About us

We are a community of city loving hybrid & remote workers. We swap our homes, hang out and work together. Membership is free!

Free accommodation all over Europe

No more expensive Airbnbs and hotels. If you swap your home, you’ll have your very own apartment in the coolest cities in Europe, for free! And you will no longer need to take a holiday to go abroad. You can just keep on working 😉. 

Sanne & Bart meeting Yerevan  locals

The true sharing economy

Websites like Airbnb were once wonderful social platforms, but commercial interests have taken over. Short term rental websites are driving up rental prices and causing gentrification. When you swap your home, you don’t leave your apartment empty. It’s safer, more social and more sustainable.

A community of people who aren’t like you

Meeting people from other cultures makes us more tolerant, a very important key to making our world a better place we think. Before 2023 founders Sanne & Bart spent 13 years traveling and meeting the amazing community of locals from more than 50 countries at Spotted by Locals. They are now taking their mission of uniting the world to the next level!

Sanne and Bart are the trusted connections between all the members, as they meet every potential member in person or via video before they join.

Work together – online & offline

Members of Urban Crabs can co-work and meet online 24/7 (we have cool tools!). And of course we meet up in real life when we travel or exchange our homes with fellow members.

Spotted by Locals weekend in Amsterdam

Pay what you want

All major home exchange networks charge a hefty yearly membership fee that many people can’t afford. Urban Crabs is a social business – members pay what they can.

We want to make home swapping available to people who live in European cities where many people don’t go, but should!
Have you been to Yerevan? Or Rijeka? See?