Beat the January Blues by exercising

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January isn’t exactly the most favoured month of the year. Not only is it cold, dark and wet outside, but after all of the festive fun and excitement of December, coming back to reality and routine in January can be tough. The long lie-ins, excessive consumption of food and the joyous reunions and celebrations with your family and friends from back home over the holidays felt so good. But now instead, you’re sat facing reality which consists of 9am lectures, upcoming exams and a busy semester ahead – it’s no wonder you’re feeling fed up.

But January doesn’t have to be all bad. There’s lots you can do to take your mind off things and lift your spirits, such as exercising. Be it working out in the gym or heading outside for a walk or run around the city, we guarantee you’ll feel a whole lot better after exercising.

In fact, within just a few minutes of exercising your mood can improve for the better. How, you ask? Well, as you start to move and your heart rate increases, your brain reacts by releasing chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which all play a role in happiness and therefore will make you feel good!

And with this in mind, if you’re feeling stressed about assignment deadlines, upcoming exams or the like, a trip to the gym could be the solution. It’ll not only make you feel better because of the happy chemicals being released, but a break away from your computer or revision notes is sure to help too. Exercising will take your mind off your worries and when you return to your work, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to give it another go.

Still not convinced exercise will help beat the Blues? Surely feeling healthier and fitter will though? Lifting weights or sweating it out with some cardio will help to keep you in shape and you can even burn off any excess weight you may have put on after over indulging at Christmas. Exercising can transform your body, and in turn can help you feel stronger, more independent and confident – which is great way to start the year, right?

Although we’ve just suggested that exercising can make you feel more independent, it doesn’t mean it’s an activity you have to carry out on your own. Exercising is an activity that can be enjoyed with others. Whether you join a running club, workout with your friends or simply strike a conversation with other members in the gym, it’s a great way to socialise and meet new people – while keeping fit too!

And for those of you that are trying to save money after an excessive few weeks, you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t need to reach for your purse to exercise. Outdoor activities such as walking and running won’t cost you a penny, and if you’re a resident living with us here at The Curve, you gain free access to our on-site gym which features both weights and cardio machines.

So, no more excuses? Exercise your way through January and you’ll probably feel a whole lot better for it.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London, stay with us here at The Curve. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

Christmas gift ideas for those on a budget

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If you’ve raided your piggy bank, checked behind the sofa, and sifted through all your coat pockets for any extra cash, and you still don’t have much money to spend on presents this Christmas, fear not. There are lots of things you can make at home to give as gifts to family and friends – that won’t cost you a fortune!

Indulgent treats
At this time of year, it’s acceptable to over indulge in your favourite treat. So, if you know a family member or friend has a soft spot for a certain snack, why not bake up a batch and present them with a festive decorated jar, box or dish full of their much-loved treat? From cookies and brownies, to cupcakes and gingerbread men, the options are endless.

Captured memories  
You may have gone your separate ways to university, but it doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten about your oldest and closest friends from back home. Make sure they know that by capturing some of your best memories over the years and putting them together in a multi-pocket frame, clipping them to photo clip stands or pinning them to a cork board for them to hang in their room.

Festive novelties
Nothing says Christmas more than novelty, festive ornaments to brighten the place up. Whether it’s decorated candles and candle holders, or handmade snow globes and Christmas tree decorations, dig out your arts and crafts box and show off your creative streak. Plus, this special festive gift means the recipient can put it on display every Christmas for years to come and be reminded of you.

Sweet jars
Cheap and cheerful, this gift idea is perfect for those people in your life with a sweet tooth. Simply fill a mason jar or similar with a mix of sweets. Whether you’re filling them with chewy love hearts and rings for the love in your life, bonbons and pear drops for the nostalgic family member, or pic ‘n’ mix favourites for everyone to enjoy, customise the jars and give a gift with a personal touch.

