IELTS Writing Task 1 GT – You will move to a new city for work

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You will move to a new city for work. You know some people who live there.

In your letter:

  • Ask them for help finding accommodation.
  • Tell them where you would like to live.
  • Tell them the type of place you are looking for.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….. ,


Sample Answer 1 (204 Words, 11 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I wanted to let you know that I am coming to live in (city) and I would like to ask if you can help me with a few things before I arrive and start my new job.

Do you think you could give me a hand finding somewhere to live? Ideally I would like to live close to where I am going to be working, or in the downtown district. If possible I would like to be near some shops, like a supermarket and a DVD rental place. As I really love sports it would be great to be near a park too.

I’m not too worried about the place itself. Obviously I will be looking for a flat, rather than a house, as it is just going to be me and I won’t be able to afford too much. So, a place with one bedroom is fine, but I would like to have a private bathroom (not shared), a kitchen and some kind of living room. It doesn’t matter if the kitchen is small, but it would nice to have one. I would prefer to live somewhere new, so anything in a modern apartment block would be great.

Thanks for your help.

Sincerely Yours,
Jakiya Islam

Written by Jakiya Islam

Sample Answer 2 (186 Words, 8 Sentences, 8 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Hope you are in the best of health.

As I informed you earlier via email that I will be moving to Saudi Arab for a new job that I got in a Private company. I have arrived yesterday in Riyadh city and will be requiring for help and support to find a suitable accommodation as I have to join the company next week.

I would like to find an accommodation at some distance from my office location which is situated in city center as I don’t like to live in populated area. The location if possible should have a park so that I can spend my free time jogging around.

I would like to live in an apartment or flat because it will be a bit cheaper than banglow which currently I won’t be able to afford. In a building where my apartment will be should have parking as I will be buying a car next month and indoor sports club to play sports during weekend.

I am sure you will help me out to find a good accommodation so that I can settle down quickly.

Best Regards,
Robiul Hasan.

Written by Robiul Hasan

(NB: Follow the above writing structure for getting higher IELTS band score in the examination. This sample answer can be an example of good writing out of many possible approaches.)

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