The Magic of Friendship at Vonder

The Magic of Friendship at Vonder 

In the words of Dr. Seuss, “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world”. It’s the connections we forge, the memories we create, and the love we share that makes life a beautiful adventure. At Vonder, we are passionate about nurturing connections that transcend borders; making life brighter, warmer, and more memorable. 

It’s no secret that human beings are inherently social creatures, wired to seek connections and companionship. In a world buzzing with hashtags and followers, there's something beautiful and meaningful about true connection and the magic of friendship. At Vonder, not only do we offer beautifully furnished flats to rent in central London and all over the world, but we strive to create co-living communities that provide the perfect environment for friendships to blossom.   

In the spirit of last month’s National Friendship day, we asked you to tell us how the friendships you have made through Vonder have impacted your lives. And, your answers were heartwarming! 

Q: What aspects of co-living do you think encourage friendships?

“Shared interests, communal spaces, and organized events like the free Wednesday yoga classes are key aspects of co-living that I believe encourage friendships. These classes not only provide a great workout but also create a space where residents can connect on a deeper level.” 

- Catalina, Colombia (Vonder resident)

“Co-living environments create a conducive atmosphere for social interactions and relationships to flourish, providing an excellent platform for individuals to form lasting friendships with others who share similar values and interests. It can help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness, especially for those who are new to a city or are living away from family and friends. Co-living spaces often attract people from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. This diversity enriches the community and encourages residents to learn from one another and foster friendships built on curiosity and openness. It also provides a supportive atmosphere where residents can rely on each other for emotional support, advice, and companionship.

The first ice cream social I attended (June 8) turned out to be a life-changing event as it introduced me to a group of friends I now cherish and want to keep for the rest of my life. The bond we formed during that event led to countless unforgettable experiences that have enriched my life in so many ways.  After that initial ice cream social, our friendship blossomed, and we embarked on countless adventures together. We hit the clubs, explored new and exciting restaurants, and even found ourselves on rooftops, listening to the melodic tunes of Harry Styles, creating memories that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

But it wasn't just about the big moments; it was also the little things that brought us closer. Like carefree children, we played in the playground, letting go of our worries and simply enjoying the joy of the moment. Through these experiences, I discovered a part of myself that I thought was lost for a while. The laughter, the camaraderie, and the shared sense of belonging allowed me to reconnect with my inner child and find happiness in the simple pleasures of life.

These friends have become an essential part of my life, providing support, understanding, and endless love. They have been there through thick and thin, celebrating my victories and lifting me up during challenging times. With them, I feel accepted and cherished for who I am, and I am incredibly grateful for the joy and meaning they have brought into my life.

In short, that first ice cream social served as the gateway to a lifelong friendship filled with laughter, adventure, and a rediscovery of myself. I am forever grateful for the experiences we've shared and the bonds we've formed, and I look forward to creating many more beautiful memories together in the years to come.” 

 - Nia, India (4 month Vonder resident)

Q: Did you know anyone in Vonder when you first moved in?

“When I first moved to Vonder, I didn't personally know anyone. However, I was attracted by the co-working spaces, the community aspect, and the many amenities including the free yoga classes every Wednesday.”  

- Catalina, Colombia (Vonder resident)

Q: How did you first meet your Vonder friend and what was your initial impression of them?

“I first met a neighbour in the gym, and she quickly became my workout partner. Her friendly nature and motivation were truly inspiring. This positive encounter set a wonderful precedent for my interactions with other residents.” 

 - Catalina, Colombia (Vonder resident)

“When I first moved to London, I didn't know anyone in the city. Thankfully, Vonder organizes these fantastic events regularly, which turned out to be a great opportunity to meet new people. I met my first Vonder friends at one of my first events. Even for me, it was easy to strike up a conversation and get to know new people. My first impression of them? Absolutely positive! I quickly felt a connection between us.” 

 - Bartosz, Warsaw (6 month Vonder resident)

Q: Have you created a friendship with anyone at Vonder from a different background/culture than you?

“In the Vonder community, I have had the privilege of befriending individuals who come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, each offering unique perspectives and experiences. This multicultural environment has been a tremendous source of learning for me. Living in a city as wonderfully diverse as London, it becomes evident how invaluable it is to have friends from different countries and cultures. Through my interactions with them, I have come to realise that despite our varied backgrounds, at the core, we are all fundamentally the same. Our shared humanity transcends cultural differences and unites us in our common experiences, emotions, and aspirations. This understanding has fostered a deep appreciation for the richness of diversity and has opened my eyes to the beauty of embracing and celebrating our differences while recognising our shared values as human beings.”

