Summer camping

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Exams are almost over, university’s coming to a close and the sunshine has arrived – which means summer is officially here. So, it’s time to take advantage of the wonderful weather and all the great things that this country has to offer; and what better way to do it than with a camping trip!

After living in a big city for a while, it’s good to escape and remind yourself what the great outdoors looks like. There are many beautiful camping sites that are not too far from London, jump on a train and they’re just a short ride away. Below are a few of our top picks…

The Secret Campsite, East Sussex – “The Secret Campsite is a peaceful, tents only campsite for nature lovers, real campers and their families, who are looking to explore Sussex, Brighton or Lewes. Our woodland meadow camping pitches are large and secluded and come with their own camp fire pit and free hot showers. We also have a number of unusual shelters where you can spend the night.”

Distance from The Hub: 2 hours                           

The Secret Garden Touring Park, Cambridgeshire – “By providing a low occupation facility, we aim to offer a genuine “back to nature” camping experience in Cambridgeshire with top quality amenities where you can relax and enjoy your own space and have the freedom to explore all we offer on site.”

Distance from The Hub: 3 hours                           

Chalke Valley Camping, Wiltshire – “Chalke Valley provides modern day luxury comforts such as a hot shower, and a comfortable bed – We encourage our campers to enjoy a more natural experience and connect with the outdoors and nature.”

Distance from The Hub: 3 hours                           

Whether it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned camper, you can find everything you need for your camping adventure at Boutique Camping – it’s located just 15 minutes away from The Hub! We hope the weather stays fine and you enjoy everything camping has to offer this summer.

5 top festival survival tips

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Summer’s finally here! It’s the season that you can party all night long at some of the country’s biggest festivals. But before you get lost in the music, remember to think smartly and don’t fall victim to some of the common downfalls of being a festival goer! To help you have the best time, we’ve put together five top tips to help you survive this summer’s festivals.

1. Dress for every occasion
It’s hard to predict the British weather – it can literally change from one hour to the next. Come rain or shine, cold or hot temperatures and everything in between, be prepared and pack for every possibility. And don’t forget the classic festival trend – the bin bag poncho! Cheap, convenient and we must say, pretty hilarious – it’s a must for when the rain pours!

2. Befriend a tall person
There’s nothing worse than being at one of the hottest music festivals, and not being able to see your favourite artist perform because you can’t see over the crowds. So, having a tall person in your groups is 100% essential. They can scout out the good spots in the crowd to sneak into. And if they have broad shoulders, they can let you rest on them so you can get the best view in the house – one that’s way above everyone else!

3. Avoid a sleepless night
Ok, for some of you, sleep will be the last thing on your list at a festival. After all, festivals are all about dancing the night away! But for those of you who want to catch a wink or two, (so you’re ready to go again the next day), invest in earplugs. They will help block out the sounds of those still partying and give you a peaceful night sleep (hopefully)!

4. Go old school
It’s unlikely you’ll be needing to contact many people while you’re busy singing and dancing, but just in case you do, you’ll need a mobile phone with you. Do you remember the classic Nokia 3210? Indestructible, reliable and great for a game of snake! This is the type of phone you want to be bringing to a festival. The last thing you want is a smashed iPhone screen or one that won’t work because you dropped it in a puddle!

5. Quench your thirst
After all that singing, dancing and for some, drinking of alcohol, it’s important to take a break and have a drink (of water) to keep yourself hydrated! Especially on days when the sun has been shining and you’re more likely to become dehydrated. Once you’re refuelled and re-hydrated, you’ll be ready to keep going for a while longer!

If you’re in and around London this summer for any festivals, why not take some time to enjoy the city and stay with us at The Hub? We have summer accommodation available from 2nd July until 3rd September. Contact us for more information on +44(0)20 3770 9120 or at thehub@host-students.com.

