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.

Your summer travel guide

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With university finished until September and the sun shining, that summer feeling has well and truly kicked in; and the need to travel is a must. With so many options out there, every budget is catered for and excitement and adventure is everywhere…

The UK
From the beaches of Devon and Cornwall, to the mountains in the Lake District – now is the perfect time to explore the UK. With the weather at its best, why not go camping? Pay £20 for a pop up tent – no strings attached, and can get yourself a night under the stars without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to use your rail card to get the best fares (no brainer).

Europe
Looking further afield? With Europe on the doorstep and cheap flights galore, now is the time to take advantage. Classics such as EasyJet and Ryanair can whisk you away to places both known and unknown. Keep your searches as flexible as possible to find the best deals available, and if you haven’t heard of the destination, simply Google it. Sometimes, low cost carriers keep the cost down by flying to secondary airports in major cities – so, if you have never heard of the city, have a quick look on Google Images because you never know what you might be missing out on (Podgorica, Lublin, Linz, Palanga).

The World
Want to go global? …Well, let’s not hold back. For the simple price of 1 day of your life, you can travel to Australia Or India… Or Japan… Or Brazil! In fact, you can fly (almost) anywhere in less than 24 hours, and with websites like Skyscanner at your fingertips, you can find the cheapest way to get there. Again be flexible with your search, traditionally, Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays can be a little bit more expensive to fly (but not always). Also be flexible on your route and who you fly with to keep the cost down. Quite often long haul flights stop and change enroute, and it is usually very cheap (or free) to extend your stopover by a few days or weeks. If you’re heading to Australia, popular stopovers include the Middle East and South East Asia, while common stopovers for New Zealand are Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Fiji. Hey presto, you just got a two for one holiday!

Oh and one more thing, don’t wait for last minute flights for two main reasons. Firstly, it will probably sell out and you’ll be going nowhere, and secondly, you could end up paying more (much more!). Most airline prices are based on availability, so when the availability decreases, the price increases (supply and demand). Real last minute bargains are hard to come by (very hard), so don’t leave it late and get your hopes up.

There are a billion tour companies out there who can spend all summer showing you the very best of wherever you are, but for a good old fashioned adventure – let your walking feet lead the way, follow your nose and find your own way.

And if you’re looking for a home away from home, try Airbnb for your own pad, or Hostelworld for a dorm or private room and (usually) breakfast!

Whatever you do and wherever you do it, you’re going to have a great summer. But remember how quickly time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it you will be back to uni. So, enjoy the summer, and don’t forget that preparation is key; look after yourself and you’ll be in great shape to tackle the next year of study. Wear sunscreen, eat fresh and colourful foods, drink plenty of water and get some quality sleep – this way you’ll not only look good, but you’ll feel good too.

One Penrhyn Road is a great location to get the very best out 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.

Staying in Kingston this summer?

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Are you planning to visit or stay in Kingston this summer? Well, we have found a few things that you have to see while you’re there…

Richmond Park
Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve near Kingston. It was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park, and it is now the largest Royal Park in London. On top of the various wildlife and range of sports and leisure activities, the park is also the ideal place to go for an enjoyable walk. The park has a variety of flat and hilly routes – with options for either shorter, easier routes or longer, more challenging routes.

“Out of Order” by David Mach
Described by the locals and tourists as a “work of art”. The “Out of Order” by David Mach has turned into an unusual exhibition that people will travel to see. Unveiled in 1989 and still standing today on the Old London Road, it’s definitely a must see!

Chessington World of Adventures
Only 17 minutes away from central Kingston, Chessington World of Adventures is a theme park and zoo – and even has accommodation complexes for overnight stays. The zoo has over 1,000 animals, including a Sea Life Centre – a great day out guaranteed!

Bentall Shopping Centre
If you feel like shopping, why not visit the largest shopping centre in Kingston? Bentall Centre is home to over 75 stores and over a 1,000 brands – which means you can make it a family day out and let dad pay for it all, or take a few friends and shop until you drop.

The Hippodrome
Known for being the largest night club in Kingston, find out what’s on at The Hippodrome. The venue hosts the biggest names and biggest DJ’s on the scene right now, with a wide range of music from live rock to indie.

One Penrhyn Road is a great location to get the very best out 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.