Tech Millennial tech workers are paying an exorbitant amount to live in cramped, dorm-like conditions in San Francisco

  • Published: , Refreshed:

Young tech workers will go to great lengths to pursue their dreams in San Francisco.

A communal living space in The Negev house. play

A communal living space in The Negev house.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Millennials will go to great lengths to live in San Francisco to pursue their careers. Some have even gone so far as to live in boats, tiny homes, or even inside homemade wooden crates.

With the second-highest median rent in the US, the city has some new graduates spending up to 79% of their salary solely on rent. It's no surprise that residents are coming up with unique living situations in order to stay.

One such place is The Negev, a communal living space aimed towards those working in tech. One of The Negev's San Francisco homes houses 40 residents, many of whom sleep in bunk beds and pay $1,900 a month to stay there. Ahead, take a look inside that particular outpost of The Negev.

Located in the tech-centric neighborhood of SoMa, The Negev boasts on its website that this particular location "is home to dotcom giants like LinkedIn and Dropbox, [and] the San Francisco Giants stadium." There are three outposts of The Negev in San Francisco, in addition to locations in Oakland and Austin.

The front entrance of The Negev. play

The front entrance of The Negev.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



Residents like 25-year-old Zander Dejah pay about $1,900 a month in rent, according to Reuters.

Residents like 25-year-old Zander Dejah pay about $1,900 a month in rent, according to Reuters. play

Residents like 25-year-old Zander Dejah pay about $1,900 a month in rent, according to Reuters.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



The home has three floors and roughly 50 rooms.

The home has three floors and roughly 50 rooms. play

The home has three floors and roughly 50 rooms.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



The Negev prides itself on creating a community that's ideal for young tech workers to brainstorm ideas and write code for apps.

The Negev prides itself on creating a community that's ideal for young tech workers to brainstorm ideas and write code for apps. play

The Negev prides itself on creating a community that's ideal for young tech workers to brainstorm ideas and write code for apps.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



The house hosts parties on weekends, and a communal dinner is served every Sunday night. Residents gather in the common space.

play

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



Dejah, who was born and raised in New York, graduated from McGill University with a degree in computer science and math last year. He's now a virtual reality engineer at consulting firm moBack.

Dejah, who was born and raised in New York, graduated from McGill University with a degree in computer science and math last year. He's now a virtual reality engineer at consulting firm moBack. play

Dejah, who was born and raised in New York, graduated from McGill University with a degree in computer science and math last year. He's now a virtual reality engineer at consulting firm moBack.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



He described The Negev house to Reuters: "It's basically an extension of college. We sort of live in a frat house."

He described The Negev house to Reuters: "It's basically an extension of college. We sort of live in a frat house." play

He described The Negev house to Reuters: "It's basically an extension of college. We sort of live in a frat house."

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



Most of the residents are in their mid-to-late 20s. They're often software engineers, UI designers, operations analysts, or virtual reality engineers.

Most of the residents are in their mid-to-late 20s. They're often software engineers, UI designers, operations analysts, or virtual reality engineers. play

Most of the residents are in their mid-to-late 20s. They're often software engineers, UI designers, operations analysts, or virtual reality engineers.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



Local housing advocates have spoken out against this type of communal living. Sarah Sherburn-Zimmer, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, said to Reuters, "The Negev house takes affordable housing and makes it unaffordable. All they've done is take away housing from people who had it and loved it and pushed them out to make a quick buck."

A pizza place near The Negev house. play

A pizza place near The Negev house.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)



Alon Gutman, a cofounder of The Negev, said to Reuters, "We have never made somebody move out of that building, we are trying to solve the housing crisis and increase density in a positive way."

A corner store near The Negev house. play

A corner store near The Negev house.

(Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)