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Healthy Eating on a budget!

You’ve gone from living at home to living on your own here as a University Student in Winchester and now are wondering how to cook healthy, nutritious meals on a budget – especially as Black Friday had too many deals to resist.

Well it is easy to do, ensuring you are eating the right foods will ensure you have the energy and focus for your all important studying!

Breakfast – We all know that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ this is because it sets you for the day; and helps with your concentration levels. Easy meal preps for breakfast ideas are below; this means even with late nights and early mornings you’ll be able to ‘grab and go’.

Overnight Oats

This is an easy and simple recipe that anyone can follow; no cook so no fuss. All you need is the below:

Ingredients

  • Oats
  • 120 ml skimmed milk – you can use any milk including non-dairy alternatives
  • Any toppings you prefer for last minute additions

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place the oats (approx. 50g) in a bowl/jar/tupperware.
  • Add the milk (approx. 120ml). The milk should be just covering the oats.
  • Leave in the fridge overnight.

Remove from the fridge and add your favourite toppings before serving our favourite is strawberries, blueberries and honey!

Breakfast Muffins

Another easy recipe which you can prep before hand and then re-heat and grab when needed.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (omit to make vegetarian)
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • Olive oil or small amount of butter
  • Muffin tin

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees and wipe a tiny bit of oil or butter in the muffin tin
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs along with salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients of choice and stir.
  • Distribute mixture evenly among 6 cups and bake for 20-25 minutes or until eggs are set in middle.
  • These can be stored for 3 days in the fridge; and try adding some spinach leaves, tender stem broccoli or slices of avocado for an ultra-healthy breakfast.

Here at Riverside Way and Cathedral Point you will be lucky enough to enjoy the grab and go breakfasts we held throughout the year! So be sure to come and treat yourself and enjoy the perks of living here as a University Student in Winchester.

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Best Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for this Christmas in Winchester

Are you a student who have multiple friends and family that you need to surprise with a gift; or just trying to find your way to an original and thoughtful gift for the family member who latterly have everything on this Planet and more? Then, this gift guide is just for you!

  1. Jar filled with candies and not only!

This gift is incredibly versatile. Simply get a jar of any size you want, fill it with favourite gift receiver’s chocolate or sweets and voila! Wrap bright red or green bow around for Christmas feel. This could also work as jar of Christmas Wishes; feel the jar with printed wishes for the person you would like to surprise and make them take one wish a day in order to lift their mood up every day!

  1. Coffee lover starter kit

For those who cannot live without a coffee even a day this gift will suit perfect! Pour-over ceramic cone, and nice morning cup and a pack of tasty coffee would be a key for this one. There are delicious house blends to choose from in Coffee Lab on Little Minister Street, Winchester. Wrap it nicely in little hamper basket and make a bow around to look extra Christmassy.

  1. Homemade cookies and Hot chocolate

There is nothing better than homemade chocolate chip cookies and a cup of hot chocolate on a Christmas day. Make a little hamper for your closest friend or family member, don’t forget to include a pack of little marshmallows, mug in it or even better if it is going to have a personalised message or a joke that only two of you would know!

  1. Favourite Board Game

Do you remember that one game from the childhood that you and your best friend constantly were playing? That could be a great gift reminding of old good times spent together. However, any party board game is key to a great evening together!

Don’t forget, that thoughtful gifts are priceless no matter of its actual cost. Remember, that tailoring gift to the person you are giving it to makes gift even more special!

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What do to in Winchester this Festive Period

There is plenty of things to do in Winchester over November and December to get into the Christmas Spirt! Look below for some events that are on and be sure to go to them they are well worth a visit.

Winchester light switch on –Thursday 14th November

Celebrate the start of the festive period with the city’s wonderful Christmas lights being switched on, at the broadway outside Winchester guildhall from 6pm. Enjoy and evening of live performances from local acts and help kick start the festive seasons celebrations.

