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.

Cafe @ The Curve CGI

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.

  

5 things to do before leaving The Curve for the Easter holidays

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The Easter holidays are finally here! It’s been a busy few weeks but it’s now time to take a break and of course, indulge in some chocolate goodness. And with a 4-day weekend approaching and the extended break from university, it’s likely many of you will be vacating your rooms for a few days or weeks and heading home to visit friends and family. If that’s the case, below are a few things you should remember to do before you leave.

1. Lock the door
It might seem obvious, but if you’re excited to be heading home and you’re struggling to juggle bags and Easter Eggs as you leave, it’s surprising how easy it can be to just let the door shut behind you without locking it. So, have your keys in easy reach and remember to double check everything is locked and secure on your way out.

2. Switch off your electrics
Whether you’re away from your accommodation just for the long Easter weekend, or the whole of the holidays, remember to switch off and unplug any electrical appliances such as laptops, TVs, and chargers before you leave. And don’t forget to turn off the lights in your room as you head out the door too.

3. Head for the bins
Before you leave, be sure to check your fridge and throw 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 after the holidays. Plus, clearing the cupboards out will allow for plenty of room to fill them with all your Easter chocolate and confectionery when you return, (that’s if you’ve not already eaten it!)

4. Do your washing
Though you probably just want to pack your bags and head for the road so you can see your friends and family, don’t forget about that pile of dirty washing in the corner of your room. Pop a load of washing on and get it all cleaned and sorted before you leave. Trust me, the last thing you’ll want to be faced with after a lovely break is a stack of dirty, damp washing and a smelly room. You could always be cheeky and take it home with you?

5. Bon voyage!
Ok, so it’s not forever, and you’ll be back soon enough, but you should still let your flat mates and friends know when you’re heading home and when you’ll be back. You’ve spent the past few months together seeing each other day-in, day-out – so, it’ll probably be a little odd not seeing them there every day. And most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your break and take time out to recoup, so you’re ready to take on the last few weeks of terms and those end of year deadlines and exams.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in London for September 2018, look no further than The Curve. For more information please contact us today on +44 (0)20 7377 5372 or email 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.