Housing

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Information as of 21 Feb, 2017

Types of residences available in Korea are serviced residence, apartment, one-room studio, multi-family residence, hanok (Korean traditional house), etc.

Serviced Residences

Serviced residences are furnished apartment buildings for both short- and long-term visitors to Seoul.

service resident

  • They have all the necessities of a modern apartment
  • These units are usually two to three times bigger than your average hotel room and usually include a kitchen.
  • Hotel-like services are provided, which include a front desk, a business center and a community area. Visitors may prefer a serviced residence as opposed to a hotel because of their affordability.

Apartments

Apartments are the most popular housing option among Koreans. They are preferred by most locals mostly due to their convenience.

apartment

  • Nearly all apartment complexes have facilities nearby such as supermarkets, district offices, post offices, and schools, as well al easy access to public transport.
  • Basic utilities like water, gas and heating are well established.
  • The units are somewhat smaller than what one might be accustomed to abroad.
  • Since the units are tightly packed into each complex, there can be a lack of privacy.
  • Looking for a parking space after work can also be a challenge, as most complexes do not allocate parking spaces to each unit.

Officetels / One-room studios

Officetel (office + hotel) refers to a residence-like office space. Some Koreans use them as residences. 

offficetel studio

  • Most of them are located in easily accessible places.
  • They are equipped with furniture and convenience facilities. The tenant’s privacy is protected.
  • A one-room studio is a smaller version of an officetel.
  • One-room studios offer lower monthly rents than officetels. There are many one-room studios near a university.

Detached Houses

Detached house is built for one family on detached housing site.

detached

  • In detached houses, the privacy of a family is well protected.You can set up a residential plan the way you like.
  • You can have your own garden.

Multiplex Houses

They are  smaller versions of apartments.

multiplex

  • A multiplex house is in a building no higher than four-stories.
  • number of families can reside in separate residental space in a building, and each household can own and sell the suit separately.

Hanok

A hanok is traditional Korean house.

hanok

  • Ondol, a system of  heated floors, keeps the house warm during the cold winter months, while the wide front porch keeps it cool during the scorching, hot summer months.
  • The hanok is a type of residence unique  to Korea that was developed to meet the needs associated with the frigid cold of winter and the scorching heat of summer.
  • It is interesting to note that many remodeled traditional houses are appearing in the city.
  • These remodeled homes have various modern amenities to go along with the beauty of their traditional design.