As small apartments are gaining in popularity, terms like “efficiency apartments” and “studio apartments” are becoming more popular, as well. But what do they actually mean?
It’s important that you know commonplace rental lingo so that you can find your ideal apartment quickly and easily. Let’s break down some of the key differences between efficiency apartments and studio apartments.
Kitchens in studio and efficiency apartments will be distinctly different.
Efficiency apartments are known for having a smaller kitchen. In most instances, an efficiency apartment will have some variant of a “kitchenette.” The appliances will likely be smaller and there will be less counter space. The stove may even be replaced with a single hot plate in some very small efficiency apartments.
On the other hand, it’s common for studio apartments to have a reasonably sized kitchen. Studios will have full-sized appliances and a larger work space. There are even some studio apartments that will have a kitchen that’s either fully or partially separated from the living/sleeping space.
Your desired location might help determine whether you should hunt for a studio apartment or an efficiency apartment.
Efficiency apartments are notorious for being in highly desirable parts of town and usually near the city center. This is essentially why efficiency apartments exist – to create affordable living spaces within range of big business hubs.
Studio apartments can exist basically anywhere. It’d be uncommon in most cities to find a true efficiency apartment in an outlying neighborhood.
Another clear-cut difference between studio and efficiency apartments is the size of the apartment and the available space in each.
In case we haven’t stressed it enough, efficiency apartments can be really small. Consequently, efficiency apartments are most always single occupancy. If you have a partner or roommate who will be sharing the space with you, you’re better off looking for a larger studio apartment.