I'm in the middle of moving house, which has made me think about the last seven or eight years I've spent draining thousands upon thousands into the black hole that is Sydney's rental market.
The first place I moved to upon leaving my parents was a nice unit. $400 a week with a mate of mine: not a bad amount to be paying just outside of Sydney at the time. It had a new kitchen, a crappy carpet, no furniture, and it got real hot in the summer. No aircon, obviously.
But as far as first places go, it wasn't a bad pad to start with. I don't mind electric stovetops, as long as they're not those god-awful elements that always seem to die.
After a year or so, the owner decided they were moving back into the unit and we had to quickly move out. My housemate then announced he was moving out with his girlfriend, leaving me in the lurch a bit, so I quickly found a place nearby where I stayed for six months. It was a small room, $270 a week, with a guy who kept turning the router off because he "wanted to save money on the power bill".
Not what you want when you work midnight shifts and you're trying to update things while you sleep.
Moving is a right pain in the arse, especially when it comes to the transition of bills/internet/keys and what not. What's the best place you've ever lived in?