Types of places on Foursquare

Public Places

Public places on Foursquare are places that others would also want to check in to. These could include: a new restaurant, a park, a shoe store or a bank.


Sub-places are public or private places on Foursquare which are contained inside another place. For a listing to be marked as a sub-place, it should be located within the premises of the containing place, not across the street or next door.

Examples of places that should be marked as sub-places are:

  • Terminals (within airports)
  • Shops (within malls)
  • Fields (within parks)

Private Places

Foursquare allows you to mark a location as "private". This will only show up to people who frequently check into that location. This allows you to create locations like "My car" which is a popular type of location!

Examples of locations that should be marked as private are:

  • Break rooms, manager's offices, office sofas, and coffee machines
  • Locations that are simply called something like "At Work", "Work", "Jenna's Work", "Walking the dog", etc
  • Home offices, kitchens, rooftops, and decks
  • Personal cars


To make sure your home  is private to you and your friends (and that only you and your Swarm friends are able to earn the mayorship), choose Home as the place’s primary category. Doing this will ensure that only you and your friends can see the address on the place page; everyone else sees a zoomed out map with no map pin (rather than the real location). If a check-in is shared to Twitter or Facebook, the place URL will include a map without a specific location for everyone.

Delete your home:

If you created the listing for your home and you categorized it as “Home,” you'll have the option to edit or delete it! Go to its page at Foursquare.com, log in to your account, and click "Edit” to the right of the location's name. Click the little trash can icon to permanently remove the location from Foursquare.