3 simple and healthy pancake recipes

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Whether it?s for breakfast, lunch or as a small snack in between lectures, pancakes are quick and easy to make and taste great too. While pancakes smothered in chocolate spread, topped with ice cream and sprinkled in sugar aren?t the healthiest option, there are some alternative pancake recipes which are much healthier for you. And with Pancake Day next week, there?s never been a better time to get out your frying pan and put your pancake flipping skills to the test.

Banana pancakes
With only 3 ingredients in this recipe, these pancakes are quick and easy to make. ?They?re also gluten-free, low-calorie and definitely guilt-free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ? large bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ? tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk together with the baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, add in the bananas and mash them with a fork. But not too much – ensure there are still chunks of bananas.
  3. Add the egg mixture with the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
  4. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).

Chocolate protein pancakes
Get your chocolate fix without reaching for the jar of chocolate spread with these delicious choc-tastic pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • ? scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ? tsp baking powder
  • ? tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).

Sweet potato pancakes
If you?re more of a savoury person, combine sweet potato with savoury cottage cheese, for a hearty and protein packed breakfast or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup oats
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add ? of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).
  3. Repeat until all batter has been used.

Ready, set, book! Student accommodation now available for 2018-19

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You heard it here first, we?re now taking bookings for the academic year 2018-19! So, if you?re searching for affordable student accommodation in London, look no further than Host Wembley?

All-inclusive student accommodation
Student living at Host Wembley couldn?t be easier. Simply pay your rent and we take care of the rest. There?s no need to worry about water and electric bills, or insurance and internet providers, we?re on it. Our all-inclusive living means you can focus on what?s important; your studies and being a student.

Here to help
At Host Wembley, our team is your team. You?ll find our friendly management team available onsite during the week days, as well as security onsite throughout the evenings and weekends. So, if you?ve got any issues or questions, we?re here to help and get things sorted, quickly.

We understand that student life can be an emotional whirlwind, that?s why we?re always on hand to offer good advice, or listen, when we?re needed. We?re here for all of our students ? even if it?s just to take delivery of your latest online order!

Location
Located in the Wembley Park district, north west London, Host Wembley is conveniently located for you to enjoy student life at its best.

With Wembley Park tube station ? served by the Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines, just a 2-minute walk away, getting in and around London couldn?t be easier. Getting to university won?t be a hassle either as many of London?s universities and colleges are located close by including the University of Westminster, Birbeck, University of London, Middlesex University, UCFB Wembley, London School of Science and Technology and the Royal Academy of Music. But that?s not all?

You?ll find everything from designer shops and high street brands, to coffee shops, restaurants and even a cinema just around the corner at the London Designer Outlet shopping centre. And you can be sure to be part of the action when the world?s biggest sports and music stars are in town with Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena, Wembley both right on your doorstep.

Time to rebook? Ready. Set. Go.Extend your stay at Host Wembley
If you?re already living with us, why not rebook and stay with us for another year? It?s not just first years who can stay at our student accommodation. We welcome students from all years and even postgraduates.

So, if you enjoy living at Host Wembley, why look anywhere else? You?re busy at university and meeting upcoming deadlines, and you really don?t need the added stress of house hunting. Plus, rebooking with Host is easy. Head to the online portal and log into your account, or pop down and speak with a member of the onsite management team here at Host Wembley and we?ll be happy to help.

Like the sound of our student accommodation at Host Wembley? Book your room today for 2018/19 or contact us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or at?wembley@host-students.com?to book a viewing and for more information about living with us.

Christmas in Wembley

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If you?re in Wembley this December and looking for something fun and festive to get you in the Christmas spirit, you won?t be disappointed. There?s a whole host of events taking place and all within a stone?s throw of our accommodation here at Host Wembley. Check out some of our top picks below?

Let?s Rock Christmas
Party like it?s yesterday and join in the fun at a Christmas party like no other. On Thursday 14th December, Let?s Rock Christmas ? The Retro Show, arrives at The SSE Arena Wembley for one night only. Dance the night away to non-stop music from some of the best-loved artists from years gone by including Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde and Go West. It?s the perfect way to start the festive season and get you in the party mood.

Peter Pan Pantomime
Christmas wouldn?t be complete without a trip to see a performance of the season?s hottest pantomime. And this year, it?s definitely one not to miss. The classic story of Peter Pan will be brought to life at The SSE Arena Wembley for an arena spectacular with the performance across three stages, plenty of action and an all-star cast featuring Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp. But you?d best be quick to get your tickets, performances are for two days only on 29th and 30th December. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it?s a perfect post-Christmas activity to enjoy with family or friends.

