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.

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.

Travelling in London as a student

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Starting university is an exciting, yet nervous time of your life. A new course, new friends, new home and for many, a new city and location. And there can be nothing more daunting than leaving your home comforts and surroundings for a completely new and unknown city – especially when it’s as big and busy as London.

But it shouldn’t put you off exploring the capital city; getting around London isn’t as scary as it might seem. And as a student, you can make savings while you travel too.

One of the easiest ways to get in and around London is via the Underground on the Tube. It’s quick, convenient and as a student you can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard, which will give you 30% off the price of an adult-rate Travelcard, as well as Bus and Tram Pass season tickets.

And if you’re staying at our student accommodation here at Host Wembley, you haven’t got far to go to catch the Tube. We’re located just a stone’s throw away from Wembley Park Underground Station, where you can jump on the Metropolitan or Jubilee line to reach many of the universities and hot spots of London.

For more information on travel in London, visit the Transport for London website. Or if you’d 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.

Moving into your student accommodation

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Exciting times are ahead! It’s time to pack up and move into your new student accommodation and start the year at university. But moving in can be hectic; you just don’t know what you should and shouldn’t pack and so you end up packing everything.

While the fancy dress outfits and party games are important, there are some essential items and documents you must have with you when moving in. Keep reading to check you have everything you need and to ensure your move in day goes nice and smooth.

1. University identification/paperwork
Most accommodations require you to bring a copy of your university acceptance letter with you upon moving in. This is often required for proof of council tax exemption. If you don’t have this already, please request this from your university and ask them to confirm your acceptance in writing to you.

2. Valid ID (passport or driving licence)
You will not get anywhere without this! It’s important to make sure that you have this with you and you keep it in a safe place as you won’t be able to collect your keys at the accommodation without showing photo identification. And of course, you’ll need your ID for getting into clubs, pubs and bars for the fun activities that come after moving in.

3. Bedding and towels
To avoid spending extra money after arriving at your accommodation, it’s a good idea to take your bedding with you – including pillows, sheets, duvets and a bed cover. And don’t forget to pack some towels too! Some accommodations work in partnership with other companies who can supply bedding items for students.  Here at Host Wembley we work alongside UniKitOut to offer students bedding packs (as well as kitchen and bathroom packs), and they’ll deliver your items directly to Host Wembley so you don’t have to worry about packing them. They’ll be here waiting for you upon arrival.

4. Outstanding payments and paperwork
It’s important that any required pre-arrival information and documents have been given to your accommodation before you move in. If the accommodation staff have received everything they need before your arrival, it will save you time and prevent any delays in checking you in. Waiting around is the last thing you’ll want to do, especially if you’ve travelled a long distance to get to your accommodation.

5. After you have collected your keys…
Check out your new room – the place you’ll call home for the next year, and enjoy your first day at the accommodation. Say hello and meet our friendly team, they’ll be the ones to go to if you have any problems or questions, or simply fancy a chat throughout the year. And most importantly, meet your fellow residents. Knock on your neighbour’s door or pop down to the social spaces and introduce yourself. These people may not end up being your best friends but it’s nice to know there are people around you can talk to and enjoy student life with.

This is the new chapter of your lives, and we cannot wait to meet all of our residents on the check in day next week. We have been working hard to get things ready and are tired, but we are so excited at the same time!

Good luck everyone and our team at Host Wembley wishes you the best for your future.

Still looking for student accommodation in London? Why not stay with us at our student accommodation in Wembley? View our rooms or contact us on +44(0) 20 3475 5952 or at wembley@host-students.com for more information.

Flexible student living in Wembley

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Studying in London next semester? Still need somewhere to live? At Host Wembley, we understand that some students prefer contract lengths with greater flexibility. That’s why we have studio and penthouse rooms available on short-term contracts from 7th January 2017 – 1st July 2017; ideal for the second semester of the year.

Both our studio and penthouse rooms come fully furnished and with their own en-suite bathroom and kitchenette. And with our accommodation being all-inclusive, you don’t need to worry about the bills. Along with free Wi-Fi to keep you connected, and the communal TV, study and games areas, you’ll also get free access to the onsite gym.

In terms of location, you won’t get much closer to the action than our student accommodation in Wembley. Situated in Wembley Park, with Wembley Stadium, designer outlet, shops, restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities right on your doorstep. Making Host Wembley the perfect choice for those looking to enjoy student life in London.

And we couldn’t be better located if you’re studying at UCFB Wembley. Only a short 4 minute walk away, you won’t have far to go to attend lectures and classes. But that’s not the only one. Other nearby universities include the Royal Academy of Music, University of Westminster (Harrow Campus) and London School of Science and Technology – all of which are just a short journey away.

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

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.

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.