Is a Duplex Better Than an Apartment?

Home | Blog | Is a Duplex Better Than an Apartment?
Which is Better? Duplex or Apartment | Picture of Both |

Reading Time: ( Word Count: )

Are you in the market to rent an apartment or duplex? First, let’s look at the definitions. Then, we will explore some of the pros and cons of each.

While a duplex and apartment are similar in that they both contain units to house people, a duplex refers to two separate units within one structure whereas an apartment refers to a singular unit (may or may not be part of a larger structure).

Let’s dig into this a little deeper.

What is the Difference Between a Duplex and an Apartment?

Duplexes and apartments are fairly similar but there are a few distinct differences.

  • A duplex consists of two separate units that sit next to or on top of each other within one structure. They typically come with a garage.
  • An apartment refers to a single unit within a complex or group of units, although it could be by itself. There are likely to be neighbors on either side and/or above and below in an apartment complex setting.

Pros and Cons of Duplexes and Apartments

Pros of a Duplex Unit

Side-by-side washer Dryer |

  • More likely to have in-unit washers and dryers
  • Often larger than apartments
  • Just one neighbor, which is great for those who like peace and quiet.
  • Likely to have easier parking

Cons of a Duplex Unit

  • Can be more expensive than apartments.
  • Not as widely available as apartments.
  • Can be lonely with just one neighbor if you like to socialize.
  • May have to do some of the maintenance or lawn work on your own.
  • Often do not come with amenities like swimming pools and gyms.

Pros of an Apartment Unit

Two Children on Skateboard at Apartment Playground |

  • Plenty of neighbors offer ample opportunities to socialize.
  • Usually easier to find apartments to rent rather than duplexes.
  • Typically, fewer maintenance responsibilities.
  • More likely to come with professional management

Cons of an Apartment Unit

  • Multiple neighbors can make the complex noisy (if sound control measures not in place)
  • Parking can be challenging if the complex has a low parking to apartment ratio

Ultimately, the decision between an apartment and a duplex is yours based on your budget and needs. Both have potential pros and cons, decide what works best for you.


* indicates required

Don't Forget to Share this post! If you like it!

Fidelity Management – Our content has been featured or mentioned nationally by some of the industry’s best websites including:
ApartmentGuide | | MyFirstAmartment | RENTCafe | The Balance …and many more



Finding an Apartment


Leasing an Apartment

Living in an Apartment

Moving Into an Apartment


Things to Do In Philly

News and Announcements

Editor’s Picks

Ben Franklin Bridge leading into Philadelphia at sunset


Stay a Smart Renter. Join the Group!

* indicates required

Related Articles

Decorating Ideas for Smaller Apartment Bathrooms

Decorating Ideas for Smaller Apartment Bathrooms

When it comes to the bathroom, many tenants feel that decorating is a big challenge due to its small size and lack of flexibility. Thankfully, bathroom decor doesn't have to be complicated. There are plenty of ways tenants can spruce up their bathrooms without...

read more
Can I Sublet My Apartment?

Can I Sublet My Apartment?

If you are renting an apartment and have considered subletting, you’ve come to the right place. What Is Subletting? Since you found this article, you might already know what subletting is. But just in case, subletting is a term used to define the act of releasing your...

read more
Skip to main content
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap