7 New Year’s resolutions to try this year

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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

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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.

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.

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.

A-Level results day 2017 and the next steps…

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For many of you, you’re probably anxiously awaiting your A-Levels results. Results day can be an exciting but intense day, with many students finding it a stressful time in their life.

Your A-Level results can be collected from your school or college, and if you have an online student portal, you may be able to access this to find out your provisional results. If you have applied to university through UCAS, you will be able to check the status of your application through UCAS Track from 8am on the morning of results day. Although this will allow you to see if you have been offered a place at university or not, it won’t give you the breakdown of your results.

To help make your results day less stressful and chaotic, below is some information on what you can expect and how to prepare for the big day.

First thing’s first, make sure that you are 100% aware of the date of your results day, because of course, that’s one date you won’t want to miss out on. For students in Scotland, the SQA results day is Tuesday 8th August 2017, and for students awaiting their A Level results, the date is Thursday 17th August 2017.

So, now you know the dates, here are a few things you can bring with you to school or college when collecting your results:

  • Don’t forget to take your mobile phone with you. You’ll no doubt need to ring all of your long-lost relatives to let them know how you’ve done. And of course, you’ll need it to snap a photo with your results and update your social media profiles to share with your friends and followers! You may also need your phone to make important calls to university and colleges to confirm your place or apply for clearing.
  • A notebook and pen in hand is a must. It’ll be handy to have in case you need to take note of important numbers, dates, references and information regarding firm and insurance universities details.
  • Bring someone along; girlfriend, boyfriend, parent, guardian, brother, sister, friend or even a neighbour! Having someone there with you for moral support is always a good idea; they can celebrate with you and can assist you when making future decisions.

Before starting your day, get some food in you. Whether you’re celebrating great results or making crucial decisions with what’s next, your day is going to be hectic and before you know it the day will have passed. So, don’t leave the house on an empty stomach, ensure you’re fully filled up and ready to face the day ahead!

Once you’re prepped, fed and ready to go, here are a few things you’ll need to know for actually getting your results…

  1. Don’t be late collecting your results. Check with your school or college to see what time they will be open from and get there on time. Arrange to meet up with your friends and fellow class mates and share the moment together!
  1. So, you got the results you needed and your firm choice has been confirmed? HURRAY!!! Well done and congratulations! Now, get the phone out, update your social media, call your parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends, and then go and celebrate.
  1. If you’re results weren’t what you were expecting, don’t be disheartened too soon! If you haven’t already done so, check your application status on UCAS Track as you may still have been accepted onto your firm or insurance course. If that’s the case, relax and celebrate – you did your best, you’re still going to university and you deserve every bit of celebration. Be sure to keep your phone line clear and avoid calling your university to check, as they will be busy updating thousands of records and you may be advised to hold for a very long time.
  1. If you didn’t get the grades you were hoping for, and you didn’t get accepted onto the courses you applied for, don’t panic! There are a number of options for you such as accepting your insurance place, finding a course through clearing, re-taking your A-levels or taking a gap year and applying for the following year. But most importantly, don’t give up! This is not the end, it’s only the beginning to a new chapter of your life – so enjoy and make the most of it.

The team here at Host Wembley wishes all students the very best for your results and future plans. Don’t forget, after your place is confirmed at university, you may also need to consider a place to live. 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.

5 top tips for your final exam preparations!

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Exams can be tense and stressful. You need to give them, and the revision your full attention to ensure you achieve your desired grades. Which can be hard, especially as those around you start to finish their exams, but you still have a few more to go. So, to help you make it over the final hurdle and ace the last of your exams, we have 5 top last-minute revision tips which you might find helpful in achieving your exam goals.

1. Stick to your study plan
Remember how organised and efficient you were back in March and April when you first started your revision? After already sitting several exams, your energy and motivation might be low and it can be easy to drift off course. But just because these exams are the last, it doesn’t make them any less important than the ones you’ve already sat.

So, if you haven’t already got a plan in place, it’s important to write a study plan. Think about what exams you have left and what areas of the subject you need to cover so you can go into the exam feeling confident. And if there’s a subject you’re less confident about, schedule more time into your plan to focus on it.

Having a plan drawn up will bring structure to your day and you’ll know exactly what topics you need to revise throughout the final days and weeks leading up to your exams. If you feel like you’ll be distracted at home, try going to the library or a coffee shop where you think you will feel more comfortable.

2. Use charts, diagrams and cue cards
Now that your revision is in full swing and you probably have a good understanding of the subjects being examined, why not scrap the reams of revision notes and condense key information into visual aids and cue cards?

Doing this will make your revision easier and less overwhelming. You’ll have all the key words written down, and when you see them it will prompt you to recall all of the other information associated with that topic. It will also help to highlight any areas that you can’t remember so well and perhaps need to spend a bit longer revising.

3. Work with others
Once you have set a plan and have your cue cards at the ready, organise a day or afternoon to study together with your friends. Working together will not only help you, but it can also assist your friends with the subject. You can test one another on the subjects and share ideas, information and revision tips. You may learn more about the subject by working with your friends. You may feel less pressured and stressed by working with others on the same subject or topic too, as you know you’re all in the same situation.

4. Look at past exam papers
Although you can’t predict the exam questions, you can get a good idea of what they might be like. Viewing past exam papers can be extremely useful. It will help you become familiar with the format and style of questions, and the topics that appear often – meaning you may require more focus on them. Using past exam papers to practice can be valuable and effective, but you shouldn’t rely on these solely as they do change from year to year. The past papers can be found on your student portal and can be requested for additional support.

