Residential location choice and its effects on travel satisfaction in a context of short-term transnational relocation

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Temporary opportunities for studying and working abroad have been growing globally and intensifying the movement of highly skilled temporary populations. To attract this group, cities need to address their residential and mobility needs. This study focuses on factors influencing residential and travel satisfaction of transnational temporary residents, highlighting the occurrence of residential self-selection and its impacts on residential and travel choices and on derived levels of satisfaction. We have estimated a Bayesian Structural Equations Model and found that lower levels of residential satisfaction (residential dissonance) are associated with lower rents, living further away from the place of study or workplace, and having higher transport expenditures. In contrast, higher levels of residential satisfaction (residential consonance) are related to individuals’ stronger preferences for active modes, lower levels of public transport use, and reduced transport monthly expenditures, which suggests shorter commuting distances. These findings reveal the trade-offs involving residential location, monthly rent, and transport expenditures, highlighting that providing good public transport connections can lower the burden of commuting distances. Our results indicate that better transport supply and land use balance near the residence can improve both residential and travel satisfaction.
PeriodAug 2021
Event titleWorld Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2021
Event typeConference
LocationPortland, United States, OregonShow on map


  • Temporary residents
  • transnational relocation
  • residential location choice
  • residential satisfaction
  • travel satisfaction