Just moved into your student accommodation? No matter whether it’s your first time living away from home, or you’re starting your final year, it’s important to consider the safety and security of your belongings and those living at your accommodation as you go about your day.
So, to help improve the level of security at your accommodation below are some simple steps for you to follow.
1. Keep it shut
Burglaries can happen because doors or windows are left open. So, when you’re leaving your accommodation always make sure you close windows and lock doors behind you as you head out – don’t make it easy for someone to get in!
2. Hide any valuables
When you’re not in your room or flat, don’t leave any money or valuable items such as phones or laptops on display. Keep them hidden and out of sight so anyone looking to break in will struggle to find anything of value.
3. Hang onto your keys
Keep your keys and fob into the building and your room on your person at all times and don’t lend them to anyone else. If you lose your keys and/or fob, you should report it to reception immediately so that the access can be cancelled, and replacement ones can be issued.
4. Don’t let strangers into the building
If you’re accessing the building or flat, it’s only natural to hold the door open for the person coming in behind you. But you shouldn’t allow for anyone you don’t know to follow you into the building/flat/room. Any visitors to the accommodation should be signed in at reception.
5. Lock up your bike If you’re bringing a bike to university with you, be sure to secure it in the designated bicycle storage area at your accommodation. Even if it is kept in the bicycle storage area, you should still keep it locked up with a quality lock to minimise the chances of it being stolen.
Combined with an on-site management team, electronic door entry systems, intercoms and CCTV, following the above steps will help to ensure that everyone who lives with us enjoys a high standard of security and the safest possible environment 24/7.
If you have any questions about our student accommodation or living with Host at The Hive, contact us and our friendly team will be happy to help.
If you’re getting ready to move to London for your studies, you’ve probably already got friends and family telling you they’ll come to visit. So, once you’ve settled into your new home, university life and you know a bit more about how everything in London works, you’ll more than likely have visitors knocking at your door.
But whether it’s your mum, dad, brother, sister, friends or even your grandparents, it can sometimes be hard and stressful to plan out a day full of excitement suited for everyone in this fabulous city. So, to help you out, we’ve pulled together a detailed itinerary for the day if you have any visitors showing up at your doorstep…
10:15 am – Take the Central Line from Bethnal Green Station (Westbound – 7 stops) and change platforms at Bakerloo Station (Northbound – 5 stops). Get off at Paddington Station.
10:45 am – Paddington Station has an exit onto the towpath. Turn left and walk along the trail with the water on your right. Pass under the road bridge and you will come to the Waterbus stop (approx. 5 mins).
10:50 am – You have now arrived at a magical place called Little Venice. This is a tranquil neighbourhood full of boat houses and cute riverside cafes and pubs. Here you will find the “London Waterbus Co”. These are the folks that will be taking you on to the next part of the adventure so hop on-board and enjoy the scenery.
11:00 am – As you are travelling along the canal you will have a choice to get off at London Zoo (if you wish to get off here you can pay for entry on the boat and avoid the queues at the main entrance), but for our itinerary we will stay on the boat and save the zoo for another day!
12:00 am – You have now arrived at Camden Market. This place used to be an old timber yard and was turned into a market during the 70’s. Since then it has become a place of art and cultures and home to various artists including Amy Winehouse! Please feel free to explore the different passages of the market and munch away on the delicious food this truly picturesque place has to offer.
3:00 pm – We will now be travelling all the way down to the edge of the River Thames so please head to Camden Town station (Southbound – 6 stops to Bank). Get off at Bank station and follow the signs to change platforms for the DLR (towards Lewisham). Try sitting at the front of the carriage on the right side. The views are amazing! Get off at Cutty Sark.
3:45 pm– You have now arrived at the borough of Greenwich. This place is filled with maritime history and it’s home to the Cutty Sark (a restored 19th-century ship), the amazing National Maritime Museum, and the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College. It also has a beautiful market and delicious food of all sorts. Please feel free to explore the area!
