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How to Easily Find a Quiet Place to Work in a Crowded City

Kayla Matthews 07-04-2015

As an online writer, I can work from anywhere How To Maximize Your Productivity Anywhere With telecommuting lifestyles taking off, work is not limited by hours or locations. Here are a few pointers to help you make the best of working on a notebook while on the move. Read More . Sometimes, that’s a good thing; other times, it’s a struggle to find a place where I can think and write without all sorts of distractions vying for my attention.


I know it’s not just me; tons of other people need to find quiet places to work in the midst of a busy city or hectic day, too.

Whether you’re a freelancer, a college student or maybe a startup CEO without a legit office yet, taking advantage of co-working spaces Shared Offices & Coworking: How To Become A More Productive Freelancer Working from home might seem like a great idea, but I don’t see it. After more than a year of working from various places of residence I’m thoroughly sick of mixing business with pleasure. Home... Read More is the new trend for busy professionals who need a space to work.

Below are seven co-working websites that will help you find quiet spaces to get your work done and move on with your day.

Nexudus Spaces (Web, iOS, Free)

Nexudus Spaces site

Nexudus Spaces a.k.a. “Work World Space” helps you find the nearest, distraction-free Can't Get Anything Done? Block Distractions With Focus For Mac Force yourself to work instead of browsing. Focus is a Mac app that blocks distracting sites that shows you an inspirations quote when you try to visit a site you shouldn't. Read More place to work, no matter where you are in the world.


The site allows you search for an available work space in any region of the world, and shows you the spaces that are available near you on a map.

When you find a space that you’re interested in, you can click on its map listing to see its street address, space description and a link to the space’s website. Use of Nexudus Spaces’ website and iPad app are free, but you may have to pay to reserve some spaces. These rates depend on the space provider and can be obtained by contacting the space before you decide to work there.

Most Nexudus Space listings also tell you what amenities are included in each space; from free Wi-Fi How to Get Free Wi-Fi Almost Anywhere Public wireless networks are becoming more and more popular as a means of attracting people to a particular business or service, and this is just one of the many ways in which free (or almost... Read More to lounges and access to food and beverages. Some, but not all spaces, also include photos of the space so you can get a feel for the area’s work environment before you go there.

The iPad app for the site also allows you to quickly check-in to your work space or, if you are the owner of a space, manage visitor information.


Download: Nexudus Spaces Check-In for iOS

Desks Near Me  (Web, iOS, Free)

DesksNearMe site

Like Nexudus Spaces, Desks Near Me saves you the trouble of looking for a nearby place to work by helping you find available spaces near you.

Using the website or app, you can search for free desks based on your current location, the number of desks that you need and how you’d like to pay for your space. You can pay on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis so a quiet place to work is available for as long as you need it.


While both signing up for the site and using the DesksNearMe app are free, rates vary depending on the space you want to use and how long you’d like to reserve it. Some spaces are available for as little as $20 an hour, while others are available for several hundred dollars a month.

With the app, you can search for available spaces, e-mail the owner of the space you’re interested in or even find places to network with like-minded people. You can also cancel your reservation for a space if you decide you no longer need it.

Download: Desks Near Me for iOS

ShareDesk (Web, Android, Free)

ShareDesk site


With a network of 2,400 venues all over the world, ShareDesk allows you to reserve a workspace in over 440 cities and 70 countries.

The website and app allow you to search and book available rooms near you, whether you need a quiet place to work or a suitable location to hold a quick meeting.

Signing up for the site and app are free, however, if you’re interested in listing and renting out a space of your own, you’ll need to sign up for a plan. For someone just looking for a quiet place to work though, prices are reasonable and vary depending on workspace size and location.

Single desks are available in New York City, for example, for as little as $15 an hour. By comparison, there are co-working spaces listed in Seattle for as little as $30 a day.

The website and app also list information about each space, including street address, hours of availability, space prices and links to the venues’ websites.

Download: ShareDesk for Android

Breather (Web, iOS, & Android, Free)

Breather site

With a name like that and the motto, “Get peace and quiet, on demand”, how can you go wrong with Breather?

Granted, the app is only really useful for people in Montreal, San Francisco, Ottawa, New York City, and Boston right now, but if you need a space to work in one of these cities this might be the co-working app for you.

