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What Is a Flat?

Is "flat" simply another name for an apartment? It all depends on what side of the pond you live.


[Updated: Feb 04, 2021 ] May 31, 2020 by Barbara Zito
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Term U.K. Meaning U.S. Meaning
Flat
• An apartment
• Living space on one floor in a larger building
• Usually the main residence

• Adjoining suite of rooms
• Usually found in a college residence hall
• Also an upscale apartment
Apartment
• An upscale flat
• Usually a second residence/pied-a-terre

• A studio, one-bedroom, etc. space within a house or building
• Exists within a house or building