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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Student Housing Options (Advantages and Disadvantages Question)

In some countries, university students live at home, while in other countries university students go to other cities rather than live with their family. 

Do you think the benefits of living away from home outweigh the disadvantages? (27/01/2024)


The question of whether university students should live away from home or with their families is a topic of ongoing debate. While some argue that residing away from home presents numerous drawbacks, I contend that these pale in comparison with the significant benefits it offers.

On the one hand, the decision to live away from home presents several challenges and disadvantages. Firstly, the financial strain of renting accommodation and covering living expenses can be overwhelming  for many students. This financial pressure may exacerbate  stress and anxiety levels, thereby adversely impacting their academic performance . Secondly, the absence of family support systems may result in feelings of loneliness and homesickness, particularly among international students or those from tight-knit  families. A great body of research has underscored  this point, indicating that without a strong support network, homesickness can profoundly  affect students' overall well-being and academic success.

On the other hand, I argue that living independently during university fosters self-reliance  and accountability  among students, which outweigh the financial and emotional strain some of them might face. When students reside on their own, they can have the chance to acquire essential life skills such as financial management, culinary abilities , and home maintenance , all of which help them become well-rounded  and resourceful  individuals. Additionally, being away from the comfort of home can push students out of their comfort zones , motivating them to explore new environments and socialize with diverse individuals. To illustrate, many surveys conducted by American universities revealed that students who lived away from home were more likely to engage in extracurricular activities and pursue leadership roles, fostering their personal and professional development.

In summary, while living away from home comes with certain challenges such as financial strain and feelings of isolation for students, I firmly believe that its benefits in terms of enhanced independence and personal growth are more significant.



  • pale in comparison with sb / sth (idiom) = kém nổi bật hơn ai đó / cái gì

  • overwhelming (adj) = gây choáng ngợp 

  • exacerbate (v) = làm trầm trọng thêm

  • academic performance (phrase) = kết quả học tập 

  • tight-knit (adj) = khăng khít, gắn bó

  • underscore (v) = nhấn mạnh 

  • profoundly (adv) = một cách sâu sắc

  • self-reliance (n) = sự tự lực cánh sinh

  • accountability (n) = tinh thần trách nhiệm 

  • culinary abilities (phrase) = kỹ năng nấu nướng

  • home maintenance (phrase) = bảo dưỡng nhà ở

  • well-rounded (adj) = toàn diện

  • resourceful (adj) = tháo vát

  • push students out of their comfort zones (phrase) = thúc đẩy học sinh thoát khỏi vùng an toàn của bản thân



Personal opinion: The benefits of university students living away from home outweigh its drawbacks

Body 1: The drawbacks of university students living away from home

  • It can be difficult for students who live away from home to afford housing and living costs → increased stress and poor academic performance

  • Being away from family support can lead to feelings of loneliness, especially for international students or those from close-knit families → reduced well-being and academic challenges for students

Body 2: The benefits of university students living away from home + my personal opinion

  • When students live on their own, they can learn important life skills like managing money and cooking → more capable individuals

  • Being away from home encourages students to step out of their comfort zones by exploring new things and meeting new people → personal and professional development


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