Pamper packages
If you’ve had your eye on that expensive beauty gift set for someone but really can’t afford it, then why not make your own? Sometimes pre-made gift sets aren’t all that great; they can be more expensive, the products inside can often be smaller and sometimes you end up with items you don’t really want. So, buy your own beauty bag or even just a simple paper gift bag and then hand pick individual items to go inside. You’ll likely find full size products for a similar price – if not cheaper, than the convenient travel sized items. So, you’ll be getting more for your money and you can tailor the products you put inside to each individual instead of a ‘one fits all’ pre-packed gift set.

Not only are the above inexpensive gift ideas, but there’s no better way to show your appreciation to family and friends with a handmade gift that adds that special personal touch.

7-day autumn meal planner for busy students

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After a busy day at university, come home to some hearty and warming food that’s quick and easy to make this autumn. And to make things even easier for you, we’ve pulled together a suggestion of meals you can make for the week…

Monday

Broccoli-soup-recipe
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Fuel your busy week with one of the healthiest vegetables about; broccoli. This superfood is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and iron and it tastes great in a soup. And this broccoli soup recipe is quick and easy to make so, after a long day, you haven’t got to spend hours in the kitchen.

Tuesday

pasta-bake
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Pasta; a student’s best friend. It’s not only cheap and quick and easy to cook, but there’s so much you can do with it. A firm favourite during the colder months is a pasta bake; it’s filling and warming, and requires little effort. Sit back, relax and wait for the oven to ping when it’s ready.

Wednesday

roasted-beet
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If you thought salads were only to be enjoyed during the spring and summer months, you’re wrong. Try adding different seasonal fruits and vegetables to your salad and warm the salad ingredients through for an autumnal twist. Take a look at this delicious roasted beets, plum & pecan salad recipe for some salad inspiration.

Thursday

sausage-stew
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Nothing says winter is on its way more than a hearty stew. And this one-pot sausage stew recipe is no different. Throw all the ingredients together and in no time at all you’ll be mopping up the rich tomato sauce with some crusty bread.

Friday

omlette
Image: Jamie Oliver

If you like eggs, then you’ll love omelettes. They’re so quick to make and you can pretty much have them with whatever you like. Take a basic omelette recipe, throw in any leftover ingredients from the fridge – cheese, mushrooms, ham, spinach, etc. and make it your own.

Saturday

vegetable-chilli
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As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, cosy up on a Saturday evening and enjoy a homemade, warming vegetarian chilli. And one of the best things about a chilli, is you can serve it with whatever you like. From rice or couscous, to tortilla chips or salad, the choice is yours – you could even add some garlic bread or chips – it is Saturday after all!

Sunday

beef-stew
Image: BBC Good Food

There’s nothing quite like a cooked dinner, especially on a Sunday. End the week feeling fulfilled with this beef in red wine one-pot casserole recipe. It’s a great meal to serve with potatoes and vegetables to reach your five a day, or try it with pasta or chips as an alternative.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London, stay with us here at The Curve. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

7 things to do in London this Halloween

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Pumpkins and fancy dress costumes at the ready, it’s that time of year again. Halloween is just around the corner and we know how much students love to get involved. So, this year we’ve pulled together a list of some top events taking place in the city; you’re in for a real treat…

1. Halloween in The Sky
Head to The Sky Garden and take Halloween to new heights this year, 35 floors above London. The sky-high venue will once again be transformed into a haunted destination featuring live music from The Soul Jets as well as a late-night DJ. Enjoy Halloween themed cocktails and food will, and don’t forget to dig out your best Halloween attire as they’ll be a prize for the best dressed!

2. Pumpkin Carving
It’s something you’ve probably tried at least once in your life, but how good are your pumpkin carving skills? Get together with your friends and put them to the test, while also learning how to creatively carve pumpkins from the professionals at Fortnum & Mason’s annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Classes. There’s even a prize in each class for the best pumpkin.

3. Halloween Rave
If you’re looking to party hard this Halloween, look no further than the world-famous Ministry of Sound Halloween Rave. Taking place on Halloween itself, join thousands of partygoers and dance the night away to the sounds of 10 DJs playing freakishly good music across 4 rooms, right through to the dead of the night. Throw in trick or treat giveaways, zombie dancers, horror décor, lasers and much more and you’ve got yourself a Halloween night to remember.

