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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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How To Survive Moving Day

Sainsbury’s Bank Visual Guide to Moving House

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The Amazing Opportunities Available At Kingston University

The Fantastic Clubs and Societies 

The first thing you will want to do once you have settled into your accommodation at Kingston University is to start exploring everything the campus has to offer. You can start by looking into all the different clubs. You will find over ninety societies and clubs available at Kingston University. You can make a connection with your community, political group, faith or country. You can join other people interested in your subject for entertaining and educational events. You can make new friends, enjoy a wide selection of films, fun games, great music and delicious food. You can join forces to promote numerous worthy causes. You can even begin your own society to share new ideas and concepts with the other students.

The Sensational Campus Events 

One of the best things about having an accommodation in Kingston University is attending the wide variety of events on campus. The college frequently hosts events on campus such as theater performances, lectures, dances, movie screenings and so much more. These events are usually free for the students, provide the opportunity to meet new people and are much safer and more satisfying than attending a wild Uni party.

The Variety of Jobs on Campus 

The various Kingston University campuses offer a wide selection of available jobs. You can choose to be a part of the bat staff, help out in the library, organise different events, etc. There are a lot of worthwhile opportunities.

Student Government Participation 

You can be a part of the student government. You can even do a lot more than just join. You have the opportunity to become involved with the important matters happening on the campus and improve your resume at the same time. You will improve your leadership skills, be able to show you have been a participant in an activity for making central decisions and connect with a diverse and wide body of students. One of the best parts is you are going to hear about all the upcoming events at all of the Kingston University campuses. You will enjoy just getting out and attending these events.

 

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Your Backpack Essentials for University

Your Backpack Essentials for University

Heading for university for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. You’re going to have exhausting days on campus when you don’t even have a chance to grab a bit to eat, and finding the time to run back to your Kingston accommodation to grab what you need for the next session may prove absolutely impossible. That means keeping a well stocked backpack for those rough days. What should you keep inside? Take a look.

A Student Planner: Keeping a planner is absolutely essential at university. Don’t worry, writing everything down won’t stifle you. Instead, it will help you learn to keep control of your world, especially when it seems to be spinning out of control with so many things to do!

A Water Bottle: Hydration really matters to your health, so don’t forget that water bottle. The last thing you want to have to stop and do is spend more cash on a water bottle you’re just going to have to throw away. With so many bottle fillers on campus these days, it’s best to choose a good water bottle that will keep you hydrated and fresh throughout the day.

A USB Stick: Everything might be in the cloud these days, but what happens if that cloud crashes and you don’t have instant access to your work before your tutoring session? You’re going to have some real problems ahead. Backing your work up to a USB stick can make sure that doesn’t happen, even if you the Internet goes down at 2 a.m. while you’re making some last minute revisions to the paper that is due when you get up in the morning.

A Card Holder: You may want to store your Kingston accommodation keycard, university student ID, or your Oyster Card. No matter what you want to keep in there, though, a card holder is absolutely essential.

A Kingston University Campus Guide: Where is it? How do I get there fast? This guide will show you exactly what you need to find and the quickest route to get there. After all, you don’t want to be late, and you don’t want to have to ask someone else how to get there.

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Tips for Freshers Week

Tips for Freshers Week

Tips for Freshers Week

There’s nothing quite like Fresher’s Week. It’s easily the most exciting and terrifying time of your life at uni, but you will survive. Wondering how to make that happen? These tips can help.

 

  • Meet Someone! Seriously, the sooner you can start making friends at uni, the better you’ll feel about being there. Luckily, Fresher’s Week tends to be the single most social time of the year, and everyone is in the same spot you are, so get ready to make some friends. When you do, make sure you make a few more, but do it together. Start knocking on doors and meeting others who are new to the area and want to hang out. You’ll feel a lot better when you have a crew of friends.

 

  • Learn Your Surroundings: As important as friends are, it’s just as important to learn where you are and where you need to be. Think carefully about what you might need to know. Certainly you’ll want to understand the basics of your Kingston University accommodation. Understanding a few simple things like where the building manager’s office is located and how to get to the laundry room is key. Don’t stop there, though. Take a closer look at where a food shop is located and what takeaway you can get at your Kingston accommodation so when you’re on a study binge, you don’t have to stop to eat.

 

  • Find a Bank Account: You’re also going to want to open a student bank account right away. Many of the biggest names in banking have student accounts including Lloyds, Barclay’s, HSBC, and Natwest. You just need to do a couple of things. First, choose a bank with a student account, then make sure you have everything you need to open the account. Decide whether you want to go with a current account or a savings account, then get started. You can either open an account in person or just handle the entire transaction online. Either way, make sure to put something in that account because your student loans won’t come in immediately, so you may need a bit of cash on hand to make it through the first few weeks.
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Getting Prepared For Next Year At Uni

Getting Prepared For Next Year At Uni

The summer holidays are a great time to rest before the upcoming year at university. But whilst it’s important to take a break, it’s just as important to prepare yourself for what’s to come. Here are three thing’s you’ll want to prepare as you anticipate the start of the term.

