IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 181 - Compare the advantages of living in university housing with the advantages of living in an apartment

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Students at universities often have a choice of places to live. They may choose to live in university dormitories, or they may choose to live in apartments in the community. Compare the advantages of living in university housing with the advantages of living in an apartment in the community. Where would you prefer to live?

Give reasons for your preference.

You should write at least 250 words.


Model Answer 1:
Some students prefer to live in university dormitories. However, other students choose to live in apartments in the community. I think both of these options have advantages. In this essay, I will give my reasons to support my view.

From the one side, living in a dormitory has many benefits. First of all, for a foreign student, it is a good chance to improve his or her communication skills and find new friends. Second of all, a dormitory has many useful facilities such as libraries, a canteen, Internet access, etc. In addition to these practical benefits living in a dormitory is often cheaper. So, it helps students save some money what is important at the beginning of their independent life. Finally, living in a dormitory gives students the opportunity to ask for help each other if something was not clear on the lecture presented in a class. This, in turn, leads to higher grades. Also, students have many common subject and interests to discuss with each other. So, basically, living in a dormitory helps students to become more sociable and good team-players and gain new knowledge and experience by use of lab, libraries and group discussion.

From the other side, living in apartments in the community also have a few benefits. Students can have more privacy and, also, they can choose a community according to its convenience and location. It is sometimes may be an essential because of a person's job.

In conclusion, I think that living in a dormitory brings students more benefits than it does living in a community. Students learn to get along with each other, be ready to help and make friends.


Model Answer 2:
University education is the most important milestone of an individual's professional and personal growth. The time spent during university leaves a deep impact on most of the students. Students benefit from the professional relationship built during this time as well as the learnings they get from the mentors and fellow students. The living environment plays a key role for an individual student for the duration of their education. Broadly, there are two modes of residency a student can choose, university dormitories and apartments in a community. Both have their own positives and negatives. We will shed some light on both to strike a basic comparison.

Most large universities facilitate dormitories for its students. While a few mandate the students to live in dormitories, most keep it optional for the students to choose. With the university's perspective, students staying in hostels enable them to maintain discipline and make it easy for them to administer the students. It becomes easy for the University's administration to engage students for events, motivate students with different programs and furthermore it helps the university to keep an eye on the student's progress in non-academic activities too. With the Student's perspective, staying in the University hostel is convenient, since if the university campus is really large, a student would waste a lot of time in commute is staying at a far place. It also helps a student to have group study sessions and working groups to grow in academics and co-curricular activities.

Since hostel accommodation is not suitable for many students because of few negatives like ragging, harassment and lack of privacy, many students prefer to have their own arrangement. Students prefer to live in apartments in communities either sharing with a fellow student or living as a paying guest with a family. This has many advantages such as the students can tailor the room as per their demand and preference. It also helps students to live an affordable living and save the cost. Students get their privacy and space to study without getting disturbed by nuances. While it has advantages, it can also make a student lonely which can increase the stress resulting into problems like depression.

In a nutshell, every student can have their personal preferences and should decide what suits them best. Personally, I would prefer living in a hostel accommodation where I can learn new things, make new friends and build new bonds with beautiful experiences. As every individual is unique, their needs are unique, University Administration can work towards making the hostels suit to the students’ needs as much as possible. Students can use the experience to the betterment of their career.

(by - Deep Kagda)

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+4 # Ipek 2015-09-18 20:37
When choosing a university, it is important to decide where someone will live. Even though this is a difficult question to decide between living in apartments or university dormitories, from my point of view, I consider living in apartments with my family rather than living in dormitories because apartments are safer and convenient for healthy foods.

First thing is the most important for me that while I am studying at the university, I live with my parents. So this decision earns many positive points in my life especially staying in a secured place makes me feel safer. You do not need to worry about personal belongings every minute, so you know where your stuff is. In contrast, in the dormitories, you live with other people, which is termed as "roommates". So you should pay attention to your personal belongings. One of my friends while living in a dormitory, had lost an expensive watch, and unfortunately, did not find it. In a dormitory, you cannot know who came to your room because you spend most of the time in the university.

Another advantage of living in apartments is that you can eat healthy foods prepared by your parents. Without a doubt, mother's cooks are the best that you have ever eaten anywhere. You are extremely important for your parents, and mothers always worry about your nutritional habits. They prepare delicious foods for you every day after you come from the university. Thanks to the parents you can both eat delectable foods, and do not spend a large amount of money on foods. Apart from that, you need to worry very less about cleaning and shopping and that’s why you can concentrate well in your studies.

On the other hand, let's think about living in a dormitory; after returning from the university, you should worry about preparing your meals. You can eat whatever you found to eat without thinking your budget or health.

To sum up, I strongly believe that living in apartments with your family is more convenient and safer than living in dormitories. Without worrying about your health, income, and security, you cannot study in your lessons thoroughly.
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