Types of residences available in Korea are serviced residence, apartment, one-room studio, multi-family residence, hanok (Korean traditional house), etc.
Serviced residences are furnished apartment buildings for both short- and long-term visitors to Seoul.
- 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 are the most popular housing option among Koreans. They are preferred by most locals mostly due to their convenience.
- 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.
- 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 house is built for one family on detached housing site.
- 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.
They are smaller versions of apartments.
- 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.
A hanok is traditional Korean house.
- 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 homes are appearing in the city.
- These remodeled homes have various modern amenities to go along with the beauty of their traditional design.