Prepare For Your Courses

Your courses are the crux of your life at uni. As such, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for them when you return. Use the rest of the summer holidays to research the course content for the next term. Use online resources to find information about what you’ll be learning, what you’ll be expected to know and how this course will benefit your overall programme of study. The more you know about your courses now, the more confident you will feel when the term begins.

Organise Yourself

The biggest challenge many uni students face is to manage time and organise all their social and academic activities. Getting a head start on this whilst on summer holiday will only further prepare you for your next year. Develop a daily schedule based on your upcoming term if you know your course details ahead of time. Anticipate the amount of time you’ll need to study and allocate time for social events. Organising yourself now will reduce some of the stress you may feel once the term begins.

Consider Accommodation

One of the most important aspects of uni life that is often overlooked is the accommodation required whilst at university. When choosing where you’ll stay, you’ll want to make sure it provides a safe, inclusive living environment where you can socialise, study and otherwise enjoy yourself during your time at uni. Have you booked your new accommodation for the following year? Amro Vantage offers excellent student accommodation in Kingston upon Thames with access to both Kingston College and Kingston University. Both our Bright House and Greencoat House accommodation include all-in rent and bill pay, as well as no-fuss contracts that will help you focus on your coursework, not worry about student housing.

Making the most of your upcoming term at uni is simple if you prepare now. Use these three strategies to make your next year at university the best one possible.

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3 Things Every Student Learns From Going to Uni

3 Things Every Student Learns From Going to Uni

Many students pursue university to get an academic degree or to start a path towards a professional field. But what many fail to realise is that whilst uni is all about learning, some of the things a student learns aren’t actually taught in a lecture hall. Here are three things every student learns from going to uni, without stepping one foot in a classroom.

1. Independence & Self Sufficiency
One of the hardest transitions for many students entering uni from traditional secondary school is learning to be independent. Transitioning from a fairly structured day to a day that changes each term starts as soon as a uni student hits freshers’ week, and sometimes that transition can be tough. Luckily, your years at uni will teach you that you can be independent. Being responsible for your academic and professional outcomes not only has an impact on your life, but it also makes you a more independent and self-sufficient individual.

2. How To Work With Others From Differing Backgrounds
At uni, people from all different backgrounds — different religions, ethnicities, socio-economic standings, from various regions of the UK and around the world — all congregate on one campus for the purposes of advancing themselves. Such diversity in backgrounds is very beneficial to the uni student, who must learn to work together with others. Since working cooperatively is a facet of our modern, globalised economy, working with others different than you at the college level gives you the experience you need to tackle cooperative work in the post-uni world.

3. How to Manage Finances
The ‘poor uni student’ is not a misnomer, and you learn that quickly whilst at a university. Your maintenance loan, whilst helpful, only goes so far, and then there’s that whole have-to-pay-it-back thing. Whilst it’s easy to spend your first maintenance loan quickly in your first term, you eventually learn to plan your finance for the long-term, gaining a broader education on the value of the pound and overall ways to handle your finances.

University is a great time to grow intellectually, but it’s also a time to learn broader lessons as well. Self-sufficiency, cooperative work, and financial management are all lessons to be learned whilst in university. If you’re a uni student still learning how to manage your finances, Amro Vantage offers affordable student accommodation in Kingston that won’t make you go broke. Check out our website to learn more.

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Three Must Use Websites for UK Student Discount

As any student can tell you, uni is expensive. The cost of tuition, housing accommodations, food and entertainment can be very taxing on the uni student’s purse. Fortunately, one of the advantages of being a student is the number of discounts available to you to help you through these years — you just need to know where to look.

Here are three student discount websites to help you make the most of your university experience.

1. National Union of Students (NUS)
The National Union of Students offers a discount card to uni students that can be used both in stores and online. While the standard NUS discount card is offered free to all students enrolled in participating UK unis, they do offer additional savings through their NUS Extra savings card. It’s relatively cheap — card prices start at just £12 — and can be purchased on the NUS website. Also on the website: a wide range of discounts you can tick off your wants list, ranging from apparel to food to electronics. The savings provided by the NUS Extra card are nice, too. Recent offerings include 20 percent off Microsoft electronics and £25 tickets to Go Ape! adventure treks throughout the UK.

