Letter Writing # 284 - Your friend would like your advice about a place to live

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

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 ..............................,


 

Model 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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Chetan Mehta
IELTS GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing):

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.

Sample Email Answer:

Dear Shaurya,

First of all, many congratulations to you for securing a position at your desired university, where I've spent almost 4 years during my graduation.

As I told you before, while studying at the university, I used to live in a hostel near the university campus. It is a great place for students as it is adjacent to the university campus, has a low rent, and has a mess providing nice food at a reasonable monthly charge.

You can also try searching on the Kijiji app for some accommodations nearby. It gives very nice recommendations , and you can choose one that fits your needs and budget. Alternatively, you can look for the student union's notice board to find the rent notice. Just look if other students are looking for roommates to share the accommodation.

And I also would like to warn you about a big scam that students face while looking for accommodation and that is the fake middle-men that you meet up with while you are exploring different places searching for accommodation. They convince you with their sweet talks and take money from you in the name of token money for accommodation. Don't even talk to such a broker.

Wishing you luck in your time at the university.

Warm wishes

Chetan

Sukhjeet
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Amir
Dear Erfan,

Congratulations on finally achieving your goal and being accepted by MIT University, where I have spent my entire postgraduate years.

Keeping track of your costs is critical if you're a student. The first two years of my study were spent in a basement on Wills Street. Being only five minutes away from campus, you may find it to be the right option.

Kijiji is by far the most reliable source for finding a place to stay among the many sources available to you. This is a well-known website that connects you directly to landlords without any middlemen. It's so competitive because the prices are so low, so you shouldn't let this chance slip away.

The majority of my friends decided to choose expensive accommodations, but you will spend most of your time researching in the Lab, so your room is just for rest and sleeping. Also, by looking into the advertisements you may want to consider Kelves street on the downside of campus since prices are low there, but remember that the ground is so slippery in that area in the winter, and it is extremely difficult to reach the main drive, so I would recommend keeping it off the list.

Best Wishes,

Amir