Types Of Apartments


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Apartments, just like homes, come in a wide variety of styles in order to cater to the needs of different tenants. Apartments can be differentiated from one another based on size, number of rooms, amenities, location, facilities, and the amount of rent to be paid on a monthly basis. Before you determine the type of apartment you want to live in, you have to take these factors and the features of the different apartments into consideration so as to ensure you are making an informed decision.

What are the different types of apartments?

Types of Apartments
1.Studio apartment
2.Garden style apartment
3.Railroad apartments
4.Basement apartments
5.Shotgun apartments
6.Junior one bedroom apartments
7.One bedroom apartments
8.Two bedroom apartments
9.Three bedroom apartment
10.Loft apartment
11.Classic six apartment
12.Convertible apartment
13.Alcove studio apartment
14.Duplex apartment
15.Classic seven/eight apartment
16.Junior 4 apartment
17.Triplex apartment
18.Micro-unit apartment
19.Serviced/luxury apartment

Perhaps the most common categorization of apartments is based on the number of bedrooms in the unit (one bedroom, two bedrooms, and three bedrooms), but there are many other factors that can be used to group apartments such as design and size. Some terms used for apartments may be a little confusing since they are only used in particular states/cities, and you are better off knowing them in case you expand your apartment search to other areas.

When you are apartment hunting, you are bound to encounter a wide variety of apartments, some of which you will be familiar with, and others not so much. Here are the different types of apartments you may find:


Different types of apartments


1. Studio apartment

This is a rental unit that comprises of one central room that is used for a number of purposes, with a living room area, a bedroom area, and a kitchen area within the same space. The bathroom is separated from the central room by a door and a wall. In some cases, the kitchen area will include amenities such as a refrigerator and a microwave. The cost of rent and utilities in studio apartments is generally cheaper as compared to that of apartments that feature multiple rooms since they are small size. They are popular among couples as well as young professionals, but they generally suit anyone willing to sacrifice space in the name of affordability and a great location in some cases. Due to the reduced square footage, studio apartments are generally easier to clean than apartments that are bigger in size

Studio Apartment Layout
Studio Apartment Layout


2. Garden style apartment

 A garden style apartment also referred to as a garden apartment, is typically situated on the ground level of an apartment building, giving the tenant access to a garden, lawn, or any other green space that may be present. Garden style apartments are most likely to be found in low-rise buildings that are three stories high at most. They are common in rural, suburban, and suburban-urban hybrid areas. In urban areas such as New York City, garden style apartments can be found in brownstone buildings and townhouses, although the “garden” may just be a small patch of grass, so the term “garden style” is hardly used to describe these units. The main perk of living in a garden style apartment is obviously the proximity to a garden as well as any other shared amenities that may be available.


3. Railroad apartments

A railroad rental unit comprises of only one hallway that runs from the apartment entrance to the back wall. The rooms in this apartment are lined up on one side of the hallway, often in the order of the kitchen and living room on the front end of the apartment and the bedrooms in the back. The name is derived from the similar layout it shares with a railroad sleeping car, which has a walkway on one side of the car and a succession of rooms along the other side that open to the hall. This unique layout allows for more spacious rooms than what you would find in a similarly sized apartment with a classic layout.


4. Basement apartments

This is an apartment that is found below the street level underneath an apartment building. There are a lot of strict requirements in place in order for a basement apartment to be legally rented to a tenant. The ceiling of the unit should be at least 7 feet high, and there must be an appropriately sized window present in every room of the apartment. The walls of the basement apartment need to be waterproof in order to prevent dampness and consequent development of mold and mildew. Basement apartments are usually much cheaper than other units above it due to the less-than-desirable conditions of these units. Basement apartments tend to be noisier due to their proximity to the street as well as uninsulated noises from within the apartment building.


5. Junior one bedroom apartments

A junior one-bedroom apartment is essentially a studio unit that has an extra room that you can choose to use as a sleeping area. This separate space is often large enough to fit a bed and a nightstand. However, this room does not meet the legal requirements for it to be referred to as a bedroom. This is because it is too small in size and usually doesn’t have a bedroom. Furthermore, this extra space may just be a ¾ room without a door. The layout of junior one bedroom apartments may vary depending on the apartment building, but it can generally be considered to be an upgrade from a studio apartment.

Junior 1 Bedroom Apartment Layout
Junior 1 Bedroom Apartment Layout


6. One bedroom apartments

This type of unit comprises of a bedroom that comes with a closet and a door that can be closed, a living room area that is separate, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Some one-bedroom apartments utilize an open plan concept where there are no walls separating the living room area and the kitchen so as to maximize on space.