5:43 pm (RB1X) / 5:55 pm (RB1) – We will now be taking a boat ride along the River Thames. Please note that you have to queue in advance to secure a spot on the boat. You can pay using your Oyster card. The two boats that will take you to our next stop are the RB1X and the RB1.
6:30 pm – Get off at Embankment and walk along Villiers St until you see “Gordon’s Wine Bar” on your right. This magical place is a 19th century candlelit little wine bar, which has a great selection of cheeses and wines. It also has an amazing vaulted cellar and all over the walls you can see clippings from different major events since the place opened in 1890. We recommend sampling some of the cheeseboards and the tapas dishes. Enjoy!
When you’re ready to head back home, walk to Embankment Station and take the Northern Line (Northbound – 3 Stops), change platforms at Tottenham Court Road for the Central Line (Eastbound – 6 stops) and get off at Bethnal Green Station.
The UK has had the perfect start to summer already and we’ve heard that the wonderful weather is set to continue for a little longer. So, if you’re in London and have some spare time on your hands, then here are just some of the many things you can do during the summer in the capital.
Explore the parks With almost 50% of London being green space, you’re never too far from a place to escape to and enjoy the summer sun. Amongst the open spaces and parks, there are eight royal parks all offering a variety of attractions and beautiful scenery including Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens and Richmond Park.
The best part? Exploring the parks is totally free. And if you’re after a little extra, there’s always something to do – from lounging in deck chairs and eating ice-creams, to rowing a boat on the lake and or hitting some balls on the tennis courts.
Take the plunge
When the summer heat gets too much, why not head to one of the city’s many outdoor lidos and dive straight in to cool off? One of the biggest lidos is the Grade II-listed Parliament Hill Lido which measures 60 metres by 20 metres. Other popular lidos include London Fields Lido, Tooting Bec Lido, Brockwell Lido and Charlton Lido.
And with plenty of additional facilities available at the lidos – from cafes and bars to fitness studios and loungers, it’s the perfect place to spend a summer’s day.
Quench your thirst
Enjoying the summer sun can be thirsty work. So, whether it’s a pitcher of Pimm’s, an ice-cold pint or a refreshing mocktail, there’s no better way to quench your first than with a nice cold refreshment.
And London is packed with pubs and bars with beautiful outdoor spaces, quirky beer gardens and stunning roof terraces, so you won’t be short of a place or two to soak up the sun and enjoy a cold drink.
If you’re in London this summer and need a place to stay then why not stay with us at The Hive? Summer accommodation available until 1st September 2018. To find out more, or to book, please contact the onsite management team at The Hive, who will be happy to help.
Exams are finished, the sun is shining and university is finished for another year. It’s time to get out, make the most of summer and enjoy your freedom.
But before you do, you’ll need to pack up and move out of your student accommodation. And sometimes, knowing where to start can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.
Instead, seize the moment and take the opportunity to have a cleanse and get things in order before you look to the future. And to help you out, we’ve put together a few handy tips and reminders for leaving your student accommodation.
1. Have a clear out
Don’t just empty your cupboards, throw everything you own in bags and boxes, fill the car boot and hope for the best. Take time to sort through your belongings and decide whether you really need to be taking everything away with you; you’ll be surprised at how much stuff you have accumulated since moving in.
If it’s rubbish, throw it. If it can be reused, recycle it. And if it’s something you don’t want or need, but it’s still in great condition, give it to someone else who can benefit from it or make some extra cash and sell it – eBay and Gumtree are a great way to sell unwanted items.
Now you’ve sorted through your belongings, you might find yourself with a pile of things that you don’t want. You’ve offered them to your flatmates but they don’t want them either. So why not donate to charity?
Whether it’s unopened tins of food from the back of the kitchen cupboard, or great condition clothes that you no longer want, don’t just bin them, donate to a worthy cause.
Local food banks such as The Trussell Trust provide emergency food for people in crisis, and welcome any donations of non-perishable food. And charities such as Cancer Research UK or the British Heart Foundation, always appreciate clean clothing in good condition.
If you do have items you’d like to donate, pop down to reception and speak to the Host team as we can collect items from you on behalf of the charity.
3. Pack smart
Before you chuck everything in boxes, think carefully about what you’re packing and when you might need it.
Pack any items you’re less likely to need such as decorative items and kitchen utensils, pack at the bottom of boxes. And any essential items such as phone chargers and your toothbrush should be packed at the top and easy to access; you don’t want to be rummaging through all your boxes trying to find these items.
If you’re packing fragile or sharp items such as glasses, picture frames and knives, wrap them up and keep them safe. You don’t want any accidents or damages in transit, so use bubble wrap, clothing or newspapers to protect your items.
4. Update mail
If you’re leaving your student accommodation, it means you’ll no longer be living at that address. Which means, any mail and deliveries you currently receive to your accommodation will need to be redirected to your new address.
From mobile phone contracts to online shops, the easiest way to avoid missing any post or parcels, is to update your billing and delivery addresses on any accounts, bills and documents that you have.
When you’re ready to vacate your room, don’t just up and leave your accommodation without giving it a good clean before you go. Your room was left in a good, clean condition when you moved in and should be left how you found it.
Try to tackle the mess and clean as thoroughly as you can. Having a clean room and flat will help to ensure you pass the room inspection upon checking out and avoid any additional charges incurred from hiring professional cleaners to come in.
6. Make use of storage
If you’re leaving your accommodation, but don’t have a new place to move into straight away then you might be wondering what to do with all of your belongings.
A simple solution is to put everything into storage temporarily. There are lots of storage providers such as Pinglocker who offer affordable and convenient student storage in the UK.
They make it easy for you by sending you boxes, collecting your items to put into storage and they can even re-deliver your items to your new address when needed; it’s storage made simple.
7. Return your keys
Amongst the commotion and hustle and bustle of moving, it can be easy to forget to hand your keys back to reception. But if you don’t return them, you could incur additional charges for replacements keys.
So, make sure you leave them out on the side and don’t pack them away. Then as you leave your room, they’ll be clearly visible for you to see and remember to pick up.
Pop them into reception and say goodbye to the Host team as you make your way out of the building and leave your accommodation.
Whether you’re leaving because you’ve finished uni, or are just moving out for summer, we hope that your move goes well and you enjoy the next chapter of your journey. And if you’re returning, we look forward to welcoming you back for the new term in September.
This week (14th – 20th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme of this year’s campaign – which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is stress. And although stress itself isn’t a mental health problem, it is linked to our mental health because too much stress, for too long, can make us ill. If unaddressed, stress can cause mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which can lead to self-harm and suicide. Stress can also affect your physical health and cause problems such as cardiovascular disease and problems with your joints and muscles.
As a student, there are times throughout your time at university that you may feel stressed or overwhelmed such as when sitting exams. However, there are things you can do which will take your mind off things and help you to feel less stressed. Let’s take a closer look:
Exercise: your physical and mental health are connected so eat well and exercise regularly to release endorphins – which trigger a positive feeling in the body. Whether it’s riding your bike, playing a team sport, or hitting the gym, find an activity that you enjoy and you can fit into your schedule.
Have fun: your life shouldn’t revolve around studying and exams. Yes, you’re at university to learn and get a degree, but you should also make time to have fun and embrace life as a student. From catching up with friends or watching a movie, to shopping or a night out, it’s important to set aside time to have fun and indulge because the positive emotions can help build a buffer against stress.
Learn a new skill: Having a hobby can be the perfect way to unwind and take your mind off feeling stressed, and trying a something new can be fun too. So why not try learning a new language, playing an instrument, painting a picture or joining a photography class – the options are endless.
Switch off: In this day and age, it’s too easy to get caught up with things going on around you – both online and offline. So, take some time out and step away from any distractions to have some ‘me’ time – that includes turning off your phone! Even if it’s just 10 minutes each day, make time for yourself as regular part of your routine.
