Your moving-in checklist

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No matter what year you’re in – whether it’s your first, second or third year at University, moving house is always stressful. Trying to pack the entire contents of your room and all the essential student items into a suitcase and a few boxes can be a nightmare. And although you probably think you have everything covered, there’s always a forgotten item off the list! So, to help you out and ensure no essential items are forgotten, we’ve put together a quick checklist of what to bring with you for each room.

Kitchen

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs
  • Glasses
  • Shot or wine glasses (depending on how many friends you’re planning on inviting over)

Depending on your culinary skills and how much you intend on cooking throughout your stay, you may also be interested in investing in some good cooking equipment such as:

  • Saucepans
  • Frying pans
  • Baking trays
  • A spatula
  • A knife
  • Chopping board
  • Mixing bowl
  • A can/bottle opener

Bathroom

  • A bin
  • Towels
  • A bath mat
  • Shower mat
  • Laundry Basket

You may want to consider getting a clothes airer so you can hang your clothes up to dry instead of having to wait until the driers are free. It will save you some money too in the long run by not having to pay for the driers! Of course, you will need to remember the essential toiletries such as shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner.

Bedroom

Your bedroom is the place you’ll spend a lot of your time during your stay at One Penrhyn Road so it’s important to make it feel as homely and as comfortable as possible.

We recommend buying two sets of bed sheets so you have a spare one to put on when another is washing and drying. Going for a design and pattern that is quite light will make your room feel more spacious. You will also need to bring:

  • A new duvet
  • Pillows
  • Blanket
  • Cushions (great for cuddling up to on a movie night)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Storage boxes
  • If you purchase a TV, you’ll need to have a license for it

Don’t forget to bring photographs of you with your family and friends so you can pin them up in your room. You’ll be reminded of the good times when you see them and they’ll help add that personal touch to your room.

Clothes

When it comes to fashion, you have nothing to worry about. Nowadays you can look cool in pretty much anything. Pack your casual clothes (t-shirts, jeans, skirts), a few party dresses or smart shirts, trainers and flat shoes (trust us you’ll need them with all the walking you’ll do as a student). And if there’s one item of clothing to remember, it’s a fancy-dress costume as you’ll probably need one for Fresher’s week!

So, that’s the essential items, check these off your list and you’ll have everything you need to get you through the year and survive living away from home.

If you’re still looking for student accommodation in London we have short-term and long-term contracts available. To find out more about living with us here in Kingston, please contact us on +44(0)20 3770 9119 or at kingston@host-students.com.

(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.

Christmas shopping on a budget

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The street lights are up, winter wonderlands are open and the shops are playing festive songs.  With December fast approaching and only a month to go until the big day, it’s time to start thinking about what Christmas presents you’re going to buy – and how much you’re going to spend.  But with the first semester of term almost finished, student loans may be spent and you’re probably a bit strapped for cash.  So, to help you out, we’ve got 4 top tips to help you be savvy with your spending, yet still give great gifts this Christmas.

1. Secret Santa
You’ve probably made good friends with fellow residents or students on your course and would love to buy them all a small gift – but that can be pricey. So, if there’s a number of you in a group, get together, set a budget and play Secret Santa.  This way, everyone gets a present but you’ll only buy one, and you won’t need to spend more than the set budget (e.g. £5.00) – saving you a lot of money.

2. Shop online
Sat at home on your laptop might not give you the same warm, festive feeling as walking around the department stores, but it will probably save you money. Try your luck and bag a bargain on auction website, eBay. Or use exclusive online discount codes for money off big name brands and shops. Plus, many shops offer free delivery or free collection in store which means it won’t cost you any extra to shop online.

3. DIY gifts
What better way to get into the spirit of things than with a bit of DIY to spark your creativity? Making your own presents is a low-cost alternative, which can also be fun to do. From filling glass jars with sweet treats or making novelty snow domes, to baking Christmas goodies or building your own hampers – there’s lots of homemade gifts to choose from.

4. Wait for the sales
You’ll find many shops start their ‘January’ sales early and slash their prices before Christmas has even passed. So if you can hold-off doing your shopping until just a few days before Christmas, you’re sure to make a saving. What’s more, if you’re not seeing family or friends until after Christmas Day, wait until then to do your shopping. Boxing Day sales are bigger than ever before and what you might have paid full price for the week before Christmas, you might find has 50% off after Christmas.