Café @ The Curve now open!

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We’re pleased to announce that Café @ The Curve is now open for business!

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Brand-new for summer 2018 – and ready to welcome students arriving in September, the café is located on the first floor at The Curve (opposite Reception) and is open for all residents to enjoy.

Whether it’s an early start or a late lunch, head to the café and you’ll be delighted with what you’ll find. From croissants to cake, and tea to coffee, you’ll find a whole range of delicious snacks and drinks on sale to keep you going throughout the day.

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If you’ve got places to go and people to see, get your order to takeaway and enjoy on the go, or if you’ve more time on your hands, you can sit back and relax in the large, open communal area in the reception foyer.

And if you’re living with us for 2018/19, be sure to keep an eye out when you move in – and throughout the year, for special offers and events taking place at Café @ The Curve.

Like the sound of life at The Curve? Want to find out more about our on-site facilities and accommodation? You can contact us on +44(0)20 7377 5372 or at thecurve@host-students.com and we’ll be happy to help any questions you may have. 

3 top tips for living with others

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With results day just around the corner, and the new academic term starting next month, many of you will be packing up and flying the nest for the first time to head to university or college.

Part of the university experience is meeting people from different backgrounds, interests and cultures. And if you’re living in student accommodation such as The Curve, it’s likely that others living there have travelled from various countries around the world in order to pursue their academic goal.

Living with a new group of people is a great experience, but it goes without saying that everyone is different, and sometimes this can cause problems or misunderstandings. But these things can often be avoided and resolved. Below are some helpful tips to getting along with your flatmates.

1. Be open minded

When moving into your accommodation, you’ll be meeting lots of new people for the first time. It’s important not to judge a book by a cover or jump to conclusions about your flatmates based on information such as a profile photo, one conversation or what someone else has told you about them.

And although it can be easy to form opinions based on first impressions, remember that moving to university can be a stressful time for some people and they may feel overwhelmed, nervous or shy. So, spend some time getting to know your flatmates and make one another feel welcome and comfortable before making any judgements. Remember, you’re all in the same boat.

Of course, not all of your flatmates will become your best mates, but you can still get along and have a civilised flatmate relationship.

2. Respect one another

If you’re living in an en-suite bedroom in a shared flat with others, you should respect the other people in your flat and remember that your living space is also their living space.

You should consider and discuss with your flatmates any details that are important to you such as noise, cleanliness, guests, sharing of items and anything else you feel relevant.

Remember living with others works both ways and you should also listen to the things that are important to your flatmates and be considerate of these whilst living together.

And don’t forget to respect each other when using the common ares within the building too. For example, if you can see someone is trying to focus on their work in the study room, then perhaps having a catch up with your friends in the same room isn’t a good idea.

3. Talk to each other

We hope that you will enjoy the diversity of university life and living with others, however should you be unhappy it’s worth spending some time talking to your flatmates to try to come to some mutually agreeable solutions.

Talking to one another and a willingness to co-operate will help to build and maintain a good relationship with your flatmates.

It is important to remember that moving to university is a stressful time and initial teething problems are usually resolved within the first few weeks.

At Host we provide a friendly and welcoming environment for students to live whilst at university. If you would like to find out more about our student accommodation at The Curve, take a look at our rooms, or contact us directly and we’ll be happy to help.

Opening soon at The Curve…

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We’ve got some exciting news for both our current and prospective residents at The Curve…

We’re adding to the already extensive list of on-site facilities offered to our students; we’re opening a café on-site at The Curve. From 1st July, Café @ The Curve will open to all residents living with us at our student accommodation.

Located on Level 1 – opposite reception, the café will provide you with all the supplies you need to keep you fuelled during the day. Whether you’re in need of a caffeine kick in the morning to get you going, or a cold refreshing drink to cool you down after a busy day, we’ll have a range of hot and cold drinks on offer. And when it’s time to eat, you can grab a light bite from the café too. From savoury snacks to sweet treats, both hot and cold food will be available to buy.

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It’ll open in the mornings for you to get breakfast, and it’ll stay open throughout the day so for the days you don’t feel like cooking you can even get your evening meal from there! And with a range of cuisines catered for, no matter what your favourite type of food is, you’re sure to find something tasty to enjoy at the café.

And don’t forget, a café isn’t the only thing you can enjoy as a resident living at The Curve. Other on-site facilities include a 24/7 gym, a games room, study rooms and TV rooms with Sky TV.

For more information about our student accommodation and living with us, speak to a member of our friendly Host team at reception by contacting them on +44(0)20 7377 5372 or at thecurve@host-students.com.

  

Staying in at The Curve

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Just because you’re a student, it doesn’t mean you have to go out every night of the week. You may feel obliged to go out on the town for a night out when there’s parties, student nights and good deals to be had, but what about having a night in? Staying in will not only be kind to your bank balance and your body, but you can also have some fun too! Here are just some of the things you and your friends can do if you’re staying in…

Workout
There’s no better way to unwind after a busy day than with a little exercise. Head to the on-site gym at The Curve and sweat it out on the cardio machines or pump some iron in the weights area. You’ll feel much better and more refreshed after working out, than you would after a night out!

