International students: travelling in the UK

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Although travelling in a completely new country can seem scary, the UK is very well connected and offers various forms of transport, which makes getting about quick and easy. Below are just some of the ways that you can travel in and around London…

Taxi
For shorter journeys, you can travel by road in a taxi. Taxis are a convenient way to get from A to B, such as from a station to The Hive or back to The Hive after a night out. In London, you’ll see a lot of the iconic black cabs. These can be hailed in the street. If the yellow TAXI sign is illuminated, it means the cab is available for hire.

Bicycle
To get around the city and local area, you can travel by bike. Haven’t got a bike? Don’t worry. You can hire bikes in London with Santander Cycles from as little as £2. A lot of roads in the city have dedicated cycle lanes or special cycle routes so you can ride your bike safely.

Bus
Travelling by bus is often one of the cheapest ways to travel around the local area. You will find bus stops located in various places around the city centre, with many universities having dedicated bus stops and bus services running to the university campuses.

The Underground
Living and studying in London, you’ll more than likely use the London Underground rail network (or The Tube as it is also known). The tube is a quick and easy way to travel in and around London. You can pay to travel on the tube by buying a ticket or buying an Oyster card which you top up with money. Plus, as a student studying in London, you can apply for an 18+ student Oyster card which gives you 30% discount.

Train
When travelling out of the local area and on longer journeys across the UK, you can travel via train. The UK rail network is very well connected and most towns in the UK have a train station, and popular tourist attractions are usually located within easy access of a train station. Travelling by train is a quick and convenient way of getting around the UK, and it can be a great way to see and experience some of the beautiful sites and scenery of the country.

Coach
Even though it can take longer, coaches can be a much cheaper alternative to travelling by train. Megabus and National Express offer coach services with many arrival and departure points from London and all around the UK.

So, whether it’s to university, to visit friends or simply visit places you’ve never been before, there are lots of options for you to travel to your destinations and explore the country.

The Hive student accommodation London is ideally located close to Bethnal Green underground with surrounding districts of Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Aldgate only a few stops away.  If you would like to find out more about living with us here at The Hive, please contact us today on 020 3551 2550.

Make The Hive your home this summer

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Exams done? University finished? It can only mean one thing… it’s summer time!

You’ve been busy working hard over the past few months and now it’s time to relax and have some fun over summer. So, what have you got planned? From shopping trips and picnics, to working and internships, there are many reasons why you might be in London over the summer months. And while you’re in the city, why not make The Hive your choice of accommodation?

Between 3rd July and 2nd September, we’re opening our doors to the general public – as well as students, and welcome you to stay with us for summer. We provide hassle-free, all-inclusive accommodation, which makes staying at The Hive the perfect solution for flexible and affordable London city living throughout the summer months.

So, if you stay with us at The Hive, what can you expect? Well, where do we start? How about a choice of luxurious Studio rooms all complete with their own private en-suite bathroom, study space and fully fitted kitchen? Meaning, after a hard day doing your thing in the city, you can cook up a storm in the kitchen, then kick back and relax in the comfort of your own space.

And for those days you want to socialise with others, you’re not restricted to your room. We have lots of communal areas for you to enjoy too. Grab a snack from the vending area, compete to become king or queen of the pool table in the games area, catch up with some work in the study area or watch some TV in the common room. But that’s not all. You’ll love taking in the beautiful views on The Hive’s landscaped roof terrace, especially as the sunsets – definitely worthy of an Instagram or two!

That’s the accommodation, now the location. Bustling with hip and ultra-trendy coffee shops, cocktails bars and eateries, The Hive is located in the heart of the ever increasingly popular Bethnal Green. And you haven’t far to go to explore other districts of the city, with the likes of Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Aldgate all within close proximity. And when you want to get out and about in London throughout the summer, it’s quick and easy from The Hive, as we’re just a stone’s throw away from Bethnal Green underground station.

So, with a combination of luxurious rooms, modern social spaces and a desirable location, what’s not to love? We even provide free Wi-Fi for you to stay connected and up to date with what’s happening in the world!

If you’d like to find out more about our summer accommodation, or to book, please contact the onsite management team at The Hive, who will be happy to help.

