A studio apartment
, also known as a studio flat
(UK), efficiency apartment
or bachelor/bachelorette style apartment
, is a small apartment
An apartment or flat is a self-contained housing unit that occupies only part of a building...
which combines living room
A living room, also known as sitting room, lounge room or lounge , is a room for entertaining adult guests, reading, or other activities...
A bedroom is a private room where people usually sleep for the night or relax during the day.About one third of our lives are spent sleeping and most of the time we are asleep, we are sleeping in a bedroom. To be considered a bedroom the room needs to have bed. Bedrooms can range from really simple...
, and kitchen
A kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation.In the West, a modern residential kitchen is typically equipped with a stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator and kitchen cabinets arranged according to a modular design. Many households have a...
A kitchenette is a small cooking area.In motel and hotel rooms, small apartments, college dormitories, or office buildings a kitchenette usually consists of a small refrigerator, a microwave oven or hotplate, and, less frequently, a sink...
into a single room. "Bachelor" or "efficiency" apartments are sometimes smaller than studio apartments.
In British usage, a studio flat has its own bathroom; a single room with cooking facilities and a shared bathroom is known as a bedsit
A bedsit, also known as a bed-sitting room, is a form of rented accommodation common in Great Britain and Ireland consisting of a single room and shared bathroom; they are part of a legal category of dwellings referred to as Houses in multiple occupation....
Studio, efficiency, and bachelor style apartments all tend to be the smallest apartments with the lowest rents in a given area, usually ranging around 300 to 450 square feet (25–45 square metres) in the United States, but considerably smaller in countries such as Japan, South Korea, and several European capitals. These kinds of apartments typically consist of one large room which serves as the living, dining, and bedroom. Kitchen facilities may be located in the central room, and the bathroom is often in its own smaller room.
A variation common in New York City
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is the "L-shaped" or "alcove
Alcove , a vault) is an architectural term for a recess in a room, usually screened off by pillars, balustrades or drapery.In geography and geology, the term Alcove is used for a wind-eroded depression in the side of a cliff of a homogenous rock type, famous from sandstones of the Colorado Plateau...
" studio, in which the central room branches off into a small alcove that can be used for sleeping or dining.
Studio apartments, in the context of Singapore
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's public housing
Public housing is a form of housing tenure in which the property is owned by a government authority, which may be central or local. Social housing is an umbrella term referring to rental housing which may be owned and managed by the state, by non-profit organizations, or by a combination of the...
, are flats that are specifically built by the Housing and Development Board
to cater to the growing senior citizen population. One must be at least 55 years old to purchase studio apartments.
Japan has an even smaller variation of the studio apartment known as the one room mansion.
Known as studio rooms in New Zealand, they frequently feature a bedroom with study area and an in-suite bathroom. Spaces such as kitchen, lounge and dining area are communal between other people staying in that apartment.
- Apartment hotel
An Apartment Hotel is a serviced apartment complex that uses a hotel-style booking system. It is similar to renting an apartment, but with no fixed contracts and occupants can 'check-out' whenever they wish....
- Chambre de bonne
A chambre de bonne is a type of French apartment consisting of a single room in a middle-class house or apartment building. It is generally found on the top floor and only accessible by a staircase; sometimes a separate "service staircase"...
- Loft apartment
- List of house types
- Serviced apartment
A serviced apartment is a type of furnished apartment available for short-term or long-term stays, which provides amenities for daily use. Serviced apartments can be less expensive than equivalent hotel rooms...