Differences Between Furnished Apartments We Offer—And Don’t Offer

Furnished apartments listed on Homelike come in all shapes and sizes—but what exactly does the term furnished apartments, or furnished housing, mean?  Which types are offered by Homelike—and which are not?


While there is no standard industry definition, simply put, a furnished apartment is just a broad term to describe a residential rental property which includes furniture in the price. The units are generally rented for temporary periods of time, which vary from days, weeks, months or even years. The extent of the furnishings differs between each listing and should be chosen based on the purpose of the accommodation and individual lifestyle needs.


A furnished apartment from Homelike fills the gap between traditional apartment rentals and hotels. Business professionals traveling for several months at a time can especially benefit from furnished apartments, which are usually equipped with their own kitchen and laundry facilities—a luxury which most hotel rooms lack. In addition to the comfort, booking a furnished apartment can save travelers up to 40% on average compared to a hotel.


Find out which kinds of furnished apartments Homelike offers below.

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Types of furnished apartments offered by Homelike:

Corporate Housing

Best suited for: business travelers who need wifi upon arrival  


Corporate housing is a term used for furnished apartments which contain furnishings tailored more towards business travelers, who often have specific needs that vary from the average tenant.


Corporate tenants expect amenities such as wifi upon arrival or in-house services for the busier business executives. At Homelike, every property listed has to fulfill specific requirements. Every apartment on Homelike should have a kitchen with utensils, linens for bed and bath, and utilities included.


Especially for extended stays, which start at a minimum of one month, business travelers choose to stay in corporate housing options over hotels due to their comfort and affordability.

Serviced Apartments

Best suited for: busy professionals who don’t want to make the trek to the laundromat every week 

Many providers describe a serviced apartment as accommodation with hotel-like benefits—usually minus turn-down or room service. In our opinion, serviced apartments are a great way to experience a new city with less hassle of menial everyday tasks. On Homelike, services may be included in the price or added on with an additional fee.


Services may include:

  • In-house fitness center
  • Concierge service
  • Management team
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Boarding Houses

Best suited for: housing a crew while filming your next blockbuster—or boarding several employees for a project


A boarding house is a building with multiple furnished units. These are especially useful for companies looking to accommodate several employees at once–whether they are working on an ongoing project in another city or even filming at a nearby location. These are a great alternative to long hotel stays, since employees can stay in one place while also enjoying the luxury of their own apartments.

Is your company looking to accommodate several individuals at once? Find out what Homelike can do for your large scale housing needs here.

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Types of furnished apartments NOT offered by Homelike:

Sublet or Sublease

Best suited for: leisure travelers or those who need a little more time to find permanent accommodation

A sublet—or sublease—is a property in which the primary tenant or landlord rents out a room or entire apartment (furnished or unfurnished) to a subtenant. Primary tenants are generally required to have written consent from their landlords—otherwise, tenants could be going against their rental agreement. Spaces may be rented out only to short-term travelers but may not be suitable for long-term purposes.

Emily Byrne

Emily Byrne is responsible for content marketing and translations at Homelike. Although she now lives in Germany, she originally hails from Idaho, USA—and no, that's not located in the midwest.