Talk to others: It’s OK to feel stressed, we all do at different stages in our lives. But it’s important to share how you’re feeling and not keep things bottled up. It’s OK to ask for help and support from others. Whether it’s a friend, flat mate, university lecturer or a staff member at your accommodation, there is always someone to turn to.
If you are concerned about your stress levels, please pop to Reception and speak with our friendly team and we will be happy to help. You can also find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.
This coming weekend is Easter weekend. And whilst there’s no doubt many of you will be busy tucking into chocolate Easter eggs and sweet treats, if you’re in London for the long weekend, there’s lots more going on in the city to keep you entertained. Below are just some of the seasonal events taking place to celebrate the occasion.
Head to Trafalgar Square this Friday – which is Good Friday, and watch a spectacular performance of The Passion of Jesus. The event is free and involves 100 performers and animals re-enacting Jesus’s final days – from his arrest to his resurrection.
From Good Friday through to Easter Sunday, join an Easter weekend service at one of London’s many churches or cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral.
If you like chocolate then head down to Hampton Court Palace and you’ll be in for a real treat. Join the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt and admire the home and gardens of Henry VIII as you hunt for the delicious chocolate treat. And if that wasn’t enough to satisfy your chocolate needs, you can even partake in some Royal chocolate tasting!
If the Easter weekend weather holds up, it’s the perfect time to step outside and enjoy some fresh Spring air. And there’s no better place to do this than at the beautiful Kew Gardens. You can even follow the Peter Rabbit trail among spring daffodils and crocuses, stopping off for lots of fun activities along the way.
But the fun doesn’t end there. Once you’ve eaten enough chocolate eggs to make you feel sick, and have enjoyed some of the above Easter festivities, it’s time to make the most of the 4-day weekend and celebrate in style with you friends!
Willy Wonka Easter Brunch Party – From chocolate fountains and a Willy Wonka inspired menu, to live DJs and Oompa Loompas, head to Bunga Bunga in Battersea on Good Friday for a brunch like no other.
South Place Cinema – There’s no better time of year to watch the classic films, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Chocolat than at Easter. Showing on Saturday 31st March and Easter Sunday respectively, take your pick and also tuck into a delicious two-course dinner following the screening.
If you haven’t had enough of Easter treats, then why not sample a unique Easter cocktail? Many bars and restaurants are serving limited edition Easter-themed concoctions. Check out these 7 best cocktails for Easter 2018 – with many of them available right here in London!
Contrary to popular belief, student life isn’t just fuelled by Pot Noodles and alcohol. Nowadays, students are turning to healthier options, and with a rise in social media apps such as Instagram, snapping shots of healthy, colourful meals and making your dinner time a masterpiece has become a common trend. But being healthier isn’t just about the foods that you eat, there are other small changes you can make to your daily student life that will make you feel healthier and happier!
1. Have a protein packed breakfast
It’s all too easy to hit the snooze button, oversleep and be rushing out the door to make it in time for your 9am lecture. And when that happens, breakfast can often be forgotten. But if you skip breakfast, your energy and concentration levels will be lower and as you become hungrier, you’re more likely to reach for the unhealthy snacks and junk food as a quick fix to curb those cravings. So, if you’ve got a busy day ahead, it’s a good idea to fill up on breakfast. Having a high-protein breakfast will keep you fuelled and focused for longer at university.
2. Take a walk
For the days you’re not running late or in a rush, why not take a leisurely stroll to uni instead of automatically opting for public transport? Walking will not only help to keep you fit, but getting outside in the fresh air can do wonders for your mental well-being. It gives you the chance to escape and have some ‘me’ time, process your thoughts and clear your mind. Plus, your wallet will thank you for choosing to walk too as you won’t be spending on travel costs.
3. Plan ahead
When it comes to eating well and avoiding those all too convenient takeaways and sugary snacks, planning and meal prep is key. Decide on some meals you’d like to have then do a weekly shop so you have everything you need. And on a day where you’ve not got much on, spend some time in the kitchen cooking up some meals that you can portion up and keep in the fridge or freezer to have the rest of the week. Whether it’s a packed lunch in between lectures or dinner back at home in the evening, knowing what you’re going to eat in advance will save you time, money and probably your waistline too!
