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Transitioning from Home to Student Life

Leaving your parents’ home can be almost as stressful as becoming a student at university. You’re likely walking away from the continual support of close friends and family. Suddenly, you’ll be on your own, forced to make new friends and adjust to a brand new lifestyle. How can you successfully navigate the shift and begin to love university life? These tips can help.

 

  • Get Out of Your Room! You’re not going to adjust if you stay in your room the entire first few weeks. There are plenty of clubs and societies you can join that will help get you out of your room and into uni life. Freshers week is often packed with events organised by your student union, so don’t hesitate to attend some of those. You’re only going to feel lonely if you stay in your hall waiting for things to happen to you.

 

  • Make New Friends: It may be easier to leave your hall if you start making a few new friends. These days, it’s easier than ever to wrap yourself in a blanket of your old social media friends, but resist the urge to do that. Instead, start making friends the moment you step on campus. Suggest a coffee or a trip to the pub together the moment you move into your hall. Those new friends will help you get through the days when you’re feeling just a bit homesick.

 

  • Manage Your Time Well: After freshers week, you’ll eventually have to go to class, and that’s when the real stress will begin. The single best thing you can do is come up with a schedule to help you manage every piece of your new life from hanging out with your new friends to tackling the reading, assignments, and test prep.

 

  • Eat Something Healthy: It’s easy to live on junk food once you move to uni, but it’s not going to do you any favours. Try to sneak in fruits and veg occasionally. Your body will thank you, and so will your mind.

 

  • Get Help: Not adjusting to uni life well? Be sure to get some help. There are plenty of staff on campus who are ready to help you deal with loneliness and depression, but the key is to ask for help when you need it most.

 

It can be tough to adjust to uni, but with a bit of extra work and a few new friends, you’ll begin to feel at home once again!

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Five Unexpected Things Students Learn at University

Students head for university for one reason – to get an education. Along the way, however, they actually pick up far more than a course of study that might guide them throughout their professional lives. Instead, they find a few unexpected skills that will be essential as they get older. Take a look at the top five.

1. Time Management: Few things are quite as important as time management when you’re a student. In many situations, you’ll not only be faced with multiple deadlines, but also the other typical pressures that come with university life. Good students, though, learn to manage both academic and personal time well to succeed on both fronts.

2. Financial Literacy: Student life is financially difficult, and the ability to pay the rent, eat, and buy other necessary items is a must. Money management can be a difficult skill to learn, especially if Mum and Dad aren’t close by for a quick cash infusion. Students typically learn the skills they’ll need in their early professional lives to make that pay packet last until the next one comes in.

3. Inner Strength: It’s hard to be a student, and often young adults must rely on themselves to make big life decisions. While students make many new friends at university, they typically also learn to rely on themselves and figure out that they’re a valuable part of society.

4. Relationship Navigation: Bad roommate? Terrible significant other? Frustrating tutor? It all happens in university, and understanding how to work with others is likely one of the most important skills students learn. Students become more resilient than ever, and they learn how to talk to others and express their feelings in a way they previously haven’t.

5. Minimalism: Student lives tend to be a creative place where you do quite a bit with very little. Whether it comes to DIY furniture or creating culinary gold out of beans and canned tomatoes, understanding how to do more with less is one skill set students may need forever.

Uni isn’t all about the books. Sometimes it’s about the little life lessons you learn while you’re there.

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Eating Healthy on a Student Budget

Your years at university are among the best of your life. The friends. The parties. The classes? Well, the friends and parties anyway. But for many of us, they are also quite lean years. Money is tight, and any step you can take to stretch your budget is well worth it. So does that mean you’re left with a steady diet of Super Noodles and vending machine crisps? Fortunately no! Try these tips for eating healthy with limited funds.

 

  • Eat those legumes! All right, it’s not pizza. But a good stew, chili or rice dish made with whole beans is cheap, filling — and delicious, if you do it right. The key? Soak the beans overnight, and add your favourite seasonings. Powdered garlic, cayenne, chili and red peppers are inexpensive, but they can pack a punch. If you’ve got room in your budget, add a bit of meat for extra flavour.

