5 tips for staying safe in the dark

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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.

Things to do on a rainy day in Wembley

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As the nights get darker and the days get shorter, it’s fair to say that summer is becoming a distant memory. And you can pretty much guarantee that they’ll be some wet days ahead. So if you don’t fancy stepping outside and getting wet, there’s lots to do right here at our student accommodation in Wembley.

Exercise
Grab your trainers and water bottle and make your way down to our on-site gym. OK, so the views on the treadmill won’t be quite the same as running through the parks and streets of London, but at least you’ll stay dry! And whether it’s for 20 minutes or an hour, you can burn calories and enjoy your workout on the treadmill, bike, rowing machine and more.

Bake a cake
When it’s miserable outside, there’s nothing quite like spending time in the kitchen and doing some home baking to lighten the mood. From cupcakes to cookies, and brownies to muffins, get together with your flat mates and see who can bake the best treat. Check out some tasty recipes here.

Play a game
Being stuck inside when it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Head to our games area and challenge your fellow residents to a game of pool and compete to become winner of the table. Not only is our games area a great place to spend a rainy day, but you’ll also be able to break the ice and get to know your fellow residents even better.

Sit back and relax
The best thing about a rainy day is you don’t have to do anything. It’s a great excuse to stay in and put your feet up. Whether it’s in your room or in our common areas, when it’s wet outside there’s no better time to take some time out to read a book, watch a film or simply have a catch up with your friends.

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. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 0203 475 5952.