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Tips to Organise the Perfect City Break!

Tips to Organise the Perfect City Break!
by Nina Christopoulou

By now it feels like I justify every single post with the phrase “we all know how hectic student life can be”, or a paraphrase of the sentiment in some form. From my recent experience, I cannot argue with this point, however, what I can say is that it is also filled with opportunities which you should grab every step of the way. One of the major parts of student life is travelling, and it is undoubtedly one of the greatest periods of your life so it’s important to fit as much travelling as you possibly can in one go. We have the tips for you to do so in the best manner possible as a student in London!

1. Choose the Bus

If you want a weekend around any of the immensely beautiful British towns – and there are plenty of those – then perhaps coach may be the way to go! Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton and the list goes on and on; they are all cities massively worth the trip, and National Express Coaches will take you there easily and low-budget. The bus takes a little longer than your other travel options, yet the price highly makes up for the minor delay. What’s more you have Wi-Fi, plugs to charge your tech gear and comfy seats to snooze in!

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2. Some things need a little extra preparation

The Eurostar option is quite popular among travellers, and in recent months has added Amsterdam to its list of destinations, making it a favourite among students in particular. The thing with Eurostar though is that it’s not ideal for that last minute getaway. Prices are quite steep if not booked early on, so we suggest you go ahead, have a look at potential destinations and book waaay in advance (and by that we mean asap!).

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3. Know where to look

Personally, before I came to London my only source of booking info was Skyscanner. Which, albeit user-friendly and to the point, is not the sole platform out there! The two that have passed our test are Kayak and TravelSupermarket. TravelSupermarket is worth a little clarification: this one offers the ease of letting you know what packages are available for your preferred destination and compares prices in one click. Lastminute.com is also ideal for Eurostar packages and of course any other last-minute options on a budget!

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4. Discount Codes

Yes, you heard that one right. It’s not always fruitful, but you can never know until you’ve tried. Groupon has tons of frequently updated travel offers, while Voucher Codes and Voucher Cloud are places where (with a little bit of research) you can find deals for your upcoming travels. A little bit of research can go a long way when it comes to cashing in on a travel bargain!

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5. Arrange the short trip!

A city break does not require going a long way from home. You can take a city break simply by organising a one-day trip to explore London a little more than usual. As you grow into the city gradually you will realise that all the things you aimed to do and see fade into the distance as routine and student life catches up with you. So arranging a visit to Kingston, the Greenwich observatory, the Richmond Park or even the Mayfield Lavender Fields (sadly closed for the time being but you can have them in mind for next year) is a simple, budget-friendly way to take that much deserved break and explore away. Never forget that it is all a matter of changing perspective, not necessarily changing the city you are exploring!

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Top 7 Things to see about British Royalty

Top 7 Things to see about British Royalty
by Nina Christopoulou

One of the most well-known facts about Britain, is that it has a strong hold to the British Royal Family. So it makes sense that royal attractions are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the British capital… Whether you are planning a tourist tour for your friends that are visiting and want to learn more about London, or would like to discover London for yourself, this list of royal attractions is definitely a must!

1. Buckingham Palace (duh!)

Ok, so we did not kick off the list with something original, but it wasn’t possible to place any other spot on Number 1! Buckingham Palace is THE most famous royal attraction, perhaps in the whole of Britain, and for good reason. If you were paying attention to our summer guides, you already know that the palace opened its doors from July until the end of September, so visitors could roam through the royal halls and gardens. But even if the Palace is closed to the public, a selfie in front of it or even the Change of Guard ceremony should definitely be on your bucket list!

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2. Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is one to put at the top of your “London Attractions” list… The Palace was the former residence of many royals, among which was also Diana Princess of Wales. It is currently open to the public so you can walk through its majestic interior, explore the royal gardens and enjoy the numerous exhibitions that it hosts. Currently, Kensington Palace hosts both “Victoria Revealed” and “Diana: Her Fashion Story”, unraveling the stories behind two of the most emblematic royal figures.

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3. Windsor Castle

This one is a short commute from London, yet worth the time. The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle is also the Queen’s favorite residence. For an insider’s tip: Don’t miss out on St. George’s Chapel which is the burial ground of 10 monarchs!

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4. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is an incredible addition to your sightseeing list, but it does require an entire day (perhaps two, depending on how thorough you would like to be!). It boasts an extraordinary interior, but it is mostly known for its enchanting gardens, and the Hampton Court Maze. Definitely a must-see!

