Changes in housing and location preferences due to home office in the Covid-19 pandemic?


  • Ute Neumann Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Annette Spellerberg Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
  • Lutz Eichholz Technische Universität Kaiserslautern



Home Office, Covid-19 pandemic, Co-working spaces, Settlement structures, Housing


With the shift of the workplace to the private home in the Covid-19-pandemic, the sphere of gainful employment has more or less abruptly invaded the private sphere and has not only led to necessary adaptations in houses and flats, but has also raised new questions about the attractiveness of residential locations. Based on the results of an online survey, this paper examines the influence of home office on housing and settlement structures. Considerations of co-working spaces, another form of mobile work, are also included in the analyses. The aim of the paper is to contribute to the discussion
about the attractiveness of residential locations and the consequences of mobile working for housing behaviour. The results show: Contrary to what media discussions suggest, no clear effects on location preferences or a ‘new desire for the
countryside’ can be identified (so far). Furthermore, there is an increased willingness to move, especially in flats that are perceived as too small; dissatisfaction with the flat is higher among respondents with little space. Co-working Spaces do
not yet play a role, but respondents with a preference for flexible forms of work are considering them.


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How to Cite

Neumann, U., Spellerberg, A. and Eichholz, L. (2022) “Changes in housing and location preferences due to home office in the Covid-19 pandemic?”, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. DE. doi: 10.14512/rur.133.