Topic “Accommodation“ often appears in IELTS Speaking Part 1. This is not a tough topic, but to be able to answer this part correctly, you need a good vocabulary and the ability to develop natural ideas.
IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic Home & Accommodation
Questions and Answers
1. Do you live in a house or an apartment?
Sample answer 1: I live in a semi-detached house with three bedrooms in a suburb of Manchester. I’ve lived there for just over a year.
Sample answer 2: Well actually, I’m staying in my parents’ two-bedroom flat at the moment. You might wonder why I don’t live alone like other independent souls, in fact, I’ve been trying to save some money on rent so I could go traveling.
Sample answer 3: I share a 2-bedroom flat with my best friend and we have been living there for almost 3 years since it’s very convenient for our school and we can split the rent together.
2. Can you describe the place where you live?
Sample answer 1: I live in the quieter part of a big city. Meaning I can take transit downtown very easily but all the hustle and bustle isn’t part of my normal day to day. There are lots of grade schools and bakeries in my neighborhood. And a lot of families live here too.
Sample answer 2: Well, I live in a quiet residential area which is surrounded by lush garden in my city. As for my apartment, it’s small but cozy. I mean it’s just 70 square meters with one bedroom and a living room but I decorate it in a warm and inviting way. What’s more, there is also a lovely balcony where I can enjoy the spectacular views of the river. I have to say, it’s my favorite part of this flat.
Sample answer 3: I live in a house which is located in the suburbs. We have a garden where there are some trees and green grass. There is a night market nearby, so sometimes it is noisy at night.
3. How long have you lived there?
I’ve been living there for over three years and I love it. Even though I have to share a room with three roommates, luckily they’re all easy-going and nice, so we get along really well with each other.
4. Please describe the room you live in?
Sample answer 1: My current room is actually more like a bedsit. It is a multi – purpose room, I use it to sleep and study as well. It is painted in pink, that’s my favorite color with a bed, a cupboard and desk. It’s not really spacious but it’s just right for me.
Sample answer 2: My room is on the second floor. It is not large but it is comfortable. There is a bed, a desk, a chair and a wardrobe in it. My room is pink, which is my favorite color, so I like it very much.
5. What part of your home do you like the most?
I prefer my bedroom most due to its convenience and privacy. Because of my stressful work I want to be in a quiet place and concentrate on my work. In my own room, I’m never disturbed by anyone else. Moreover, in my own space I can do whatever I want without bothering others.
6. Who do you live with?
I live with my parents and my siblings. We always get on well with each other and have a lot of fun.
7. What room does your family spend most of the time in?
Sample answer 1: It’s definitely the kitchen. Not only lunch or dinner time but all our family reunions take place in the kitchen where all the family members get together to eat tasty meals, and chat to each other – it’s a really harmonious atmosphere.
Sample answer 2: Normally my family spend most of the time in the living room, where we can drink tea, watch movies and play funny games.
8. What do you usually do in your flat?
Sample answer 1: Well, when I have some time to myself, I like hanging out in my room. It’s probably where I feel most at home. After all, I got to decorate it myself. So everything is to my taste. I usually just sit and read, or scroll through social media on my phone. It’s a nice way to kill time.
Sample answer 2: I usually do some cooking, watch TV or play computer games. Actually, no matter what I do, I always enjoy myself in my flat.
9. What kind of house or apartment are you living in right now?
Right now, I’m living in an apartment by my university. It’s not that big; it only has two bedrooms. But it’s cozy enough for me. Plus, the apartment is part of a newly developed high rise. It has a really nice view of the city.
10. Do you plan to live there for a long time?
Sample answer 1: To be honest, I intend to buy an apartment in an urban area after I graduate from university. I can decorate and design my ideal home with whatever facilities I want.
Sample answer 2: Yes, I do. I just moved in the house two years ago. The house is new, so I plan to live there for a long time.
11. Do you prefer living in a house or a flat?
Sample answer 1: I prefer living in a house to a flat because I value my privacy and need my own space. Owning an independent house, I can plan and design a house layout to suit myself. Moreover, I can modify a house according to the size of the family.
Sample answer 2: Definitely a house! I’ll have several rooms, parking space and my own yard so I’m able to keep many pets and invite my friends to come over regularly. What’s more, it’s also more private than living in a flat since no neighbours will bother me.
Sample answer 3: Actually I prefer living in a flat because most flats are located in the city center. Living in the city center is much more convenient. So l probably buy a flat in the future.
12. Are the transport facilities to your home very good?
Sample answer 1: To be honest, most of the transport facilities to my place are not very modern. The bus service from my work place to home is irregular and usually overcrowded.
Sample answer 2: Yeah, my flat is conveniently located in the downtown of the city and it’s accessible by subway and many bus lines. But of course, it’s not rare that the roads around are choked with traffic at rush hours.
Sample answer 3: I am afraid not. I always fail to order a taxi online because my home is too far away from the city center. Also, there are no bus stops nearby. Sometimes I have to drive my car when I want to go out.
13. What kind of house or apartment do you want to live in in the future?
I’d really love to live in a big house in the middle of nowhere. It might sound a little lonely, but I think having a family there would be awesome. You would have tons of privacy because you don’t have any nosy neighbours. And if it was somewhere nice, you could probably have a great view of the stars.
16. What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?
Sample answer 1: Well, I used to live in a smaller city for college, but now I live in a big city. I moved to the city just a few months ago for a job I found here. One significant advantage of this big city is that there are more job opportunities than the city I moved from. There are a lot more differences between them like public facilities, traffic, and lifestyles. It’s been a big change to adjust to . But I really like living in the city. It’s pretty exciting.
Sample answer 2: The flat I’m living now is a far cry from the place where I lived before. I used to live in my parents’ house located in the suburb of the city and the house has separate rooms for each one so it’s very private. However, my flat right now is much smaller and I have to share it with my roommate.
Sample answer 2: I used to live in the city center. It was convenient for me to do shopping. Now I am living in a house which is located in the suburbs. I can only go shopping once a week to buy groceries.
1. Spacious (adjective): large and with plenty of space for people to move around in
Ex: The hotel rooms are spacious and comfortable.
2. Sibling(s) (noun): a brother or sister
Ex: The younger children were badly treated by older siblings.
3. Get on well with sb (phrasal verb): to have a friendly relationship with somebody
Ex: She and her sister have never really got on well with each other.
4. Urban area (noun): connected with a town or city
Ex: Pollution has reached disturbingly high levels in some urban areas.
5. Reunion (noun): a social event for a group of people who have not seen each other for a long time.
Ex: The College has an annual reunion for former students.
6. Harmonious (adjective): friendly, peaceful and without any disagreement
Ex: It is important to have harmonious relations between the country’s ethnic groups.
7. Irregular (adjective): not happening at the arranged time intervals
Ex: His irregular attendance at school resulted in his failure in the final exams.
8. Overcrowded (adjective): with too many people or things in it
Ex: The train was so overcrowded this evening that I was unable to find an empty seat.
9. Privacy (noun): being alone and not disturbed by other people
Ex: I read the letter in the privacy of my own room.
10. Modify (verb): to change something slightly, especially in order to make it more suitable for a particular purpose
Ex: We found it cheaper to modify the existing equipment rather than buy new.
11. Bedsit (noun): a room that a person rents and uses for both living and sleeping in
Ex: He lives in a tiny student bedsit used for both sleeping and studying.
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