A crash pad is a temporary housing solution for overnight accommodation that more closely resembles a traditional home and is typically cheaper than a hotel or VRBO. Crash pads are most often shared between many other temporary residents.
Crash pads can be helpful for a number of types of people — primarily travelers. Flight crew like pilots or flight attendants are some of the most common types of renters who would benefit from a crash pad.
Members of the military also regularly utilize crash pads in between deployments or station assignments. Anyone that's away from their home city or even someone who doesn't claim a specific city as their home can find benefit in staying at a crash pad.
You've probably assumed already that a crash pad is a bit more complicated than renting a standard hotel room for travel accommodations. If so, you're correct. There are certainly a number of things to consider if you're thinking about investing in a crash pad for yourself.
As we mentioned, crash pads are shared living spaces. That means, depending on the day, you could find yourself bumping into people you don't know. However, in a crash pad, you can be sure you'll always have at least a bed to yourself that no one else will take.
Beyond that, what's communal and what's not will depend on the specific management of each particular unit.