Ice Rink at the Cathedral – 21st Nov 2019 10:00 – 5th Jan 2020

Enjoy festive, rain-free skating at the heart of Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market! Our spectacular covered Ice Rink guarantees a fun-filled skating experience whatever the weather and a fabulous Christmas Tree in the centre of the Ice Rink will fill our skaters with festive cheer.

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is perfectly situated in the centre of the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close

Winchester Christmas MarketThursday 21 November – Sunday 22 December 2019
Open from 10.00am – 6.30pm Sunday – Wednesday and 10.00am – 8.00pm Thursday – Saturday

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year.

The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding the covered, rain-free real ice rink. All exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products.

Food and Drink
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink at the Christmas Market. You’ll find chalets selling festive favourites such as, mulled wine, bratwurst, mince pies and stollen. Alternatively, the Cathedral Refectory and Ice Rink Café Bar & Kitchen provide a warm and comfortable setting with plenty of seating and great menus.

British Crafts
Winchester Cathedral invite many British craftspeople to take part in the Christmas Market. If you’re looking for that special something make sure you visit the jewellers, painters, glass makers and textile artists selling unique gifts and decorations.

Nativity Scene
At the far end of the British Crafts Village you will find an enchanting nativity scene – providing an ideal opportunity to share the Christmas story amongst your party and take a fun photograph for Christmas.

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Christmas Market in Kingston

Kingston is beautiful throughout the year but especially at Christmas, whether you’re shopping for gifts, celebrating in local bars or restaurants, enjoying shows at the local theatre or immersing yourself in the magic of Christmas by enjoying the Christmas Market.

The Christmas Market returns on Thursday 14th November, on the same date that the Christmas lights are turned on in Kingston.

Kingston becomes Christmassy on Thursday 14th November 2019, get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the entertainment throughout the town centre from 4.30pm. There will be a packed schedule including a traditional brass band, light-up drummers, balloon modelling, stilt walkers and entertainment on stage.

The lights will be officially turned on at 6pm with a little bit of snow magic by the Snow Queen herself!!

Kingston Christmas Market

The Market can be located just ahead of All Saint’s Church and adds a special touch of festive cheer to the Kingston.

The Market includes traditional wooden cabins, with handmade giftware, stockings and unique gifts. There are bars serving up steaming mugs of mulled wine and the street food is fantastic. On Thursday 14th there will be live entertainment on stage and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows.

This is the perfect way to get into the Christmas Spirit, we have made sure all of our Kingston students are aware in Bright House and Greencoat House.

In case you don’t make the Christmas lights on celebration you really should visit the market at some point, you will not be disappointed!

Christmas Market Opening Hours
14 November – 31 December 2019

Sunday – Wednesday     10.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday – Saturday       10.00am – 8.00pm

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Getting into the Pumpkin-Spiced Mood this October!

It is now October; the most magical time of the year is just around the corner. However, we should not forget that before then there is the scariest night of all – Halloween night. Here are some easy tips and tricks on how to get into the Halloween mood on a budget friendly way.

Scary Movie Marathon

Have you always been afraid of watching scary movies alone? That is the perfect time to get together with your flatmates and watch the scariest movies of all, for example series Annabelle or Conjuring. The shared kitchen spaces at our Winchester property’s Cathedral Point and Riverside Way are perfect for it. Don’t forget to make some popcorn and get some hot chocolate with marshmallows!

Bake Off – Student Edition

There is nothing better than starting breakfast with cookies. Especially if those cookies are pumpkin-cherry and have been baked with joint effort. Baking together will highly increase your festive mood and possibly decrease cleanliness of the kitchen, but that’s another story.

Click on the link for a delicious recipe: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/dessert/a35274/pumpkin-cherry-breakfast-cookies/

Halloween Tour of Winchester

Have you considered joining the spooky Halloween tour of Winchester!

A feast of ghosts and other ghastly goings-on for adults only.

Come dressed for the part if you like!

All tours last 1.5 hours and start at the Tourist Information Centre.

You can buy tickets online by visiting https://mpv.tickets.com/schedule/ or tickets are available to purchase at the Winchester Tourist Information Centre.

