Make sure your student essentials are waiting

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As you count down the weeks and days until the first term of university starts and you move into your new student home for the year, it’s the perfect time to get organised.

Don’t leave everything until last minute, make the most of the remaining weeks at home and sort out everything you need ready for university now.

From pens and pads, to raincoats and sunglasses, you might have already thought about the stationary and clothes you’ll be needing to take with you – and if you’re really organised (or simply just too excited), you may have even started packing these things! But what about the essentials you’ll need to kit out your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen?

You’ve probably become so used to bedding, pots, pans, utensils and the like being available to hand in your current family home, that you haven’t even considered that you’ll need these items. But don’t panic, we’re here to help…

We’ve teamed up with UniKitOut – the UK’s number one provider of student starter kits, to make moving into your new home at One Penrhyn Road as easy as possible. Pre-order kitchen, bedroom and bathroom packs before you arrive and UniKitOut will deliver your items to our door here at One Penrhyn Road, where we’ll have them waiting for you upon your arrival.

So, head over to UniKitOut and check the items off your list in an instant, and enjoy spending your last few weeks at home without the worry of buying and transporting all the essentials to university with you. And don’t forget to add the discount code HOST17 at the checkout to receive an extra 10% off your order.

Looking for student accommodation in London? We still have rooms available for September 2017. To find out more about our accommodation in Kingston, please contact our onsite management team today on +44(0)203 770 9119 or kingston@host-students.com.

Short-term student accommodation in London

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For a lot of students, they start the academic year in September and finish in June; staying in the same city throughout. This means they need accommodation in the same city for that whole period of time. However, this isn’t the case for everyone.

Some students may need to be in a different city for a period of time during their course because of placements or exchange semesters in the UK, and some students may be completing a short course which only lasts for a single semester and therefore don’t require a full year of accommodation. If that’s you, and you need short term accommodation in London, look no further.

Here at One Penrhyn Road in Kingston, we have a limited number of our Premium Studios available for students looking for a place to live during either your first or second semester of university. Giving you the flexibility to study and live in London, without the commitment of long tenancies.

If you’re looking for accommodation for semester one, we have Premium Studios available from 10th September 2017 until 7th January 2018 on a 17 week contract. If you’re not arriving in the city until the New Year, then our second semester contract is available from 7th January 2018 until 1st July 2018 on a 25 week contract.

No matter which semester you choose to stay with us at One Penrhyn Road, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy your student experience. Our totally self-contained Premium Studios come complete with a fully fitted kitchen, en-suite bathroom and study space. And not forgetting our comfortable and stylish social spaces for you to make the most of including a study area, games area and common area.

If you would like to find out more about our semester bookings, please contact us on +44(0)20 3770 9119 or at kingston@host-students.com.

Need a place to stay in London for summer?

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Summer is here and exams are finished, which means sunshine and ice-creams! But as much as we love them, there’s more to summer than just that. So, how will you be spending your time during the summer months?

London has so much to offer, and with university finished, there’s no better time to explore in and around the city than now. Do all of the touristy things you’ve wanted to do but not yet had chance to do, discover hidden gems to take your friends to when term starts in September, or use London as a central base and venture to the other corners of the country.

And whether you’re simply enjoying your summer break in London, continuing your studies, or even working in the city, why not stay with us here at One Penrhyn Road?

We have summer accommodation available in the beautiful area of Kingston – a historic town located in south-west London and situated on the picturesque River Thames. A place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of Central London, but still reach it within 25 minutes by train when you need to.

Our accommodation at One Penrhyn Road gives you the convenience and flexibility you need to enjoy yourself over the summer months. Whether you need a place to stay for just a few weeks, or perhaps the whole of summer, we have a range of Studio rooms – all with a private en-suite bathroom and fully fitted kitchen, available now right through until the 3rd September.

Starting to like the sound of it? Well, that’s not all. One of the best things about our summer accommodation is you can stay with us for as little as £178 per person per week – that’s just £25.43 a night! Plus, all of your bills are included in that price – even the Wi-Fi and internet!

And when you arrive back to us after a busy day out exploring, working or studying, you can relax and unwind in our modern and spacious social spaces. Put your pool skills to the test in the games area, catch up with your friends in the common area or watch the latest TV shows from the comfy seating area. Fancy a night out? One Penrhyn Road is just a stone’s throw from Pryzm nightclub and Kingston’s main high street. Not to mention Richmond Park, London’s biggest open space for you to enjoy on a sunny day.

Our doors are open to all students this summer – even if you’ve not stayed with us before. If you’re a student already living with us, why not extend your stay through summer, or visit another city and stay at one of our other halls? Whether it’s work or play, we can accommodate you.

To find out more about our summer accommodation, or to book, please contact our onsite management team today on +44(0)203 770 9119 or kingston@host-students.com.

Finishing University

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Students all around the country are finishing university. For some of you, it’s the end of your first year. Phew, you made it! But for others, it’s the end of your final year and your time at university. If that’s you, how are you feeling right now? Excited? Sad? Nostalgic? Nervous?

Well, you’re probably not alone. This time in your life is what we know as “the end of an era” (you may have heard the saying before, perhaps when you finished primary school and then again when you left high school). It’s the end of a journey, all of your hard work and determination has paid off; you’ve made it. No more exams, no more revision, and no more coursework – dissertation complete!

It won’t be long until you’re holding your certificate, wearing your gown and jumping in the air with your hat at your graduation. This is when the emotions really kick in. Life is changing and it’s time to move onto the next chapter of your life.

And whilst saying goodbye to your sidekicks may be difficult right now, just remember the good times you’ve had together. They’ve been by your side since the beginning – through thick and thin. You’ve lived, partied, laughed and cried with them. You’ve supported each other and been there for the selfies through the fun times, and let’s not forget the hard times, whilst under pressure – you’ve listened to one another moan and been there to cheer each other up. After all, that’s what friends are for.

Now you’ve all finished your degrees and university is officially over, you should get everyone together for one last celebration before you all leave. Saying goodbye will never be easy, but this should be a happy and exciting time, so enjoy it! And don’t worry, just because you’re leaving university, all the amazing memories, achievements and friends you made will always be there. They never change. The main thing is that as you all go off in different directions, you’ll stay in contact with the people that mean the most to you. Think of all those great reunions and get-togethers you can organise for the future!

But what about now, what will you do? Move back to your family home? Get your own place? Travel the world with friends? Move to another city for work? There are so many opportunities flying your way… Do WHATEVER makes you happy!

So, although your “uni days” are over, summer is here (which makes everything better), and so is the start of many more good times to come. There’s no exact way to feel right now, it’s a rollercoaster of different emotions. Just relax, enjoy the sunshine and wait patiently for your results – you’ve done it!

Once again, from everyone at One Penrhyn Road, well done for finishing university. Whatever you decide to do from here we wish you the best of luck, and remember the world is your oyster!

If you’re heading back to university in September, or if you need a place to stay over summer, why not live with us here at One Penrhyn Road? Contact us on +44 (0)20 3770 9119 or email us at kingston@host-students.com for more information about our luxurious studios and clean and airy communal areas.

May Day madness from around the world

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This time of year isn’t easy for students and is often dreaded by many. Spending your days endlessly studying to meet deadlines and remembering everything you need to know for your exams. But in the end, those hours you put into revision will pay off as you graduate and enter the world of work. And while you might find yourself working some longer hours now and again in employment, the typical working day will be eight hours a day.

But did you know that our ancestors in London were also thinking a lot about eight hour days too? So much so that almost 1027 years ago to the day, 300,000 of them were demonstrating in Hyde Park in support of a change in legislation for an eight-hour working day – as opposed to the 10 to 16 hour days they were experiencing. And that demonstration was just the beginning of what we now know as May Day.

