Space – society relations in residential areas are studied by distinguishing how morphological features of urban spaces influence social well-being. Although the territorial behaviour of people is weaker than in many animals, human gives clear evidence of defining boundaries of his/her physical environment. Boundaries can be examined on different levels from individual to collectives. The use of spaces was examined in a newly built neighbourhood, Suchy Dwor in Gdynia, Poland, a 5 hectare residential area, which is part of a bigger housing enterprise for 2000 inhabitants, consists of 67 affordable one-family houses, detached, semidetached and organized into triplexes. In a questionnaire study 35 households were asked about their identification with the neighbourhood, their image of the community, concerns and problems in the neighbourhood, perception of urban spaces, pedestrian routes, safety, and expectations about optimal residential environmentThe result was used to identify how the various spaces in the neighbourhood were used. Four types of spaces were distinguished. Private space is the territory belonging to a person or family, a lot with a house usually constituting a legally owned property. Semi-private space is the next area often defined by a non-fenced front lawn, entrances, and porches. Semi-private space is limited for others, who only can enter with the consent of, or by the will of, the owner. Unfenced or symbolically delimited front gardens surrounding a court or cul-de-sac visually enlarge the semi-private space to constitute a semi-public space of the street or square. In this case the legal rights of ownership are secondary for the identification of the type of space. The area which delimit blocks of single family housing development often marked by the inhabitants through a set of signs and symbol, constitute a semi-public space. The semi-public and semi-private spaces located ‘inside’ of a larger territory create a new kind of space: communal space. Finally when a space is shared by a growing number of people, its broad availability finally leads to the formation of an open public space. In the case of housing developments open public space is constituted by transit roads, squares and parks, available to all inhabitants, guests and random passers-by.In the residential environment space may be occupied by several users each defining his or her space independently. Some of the territories may overlap, while others are strictly delimited. Territories require some form of boundary notation. These include physical boundaries, such as walls or tall fencing, or symbolic boundaries as lower fences or changes in ground elevation, etc. There are situations where the intended function of space fails. Surveys show that people in post Soviet countries experience difficulties in respecting private spaces, which causes misunderstandings and social problems. Proshansky argues that the function of privacy is to increase the number of options to let the individual to behave in ways appropriate to his or her particular purpose: emotional release, self-evaluation etc. “The need for privacy is seen as to maximise freedom of choice, to remove constraints and limitation on behaviour … Human must be able to move freely within and between physical settings to satisfy not only his hunger, thirst, sex and other biological drives, but also his needs for affiliation, achievement, successes, and other complex social motives.”The results of Suchy Dwor study suggest that the perception of space is dynamic and more concerned with the potential actions which may take place there, than the shape of the space itself. The qualification of space by means of senses relies upon the way in which the person acts and interacts with others within it. The factor of distinguishing space is it’s belonging to a household, group or society. The existence of a communal space enhances the safety of the inhabitants by creating a feeling of sharing or common responsibility, creating a feeling of belonging to a larger social group and the basis for such functions as meetings and other activities of living in an aggregation.