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An Apartment is a term used for a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house. An apartment may contain one or more rooms of a building used as a place to live, in a building containing at least one other unit used for the same purpose. A standard apartment generally has, at least cooking facilities, a bathroom and a place to sleep. People who lease these apartments pay rent for their use usually on a monthly basis. In Britain as in other commonwealth countries, apartments are called flats.


Most apartments are typically let out on rent but sometimes the owners of the apartment might themselves like to live in the apartment that they own. Usually building are constructed with the view of maintaining them as apartments i.e. they have several individual units each comprising a separate apartment, while many times old dilapidated buildings are converted into flats by partitioning the floor space into individual units.

Types of apartments

Apartments may be classified into various kinds. The bottom of the rung may be said to be occupied by the studio apartment which comprises a single room that consists of the living as well as the sleeping quarters, (a sofa pulls out to be used as a regular bed each night), a dining area and a little kitchenette. Bathrooms are generally separate with each apartment or sometimes the facilities have to be shared among the tenants of one floor.

Next in line are the one bedroom apartments where the bedroom comprises another room apart from the dining cum living room. Two bedroom and three bedroom apartments are usually rented or owned by families of two or more people. Pent house apartment are considered the most up market and hence are the most expensive.


The usual facilities in or with the apartment include:

  1. Laundry facilities generally kept in an easily accessible separate area
  2. Parking facilities

Usually billed separately:

  1. Air conditioners
  2. Outlets for connectionsfor telephones – usually billed separately
  3. Cable connection