4. Harry Potter Dark Arts
If you like Harry Potter, you’ll love this experience. Head to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of The Making of Harry Potter for a special, Dark Arts feature. From floating pumpkins in the Great Hall to a live dual with Death Eaters, take a look behind the scenes and see the darker side of the Harry Potter film series.

5. Horroctober
Nothing says Halloween more than watching a scary movie or two. And we all know there’s no better place to watch a movie than at the cinema. So, why not head to The Prince Charles Cinema for a month of screams, chills, blood and guts… if you dare. Films being shown include The Exorcist, Scream, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

6. Halloween Carnivale
Get into the spirit of Halloween with a Friday night party at Cargo – a venue built into existing railway arches. With freakishly good music and DJs playing right through from 6pm – 6am and a Halloween dress code, it’s the ultimate haunted destination to dance the night away.  And with Cargo handily located just a mile away from The Curve, you haven’t far to go to party!

7. Ghost Bus Tour
Think you know London? Think again. Hop on board a vintage double-decker and ride London’s only fright bus service to see another side of the city. You’ll discover the darker side of London as the strange conductor guides you through the city and uncovers its murky past.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London why not stay with us here at The Curve? Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

International students: getting started in the UK

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Starting university can be a daunting experience for anyone, especially if you’re an international student who has travelled across the world to study here in the UK. Not only is the whole student experience new, but so is the country, the language and the lifestyle. So, if you’re an international student and have just arrived in the UK, here are a few things to help get you started with living here.

Staying connected
Now that you’ve arrived in the UK, you’ll probably want to let your family and friends know how you’re getting on and that you’re settling in ok. But can you use your mobile phone to contact them? If you have a mobile phone, then yes, it is likely that it will still work in the UK. However, if you use your current international mobile service provider in the UK, there will be extremely high call and message charges when contacting home and even ringing local numbers.

So, if you’re staying in the UK for a long period of time, you’ll probably want to purchase a UK SIM for everyday use. But if you want to make international calls, you might find it cheaper to use a provider such as LycaMobile or RebTel as they offer low-cost international calls.

And remember, at The Curve, we offer free internet and Wi-Fi in all rooms and throughout the building, so you can make free calls and video calls via apps such as Skype, Whatsapp and FaceTime.

Opening a UK bank account
If you are staying in the UK for a long period of time, it’s worth setting up a UK bank account. Having a UK bank account will make it easier for you to pay any bills, help keep your money safe and it will also mean you’ll avoid having to pay any foreign currency charges.

There are lots of banks in the UK that you can open an account with including HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest, Santander, Halifax and Barclays. To open an account, you will need appropriate identification and documentation. Click here for more information about UK bank accounts.

Registering with a doctor
When you arrive in the UK you should register with a doctor at a surgery or health centre in your local area as soon as possible; don’t leave it until you are unwell to register. The local doctor – also known as a ‘GP’ (General Practitioner), will be your first point of contact if you are ill and require medical treatment. See these lists of local doctors in England.

Once you have registered, and have been added as a patient on the NHS (National Health Service) list, you’ll be able to access medical care free of charge.

Travelling in the city
Travelling in a new country can be daunting. But the UK is well connected and offers various forms of transport, which makes getting about quick and easy.

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 train station to The Curve, or back to The Curve after a night out.

To get around London you can travel by bike, bus or the Underground. A lot of roads in the city have dedicated cycle lanes or special cycle routes so you can ride your bike safely.

Travelling by bus is often one of the cheapest ways to travel around your 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.

But as a student living 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. If you’re a student studying in London, you can apply for an 18+ student Oyster card which gives you 30% discount.

Eating and drinking
In some countries, it might not be safe to do so, but in the UK, it is safe to drink the water from the taps. However, if you prefer not to drink the tap water, bottled water is readily available from all supermarkets, cafes and coffee shops.