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5. Tower of London

The Tower of London is quite central, and quite something… The reason being is that it is not merely an incredible structure, but it also hosts the Crown Jewels! Prepare to be mesmerised by the collection, while roaming around a former prison, zoo, armoury and royal palace! Currently, it’s a World Heritage Site and a visit will make you understand the reason why (although, be warned: ticket prices are quite steep for this one).

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6. Westminster Abbey

It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard of this one. Westminster Abbey has a longstanding history, spanning over 1000 years of royal coronations and weddings! If the name rings a bell but you don’t know where from, then we should probably inform you that it was the wedding setting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The coronation of every English monarch from 1066 has taken place in Westminster Abbey, and it is also located opposite the Houses of Parliament, so there’s a lot of things to explore around Westminster!

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7. Somerset House

The hub of a great number of cultural events, Somerset House is located just off Waterloo bridge. The Strand was the area where plenty of aristocrats resided and Somerset House was the central Tudor Palace among them. Today, it is home to the London Design Biennale, London Fashion Week, and a great big ice ring during the winter time to name just a few of its events! The architecture on its own makes the short trip worthwhile, but we recommend attending one of its many events as well, as the list of events is well-curated!

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Top Things To Do in London This October

Top Things To Do in London This October
by Nina Christopoulou

September was full of events signalling the beginning of the academic year… So it’s kind of normal to assume that October would be a little bit more quiet comparatively. And yet it’s London, and London never disappoints nor does it slow down for that matter! As per usual, we picked our favourite events out of a sea of them, and placed them all in one blogpost for your convenience…

1. London Cocktail Week

Did someone say cocktails? You can count us in! You will have one entire week (Oct. 1-7) to head over to the Old Spitalfields Market and get your cocktails for a mere £6 – if you are wearing the special wristband that is! The event boasts over 300 bars across the city, and of course amazing tasting sessions, pop ups, masterclasses and anything else you may be able to think of! We are definitely convinced…

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2. London Film Festival

Any movie freaks out there? You are really in for a treat with this one! The London Film Festival will be back for the 62nd time to entertain us. The biggest celebration of international cinema will take place from the 10th up until the 21st of October. Even if you are not willing to splurge on a viewing, we recommend passing by the red carpet; it’s an experience all on its own!

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3. London Restaurant Festival

As if London didn’t offer enough opportunities for food lovers, the London Restaurant Festival will land at the beginning of October and all throughout the month. This one is quite extravagant, with numerous restaurants offering curated menus for the Festival, at great prices. Tasting menus, restaurant hopping tours and so many more are also available during the month, and it is exciting for us and our taste buds as well!

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4. Frieze London 2018

The moment that Regent’s Park turns into an art gallery is back and we couldn’t be happier! Frieze is the event that brings together over 160 galleries from around the globe and dazzles us with the amazing art. Yet you shouldn’t limit yourself to the art, but research the talks and curated events that take place alongside the exhibition… They are equally enticing, if not more!

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5. Yayoi Kusama

You know that level of excitement when you are on the verge of doing a Friends-reminiscent happy dance? That was the reaction of most art lovers to the news that Victoria Miro will host a second Yayoi Kusama exhibition. The Queen of Polka Dots, as she is most well-known, will create a brand new infinity mirror room with paper lanterns that we honestly can’t wait to see! From October 3rd up until December 21st you will have the chance to visit the exhibition, which may require pre-booking (just fyi!).

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6. Halloween!

Halloween is coming on Saturday, October 31st! We suggest you start the preparations early on for this one, as Londoners go all out… But that’s also the case for The Stay Club, which will have its very own Halloween extravaganza for our residents and their guests – but wouldn’t want to let everything slip so early on, would we? Stay tuned for more info!

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7. Natural History Museum Ice Ring

Although the Ice Ring at the Natural History Museum has been associated with Christmas vibes, it opens up at the end of this month (probably to get us in the festive mood!). While you will have an opportunity to arrange your visit up until the beginning of the coming year, we understand that it is hard to contain the immense enthusiasm that beautiful ice rings tend to cause!

