Living alone means you don't need a lot of space. The average studio apartment is just over 500 square feet, with trends in smaller apartments continuing. If you have the option to rent either a studio or a one-bedroom apartment, you may not be sure which one is best for you.
There are benefits to both studio and one-bedroom apartments, however, one-bedroom apartments for rent may be better suited for you. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a one-bedroom apartment rental over studios in your area.
You have room to entertain
The biggest difference between a studio apartment and one-bedroom apartments for rent isn't necessarily the square footage; it's the way the space is laid out. In a studio apartment, the space is all open, which means the bedroom, kitchen, living area, and dining room are all in one big space. There may be a loft for a bed, but that's it.
There is an advantage to having a one-bedroom apartment over a studio if you want to entertain people. With a one-bedroom apartment, your living space is separated from where you sleep, so even if you don't have any extra square footage in your one-bedroom place, you are still able to entertain people without having them be in your most intimate space.
You have roommate potential
You're single now, but if you want to get a roommate in the future, you'll have to move from a studio to a larger apartment eventually. One-bedroom apartments for rent are usually larger and more spacious — allowing for more privacy — than studio apartments, so if you get a significant other or wish to share your space with a roommate to save money, you'll be able to mostly make it work in a one-bedroom apartment over a studio.
You have similar expenses
Studio apartments are usually located in the most bustling parts of town, which makes them convenient for some. However, one-bedroom apartments for rent are often close to these same locations and are not that much more expensive to rent than studios in most cases. If budgeting is not the biggest deal, then opt for more space so you have greater comfort in your apartment.
View multiple one-bedroom apartments for rent before choosing one that meet your needs best. Your apartment should have the views, location, and amenities you desire so you feel most comfortable signing a lease on your rental.