Christmas Shopping
Whether you?re in need of a gift for the secret santa with your uni friends, something special for your loved ones or you?re simply looking to treat yourself this season, there?s only one place to shop; London Designer Outlet. Packed with everything from clothing and footwear, to beauty products and accessories, you?ll find something for even the most awkward if people to buy for. And when you?re done shopping, rest your feet and enjoy a well-earned drink or bite to eat at one of the coffee shops or restaurants, all under one roof at the shopping centre.

Slideatron
New for 2017, and a world first, head over to Wembley Park and check out Wembley?s latest free attraction for Christmas; Slideatron. A unique and modern take on a Christmas tree, the Slideatron is an 18 metre high LED Christmas tree with a 20 metre long thrill slide. Climb the 60 steps to the top and admire the views of Wembley Park and beyond from the open-air viewing platform, then when you?re done, slide your way down to the bottom for a festive thrill!

Looking for student accommodation in London? If you would like to know more about living with us here at Host Wembley during your studies, contact us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or at?wembley@host-students.com. We have a choice of room types and tenancy lengths available including single semester contracts.

Winter warmer recipes

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Now that the clocks have gone back, the days are becoming shorter and the nights are darker. Winter is on its way. And as the temperatures drop, the refreshing salads and light bites of summer aren?t quite as appealing as they were a few months ago. Instead, after a busy day out at uni, you probably want to come home to a hot, hearty meal to warm you up. But if you?re stuck for ideas of what to cook, look no further. Here are some of our favourite winter warmer recipes?

Soup

Broccoli-soup-recipe
Image: GoodtoKnow

If there?s one recipe that is sure to warm you right through to the core it?s one for soup. Quick, easy and cheap to make, soup is a winter favourite for most people. And a recipe such as this one for a tasty broccoli soup is packed with nutrients, making it a great choice if you?re looking for a healthy meal.

Baked chilli & jacket potatoes

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Image: BBC Good Food

As winter approaches, it?s not just us reaching for our jackets. Even the potatoes are too! Jacket potatoes are a timeless classic for students and for the winter months. They?re quick and require little effort to make, and the choice of toppings they can be combined with are endless. One of our favourites are these baked jacket potatoes with chilli.

Beef stew

beef stew
Image: Jamie Oliver

Nothing says winter?s here more than a classic beef stew. It might take a few hours to cook, but once it?s prepped there?s not much work involved; you just have to sit back and let the oven do its thing. So, if you?re in for the day working on an assignment or revising for an exam, chuck it in the oven and when you?re done for the day, your stew will be ready, waiting for you to enjoy.

Mac ?n? cheese

macaroni cheese
Image: BBC Food

A hearty meal that?s quick and easy to make, this mac ?n? cheese recipe is the ultimate comfort food and there?s enough to share with your flat mates too. If you?re after a vegetarian recipe, simply swap the cheese for a vegetarian cheese and you?re onto a winner.

Apple crumble

apple crumble
Image: BBC Food

Winter warmer recipes aren?t limited to just main meals. When it?s cold outside, it?s a great excuse to indulge in a hot dessert too. And we think you?ll agree, you can?t beat the taste and nostalgia of the all-time classic, apple crumble. The question is will you serve it with hot or cold custard?

Travelling in London as a student

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Starting university is an exciting, yet nervous time of your life. A new course, new friends, new home and for many, a new city and location. And there can be nothing more daunting than leaving your home comforts and surroundings for a completely new and unknown city ? especially when it?s as big and busy as London.

But it shouldn?t put you off exploring the capital city; getting around London isn?t as scary as it might seem. And as a student, you can make savings while you travel too.

One of the easiest ways to get in and around London is via the Underground on the Tube. It?s quick, convenient and as a student you can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard, which will give you 30% off the price of an adult-rate Travelcard, as well as Bus and Tram Pass season tickets.

And if you?re staying at our student accommodation here at Host Wembley, you haven?t got far to go to catch the Tube. We?re located just a stone?s throw away from Wembley Park Underground Station, where you can jump on the Metropolitan or Jubilee line to reach many of the universities and hot spots of London.

For more information on travel in London, visit the Transport for London website. Or if you?d like to know more about living with us here at Host Wembley during your studies, contact us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or at wembley@host-students.com. We have a choice of room types and tenancy lengths available including single semester contracts.