In the UK, you’ll find a variety of large, 24 hour supermarkets to shop in. Some of the main UK supermarket chains include Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s Aldi, Lidl, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose. In London, you’re more likely to find these supermarket chains as smaller, more convenient, express stores which offer extended opening hours and are conveniently located on street corners and busy high streets.

Many of the supermarkets have aisles dedicated to international cuisine, where you can find foods and ingredients that you are familiar with back home.

But if you want to try some traditional British dishes, fish and chips, sausages and mash, a full English breakfast, a Sunday roast and afternoon tea are favourites in the UK.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for 2017/18, stay with us here at The Curve. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

Top 5 events and activities in London this summer

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Summer has finally arrived in London! And with so many activities and events going on in and around London, we’ve created a top 5 list of things to do; providing you with a quick snapshot of some of the best places to be this summer.

1. Notting Hill Carnival
Get yourself ready for Notting Hill Carnival – London’s biggest street party! The carnival takes place every year, bringing the streets of Notting Hill alive. As always, the carnival will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend which falls on 26th, 27th and 28th August this year.

The carnival is famous for its elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers, who wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and traditional Caribbean music – it’s definitely an experience not to be missed. With a real carnival feel, join in the fun by dancing and laughing the day away. And when you need a break, there are lots of food stalls serving traditional Caribbean food to keep your energy levels high all day long.

Located in West London, Notting Hill is easily accessible via London transport, and the best part about the carnival? It’s completely free to attend!

2. Underbelly Festival on the Southbank
Located in the heart of London on the Southbank, the Underbelly Festival started at the end of April and runs all the way through until the 30th September. Underbelly Festival brings together the best in live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment for all ages.

Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, you can take your pick of international street food to indulge in, and wash it down with a drink or two at one of London’s largest outdoor bars. Office workers, tourists, students and the like all come together to bring a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere with a true festival feel.

Underbelly Festival opens at 12pm on weekdays, 11am at weekends, and closes at 11pm Sunday – Wednesday and midnight Thursday – Saturday. The Shows are short, sharp and very sweet. And with most of the tickets available for less than £20, it’s a relatively low-cost way to stay entertained in London this summer.

3. Rooftop Film Club
Fancy watching a movie whilst taking in the panoramic views of London? Then the Rooftop Film Club is for you. It’s one of the most up and coming events in London and is expected to be in high demand – so don’t miss this unique opportunity!

With a choice of four venues across the city, all showing a mix of all-time classic films and the latest blockbusters, you’re sure to find a place and film to suit you. Choose from the Bussey Building in Peckham, Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, Roof East in Stratford or The Roof Gardens in Kensington.

With all venues serving drinks and snacks before, after and during the films, you’ll have plenty of time to grab a light refreshment and soak up some of the best views across the city. And their big screens, high quality wireless headphones and comfy seats mean you can sit back, relax and experience film like never before in these completely unique urban environments.

4. Escape Rooms
If you’re up for a challenge and want to get your brain ticking, give the unique experience of Escape Rooms a go. A real-life escape game experience based on the Japanese online game, players are locked inside a themed room, and need to work together as a team to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and hints to escape. But time won’t be on your side – you only have 60 minutes to escape!

Sounds like fun, right? You’ll be pleased to know that Escape Rooms have two venues; one in the London Bridge area and the other, Angel, in North London. With prices averaging around £20 per person, it’s a great way for you and your friends to have fun whilst bringing a bit of healthy competiveness to the day or night. Both London Bridge and the Angel have a bar and restaurant for some well-earned refreshments afterwards.

5. SW4 Festival
Going into its fourteenth year, this August will see one of the largest festivals in London return for a weekend packed with electronic music.

Showcasing the greatest DJs and live electronic artists to ever step foot on the planet, it’s one of the biggest events in London’s clubbing calendar. With acts such as Pendulum, Tinie Tempah, Eric Prydz, Sigma, Solomun Deadmau5, Knife Party, Sven Vath, Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers, plus arena hosts which no other UK festival can match, it’s the place to be this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Set within the beautiful surroundings of Clapham Common on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August; immerse yourself within a parallel universe where electronic music always prevails, the perfect end to an amazing summer.