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Top Coffee Spots in London Vol. II

Top Coffee Spots in London Vol. II
by Nina Christopoulou

Since the first Volume of our favourite coffee spots around the city was so popular, we decided to do a Volume II. Of course, this was enabled by the longstanding tradition of incredible coffee spots in the city. So have a look at our second edit of top picks, and decide where your next dose of caffeine will originate from!

1. Allpress Espresso Roastery

This Shoreditch marvel is the coffee spot that serves the original Allpress Espresso which has a tradition dating back to 1987! The aesthetics of the café are excellent, and the flavour of the coffee is quite unique. It’s no coincidence that its ships all around the world, anywhere from the US to Europe and even Australia…

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2. Workshop Coffee

This one boasts a perfect location, at the heart of Fitzrovia. The coffee is killer, and there is an incredible coffee subscription program through which you receive a monthly package suitable strictly for coffee addicts! The note attached to it gives you more info on where your coffee originated from, giving you insight as to its origins (place and people that is).

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3. Farm Girl Café

Ever heard of a Rose Latte? No? Well, now you have. And it is definitely delicious; but then again so is the entire coffee selection of Farm Girl. The menu is quite extensive with options such as the Liquid Gold Latte and Butterfly Matcha which sound and taste divine. These Aussie cafes pride themselves for their coffee and great but most importantly healthy food options! Now there’s one coffee spot that makes it to the top of everyone’s list!

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4. Briki

This little known coffee corner in Angel is ideal for coffee lovers! The flavor of coffee is perfect, while it also has one of the best versions of Freddos (espresso or cappuccino that is). Their love for coffee is evident, and our love of Briki should be too! Wouldn’t you agree?

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5. Story Coffee

A mere minutes away from Capham Junction, Story Coffee has found the perfect way to balance out the hustle and bustle of the nearby commute routes with the serene environment afforded by the minimal Scandinavian interior. Needless to say that its coffee is sublime! Give it a try and you won’t regret it!

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6. HR Higgins

When it comes to coffee, HR Higgins know their stuff, and that is evident from the moment you walk through the doors. Their staff are not only polite, but also knowledgeable, a skill useful for the coffee connoisseurs out there! But the biggest selling point in our opinion: the perfect desserts you can accompany your coffee with… Their dessert selection knows how to steal the show!

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7. Monocle Café

The pinstriped tent at Chiltern Street marks the spot. This one is petite, but don’t let the size fool you! You will find yourself mesmerized by everything from the Allpress blended roast to the staff and ambiance… It also has a modest selection of pastries and dishes that you will find yourself drooling over.

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8. Origin Coffee Roasters

Origin is cool, hip, funky and any other trendy adjective that comes to mind! CN Traveler included the Charlotte Road branch in its list of 18 top coffee spots around London, so how could it be missing from ours? An insider’s tip though: it’s not exclusive to London, with coffee shops in Cornwall as well.

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9. Rosslyn Coffee

This newcomer is one to keep an eye out for. Rosslyn coffee is well rooted in Melbourne’s coffee culture, and the London branch opened its doors in 2018 to entice us to spice up our coffee preferences. Specialty coffee in London will never be the same after Rosslyn, so we suggest you give their coffee a try as soon as possible!

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10. Camden Coffee Co.

This one stands by the visitors of the Camden Market, giving them their caffeine shot before they start their long day of shopping and browsing around. And they do a very good job at that, offering a quality brew, and one of the best Freddos around the city – we recommend the Freddo Espresso which is quite strong and quite perfect if you ask us!

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An account of 51 weeks… OR Let’s get Personal

An account of 51 weeks… OR Let’s get Personal

by Nina Christopoulou

“51 or 42 weeks? Or maybe less?” I thought to myself as I was trying to book what would be my safe haven for the upcoming year. When student life knocks on your door and tells you to leave your familiar surroundings, things can get a bit tricky. The house you will live in will play a major role in how your academic life unfolds, so it is important to feel that you have made the right choice. When I arrived at The Stay Club, exactly 52 weeks ago now, I didn’t know what to expect. The virtual tours of the rooms certainly helped, but that wasn’t what I was curious about. It was important to feel the ambiance of the place, see the expressions of the people (both residents and employees alike).

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In the mayhem of the check in day I could see the building was beautiful, but that was about all I could see. Admittedly, it wasn’t until the first couple of weeks passed, and my daze from the change in countries faded, that I started to realize the value of the place. Mainly, there is the correct balance between solitude and loudness. You can find your alone time whenever you want to, but in those occasions that you would rather not be locked up in your studio your options are endless. The easiest one is the lobby, but there are also classrooms packed with people who will be in the same stressed situation as you and of course the patio or the entrance.

