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Discover what student life is like in Winchester

Lucky you choosing to live and study in Winchester!  

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

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

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

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

For shopping:

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

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

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

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

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

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

For going out:

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

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

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

*times are different to store opening hours

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It’s time to Recharge! 

It is important to have some time to yourself, just to relax before another busy week ahead. When you are in a good mood and full of energy, you will be able to concentrate more on uni exams, perform well at work and just be a better company to your family and friends. Here are 3 tips on how you can quickly recharge when you need it most.

Tip 1. Disconnect

Can you (honestly) answer few questions for yourself: ‘Do you use your phone during the meal time? Or maybe you being on your phone whilst watching Netflixor that new vlog on YouTube?’ Well, studies have shown that majority of young people feel lost and bored if they are not on their devices and not connected to the Online World.

Around a third of people say they feel either cut off (34%) or lost (29%) without the internet, if they can’t get online, and 17% say they find it stressful. Half of all UK adults (50%) say their life would be boring if they could not access the internet. 

But we all need to have a break! Social media has an influence on our mental health, where is phones and laptops on physical. People who spend a lot of time on their devises often experience headaches and eye discomfort from constantly watching the screen. This does not help when you are trying to relax. We all need sometimes to switch off and get a fresh air. Disconnecting for a day does not mean ignoring the world around you, it means enjoying a day without any distractions.  

Tip 2. Have a Fresh Air

Speaking of fresh air, if you are based in Winchester Student Accommodation – consider yourself lucky. Within the city center there are green parks to have a walk in the evening or enjoy a morning run, the great example would be North Walls Recreation Ground. Being outdoors makes such a huge difference to your health and mind. Even better if you can exercise, for example every Saturday at 9 a.m. there is 5k run which is open for public. This way you will boost hormone serotonin which impacts the whole body, lifts our mood, improves sleep and energy level.

Tip 3. Be present

When you finally decide to give yourself a break from studies, take it slow. Literally, start your day with no hurry. There are plenty of ways to enjoy present moment, for instance cook a healthy breakfast or go to the cafe that you always wanted to go, but never had a time before; Josie’s on 28 Jewry St, Winchester is definitely a good option. Also, don’t forget your good old-fashioned book to read, pick one that would make you feel positive or listen to it, Audible has a great selection.

Another, way to be present is meditation. It has been proven that meditation helps with our health; it regulates the anxiety, helps to increase length of attention and improves sleep. Good start for a beginner would be guided meditation, which helps to understand how it all works. You might heard about Headspace, Breathe or Calmapps before,if you have not, why not give it a go? We all need to be more present and mindful to ourselves these days.

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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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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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How to Make Money at University?

The idea of the poor university student may seem cliche, but the simple reality is that it’s tough to have anything extra while you’re at uni. The frustrating bit? This is the one time in your life there’s always going to be something to spend that extra money on. From big ticket items like an upcoming trip during break to smaller things like a trip to the pub with friends, you’re going to need a few bob in your pocket now and then. Between classes and studying, though, where do you fit it in? These ideas might help.

 

  • Work on Campus: Many universities employ students for various positions around campus. From working with the catering service to simply placing books back on the shelves in the library, there are often small things you can do to add some cash to your pocket.

 

  • Tutor: If you’re fairly smart in a particular area, you may be able to tutor younger students in town. From helping students who are just learning a musical instrument to assisting with tough math classes, you could be using your brain to line your wallet.

 

  • Virtual Jobs: There are many jobs you can grab online these days. Often blogs need a bit of assistance filling their sites with good content. Sometimes graphic design studios need a part-time online hand to help deal with an overflow of work, too. You can even find jobs online for virtual assistants (think secretary online). Whatever you’re good at, there’s a good chance you can sell your services online, and you’ll never even have to get out of your pyjamas to do it.

 

  • Just Drive: Thanks to Uber and Lyft, you could be using your car to make a bit of extra cash. You can work around your uni schedule and make money only when you’re available. Take note, though. You do have to have a licence, and you will likely need to be over the age of 21, depending on the service you use.

 

With ideas like these, you don’t have to remain an impoverished student forever!

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Transitioning from Home to Student Life

Leaving your parents’ home can be almost as stressful as becoming a student at university. You’re likely walking away from the continual support of close friends and family. Suddenly, you’ll be on your own, forced to make new friends and adjust to a brand new lifestyle. How can you successfully navigate the shift and begin to love university life? These tips can help.

 

  • Get Out of Your Room! You’re not going to adjust if you stay in your room the entire first few weeks. There are plenty of clubs and societies you can join that will help get you out of your room and into uni life. Freshers week is often packed with events organised by your student union, so don’t hesitate to attend some of those. You’re only going to feel lonely if you stay in your hall waiting for things to happen to you.

 

  • Make New Friends: It may be easier to leave your hall if you start making a few new friends. These days, it’s easier than ever to wrap yourself in a blanket of your old social media friends, but resist the urge to do that. Instead, start making friends the moment you step on campus. Suggest a coffee or a trip to the pub together the moment you move into your hall. Those new friends will help you get through the days when you’re feeling just a bit homesick.

 

  • Manage Your Time Well: After freshers week, you’ll eventually have to go to class, and that’s when the real stress will begin. The single best thing you can do is come up with a schedule to help you manage every piece of your new life from hanging out with your new friends to tackling the reading, assignments, and test prep.

 

  • Eat Something Healthy: It’s easy to live on junk food once you move to uni, but it’s not going to do you any favours. Try to sneak in fruits and veg occasionally. Your body will thank you, and so will your mind.

 

  • Get Help: Not adjusting to uni life well? Be sure to get some help. There are plenty of staff on campus who are ready to help you deal with loneliness and depression, but the key is to ask for help when you need it most.

 

It can be tough to adjust to uni, but with a bit of extra work and a few new friends, you’ll begin to feel at home once again!

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