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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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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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