Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:56 AM
If I were living in Sydney again, and in your position, believe it or not I'd try to find cat-friendly rental accommodation either in the Blue Mountains or on the Central Coast.
The rents are still going to be high, they always are, but I doubt you're going to find anything other than non-cat friendly share accommodation close to uni, even for $300. People are now paying that and more for a 2 bedder in Parramatta. (Plus I wouldn't like to have a cat in share accommodation around the city, where you're not going to be able to trust people to make sure the cat doesn't get out - you don't want your cat wandering around the city - especially near the uni - it's just too dangerous).
I think you might find something you like in these two regions, and the train travel is very quick these days. There are express trains to both regions that are actually quicker than the ones heading out no further than around Blacktown, or along the Campbelltown line, which are generally not express - if things haven't changed too much. The Blue Mountains is just beautiful - cold in winter - but beautiful, and parts of the Central Coast that aren't too "touristy" are lovely too.
I wish you luck in finding something you are happy about and which will be good for both your and your cats.
If you mother would keep the cats at home and you could trust her to look after them also, she'd be more likely to get regular visits from you. As things stand I suppose she'll hardly ever see you, and that will be her loss.