So, there you have it, a snippet of just some of the big events going on this summer. So, don’t spend your days indoors, be adventurous and see what London has to offer!!

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for 2017/18, stay with us here at The Curve. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

Your student essentials, sorted

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No-one likes hassle, especially when it comes to moving house. Ok, so you might not be moving ‘house’ as such, but you will be moving into a new room that you’ll call home for the coming year.

And as exciting as it might be packing up your belongings and heading off to university, there’s nothing worse than turning up and realising you’ve forgotten something – especially if it’s a relatively essential item!

Bedding, towels, and kitchen utensils – you name it, we’ve seen it all forgotten by students in the past. And of course, we’ve seen the mad panics that follow and students rushing to the nearest shops before they shut to pick up any forgotten items.

That’s why, to make your move-in hassle-free and to avoid being left short without those important items, we’ve teamed up with UniKitOut to provide you with all your student essentials. Simply order all your items before you arrive at The Curve, and they’ll be delivered straight to your new room where they’ll be waiting for you upon arrival at our accommodation. That’s one less thing to worry about and a lot less things to pack in your bags!

So, to get ready for university and cross the essential items off your shopping list today, visit UniKitOut. Plus, receive an extra 10% off your order by entering the discount code HOST17 at the checkout.

If you’re still looking for a place to stay in London for the 2017/18 academic year, then look no further than our student accommodation at The Curve. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for availability and for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

Student accommodation at The Curve, London

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Whether you’re getting ready to fly the nest and leave home for the first time, or you’re heading into your final year at university, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a student (apart from choosing your university and degree of course), is where you’re going to live throughout your studies. If you’re still in need of accommodation for the coming academic year, then look no further than The Curve.

Here at The Curve, we offer student accommodation in central London that is comfortable, stylish and affordable. And what’s more, our team are on hand to provide a you with a welcoming, reassuring and stress-free experience during your stay. But that’s not all. Below are even more reasons why our students choose to live with us at The Curve…

1. All-inclusive living
As a student, the last thing on your mind will be remembering to pay the water bill or take an electricity meter reading every month. Thankfully, as a resident at The Curve, you don’t need to worry about any of your utility bills – the price you pay covers the bills and we take care of them so you don’t have to. You even get access to a 100Mb broadband internet connection in your room and Wi-Fi throughout the building included so you can stay connected and up to date with the latest news and trends!

2. Designed with you in mind
Whether you’ve been out at university all day or out on the town for the night, at the end of a busy day, come home to comfort at The Curve. Along with plenty of storage space and a comfortable bed to get some well-earned rest, all our rooms come with private en-suite bathrooms and are fitted with your own study space for when you need to focus your attention on work. And if you choose one of our studios, you’ll have your own private fully fitted kitchen to put those cooking skills to the test!

3. Ample social spaces
Need a bit more space to relax and unwind? Well, you won’t be short of places to do just that at The Curve. Choose from one of many common areas to spend your free time in and catch up with your fellow residents. Hang out in the friendly, open seating area at reception, have some fun in the games room, watch a film in the TV area, workout in the gym or work together with others in the study room.

4. Location, location, location
Nobody wants to be out in the sticks with mile upon mile to trek to get to where all the action is. Well, at The Curve, location is definitely one thing you needn’t worry about. Located in the heart of London’s famous East End, with the likes of the uber trendy Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Aldgate right on the doorstep, it’s the perfect place for students. And with Queen Mary University, Coventry University, King’s College, London Metropolitan, City University and many more all close by, you haven’t got far to travel for your studies!

If you like the sound of living with us here at The Curve, contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our stylish en-suite rooms and studios and our comfortable and spacious communal areas.