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My personal experience dictates that I become somewhat of a weirdo when immerged in situations, people, or places that excite this unfamiliar feeling in me – it’s as if I lag functionality at that moment. Naturally, this creates a great amount of stress for a newcomer; and yet I soon realized it was not necessary for me to feel this way. The environment was somehow able to make the transition easier, and the unfamiliar feeling faded sooner than I thought.

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What surprised me most in my experience though, were the weeks leading up to my dissertation. The dissertation, as the pinnacle of student life’s stress, an accumulation of every little source of anxiety you have ever experienced all at once, is a challenging time. And during that challenging time, you need all the support you can get!

When I decided to finish the bigger part of the project while in London, I was not quite sure about my choice. In a surprising turn of events though, it was at that time that it became evident that The Stay Club was more than a student accommodation; rather, it was a community on its own merit. From the polite and always smiling café owners, to the reception team that will always make you laugh with one pawn or another, or the maintenance team that greets you every time despite rushing for one thing or the other, you can feel a part of this place in some way or another.

Personally, it was at that time when my 12 hour shifts at the lobby would be made bearable by the fact that I was in fact at that lobby, that I realised I had to pat myself in the back for choosing to stay here!

Top 7 Things to Do this September

Top 7 Things to Do this September

by Nina Christopoulou

September is the month that signifies the beginning of the year, in more ways than one. As Autumn officially arrives, London puts on its best show with innumerable events and activities to get you inspired and excited for the winter ahead!

7. London Brunch Fest

Foodies out there, rejoice! Your festival is here… Just when we thought London couldn’t get more of a foodie city, it proves us wrong. On the 1st and 2nd of September you will have the opportunity to visit Brick Lane for an amazing brunch experience. There are two ticket options, the basic one and of course the one for the VIB (Very Important Bruncher) depending on your relationship with brunch! For more check out the event’s dedicated website .

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6. Tower of London Food Festival

The food is next level and the setting is one of a kind. On September 7th the historic Tower of London will open its doors and invite chefs, culinary experts, entertainment and live music acts to set the scene for an incredible weekend. What’s more? The entry to the Tower of London Food Festival is included in your ToL admission ticket. Quite the bargain wouldn’t you agree? You can always find out more or book here.

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5. OnBlackheath

This one has been up and running since 2014, and guarantees you will have the time of your life. A festival unlike any other, the music scene is set up by the likes of Paloma Faith, Billy Bragg and De La Soul, while the food village and family fun-filled activities compliment the music perfectly!

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4. Videogames

One of the most fascinating expositions announced for the coming year, is coming to the V&A. The era of gaming unravels as this expo takes us through the artwork, animation and communities that defined gaming. Discover this one starting September 18th!

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3. London Design Festival

London goes out on a limb every year to prove it is the capital of design, and every year it does exactly that. We suggest you investigate your key destinations beforehand, because with eight “Design Districts” and five “Design Destinations” alongside the innumerable museums, you are going to have a tough time deciding where to go! Thankfully, the London Design Festival website has all the information you need to sort out your visits for the LDF (find out more here). Get ready to start exploring on September 16th…

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2. Open house London

One of the highlights of the year would definitely have to be this great opportunity to roam through buildings normally closed to the public. The architectural wonders of London open their doors for free and invite guests to join tours, guided walks and activities! Be prepared though, this will last a mere two days (22-23). If you would like to find out more, have a look here.

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1. London Fashion Week Festival

This one attracts fashionistas from around the world, but it is quite an experience even for those that are not fashion crazed. From talks by industry experts to shows or shopping curated designer collections, LFW has it all! Even if attending is not in your calendar, passing by the venue means you will stumble upon some exciting street fashion – so save the date (September 20-24)! However, we suggest you have a look at their schedule as there are so many things worth your time!

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Top 7 Tips to Help You Work from Home

Top 7 Tips to Help You Work from Home

by Nina Christopoulou

Working from home is preferable to commuting all the way to work or even your uni’s library. In order to be effective, though, discipline is key! We have gathered our top tips and tricks of the trade to help you out in this demanding process…

7. Set your goals

Working without a boss keeping you in check is definitely not as motivating. Time to become your own boss: set your goals for the week or the month, and keep them visible – hang them on a wall or even your fridge. This will help you stay focused!

