|apartment rentals||conversation||man and woman||03:46|
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.”
Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Apartment Owner: Oh, yeah. The apartment is partially furnished with a refrigerator, stove, and my grandmother's old dishwasher.
Caller: Well, the rent includes gas and electricity, but not the phone bill. And the water pump is right out the back door.
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.
Apartment Owner: It's about eight blocks from campus, but you can catch a number of buses right out in front.
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.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
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?
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.