5 Reasons to Rent Studio Apartments Over One-BedroomsSeptember 10th, 2009 by Rachael Weiner
As a single apartment dweller, you’ll find there are very good reasons to rent studio apartments versus one-bedrooms units. Though living in a one bedroom unit has its advantages, studio apartments are appealing because they’re much more economical in terms of both money and space. Read on to see all the advantages.
1. You’ll Save Rent Money
A studio rental is obviously going to cost less than a one bedroom rental, and undoubtedly the money savings is the number one reason you’d lean toward a studio unit in the first place. Studios, at the very least, typically run about $150-$200 less than a one bedroom. If you’re on a tight budget, studio apartments are your best bet.
2. You’ll Save On Electricity
When living in a small condensed space, keeping the unit cool in the summer and warm in the winter is going to take less energy than doing the same to a one-bedroom apartment. Not only will your rent be lower, so will your electricity bill. If you search hard enough, you can even find efficiency studio apartments where all utilities are included. Budgeting becomes much easier when you only have to write one check each month for living expenses.
3. You’ll Have Less Space to Furnish
One of the perks to living with a roommate is not having the burden of furnishing an entire unit yourself. You and your roommate typically both bring what you own and merge it, purchasing the few pieces you need to fill in any gaps. If you live in a one bedroom unit by yourself, you have to fill the space on your own, and furnishing an apartment can be expensive. In a studio apartment, there isn’t room for excess furniture. A few key pieces, like a bed, desk, small love seat and table, will be more than enough. Sometimes you can even find furnished studio apartments if you prefer to forgo furnishing on your own all together.
4. You’ll Have Less Space to Clean
Less square footage means fewer surfaces to clean. Not only that, small spaces require you to be organized. There’s little room for clutter in a studio. Studios are great for minimalistic living. If you’re looking to simplify your life and streamline your belongings, moving into a studio apartment is a great way to do so.
5. You’ll Get Out More
One of the downfalls to a studio apartment is that they can feel claustrophobic if you spend too much time inside. However, this can also be a perk for someone who is constantly on the go or wants to be. If you’re basically only renting an apartment so you have a place to store your belongings and sleep at night, there is absolutely no reason to not to rent a studio. If you’re trying not to be a homebody, living in a small space will make you much more likely to get out and explore the city where you live.
Though both types of units have their pros and cons, you’ll find renting a studio apartment can be more suitable to your lifestyle and budget than living in a one-bedroom apartment.
Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.