Living in Northern California’s East Bay will both meet your needs and surpass all your expectations, thanks to its unique proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. A vibrant and diverse hub in one of the Bay Area’s fastest-growing job markets, Essex studio apartments in the East Bay provide the perfect blend of modern living and more affordable prices. In Oakland, elevate life to the next level with high-rise living at The Grand or discover relaxed living with sweeping Bay views at The Landing at Jack London Square. At Emme apartments in Emeryville, you can effortlessly bike to popular local stores and restaurants and enjoy the neighborhood’s eclectic vibe.

With open-concept floor plans up to 550 square feet in size, Essex studio apartments in the East Bay are the perfect fit for renters looking for a smaller space to call home with unparalleled access to everything the area has to offer.

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Apartment Locations

Experience an exciting mix of big-city style and East Bay eclecticism. From scenic redwood hikes to renowned restaurants, our studio apartments provide you the options and freedom to live in the middle of it all. Explore our studios for rent in unbeatable locations like Oakland, Emeryville, Fremont, Union City.

Emeryville Pleasanton
Fremont San Ramon
Hayward Union City

Studio Features and Amenities

Studio apartments at Essex communities in the East Bay offer open floor plans that are sleekly designed with in-home amenities like stainless smart home technology, ultrafast Internet connectivity, stainless steel appliances, and modern finishes. Ample on-site amenities at our pet-friendly communities include state-of-the-art fitness centers, pools and spas, club rooms, BBQ areas, shared workspaces, and more.


What is the Layout of a Studio Apartment?

A studio apartment combines your living room, bedroom and kitchen into one open space to create a one-room apartment. While the open-concept design of a studio apartment does not include walls or partitions to section off different rooms, the floor plan includes space for a bed and living area, as well as separate closet and bathroom space. Check out our blog on how to divide a studio apartment into multiple rooms for some helpful advice. If you choose to live in an apartment community or rental property, your studio apartment may include smart home features, an outdoor patio or balcony, and access to the community’s pool and fitness center.

Are Studio Apartments Cheaper?

For renters looking to enjoy their own space with a lower-than-average monthly cost, studio apartments are an ideal choice. Studio apartments are often less expensive than one-bedroom apartments because they have less total square footage, and smaller square footage typically equates to lower utility bills, which can also help you save on your monthly costs.

What Does a Studio Apartment Look Like?

A studio is an apartment that encompasses all areas of your home in one single, open space. While there is typically limited space, some studio apartments have an alcove or “L-shaped” area that can be sectioned off with a privacy screen or curtains and used as a bedroom or dining space.

Other Studio Apartment Locations

If you’re interested in exploring other locations outside of East Bay , check out our additional studio apartment pages below. Essex offers a variety of studio apartments from San Diego to the Pacific Northwest in some of the most sought-after locations on the West Coast.

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