Outfitting your first kitchen can be expensive and overwhelming. Zillow tells you exactly what you'll need to get started cooking in your first apartment and it won't cost more than $200.
A saute pan is a must, which usually costs around $45. Choose an all-metal pan so you can use it in the stovetop and oven and one with a heavy bottom so your food won't burn. As far as knives, you need a sharp 8-inch "stamped" chef's knife, meaning the blade is machine-stamped. Choose a wood or plastic handle and go ahead and spring for a paring knife while you're at it. These knives together should cost you about $40 online.
A stockpot is essential and can be used to make soup or to boil water for pasta or veggies. You should be able to find a good one for $25. Throw in a smaller lidded saucepan with a handle for approximately $15. For $10, you can pick up a cutting board. Just don't choose glass, stone or anything super hard because the surface isn't good for your knives.
For $5, get a strainer or colander and a baking sheet and a wire rack for $30 total. Just be sure your baking sheet will fit in your oven! Wooden spoons have a whole slew of uses and can be found in sets of three for $15 on the web. Lastly, pick up a pair of 10-12 inch tongs for $10. Bon Appetit!