It really does pay to fork out extra rent.
My new apartment is leaps and bounds ahead of what my old crappy apartment was like. Yes, I’m still facing North-East, but I’m on an upper floor with great views. My heat works, there aren’t any drafts, I rarely hear the neighbours, and I have only killed one spider since I moved in (one which I probably brought from the old apartment in my boxes).
Suddenly I enjoy going home. It’s relaxing, I sleep well, and I’m comfortable. Sure, I’m paying almost twice as much in rent, but it’s worth every single penny.