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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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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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Top 3 Places to be Productive while at University in Kingston and living in Student Accommodation

Top 3 Places to be Productive while at University in Kingston and living in Student Accommodation

The days of small box student digs with a shared kitchen or even (worse) a shared bathroom is a thing of the past. Student Accommodation such as Greencoat in Kingston are now much better equipped, with modern fixtures, speedy Wi-Fi, good value for money laundry, nearby shops, not too expensive gyms and cool cinemas.

However despite all of this it can sometimes be really difficult to get all of your important university assignments done whilst in the environment of your own studio. Some people struggle with noisy neighbors, others are too easily distracted (damn Facebook!) by things to do or people to see, and some simply find it difficult to find focus stuck by their computer.

Whatever the lack of study motivation you’re guilty of, we’ve come up with our favourite three productivity boosting places you can get your university work done away from the confines (and distractions) of your studio.

Be part of the buzz and study in a local coffee shop

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As strange as they seem, coffee shops are a popular work place for a reason, not only can you get out of your studio, you can enjoy a coffee and socialize whilst working amongst other students. There are lots of nice coffee shops nearby to Greencoat House in Kingston to pick your perfect working environment.

Coffee shops are ideal for students that prefer to get work done in a social atmosphere with a bit of a background buzz. Best of all, most coffee shops will allow you to sit and work as long as you buy drinks now and then.

Embrace nature and go outside!!!

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We don’t need to tell you the health benefits of getting outside for some fresh air, but did you know that being amongst nature can also boost your mental ability too? Spending some time outside helps to unlock the creative side of your brain, turning an uninspired essay into a work of literary genius.

Living in Kingston means that you are a stone’s throw away from beautiful spots in London. Getting outside often means you’ll have the opportunity to get away from tech too. Whilst most of us have laptops and smartphones which can accompany us to the park, once in a while it’s worth leaving your gadgets behind. Instead stuff a comfy blanket and lunch into a bag and find somewhere beautiful to sit for a solid revision session.

Taking yourself away from distractions will also help improve your focus, so switch your phone to do-not-disturb, grab those books and take a trip to your nearest park.

Find serenity at the local Kingston library or Greencoat House Study Room !!

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Libraries are very typical places to find students working. You get quick access to textbooks, journals and other reference material, computers and charging points are also within easy reach, and more often than not, your tutors’ offices won’t be too far away either. Oh and don’t forget the peace and quiet!

It’s the peaceful atmosphere that can sometimes make working in a library the most productive place. In a serene environment you can really get in the zone – entering an almost meditative state – focusing entirely on the task at hand. With zero external influences distracting you from your work, the library or Greencoat House study room might be the best place to go when you’ve got to hit those last minute deadlines.

Additionally, most modern university libraries have zones sectioned off for quiet work, light discussion or full blown conversation, giving you the choice of where you want to work or the ability to move around if you feel a change of pace is needed.

Lastly, each of these has their own merits…

and no one specific place will suit everyone. In fact, our recommendation is to get a good mix and spend some time in your room and some time getting out and about rotating between your favourite places to work.

It boosts creativity, provides a fresh perspective and gives you plenty of space to disengage from work if needs be, allowing you to come back more focused and determined than before.

If you would like to visit Greencoat House Student Accommodation do get in touch with us now via our online chat or call us on Tel: 07469710104.

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Meet Simran, a wonderful talented student living at Greencoat House and who is studying Film Making at Kingston University.

Meet Simran, a wonderful talented student living at Greencoat House and who is studying Film Making at Kingston University.

Simran is working to become the next generation of fabulous film makers and she has shared her creative work with Amro Vantage.

This short clip has been given the unique opportunity to feature at the British Film Institute at South Bank, London. It is a demonstration of how the use of slow motion cinematography can create tension and keep the viewer in suspense.

Students like Simran coming to study film making in Kingston have the opportunity to jump on a train just in front of Greencoat House and head to the British Film Institute at South Bank.

The BFI is where students can explore and promote their work. The BFI gives students the opportunity to experience and explore the combination of cultural, creative and industrial roles. The BFI offers a National Archive of films for students as well as offering; a Reuben Library, film distributions, exhibitions, educational conferences, a BFI IMAX cinema, publishing opportunities and festivals. The BFI also helps students to promote their own film production, distribution, education, audience development, market intelligence and research.

All of this is at your finger tips!!! The World is there for you to explore starting from London.

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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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Taking a course in 2017? We’ve got student accommodation in Winchester

Taking a course in 2017? We’ve got student accommodation in Winchester

If you are taking a course our luxury student accommodation in Winchester is ideal. You can book a room now for 2017.

Whether you are studying locally or in the capital our student rooms at Riverside Way, Winchester are within easy reach of public transport and walking distance to the University of Winchester. Purpose built to provide every comfort and convenience, Riverside Way is all inclusive of utility bills, and superfast broadband. For times when you need a little support from your peers there is a group study room, as well as a common room for entertainment. Beautifully positioned in landscaped gardens you can sit out in the fresh air during the summer months.

Who studies at the University of Winchester?

There are more female students at the University (67.5%) than male (32.5%). Most of the students had a state education (96.1%) prior to studying at this Uni with only 3.9% of students coming from private school. 54.3% of students are 20 years of age or below, with the remainder fairly evenly split between 21-24 years and 30 or over. Only 5.3% of students are between 25 and 29.

Most students are from the UK (93.2%) with 1.5% coming from the EU and 5.3% from outside of the EU. There are around 7,400 people studying at the University.

For more details about fees and what this public research seat of learning has to offer, click on University of Winchester.

