Amherst Housing Blog

Welcome to the Amherst Housing Blog! Here you can follow my search for adequate housing, learn a few tricks, avoid scams, get the low down on the rental scene, and post your own stories. This is meant to help all of you through the process and to keep these often wealthy, often unscrupulous landlords in check!! See sister Amherst Life Blog -

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Loners, hermits, fellow only-children syndromees, and other studio seekers, don't fall victim to the linguistic transformation that has taken root in the 5-college area. Please observe the contrast:

Widely understood definition of a "Studio" apartment:
A type of apartment/living quarters in which one has his/her own private entrance with door and lock/key, private kitchen, private bathroom, at least one window (we hope), and all of this within the confines of your own, self-contained, private living space that is large enough to at least put a twin bed in and walk around it (again, we hope).

In Amherst, this definition has been twisted, reformed, and adapted to fit the needs of a stingy (and may I mention, often wealthy) landlord population that has no problem charging NYC prices in rural, no-(wo)mans-land, Amherst, MA.

Check out the following examples of "studios":
"Studio apartment in a five bedroom home. Shared bathroom, shared kitchen, share all living expenses. 560/mth." --> This is not a studio, pal.

"1 br, 3 room Studio. No kitchen priveledges. Share bathroom cleanups. Owner occupied. $650/mth" --> You should be ashamed of yourself.

"Studio in downtown Amherst. Split internet and utilities with housemates. No overnight guests. $580/mth" --> No spliting, no housemates, no, no, no. You got it all wrong!

Hope this post is helpful to those musing the change of traditional studio definitions. Don't accept convenient, Pioneer Valley alterations of the U.S.-English language variety!!!



Its a complete total breakdown in housing.

5:32 PM  

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