A shared, companion, or semi-private suite is an apartment that is shared by two residents. The residents are typically not related (i.e. not a couple), and the apartment may vary from a studio (two residents in the same room) to a two-bedroom apartment (two residents each in his or her own room with a shared living room). Shared or companion suites are more common in memory care or assisted living than independent living, and are often provided to offer a more affordable option. Many newer communities are eschewing shared apartments in favor of more private apartments.