My four-month apartment in the Nippes neighborhood (north side of Cologne) is a pretty sweet deal. I pay 320€/mo, which is about $440, and get my own room in a clean, new, three-person flat, complete with fancy appliances and —a rarity in Germany— a dryer. I’m waiting for the touch-sensitive stove to start talking to me. If I peer around the other apartment buildings in the way, I can just make out the twin spires of the famous Cologne Cathedral across town. The penthouse apartment is basically around the corner from the “schnell Bahn” that takes me directly to the center of town where the office is. The street with the grocery and department stores is a bit more of a walk, but not bad, and although the streets between here and there strike me as very under-lit the area here by the apartment is well-groomed and attractive.
So it’s a pretty sweet place.
Oh and did I mention I walk by this at least twice a day? :D