The Common Area section of the Nexus is the main hub of commercial, social and transportation for the Nexus. This is the same area the Ryder first arrives in when the Hyperion docks with the Nexus for the first time although more areas become accessible after completing later missions.
The area consists of a ground floor connected by two sets of ramps to a second floor consisting mostly of overhanging walkways that connect to rooms. The first floor contains several shops, access to the docking/immigration areas, a relaxation Hydroponic Gardens, a bar/night club named The Vortex, and access to the lower section of the Cultural Center. The upper floor allows entry to the Tech Lab, the upper portion of the Cultural Center, and a residential wing of the Nexus.