Lodging vs. Housing

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Lodging and Housing is that the Lodging is a type of residential accommodation and Housing is a construction and assignment of houses or buildings for sheltering people.

  • Lodging

    Lodging refers to the renting of a short-term dwelling. People who travel and stay away from home for more than a day need lodging for sleep, rest, food, safety, shelter from cold temperatures or rain, storage of luggage and access to common household functions. Lodging is a form of the access economy.

    Lodging is done in a hotel, motel, hostel, inn or hostal, a private home (commercial, i.e. a bed and breakfast, a guest house, a vacation rental, or non-commercially, with members of hospitality services or in the home of friends), in a tent, caravan/campervan (often on a campsite). Lodgings may be self-catering, whereby no food is provided, but cooking facilities are available.

    Lodging is offered by an owner of real property or a leasehold estate, including the hotel industry, hospitality industry, real estate investment trusts, and owner-occupancy houses.

    Lodging can be facilitated by an intermediary such as a travel website.

    Airbnb is the largest facilitator of lodging.

  • Housing

    Housing, or more generally living spaces, refers to the construction and assigned usage of houses or buildings collectively, for the purpose of sheltering people — the planning or provision delivered by an authority, with related meanings. The social issue is of ensuring that members of society have a home in which to live, whether this is a house, or some other kind of dwelling, lodging, or shelter. Many governments have one or more housing authorities, sometimes also called a housing ministry, or housing department.

  • Lodging (noun)

    A place to live or lodge.

  • Lodging (noun)

    Sleeping accommodation.

  • Lodging (noun)

    Furnished rooms in a house rented as accommodation.

  • Lodging (noun)

    The condition of a plant, especially a cereal, that has been flattened in the field or damaged so that it cannot stand upright, as by weather conditions or because the stem is not strong enough to support the plant.

  • Lodging (verb)

    present participle of lodge

  • Housing (verb)

    present participle of house

    “We are housing the company’s servers in Florida.”

  • Housing (noun)

    The activity of enclosing something or providing a residence for someone.

  • Housing (noun)

    Residences, collectively.

    “She lives in low-income housing.”

  • Housing (noun)

    A mechanical component’s container or covering.

    “The gears were grinding against their housing.”

  • Housing (noun)

    A cover or cloth for a horse’s saddle, as an ornamental or military appendage; a saddlecloth; a horse cloth; in plural, trappings.

  • Housing (noun)

    An appendage to the harness or collar of a harness.

  • Housing (noun)

    The space taken out of one solid to admit the insertion of part of another, such as the end of one timber in the side of another.

  • Housing (noun)

    A niche for a statue.

  • Housing (noun)

    That portion of a mast or bowsprit which is beneath the deck or within the vessel.

  • Housing (noun)

    A houseline.

  • Lodging (noun)

    temporary accommodation

    “a fee for board and lodging”

  • Lodging (noun)

    a room or rooms rented out to someone, usually in the same residence as the owner

    “he was looking for lodgings and a job”

  • Housing (noun)

    houses and flats considered collectively

    “a housing development”

  • Housing (noun)

    the provision of accommodation

    “a housing association”

  • Housing (noun)

    a rigid casing that encloses and protects a piece of moving or delicate equipment.

  • Housing (noun)

    a recess or groove cut in one piece of wood to allow another piece to be attached to it.

  • Housing (noun)

    a cloth covering put on a horse for protection or ornament.

Oxford Dictionary

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