Present Continuous vs Present Simple (talking about a summer course)

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The situation is as follows:
I'm on a summer course, somewhere abroad. I'm writing a letter to my friend:
"I'm on a summer course. I'm living in a rented flat. I'm sharing a room with other student"

Is using Present Simple in such a context a mistake?
"I'm on a summer course. I live in a rented flat. I share a room with other student"
 

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The situation is as follows:
I'm on a summer course, somewhere abroad. I'm writing a letter to my friend:
"I'm on a summer course. I'm living in a rented flat. I'm sharing a room with other student"

Is using Present Simple in such a context a mistake?
"I'm on a summer course. I live in a rented flat. I share a room with another student"

It's very stilted.
 

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Can you explain it?
 

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The present continous suggests some form of limited duration, which is appropriate for your sentence.
 

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The present continous suggests some form of limited duration, which is appropriate for your sentence.

But what about using Present Simple in such a situation? Is it a grammatical error?
 

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But what about using Present Simple in such a situation? Is it a grammatical error?
It's not a grammatical error as such. However, as it conveys more of a permanent idea than the present continuous, it is not what most native speakers would use when speaking of their temporary residence during a summer course.
 
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