Residential experience is among the most significant relations between people and the environment, given the importance of housing in people's lives. This experience includes not only residents' actions and transactions with their surroundings, but also the meanings they elaborate in regard thereto, the process of turning a housing unit into a home, the development of neighborly relations, and the processes of identity construction, attachment, and appropriation, among others. In this paper we will address the expressions and interpretations of that experience, and the processes undergone by residents whose forms of access to housing and type of tenancy vary. We will make reference to four forms of access: spontaneous self-construction, directed selfconstruction, purchase,andrental.