 - Nia, India (4 month Vonder resident)

Q: Have you introduced your co-living neighbours to any of your other friends or social circles?

“The friends I have made in my community have not only formed connections with each other but have also had the pleasure of meeting a few individuals from my wider social circle. I take immense pride in speaking about my community friends to all my other friends outside the community. It brings me great happiness to have such incredible friends who not only share the same living space but also happen to be amazing individuals. Knowing that I always have somewhere to go and something to do with these great friends is truly comforting and fills me with a sense of gratitude. Their presence in my life has brought an abundance of joy and a feeling of belonging that extends beyond the physical boundaries of our community.” 

- Nia, India (4 month Vonder resident )

“Since I've just moved to London, it's actually been the other way around. My co-living neighbor introduced me to their circle of friends. It's been really cool because I've had the chance to join parties where both my co-living pals from Vonder and their friends are present. It's a fantastic way to expand your social circles!” 

- Bartosz, Warsaw (6 month Vonder resident) 

Q: Can you share a memorable experience or event that helped you feel comfortable in a shared living environment?

“A memorable experience was when I organised a private movie night with friends using the in-house cinema. This was a fun event that brought us closer together and made Vonder feel like home.” 

- Catalina, Colombia (Vonder resident)

“When I think of that, the Valentine's Day event immediately comes to mind. About a month into my time at Vonder, the event made me feel like I was truly part of the community. From then on, I feel like at home not only in my room but also in all the shared spaces. Besides, the event was an absolute blast!” 

- Bartosz, Warsaw (6 month Vonder resident)

Q: Has a fellow Vonder tenant gone above and beyond to support you or vice versa?

“The Vonder community is filled with supportive individuals, but I'd like to specifically mention Melita from the Vonder team. She's been incredibly helpful and friendly, always ensuring that we have a great living experience. Additionally, my neighbour and workout partner has been an incredible source of motivation and friendship.” 

- Catalina, Colombia (Vonder resident)

 Q: Have you and your co-living neighbour discovered any shared interests or activities that you enjoy doing together?

“Definitely! We enjoy taking walks together around the neighborhood. It's a nice way to hang out, chat, and just relax after a busy day. It's become our special thing and a wonderful way to become better friends while enjoying the area around us.”

 - Bartosz, Warsaw (6 month Vonder resident)

Q: In what ways has your co-living friendship enhanced your overall experience of living in the Vonder community?

“Vonder is more than just a place where I live. In such a big city like London, my co-living friends are like my anchors. Friendships make Vonder feel cozy, like a little community within the city. If you're happy, friends are right there to share in your happiness. When you're feeling sad, they're there next to you, ready to bring back your smile. It's like having your fam that's always there.”  

 - Bartosz, Warsaw (6 month Vonder resident)

“Making friends has always come naturally to me, but it's truly remarkable how quickly I've formed deep connections with individuals who feel like family. The experience of sharing living spaces and resources with these friends has been absolutely amazing. In such a short span of time, I've managed to forge friendships that go beyond mere companionship—they've become an integral part of my chosen family. The bond we share is incredibly strong, and the joy of living together and pooling our resources has brought us even closer. It's truly a blessing to have friends who feel like family and to navigate life's ups and downs together in such a supportive and fulfilling way. Living in the Vonder community has been a profound learning experience for me, particularly when it comes to understanding the true essence of friendship. It has taught me the value of being there for one another, not just in good times but also during challenging moments. The sense of camaraderie and support that permeates the community is truly remarkable. We have created a genuine bond, always ready to lend a helping hand, offer guidance, or simply share a heartfelt conversation. Together, we have learned to live life to the fullest, embracing each day with enthusiasm and a deep appreciation for the friendships we have cultivated. Being part of the Vonder community has shown me the immense beauty of true friendship and how it can enrich our lives in countless ways.”

 - Nia , India (4 month Vonder resident)

The magic of friendship that is nurtured in our co-living spaces at Vonder is a testament to the profound impact of human connection and comradery. We believe it is essential for all people. The famous British author C.S. Lewis once said, “Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, 'sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends'." If you are interested in joining our unique community, consider our many co-living spaces around the world including co-living Berlin, and co-living Warsaw

As we celebrate the boundless joys of friendship, let us be inspired to seek out and nurture these precious connections within our co-living spaces and beyond. May the magic of friendship continue to brighten our lives, fostering understanding, empathy, and shared growth. Reach out, extend a hand, and forge new bonds, for in doing so, we not only enhance our own well-being but also contribute to a world woven together by the threads of genuine camaraderie. 

Here's to a day filled with cherished moments, and may the spirit of friendship enrich our lives every day. Happy National Friendship Day!

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