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WORKING IN AUSTRIA

Top co-working spaces in Austria for freelancers and entrepreneurs

Ditching the traditional office to work from home can be liberating for many people. But without a dedicated work space or colleagues to talk to, it can quickly become a lonely experience.

Woman in wheelchair on laptop in cafe
Whether you want networking opportunities, office services, or simply a space to set up your laptop and drink coffee, there are options across Austria. Photo: Marcus Aurelius/Pexels

Thankfully, Austria is home to many co-working spaces and a recent study by the OVO Network named Vienna as the second best city in Europe for remote workers. 

Additionally, a Harvard Business Review study found that people who use co-working spaces report higher levels of satisfaction in their job when compared to those working in a traditional office environment.

So, for anyone working from the kitchen table and craving a change of scene, here’s an overview of the top co-working spaces in Austria.

VIENNA

The Collaboratory, Apollogasse 4/7

Not only does it offer workspaces, but The Collaboratory also provides members with babysitting services twice a week (and claim they are the only co-working space in Vienna to do so).

Cost: The Virtual Office package starts at €80 per month and includes a business address, mail collecting service, private locker, one day a month hot desk and a 15 per cent discount for meeting or event rooms. The Hybrid Working Plan starts at €16 for one day and babysitting services are €12 for four hours.

Hours: [TBC]

Impact Hub Vienna, Lindengasse 56

Impact Hub describes itself as “a diverse community of founders, creatives, investors, established companies and NGOs” and aims to balance social responsibility with profitability.

The organisation has 600 co-working members and also provides startup accelerator programs, as well as tailored partnership programs. Members can choose to join Impact Hub’s online community or rent a workspace in the building.

Cost: The Community membership starts at €20 a month and a workspace package starts at €35 a month for 10 hours.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.

Talent Garden, Liechtensteinstraße 111-115

Talent Garden is a co-working space for freelancers and claims to be the biggest European community of digital and tech innovators. The Vienna branch is located in the ninth district and spans 5,000 square metres over six floors.

Each Talent Garden has a community manager and members of the Vienna branch also gain access to other Talent Garden ‘campuses’ across Europe.

Costs: A day pass at Talent Garden starts at €20 for a hot desk at a shared table. This is available from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and day passes can be bought in bundles of 10, 20 and 30. Additionally, members can purchase a pass for 20 hours a week for €180, or 24/7 access at €300 a month.

Hours: 24 hours a day for full members.

Alternatively, there is no shortage of cafes in the Austrian capital. Coffee Pirates, Das Möbel, Jonas Reindl, Phil and Balthasar are among the welcoming places to enjoy a coffee and cake while doing some work.

LINZ

Factory 300, Peter-Behrens-Platz 10

The people behind Factory 300 say it is “the most innovative co-working environment to be found in Upper Austria”. Member benefits include fresh coffee, networking, printing facilities, events, workshops and discounts at Talent Garden in Vienna.

Factory 300 is located in the Tabakfabrik, a creative hub for architects, designers and startups.

Cost: Membership at Factory 300 starts at €30 for a day ticket (8am to 3pm), which includes a hot-desk, coffee, water, internet and printing facilities. 

Hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

GRAZ

Regus, Waagner-Biro-Strasse 47 and City Tower Graz, Brückenkopfgasse 1

Regus operates out of two city centre locations in Graz, offering a total of 37 co-working desks and four meeting rooms. Members can choose to hot-desk or select a designated workspace, and can book by the hour, day or month.

The Waagner-Biro-Strasse location is within walking distance of the Graz train station (Hauptbahnhof), and the City Tower Graz facility offers views over the River Mür.

Additionally, Regus operates co-working spaces in Linz, Vienna and in 150 other countries around the world, including neighbouring Slovenia.

Cost: Co-working packages at Regus in Graz start at €254 a month and meeting rooms can be hired from €19.50 an hour.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day for members.

SALZBURG 

Techno-Z, Schillerstraße 30

Techno-Z was the first co-working space to be established in Salzburg in 2012 and is aimed at sole traders, startups or entrepreneurs looking for a professional community in the city. 

The organisation has 25 fixed co-working spaces and 10 day guest passes. Techno-Z also holds regular events about entrepreneurship and startups. As an added bonus, prospective members can enjoy a one day free trial.

Cost: Members can choose from a one day pass for €25, a block of 10 day passes for €215 or a monthly ticket for €309.

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5pm. Friday: 8am to 12.30pm.

INNSBRUCK

Raum13, Maria-Theresien-Straße 42a

With a city centre location just four minutes from the train station, this co-working centre is easily accessible for members and is open to all professional groups.

