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When I look in dictionaries, they give me driveway, but then the following sentences don't really make sense. It sounds more like a part of a building (complex):

Мы живем в одном подъезде.

Моя квартира -- в четвертом подъезде на третьем этаже.

Она работает консьержкой в нашем подъезде.

Она убирает в нашем подъезде.

  • "ЧетверНом" or "четверТом"? "Четверной" is usually means something like "consisting of four parts". – Artemix Dec 28 '16 at 9:24
  • @Artemix: I don't know - I copied those sentences from another source. – CocoPop Dec 28 '16 at 12:16
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    Well, then it most likely a typo and should be "четверТом" - never heard of подъезд "consisting of four parts", or of any other number of parts :) – Artemix Dec 28 '16 at 12:25
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As an addition to @Artemix' answer, here's a picture of what a подъезд looks like. Usually buildings have several of them, they are counted from left to right, so the leftmost arrow points to the первый подъезд, the next one is второй подъезд, etc.

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    A picture's worth a thousand words! Thank you so much - that clears everything up. They're just entrances :) – CocoPop Dec 27 '16 at 15:58
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    @CocoPop - Well, yes, but not exactly. The staircase behind the door and all the appartments you can get to from the staircase also belong to the подъезд. – Yellow Sky Dec 27 '16 at 16:06
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Its "communal entrance hallway" or "entrance of an apartment building". Other synonym is "парадное".

One building can have multiple entrances which lead to a different parts of a building.

Мы живем в одном подъезде.

"We use common entrance to the apartment building".

Моя квартира -- в четвертом подъезде на третьем этаже.

"My apartments are in the 4th entrance, on the third floor"

Она работает консьержкой в нашем подъезде.

"She is a doorkeeper of the entrance we use"

Она убирает в нашем подъезде.

"She cleans the entrance (and staircase, and other commonly used indoor spaces - hallway, corridors, elevators) we use".

Last example illustrates the idea of подъезд as a "section of an apartment building that uses single entrance".

Driveway is also correct, but "entrance" is more commonly used in cities.

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    not sure about 'четверном' - is it a typo? – shabunc Dec 28 '16 at 0:43
  • @shabunc Most likely so. – Artemix Dec 28 '16 at 12:26
  • There can be подъезд in non-residential building. – Anixx Dec 28 '16 at 15:57
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Подъезд - is a (multilevel) block of appartments with a common entrance.
Another meaning driveway is also correct.

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