A Look Back At 30 Charles Street West

houseI'm going to let you in on a little secret. If you're a student at the University of Toronto, there's a way to save a bundle on rent. There's only one catch. You have to be married.

In 1996 I was married and therefore qualified for subsidized housing through the university. We had to apply, prove we were wed and in very little time we were offered a bachelor apartment at 30 Charles Street West, just a little south of Bloor at Yonge. It was a great location and we were only paying $417 a month. Even a couple of poor students with crappy part time jobs could afford $417 a month.

I'll never forget my first place. Here's a couple of pictures of the exterior. We were steps from class, seconds from Yonge Street, right next to the Uptown theatre and there was no cheaper rent in town. It was awesome.

The rent was so good, it's probably worth getting married to save the coin. At least, that was the plan. Shhhhh...

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