 

  • Buy frozen. Foods like vegetables and fish are flash frozen at the peak of freshness. They’re also relatively inexpensive. Buy a few packages as you can, store them and dream up some feasts. Spinach and a pan-fried filet (with those powdered seasonings), for example, is ultra-healthy and filling.

 

  • Stock your staples. It’s tempting to just go out or order a take-away when you’re tired and stressed. If you’ve got some basics in your cupboards, though, you can resist! Beans, rice, tinned meats and peas and other essentials are great for a dinner. For that quick hunger fix: keep instant snacks and meals on hand, like nuts, in-season fruits and cheese slices.

 

Better yet, when you cook a meal, make enough for leftovers that’ll feed you for a few days. You can spice things up with…spices to change the flavours up.

 

  • Count on your friends. Instead of going to a restaurant for a pricey dinner, have your mates over for a potluck. Have them bring a dish they love to make, make one of your own and supply some plates and silverware. Pop in a movie, and you’re the hero that saved everyone tons on a night out.

 

Eating healthy on a budget is not difficult if you have some ingenuity, imagination  — and a whole lot of powdered herbs and spices!

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Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink 2017

Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere as the stunning ice rink opens to the public for its annual run. Skate against a backdrop of one of the greatest palaces on earth – Henry VIII’s historic home, Hampton Court Palace. The open-air ice rink epitomises the very best in festive fun.

With 500 years of history to discover at the palace, why not arrive early and explore all that Hampton Court has to offer, from the spectacular State Apartments to 65 acres of formal gardens and even a world-famous maze!

Booking online is simple, if you are choosing to visit the palace, gardens and maze too (for an extra charge) we would recommend you plan these for as late in the day as possible so you can enjoy the Ice Skating at night, the palace looks absolutely magical when lit up!

This beautiful Ice Skating Rink opens from 24th November 2017 until 7th January 2018 (with the exception of Christmas Day).

A ticket is just £14, this includes skate hire and 45 minutes skate time, there is a café there to enjoy afterwards too!

The students we provide accommodation for in Kingston can get to Hampton Court Palace in just 15 minutes on a bus, we will be encouraging them to do this sometime over the festive break if they get a chance too!

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How students can help reduce the carbon footprint

How students can help reduce the carbon footprint

Carbon Dioxide is on a high agenda for politicians and the population because of the impact it is having on Climate Change. Some of the effects of climate change we have seen are increased extreme weather conditions and holes in the ozone layer which in return exposes everyone to dangerous UV sunrays.

Although greenhouse gases do occur naturally, human activity contributes a great deal to greenhouse gas emissions. Your carbon footprint or your impact on the environment measures the greenhouse gases that you are responsible for creating.

Recycling and reducing waste plays an important role in climate protection by keeping rubbish out of incinerators and landfills, where it can produce powerful greenhouse gases.

Here at Amro Vantage student accommodation, we want to make a change and we have come up with some helpful tips on how you can reduce your Carbon Footprint and make a difference to the world in which we live in to help preserve it for future generations.

Top 10 Tips:

  1. Walk or cycle to University
  2. Choose a laptop over a desktop
  3. Buy coffee from a recycled cup not a plastic cup
  4. Reduce the amount of food you throw away- Freezing food can help preserve it longer
  5. Filter your own water
  6. Turn the lights off when not in use
  7. Unplug your gadgets when not in use
  8. Buy local organic foods
  9. Let cooking oil cool down and throw in the dustbin rather than down the drain
  10. Switch off your heating when not in use
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How to De-Stress During Exam Time

How to De-Stress During Exam Time

Exam season is coming, and it’s easily the most stressful part of university. In fact, it’s likely to be the one time you don’t miss after you graduate and move forward. At the moment, though, it’s something you still have to face, and keeping your cool throughout exam time is an absolute must.

These tips can help.

