Email Sample #185 – Your friend has been offered a place on a course at the university

GT Writing Task 1 (Email Writing) Sample # 185

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 letter as follows:

Dear …………………………..,

Model Answer:

Dear Barry,

I hope this email finds you well and excited about the opportunity to study at the university where I pursued my education. Congratulations on securing a place on the course!

During my time as a student at the university, I lived in off-campus accommodation near the campus. It provided a balance between proximity to classes and a semblance of independent living. However, I must admit that finding suitable accommodation can be a bit challenging, especially for someone new to the city.

To begin your accommodation search, I recommend utilizing online platforms that specialize in student housing. Websites like “StudentHousingFinder” and “UniPlace” can help you explore various options, read reviews from fellow students, and compare prices. Additionally, consider joining social media groups for incoming students, where you can connect with peers and potentially find roommates.

While seeking accommodation, be cautious of falling into common pitfalls. Many students rush into signing leases without thoroughly inspecting the condition of the property or the terms of the agreement. Take your time to visit potential places, inquire about amenities and utilities, and understand the rental terms. It’s essential to prioritize safety, comfort, and proximity to campus when making your decision.

I’m more than happy to guide you through this process and share more insights about living in the city. Please feel free to ask any questions or seek advice whenever needed.

Warm wishes,


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