Hostel dormitory room in Taiwan
Children's bunk bed
Gasthouse Lohja (formerly Matkakoti), a hostel in Lohja, Finland
Bunks of French aircraft carrier Clemenceau.
Triple loft bed; left, a loft bed with bookshelf below, right, a two-story bunk bed

A hostel is a form of low-cost, short-term shared sociable lodging where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed in a dormitory, with shared use of a lounge and sometimes a kitchen.

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They are commonly seen on ships, in the military, and in hostels, dormitories, summer camps, children’s bedrooms, prisons, and the like.

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Building primarily providing sleeping and residential quarters for large numbers of people such as boarding school, high school, college or university students.

An American college dormitory room in 2002
Broward Hall, at the University of Florida
Chapter Spitalfields in London, England, is the third tallest student accommodation building in the world.
Gamertsfelder Hall, at Ohio University, on East Green
Residential colleges at Washington University in St. Louis
Paschl Hall at Arlington State College, circa 1950s
Coeducational residential suites at Cal Poly Pomona
Dormitory in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Watterson Towers, Illinois State University
Ikituuri Tower, a 43-meter dormitory building of the Turku Student Village in Nummi, Turku, Finland.
Sandburg Halls, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
The Sky Plaza in Leeds, England, the world's second tallest student accommodation block.
Connaught Hall, London, a University of London hall of residence
A seminary dormitory in Vagharshapat, Armavir Province, Armenia
Dormitory of Nanjing Shanghai Meishan Company in China
Dormitory at The Armidale School, New South Wales, 1898
High school dormitory in Sabah, Malaysia

In India the dormitories are called "PG housing" or "student hostels".

In classic British boarding schools these typically have bunk beds that have traditionally come to be associated with boarding schools.


Item of furniture that is used as a place to sleep, rest, and relax.

Bedroom on the Detmold Open-air Museum premises
Modern day beds.
Tutankhamun's gilded bed from the 14th century BC
The stone boxes are thought to have held bedding. Skara Brae (occupied 3180 BC to about 2500 BC)
Headrest with two images of the God Bes, ca. 1539–1190 BCE, Brooklyn Museum
Southampton Medieval Merchant's House bedroom
Napoleon's bed (château de Compiègne)
A 10 feet high ancient bed in National Museum of Bangladesh
The Great Bed of Ware, one of the largest beds in the world
Lit à la polonaise (Polish style bed), Royal Castle in Warsaw, 18th century.
Patent #322,177, on 14 July 1885 issued to Sarah E. Goode for a cabinet bed
Drawing of a candle-lit mourning bed (Trauergerüst) for abbess Franziska Christine von Pfalz-Sulzbach, 1776
Chinese style beds

While most beds are single mattresses on a fixed frame, there are other varieties, such as the murphy bed, which folds into a wall, the sofa bed, which folds out of a sofa, the trundle bed, which is stored under a low, twin-sized bed and can be rolled out to create a larger sleeping area, and the bunk bed, which provides two mattresses on two tiers as well as a ladder to access the upper tier.

A bunk bed is two or more beds one atop the other. Bunk beds are used for adults in military barracks and in some ski lodges. Bunk beds are used for children and teens in summer camps. Some inexpensive hostels provide bunk beds for guests. Bunk beds are used for children in private homes.


Piece of furniture with a flat table-style work surface used in a school, office, home or the like for academic, professional or domestic activities such as reading, writing, or using equipment such as a computer.

Desk; circa 1765; mahogany, chestnut and tulip poplar; 87.3 x 92.7 x 52.1 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City)
Chinese editing desk of the 12th century
Ornamental desk (walnut), designed by Frank Furness, 1870-71, Philadelphia Museum of Art
School desk manufactured by the American S.F. Company of Buffalo, New York in about 1900
Student desk and chair commonly used in high schools and universities.
A desk in an office
An office desk in a cubicle, which shows the sharing of space between computer components and paper documents

One of the most common is the bunk-bed desk, also called the "loft bed".

Capsule hotel

Type of hotel developed in Japan that features many small bed-sized rooms known as capsules.

Capsules in Tokyo.
Capsule hotel in Warsaw, Poland. The lockers are on the left of the image, while the sleeping capsules are on the right.
The box in the upper left foreground is the TV, which is controlled via the panel in the left background. This panel also controls the light and the air conditioning. On the right wall is a mirror and the air conditioning inlet in the top corner.

The capsules are stacked side-by-side, two units high, with steps or ladders providing access to the second level rooms, similar to bunk beds.

Like a hostel, many amenities are communally shared, including toilets, showers, wireless internet, and dining rooms.

Green Tortoise

American long-distance tour bus company founded by Gardner Kent in mid-1973 and based in San Francisco, California.

Green Tortoise bus loading in Seattle's University District, 1984
A newer Green Tortoise coach in 2007
The Seattle Green Tortoise Hostel, at its post-2006 location

It operates a bus line, and hostels in Seattle and San Francisco.

Green Tortoise's buses for its first two decades or more were secondhand transit buses built in the 1950s and modified by the removal of nearly all seats – replaced by a long foam bed in the rear two-thirds of the bus – and the installation of overhead luggage racks that could be converted into bunk beds.

Hostelling International

Federation of more than 70 National Youth Hostel Associations in over 80 countries.

Hostelling Int'l, Washington D.C.
HI hostel in Marina di Massa, Tuscany.

HI has over 4,000 affiliated hostels around the world.


Government order specifying a time during which certain regulations apply.

A patrol boat tows several boats seized in support of a curfew of a waterway near a dam
British paratroopers enforce curfew in Tel Aviv after King David Hotel bombing, July 1946. Photographer: Haim Fine, Russian Emmanuel collection, from collections of the National Library of Israel.
Movement and curfew pass, issued under the authority of the British Military Commander, East Palestine, 1946
Enforcing a curfew in Hebron, 1969

4) A daily requirement for guests to return to their hostel before a specified time, usually in the evening or night.


Lodging refers to the use of a short-term dwelling, usually by renting the living space or sometimes through some other arrangement.

Hotel Carlton in Bratislava, Slovakia.
A campsite at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina
Dorm room from a hostel in Budapest, Hungary
Airbnb in Toronto

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, as in certain homestays or in the home of friends), in a tent, caravan/campervan (often on a campsite).

Bicycle touring

Taking of self-contained cycling trips for pleasure, adventure or autonomy rather than sport, commuting or exercise.

Expedition type bicycle touring Cordillera del Paine
Touring the countryside, 1887
Woman in bicycle clothes and buttoned on skirt that also can be used as raincoat
H. G. Wells in 1908 at the door of his house at Sandgate
Supported bicycle touring holidays, such as the nine-day Great Victorian Bike Ride in Australia, can attract thousands of riders
Heinz Stücke in Paris, 1999
Trio of cyclists with panniers on a tour in Slovenia.
A loaded touring bicycle, with drop bars, 700c wheels, racks panniers and bar bag.
Fully loaded touring Sinbent
Two-wheel trailer

The youth hostel movement started in Germany and spread abroad, and a cycling holiday staying at hostels in the 1930s could be had for £2.

Backpacking (travel)

Form of low-cost, independent travel, which often includes staying in inexpensive lodgings and carrying all necessary possessions in a backpack.

Backpackers in front of the Vienna State Opera in July 2005

Traveling via public transport, using inexpensive lodging such as hostels or homestays, and other methods of lowering costs.