Student travel in and around London

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As you settle into your new home at The Hive, you’ll probably want to get out and explore the city. Whether it’s a shopping trip, a catch up with friends or a spot of city sightseeing, jump on the London Underground and reach your destination.

But before you do, you might want to think about investing in an Oyster card. The Oyster card is a plastic, reusable pay as you go card which you can add credit to so you can easily hop on and off the tube without the need for cash and tickets every time you need to get around the city.

Plus, as a student, you can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster photocard and get 30% off the price of an adult fare. Visit the Transport for London website to find out more and to make a saving.

The Hive student accommodation London is ideally located close to Bethnal Green underground with surrounding districts of Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Aldgate only a few stops away.  If you would like to find out more about living with us here at The Hive, please contact us today on 020 3551 2550.

10 places for students to visit this summer

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With university finished for the year and the sun shining, that summer feeling has well and truly kicked in; and the need to travel is a must. But if you’re not sure of which direction to head, we have found a few places where you can enjoy the summer break:

1. Cornwall, England
Where else in the world can you camp with a wonderful view for as little as £9 a night? Cornwall is not only home to the famous Cornish pasties, but it has some of the most amazing views and beaches in England. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a beach break that is cheap, cheerful and worth every penny!

2. Malaga, Spain
Looking to party? Well look no further; Malaga in Spain is known for its vibrant nightlife. Plus, let’s face it, nobody parties like the Spanish! You can find cheap return flights with both Ryan Air and EasyJet, and if you book with a few friends and share an apartment, it’ll be a fraction of the cost compared to staying in a hotel.

3. Rome, Italy
If you’re looking for a city break or a location with a bit of culture, then look no further. Rome is one of the most traveled to places in Europe and with epic landmarks and architecture, it’s the ideal relaxing getaway. A book and a cocktail is all that is needed to complete the trip!

4. Valencia, Spain
Valencia is more of a quiet city break that promises sunshine, culture and walking tours around the old towns. To make this trip even better, you can stay with our sister site Victoria Hall Valencia that offers luxurious studios at competitive rates, why would you want to stay anywhere else?

5. Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Recommended by students as a cheap, yet full of fun and much deserved break, of course Ibiza was going to make it into the top 10. Wake up to beach views, spend your days shopping, and then turn up the heat in the evenings with beach parties, boat parties and dance until the early hours – remember, nightlife starts at 12am! Plus, with Island Guides to show you where the parties are and what you need to do while you’re there, you can be sure to make the most of your trip!

6. Glasgow, Scotland
Are you a Hiker? A mountain climber? An abseiler? Well, Glasgow has it all. With panoramic views and a little Scottish culture that will get you doing the Highland Fling! You can also stay with us to keep costs down at Victoria Hall Glasgow; student living just got better!

7. Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and is home to Europe’s largest waterfront development, Cardiff Bay. With plenty of must see tourist attractions – from Cardiff Castle and The Principality Stadium, to the Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre, there is something for everyone. So, whether you’re staying for a long weekend or just visiting for the day, Cardiff should be on everyone’s bucket list.

8. Paris, France
If you have never been to Paris, then this is a must. You have to go at least once in your life to see just how the French live. You’ll find fresh pastries on your door step and attractions such as the Notre Dame, Moulin Rouge and not forgetting the Eiffel Tower! Return flights from London start from as little as £31 on SkyScanner, or you can take the Ouibus to Paris from London for only £15!

9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the most traveled to destinations by students, you’ll never guess why… because of the well-known canals of course! Amsterdam is also known as a tolerant, progressive city with a diverse culture and an active nightlife (well that’s what the brochures say). You can also get the Ouibus to Amsterdam for just £7 – which is probably one of the cheapest trips to Europe.

10. Europe – 30 countries, 1 Pass
If you really can’t decide where to go, then why not visit them all? Students can get a Global Pass from Interrail which allows you to travel by train through Europe at a fraction of the cost. You only live once hey!

So, there you have it, 10 wonderful locations for you to visit this summer for a well deserved break. Getting away will allow you to relax and recharge your batteries ready for the start of university in September!

Here at The Hive all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard AND our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 020 3551 2550 to arrange a viewing.