More info: https://www.nus.org.uk

2. UNiDAYS
UNiDAYS is one of the most well-respected student discount websites on the web, and for good reason. The website is packed full of savings for uni students. Discounts are organised by broad categories like lifestyle, health and fitness, beauty and fashion. Selecting one of these categories on the UNiDAYS site leads you to a number of current offers specific to students. To redeem the discounts, you’ll first need to join the website. Luckily, sign up is free, and the number of discounts at your disposal makes the occasional email you’ll receive from UNiDAYS well worth it.

More info: https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB

3. StudentUniverse
If you’re a student traveller, then StudentUniverse, the website for travel discounts, is your best online destination. This site offers student discounts on flights, hotels, tours and activities, and is perfect for summer break or holiday travel planning. A recent website search reveals a Kingston College student could take a thirty-minute drive from their student accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames to Heathrow Airport and enjoy a trip to Dubai for as little as £271. Additionally, the website offers other rate-reduced packages to popular destinations including Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam and Paris.

More info: https://www.studentuniverse.co.uk/

Saving pounds on your expenses during your time at uni does not have to be hard. Give each of these sites a look to keep more of your hard-earned fivers and tenners.

 

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Can Amro Vantage Help You Eat Healthier on a Student Budget?

It’s not easy being a student. You might be spending all your time studying and forget to eat healthy meals. Learn how Amro Vantage can help you eat healthier on a student budget.

Eat Healthy

Have you ever been doing an all-nighter and forgotten to eat? At the end of the night, you are tired and just want to sleep. You might have an early class the next day. What are you going to do? Ordering Chinese or pizza can be expensive. Plus, it will take time to deliver. You might be asleep by then. Why not plan ahead with some tips to making your student meals healthy and affordable? You have heard the maxim “You are what you eat,” right? If you eat garbage, you will feel like garbage. Why not toss some legumes, tomatoes and onions in your refrigerator? Cook up a couple of meals on the weekend. Then, during your study time, you will have a nice healthy snack. Soak the beans overnight with your favourite seasonings. Do you like spicy pepper or something milder? You can make a cheap chili with garlic, cayenne, chili and red peppers. Healthy food improves thinking.

Relax & Unwind

If you get the best grades at school, then you will optimise your income-producing potential. In order to get those good grades, you should eat well. Amro Vantage has a number of kitchen options, based on the facility. These allow you to cook up your frozen meals. You can get simple meals with a little of everything – meat, vegetables and dessert. Or, you could get vegetables. Mum told you to eat your veggies. Relax after a hard day at classes with a healthy meal.

Luxury Student Housing

Your all-inclusive Amro Vantage rent provides you with security, housing and kitchens. Enjoy excellent high-speed Wi-Fi access to watch your favourite cooking shows. Sub-par meal choices or inferior accommodation could lead to stress and anxiety. Trust in the friendly, helpful staff of Amro Vantage to make your time as a student, the best.

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How to Take Care of Yourself During Exam Time 

It’s nearly that dreaded time in the semester once again: exams. Before the closing of the school year and the approaching holidays comes the added stress of preparing, studying and finally completing these last examinations. Although this period can be taxing on any university student, it doesn’t have to be. With a little care and extra attention, you too can beat exam stress. Here’s a few ways to get started.

Get Plenty of Rest
Rest is an essential part of our lives, and especially of importance during high-stress periods like exams. The British Sleep Council estimates that only 22% of the UK’s population gets the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep needed per night. Though it may seem impossible to get enough sleep when you’re prepping for that next high-stakes test, the reality is that lack of sleep may not only be detrimental to your exam grade, but also your overall health. So how can you get a better night’s sleep? The Sleep Council offers these strategies as possibilities:

  • Listen to music, which can calm you before and during sleep.
  • Try meditation, an ancient practice that leads to both less stress and better sleep.
  • Explore homeopathic essential oils like lavender, whose scent is used by some to relax and de-stress.

 

Make Studying a Social Event
In the midst of studying for an exam, it can be easy to neglect the nurturing of relationships with both friend and significant others. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many students find group study to be not only more enjoyable, but also beneficial to the amount of information they’re able to retain. Try making studying for your next exam a social event. Gather close friends — especially those taking the same course as you — for an evening of studying. Make it fun: order pizza, buy some drinks and celebrate the semester’s upcoming conclusion whilst making headway on studying.

Carve Out Some “Me” Time
The most important thing you can do to take care of yourself during exam time is to carve out some time meant just for yourself. Give yourself a break from studying. Participate for a few moments in doing something you enjoy. Play an hour of your favorite video game, treat yourself to some ice cream or just relax in a nice warm bath.

Though exam time can be quite stressful, you don’t have to allow the stress to consume you. With a little attention, you can make the best of exam time whilst taking care of yourself.

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