(Not) living in the city

To everyone who I’ve recently been telling I planned to move into the CBD today: after a sleepless night worrying about the strain of paying $260 rent every week, I decided to withdraw my application for the place I’d selected. I’ll be inspecting another studio apartment in the city soon, for $180 a week, but I’m expecting it to be a shoebox in the dodgy part of town.

I’m loving being back in Melbourne, and appreciating tree-lined streets, good food, fragrant air, and my friends. But it’s disappointing that CBD rents here are so expensive. I know that in time they’ll drop, as more and more residential towers fill the myriad empty spaces in Melbourne’s skyline, and developers and estate agents look beyond the wealthy-international-student market to fill vacancies with workers who appreciate the city lifestyle. I think it’s going to be several years before that happens, though.

So now I’m looking further afield for accomodation. I’ll spiral outward, from Carlton and East Melbourne, searching for a nice place I can afford. I hope I find one soon.

And then there’s the search for work…

Author: Ben Hourigan

Ben Hourigan is a novelist from Melbourne, Australia. His books Kiss Me, Genius Boy and My Generation’s Lament are Amazon category bestsellers, and are available wherever good books are sold online. Ben also works as an editor, copywriter, and self-publishing consultant at his own firm, Hourigan & Co. For news and book release updates, sign up to his email newsletter.