Moving into your student accommodation

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Exciting times are ahead! It?s time to pack up and move into your new student accommodation and start the year at university. But moving in can be hectic; you just don?t know what you should and shouldn?t pack and so you end up packing everything.

While the fancy dress outfits and party games are important, there are some essential items and documents you must have with you when moving in. Keep reading to check you have everything you need and to ensure your move in day goes nice and smooth.

1. University identification/paperwork
Most accommodations require you to bring a copy of your university acceptance letter with you upon moving in. This is often required for proof of council tax exemption. If you don?t have this already, please request this from your university and ask them to confirm your acceptance in writing to you.

2. Valid ID (passport or driving licence)
You will not get anywhere without this! It?s important to make sure that you have this with you and you keep it in a safe place as you won?t be able to collect your keys at the accommodation without showing photo identification. And of course, you?ll need your ID for getting into clubs, pubs and bars for the fun activities that come after moving in.

3. Bedding and towels
To avoid spending extra money after arriving at your accommodation, it?s a good idea to take your bedding with you – including pillows, sheets, duvets and a bed cover. And don?t forget to pack some towels too! Some accommodations work in partnership with other companies who can supply bedding items for students. ?Here at Host Wembley we work alongside UniKitOut to offer students bedding packs (as well as kitchen and bathroom packs), and they?ll deliver your items directly to Host Wembley so you don?t have to worry about packing them. They?ll be here waiting for you upon arrival.

4. Outstanding payments and paperwork
It?s important that any required pre-arrival information and documents have been given to your accommodation before you move in. If the accommodation staff have received everything they need before your arrival, it will save you time and prevent any delays in checking you in. Waiting around is the last thing you?ll want to do, especially if you?ve travelled a long distance to get to your accommodation.

5. After you have collected your keys?
Check out your new room ? the place you?ll call home for the next year, and enjoy your first day at the accommodation. Say hello and meet our friendly team, they?ll be the ones to go to if you have any problems or questions, or simply fancy a chat throughout the year. And most importantly, meet your fellow residents. Knock on your neighbour?s door or pop down to the social spaces and introduce yourself. These people may not end up being your best friends but it?s nice to know there are people around you can talk to and enjoy student life with.

This is the new chapter of your lives, and we cannot wait to meet all of our residents on the check in day next week. We have been working hard to get things ready and are tired, but we are so excited at the same time!

Good luck everyone and our team at Host Wembley wishes you the best for your future.

Still looking for student accommodation in London? Why not stay with us at our student accommodation in Wembley? View our?rooms?or contact us on +44(0) 20 3475 5952 or at?wembley@host-students.com?for more information.

A-Level results day 2017 and the next steps…

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For many of you, you?re probably anxiously awaiting your A-Levels results. Results day can be an exciting but intense day, with many students finding it a stressful time in their life.

Your A-Level results can be collected from your school or college, and if you have an online student portal, you may be able to access this to find out your provisional results. If you have applied to university through UCAS, you will be able to check the status of your application through UCAS Track from 8am on the morning of results day. Although this will allow you to see if you have been offered a place at university or not, it won?t give you the breakdown of your results.

To help make your results day less stressful and chaotic, below is some information on what you can expect and how to prepare for the big day.

First thing?s first, make sure that you are 100% aware of the date of your results day, because of course, that?s one date you won?t want to miss out on. For students in Scotland, the SQA results day is Tuesday 8th August 2017, and for students awaiting their A Level results, the date is Thursday 17th August 2017.

So, now you know the dates, here are a few things you can bring with you to school or college when collecting your results:

  • Don?t forget to take your mobile phone with you. You?ll no doubt need to ring all of your long-lost relatives to let them know how you?ve done. And of course, you?ll need it to snap a photo with your results and update your social media profiles to share with your friends and followers! You may also need your phone to make important calls to university and colleges to confirm your place or apply for clearing.
  • A notebook and pen in hand is a must. It?ll be handy to have in case you need to take note of important numbers, dates, references and information regarding firm and insurance universities details.
  • Bring someone along; girlfriend, boyfriend, parent, guardian, brother, sister, friend or even a neighbour! Having someone there with you for moral support is always a good idea; they can celebrate with you and can assist you when making future decisions.

Before starting your day, get some food in you. Whether you?re celebrating great results or making crucial decisions with what?s next, your day is going to be hectic and before you know it the day will have passed. So, don?t leave the house on an empty stomach, ensure you?re fully filled up and ready to face the day ahead!

Once you?re prepped, fed and ready to go, here are a few things you?ll need to know for actually getting your results?

