Here are some phrases you may hear or use when you are looking for accommodation.
I’ve booked a room for tonight.
Whose name is the booking in?
I’ve come to look at the room.
Is it far from the city centre?
How much is a double room per night?
What type of accommodation are you looking for?
I would like to rent a cottage.
For how many nights?
Is breakfast included in the price?
Is it okay to cook my food?
Am I allowed to have guests?
Can I see the room?
Can I use the swimming pool?
There is a $300 deposit.
We don’t allow pets.
What is your contact number?
Could I have a look at the room?
Can I pay by credit card?
I’ll pay the rent in advance.
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Ravi has just moved to Edinburgh and he is looking for accommodation. Here is a sample conversation between him and his colleague Katie.
Katie: I hope you’ll enjoy your stay in Edinburgh. It is a nice city. By the way, have you found somewhere to live yet?
Ravi: No, I am staying in a hotel at the moment. It is very expensive. I would like to rent a flat.
Katie: Would you mind renting a room in a shared house?
Ravi: That’s fine, but I haven’t been able to find a room as yet.
Katie: Don’t worry. There is a spare room in the house where I live. It is a big house and has got six rooms. If you are interested, you can come and have a look.
Ravi: Yes. Why not? What’s the house like? Does it have a centralized heating system? I’m not used to living in extreme cold weather.
Katie: Yes. It is a modern house. It will keep you warm and comfortable during the cold winter months.
Ravi: By the way, I’m a vegetarian. Will it be possible for me to cook my own food? Also my parents might come over in the summer. Do they allow guests?
Katie: That’s fine. You can cook your food if that is what you want. The house has got a big kitchen. All of us have guests sometimes, so your parents can come over whenever they want.
Ravi: Could I have a look at the room this evening?
Katie: Sure, I’ll give you the address.