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"feel at home" = feel comfortable or relaxed

"The more you learn about the culture here, the more you will feel at home."

"move in" = start living somewhere

"Some of my adult children have moved back in because they want to save money."

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Apartments for Rent
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary and Grammar
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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easyrenting apartmentsconversationman - woman 00:49

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

People often look for cheap apartments or condominiums to rent when going off to college. Other students choose to stay with a homestay family, but this isn't always possible. Therefore, what are three things you look for in selecting a place to live? Put them in order of importance to you and discuss them with a partner.

HELPFUL TIP: You usually have to pay a deposit and at least the first month's rent in the US. You can often find advertisements for apartments in the newspaper or on the Internet.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the main topic of the conversation?
A. problems with living in an apartment
B. a search for a new apartment
C. the cost of rent near universities

2. Why doesn't Ann like her current apartment?
A. It's too expensive.
B. The neighborhood is noisy.
C. It's located some distance from school.

3. How much money does Ann want to pay for rent?
A. no more than $200
B. around $200
C. a little more than $200

4. What kind of place is she looking for?
A. somewhere that is within a short driving distance of campus
B. an apartment with furniture already in it
C. a place where she can live alone

5. How is Roger going to help her?
A. He is planning on calling a friend who owns an apartment building.
B. He will check the newspapers to see if he can find an apartment for rent.
C. He is going to visit an apartment building near his place.

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3. Vocabulary and Grammar Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

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4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Talk about the type of apartment Ann is trying to find. Discuss the ideal living situation for students going to a college or university in your country and abroad. Compare living in an apartment, house, and dormitory. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each in terms of privacy, price, space, and location? Discuss your opinions on the topic with a partner.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
As an international student, deciding on a place to study is only the first step to living overseas. The next step is finding a place to live, but which is better: living on campus in a dormitory or off campus in an apartment? Use the Internet to compare these two possible living arrangements in a city of your choice. Use the ideas in the Post-Listening section to help guide your ideas.

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