4 ways to get festive with your flat mates

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The first semester is almost finished, and the Christmas holidays are upon us. Many of you will be returning home to your family and friends for the break and leaving your student accommodation, and flat mates, until you return in the New Year. But before you go, why not have some festive fun with your flat mates to really get you into the spirit of things and end the term on a high!

1. Decorations
Nothing says Christmas has arrived in a student room more than tinsel draped around the doors and sparkly decorations hanging up. You don’t have to spend a fortune, pop to your local pound shop and pick up some decorations to spruce up your living areas. It’ll not only make you feel more festive, but you’ll no doubt have some fun putting up the decorations together.

2. Christmas Dinner
Have one last meal together with your flat mates and friends before you all head your separate ways for the holidays. Get together and agree on what food you’re going to buy – after all, you don’t want to buy a bag of sprouts if no one likes them. The great thing about doing a joint Christmas dinner with your flat mates is that if you all put in money towards the food shop or if each person contributes one or two items, then it won’t cost you a fortune. With Christmas songs playing and everyone helping out in the kitchen, it’s a sure way to get you in the festive spirit!

3. Christmas Jumpers
Whether it’s a meal with your friends in your accommodation, a night out or an afternoon sampling the delights at the Christmas market, there’s always a good excuse to wear a festive themed jumper at this time of year. So, root through your wardrobe and dig out yours – don’t forget to get a group picture with everyone wearing theirs!

4. Secret Santa
Stuck for what to buy all of your friends? Can’t afford to buy something for everyone? Why not do secret Santa? In your group of friends, put everyone’s names in a hat and each pull out a name and you only have to buy a present for that person. Whether it’s £5 or £20, decide amongst yourselves what the budget will be and stick to it. Doing secret Santa means everyone gets a present, but you haven’t got to spend a fortune buying something for everyone.

No matter how you choose to get into the spirit of the season, we would to wish everyone a lovely Christmas and break over the holidays, and a very happy New Year.

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.

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.

3 fun and tasty festive treats to bake at home

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There’s no better excuse to indulge in some treats than at Christmas. After all, that’s what we spend a lot of the festive period doing – eating! And although shop brought treats are tasty, there’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a freshly, home-baked treat. That’s why we’ve scoured the BBC Good Food site for some quick, easy and very tasty snacks you can bake during the holidays!

1. Rudolph shortbread
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without biscuits. And here in the UK, shortbread is one of the nation’s favourite. But how about taking the traditional Scottish biscuit, adding some sweets to the top and turning them into Rudolph lookalikes? You can even wrap them up and give them as a novelty Christmas gift! For the full recipe click here.

2. Christmas pudding Rice Krispie cakes
It’s likely that not everyone around the table will like the traditional Christmas pudding. So for those who don’t, how about a delicious alternative? Keeping with the same look as the classic pudding, these Rice Krispie cakes are an easy to make, modern take on a classic after dinner indulgence – and they taste great too! The question is, will you choose the modern or classic Christmas pud?

3. Cheese stars
Christmas baking doesn’t have to be just sweet treats – it can be savoury snacks too. So for those of you with less of a sweet tooth, these cheesy savoury stars are perfect for parties and grazing on over the holidays. Ok, so this recipe uses ready-made pastry sheets, which some might call cheating – but we call it saving time. After all, less time baking = more time eating!

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