming
General Coworking$300 a month
  • Full workspace access on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mailbox available for additional fee
  • 2 free conference room hours per month
  • Programming included
  • 2 guest passes per month
Dedicated Desk$500 a month
  • 24/7 workspace access
  • Mailbox included
  • 4 free conference room hours per month
  • Programming included
  • 4 guest passes per month
Private officeVaries
  • 24/7 workspace access
  • Mailbox included
  • 4 free conference room hours per month
  • Programming included
  • 4 guest passes per month

*Prices may be higher in some locations and were last checked 10/18/19

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Multiple locations. Impact Hub has locations in over 60 countries, all available to members regardless of membership level.
  • Perks. Expect amenities ranging from free coffee and tea to private phone booths.
  • Networking opportunities. Impact Hub plays host to a global community and encourages collaboration within its sizable network.
  • Programs and events. Depending on your membership level, some are free to attend.

Cons

  • Events can be distracting. While the events are a perk for some, others looking for a simple place to work may find it overwhelming when events are being held in the space during work hours.
  • Noise. Impact Hub’s spaces can be a bit loud. While shared spaces tend to be the noisiest, reviews suggest that even the private offices can be too loud to focus in.

What do people say about Impact Hub?

Impact Hub isn’t accredited by the Better Business Bureau and doesn’t have a Trustpilot ratings. Google and Yelp reviews vary from one location to the next, but are generally positive. Negative comments focus on the cost of renting space and in-house distractions and noise.

Impact Hub typically makes headlines based on its programs and support of social and environmental change. It recently made news for holding the longest hackathon and is praised for its mission to address global issues.

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Bottom line

Impact Hub’s global presence, generous amenities and wide networking possibilities can make for an attractive work environment for many. But if you’re looking for a more straightforward coworking space without all the bells, whistles and mission statements, compare your options to find a better fit.

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