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6. Make a to-do list (duh!)

As obvious as that one may be, it is easier said than done. So our tip is having your dedicated “To-Do List” notepad on your homemade work station, so you can see it and pick it up every single day. That feeling of crossing stuff off your list is unbeatable!

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5. Set the mood

As silly as it may seem, it’s the little things that make the difference. Anything from mood boards, to scented candles or Alpha Wave YouTube videos that help with concentration, there are always things you can do to boost your productivity levels. Do a little research, and come up with the best ambiance for you.

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4. Veto your weekends

Weekends are sacred, and should stay that way. Well, except for deadline periods obviously! But when it comes to working from home, taking that well-deserved weekend off is mandatory so that weekdays can be productive enough.

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3. The early-bird catches the worm

There’s a reason that this saying exists. Make a habit of waking up at a more or so set time, before 10 o’clock, and help yourself organise your life and consequently your work a little better…

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2. Seize the daylight

Sunshine in London is not as often as one would want. Therefore, it would make sense that when the sun’s out, you should be too! One of the benefits of creating your own schedule is being able to customise your breaks – so make a habit of chasing the sun and you will feel the difference in productivity levels.

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1. Keep in mind your me-time

Working from home can easily go over-board once you go into full-blown work craze! Don’t forget that me-time is important, especially given the time you will spend locked up at home. Do your best to socialise, take that gym break and enjoy yourself (preferably outside of the house!).

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5 Tips to get you through your Not-So-Happy Days

5 Tips to get you through your Not-So-Happy Days

by Nina Christopoulou

The stress of student life can get a little bit overwhelming, as you ease your way into adulthood. When you get that under-the-weather feeling, remember our tips and find the tip that works for you, to get you through your not-so-happy days!

1. Exercise

The beneficial effects of exercise have been widely researched, that’s very well known. What may be less known is the fact that even a 7-minute workout can do wonders for your mood! So whenever you feel a little blue, put your running shoes on or simply do a couple of jumping jacks!

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2. Plan a trip

No, no, we don’t actually mean book it. But in that case when you catch yourself not-so-happy as per usual, a little daydreaming does the trick. Have a look into flights, think about your dream destination and let your imagination run free. That’s one little hack that is bound to put a smile on your face!

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3. Do a good deed

The feeling that you get when doing a good deed is definitely unbeatable. So that moment that your not-so-happy day comes knocking on your door, cook for two and take the warm meal to someone in need. Or roam through your closet and find a couple of t-shirts that even you forgot you had and give them away. Any little thing will really help you realise that it’s important to count your blessings.

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4. Chocolate – the darker the better

Chocolate is a scientifically proven mood enhancer, and dark chocolate is even more so than your average milk chocolate bars. Treat yourself to a pretty low-cal dark chocolate bar and you will feel the difference!

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5. Do your very own dance party

Not sure you feel like getting out of bed? Put on that one childhood favourite party song (we all have one, let’s face it!) and do your very own dance party. You will feel energised instantly, and catch yourself smiling after the song is over!

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9 Hacks for Surviving Student life

9 Hacks for Surviving Student life

by Nina Christopoulou

So… student life: easier said than done huh? Well, it’s no piece of cake that’s for sure, but we have some tips that are bound to make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable!

9. Make budgeting a priority!

Try to make it your mission to find the best way to keep yourself in check when it comes to money. There are so many ways to save money in London, from apps to brand discount schemes for students, but there’s also this: prepaid cards. You can’t go wrong with your budget if you are using a prepaid card; simply because when you run out, there’s no more where that came from! So try to find the way that works best for you, and make budgeting a priority.

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8. Familiarize yourself with the “speed read” concept.

Once you start uni, you realize soon enough that the core readings are overwhelming on their own. Then add on top of that essay readings, project research and you end up feeling like a day should have 28 hours for you to make-do. That’s where speed reads come in! Instead of going through every single word of texts that are mundane and not the focal point of your interests, try scanning them. You get a pretty good picture of what the lecture is about, without burdening yourself with a huge amount of information.

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7. Find your balance

Needless to say that student life is not all about studying. But once you get all settled in and enrolled in uni, you are going to focus on social life and perhaps it may take a little too much of your focus. Finding that golden line in between your essays and your outings from the get-go is important to get you through the next few years.

