We have something kind of like that called micro-studios. They're not that small, but they are basically small efficiency suites that come with a twin bed, sink, toilet/shower, microwave and a fridge. There's then a common kitchen to share on each floor and a common lounge/TV room.
They have short term leases and are popular among students, recent grads, some older folks and people that /trv/ a lot.
I know, because I live in a micro-studio building in Seattle.
>>949818 Microstudios are becoming a popular thing in San Francisco now, too. They start as small as 200 sq ft (about 18.6 sq m). Only way to get your own apartment in this city for less than $2000/mo. See http://m.sf.curbed.com/tags/micro-dwellings. >Now that I think about it, there are obviously also single room occupancy residential hotels, AKA SROs, which are basically a homeless shelter alternative. Shared bathrooms, small rooms, no kitchen, generally filthy and dangerous.
>>949822 Depending on the neighborhood, amenities and company that owns it they range from about $550-$650 for a super basic ground floor unit to upwards of $1000 a month for top floor loft-style "penthouse" units. I pay $850 because I live on a upper floor and I opted for a unit that had more cabinets, granite countertops and a built in desk/breakfast bar.
The rent also includes utilities and high-speed internet (I get 15 up/down most days) and common area cleaning twice a week.
If you factor all that in, it's a pretty good deal for a warm, dry place in a brand new building versus renting a room in a drafty old converted house.
Most companies require you to make 2-2.5x the rent, so that weeds out junkies and other people with less than optimal life skills.
Google Apodments, that'll give you some links to check out what the buildings are like.
>>950297 Similarly, you could try getting a job on a cruise ship. Different kind of shitty work, but the principle is the same. And you might get your pee-pee touched because there will also be girls working on the ship.
Or you could pick some smallish but growing hub town where there are lots of bullshit service jobs, but the cost of living hasn't started taking off yet and housing is cheaper because they've got lots of room to expand.
It's pretty fucked that they don't have anything like this in America. They could just buy a small ass building and turn half into shop and half into closet rooms for poor people to crash looking for jobs. A lot of people aren't looking for apartments or motels, they just want a floor to crash on with the little money in their pocket so they don't have to be homeless.
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