So, not only do we have our ancestors to thank for the eight hour working day, but also for the extra day off and the long weekend ahead for May Day. How will you be celebrating the long weekend? Well, if you’ve not got any plans and want a break from your revision, why not take some inspiration from others? Here are some fun facts about how people around the globe celebrate May Day:

Germany
In Germany, the night before May Day, men cover trees with streamers outside the house of a girl he likes. Whilst the women place flowers or rice in the form of a heart at the house of their beloved one.

Greece
It is tradition in Greece to pick flowers and use them to create a May Day wreath to hang on your door.

France
In France, Lily of the Valley or Dog Rose flowers are given as a symbol of springtime.

Finland
Towns across Finland see statues crowned with student caps.

Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, rituals are followed to protect people from lizards and snakes, as their May holiday is associated with these ravenous reptiles.

Scotland
Students in St Andrews in Scotland run into the sea at sunrise to celebrate spring. This often involves very little clothes…!

England
If you head to Durham in the northeast of England, you’ll come across another student tradition to celebrate Spring. Students gather on Prebends Bridge to see sunrise, and they celebrate with a BBQ breakfast, folk music, dancing and singing.

Italy
The Italian’s celebrate Spring with a seasonal feast.

And what about here in London? Well, the traditional way to celebrate May Day include Morris dancing, the crowning of a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole. But, if you don’t fancy doing that, then here are some top events going on in and around the city this weekend.

If you’re in need of a place to live while you study in London, contact us on +44 (0)20 3770 9119 or email us at kingston@host-students.com for more information about our luxurious studios and clean and airy communal areas at One Penrhyn Road.

(Seriously…) fun study tips

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It’s that time of year again; Easter is upon us and those dreaded exams are on the horizon. We can probably all familiarise with the last minute panic, the cramming of information and the all-nighter’s which make you debate your existence. But fear no more. Here at One Penrhyn Road, we’ve put together some (if I do say so myself), hilarious tips for you to take the edge off this stressful time.

1. Make up a song

“Mrs. D, Mrs. I… Mrs. F-F-I, Mrs. C, Mrs. U, Mrs. L-T-Y.”

If you’ve ever seen the film Matilda, then you’re more than likely remember the above. Why? Because this simple – but catchy rhyme on how to spell the word ‘difficulty’ sticks in our minds. So, whether its important dates in history, a sequence of numbers or a complicated matrix, put them into a jolly little tune and your brain should remember it – the mind is amazing!

2. Look at cute animalsbunny-rabbits-sunshine

According to science (and we all know that when this term is used it is legit), looking at cute and adorable pictures of animals – be it bunnies, kittens or puppies, can actually make you more productive. So when you feel your motivation slipping, take a few minutes out to admire an image of a furry friend!

3. Have a boogie

Now, this might sound like a very strange idea, but hang on in there. Let’s explain. Have you ever noticed how as soon as you leave your desk you start thinking about things? Well the next time you find yourself at a standstill with your studies, why not use this as a technique to boost your inspiration? Get up from your desk, have a boogie, head out for a walk, or even take a shower – after all, inspiration can strike us when we least expect it. Then, once you return to your desk you’ll be ready to continue your studies!

4. Doodle

chalk-board-with-doodlesWhen you’re in lectures and you just don’t have enough time to write everything down, you might end up scribbling diagrams and drawing random things to help you remember. Follow this simple method and turn your drawings into visual study notes. The brain L.O.V.E.S associating images with words. Did you know visuals are processed by the human brain 60,000 times faster than text? And we actually remember 80% of what we see compared to only 20% of what we read! If that’s not a reason to draw then I don’t know what is?

5. Give yourself a breaktime-for-a-break

If you’re going to take on board any tip from this blog today, please take this one away with you… No matter how hard you are working for those exams always remember to take a break! You won’t do yourself any favours by running yourself into the ground with too much revision. You’ll feel tired, stressed and a lack of motivation to continue. So, always allow some ‘me’ time – whether it’s lunch with your friends, a game on the computer or a film at the cinema – take a short break and when you return you will feel more relaxed and likely to absorb more information.

