Stairs are built so steep in the old apartment buildings. I was told that it was because the builders at that time were used to building ships and the steep staircases in the houses are a result of this building technique.
This is a last minute city in terms of apartments. I was lucky to be flexible with dates when I was looking for housing, it surprised me how immediate the rental market is here. Properties are listed as available immediately; this can be a little stressful!