5. Take a break
Finally, it’s essential to take breaks in between your studies or you’ll end up going around in circles with the revision. Drinking water and eating nutritious food such as green vegetables regularly will help to maintain concentration levels and make you feel refreshed. Avoid the junk food as these will make you feel sluggish and unlikely to put you in the mood to revise! And when you really need a breather, step outside for some fresh air. Going for a small walk can be beneficial for you to work on a clear head!

No matter how you revise during the final days and weeks of your exams, we wish you all good luck with them. If you’re leaving us at Host Wembley, we hope you’ve had a wonderful year and if you’re staying with us for summer or in September, we can’t wait to have you living with us. 

If you’re still looking for student accommodation for September, then why not join our thriving student community? 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. For more information please contact us on 0203 475 5952 or email wembley@host-students.com.

 

3 fun attractions within 30 miles of Host Wembley

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May; the month most students dread. Revision, exams and even more revision and exams. But, you’re almost there, you’ve almost made it across the finish line. And whether it’s the end of your first or final year, when you get there, you’ll feel great. And what better way to celebrate the end of exams than with a day out? You’ve worked hard and now’s the time to meet up with your friends and have a fun filled day at some of the UKs hottest attractions. What’s more, many are located right on your doorstep so you haven’t got far to go to get there – even better!

1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Whether you’re a muggle or a wizard, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, a visit to the studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made is a must. Less than 15 miles away from Host Wembley, step into Hogwart’s and experience the magic of J.K Rowling’s stories for yourself. Walk the streets of Diagon Alley, down a pint of Butterbeer, sample Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and give riding a broomstick a go!

2. Thorpe Park
For all those thrill seekers out there, this is the place for you. Only 28 miles away, let off all that post-exam stress and scream until your heart’s content on some of the UK’s top roller coasters at Thorpe Park. With over 30 rides, attractions and live events to choose from, there’s something for everyone. From twists and turns and high-speed rollercoasters, to super-soaking water rides and traditional tea cups and swinging ships, what will you ride first?

3. Twickenham Stadium
If you’ve been living with us at Host Wembley, you’ll be no stranger to sports fans and stadiums, with Wembley Stadium just a stone’s throw away. But if you head less than 12 miles South of Wembley, you’ll find yourself at Twickenham Stadium, the Home of England Rugby. Take a stadium tour, visit the World Rugby Museum and if you can get tickets, experience the excitement of a match day in the world’s largest dedicated rugby union venue.

These are just some of the interesting and exciting places you can visit, without travelling miles to get to. And after a busy and fun day out exploring, come home to hassle-free, comfortable living at Host Wembley. To find out more about our summer accommodation and/or our accommodation for students in September 2017, contact us on +44 (0)20 3475 5952 or email wembley@host-students.com.

Indulge in all things chocolatey this Easter!

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Attention all chocolate lovers. There’s no better time to indulge in chocolate until you feel sick than at Easter, righ? But why not take your love for chocolate to the next level and discover the secret of chocolate making this Easter. In London, you’re not far from a variety of chocolate-themed activities and things to do. So here’s our round up of some which are well worth a visit…

1. VIP Chocolate Tour of London

Chocoholic? Then you’ll LOVE this choc-tastic deal! Enjoy a guided walking chocolate tour in London’s Mayfair district and learn all about the history of chocolate and how it’s made. And of course, no chocolate tour would be complete without a few samples along the way! They’ll be delicious tasting opportunities for you to enjoy truffles, macaroons and ganaches, as well as unusual flavours such as Marmite truffles or London Gin with popping candy truffles. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and tickets are priced at £30 per person, but grab a friend and take advantage of the 2 for 1 offers available and enjoy an afternoon of foodie fun together!

2. The Chocolate Museum

Located in the vibrant area of Brixton in London, The Chocolate Museum represents the chocolate industry and brings together a collection of objects and memorabilia from different merchants and collectors over the years. The museum was established by a French artisan chocolatier who started her own chocolate brand, Melange Chocolate, in the UK – which you’ll find stocked in the museum to enjoy and try out the adventurous flavours. As well as looking back at the history of chocolate, you can also be creative and put your own chocolate-making skills to the test at the drop-in chocolate workshops held at the museum. With fillings, decorations and lolli sticks all provided, what will you make?

3. The Chocolate Run

How would you like to indulge in as much chocolate as you like this Easter and not feel guilty for doing so? Sounds like heaven, right? Well, get yourself signed up to The Chocolate Run where you’ll eat chocolate and burn it off as you run! Navigate around a 5-8k/10k distance race and follow the clues to work out and discover the location of the ‘stolen chocolate’ which some evil thieves have stolen from the Easter Bunny. You’ll be well fueled along the way with chocolate handed out en route, as well as a free Easter egg for all participants at the end!

Located in Northwest London and close to all of the action of the city, our student accommodation at Host Wembley is the perfect place for you to stay during your studies. If you’re interested in staying with us at Host Wembley for September 2017 contact us today on +44 (0)20 3475 5952 or email us at wembley@host-students.com for more information.

Watch the skies of London light up this Bonfire weekend

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Keep Sunday 6th November free and watch the skies above London light up for Bonfire weekend with a free firework display in Wembley.

Head down to Wembley Park for 6.30pm on the night to see the sky fill with colour as the fireworks are set off. The exciting firework display will be set to a top-secret soundtrack and there’s lots more than just fireworks to make your night go off with a bang.

If you’ve got time to spare then why not make a day of it? From street entertainment to street food, they’ll be events and activities taking place in the park from 3pm. And with Wembley Park located less than a 10 minute walk away from our student accommodation, there’s no excuses why you can’t get together with your friends or fellow residents and enjoy the evening.

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.

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.