  1. Don?t be late collecting your results. Check with your school or college to see what time they will be open from and get there on time. Arrange to meet up with your friends and fellow class mates and share the moment together!
  1. So, you got the results you needed and your firm choice has been confirmed? HURRAY!!! Well done and congratulations! Now, get the phone out, update your social media, call your parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends, and then go and celebrate.
  1. If you?re results weren?t what you were expecting, don?t be disheartened too soon! If you haven?t already done so, check your application status on UCAS Track as you may still have been accepted onto your firm or insurance course. If that?s the case, relax and celebrate – you did your best, you?re still going to university and you deserve every bit of celebration. Be sure to keep your phone line clear and avoid calling your university to check, as they will be busy updating thousands of records and you may be advised to hold for a very long time.
  1. If you didn?t get the grades you were hoping for, and you didn?t get accepted onto the courses you applied for, don?t panic! There are a number of options for you such as accepting your insurance place, finding a course through clearing, re-taking your A-levels or taking a gap year and applying for the following year. But most importantly, don?t give up! This is not the end, it?s only the beginning to a new chapter of your life ? so enjoy and make the most of it.

The team here at Host Wembley wishes all students the very best for your results and future plans. Don?t forget, after your place is confirmed at university, you may also need to consider a place to live. Why not stay with us at our student accommodation in Wembley? View our rooms or contact us on +44(0) 20 3475 5952 or at wembley@host-students.com for more information.

Be summer ready with these top meal tips

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Summer?s here which for many, barbecues and ice-creams first spring to mind. Followed by a nice cold drink to wash it all down with. After all, when the weather?s hot the last thing you want to do is have your head in an oven and be standing over a hot stove making a big cooked meal.

Instead, smaller, fresh meals are much more desirable to eat during the summer months. You?ll feel more refreshed and with less cooking, you can sit back and relax while the sun is shining!

Sounds great, right? Well, for you to enjoy more hours in the sun and less time scouring the kitchen cupboards, it?s a good idea to know what you?re going to eat. Creating a meal plan for the week ahead will save you time and make it easier to follow a balanced diet; with your meals planned, you?re less likely to reach for the pile of takeaway menus. A meal plan can also assist with your weekly shopping budget and can actually save you money. After all, one trip to the shop a week to buy everything, is likely to cost much less than a trip to the shops every night to pick up something for dinner ? we all know when you pop in for just one item you come out with more! Planning makes everything perfect.

Another top tip for eating in the summer months is to prepare meals in advance. It means for those days when you?re busy enjoying the sun, or when it?s really hot and you can?t muster up the energy to cook, you?ll have a meal ready to go. From mixed salads and ready chopped fruit, to vegetable chilli and ice lollies, pre-make your meals and put them in the fridge or freezer, so anytime you feel a little peckish or need a quick meal fix, just head for the kitchen and grab your meal. For some quick cool meals for summer see here.

Talking of salads, why not add some fruits into your salad? Watermelon, blueberries, apricots, pineapple, cherries and strawberries are all proven to be extremely nutritious. But if you?re not too keen on eating fruits, then try making a smoothie instead. It will be just as nutritious and refreshing, and you?ll probably find it goes down much better! For some yummy smoothie recipes, see here.

Smoothies are a great way to fill up on nutrients, but drinking lots of water is extremely important too ? especially when it?s particularly hot outside. Water will keep you hydrated and maintain your body temperature. One top tip is to keep a jug or large bottle of water filled up in the fridge so you can cool down and quench your thirst with a cold drink instead of room temperature water from the tap. Why not add a slice of lemon or some mint to make your drink more refreshing and flavoursome? For more information on water and other drinks and the effect on your health see here.

So, there you have it. From planning your weekly shop to preparing your meals, these are just some of the ways you can get the most out of summer by spending less time in the kitchen and more time outside. And if you get the chance, why not combine both food and sunshine by dining Al fresco!

Looking for a place to stay in London this summer? We have summer accommodation available here at Host Wembley. For more information please contact us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or wembley@host-students.com. ??

Summer days in Wembley

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The sun?s shining, the air is warm and summer is here. So, what have you got planned? If you?re not busy working, studying or visiting other parts of the world, then how about an afternoon in some of Wembley?s local parks and outdoor areas? Relax and soak up the sun, get lost in a book or play Frisbee with your friends. Sound good? Check out some of these great green spaces you can enjoy?