The founders of Raum13 believe in openness, collaboration, sustainability, community and accessibility. The centre has been operating for seven years and proudly claims to have worked with people from 22 different nations.

Membership packages at Raum13 include coffee and water, 24/7 access to facilities and work tables.

Cost: A one day pass at Raum13 is €20.83 (from 9am to 6pm), a one week pass is €90 and a fixed desk monthly package is €275.

Hours: 24/7 access for full members. For day pass users, opening hours are 9am to 6pm.

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HEALTH

Reader question: How can foreign doctors practise medicine in Austria?

If you are a doctor moving to Austria, there are a few legal requirements you need to follow before starting your medical practice. Here is what you should know.

Reader question: How can foreign doctors practise medicine in Austria?

Medical doctors are in high demand all over the world, especially as the coronavirus pandemic showed us how much we are short-staffed in the health sector.

In Austria, it’s no different, and the federal government has already announced several measures to attract people to its health sector in the future.

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Among the measures are changes to its Red-White-Red residence permits, those that, for example, allow workers, including in shortage occupations, to immigrate to Austria on a work visa.

Things will get easier for many IT employees, engineers, and tourist sector workers, but in some sectors, including the health one, there are a few more hurdles before starting working.

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When it comes to medical activities, even European citizens who already have a right to live and work in Austria might need to go through a process to get their education certified and valid to start a medical practice in the country.

The process will depend primarily on where your training has taken place and what type of medical activity you intend on doing. All details can be found on the Austrian Medical Association (Österreische Ärztekammer).

General requirements for medical practice

In order to take up a medical practice in Austria, every physician (doctor, specialist, or general practitioner) needs to register with the Ärztekammer and meet the general legal requirements.

These include having full legal capacity concerning professional practice, good character and reputation required for fulfilling professional duties, fitness to practice needed for completing professional responsibilities, sufficient knowledge of the German language and legal residence giving access to the labour market.

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There are also specific requirements that need to be met depending on where your training took place.

Training took place within the EEA or in Switzerland

In this case, the process tends to be a bit easier, and you need to provide evidence of your basic medical training and any specific or specialist training you might have. For that, a diploma for medical study issued by an EEA member state of Switzerland will work.

You can check whether your documents are eligible for automatic recognition in Austria by emailing the Austrian Medical Association at [email protected].

Medical training outside the EEA (but recognised)

If you have had medical training outside of the EEA or Switzerland, but your training has been recognised by one of these states, the rules are also a bit different. You must show evidence of the medical activity and proof of its recognition.

Additionally, you must be authorised to independent medical practice in the country that recognised your education and has at least three years of actual and lawful professional experience in that country to have your training recognised through a non-automatic recognition of third country diplomas process.

You need to contact the International Affairs Team of the Austrian Medical Association ([email protected]) to get more information.

Medical training done in a third country

If you have completed your medical training in a third country and do not fulfil the requirements for a non-automatic recognition (above), you must first have your university degree recognised as equivalent by an Austrian university.

This process is known as Nostrifizierung.

In Austria, the Nostrifizierung procedure is done by the medical universities (Vienna, Graz or Innsbruck) with similar processes. In Vienna, you need to submit an application form, an education history for the comparison between the Curriculum taken and the one offered in Austria, and a possible “random test”.

Among the documents to be submitted in the application process is proof that you have a B2 level of German, a document from the Ärztekammer that you are required to go through the Nostrifizierung process and a confirmation that you paid the €150 fee. You can find a list of all documents you’ll need to submit here.

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The universities will then “investigate” if your education is equivalent to the one offered in Austria. The first step is a curriculum comparison (checking for both content and hours of classes), but they may also carry out a “random test” in some cases.

The test will be in German, but the participants selected will be allowed to use a language dictionary – the test results are only a part of the nostrification process and help the universities assess if the candidate’s training is equivalent to an Austrian one.

After you go through the recognition processes (Nostrifizierung), you can register with the Austrian Medical Chamber.

Registration with the Austrian Medical Association

Before starting medical practice in Austria, every person needs to register with the Austrian Medical Chamber. For this, they will need to send documents including proof of nationality, proof of lawful residence, a certificate of good standing from countries where they have practised medicine for more than six months within the last five years, a criminal record certificate, medical certificate (confirming physical and mental fitness to practice the medical profession) and more.

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The application for registration has to be filed with the Austrian Medical Chamber.

The Medical Chamber of the respective province where you plan to exercise the medical profession is available to further assist with this. You can arrange a meeting with them to clarify general questions about the process.

Here you can find more information.

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