The big appeal of Breather’s spaces is that they are elegantly designed, with work efficiency in mind. It is the perfect search tool for freelancers and business professionals who need a quiet place to work on the move. Most of the spaces are equipped with Wi-Fi, phone-charging docks and plenty of electrical outlets.

Like many of the other tools discussed here, Breather’s site and apps are free and the cost of each space will vary according to your work needs and the space’s location.

Download: Breather for iOS | Android

LiquidSpace (Web, iOS, Android, Free)

liquidspace site

LiquidSpace is a free website and app that helps you find the perfect working space for you anywhere in the U.S.

Search for available spaces by city or state and narrow your results based on the time you need the space and the kind of space you’d like to reserve. Single desks are available for as little as one hour, as are private offices and spaces for eight hours or more.

One thing I especially like about LiquidSpace is that it lists free spaces as well. Local hotel with a lobby area? LiquidSpace will point it out to you.

LiquidSpace also gives you a real-time availability calendar for each space. You can see the hours the space will be available, when it is closed and when someone else has booked it. View the space’s amenities, street address and (in-most cases) pictures of the working environment.

In addition to the website, LiquidSpace’s apps are great for booking the work space you like on the go.

Download: LiquidSpace for iOS | Android

Desktime (Web, Free)

desktime site

Desktime can help you find a quiet place to get your work or studying done in any state. It does that with a beautiful user interface that displays listings all across the U.S.

Register for free and search for available work spaces. Desktime only costs money if you plan to list a space of your own for others to reserve.

On Desktime, you can filter available spaces by the amenities they offer, the duration of time you need the space for and the location.

Each space listing includes a description of the space, a list of its amenities, a map of the area and some images of the space. Compared to some of the other co-working tools mentioned here, Desktime seems to offer one of the most comprehensive collections of potential work spaces.

In terms of paying for your space, Desktime clients offer “packages” that are specific to each space. Many spaces are available for Daily and Monthly packages with prices that vary depending on each space’s owner.

Some spaces are available for as little as $30 a day, while others are available for several hundred dollars a month. In addition, spaces may offer special pricing packages that unlock access to additional amenities or security features (like a punch card, for example).

PivotDesk (Web, Free)

pivotdesk site

PivotDesk is more of a commitment than the other websites listed here, but if you’re planning to work in the same city or state for a month or more, it’s certainly a co-working site you should keep in mind.

Search for an available space in the area you need to work in and the space owner decides if you would be a good fit for the space or not. Some spaces are set up to cater to small teams of people, while others offer desks that can be rented out to individuals.

Space owners on PivotDesk rent out available spaces on a per-month and per-person basis, which usually costs $150 – $300 a month for one person, depending on the space’s location and amenities. These prices may seem steep when you compare them to the pricing plans listed for many of the sites above but, when you consider that these prices are for an entire month’s use of a space, they’re actually quite a deal.

PivotDesk helps you find potential working spaces with a list of amenities included in each space, its street address, rules of the space and any images the owner has chosen to upload.

How Do You Find a Quiet Place to Work?

These are just some of the websites and apps you can use to find workspaces outside your home or office. While plugging away on your laptop in a crowded coffee shop can be fun, the noise can be a distraction if you need to get serious work done. Using co-working spaces allows you to do your work – minus the stress Stressed At Work? How To Relax & Focus In An Open Office Does working in an open plan office kill your productivity? You can probably blame the Germans for its wide adoption. But let's reconcile after you tried these tips. Read More , distractions and other productivity sucks that working outside of your home entails.

Do you use any co-working apps not mentioned here to find quiet places to work? Or do you have a different strategy for finding a quiet working environment in a new city?

Tell us how you stay productive on the go in the comments section below!

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  1. Peter
    May 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Great apps, I should check them out but what is your average time to reach a place from the list? I want to track my time at any time, I use AdaptRM for this when I travel on my Android but still desktop is far better :)

  2. Justin Dennis
    April 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    definitely bookmarking this... it'll be so helpful in the future. cheers!

    • Kayla Matthews
      April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      That's pretty much how I felt about every one of these as I was researching this. =P Thanks for reading!