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Where to look:• Apartment advertisements (newspapers,  Craig’s List, University housing office)• Internet (buyer beware!)•...
Bulletin board  ad
Homestayhttp://www.homestayfinder.com/
A homestay allows you to stay with afamily in your host country. It can helpyou to learn the language much faster,and to e...
Homestay
Los Angeles homestay listings• Family of three: me, my wife and 11 year  old son.  West side near Santa Monica and Venice ...
Amenities:City / suburb                 Los AngelesState                         CAPostcode                      90066Cost...
Furn. 1BR cheap!
Craigslisthttp://newyork.craigslist.org/ Website for each major USA cityRentals, for sale, personal ads, etc.
Craigslist – apartment listings in New York
Newspaperclassified ad
Pet-friendly apartment?
Choose an apartment that already     has kitchen appliances
Apartment• Do you want to live alone or share?• How much space do you need?• What rent can you afford?• What amenities do ...
roommate     or flatmate
Let’s visit some apartments
My first                 apartmentBriar Place, Chicago
Furnished apartment
Studio (one room + kitchen & bath)
Briar Place, The DescriptionAll Units at 540 W. Briar have FREE HEAT! Thischarming vintage elevator midrise building is in...
Briar Place, The Amenities• Cable Ready         • High Speed Internet• Emergency             Access  Maintenance         •...
One-bedroom apartment
Describing an apartment• Conv. Loc. = convenient location• 2 BR = 2 bedrooms• Furn. / unfurn.• AC = air conditioner• Util....
small – cozy - cramped
airy – light-filled
spacious – roomy - palatial
2-bedroom apartment    with terrace
Vocabulary:
• Rental application• References / credit history /  background check• Security deposit• Lease / rental agreement
Standard lease
Many American apartments havecheap w2w – wall to wall carpeting
You will pay  extra for hardwood   floors
• Construction: new buildings of about 5 floors  or less are wood-frame and plasterboard  (thin walls, noise travels easil...
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
Apartment hunting for foreign students
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  1. 1. v
  2. 2. Where to look:• Apartment advertisements (newspapers, Craig’s List, University housing office)• Internet (buyer beware!)• Real estate agency (rental agency)• Open house (anyone can come visit)• Word of mouth• FOR RENT sign – call for information• Bulletin boards – coffee houses, supermarkets, etc.)
  3. 3. Bulletin board ad
  4. 4. Homestayhttp://www.homestayfinder.com/
  5. 5. A homestay allows you to stay with afamily in your host country. It can helpyou to learn the language much faster,and to experience what "real life" islike in the host country.
  6. 6. Homestay
  7. 7. Los Angeles homestay listings• Family of three: me, my wife and 11 year old son. West side near Santa Monica and Venice beaches. Very close to SMCC and UCLA and other schools.• We will pick up and return to LAX airport. Local bus stops less than 200 feet from our back door. $180 per week shared room; $250 per week private room.
  8. 8. Amenities:City / suburb Los AngelesState CAPostcode 90066Cost USD 180 per weekAvailable From 27 Feb 2010Available ToHouse has pets NoHousehold allows smoking YesAny meals included? Breakfast & DinnerInternet BroadbandCan provide airport pickup? Yes
  9. 9. Furn. 1BR cheap!
  10. 10. Craigslisthttp://newyork.craigslist.org/ Website for each major USA cityRentals, for sale, personal ads, etc.
  11. 11. Craigslist – apartment listings in New York
  12. 12. Newspaperclassified ad
  13. 13. Pet-friendly apartment?
  14. 14. Choose an apartment that already has kitchen appliances
  15. 15. Apartment• Do you want to live alone or share?• How much space do you need?• What rent can you afford?• What amenities do you want?• Do you want to live on campus / off campus / close to campus / in a residential area?• How secure (safe) is the building and neighborhood?
  16. 16. roommate or flatmate
  17. 17. Let’s visit some apartments
  18. 18. My first apartmentBriar Place, Chicago
  19. 19. Furnished apartment
  20. 20. Studio (one room + kitchen & bath)
  21. 21. Briar Place, The DescriptionAll Units at 540 W. Briar have FREE HEAT! Thischarming vintage elevator midrise building is inthe heart of all things Lakeview! Shopping, greatrestaurants, nightlife, and lake all within a fewshort blocks. 540 W. Briar has an on-site staff,laundry room, new windows, HWF, spaciousshared main lobby, bike storage & workoutroom. Express bus around the corner & walkingdistance to the El. NO SECURITY DEPOSIT.
  22. 22. Briar Place, The Amenities• Cable Ready • High Speed Internet• Emergency Access Maintenance • Laundry Facility• Fitness Center • Public• Gated Access Transportation• Hardwood Flooring • Some Paid Utilities
  23. 23. One-bedroom apartment
  24. 24. Describing an apartment• Conv. Loc. = convenient location• 2 BR = 2 bedrooms• Furn. / unfurn.• AC = air conditioner• Util. incl. = utilities included (gas, water, electricity)• Pkg. incl. = parking included• Sec. bldg. = security building
  25. 25. small – cozy - cramped
  26. 26. airy – light-filled
  27. 27. spacious – roomy - palatial
  28. 28. 2-bedroom apartment with terrace
  29. 29. Vocabulary:
  30. 30. • Rental application• References / credit history / background check• Security deposit• Lease / rental agreement
  31. 31. Standard lease
  32. 32. Many American apartments havecheap w2w – wall to wall carpeting
  33. 33. You will pay extra for hardwood floors
  34. 34. • Construction: new buildings of about 5 floors or less are wood-frame and plasterboard (thin walls, noise travels easily)• High-rise buildings are steel frame construction• Older buildings have more solid construction – brick or concrete, quieter, more ambience (pleasing atmosphere)

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