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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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Remembrance Day 11th November 2017

Remembrance Day 11th November 2017

Remembrance Day is a day when we remember the end of the First World War, it is a day to remind ourselves of the members of the armed forces who died in their line of duty. This day of remembrance is also marked in many other countries to recall the end of the hostilities caused by World War I in 1918.

In the United Kingdom, the main observance is on the Sunday nearest to 11th November, this year that will be Sunday 12th November, a two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember our armed forces and the effects of World War I.

Ceremonies are held at local war memorials, these are usually arranged ex-service men, this day is naturally very close to their hearts. In this ceremony poppy wreaths are laid by representatives of the Crown, the armed forces, ex-service men, and local civic leaders. They are also usually children that are a part of cadet forces, the Scouts, Guide’s and representatives from St John’s Ambulance and the Salvation Army.

Remembrance Day in Kingston

The service and wreath laying will take place at the War Memorial. The Remembrance Day commemorations include a March Past, from the Ancient Market Place to the Guildhall at approximately 12 noon.

Remembrance SundayResidents can help show the nation that Kingston remembers by posting photos from the borough’s remembrance events, formal or informal, on social media using the hashtag #KingstonRemembers.

We will be encouraging our students to get involved on Sunday and visit Kingston to watch the service, the service is well organised and one that will stay with them. Taking part in the two-minute silence will help show a mark of respect if they cannot make a service. I will be suggesting my students put an alarm on their phone to remember this time on Sunday.

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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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Halloween ideas for Uni Students 2017

Halloween ideas for Uni Students 2017

Fun facts about Halloween:

  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green!
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
  • Originally you had to dance for your ‘treat’.
  • Jack-o-lanterns were once made out of turnips, beets and potatoes – not pumpkins.
  • Halloween used to be a great day to meet your soulmate – this doesn’t have to be past tense!
  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween!

Places to celebrate Halloween in and around Kingston:

The Viper Rooms are holding a Nightmare on Thames Street night!
Full club décor and live actors on the night!
Entry from 10pm Fancy dress welcome!

Thorpe Park Fright Night every night from now until October 31st!
All of Thorpe Parks thrilling rides in the dark! Including new hair-raising events and live actors on site throughout the night!

Tulley’s Farm is in Crawley, West Sussex
Shocktober Fest scream park is back and scarier than ever with 8 haunted attractions, live music and great food.

Or if you are on a budget, why not have a party in your accommodation! Planning a DIY party like this can be as much fun planning as it is to attend! Get together with some others in your building and have a spooky get together! All prepare one dish and bring a bottle!

Here are examples of some quick and easy Halloween party food recipes:

Stuffed jack-o-lanterns: Cut the top from any colour pepper, carve in some spooky eyes nose and mouth and add cooked long spaghetti – pull the spaghetti through the holes!

Ghost Kobabs: Skewer some fruit and mix with marshmallows, draw a face on the marshmallow with edible pen!

Rice Krispy Brains: Mix Rice Krispies with Golden syrup, butter and sugar. Shape them into brains … leave to cool and set in that shape then decorate with red icing pen!

Spider Jelly: Simply make and set any colour jelly. Once set mix it all up and add some jelly worms! Or plastic spiders look most effective!

Once you are all together with your drinks and spooky treats you should play some spooky Halloween games:

Apple Bobbing: A classic … fill a big bowl or bucket with cold water throw in a load of apples and the game is ready! Each player has to have their hands tied behind their backs and drop to their knees! You can make it more interesting by putting a time limit on them and if they have not caught an apple using their mouths only within 1 minute they should get a forfeit!

Pass the Mini pumpkin: All stand in a line, the first player places the mini pumpkin under his or her chin and passes it to the next player in any which way …. Without using hands!!

Guess the Villain: When your guests arrive at the party, attach the name of a movie villain onto their backs so they can’t see it. They can then ask other guests yes/no questions to try to guess which villain they are, and they can have conversations with other guests to help them figure out theirs.

Photo Booth: Set up a corner in the room with scary props including a large frame made from cardboard … use your party name and where you party is … set up a hashtag and ask everyone to use it when they post their pics!

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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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Summer concerts in or around Kingston

If you’re into your music (and who isn’t!?) there are plenty of festivals in and around Kingston. These events are packed with big name acts, and only a short journey away from our Bright House and Greencoat House properties! Let’s have a look what’s on this summer:

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hampton Court Palace KT8 9AU

If you like your festivals a little more refined, Hampton Court Palace festival is the event for you.Taking place in the stunning Tudor Courtyard, the festival provides world-class acts, a spectacular setting and the beautiful East Front Gardens to enjoy picnicking before the concert!

Acts on this summer include:

Bryan Ferry
7th and 21st June 2017
Tickets: £69, £79, £95 *Subject to a booking fee

James Morrison
8th June 2017
Tickets: £45, £55, £65 *Subject to a booking fee

Van Morrison
15th June 2017
Tickets: £69.50, £79.50, £99.00 *Subject to a booking fee

Sandown Park Festival

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, KT10 9AJ

Another festival with a notable backdrop is the Sandown Park Festival and Sandown Race Course. The jockey club at Sandown, one of the UK’s oldest and most famous racetracks, hold concerts there throughout the summer.

Acts on this summer include:

An Evening At The Races With Clean Bandit ft Louisa Johnson
8th June 2017 | 16:00
Opens 16:00, First race 17:50, Last race 20:35
Tickets: TBC

Tom Jones Live at Sandown Park
19th July 2017 | 16:00
Opens 16:00, First race 18:05, Last race 20:40
Tickets: TBC

An Evening at the Races with Olly Murs
10th August 2017 | 16:00
Opens 16:00, First race 17:35, Last race 20:25
Tickets: TBC

Kew the Music at Kew Gardens

Kew Richmond Surrey TW9 3AE

Kew the Music (11–16 July) is a glorious week-long festival of summer picnic concerts set within the stunning grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All tickets start at £44 for a standard adult admission.

Acts on this summer include:

Razorlight supported by The Bluetones and Reef
Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

All Saints supported by Melanie C
Thursday 13 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

Haçienda Classiçal
Friday 14 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

James
Saturday 15 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

Mary J Blige
Sunday 16 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

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