Timothy Harris
studio apartment

If you’re searching for your dream apartment, you’ve probably come across both studio and one-bedroom apartments. If you’re a single person or couple without children, either could meet your needs. So, what’s best for your situation?


If having a private bedroom is on your “needs” list, you’ll want to steer clear of studio apartments. A studio is traditionally an all-in-one space with the exception of a separate bathroom. This means that the kitchen, bedroom and living room do not have any clearly defined barriers but instead work as one large, multipurpose space.

In the studio vs. apartment debate, a one-bedroom apartment certainly offers more privacy. This is especially important to consider if you and your significant other are looking to share a space as a studio apartment offers virtually nowhere to go to be alone.

It’s sometimes tricky but important to figure out the ideal floor plan to match your lifestyle.



While some studios are expensive, trendy and located near city centers, a large chunk of them are rented with affordability in mind. Generally, studio apartments are cheaper than their one-bedroom counterparts.

But, the amount of the difference will depend on your local market. In some instances, it may be an insignificant amount of savings monthly and you may opt for a one-bedroom. And depending on location, a studio can run much higher than a one-bedroom in a less desirable neighborhood.

In-unit amenities

Though the extra space may seem insignificant, a one-bedroom apartment typically can facilitate in-unit amenities that a studio apartment might not be able to.

Since studios are typically smaller, there’s rarely room for in-unit laundry. Instead, tenants have to utilize a laundromat or shared, on-site laundry rooms.

One-bedroom apartments, on the other hand, might have laundry hookups available inside the unit.

The bottom line

At the end of the day, both are winners of sorts. Studios and one-bedrooms are affordable housing options for singles or a couple. Exactly which one is right for you depends on your specific wants, needs and abilities.

If you don’t mind sacrificing space for financial savings, start with a studio. If you prioritize space, privacy and in-unit amenities, keep your search in the one-bedroom department. You can always adjust your search based on the results you’re seeing in your local market.

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About The Author

Timothy Harris

Timothy Harris is a freelance writer based in Albuquerque. He brings a professional background in event marketing, residential real estate and journalism to the table to provide useful and relevant content for the modern renter. Timothy has previously written content for Karsten & Associates in New Mexico and Up 'til Dawn, a philanthropic fundraiser that benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.