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…