This study examines differences in how people perceive their dwellings as an expression of identity, and how the perception depends on popularity and prestige of the neighbourhood, gender, age, income, education, and quality of life. Blocks of flats: This study was carried through in two neighborhoods in a middle-sized city in Norway. The neighborhoods are representative for some typical resident areas in Scandinavian and other western countries as well. The Norwegian society and housing situation has however, to be taken into consideration. Norway is a very rich welfare state with considerably high standard of living. The differences between social classes are relatively small. Environmental psychology: The research project aimes at combining litterature in the following feilds: Meaning of home, residential satisfaction, social psychology.Are some groups of people more aware and concerned than others about how their dwelling reflects identity? Why? What are the implications? The assumption is that underlying factors, like aesthetic interests, how important people think self-presentation is, and how important they think the dwelling is, are not equally distributed across social and demographic groups. The study therefore examines differences in attitudes towards the dwelling as a symbol of identity, due to the popularity of the neighbourhood, gender, age, income, education and quality of life. Case studies: The empirical data are collected in two neighbourhoods representing different living conditions and social prestige. Due to the necessity of dealing with resident's housing experiences in detail, a case study methodology was chosen. The case study methodology also gives the advantage of seeing the results in relation to existing physical environments. Both survey and 18 qualitative interviews are conducted.Data collection finished. 2 articles written. Thesis will consist of 3-4 articles.The results indicate that younger people are more aware than older people of their dwelling as an indicator of identity, and they perceive it more important to express identity in this manner. Inhabitants in a neighbourhood with high prestige express more awareness of their dwelling's identity reflection. They also experience that the neighbourhood and dwelling express their identity more correct than inhabitants living in a less prestigious neighbourhood. Independent of neighbourhood prestige, respondents with high quality of life perceive the dwelling as a more correct expression of their identity. Age has an impact on identity reflection as a cohort-effect. The western cultures emphasize on individuality and consumption, especially in the last decades. Social identity theory explains why neighbourhood is so important for the perception of self.