5 must-snap shots in London

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Cameras at the ready, it’s time to get snapping. If you’re in London, there are many weird and wonderful sights and skylines worthy of an Instagram or two. But forget Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye, everyone snaps these shots. Instead, capture some fun and quirky photographs in some of London’s famous spots…

1. Platform 9 ¾
If you’ve read the books or watched the films, you’ll know what we’re on about. Yes, Harry Potter. Re-create the iconic moment where the wizards walk through the walls between platforms 9 and 10 at King’s Cross Station. Complete with a luggage trolley embedded in the wall, you can pretend you’re setting off to start your magical journey to Hogwarts.

2. M&M’s World
It’s a bit of a strange one, but M&M’s World (yes, M&M’s) in Leicester Square has become quite the tourist attraction. Four floors and 35,000 square feet of chocolate, merchandise and more chocolate. But amongst the chocolate, are some life-size M&M’s statues. From James Bond and a Royal Guard, to the M&M’s Abbey Road, take a pose next to your favourite M&M’s and share with chocolate lovers around the world. After all, it’s not every day you get your photo taken with a life-size chocolate.

3. Abbey Road
Talking of Abbey Road, why not visit the real Abbey Road (and not just the M&M’s version)? Grab 3 friends and head to the sport where the world-famous photograph of Paul, George, John and Ringo was taken. As the four of you stand one behind another across the zebra crossing, get someone to take the photo and re-create the iconic Beatles moment.

4. Red telephone box
The red telephone box was once a common sight across the UK and a design associated with Britain, in particularly, London. But with the rise of the mobile phone, the need for the pay phones have massively decreased. So, if you do manage to spot one in the city – be sure to take a photo of the iconic British landmark, as they might not be around forever!

5. Supercars
If you’re a fan of supercars head towards luxury department store, Harrods. More often than not you’ll see shiny supercars descend upon the capital’s most lavish streets. From Lamborghinis and Ferraris to Rolls-Royces and Porches, it’s every supercar lover’s dream. How many will you spot and snap?

If you’d like to be close to the hot spots of central London, then look no further than our student accommodation at The Curve. Located in the heart of London’s East End and surrounded by the districts of Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Aldgate it’s the perfect place to be as a student. To find out more about our London student accommodation and living with us here at The Curve, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email thecurve@host-students.com.

3 places to visit on a day trip from London

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With revision and exams well underway, you can probably start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Work hard and get through these next few weeks, then you’ll be able to breath a sigh of relief and enjoy your summer. And there’s no better way to spend your free time than travelling the country.

Jump on a train from London and within no time at all you’ll find yourself in some unique and beautiful places to explore for the day. Here are just some of the top places you might like to add to your travel list…

1. Brighton
When the sun’s shining there’s only one place to go… the beach! And Brighton is a must for anyone looking for a trip to a lively seaside resort. A beautiful shingle beach for you to catch some rays, amusement arcades to relive your childhood memories and no shortage of shops, cafes and pubs to keep you entertained. Staying a little longer? Brighton is famous for its music culture, nightlife and festivals, so a night on the town is a must. Distance from London: 1 hour 15 minutes by train.

2. The New Forest
Escape the hustle and bustle of city living and relax in the tranquillity of the forest’s ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff tops. Unwind with a leisurely walk amongst the beautiful scenery, or get active when you hire a bike or go horse riding through the forest. And when you’re done, refuel with a bite to eat at one of the many pubs, tea rooms or restaurants. Distance from London: 1 hour 30 minutes by train.

3. Oxford
Oxford is a city packed with historic buildings and beautiful architecture, which has led it to be nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’.  And as a student in London, a visit to the home of one of the world’s oldest universities – The University of Oxford, and a city with academia at its core, should definitely make your travel list. Distance from London: 1 hour 30 minutes by train.

These are just a snapshot of some of the places you can easily reach from London. Other places include Southend on Sea, Cambridge, Cardiff and Portsmouth. So, the next time you have a day with nothing to do, hop on the train and see where it takes you!

If you would like to find out more about our London student accommodation and living with us here at The Curve, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email thecurve@host-students.com.