The Ins, Outs And What To Look For When Considering A Studio Apartment

Posted on: 27 January 2015

If you're considering a move to an urban area, you might have been surprised at the sheer number of apartments available. However, that initial burst of excitement was probably crushed when you realized just how expensive big city living can be. If you're on a tight budget, renting a studio apartment might be the solution – but this option isn't right for everyone. Here are a few of the highs and lows of living in a studio apartment, and what to look for if you decide this is the best option for you:

Pros of Studio Apartments

Renting a studio apartment isn't for everyone, but there are several instances where it's the best option available:

  • The Cost – Less square footage means that in most instances, studio apartments are a great option if you're living alone or don't have the money to afford a larger place. In addition, because you have less space to heat or cool, your utility bill will be much smaller.

  • Cleaning Isn't Fun – If you're not a fan of cleaning, a studio apartment is a great option.

  • Lack of Space for Unnecessary Junk – A lack of closet or floor space will definitely make you rethink purchasing another handbag or a second nightstand. If you want to avoid accumulating unnecessary clutter, choosing a studio apartment is a great way to keep your money in the bank.

Cons of Studio Apartment Living

The smaller price tag and less floor space to vacuum or sweep are all great reasons to choose a studio apartment. However, this option might not be the best for you for several other reasons:

  • When the Claustrophobia Sets In – If you're the type of person who needs room to breathe, living in a studio apartment might not be the best option. Even if the apartment seem spacious in the beginning, once you begin decorating and putting out furniture, your studio space can begin to feel claustrophobic pretty quickly.

  • Think Twice Before Planning a Dinner Party – Nothing compares to sharing a meal with your friends and family in your fabulous new apartment. Unfortunately, it can be awkward arrange a proper dinner party if half your guests are forced to sit on the floor.

  • Prepare to Downsize, A Lot – Moving from a larger apartment or your parents' home forces you to downsize. This is especially true when you are moving into a studio apartment. So, unless you like tripping over boxes or living amongst a sea of plastic totes, be prepared to do a lot of decluttering.

Features to Watch For

After weighing the pros and cons, if you've determined that renting a studio apartment is the best option, there are several features to watch for:

  • High Ceilings – Finding a studio apartment with high ceilings will make living in such a small place far more bearable. In addition to feeling bigger, the higher ceilings and taller walls provide you with more vertical storage space.

  • Storage U.S. News and World Report recommends looking for an apartment complex that offers on-site storage, such as in the basement.

  • Amenities – From free cable to complementary utilities, many apartment complexes offer several incentives and amenities simply because studio apartments aren't always a renter's first choice.

  • Beware of Diminutive Appliances -- Many studio or efficiency units feature apartment-size appliances, which are smaller and in most cases, inadequate. While touring studio apartments, make sure the stove, fridge and dishwasher are full-sized, which will make living in a smaller space much more bearable. 

Looking for the right apartment for your lifestyle, family and budget can seem like a huge undertaking, especially if you've never lived in an urban area. Before you begin apartment hunting, create a realistic budget and list of must-haves to ensure you find the best fit possible! Then search online or get help from a company like Renters Guide to find the apartment that best suits you.