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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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6 Spotify Playlists to Help You Study, Relax and Exercise

6 Spotify Playlists to Help You Study, Relax and Exercise

Your time at uni is spent doing a lot of different things, including studying, relaxing and exercising. Whilst these activities are fine to do on their own, they’re often much more enjoyable when accompanied by some great music. Here are six great Spotify playlist you’ll want to listen to the next time you’re studying, relaxing or exercising.

Playlists for Studying

  • ‘Intense Studying’ by Spotify: If you have a long night of studying ahead of you, there’s plenty of music on this 127 track classical playlist to keep you focused. With over 13 hours of sonatas, concertos and more from the likes of Bach, Mozart and Dvorak, this playlist is perfect for exam prep.
  • ‘Acoustic Concentration’ by Spotify: If classical music is not your favourite, then this acoustic playlist might be a better fit. With 33 songs and nearly two hours worth of music, this compilation from the Spotify team is the perfect accompaniment to that 10,000-word essay you need to write before class tomorrow.

Playlists for Relaxing

  • ‘Relax LoFi’ by STEEZYAS: This compilation of relaxing, lo-fi hip-hop is the perfect music mix to spend time with after exams. With 113 songs included on the playlist, you can relax to these beats all night long.
  • ‘Relax & Unwind’ by Spotify: This playlist, chosen directly by Spotify editors, features 80 songs with mellow, temperate scores. Relax & Unwind plays host to a number of artists you may know and love, including Fleeting Foxes and The Lumineers.

Playlists for Exercising

  • ‘Workout Hits’ by Spotify: No matter the length of your workout, this playlist is sure to get you through it. Featuring 53 upbeat and very motivating songs, you’ll want to listen to this music during a warm-up, throughout your exercise regime and even whilst waiting for your professor’s lecture to begin.
  • ‘Running Workout Goals’ by Filtr UK: Though the playlist name implies this compilation is for running — and indeed, it could be used for such — it can just as well be used for any type of high-intensity workout. Fast, upbeat and melodious, this 60-song list includes music from a number of well-known house musicians.

As you can see, Spotify offers some great playlists for studying, relaxing and exercising. Whilst the team at Amro Vantage is not comprised of many musicians, we can offer you some of the best student accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames — and some great Spotify playlists to accompany you whilst you’re studying, relaxing and exercising there. To learn more, visit our website today!

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What’s on at Thorpe Park??

What’s on at Thorpe Park??

New to Kingston and Greencoat House? There is buckets of fun to be had within easy reach of Kingston!! Visiting Thorpe Park is just one of them. You may have heard of it but with constant changes and new rides being introduced, it can be hard to keep on top of everything.

So, what’s new at Thorpe Park?

The biggest announcement at the immensely popular theme park is the arrival of an entirely new ride called ‘Ghost Train’ It takes riders on a unique psychological journey as they travel on a mysterious Victorian train carriage and encounter a series of surprise incidents along the way.

This astonishingly fun ride takes visitors on a multitude of events designed to stimulate the senses and manipulate the mind in what can only be described as a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train is open now and you can find out more information over on the Thorpe Park website by clicking here.

Whilst Ghost Train will surely be absorbing much of the limelight this year, let’s not forget the sheer abundance of other amazing rides the park has to offer.

First up: Colossus.

This gargantuan, £13.5 million structure takes visitors through a rip-roaring network of exciting twists and turns as they hurtle down the 850m of iconic white tracks.
Complete with a grand total of 10 inversions including vertical loops, corkscrews and heartline rolls, this is sure to be a hit for the adrenalin junkie amongst you.

Another firm favourite for vertical daredevils is Stealth.
Standing at a massive 205ft tall, the sheer scale of Stealth makes it impossible to miss almost anywhere inside the park’s grounds.
Jump on board and you’ll be sent from 0-80mph in the blink of an eye (1.9 seconds to be exact) which is faster than, well, just about anything! Reaching the top is just the start, however. After you’ve regained your composure following the stomach-churning ascent and absorbed the landscape’s epic views, you’ll then be sent plummeting back to earth at ungodly speeds and experience a moment of transient weightlessness before reaching safety.

These are just some of the exhilarating rides at Thorpe Park, with many more waiting to be discovered.

After a long day enjoying Thorpe Park’s perilous rides, why not make your way down to Kingston town centre for a drink along the river.

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5 Top Reasons to Live at BrightHouse Luxury Student Accommodation in Kingston this September

5 Top Reasons to Live at BrightHouse Luxury Student Accommodation in Kingston this September

We have superb, luxury, en-suite rooms available for the 2017/2018 term at our Bright House Student Accommodation facility in Kingston.

1. This student accommodation building in the heart of Kingston is an ideal place of residence for students from Kingston University, Kingston College, and St Mary’s University. Being located next door to the College and with only a short 2 – 5 minute walk to Kingston University and Kingston’s transport links means it gives any local student an easy journey into uni.

2. The building’s central location also means residents have easy access to the wide range of amenities that Kingston hosts, including shops, bars, clubs, gyms, an entertainment complex and riverside restaurants.

3. The bright, clean rooms are fully furnished with a bed, a study area, good storage space, and their own private en-suite bathrooms. All bills are included in the rent, including broadband internet access!

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4. Also, residents have access to fully equipped communal kitchen and dining areas, which creates a great opportunity for students to socialise with their fellow residents. Our site also has its own laundry facilities which all residents have 24/7 access to.

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5. We also endeavour to offer the best possible value to our residents. You won’t find better prices or better student accommodation anywhere in Kingston!

Available rooms and prices are as follows: Classic En-Suite: £195 per week Premium En-Suite: £205 per week Move in/out dates are as follows: Move In date: 3rd September 2017 Move Out Date: 26th August 2018.

Please contact our site manager, Patrick, at patrick@amroproperty.com or call him on 07501850924.

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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

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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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