So the hostel thing is cool for a while, and as an only child I think that I did pretty well spending a month in communal living spaces…but eventually a fixed la bode becomes necessary for mental and financial well being.
I viewed a few places before I found somewhere. The first place I viewed in Kits I really liked, $380 a month rent, an okay sized room and some decent roommates. But these guys spent ages getting back to me, and it turns out that they had a friend who hadn’t decided if he was taking the room or not, and he eventually decided that he would. The next place was also in trendy Kits. I had heard people talking about the ridiculous set ups that landlords will impose to squeeze as many people into a house as possible, and now I got to see a great example! The ‘bedroom’ for rent was actually a tiny attic space. You had to climb up some ladders and then crawl though a tiny Borrowers style door to enter a room that was no more than 2.5 foot/50cm high! And they wanted $650 a month for it.
The last place I almost didn’t go and see because it was quite far away from downtown, about 35 minutes on public transport. However the place sounded amazing and the rent was really good. My first attempt to get there almost ended in complete failure as I had typed the wrong address into my iPhone, woops! But I got there eventually, and it was such a nice place…roomy, underfloor heating, hardwood floors, back yard…and the roommate seemed really cool. Like all of the good places, they had viewings all week and then they would choose the tenant. And I’m now very happy to say they chose me! 🙂
The first day of being able to unpack all of my stuff and sleep in a room all to myself was amazing! I’ve been here a month now and I’m still loving it, it turns out that the distance from Downtown means that I don’t go to the SevenEleven every day and accidentally spend $20. We are also very close to Little India/Punjabi Market so there is always loads of good food nearby!