  • It All Starts with Time Management: You know exams are coming. One of the best things you can do is prepare early. Create a revision timetable to help you stay organised throughout your course and during exam time. Whether you use an app for your phone or a more traditional diary, looking closely at the time you have available is a must to help you stay on track. One study found those who had cluttered schedules (and study spaces) had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Wondering why? Too much on your mind works like clutter. It’s distracting, and that can interfere with your brain’s ability to process information. Carefully scheduling the entire study process, though, means finishing in a reasonable time and leaving your brain a bit freer to focus on what you really love.

 

  • Take a Break: Be sure to take regular breaks during your study sessions. Generally, you should study for about 45 minutes, then take a fifteen-minute break. During that break, go for a brisk walk, meditate, or cook a healthy snack. After your time is up, though, make certain you get back to your schedule.

 

  • Sleep: Students don’t always sleep as much as they should, particularly during exam time, but sleep is absolutely essential. When you sleep well, your brain moves the knowledge you’ve gained from short term memory to long term memory, and that can actually help you perform well on your exams. It can’t happen, though, without six to eight hours of sleep each night.

 

  • Make a Date: While you certainly need to schedule time to study, you should also make a date with friends to take your mind off those tough concepts for a while. Leave your flat or your corner of the library, and meet some friends for a coffee. Go out for the evening and hit a club. Just don’t stay out too late!

Exam time doesn’t get any easier as you work your way through university, but a little stress relief can make things a lot easier!

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The Room Organisation Tips You Need know…

The Room Organisation Tips You Need know…

Many students believe uni life and disorganisation go hand in hand. Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re one of the many who simply can’t think when you’re in the midst of chaos, these organisation tips will have your room clean, comfortable, and organised in no time, even if it’s a bit less space than you once had at home.

#1 – Go Below!
If your room isn’t quite as big as you’d like, you may be able to utilise some of the space under your bed. Under your bed storage is available that could be used to hold almost anything. Add a small storage unit to your desk, and you automatically have more shelving than you did before. You could use the walls for pin boards, magnet boards or other organisers that will give you a place for absolutely everything.

#2 – Rethink Furniture
No room for a comfy chair or futon? Consider some accent pillows and maybe a throw on your bed instead. It means a great way to relax and watch a bit of telly without feeling like it’s time for bed. You can repurpose other furniture to meet your needs as well. Your study area, for instance, might double as your dining room table when you’re not headed to the kitchen for meals.

#3 – Rollers Rock
If you’re going to be short on space here and there, consider a cart on rollers so you can move it around a bit. At night, it could function as your bedside table. During the day, maybe it sits beside your desk. If you can move it around, you may feel like you have far more space.

#4 – Meet the Command Hook
If you haven’t already used Command hooks, it may be time to start. Available nearly everywhere, these handy hooks give you a place for your headphones, your keys, even your jacket. They can literally transform your room from a pile of disaster to organised oasis in a matter of minutes.
Uni life is far easier when you can actually find your revision timetable, and getting organised is the first step in that process.

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AmroVantage Student Top 10 Cooking Tips

AmroVantage Student Top 10 Cooking Tips

1. Be food conscious, fridge temperatures between 3-5 degrees is good anything more or less, and food tends to go off a lot quicker.

2. If you live at Greencoat House with a friend, save money and time by clubbing together and paying for delivered shopping, this is because stores charge a minimum fee to deliver food which is set to around £40-£60.

3. Rather than choosing items because of their brand name, have a look at the ingredients first. Check the amount of additives, natural ingredients, salt and sugar content, and then compare with a store’s ‘own brand’. Own brands are normally a lot cheaper.

4. Try avocados: they provide more than 25 essential nutrients, including healthy fats and the anti-oxidant vitamins A, C and E. Eat one mashed with black pepper and spread on wholemeal toast before an exam for slow-release energy.

5. Spice up your mashed potato, by mashing in two (or more) types of vegetable – that way you’ll get more of your five a day.

6. Learn to steam food – potatoes on the bottom, fish or meat in the middle, and veg in the top. Cooking this way retains more nutrients in the food, plus you’re only using one utensil, so there will be less washing up.

7. Ordering a pizza, but everyone wants a different topping? Grab some pittas and create your own ‘mini movie pizzas’. They are cheap and cheerful, leaving plenty of money for the ‘beverages’.