We hope these top tips have made you giggle and forget the life stresses for a few minutes. GOOD LUCK over the next few months and remember…

TAKE A BREAK!

If you’re in need of a place to live while you study in London, contact us on +44 (0)20 3770 9119 or email us at kingston@host-students.com for more information about our luxurious studios and clean and airy communal areas at One Penrhyn Road.

5 things to do within 5 miles of One Penrhyn Road.

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Whether you’re a lover of performing arts or enjoy the fresh air of the countryside, there’s something for everyone in and around Kingston. Take your pick – who knows, you might even be inspired to try something new!

1. Sports fans
Whether you’re a regular player or a keen supporter, if you love rugby, travel less than five miles down the road from us and you’ll find yourself at Twickenham Stadium – the home of England Rugby. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on tickets to a big match, the excitement and electric atmosphere of a match day is a must. Or take a stadium tour to see the most exciting and exclusive areas of the stadium and learn about the stadium’s history – student discounts available too!

2. Royal explorers
Located less than two miles away, make the most of a sunny day and head to Hampton Court Palace. Here you can step back in time and explore the grounds and wander the corridors of the historic palace that was once owned by King Henry VIII. Pack your picnic to enjoy in one of the many Palace gardens and don’t forget your student ID card to take advantage of student discounts upon entry.

3. Theatre fanatics
If music, drama and performing arts is more your thing, the Rose Theatre will be right up your street. From intimate to epic, with a whole host of productions being performed at the theatre throughout the year, you’re sure to find one that takes your fancy. If you’re under 26 year olds, you can also get your hands on tickets for just £5 Monday – Thursday, and if that wasn’t enough, the theatre is only a 2 minute walk away from us so you really don’t have far to go to enjoy a night out at the theatre!

4. Animal lovers
For those of you who have a soft spot for animals, a trip to Chessington Zoo is well worth a visit. Jump in the car and within 20 minutes you’ll find yourself face to face with everything from tigers and gorillas to zebras and meerkats, and you’ll also meet the Zoo’s very own Lion King, Kamal. When you’re done on land, go underwater at the SEA LIFE centre and catch a glimpse of the sharks and the stingrays. Take a trip on Saturday 4th March and entry will cost you just £10 – after that it’ll cost you £15.

5. Adrenaline junkies
Are you a bit of a daredevil? Do you enjoy being active? If yes, then you’ll love White Spider Climbing. It’s one of the UK’s largest climbing centres and there are lots of climbing routes and boulder problems to choose from, and with over 2,000m² of great climbing, you won’t be short of options.  The centre is located just three miles away and prices start from just £9 per session – so, what are you waiting for? It’s time to climb!

The best part about all of the above attractions and activities? After a busy and fun day out, you haven’t got far to travel to get home to our student accommodation at One Penrhyn Road! So, if you like the sound of One Penrhyn Road and you’re looking for a place to live this September, please contact us on +44 (0)20 3770 9119 or email us at kingston@host-students.com for more information about our luxurious studios and clean and airy communal areas.

Student living at One Penrhyn Road

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Being a student isn’t just about the degree and qualifications you’ll get at the end of your course. Moving to a new city or even a new country to study, and living away from home is all part of the experience too. However, the prospect of life as a student can sometimes be daunting. But fear not. Here at One Penrhyn Road, we offer comfortable and stylish student accommodation to make you feel right at home, and we’re on hand to provide you with a welcoming, reassuring and stress-free experience during your stay. Below are just some of the reasons why our students choose to live with us…

1. Hassle-free living
Whether you’re living on your own for the first time or you’re in your final year, the last thing you want to worry about is paying the monthly bills. That’s why we make living on your own even easier by providing all-inclusive student accommodation – meaning all of your bills, from water to internet are included in your rent. With one less thing to worry about, there’s more time to focus on your studies and enjoy the freedom of being a student.

