The studio apartment is a self-contained living unit that often contains a bedroom, living space, and kitchen all in one, open plan space. Most will then have one separate room for a bathroom (this is necessary and a facility that you should ensure the property has before agreeing to rent or buy it). In short, it’s perhaps the most compact form of property. Now, it’s not all too surprising that this type of property can cause a rift in general opinion. For some, this compact, minimal and cosy spaces are a brilliant investment with little waste. For others, the very same space may be described as cramped, confined, and overwhelming. So, could studio living be for you? Here are a few of the pros and cons that come hand in hand with the humble studio apartment.
One of the defining features of a studio apartment is its size: they are renowned for being small, perhaps the smallest common housing option. They cater to your basic needs but don’t allow much extra room for luxury. This explains why more studio apartments are found in densely populated city centres where land is expensive and in high demand: the more individual properties that can be built on it, the more profit landowners and landlords can make. If you literally use your home as a place to rest your head at night, this could be ideal. It encourages you to get out of the house in your spare time and exploring the city rather than lounging around the house scrolling through your Facebook feed and Instagram explore page. However, if you spend a lot more time in your home (perhaps working or studying from home), things can become a little stifled after a while. If you have pets, a partner who stays over often, or a lot of belongings, you may want to consider something a little larger with more storage space and living space. This will stop you feeling so claustrophobic on a regular basis. You will be able to host company on a more regular basis and won’t have to tuck your belongings away in storage.
If you take a look at the general demographic when it comes to inhabitants of studio apartments, many will tend to be students, graduates or young professionals who have recently moved out of their family homes or shared housing. Why? Well, studio apartments tend to be a lot more affordable than extended apartments or houses. It’s a great alternative for those who want to rent or buy on a lower budget, without having to share their personal space with others. A studio apartment is a brilliant way to have the independence of solo living and avoid arguments with housemates over chores, unwashed dishes, and spontaneous, last minute, late night gatherings of friends in your living space after their night out.
As your living space is smaller, you are likely to spend a whole lot less money when it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your property. If the temperature drops, you don’t have to keep your heating on for too long as one room warms up much more quickly than an entire property with more than one floor. If you have AC on in the warmer months, you have the same situation: it’s simpler and cheaper to cool one room than many rooms.
If you have less space, you have less space to fill with unnecessary belongings. Studio living encourages minimal living which is both beneficial for your wallet and for the environment. Not only will you have to think twice before splashing out on frivolous bits and bobs, but it means you will make good use of the items that you do purchase. This minimal lifestyle also means that you have less space to clean overall, as you have fewer belongings sat about gathering up dust.
At the end of the day, whether this type of property will suit you or not falls down entirely to personal choice and preferred lifestyle. If you only have to house yourself, then it could be absolutely perfect. However, if you’re planning to have a partner move in with you, frequent guests and visitors, or multiple pets, then you may need something a little more spacious. It’s always worth shopping around and taking a look at a few and then measuring up whether options are suitable or not as you go along. You never know, you might stumble across the perfect option for your wants and needs.