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6. Don’t leave your assignments to the last minute

That is to say, organize them early on, not necessarily don’t do the work last minute – although that would be good too! As much as one may love to procrastinate (let’s not kid ourselves), it’s another thing to not even know what you are supposed to do. Once the semester begins, get your assignments in line, pick a subject and do some exploratory research. This small hack is ideal especially if you are a last-minute type of person. This way, you will not run into unexpected issues last minute, plus you will be aware of what to pay special attention to during lectures and seminars!

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5. Get to know your lecturers!

To make the most of student life is to become acquainted with the people that can immerse you in your academic work. This does not mean spending 24 hours a day at the library, but you did pick a field of studies because it peaked your interest. Therefore, it makes sense that getting to know the people that teach you means you get to unearth specific aspects of said study that may be perfect for you, but you wouldn’t come across them any other way!

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4. Master the 20-min nap…

Somewhere in between the lectures, the assignments, the presentations, hitting the gym and your social life, sleep normally takes a back seat. There’s this one little thing called a power-nap and it’s your key to success. 20 minutes is enough to reduce your sleep drive and you can wake up feeling energized and ready to conquer the world!

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3. Remember your water…

Now, this hack maybe true for your everyday life, but we had something more specific in mind. When the party goes a little too far and you have a couple more drinks than usual you normally end up with a pumping head during your next-day’s morning lecture. Chug as much water as you can and those headaches will definitely not get the better of you!

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2. Find your studying spot!

In order to study, you need to get your creative juices flowing. So location matters, and as cool as your uni library may be, there are many other spots around the city that may work much better for you, and may even be closer to your place. The Royal Festival Hall, the British Library and the Barbican are all spots to keep in mind.

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1. Stay in the Loop

Surviving student life is all good and well, but our number 1 tip is about enjoying it too: there are many ways to keep in touch with London’s greatest events, all the way from Time Out to our very own The Stay Club Blog. We recommend you keep up with what’s current because let’s face it – London has so many events that it’s a shame to miss out on them!

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Top 7 Spots for Foodies

Top 7 Spots for Foodies

by Nina Christopoulou

1. Duck & Waffle

This 24 hour spot has the best of both worlds: an intriguing menu coupled with an astounding view. Located at the top of Heron Tower, think London at your feet when booking your window table. Their signature dish, conveniently synonymous to the restaurant, is an exquisite balance among sweet and savoury and comes with the highest of recommendations.

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2. Punjab

The multicultural aspect of London’s food scene is undeniable, and yet it is not the easiest of tasks to find genuine flavors that will entertain your taste buds. Punjab is a wonderful exception to the rule, offering traditional Indian food – in the menu you will find traditional tandoori dishes and Punjabi specialties that will satisfy even the strictest foodie around.

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3. Poppies

It would be shameful not to have the best Fish and Chips joint in London on a Top 7 of foodie spots. That’s why Poppies made the cut! The décor is commonly referred to as kitsch, and yet the food is something they know how to make. So head out to Poppies to get a taste for the most famed British meal out there!

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4. The Wolseley

This one is your typical good-at-everything spot. There is not one single option on the menu that will disappoint you, but we would have to add that brunch is what they know how to do best. Londoners have a tendency of raving about Wolseley’s Egg Benedicts, and we would have to side with them on this one.

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5. Burger & Lobster

Bookings are not an option in this sort-of-always-packed restaurant, and that is the only downside we can think of. Lobster is their specialty, but their menu does not have a dish that you wouldn’t want to try on to be frank. Out of the three lobster options, our vote is on the lobster roll – a quirky dish that lives up to a foodie’s high expectations!

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6. Santa Maria Pizzeria

When it comes to pizza, there are a lot of places that do it well. Santa Maria though, does pizza better than all of them combined. The selection is very generous, with nduja and burrata among the many ingredients you can pick out. All in all, their wood-fired oven does a great job whatever your pick may be.

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7. The Breakfast Club

The quirky and cute interior is just a compliment to the mostly-brunch like options on the menu. Yet the star of the show is the Full Monty, a proper full English complete with black pudding, mushrooms, beans and obviously the sausage and the bacon. Can someone call themselves a proper foodie without having given the full English a go?

Credit: @The Breakfast Club Cafes