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How Much Square Footage Do I Need?

How much square footage do I really need

Updated April 1, 2023 – Whether you are looking for West Chester off campus student housing or just looking for your first (or second) place for rent in West Chester, it’s important that you determine how much square footage you need to live comfortably. If it’s your first apartment, you will need to determine not only what you are comfortable with, but also what you can afford. In some cases, you may want to talk to a realtor and have them show you the different sizes so you can see the actual sizes first hand.

How Much Square Footage Do I Need?

How much square footage do I really need in a home

According to industry professionals, an average person requires anywhere between 200 to 400 square feet of living area. However, the amount of space that an individual needs to feel comfortable varies from person to person. While some people can thrive in a small area, others require more space to feel at ease and succeed in their personal space. Ultimately, the decision on square footage is a personal one. Therefore, it is recommended that you visit a few apartments to get a feel for different sizes.



It is important to consider whether you can afford to go bigger in terms of square footage. Having a larger living space means higher utility costs and rent. It is not advisable to struggle with rent payments just to have a bigger apartment. Financial stress can negatively impact your personal and professional goals. Therefore, it is crucial to set your financial goals and determine your budget before looking for an apartment. If necessary, start with a smaller apartment and upgrade as your financial situation improves.

How much square footage do I really need in an apartment

If I Downsize, Can I Go Smaller?

Comfort is key. If you want to go smaller, look at what possessions you really need. If you feel comfortable living in a smaller space, you may be able to downsize and still have everything you need. Taking an inventory of the items you use the most will help you determine how much square footage you will need to live comfortably. Knowing how to organize your possessions will help you take more with you and still use less physical space.


If you are looking to move into your own apartment, talk to a professional to get an idea of how big certain apartments are. Knowing the square footage and learning how much space you need is important. Working with a Zukin Realty realtor is the best way to find an apartment that has the square footage you need to be comfortable. Know what size you need and what you can afford before you start looking. 

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