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Student Living:
Renting Apartments and Dormitories

II. Listening Exercises
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For many international students, coming to the United States and living here and studying can be a quite a daunting experience, especially when finding housing on campus or off campus. And fortunately, there are a variety of options that students can look to. And I'd like to talk just briefly a little about on-campus living, off-campus living, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Well I think first of all for first-time students, coming and living on campus in dormitories can provide a certain level of security because of its proximity to campus facilities since commuting without a car can be quite an experience, especially when you have to commute long distances. Often in dormitories, meals might be provided, and this can allow students to devote time to their academics, rather than housekeeping. But students should also be aware that they'll be required to abide by certain regulations dealing with student conduct as part of the, uh, the contract and living on campus.

Another option, uh, another option is off campus living in apartments, and like living in dormitories, uh, living in an apartment requires little or no maintenance specifically because usually it is handled by someone, uh, else. Also, uh, when you might live off campus, there might be, uh, uh, a certain amount of flexibility in choosing roommates that you might not have, uh, living on campus. But you should be aware that tenants may be responsible for furnishing their own apartments.

Well, of course, the choice is up to you, but be careful to review both the advantages and disadvantages of living on campus and off campus. Good luck.


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • daunting (adjective; also verb): frightening; to feel afraid or to lose courage
    - The student was daunted by the thought of travelling alone.

  • options (noun): choices or alternatives
    There are several educational options to choose from when selecting a school.

  • security (noun): freedom from anxiety or fear of danger
    - We have decided to install light sensors for additional security.

  • proximity (noun): a region close around a person or thing
    - The proximity of the apartment to campus makes it the ideal place for students.

  • facilities (noun): something created to provide a particular service
    This university has excellent sports facilities.

  • commute (verb, also noun): to travel between two points
    - I commute to work by bus.
    - The commute to my new job is longer than I anticipated.

  • devote (verb): commit or dedicate
    - My brother devotes all his energies to his studies.

  • abide by (verb): follow, honor, or observe
    - If students do not abide by the housing regulations, they could be requested to move out.

  • regulations (noun): rules or guidelines
    - The dormitories have established clear regulations on student behavior.

  • maintenance (noun): care, upkeep
    - Renters sometimes have to pay a fee for the maintenance of the apartment grounds.

  • tenant (noun): renter
    - The tenant in apartment 303 is moving out this week.

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