Make sure you get involved with some trick or treat events this Halloween!

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Join one of the Societies in Winchester University

You’ve arrived at University, you’ve unpacked into your new room so now what?

Arriving at University can be a daunting prospect but there are many ways to make new friends and joining a society is one of those! Joining a society is a great way to make new friends, whilst giving you a break from all the studying and partying too!

Don’t think that societies are just based around sports; as they definitely aren’t! They are a fabulous way of exploring and expanding your skill set.

Yes there are sport societies, which are great for exercising and releasing those all important endorphins, but they also range in the creative arts to political groups to hobbies and even some niche groups.

Sport societies are a huge part of both University of Southampton and University of Winchester life, so maybe you have a sport you played at home and don’t want to get out of touch or you just fancy something different then why not join up?

Whilst those who wish to delve into their passions or could be passionshave their pick also with both University of Winchester and University of Southampton having student led clubs such as Wine Tasting, Harry Potter Societies amongst many more.

Exploration is key but also is commitment you are at University here in Winchester to study, but the some societies will need commitment both in time and money so factor this into your weekly planner when you are deciding.

Most societies have Social Secretaries who are responsible for the “fun” including themed nights out to day trips or if you’re lucky a trip away!!

University of Winchester students follow this link for further information on the wide variety of societies available to join: https://www.winchesterstudents.co.uk/socs

University of Southampton including Winchester School of Art students follow this link for further information on the 209 societies available to join: https://www.susu.org/opportunities/societies

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Avoid the “Freshers Flu”!

Going for the first time or returning back to university is well-exciting! Moving to your new home at Cathedral Point or Riverside Way,  meeting new students from around the UK and the rest of the World, attending parties is fun, however this could also mean catching that famous, but yet unpleasant ‘Freshers Flu’.

‘Freshers Flu’ is well known period at university, gain momentum around or right after the Freshers Week, mostly affecting first year students. This phenomenon is not exactly a flu, it’s mostly a cold, followed by the headaches, cough and general exhauster.

There is no surprise, that we are getting cold when our immune system is starting to fail. In order to avoid nasty bacteria to get to us, there are few simple, but yet vital steps to follow:

  1. Beautiful Sleep = Healthy Sleep

Being your own boss and deciding whether today you are going out till the next morning is great, but healthy sleeping regime is necessarily for our bodies. Staying awake for a long time and receiving 3-4 hours of sleep will do immune system no favour. However, at least eight hours a day will make stronger not only your body, but mind too, including higher concentration level, which you will need on lectures.

  1. Water is Everything

Staying hydrated especially throughout the Freshers Week is key to avoid the cold. If after going out you are experiencing headaches, dry mouth and being very tired – these are the signs of dehydration. Make sure that the next morning you are not following the myth how more alcohol can cure hangover, but instead drink 2L of water at least.

  1. Get Clean Freak

Good hygiene could help you to avoid cold too. On average our hands carry over 3K bacteria and some of them are not the good ones. Don’t forget to wash your hands after you have come from the outside. Also, carrying a small sanitiser is not a bad idea too.

On a larger scale, make sure you are washing your clothes regularity and changing your bedding sheets, which on a daily basis collect a large group of nasty microbes; as well as open the window to freshen up your room.

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Winchester University Fresher’s week

Coming to Winchester University Soon?

Wanting to know what’s on your fresher’s week and when?

Winchester University Fresher’s week is Saturday 14th– Sunday 22ndSeptember.

Here’s a little guide of what’s on offer for you!

Winchester University have made sure it’s a week jam-packed full of events and entertainment, something to suit everyone and to ensure you start off your first week enjoying university life.

Winchester Student Union Fresher’s Wristbands are available to all incoming students here at the University of Winchester see the Facebook page before for more details.

