After having delayed flights and cancellations, I arrived a day late to Sydney. Upon arrival, I headed to my accommodation for the next six weeks called the Break Free hotel. The Break Free hotel is on George Street and I am living here with other Pitt students. It is centrally located in the Ultimo neighborhood, which is home to many universities and China Town. Living in China Town there are a plethora of restaurants, shopping centers, and markets to explore. The Break Free hotel is about a ten-minute walk from the CAPA center where I have my classes and about a 15 minute walk from the train station. There are many students from other universities living in the Break Free hotel and it has been a good place to meet students in the same program as me. All of these factors, make it a great location to live in.
Each bedroom has two single beds, one closet, two desks, a TV, a small balcony, a private bathroom, and a half kitchen. The room itself is very nice and updated. Since we are living in a hotel, our rooms are cleaned each week and we can get most necessities from reception. I would like to have a larger kitchen with an oven and counter space, but I can still make simple meals with a microwave and stove top. There is also a laundry facility in the hotel, but it is rather expensive.
I share a room with one roommate who is also a student at Pitt. My roommate is a senior at Pitt studying neuroscience, writing, and philosophy. We get along well and share similar interests.
Overall, the housing is really nice and is in a great location, but there are some drawbacks. The main drawback is that there is absolutely no storage besides eight hangers for two people in the single closet we have. There are no drawers, shelves, or anything to store our clothes in. As someone who overpacks and brought two large suitcases, I have nowhere to put my clothes. Besides the few hangers me and my roommate share, I am living out of my suitcase for six weeks. It is not ideal, but it has not been bad so far. Besides the lack of storage space, The Break Free hotel has most amenities. There are some positives and negatives about my new living situation, but I feel like this comes with most places. So far it has been a good experience living in the Break Free, but the true test will be living here for six weeks.