2. Independent living
Even though we take care of the bills, there’s still lots you can learn when living on your own. And living at One Penrhyn Road, you’re sure to develop your skills and become even more independent. With your very own combi oven and hob in all studio rooms, practice your cooking skills and cook up a storm in the kitchen. Then when you need clean clothes, it’s time to work the washing machines in the laundry room. And you’ll soon learn that you can’t always rely on someone else to get you up and out of bed in time for your lectures – that’s down to you now!

3. The social scene
We’ve got plenty of open, onsite communal areas for you to take advantage of. If your friends are living with us too, great – you can catch up and enjoy the space together. But if you don’t know anyone, then it’s the perfect place to socialise and get to know your fellow residents. After all, they’re probably in the same situation as you too. So challenge them to a game of pool, or strike up a conversation in the lounge. Plus, throughout the year, our team will host a number of events for you to get involved in and get to know one another better.

4. The location
If you’re studying at Kingston University or Kingston College, you couldn’t get much closer if you tried. Located in the heart of elegant Kingston Upon Thames, One Penrhyn Road is just 3 minutes away on foot from both – making it the perfect location for those students. And when you’re not in uni, the bustling town packed with shops, restaurants and bars will keep you entertained. Fancy heading into the city centre? Jump on the train at Kingston and you’ll be in the centre of London within 30 minutes.

If you like the sound of living with us here at One Penrhyn Road, contact us on +44 (0)20 3770 9119 or email us at kingston@host-students.com for more information about our luxurious studios and clean and airy communal areas.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in London

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Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it is also known as, is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. The first day of the New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, and ends 15 days later on the full moon. Each New Year is represented by one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

This year is the year of the Rooster, and the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 28th January. And if you’re looking to join in the celebrations, there are lots of festivities going on in London to welcome in the New Year.

Head down to Trafalgar Square on Sunday 29th January where an opening ceremony with special guests will take place to kick off the celebrations. Then follow a colourful parade through the city, and stage performances including acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances, martial arts and much more. Don’t forget to visit a stall-filled Chinatown for even more fun and activities with food stalls and dancing. Then make your back to Trafalgar Square to end the evening where they’ll be fireworks and a spectacular show.

Check out visitlondon.com for more information about the celebrations. If you’re a student living at Host, pop down to reception and find out if there are any events taking place in the hall to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Here at One Penrhyn Road all our luxurious studios 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 in 2017 please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3770 9119 for more information and to make a booking.

Your festive film guide for the holidays

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Whether you’re back in your home town visiting family, or you’re still in London with your friends over the Christmas break, one thing’s for sure – you’ll probably watch at least one film on the TV over the holidays. Not sure which one to watch? Fear not, here’s a rundown of the top films on the TV this Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

1. Christmas Films:

The Muppet Christmas Carol – Christmas Eve, Channel 4 @ 5.50pm
Home Alone – Christmas Day, Channel 4 @ 6pm
Jingle All the Way – Boxing Day, E4 @ 7.15pm

2. Family Favourites:

Despicable Me – Christmas Eve, ITV @ 11.20am
Frozen – Christmas Day, BBC One @ 3.10pm
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Boxing Day, Channel 4 @ 4.10pm

3. Comedy:

The Inbetweeners Movie – Christmas Eve, E4 @ 9pm
The Internship – Christmas Day, 5 Star @ 9.50pm
Pitch Perfect – Boxing Day, Channel 4 @ 11.10pm

4. Romantic Comedy:

Sex and the City 2 – Christmas Eve, 5 Star @ 9pm
Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason – Christmas Day, ITV2 @ 9pm
Love Actually – Boxing Day, ITV2 @ 9pm

5. Action/thriller:

Quantum of Solace – Christmas Eve, ITV2 @ 9pm
Body of Lies – Christmas Day, ITV4 @ 10pm
Captain Phillips – Boxing Day, ITV @ 9pm

6. Classics:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Christmas Eve, ITV3 @ 9.50am
The Wizard of Oz – Christmas Day, Channel 5 @ 2.10pm
Dirty Dancing – Boxing Day, Channel 5 @ 9pm

Here at One Penrhyn Road all our luxurious studios 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 +44 (0)20 3770 9119 for more information and to make a booking.