Winchester is a great place to live

Winchester has many accolades for being the best place to live in England. Among others the Sunday Times and the Halifax Building Society deem it to be so. This is not surprising because this City has everything including a feel good factor.

If you love food, you will love Winchester. Quite apart from a vast selection of restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets and bars there is also a Farmer’s Market twice per month. This market is the largest in the UK and has a reputation for best quality produce.

You’ll find top brand shops as well as chic independents selling clothes, jewellery, beauty products, herbal remedies and just about anything else you might ever want or need. There are lots of bookshops, fine art galleries and a quaint arts and crafts shop that is frequented by art students.

There is always something happening in Winchester with small weekly markets featuring art, retro and antique items. Numerous Festivals are held throughout the year from wine and fashion events to jazz and comedy performances.

There is a buzzing nightlife with theme bars and night clubs, theatre and cinema.

If you need a quiet place to sit and reflect or study, you have a choice of the Cathedral grounds or Abbey Gardens. Be inspired as Keats once was strolling along the waterside.

Once the capital of England, Winchester dates back to medieval times. The evidence of its historic past can be seen in the architecture within the City walls.

Student accommodation in Winchester

London is an hour’s train journey away making Winchester a desirable residential location for those studying and working in the capital. Naturally it is a perfect location for students at the University of Winchester too.

However, property prices and rents are high as can be expected in an area which is much sought after. Our Riverside Way student accommodation is competitively priced and represents excellent value for money. With all bills included and an ideal environment for recreation and study, it makes sense to check it out. Call us on +4402037090274 to arrange a viewing or click book a room online.

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Meet Gratsiella, a bright young artist who has been living at our Kingston University Accommodation, Greencoat House

Meet Gratsiella, a bright young artist who has been living at our Kingston University Accommodation, Greencoat House

Here we have a bright young talented student Gratsiella Yankova who was delighted to share her performance with Amro Vantage. We are delighted to share her new performance, Summertime which is a great success story. Gratsiella is a bright young artist who has been living at Greencoat House for the past two years. She is in the performing arts at Kingston University and has shared her music and talents with us, we in return are happy to share on our facebook page.

“Managers at Amro Vantage love what we do. We not only take care of the daily managing of the student accommodation, we also enjoy working with students which means we get to work with vibrant and talented young stars of the future!!! We take pride in knowing that our students are doing well at university and we do not see our residents as simply another tenant. The Managers do not hide away in the office but rather are visible every day and around to be of assistance!! As part of our ongoing dedication we wish to be a support and help every student along their journey and progression through promoting their success stories and assisting with queries relating to their assignments.”

Click on the link and be inspired!!”

Gratsiella Yankova!! Summertime!!

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5 Ways to Get Fit on a Student Budget in Kingston upon Thames

5 Ways to Get Fit on a Student Budget in Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames is one of the best areas in London to get fit. Now that Fresher’s week has ended and it’s time to begin your intense, 3 year study period at Uni, this is also the time to get fit! When you’re studying at Uni there is really no better time to step up your fitness levels, now you no longer have the pleasure of your parent’s home cooked meals.

The number one excuse from a student for not being fit is “I have no money”. Yet here in Kingston upon Thames, you really have no excuse. There are numerous events and activities that you can take part in and enjoy, without breaking the bank. Whether you are looking to become healthier and happier, lose weight or build muscle, here are Amro Vantage’s suggestions of ways you can get fit in the Kingston area.

 

Kingston Council – Parkfit

Turn up, tone up and get fit for free is the motto of the local authority, aiming to get more people interested in staying active. They offer a free one hour fitness session to individuals in the community, with various sessions to introduce you to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. With Yoga sessions, Bootcamp and Abs, Bums and Thighs, you can book your free session by visiting their Kingston Council website

 

Parkfit – KCC

Based in New Malden, Windsor Avenue, the cricket club at Kings College Sports Ground is always searching for new players. Ability and age is no barrier, everyone is welcome. With a social club and post-match drinks, it’s a popular sport for many students.

 

Dark side Football Club – Victoria Recreation Ground, Balaclava Road, Surbiton

This friendly football team of 11 a side has been playing in the local football League for 10 years. With training sessions held weekly on a Tuesday, meetings are split between working with their fitness coach and football training and matches.

 

Kingston Cobras Kickboxing Club – Arena Health Club Kingston Hall Road, Kingston

This Sports Club concentrates on the martial art/semi-contact sport of Kickboxing. Holding classes for both women and men at all abilities and experience, there are grading classes and competitions throughout the year.

 

Kingston University Ju Jitsu – Kingston University Fitness Centre, Penrhyn Road Campus

The modern, progressive sport of Ju Jitsu focuses on realistic self-protection / self-defence for modern society. Turn up and have a go, wearing loose, comfortable clothing and take a bottle of water for refreshment.

Of course there are also many other activities you can take part in that won’t cost the earth. Kingston upon Thames boasts over 300 of the best cycling routes in the region, and of course cycling to Uni is one good way of upping your fitness levels. Walking is a healthy option that doesn’t cost a thing; walk along the Thames path to Richmond or explore London’s biggest Royal Park and look out for herds of Red and Fallow deer.

Early mornings, late nights, stressful exams and endless studying – don’t let University life turn you into an unfit couch potato. Get out there and find a new sporting challenge in Kingston upon Thames.

 

Luxury Student Accommodation in Kingston upon Thames

If you are searching for short term or long term luxury student accommodation in Kingston upon Thames or Winchester, we can help. You will find our team helpful and friendly.  We can also share our expert knowledge of the area with you, if this is your first visit to the Kingston. Call us today on 0203 709 0274 and enquire about our all-inclusive luxury student accommodation.

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