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WeWork Is Turning Its Offices Into Study Halls

The co-working giant is teaming up with online education provider 2U to give online students places to study and collaborate.
Members work on laptop computers in a common room at the Embarcadero WeWork Cos Inc. offices in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. WeWork has focused its attention on Asia since 2016 with the opening of its first facility in Shanghai amid booming demand for flexible work spaces.
Photographer: Mike Short/Bloomberg
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WeWork Cos. wants to be more than an office landlord. The co-working giant’s latest venture will give online-degree seekers a desk at WeWork locations.

The New York company told Bloomberg it’s teaming up with online education provider 2U Inc., which develops graduate courses for schools, including New York University, University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University. Students enrolled in digital courses offered by 2U will be able to study from WeWork offices, where they can join in-person study groups and rent conference rooms to work together with classmates. Students will have access to any of WeWork’s 207 locations, known for their hip decor, free Wi-Fi and on-tap kombucha.