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.

3 tips to beat Results Day stress

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For a lot of you out there this is a very stressful time because A Level Result’s Day is just around the corner. You’re probably going through every possible scenario in your head, over and over again – and who can blame you! This is something that will affect your future in every possible way, and that’s why this month we’ve put together 3 top tips to help you through this stressful time.

1. Have the right attitude
What’s done is done, and what needs to happen will happen. You have worked hard and there’s nothing more you can do at this point to change your results. Now it’s just time to be confident and understand that if this is the path that you are supposed to be on then you’ve got this in the pocket.

If by any chance you don’t receive the results that you were expecting, then it’s a great way to learn and grow from the experience. Life didn’t go your way. Now what? Take a gap year? Resit your exams? Apply through Clearing? There’s so many options out there, but it’s your attitude towards these “curve balls” that life throws at you that will determine your success in the future. If you really want it and if it’s meant for you it will eventually happen.

2. Get all your ducks in a row…
Results day will be busy, so it’s important you have everything ready beforehand. You’ll be tracking your results on UCAS, securing university places, confirming accommodation and probably speaking to a lot of people. Have things such as usernames or user IDs, login details and reference numbers handy and ensure all of your contact information is up to date – it will make the process of speaking to people on results day a lot quicker and easier.

If you’re not available on results day, and someone else will be taking care of things for you, it’s worth contacting universities or accommodation providers such as Host prior to results day to nominate a person to speak about things on your behalf. Due to new GDPR regulations in the UK, staff might not be able to speak to anyone else about your application details unless there is prior consent.

3. Breathe!
The main purpose of breathing is to expel carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen with every single movement that our lungs make. The diaphragm is the most important muscle that allows us to breathe in and out.

A person’s breathing changes if they are under stress or if they are suffering from any kind of anxiety. If you are going through a similar situation you are probably taking small and shallow breaths and you are not using your diaphragm. If you are not breathing properly the repercussions can range from headaches, irritability and more stress! So just take a breather and relax! It will be alright. We promise.

If you’re starting university in London and are looking for student accommodation, 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.

Looking after yourself at university

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If you’re awaiting results and getting ready to depart for university, you’re probably excited about what the next few months have in store for you. The transition to university and student life can bring lots of opportunities, which can be easy for some, but it can be tougher for others.

Some students may experience issues such as academic stress, homesickness, drug and alcohol misuse or eating difficulties. Problems at university can lead to your health (physical or mental health) deteriorating.

However, there are many things you can do to help improve your health and wellbeing – ensuring you make the most of your time as a student.

1. Be social
Socialise with others and grow your friendship network. Chat with classmates, introduce yourself to fellow residents at your accommodation, join clubs and societies, get involved with any events at your university/college, accommodation or student’s union, volunteer in the community and embrace any work opportunities.

2. Communicate
Speak with your family and friends from home regularly. Let them know how you’re getting on, share your experiences and know that everything is ok with them too.

3. Sleep
Get a good night’s sleep to feel refreshed and recharged – you’ll wake up with a more positive attitude ready to take on the day.

4. Exercise
Regular exercise will not only maintain your physical health, but also your mental health. You’ll see an immediate boost in your overall mood; it’s a great way to clear your head and relieve any stress you may have.

5. Eat well
Maintain a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients, and avoid eating too much junk and convenience foods as they’ll will make you feel lethargic.

6. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, particularly if you are drinking alcohol. If you don’t drink enough water you’ll become dehydrated which can cause headaches and make you feel tired and dizzy.

If you do experience problems, no matter how big or small they may be, you should always speak to someone and seek advice. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, a doctor, a support group, your university’s welfare department or a member of the Host team, they will be able to offer support, help and guidance.

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.

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.

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.

 

Tech essentials for students this semester

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If you’re starting university next month, or perhaps you are returning for another year, then you’re probably starting to think about what you need to take with you. Gone are the days where preparing for the new term of university is solely about stocking up on notepads, binders and highlighters. Now a days, a combination of different tech gadgets and apps are top of the list. Along with the laptops, smartphones or tablets that you will likely have, here are some extra gadgets to add to your list to make your university experience even more productive…

Mobile charging case
Don’t be left without any battery on your mobile, make sure you’re fully charged all day and night so that you never miss a conversation, social update or Snapchat again! With chargeable cases available to clip onto your mobile, you can get up to an extra 24 hours of talk time on your phone with just one charge!

USB drive
The last thing you want is to spend hours working on assignments, projects and dissertations, for all of your hard work to be lost because of a technical glitch with your computer. To prevent any work from being lost forever, keep important documents backed up using a USB drive.

Portable keyboard
Travelling on a train? Sat in a lecture? Or setting up base in a coffee shop for the afternoon? With an attachable keyboard, turn your iPad or tablet into a portable workstation so you can continue to get things done from your device, no matter where you are.

Headphones
If you need to get your head down and focus on university work, then get your hands on a pair of headphones and plug in. Having headphones in will not only allow you to listen to your own music and zone out from your surroundings, but it will also help to indicate to others that you do not wish to be disturbed.

Printer
While most universities have printers available to use for a small fee, you might want to consider investing in your own. It will be more convenient to print from your own room instead of trekking to the university building – especially if you’re up all night finishing off last minute assignments. With small printers available for around £30, having your own printer may even work out more cost effective in the long term!

Activity tracker
OK, so it’s not essential, but with all that walking to and from university, why not track it? Purchasing a Fitbit or similar device will allow you to wirelessly track all of your activity. You can track steps walked and steps climbed, and you can even monitor things such as the quality of sleep you’re getting!

So, whether you invest in just one or all of the above items from the list, stay connected and be fully prepared for the new semester this September – and have your most productive year yet!

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.