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IELTS GT Task 1: Your friend would like your advice about a place to live

Your friend has been offered a place on a course at the university where you studied. He/She would like your advice about finding a place to live.

Write an email to your friend. In your email,

  • describe where you lived when you were a student at the university
  • recommend the best way for him/her to look for accommodation
  • warn him/her of mistakes students make when choosing accommodation

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your email as follows:

Dear …………………………,

Sample Answer: 

Dear Kim,

First of all, let me congratulate you on your success in gaining admission to a great university where I also studied. I’d also like to thank you at the same time for having confidence in my advice in finding accommodation for you. 

Of course, the best way to find accommodation at your university is to go over the daily local newspaper’s “classified” section where many local residents post advertisements to rent out their flats to students. You could also try reading the “student union” notice boards where students frequently post ads to either find suitable roommates or share their flats.

By the way, you could also live in one of those single bedroom apartments on Jenkins Avenue where I also lived as a student of that university. These single bedrooms are a bit pricey, but you would probably like them because of their calm and nice environment.

But, wherever you choose to reside, please just make sure that the flat or home, you decide to rent, has a good central heating system because that place can get really cold during the winter.

Wishing you all the best. 

Warm wishes,

Minh.

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