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.

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.

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.

Getting a good night’s sleep while you study

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With freshers week done and the first semester in full swing, your daily routine will have changed as days fill up with lectures, classes, study sessions, assignments and revision. And as for the nights, if you’re not relaxing and taking a breather from your studies, you’re more than likely socialising and catching up with friends. These new and busy routines can affect your sleep patterns and limit the amount of hours you have to sleep.

But getting enough sleep is vital if you are to succeed through your studies; sleep is food for your brain. Without sleep, your performance, productivity and memory can be affected which will make it more difficult to concentrate, listen and learn. Below are a few ways you can improve your chances of a better night sleep.

Take a walk
It’s been found that regular exercise can improve the quality of sleep by up to 65%. So, whether it’s a gentle stroll to university or a fast-paced aerobics class at the gym, daily exercise will help you sleep better and also make you feel more alert during the day.

Avoid caffeine
Caffeine (which is found in tea, coffee and soft drinks), is a stimulant which can disrupt the body’s internal clock and temporarily prevent you from feeling sleepy. This makes caffeine the perfect remedy for getting you going in the mornings, but it’s best to avoid it later in the day and before bed, or you’ll find yourself wide awake at night.

Turn the lights off
The body secretes a natural hormone called melatonin which helps us to sleep; when it’s dark the body produces even more melatonin – making us sleepier. So, turn off the lights, turn off the TV, and put the phones and tablets down and you’ll be in for a much better night’s sleep!

Set an alarm
Even if you have no lectures planned or it’s the weekend, staying in bed all morning (or all day), will make it even harder for you to sleep that following night. So, set an alarm for a reasonable time to wake up in the mornings to keep your body in a regular sleep-wake cycle.

Following these few tips will promote better quality sleep, but if that’s not enough to help you get a good night’s sleep then how about a room at One Penrhyn Road? 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.

Preparing for University this September

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So, the results are in and you’re heading off to university very soon – congratulations! Whether you’re attending your first choice university or you’ve applied to another through clearing, university can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. But while you wait for move in day and for the first semester to start, anticipation can build and you might feel nervous about the journey ahead. Sure, these feelings are expected but there really is nothing to worry about – after all, everyone will be in the same situation. But to make sure your university journey starts well, here are a few things you can do that will fully prepare you for student life.

1. Start packing
If you’re moving away from home, space might be limited in your new residence – particularly if you’re sharing with others, so pack sensibly. Of course, you’ll need the essentials such as clothes and bed linen, but you won’t need to bring the kitchen sink with you. If you’re staying in student halls or privately rented accommodation then find out if things such as a microwave, toaster or kettle are provided to prevent duplicating items. Also consider whether things such as kitchen utensils can be shared with flat mates to save on space and money. Oh, and don’t forget to pack your toothbrush – no one wants to share one of them!

2. Learn to cook
While takeaways and ready-made meals are convenient, they’re not the healthiest option – for both your waistline and your wallet. We’re not saying you need to be Gordon Ramsey, but if you can’t already cook (or haven’t had much experience of cooking), now is the perfect time to get practicing. From simple pasta dishes and healthy salads, to sweet treats and savoury snacks, there’s plenty of recipes available online which are quick, easy and cheap to make.

3. Choose your gadgets
Nothing beats a good old fashioned notepad and pen, but you’ll also need to decide which gadgets to pack for your studies. Smartphones are a popular choice (95% of students own one), as they make connecting with others and accessing information quick and easy. For researching, working on projects and completing dissertations, most students prefer to use a computer – in fact, 91% of students have their own laptop.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t got your own, the university campuses will have computers available on site for you to use, as well as printers and copiers. So before you splash out and make those big purchases, ask yourself do you really need it?

4. Connect with others
From Facebook to Twitter, social media is a great way to connect with others before you even arrive at university. Like Facebook pages for your chosen university or accommodation provider, and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news, information and events. Search Facebook for any Groups at your chosen halls, course and even societies that you’re interested in, and then engage with those in the same location, on the same course, or those who share the same interests as you. Similarly, type a keyword into Twitter (such as Host) and see who else is talking about it and join the conversation!

Our London student accommodation at One Penrhyn Road is a great location to get the very best out of your student life. If you would like to find out how you can join them, please call us on +44 (0)20 3770 9119 to arrange a viewing.