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Chapter 4
Student Hotel

In Austin, I live in a student hotel. It is near the university. So I don’t need to go to the university by car or by bus. I can walk there. The hotel name is Pearl Street. It is like a good 4-star hotel in Egypt or Turkey. It has two big parts. Students who like silence live in one part. Students who like parties and loud music live in the other part. Every part has two floors. There are about 20 rooms on each floor in each part. One person or two people can live in each room.

There is also a large kitchen with big fridges and freezers. The fridges are open all the time. So students can always take something to eat or drink. There is a communal dining-room with many tables and chairs. There is a Coca-Cola and Sprite machine, a juice machine, and a microwave oven in the dining-room. There is also a small swimming pool in the middle of the hotel.

I don’t like much noise and I like to sleep in a quiet room at night. So I live in the quiet part of the hotel. The room is not big. It has two beds, two small desks, two chairs, two chests of drawers, and a wardrobe. The room has a big window and an air-conditioning system. There is a bathroom, too.

I have a room-mate who is a first-year student. He is fond of parties. He likes to go to bed at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. And he usually gets up at 11 or 12. I often go to bed at 11 or 11:30 p.m. And I like to get up quite early – at 7 or 8 a.m. But we have no problems with each other. He always stays with his friends in the noisy part of the hotel. I don’t usually hear him when he comes back after parties because I am asleep.

I pay for the hotel every month. The American university gives me money: about 450 dollars every month. I pay for the hotel 380 dollars per month. But every person in the hotel must also work 4 hours a week. Some students cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Some students clean up the kitchen and the dining-room. Some students buy food. Some students have administrative functions. As for me, I must vacuum the halls 20 minutes three times a week and clean up the kitchen after dinner 1.5 hours two times a week.


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