When Dave and I lived in Student Family Housing at BYU, I longed for the day when I would have a dishwasher, washer, and dryer. I was ready to give up scrub brushes and lugging loads of laundry (guys clothes weight a ton!) across the slushy/icy parking lots.
After finishing school and moving up to Washington, I started looking for aparments on the internet. While browsing through listings on Craigslist, I found an apartment that was in our price range and included all three "wish list" appliances. I was thrilled! We signed for the apartment that day and moved in a couple weeks later.
There are some things to note however... low rent + washer/dryer/dishwasher = sacrifice on some level. This time our sacrifice was space.
We have what I like to call a single occupancy kitchen. Get more than one person in there and you'll be ready to say, "this kitchen ain't big enough for the both of us - get out!" Our kitchen/laundry room has the smallest footprint of all the rooms in our house, yet it contains a dishwasher, fridge, sink, oven/stove, microwave, washer, and dryer!