Welcome to our 215 sq. ft. apartment
As promised, here are a couple of photos of our teeny tiny apartment. :) There’s nothing special or fancy about it, but it’s clean and functional. And with the rental market so tight here in Stuttgart, we’re just grateful that we were able to find a place that we liked within our price range.
The apartment came fully furnished – which was a huge advantage for us. Aside from a few small items (and maybe a toaster oven – since we don’t have a kitchen oven), we won’t have to buy anything. Not even bathroom towels or bedsheets! :)
This is the view of our one room from the entryway. As you can see, there’s a ton of natural light, a table big enough for two computers, and a twin-sized bed – which, surprisingly enough, is big enough for the two of us.
This is the view from sitting on the bed. You can see our kitchen is tiny. There is a small fridge underneath the stovetop, which actually works perfectly for us. For the past couple of weeks living in the hostel, we’ve done one big grocery shop each week, then mid-week, we’d usually do a much smaller trip to the store to restock on fresh veggies, fruit, and bread.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering – why yes, that is a Justin Bieber calendar hanging from our wall. It was Nic’s Christmas present to me, so you can bet I brought it with us! :P
The view from the table. You can see there’s two storage cabinets. Nic has his clothing in the bottom shelves of the glass cabinet, and all of my stuff is in the far cabinet near the door. Although, I stole a shelf in Nic’s cabinet because I brought way more clothing than him. :)
We even have a TV! The apartment comes with satellite and a TV, but our landlord informed us that she is going to buy a new TV for us since the one we currently have doesn’t work very well. It doesn’t really matter to us, since we don’t watch TV anyway.
I forgot to take a picture of the washroom, but there’s nothing special about it. There’s a shower, a sink, and a toilet. It’s clean, so that’s all I really care about.
Before we saw the apartment in person, I was skeptical. But when we went to see it, we scooped it up immediately. And now that we’ve had a couple of days to settle in, I really, really like it. It’s just so ideal in many ways: cheap, close to town, in a great neighbourhood, and it comes fully furnished. And while I’d love to paint the bare walls and change up the ugly bedding, spending any amount of time and money just isn’t worth it. Especially when whatever we buy, we won’t be able to take home with us.
Could you live in this apartment?
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.