General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 16 - You will move to a new city for work

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You will move to a new city for work. You know some people who live there.

    » Ask them for help finding accommodation
» Tell them where you would like to live
» Tell them the type of place you are looking for

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write your own address. Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Model Answer:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I wanted to let you know that I am coming to live in (...the city name...) and I would like to ask if you can help me with a few things before I arrive and start my new job.

Do you think you could give me a hand finding somewhere to live? Ideally, I would like to live close to where I am going to be working, or in the downtown district. If possible I would like to be near some shops, much like a supermarket and a DVD rental place. As I really love sports it would be great to be near a park too.

I’m not too worried about the place itself. Obviously, I will be looking for a flat, rather than a house, as it is just going to be me and I won’t be able to afford too much. So, a place with one bedroom is fine, but I would like to have a private bathroom (not shared), a kitchen and some kind of living room. It doesn’t matter if the kitchen is small, but it would nice to have one. I would prefer to live somewhere new, so anything in a modern apartment block would be great.

Thanks for your help.

Sincerely Yours,


(Approximately 209 words)  

( This model answer can be followed  as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)


Alternative Answer:

Dear Mr. Y,

Hope you are in the best of health.

As I informed you earlier via email that I will be moving to Saudi Arab for a new job that I got in a Private company. I have arrived yesterday in Riyadh city and will be requiring for help and support to find a suitable accommodation as I have to join the company next week.

I would like to find an accommodation at some distance from my office location which is situated in the city centre as I don’t like to live in a populated area. The location if possible should have a park so that I can spend my free time jogging around.

I would like to live in an apartment or flat because it will be a bit cheaper than a bungalow which currently I won’t be able to afford. In the building, there should have the parking facility as I will be buying a car next month. Finally, I would like the building to have an indoor sports club to play sports during weekends.

I am sure you will help me out to find a good accommodation so that I can settle down quickly.

Best Regards,

(Submitted by Mubashir Mehdi Noorani)

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