4. Drink aware
For a lot of students, it’s inevitable that you’ll have a drink or two on a night out (or a night in). But rather than going heavy on the pints or guzzling the wine, why not opt for a single spirit with a low-calorie mixer instead? This choice of drink has far fewer calories in than beer and wine. And when you’re contemplating whether to have that last drink of the night before you head home, you could always opt for a soft drink instead – a decision you’ll probably be glad of the next morning!
5. Sleep longer
Now here’s one you’re probably not going to argue with; getting more sleep. Yes, you heard that right, where you can you should try and sleep for longer. Getting a good night sleep while studying will do you wonders. You’ll wake up feeling energised and ready to take on the day ahead. But that’s not the only reason sleep is important, studies have found that losing just 30 minutes of sleep a night can lead to long-term weight gain in adults. So, it’s time to hit the sack a little earlier at night or when you don’t have an early morning lecture, it’s a great excuse for a lie in.
If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for September 2018, look no further than The Hive. For more information please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 13th February is no ordinary Tuesday – it’s Pancake Day! Which means it’s a great excuse to heat up the frying pan, put your flipping skills to the test and indulge in a stack of scrumptious pancakes. But if you don’t fancy cooking them yourself, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants close to The Hive where you can enjoy some of the best pancakes in town.
Where the Pancakes Are Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, enjoy stacks of buttermilk pancakes all day long in a restaurant or at a pop-up shop dedicated to pancakes. There’s a special Shrove Tuesday menu available where you can choose from savoury favourites such as the Classic American, or keep it simple with sweet pancakes topped with lemon and sugar. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even three-legged pancake races taking place!
The Breakfast Club Fancy free pancakes? If you’re feeling competitive (and hungry), head to one of The Breakfast Club’s restaurants in London and take on their Pancake Day Challenge. If you manage to eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes, you win and they’re free. But if you don’t, you’ll have to pay full price. However, The Breakfast Club will be donating the profits to their volunteering program Good Day Productions, so even if you lose you’re still helping a good cause.
The Diner On a normal day at The Diner you’ll find delicious pancakes such as Blueberry, Banana and Choc-Chip to enjoy. But if that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy some special additions to the menu just for Pancake Day. From Oreo cookie pancakes to peanut butter and jelly pancakes, you’re in for a real treat down at The Diner.
And if you thought Pancake Day is just about eating pancakes, you’re wrong. There are a number of pancake races taking place across the city too. You can join in the fun yourself or watch as others – including MPs, Lords and political correspondents, compete to be best flipper.
With a New Year here, it’s the perfect time to ditch any bad habits and make 2018 an even more productive year. So, whilst attending all of your lectures is great, how productive is it if you sit through them without taking any notes and leave the lecture empty handed? Can you really remember all of the important information off the top of your head? Or what if you spend hours and days writing an assignment and then your computer breaks? That’s a lot of wasted time and effort, that you’ll have to redo all over again.
Although not everything can be prevented and you will likely come across set-backs and times of misfortune where hours are lost and you’ve not got done things done as well or as quickly as you’d like, but there are some tools you can use that will certainly help to make your life at university more organised and productive this year.
Task Manager A class presentation, two assignments, research questions to answer, recommended reading and writing up your lecture notes are just some of the things you’ve got to do!
Keeping track of all of your tasks and to-dos can be tough, especially when more get added to the list before you’ve even had chance to cross off the current ones. With so many things to do running through your mind, it’s no wonder you forgot to buy the milk on your way home from uni.
So, to help you remember everything, why not use a task manager or to-do list app? It’ll allow you to get all tasks out of your head and in a place where you can clearly see them all together. Many apps such as Todoist, Any.Do, Remember The Milk, Asana and Trello allow you to prioritise tasks, set due dates, reminders and add notes. And when you’re done, there’s no greater satisfaction than checking off a task as complete!