There are some requirements that have to be met in order for space in an apartment to be considered a bedroom:

  • It should have two means of egress
  • It has to be at least 7 feet in any horizontal direction
  • It should be a minimum of 70 to 80 square feet in size
  • The opening for the window should be at least 5.7 square feet in size


7. Two bedroom apartments

A two bedroom apartment consists of two separate bedrooms, each with one window or more and a door that can be closed, a living room area, a kitchen, and at least one bathroom. They are more spacious than one bedroom apartments, hence the monthly rent is higher.


8. Three bedroom apartment

Three, four, and five bedroom rental units have layouts that are similar to that of a two bedroom apartment, with the main difference being additional bedrooms, and possibly more bathrooms as well. Apartments that are of this size are not too common in major cities due to lack of space. In areas that are densely populated such as New York City, these units will generally account for around 5% of the apartments.


9. Loft apartment

Loft apartments are units that are situated in former industrial or commercial buildings that have been converted to residential complexes. They are defined by large, open spaces which are not separated by internal walls. Some of the distinct features you might find include high ceilings and windows, as well as exposed beams and exposed brick walls if you are lucky. They are especially common in New York City, favored for their open spaces and bohemian style.


10. Classic six apartment

This is an apartment that comprises of a living room, two separate bedrooms, a formal dining room, two separate bathrooms, with one often being en-suite, and a third bedroom that is smaller than the other two in size usually referred to as a maid’s room. This room may also have a full or half bathroom as well.


11. Convertible apartment

A convertible apartment, also known as a flex apartment, is a variation of a studio apartment that is bigger in size and has a separate sleeping area from the main room. This type of apartment is common in cities such as Chicago and New York where space is limited. In Chicago, these apartments may or may not have a partial wall that separates the extra space from the main room. In New York, tenants usually opt to install temporary structures in order to distinguish the sleeping area from the rest of living space. Structures that may be used include pressurized walls (if the building allows it), partial walls, and bookshelf walls.


12. Alcove studio apartment

This rental unit is a studio that additionally includes an L-shaped partition known as an alcove. These apartments are usually rectangular in shape with the alcove jutting off on one end. Many tenants opt to use the alcove as a sleeping area since it offers a sense of privacy that you will not find in a standard studio apartment. It can also be used as a home office, or in any other way you may want. They are more expensive to rent than normal studio apartments, but they are still cheaper than one bedroom units.


13. Duplex apartment

This is an apartment of any size that has space on two separate floors that are connected by a private staircase within the unit. This layout allows for a much-needed distinction between the bedrooms and other areas of the apartment.


14. Classic seven/eight apartment

A classic seven and a classic eight apartment is similar to a classic six rental unit, with the only difference being the number of bedrooms: a classic seven has one extra bedroom, while a classic eight has two more.


15. Junior 4 apartment

This type of apartment has four separate rooms: a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, and a formal dining room. The fourth room is smaller than a typical bedroom and does not have a door that can be closed. It also lacks a window, hence the unit cannot be considered to be a two-bedroom apartment.


16. Triplex apartment

This apartment has a layout that is similar to that of a duplex, except that it has one more level than the latter.


17. Micro-unit apartment

A micro-unit apartment is generally smaller than a studio apartment, with an average size of 200-400 square feet. A micro-unit that is ultra-efficient will comprise of a living area, a kitchen, and a bathroom within this limited space. It is most comfortable when occupied by only one tenant.


18. Serviced/luxury apartment

This is an apartment of any size that includes regular cleaning and maid services that are provided by the property management company. Luxury apartments generally have higher quality finishes and amenities as well.


Related Questions

  • How does rent payment work? When it comes to renting an apartment, you are expected to pay the landlord an amount that is specified in the rental agreement on a monthly basis. This amount usually stays the same, and it can only be changed at the end of the lease term. The date which the rent is due is specified in the lease and is often the first day of each month.
  • Can a landlord refuse to accept my rent payment? In some situations, a landlord can legally refuse to accept your payment. If you have already been served with an eviction notice, the landlord will typically turn down any further rent payments, except for the rental arrears you are legally required to clear. Another reason why your rent payments may be turned down is if your landlord has given you the appropriate notice to vacate the unit after your lease has run out. Your landlord can also refuse rent if you attempt to pay in a form that is not stipulated in the rental agreement.

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