There are serveral house types. A basic division is between free-standing or Single-family houses and various types of attached or multi-user dwellings. Both may vary greatly in scale and amount of accommodation provided. Although there appear to be many different types, many of the variations listed below are purely matters of style rather than spatial arrangement or scale. Some of the terms listed are only used in some parts of the English-speaking world.

house types

house types

1 apartment building 2 house 3 duplex/two-family house 4 townhouse/townhome
5 condominium/condo 6 dormitory/dorm 7 mobile home 8 nursing home
9 shelter 10 farm 11 ranch 12 houseboat
13 the city 14 the suburbs 15 the country 16 a town/village

Many of the differences in housing vocabulary are in the words used to describe types of homes. The following is a list of examples in which different words and expressions are used to indicate essentially the same type of house and apartment.

American British
apartment houseĀ orĀ apartment building block of flats
apartment hotel service flats
condo/condominium owner-occupied flat
duplex semi-detached house
row house terraced house


A. Town Taxi Company.
B. Hello. Please send a taxi to….. (address}
A. Is that a house or an apartment building?
B. It’s a /an__
A. All right. We’ll be there right away.

A. This is the Emergency Operator.
B. Please send an ambulance to ….. (address}
A. Is that a private home?
B. It’s a/an_.
A. What’s your name and telephone number?