Looking for a place to live

I know where I’m living 4 months from now, but I have no clue where I will be living in a week.

I’ve been accepted into UW Place for the Winter term. So I’ll get to live in residence one more time before I graduate. I’m living with aramisben and some random engineer (Graeme, what is Jason Nery like?). I also found I’ll be living next door to Lorrissa and erin_noelle – which will lead to all kinds of fun and mischief I’m sure. I think my last four months of school will be like a season of Friends. I get to be Ross. 🙂

Housing for London is still up in the air. I’m flying by the seat of my pants right now. I booked a hostel for the first three nights, so I have somewhere to stay when I arrive. But after that who knows. I’ve been trying to find something to share with another Waterloo co-op, Dave, but we have different priorities for housing and he starts a week later than me, so it has been difficult. The place he wants to get is £535 a month per person. I’m having a tough time justifying that much. That’s almost $1200 CDN each! The big advantage is it’s within walking distance to work.

The other options I’m considering right now are getting a flat share or moving into international student housing. With the flat share, I’ll be with random people I don’t know (could be interesting). With the international student housing, I’ll be on the other side of town, living in a dorm, but it’s dirt cheap and I’ll meet some cool students. Given aramisben‘s awesome experience, I’d be all over the international student housing, but I haven’t found one that has kitchens I can cook in.
I found a place while looking this afternoon that sounds amazing. (Check it out ) I love the idea of living in some British ladies attic with other international students and having a house mom to do my laundry. The only problem is the distance from Canary Wharf. But I don’t mind having to take a the tube into work everyday. I think it would be super convenient to have a tube pass anyway, so I can get around the city quickly and explore (this is where Dave and I disagree, but it’s his 3rd time in London). With this place, it will be a 15 minute walk to the tube station and a 30 minute tube ride to work. Hopefully I hear back from this lady soon.

P.S. Happy birthday shocky71! Hope you have a exciting day.

P.P.S. Has anyone seen the DC lately? I think the renovations are almost done. I walked through today, and the seating area has been redone with a retro look – avocado green with carrot orange highlights. It’s awful and I love it.

P.P.P.S. I’ve lost Internet access, so I’ve been reduced to wandering up and down our street in search of unsecured wireless hotspots.

10 comments

  1. Thanks for the birthday well-wishes, Chris. I now have a digital camera 🙂
    I hope you can get your London housing worked out. The ‘British Ladies Attic’ looks like it would be a great place to stay. When do you start work?

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  2. The winter term is going to be crazy! I feel kind of bad for the people that are stuck with us though – hopefully they fit in with our “unique” dynamic :).
    Have a safe flight to London tomorrow!

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  3. Re: the colours in the DC food court, I belive someone in the CGL most acuratly described it as “psychotic happy”
    Gilad

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