Your Fresher’s Wristband entitles you to the following events here at the Student Union:

  • Full Moon Party (Sunday 15th September)
  • Silent Disco (Monday 16th September)
  • ROAR (Tuesday 17th September)
  • BOP (Wednesday 18th September)
  • Outdoor Movies Night (Thursday 19th September)
  • Freshers Ball (Friday 20th September)

 

Fresher’s Fayre –

Saturday 21st September 2019: 11am-3pm
University Centre, The Stripe & Stripe Plaza, Dytche and St.Alphege

With local businesses and services ranging from sports facilities, to shops, restaurants, take away and leisure! University departments and Student Union Officers will also be there with information, advice and so much more! Plus you can grab yourself a load of freebies and giveaways! Also Dominos will be there giving away FREE PIZZA all day!!

Keep checking theOfficial Freshers 2019 Facebook Group for more information on the Winchester University’s events for Fresher’s!

 

Also keep your eyes peeled on Cathedral Point & Riverside Way’s Facebook and Instagram pages below for our own accommodation events that will be on offer to all our residents from the University of Winchester!

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Discover what student life is like in Winchester

Lucky you choosing to live and study in Winchester!  

Once the ancient capital of England and former seat of King Alfred the Great, Winchester is the quintessential English city with a rich heritage and vibrant contemporary culture.

Crowned by The Sunday Timesas ‘The Best Place to Live 2016’ and topping the 2019 Royal Mail Happiness Index, this friendly and highly walkable city of about 50,000 people has an easy-going vibe, fabulous local food, a lively music scene and a wonderful street performance festival – The Hat Fair.

From classical architecture in the form of the Cathedral to the pockets of rolling hills; where else would you choose to live and study?!

From former Kings of England to famed novelists; you will more recently find some filming taking place in the city centre; with Winchester the backdrop for scenes in films such as The Da Vinci Code and Les Misérables.

For shopping:

Winchester offers an array of unique, independent shops and boutiques as well as traditional and well-known national stores.

The High Street is a bustling, traffic-free shopping environment with street performers and regular markets.

With West Quay in Southampton or Festival Place in Basingstoke being the choice for those who wish to shop til they drop!

For Riverside Way residents Tesco’s is your closest supermarket, it is just a quick 5 minute walk away and they are open 24 hours a day with a pharmacy and opticians available too*

For Cathedral Point residents there is a Tesco Express and a Co-Op right on your doorstep.

Don’t forget to have a look at all the local pubs, restaurants and coffee shops that are on our doorstep in Winchester.

For going out:

Winchester has an eclectic mix of independent cafes’, restaurants and bars mixed with high street favourites. In celebration of the setting and local produce and drink, make sure you try and sample these at one of the many festivals held during the year. Such as Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival, or how about going a bit further afield and trying the Romsey Round Table Beer & Cider Festival.

Your universities (University of Winchester and University of Southampton) will each have their own student unions holding a variety of nights.

Proud to hold national Purple Flag status Winchester has been recognised as a city that is safe and enjoyable for a night out.

*times are different to store opening hours

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Making your Student Room feel like a home!

We’ve all looked at student accommodation and wondered how we can turn a house into a home. Make your room Instagram-able with these handy tips!

1. Home Comforts
Everyone has one item that they can’t live without. Be it a dressing gown, a cushion or a teddy (yes even adults have these), bring these to your halls with you for a piece of familiarity.
Home décor to liven up your room will always help so think clever and purchase storage boxes with an arty pattern or reed diffuser to make the space truly yours.

TIP: Look at our Instagram for inspiration of a decorated room!

2. Photos!
Surround yourselves with photographs of your family and friends. This will be comforting when you are feeling a little home sick; especially in the first few weeks!
Add to these throughout the year with your new friends and memories made whilst staying in Winchester Student Accommodation.

TIP: Try using a piece of string or ribbon and print off polaroid to make it more creative.

3. Bring the Outdoors In
Believe it or not there will periods of time where you will be studying in your room; so bringing the outdoors in will allow you the best of both worlds.
Here in Winchester we are lucky enough to have vast amounts of greenery so bring a taste of this into your room; plans are said to have a calming effect and will also boost your oxygen levels so win win whilst studying.

TIP: Something easy to look after is key – go for a cactus.

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