Calendar It’s always good to know what’s on the horizon so you can plan your workload and be sure not to double book yourself! From exam dates and assignment deadlines, to family visits and party nights, having them all in a calendar will mean you never miss a thing!
And in this day and age, keeping track of your social and academic life couldn’t be easier with calendar apps pre-installed on your smartphones and a whole range of other calendar apps available to download. You’ll be able to set reminders and add additional information to calendar events, so they’ll be no excuses for missed deadlines!
Note Taking Attending lectures is great, but sometimes if you sit there without taking notes you may as well have not been there, as you probably won’t remember what you’ve been told or shown.
It’s important for your own reference and revision that any key information, dates, facts or figures, and useful websites or resources are jotted down so you can refer to them at a later note. And while good old pen and paper is fine for taking note, if you’ve got a mobile, iPad or laptop with you, why not use an electronic note taking tool such as Evernote or OneNote to type in notes during the lecture?
It’ll save you typing up any notes later, and you won’t have to try and decode any rushed or messy handwriting, as it’ll all be clearly typed up. You can easily edit your notes, and you can even add links, images and attach documents to them. An electronic tool allows you to save your notes to the cloud, so they’ll be no misplaced sheets of paper, and being online, you can easily access them and share with others too.
Storage Having your work backed up is a must as a student. If your computer breaks or it gets lost or stolen, you don’t want to have to rewrite those essays all over again. One of the best ways to keep your work safe is to use a cloud based app such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
Working online and saving files online will allow you to access your work whenever you like, wherever you are. So even if your computer breaks, you can login to your online account from another computer and your work will still be there – phew!!
Communication Working on a group project with your classmates? Make the way you communicate with each other even easier by setting up a group chat. Apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger allow you to invite members to the same group, where you can all chat together in one place.
Having a group chat will save time as you won’t have to send separate messages to each team member, it will save repeated conversations and help to avoid any misunderstandings. Everyone will be on the same page and will be kept in the loop with what’s going on.
We hope that some of the tools and methods mentioned will help make your life easier at university this year!
If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for 2018, look no further than The Hive. For more information please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550 or email email@example.com.
Whether it’s your first or final year at university, it’s probably been a quick and busy term with a mad last-minute rush to get those final assignments in on time. And now term is finishing, all you can think about is packing your bags and making your way back home for the holidays. But before you leave your student accommodation, there are a few things you should remember to do:
1. Lock up
It might seem an obvious one, but if your hands are full as you juggle bags and presents, and your mind is set on getting home, it’s surprising how easy it can be to forget to shut the windows and lock the door behind you. So, remember to double check everything is locked and secure on your way out.
2. Switch off
As you finish university for the holidays, it’s the perfect time for you to switch off and enjoy a well-earned break. But you should also remember to switch off any electrical appliances such as laptops, TVs, and chargers, as well as turning the lights off in your room before you leave.
3. Clear out
Before you leave, it’s worth checking your fridge and throwing away any perishable food – the last thing you’ll want to come home to is a fridge full of mouldy food. And if you’re throwing it in the bin, don’t forget to empty the bins and take your rubbish out – unless you want to return to a stinking kitchen in the New Year.
4. Keep it clean
If you’ve got a basket full of washing piling up in the corner of your room, it’s best to get it all washed and cleaned before you go. They’ll be nothing worse than having had a relaxing couple of weeks at home and the first thing you’ve got to do when you arrive back at your accommodation is washing because you’ve got nothing clean to wear. Plus, the smell of dirty, damp clothes won’t be the most welcoming upon arrival back to your room. Alternatively, you could always take your dirty washing home!
5. Say goodbye
Ok, so it’s not forever, and you’ll be back soon enough, but you should still let your fellow residents and friends know when you’re heading home. You’ve spent the past few months together seeing each other day-in, day-out – it’s going to be a little weird without them there every day. Say goodbye and let them know when you’re back so you can plan a get together to catch up on all the gossip.
And most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your break and take time out to recoup, so you’re ready and raring to go for the next semester in the New Year.
If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for 2018, look no further than The Hive. For more information please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.