Everything you need to know about studio apartments

What is a studio apartment and how is it different from other configurations, in terms of its size, price, merits and demerits? We examine…

Studio apartments have become quite popular in India in the past two decades, especially in cities like Mumbai, where space crunch does not allow large residential developments. We look at what studio apartments exactly are and how they help the country solve its housing problems.


What is a studio apartment configuration?

Studio apartments have a living space, a bed space, a kitchen and bathing space. Some studio apartments have partial walls, in order to create a demarcation. For example, if the guests come in, you will have some privacy, if there is a wall.

Everything you need to know about studio apartments


Size of studio apartments

Studio apartments or ‘efficiency apartments’, work on the principle of effective space utilisation. Hence, you will see minimum barriers in the form of walls and space demarcation. It usually has an open floor plan but this may vary, depending upon the city or the locality. For example, a one-room and kitchen (1RK) house is also marketed as a studio apartment, because there is no seemingly definite distinction between the two. The size of such apartments varies from 250-700 sq ft, depending on the brand of the developer, demand for the same, location, etc.

Everything you need to know about studio apartments


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Price of studio apartment

Studio apartments come in various price brackets and are usually found in cities, as it is intended for urban home buyers. In upcoming locations, 1RK configurations are the alternative and are often purchased, because of its affordability. In the city centre or strategic locations, such studio apartments may cost up to Rs 1 crore. In upcoming locations, the price of such apartments may touch Rs 25 lakhs.

Everything you need to know about studio apartments


Who should consider a studio apartment?

Studio apartments are popular among both, tenants and home buyers. It is best suited for single working professionals, or people staying alone. Paucity of funds may force small families to opt for studio apartments. Those looking at rental returns, can also consider purchasing studio apartments. In cities like Mumbai, Delhi or Bengaluru, a studio apartment in an established location can fetch good returns.

Everything you need to know about studio apartments


Difference between 1BHK and studio apartments

Most people tend to use the terms 1BHK and studio apartment interchangeably. However, here is the difference between the two. 1BHK units provide a room, a kitchen, hall space and a bathroom and each of these is separate, with adequate demarcation. A studio apartment is basically a single large room and the one who occupies the place, will have to allocate space for everything within this large room.

Everything you need to know about studio apartments


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Benefits of a studio apartment

Although studio apartments are small, it offers several benefits for tenants and owners.

  • As studio apartments are space-efficient, these are best suited for single dwellers.
  • Lower electricity bills, because energy consumption is lesser.
  • Affordable, as compared to other configurations.
  • The rent is usually lower, as compared to other types of apartments.
  • Such apartments are generally available in central locations, which have good connectivity.
  • Requires low maintenance.


Everything you need to know about studio apartments


Drawbacks of a studio apartment

While studio apartments are popular, there are some factors you should consider, before investing in one.

  • Not suited for bigger families.
  • Limited space; no clear demarcation.
  • Requires additional storage space.
  • Lack of privacy, in case you have guests coming over.
Everything you need to know about studio apartments


How to divide studio apartments?

One of the big challenges of living in a studio apartment, which comprises just one room, is trying to create more space and distinct areas. So, here are some easy ways to overcome this problem.

Room divider curtains

Installing room divider curtains, is a simple solution to segregate the house. With innovative partition curtains available these days, you can pick one that matches your décor theme.

Sliding doors

Sliding doors look elegant while giving a sense of privacy. They do not occupy much space, unlike regular doors.

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves

A ceiling-high bookshelf, placed perpendicular to a wall, is a practical way to separate the living areas. It will also provide storage space while elevating the décor quotient of the house.

Glass or wooden screen

Adding a glass panel or wooden screen will enable visual separation while letting sunlight inside the house.


Studio apartments and rental returns

As already mentioned, if you are looking at rental returns, a studio apartment is a good choice. You require a lesser amount to invest in a studio apartment than in a 1BHK or 2BHK unit. However, rental returns are also proportionate. You can expect anywhere between Rs 5,500 and Ra 15,000 for a standard studio apartment, in a tier-1 or tier-2 city, as rental. It is important to note that the rent depends on the locality and market dynamics, as well. A studio apartment in Bandra, Mumbai, can fetch you much more. Smaller cities do not have a very pronounced market for such small configurations.


Studio apartments around the world

These space-efficient homes are popular, not just in India but around the world and may be known by other names. Here’s a list:


CountryOther names of studio apartments 
CanadaBachelor apartment/ bachelor
Czech RepublicGarsoniéra
Denmark1 værelses lejlighed
JapanOne-room mansion
New ZealandStudio rooms
NigeriaRoom self-contain apartments
North MacedoniaGarsonjera
Norway1-roms leilighet
PortugalT0 (T-Zero)
South KoreaOfficetels
United KingdomBedsit
United StatesStudio apartment/ alcove studio


Things to consider when choosing a studio apartment

  • Decide on a budget: The price of residential units vary, depending on the location, the type of project and the various amenities provided by the developer. It is better to first fix a budget, before selecting a studio apartment.
  • Check the livable space: Studio apartments typically have a single room. Thus, it is essential to ensure that the room is not too cramped.
  • Ensure access to infrastructure: Make sure there are facilities like convenience stores, shops, supermarkets and physical infrastructure. It is also crucial to check if workplaces or educational institutes are easily accessible from the locality.
  • Look for amenities and features: Before you select a studio flat, check the various amenities it offers. Fully-furnished luxury studio apartments are more spacious and equipped with furniture and appliances. Also, an apartment that allows natural light to enter, is an ideal choice.



Are studio apartments in India expensive?

Just like any other configuration or format, the price of a studio apartment also depends upon its location, demand, brand of the developer, connectivity and other factors. In centrally located areas, studio apartments may be expensive.

Are studio apartments and bachelor pads the same?

A bachelor's pad is a term used for a living space owned by a bachelor.

Is a studio cheaper than an apartment?

Studio apartments are more affordable than other apartments of 1BHK, 2BHK or 3BHK configurations. Thus, it is mostly preferred by students and young professionals. However, the total cost may depend upon different factors, such as location, area, etc.


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