10 tips for meeting new people in your student accommodation

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Starting university is an exciting time for many students, but it can also be quite daunting too. It may be your first time away from home, in a new city and you’re living in a place where you don’t yet no anybody. But if you are feeling anxious or worried about meeting new people, now is the perfect time to make new friends and expand your social network through university, your accommodation and within the local community; so embrace it! Remember when it comes to starting university, everyone is in the same boat as you. And to help get you started, we’ve pulled together some top tips for meeting new people in your accommodation…

10 top tips to help you meet new people at uni - Host

If you’re interested in finding out more about our student accommodation or living with us here at Host Wembley in London, drop us an email at wembley@host-students.com, call us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or pop in and see us and we’ll be happy to help.

3 tips to beat Results Day stress

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For a lot of you out there this is a very stressful time because A Level Result’s Day is just around the corner. You’re probably going through every possible scenario in your head, over and over again – and who can blame you! This is something that will affect your future in every possible way, and that’s why this month we’ve put together 3 top tips to help you through this stressful time.

1. Have the right attitude
What’s done is done, and what needs to happen will happen. You have worked hard and there’s nothing more you can do at this point to change your results. Now it’s just time to be confident and understand that if this is the path that you are supposed to be on then you’ve got this in the pocket.

If by any chance you don’t receive the results that you were expecting, then it’s a great way to learn and grow from the experience. Life didn’t go your way. Now what? Take a gap year? Resit your exams? Apply through Clearing? There’s so many options out there, but it’s your attitude towards these “curve balls” that life throws at you that will determine your success in the future. If you really want it and if it’s meant for you it will eventually happen.

2. Get all your ducks in a row…
Results day will be busy, so it’s important you have everything ready beforehand. You’ll be tracking your results on UCAS, securing university places, confirming accommodation and probably speaking to a lot of people. Have things such as usernames or user IDs, login details and reference numbers handy and ensure all of your contact information is up to date – it will make the process of speaking to people on results day a lot quicker and easier.

If you’re not available on results day, and someone else will be taking care of things for you, it’s worth contacting universities or accommodation providers such as Host prior to results day to nominate a person to speak about things on your behalf. Due to new GDPR regulations in the UK, staff might not be able to speak to anyone else about your application details unless there is prior consent.

3. Breathe!
The main purpose of breathing is to expel carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen with every single movement that our lungs make. The diaphragm is the most important muscle that allows us to breathe in and out.

A person’s breathing changes if they are under stress or if they are suffering from any kind of anxiety. If you are going through a similar situation you are probably taking small and shallow breaths and you are not using your diaphragm. If you are not breathing properly the repercussions can range from headaches, irritability and more stress! So just take a breather and relax! It will be alright. We promise.

If you’re starting university in London and are looking for student accommodation, why not stay with us in Wembley? View our rooms or contact us on +44(0) 20 3475 5952 or at wembley@host-students.com for more information.

Looking after yourself at university

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If you’re awaiting results and getting ready to depart for university, you’re probably excited about what the next few months have in store for you. The transition to university and student life can bring lots of opportunities, which can be easy for some, but it can be tougher for others.

Some students may experience issues such as academic stress, homesickness, drug and alcohol misuse or eating difficulties. Problems at university can lead to your health (physical or mental health) deteriorating.

However, there are many things you can do to help improve your health and wellbeing – ensuring you make the most of your time as a student.

1. Be social
Socialise with others and grow your friendship network. Chat with classmates, introduce yourself to fellow residents at your accommodation, join clubs and societies, get involved with any events at your university/college, accommodation or student’s union, volunteer in the community and embrace any work opportunities.

2. Communicate
Speak with your family and friends from home regularly. Let them know how you’re getting on, share your experiences and know that everything is ok with them too.

3. Sleep
Get a good night’s sleep to feel refreshed and recharged – you’ll wake up with a more positive attitude ready to take on the day.

4. Exercise
Regular exercise will not only maintain your physical health, but also your mental health. You’ll see an immediate boost in your overall mood; it’s a great way to clear your head and relieve any stress you may have.

5. Eat well
Maintain a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients, and avoid eating too much junk and convenience foods as they’ll will make you feel lethargic.

6. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, particularly if you are drinking alcohol. If you don’t drink enough water you’ll become dehydrated which can cause headaches and make you feel tired and dizzy.

If you do experience problems, no matter how big or small they may be, you should always speak to someone and seek advice. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, a doctor, a support group, your university’s welfare department or a member of the Host team, they will be able to offer support, help and guidance.