Siamesecat, you do NOT make me miss having to share apartment laundry at ALL. In my old building, before I moved into my house, I used to have to sit in the laundry room with a book and guard my stuff, because things would get stolen (including a $150 hockey jersey, which I did manage to get back) or someone would steal my wash or my dry.
See, the laundry room was right next to the rear entryway of the building, so some tenants would sort of hide around the corner in the entryway, and the washers and dryers are coin-operated. So I would bring my laundry to the laundry room, put it in a washer and pay my $1.50 for the wash, then fire it up and go back to my apartment, because who wants to babysit their laundry, right?
Then the hiding-around-the-corner tenant, hearing me leave, would dart into the laundry room, pull my laundry (usually at least partly wet by this time) out of the washer, dump it on the folding table and throw theirs in, using the wash I paid for.
I eventually ended up buying an apartment washer/dryer unit for about $500. The money was a huge hit at the time, but the unit hooked up to my sink and fit easily in the corner of the kitchen nearby. My faucet did not need changing at all except for a simple snap fitting that screwed on. The convenience of knowing my laundry wouldn't be stolen, as well as being able to do laundry whenever I wanted, without having to make a trip to get the right kind of change for the machines and all the other hassles that come with using shared apartment laundry? Worth every penny.