If you’re on the hunt for an apartment, you already know that one of the first questions to come up is, “How much space do you need?”

There are tons of great studios and one-bedroom apartments out there, but only you can decide on what best suits your living style. There are several differences between a studio and one-bedroom apartment that can help guide how to choose the right apartment for you.

Differences Between Studio And One Bedroom

There are several factors to consider when comparing a studio vs. one-bedroom apartment. Generally, a studio apartment consists of a single room plus a separate bathroom. That means everything else – your living room, bedroom, dining room, and kitchen (or kitchenette) – makes up the rest of the apartment without any separation. If you don’t require a lot of privacy, studios are an ideal rental option.

Studios are typically, but not always, smaller than other apartment units. Studios can range anywhere from 300 square feet to even 1,000 square feet. For example, the 39 West Lex studios at the Apartments at Charles Plaza range from 515-to-582 square feet and features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large luxury bathroom with a tub, and walk-in closets. Middletown & The Dona has four studio floor plans to choose from, including the 650-square-foot Middletown Executive Studio.

A one-bedroom, just as the name implies, has a distinct and separate bedroom that you can close off with a door. A one-bedroom apartment is a great option for renters who need that extra dose of privacy, do a lot of entertaining, or frequently have overnight guests.

While there are exceptions to every rule, one-bedrooms tend to be larger and have more closet space than a studio. For example, Vienna Park in Northern Virginia has three different one-bedroom apartment floor plans ranging from 900-to-1,000 square feet, all of which come with a balcony or patio for relaxation plus the option for a walk-in closet which provides extra convenience and storage space.

Studios: Pros And Cons


  • How to choose an apartment doesn’t always come down to the price, but price is certainly an important factor. Rent and utilities for a studio apartment will typically be less expensive, allowing you to save money.
  • You don’t need a lot of furniture to make a big impression – a big perk for renters starting from scratch. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to be creative when it comes to making the space functional.
  • With a smaller overall footprint and less furniture, a studio is easier and quicker to clean.


  • Lack of privacy. If your significant other likes to stay up late (file under: “things you should know before getting an apartment with your significant other”), there’s no door to separate your beauty sleep from his or her Netflix obsession.
  • You have to be tidy. Your living room is also your bedroom is also your dining room. This means you’ll probably want to make sure your clothes are put away, the bed is made and dishes are cleaned at all times. (Okay, at least most of the time.)
  • If you have a lot of belongings you are unwilling to part with, a studio might not fit them all.

One-Bedroom Apartment Pros And Cons



  • Rent and utilities will probably be more expensive.
  • You might need more furniture, like a separate bed and couch instead of a futon, or a dining room set.
  • You’ll have more space and surfaces to clean.

How to Choose The Right Apartment

Fortunately, when faced with the decision of a studio versus a one-bedroom, there is no right or wrong answer. How to choose an apartment comes down to what’s best for you at this time in your life! We make sure that residents and future residents have all the information needed as they’re determining how to choose the right apartment.


With flexible short-term leasing options, Southern Management allows residents to select the lease term — and apartment floor plan that’s right for them. So if you find a studio too tight or no longer need a one-bedroom apartment, you can always inquire about switching to another floorplan at the same community when your lease is up.

With over 25,000 apartments across Maryland and Virginia, Southern Management offers beautiful spaces of all sizes. Take a virtual tour of our communities and talk to a property manager about a studio vs. one-bedroom! Our team would be happy to discuss one-bedroom and studio availability, pricing, amenities, and more. Browse our apartment communities today!