Dig out the board games
Everything we seem to do these days is online. Not saying it’s a bad thing, but it can take away some of the fun. So, why not ditch the phones, laptops and the like for a couple of hours, grab your friends and go old school with some traditional board games? From Monopoly and Cluedo, to Pictionary and Scrabble, it’s a great way to keep you and your friends entertained for hours – whilst keeping those minds active too!

Come dine with me
You’ve probably seen the TV programme, but now it’s time to feature in your own series of Come Dine With Me! Get together with a group of friends and Host your very own dinner party. Whether you each take it in turns to cook a meal every night of the week, and then vote who’s was the best at the end of it, or you host one dinner party and each bring a different course, what can be better than a night of food and friends?

Challenge your friends
A bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone. And with a pool table, table tennis and air hockey tables available to play in the common areas at The Curve, it’s time to get your game head on. Compete with your friends and fellow residents to become champion of the tables!

Savour the moment
If staying in for the night doesn’t happen very often, you should simply savour the moment. Why have an agenda? Just take the evening as it comes. Pop down to the common room and see what’s going on. Catch up with friends, watch the latest TV series, get lost in a book, or merely sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Catch up on some work
Of course, if you’re someone who can’t just sit back, and you like to constantly be doing something, you could always finish off that uni work? If you’ve got nothing else lined up for the evening, make the most of your free time now so you don’t have to do it at a later date when you really want to go out. After all, you don’t want to be the one rushing to get it finished the night before the deadline when all your friends are out partying.

Get an early night
And if all else fails, the best thing to do with your night in is to hit the sack and catch up on your sleep so you’re ready and raring to go for the rest of the week!

If you like the sound of student life at The Curve, we still have rooms available for September 2018. Contact us on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email us at thecurve@host-students.com for more information about our student accommodation in London.

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.

Top tips for international students adjusting to London living

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London is like nowhere else on earth (well, it’s a little bit like New York, but our taxis are black, not yellow), and settling into this bustling metropolis can be quite a shock to the system.

Here at The Curve, we’ll do everything we can to help you feel welcome and adjust to your new London student accommodation, and that includes blogging our top tips for settling in to the ‘big smoke’.  So here goes nothing…

Attend your University’s welcome events.  You’re tired, you’ve barely unpacked your suitcase, and all you want is to lie back and catch up on some sleep – why on earth would you abandon your lovely student accommodation to attend a welcome event with a load of people you don’t know?

We know, we know, but the only way you’re going to learn your way around student life and make new friends is by putting yourself out there.  Your university will offer orientation days/weeks, which will teach you about important issues like healthcare, immigration rules (for international students), welfare, opening a bank account, and police registration. There will also be social events to help you meet new friends and introduce you to the surrounding areas, such as social evenings, talks, campus and local tours.

Don’t forget that we’re also around 24 hours a day, and if you need any advice on anything, we’ll do our best to help, just pop down to reception and talk to us.

Personalise your room.  Ok, so we’re not talking about refitting your studio apartment with a Mezzanine level and hot tub, but little touches really do help keep home sickness at bay.  We provide pin boards for posters and mementos of home (postcards from loved ones work a treat) and personal items, like flowers, or keepsakes, really make a home your own.

Stay in touch. Here at The Curve we offer free Wi/Fi to all residents, so there’s really no reason not to drop your loved ones a quick Skype from time to time, just to let them know you’re settling in and enjoying your student living experience.  It’s also a great way to keep track of the gossip!

Join (start) a society. If you miss spending time with people from your culture, why not join an international society? Most London Universities have one where you can find friendship, intelligent conversation, and news of things going on back home. Remember, though, that you will get more out of your time in London and improve your English if you mix widely with all cultures and don’t just stay with people from home, so try your best to make friends with other Curve residents (they’re not a bad bunch, we promise).

There are many weird and wonderful student societies, beyond international ones (most will try and get you to sign up to them during Fresher’s week!) – whether you want to discuss economics, build the Death Star out of Lego, raise money for charity, practice Origami, or even play football with robots!  Whilst not all the examples featured in education UK are London based, there’s nothing stopping you setting up your own!

Come and live at The Curve.  Ok, if you’re already a current resident, you’ll know this already, but here at The Curve we take all the stress out of student living, so you can concentrate on learning and enjoying your time studying in London.  Our custom built student apartments are safe and secure (we have a 24-hour staff presence, CCTV in all access areas, and secure key fob access to both the main entrance and your studio), and our all inclusive costs mean you won’t have to worry about paying utility bills on time.  We’re also incredibly popular with international students, so you’ll quickly find new friends and settle right in.

We hope you found our guide useful – if at any time you’d like to book a viewing of The Curve, just fill out this form and we’ll come right back to you.