7 New Year’s resolutions to try this year


You might be wondering why we’re only now talking about New Year’s resolutions, when most people set a New Year?s resolution on 1st January. The problem with that though is January is a tough month; it’s cold, dark, and you can feel fed up because the holidays are over and it’s back to the grind. With all that in mind, a lot of people lose motivation and give up on their resolutions within a few weeks of the New Year. But now that Christmas is a distant memory, the nights are getting lighter and people are getting back to normal, it’s the perfect time to take action and make a change for 2019. Below are just some of the resolutions you can make this year:

1. Get fit
Whether it?s going for a run, playing football or doing yoga, any exercise is a great way to improve your physical fitness as well as clearing your mind. When you exercise, endorphins are released which create a positive feeling, which in turn helps to reduce stress, boost your self-esteem and improve sleep. Why not exercise with a friend? It’ll make it more enjoyable and you’ll help keep each other motivated.

2. Eat healthily
It can be too easy as a student to reach for the cheap and convenient junk foods and takeaways, but this isn’t the healthiest option. The thought of cooking healthy meals might scare you, but you can find many quick and easy recipes online to help get you started. Using fresh ingredients and plenty of vegetables and food rich in nutrients, you’ll feel much better cooking and eating your own fresh meals; it could even save you a few pounds!

3. Look after yourself
Student life can be tiring, trying to juggle lectures, tutorials, assignments and exams, whilst still enjoying a social life! With such a busy schedule, it’s important to give yourself a break and enjoy some ‘me’ time and escape reality; read a book, watch a film, take a walk, do whatever relaxes you and makes you happy.?You should also make sure to get enough sleep; a good night sleep will help you wake up feeling energised and ready to take on the day.

4. Plan ahead
Getting organised can be hard, but it?s essential for students – especially during exam season! A great way to start is with a diary or utilise the one on your smart phone, this way you?ll always know about upcoming deadlines, exam dates and social events. Plan out times for studying and times for taking a break. If you?re organised you?re less likely to procrastinate and that ever-growing list of to-dos will stay under control.

5. Budget
The desire to blow your student loan in the first few weeks on things you don?t really need is tempting, but is it really worth it when you?re then surviving on 50p noodles for the rest of the term? To avoid such situations, it?s a good idea to set yourself a budget. Make a list of any essential things you need to pay for such as food, travel and mobile phone bill, and how much you will need. Once you?ve budgeted for all necessary things, any spare money can go towards socialising, clothes etc. You may even wish to get a part time job for a bit of extra money.

6. Try something new
Looking to try something new this year? Universities always offer a large amount of extracurricular activities. Joining a society or signing up for an activity is a great way to discover a new hobby and learn something new and will also keep you occupied when you?re not studying or at lectures. It?s also a great way to meet new people outside of your regular classes or flat mates.

7. Explore your city
Whether you?re a first year or final year student, how well do you really know the city you?re living and studying in? If you?ve not yet had chance, now is a great opportunity to be a tourist in the city. Keep an eye out for local events taking place, take trips to nearby attractions, discover beaches or parks and try out hidden bars and unique restaurants. This will make your experience living away from home so much more enjoyable.

Remember, no matter what your resolution is, things take time and through gradual changes you can achieve your goals. The most important thing is trying and seeing what works well for you.

5 tips for staying safe in the dark


It?s that time of year, summer has been and gone, and winter is fast approaching. Students are thinking about Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, and the dark nights are starting to draw in.

Undeniably it?s important to stay safe and be cautious at all times of the year, but it?s particularly true this time of year as the mornings stay darker for longer and the afternoons and evenings become darker much sooner. So, below are a few top tips on staying safe.

1. Stick together
Whether you?re leaving university late, going to a friend?s house or are heading home after a night out, avoid walking by yourself. Try to walk with others that you know; safety in numbers is key when it comes to walking in the dark.

2. Know your route
If you have to walk in the dark, especially if you?re on your own, be sure to know where you?re going. Stick to well used main roads and pedestrian areas, and ones that are well lit. And even if you know a short cut, don?t stray from the beaten path and avoid cutting through remote alleyways, parks, wasteland and canal towpaths.

3. Plan ahead
If you?re out for the night and know you need to get home at the end of the night, then be sure to plan ahead. Arrange with a friend or family member to pick you up or book a taxi. If you?re planning on getting a taxi, make sure you keep money aside to pay the fare and be sure to use a licensed taxi firm; never get in an unmarked taxi.

4. Stay in touch
Make sure someone knows where you?re going and what time they can expect you back. If you have to walk, or if you?re getting in a taxi, let someone know when you?re setting off, and then get back in touch with them when you?ve arrived at your destination. That way, they should know if something is wrong if you fail to contact them as expected. And remember, when going out for the night to have a fully charged phone.

5. Be alert
If you do have to walk alone in the dark, avoid things such as listening to music or talking on the phone for too long. It?s important to be fully alert and aware of your surroundings, without any distractions. It?s also a good idea to keep any valuables such as phones, headphones, money, keys etc hidden, as they will draw attention to you.

If you’re new to a city or town and aren’t sure of the safest routes back to your accommodation, or you need the number of a local taxi firm, speak to your Host team and they’ll be happy to help.

If you would like to find out more about our student accommodation at Host Wembley in London, take a look at our website or contact us for more information.

10 tips for meeting new people in your student accommodation


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


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


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.