King Edward VII Park
Located in Brent – less than a mile away from our accommodation, King Edward VII Park offers luscious green grass space for you to unwind and relax in. There?s a host of sports facilities you can take advantage of to. From bowling greens to football pitches, you?ll never be short of something to do!

Fryent Country Park
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and go on an adventure through the 103 hectares of rolling fields and woods of Fryent Country Park. Also located in the Brent area, the park is a wildlife site of metropolitan importance to London, with the woodland comprising of trees including French oak, ash and the nationally rare plant the narrow-leaved bitter-cress.

Barham Park
Head two miles west of Host Wembley and you?ll stumble upon the green grass, pathways and many mature trees of Barham Park. Blooming with bright and beautiful flowers and shrubs in summer, the walled garden is a popular relaxation spot. For those feeling more active, there?s even a free outdoor gym!

Northala Fields
Slightly further afield, but definitely worth a visit is Northala Fields. You?ll find lots of open space to enjoy as well as four large earth mounds – and with the tallest standing at 22 metres it makes an excellent viewpoint with a 360-degree view over the city. And with six fishing lakes, a model boating lake and wildlife ponds, streams and wetland, you can relax on the water?s edge.

So, if you?re in London and the Wembley area this summer and need a place to sunbathe, relax or explore then head to one of the above. Need a place to stay while you visit? We have summer accommodation available from 2nd July until 1st September. For more information please contact us on 0203 475 5952 or email?wembley@host-students.com.

5 top tips for your final exam preparations!

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Exams can be tense and stressful. You need to give them, and the revision your full attention to ensure you achieve your desired grades. Which can be hard, especially as those around you start to finish their exams, but you still have a few more to go. So, to help you make it over the final hurdle and ace the last of your exams, we have 5 top last-minute revision tips which you might find helpful in achieving your exam goals.

1. Stick to your study plan
Remember how organised and efficient you were back in March and April when you first started your revision? After already sitting several exams, your energy and motivation might be low and it can be easy to drift off course. But just because these exams are the last, it doesn?t make them any less important than the ones you?ve already sat.

So, if you haven?t already got a plan in place, it?s important to write a study plan. Think about what exams you have left and what areas of the subject you need to cover so you can go into the exam feeling confident. And if there?s a subject you?re less confident about, schedule more time into your plan to focus on it.

Having a plan drawn up will bring structure to your day and you?ll know exactly what topics you need to revise throughout the final days and weeks leading up to your exams. If you feel like you?ll be distracted at home, try going to the library or a coffee shop where you think you will feel more comfortable.

2. Use charts, diagrams and cue cards
Now that your revision is in full swing and you probably have a good understanding of the subjects being examined, why not scrap the reams of revision notes and condense key information into visual aids and cue cards?

Doing this will make your revision easier and less overwhelming. You?ll have all the key words written down, and when you see them it will prompt you to recall all of the other information associated with that topic. It will also help to highlight any areas that you can?t remember so well and perhaps need to spend a bit longer revising.

3. Work with others
Once you have set a plan and have your cue cards at the ready, organise a day or afternoon to study together with your friends. Working together will not only help you, but it can also assist your friends with the subject. You can test one another on the subjects and share ideas, information and revision tips. You may learn more about the subject by working with your friends. You may feel less pressured and stressed by working with others on the same subject or topic too, as you know you?re all in the same situation.

4. Look at past exam papers
Although you can?t predict the exam questions, you can get a good idea of what they might be like. Viewing past exam papers can be extremely useful. It will help you become familiar with the format and style of questions, and the topics that appear often ? meaning you may require more focus on them. Using past exam papers to practice can be valuable and effective, but you shouldn?t rely on these solely as they do change from year to year. The past papers can be found on your student portal and can be requested for additional support.

5. Take a break
Finally, it?s essential to take breaks in between your studies or you?ll end up going around in circles with the revision. Drinking water and eating nutritious food such as green vegetables regularly will help to maintain concentration levels and make you feel refreshed. Avoid the junk food as these will make you feel sluggish and unlikely to put you in the mood to revise! And when you really need a breather, step outside for some fresh air. Going for a small walk can be beneficial for you to work on a clear head!

No matter how you revise during the final days and weeks of your exams, we wish you all good luck with them. If you’re leaving us at Host Wembley, we hope you’ve had a wonderful year and if you’re staying with us for summer or in September, we can’t wait to have you living with us.?

If you’re still looking for student accommodation for September, then why not join our thriving student community? Here at Host Wembley all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard and our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. For more information please contact us on 0203 475 5952 or email wembley@host-students.com.