Vocabulary Lessons



Renting an apartment or taking out a home mortgage loan to buy a house are major decisions in one’s life. In other cases, students might live in dormitories on campus or even stay with a homestay family which can give them opportunities to interact with native speakers. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences or related information.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. apartment
  2. apartment manager
  3. carport
  4. condominium
  5. dormitory
  6. down payment
  7. duplex
  8. furnished / unfurnished
  9. gas / light / water bill
  10. housing
  11. landlord
  12. mortgage payment
  13. parking space
  14. rent
  15. roommate
  16. security deposit
  17. tenant
  18. townhouse
  19. utilities
  20. yard


You have to pay a _______ when you rent an apartment, and this money is often used to cover any damages you cause.

Many international students live in a ________ on campus when they study abroad. It often doesn't have its own kitchen, but it often is furnished with a bed and desk.

According to housing rules, ________ are not allowed to smoke or have pets in their apartments.

Follow-Up Activity

What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in an apartment or owning a house (e.g., cost, amount of privacy, etc.). Also, imagine that you are looking for a two-bedroom apartment in your area. Use the Internet to locate a place that meets your needs and provides the conveniences you want.