8. Meat, fish and alternatives can be expensive so try and put your money together with your friends for supermarket deals. Make sure you freeze what you don’t use straight away!

9.  There are lots of quick recipes available online which are cheap and easy to make, some to mention are Jamie Oliver’s channel 4 Quick & Easy Food.

10. Student’s need caffeine like pens need ink. Energy drinks and coffees are hugely overpriced, so try making your own homemade coffee with your own coffee machine- costs less than the average price of a ‘posh’ store-bought coffee.

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What’s on at Thorpe Park??

What’s on at Thorpe Park??

New to Kingston and Greencoat House? There is buckets of fun to be had within easy reach of Kingston!! Visiting Thorpe Park is just one of them. You may have heard of it but with constant changes and new rides being introduced, it can be hard to keep on top of everything.

So, what’s new at Thorpe Park?

The biggest announcement at the immensely popular theme park is the arrival of an entirely new ride called ‘Ghost Train’ It takes riders on a unique psychological journey as they travel on a mysterious Victorian train carriage and encounter a series of surprise incidents along the way.

This astonishingly fun ride takes visitors on a multitude of events designed to stimulate the senses and manipulate the mind in what can only be described as a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train is open now and you can find out more information over on the Thorpe Park website by clicking here.

Whilst Ghost Train will surely be absorbing much of the limelight this year, let’s not forget the sheer abundance of other amazing rides the park has to offer.

First up: Colossus.

This gargantuan, £13.5 million structure takes visitors through a rip-roaring network of exciting twists and turns as they hurtle down the 850m of iconic white tracks.
Complete with a grand total of 10 inversions including vertical loops, corkscrews and heartline rolls, this is sure to be a hit for the adrenalin junkie amongst you.

Another firm favourite for vertical daredevils is Stealth.
Standing at a massive 205ft tall, the sheer scale of Stealth makes it impossible to miss almost anywhere inside the park’s grounds.
Jump on board and you’ll be sent from 0-80mph in the blink of an eye (1.9 seconds to be exact) which is faster than, well, just about anything! Reaching the top is just the start, however. After you’ve regained your composure following the stomach-churning ascent and absorbed the landscape’s epic views, you’ll then be sent plummeting back to earth at ungodly speeds and experience a moment of transient weightlessness before reaching safety.

These are just some of the exhilarating rides at Thorpe Park, with many more waiting to be discovered.

After a long day enjoying Thorpe Park’s perilous rides, why not make your way down to Kingston town centre for a drink along the river.

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5 Top Reasons to Live at BrightHouse Student Accommodation in Kingston this September

5 Top Reasons to Live at BrightHouse Luxury Student Accommodation in Kingston this September

We have superb, luxury, en-suite rooms available for the 2017/2018 term at our Bright House Student Accommodation facility in Kingston.

1. This student accommodation building in the heart of Kingston is an ideal place of residence for students from Kingston University, Kingston College, and St Mary’s University. Being located next door to the College and with only a short 2 – 5 minute walk to Kingston University and Kingston’s transport links means it gives any local student an easy journey into uni.

2. The building’s central location also means residents have easy access to the wide range of amenities that Kingston hosts, including shops, bars, clubs, gyms, an entertainment complex and riverside restaurants.

3. The bright, clean rooms are fully furnished with a bed, a study area, good storage space, and their own private en-suite bathrooms. All bills are included in the rent, including broadband internet access!

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4. Also, residents have access to fully equipped communal kitchen and dining areas, which creates a great opportunity for students to socialise with their fellow residents. Our site also has its own laundry facilities which all residents have 24/7 access to.

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5. We also endeavour to offer the best possible value to our residents. You won’t find better prices or better student accommodation anywhere in Kingston!

Available rooms and prices are as follows: Classic En-Suite: £195 per week Premium En-Suite: £205 per week Move in/out dates are as follows: Move In date: 3rd September 2017 Move Out Date: 26th August 2018.

Please contact our site manager, Patrick, at patrick@amroproperty.com or call him on 07501850924.

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