Which accommodation should you choose?

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It’s the time of the year when A-level exams are finishing, the mad rush of getting ready for university begins and searching for accommodation is well underway. It can be a stressful time, but the decisions you make can be the most important of your life to date. Some students can’t wait to leave home, and some find the thought of leaving home rather nerve racking. But no matter how you’re feeling, you probably all have a few questions about starting university and finding the right student accommodation; will I need accommodation? Where do I start my search? What is private accommodation? What’s provided in halls?… and you continue to think these questions over and over again.

So, to help you make the right accommodation choices, we’ve pulled together a short list of things to consider if you’re getting ready to go to university.

Where is your university?
By now, you should know which university you will be hoping to study at in September – providing you gain the required results. So, with this in mind, think about where that university is located and how accessible it is to you from your current home. Is it close enough to travel to on a daily basis? Or will you need to relocate to study in that city? Even if it is close enough to travel to, perhaps you still want to move out so you can gain the full university / student life experience.

Living at home
It’s not required for you to move out and live away from home for university. If it’s more convenient and cost effective for you to live at home whilst at university, then that’s a great option. Not only that, but whether it’s your parents, siblings, grandparents or even the family pet, you’ll have the support of your family at home whilst you work hard towards graduating. They will be so pleased with your accomplishments, and they’ll be there for you throughout the highs and lows of university life. And with living in the comfort and quietness of your own home and having your family around you, what more do you need to get through an eventful 3 years of university?

Living in university accommodation
If you have decided to move away and live in university accommodation, what a lovely experience that will be too. University residences are lively and busy environments with students from all different backgrounds living together. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and make friends with students in your accommodation and around the campus. You’ll be able to join in with on-site events, contribute to organising future events, and widen your social network – it can be an amazing experience.

Living in private accommodation
As well as university halls of residence, as a first-year student you can also live in private student accommodation – like the type offered by ourselves here at Host Wembley. It may be a personal preference to opt for private student accommodation over university accommodation (due to factors such as location, on-site facilities, new and modern accommodation etc.), it could be that your university has an agreement with a private accommodation provider and therefore that accommodation is a preferred choice for students, or it may be that university halls are full and the only option left is private accommodation. But regardless of the reason why you live with us here at Host, you can enjoy hassle-free, all-inclusive student living.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for this September, 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.

Your move in day checklist

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After weeks and months of planning and waiting, the time has come for you to leave home and move into your new home for the coming year. Whether you’re travelling 2 hours up the motorway, or flying half way around the world, you’ll want to have everything ready to make your move stress-free and to set yourself up for a comfortable and enjoyable year ahead.

So, before you hit the road, take a look at the list below and check you have all of the essentials packed:

1. Important Documents
When moving into your new accommodation, there’s some important documents you will need with you. Be sure to have copies of any correspondence with the university and/or Host, your university acceptance letters, as well as any loan and guarantor documents. You should also have the following items handy:

Photo id: Not only will you need identification for moving in, you’ll also need photo id to gain entry into the pubs, clubs and bars within the city – without it you’ll likely be turned away.

Financial information: Pack your debit card and any online banking information you need to be able to access your money and bank account(s) – you won’t want to be left in on your own with no spending money while all of your friends are out enjoying themselves.

2. Clothes
It might sound obvious to pack clothes, but the last thing you want to forget is your best party dress or suit for the fresher’s ball! So, as well as packing all of the essential day-to-day clothes, here’s some extras to put in your suitcase:

A warm coat: After all, the UK isn’t best known for its tropical temperatures.

Party wear: University isn’t all about lectures and studying so bring some formal party clothes and your fancy dress costume, and be sure to let your hair down now and then.

Comfortable shoes: For walking to and from lectures – you’ll be particularly grateful of them after a late night of dancing.

An umbrella: OK, not quite clothes, but still an essential wardrobe item when living in the UK – you never know when it might rain.

3. Home essentials
Although some essentials will be provided in your new home, there are some items you should bring with you.

Bed linen: Duvet, pillows, bed sheets, etc. – you’ll be glad to come back to a comfortable bed after busy days studying and late nights socialising.

Toiletries: Typical wash stuff; shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste… you get the idea, everything you need to stay fresh and clean.

Kitchenware: From cutlery and crockery to glasses and oven trays, pack the essentials needed to cook and eat a homemade dinner.

4. Personal
Moving into a new place doesn’t have to be all about the boring, essential things, add some excitement and give your new home that personal touch. Here’s how:

Games: From card games to board games, bring along some games to play with others and have fun; it will help break the ice with your fellow flatmates.

Photos: Put up photos in your room so you have some familiar faces and places in your new surroundings – this will make you feel at home in no time.

Speakers: Listening to music is a great way to unwind and relax after a busy day, and is perfect for getting in the party mood before you hit the town for the night.

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 to arrange a viewing.