General Listening Quiz

“Great Apartment Living”

Topic: Type: Speakers: Length:
apartment rentals conversation man and woman 03:46

Pre-Listening Exercise

Besides price and size, what other questions would you ask a landlord before renting an apartment?


live out of a suitcase” = travel a lot from place to place and not settle down
I’m really tired of living out of a suitcase, so I’ve decided to find a different job where I can live in one place.”

dirt cheap” = very inexpensive
Rent for apartments near campus is dirt cheap during the summer months because there isn’t a high demand for housing.”

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The apartment comes with_____.

Apartment Owner: Oh, yeah. The apartment is partially furnished with a refrigerator, stove, and my grandmother's old dishwasher.

What utilities are included in the rent?

Caller: Well, the rent includes gas and electricity, but not the phone bill. And the water pump is right out the back door.

You can lose your deposit if you _____.

Apartment Owner: Generally speaking, we return the deposit, minus a small fee for, you know, cleaning the apartment for the next tenant, but if you trash the place, then don't expect to get anything back.

One good point about the apartment is that ______.

Apartment Owner: It's about eight blocks from campus, but you can catch a number of buses right out in front.

What kind of pet is a tenant allowed to keep in the apartment?

Apartment Owner: Well, you can keep small pets like a hamster in a small cage, but we don't allow larger animals like dogs, cats, or snakes. Things like that.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe your current living arrangement. Do you live in an apartment, house, or dormitory? How many rooms does the place have? Is it conveniently located to shopping and transportation? Is there anything about your current situation that you want to change? If so, how would you like it to be different?

Online Investigation

Assume that you are moving to the United States, and you are looking for new two-bedroom apartment. First, decide on a city of your choice, and then search around to find the best place for you based on location, price, convenience, and amenities. Use newspapers, the phone book, information from friends, and the Internet. Discuss your findings with others.