 

5 places outside of London to visit for the day

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While we love city life in London and being in the midst of all the action, why not take a day trip out of London? Now that university is finished for the year and summer is here, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore the country. And you haven’t got to travel far to make a day of it! Jump on the train and you’ll find everything from seaside to countryside within two hours’ distance of London. Here are some of our top picks…

1. Cambridge
One of England’s most famous university towns along with Oxford, Cambridge is a must-see for all students in London. Take the time to explore the setting and beautiful architecture, lose yourself in the library, bookshops and coffee shops and watch the idyllic punts float along the river on a sunny afternoon.

2. Cardiff
Cross the border and enjoy a day in another country; Wales. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is home to historical castles, a beautiful waterfront and not forgetting the Welsh rugby team. As well as endless sights and attractions to keep you occupied, when you need a place to refuel, Cardiff isn’t short of a place to eat or drink – with everything from traditional, independent and unique outlets to the typical high street chains you’d expect from a capital city.

3. Bath
One of the most beautiful cities in England, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its honey-coloured Bath stone architecture and Roman-built baths. Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps with a tour at the Jane Austen Centre, soak in Bath’s famous Thermal Spa Water, admire the impressive architecture of the Royal Crescent and immerse yourself in the unique and stylish shops, bars and restaurants of the city.

4. Southend on Sea
When the sun’s shining, a day at the seaside is a must. Feel the sand between your toes, breathe in the fresh sea air and even take a dip in the sea – if you’re brave enough! Head onto Southend Pier and enjoy beautiful 360 degree views without getting your feet wet. Stretching over 2km out to sea, it’s the longest pleasure Pier in the world. But remember to take a jacket as even the sunniest of days can get quite breezy out there!

5. Henley on Thames
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head towards the picturesque town of Henley on Thames. A landscape packed with wooded hills, green fields and a riverside location, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy few weeks of coursework and exams. And if you’re there during the summer, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the world’s greatest rowing regatta, Henley Royal Regatta.

So, there you have a quick round-up of some nearby towns and cities well worth a visit this summer. And the best thing about visiting them from London is you’ve not got a million miles to travel to get there!

If you’re studying in London in September but still need a place to live, why not stay with us at our student accommodation, The Hub?  To find out more about living with us at The Hub, or to arrange a viewing, please call us on +44 (0)20 3770 9120 or email us at thehub@host-students.com.

Summer Stays at The Hub

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The mornings are getting lighter and the days are getting longer – summer is on its way! And as you work towards coursework deadlines and revise for end of term exams, you’re probably counting down the days until the summer holidays arrive!

During the summer months, you’ll have the time and freedom to explore and do as you please. Whether you’re travelling, attending festivals, visiting friends, have got yourself onto an internship or intend on working part-time for some extra money and experience, there is so much you can do with your time. But you’re probably wondering where to stay during this time? Well, look no further than The Hub.

If you need a place to stay in London but don’t want to pay the price of a hotel, and don’t want to commit to lengthy tenancy agreements of privately rented flats or houses, then we have a room for you at The Hub.

Our summer accommodation gives you the convenience and flexibility you need to enjoy yourself over the summer months. Whether you need a place to stay for just a few weeks, or perhaps the whole of summer, we have a range of Studio rooms available from the start of July right through until September.

And what’s more, all bills are included in the price – even Wi-Fi. So, once you’ve checked in, you won’t need to worry about anything else, we’ve got it covered. You can sit back and relax in the comfort of your own luxurious Studio – complete with private en-suite bathroom, fully fitted kitchen, study area and lots of storage space.

But that’s not all. Venture outside of your room and you’ll find a variety of modern and stylish social areas to enjoy. Catch up on the latest hit shows on the large SKY TV in the common area, challenge your friends to a game of pool or practice your swing at the ping pong table.

If you’re heading out, then you haven’t far to go to be in the heart of the action. Named The Hub for a reason. The Hub is close to the action of buzzing, Central London. Just a short stroll from Vauxhall station and the Thames, you can discover the best of London in no time. Want to stay local? There’s plenty to do in Vauxhall too. From underground clubs to quirky eateries – there’s even a city farm, when you need a slice of the country.

And did you know, you don’t actually have to be a student to stay with us during the summer? Our doors are open to the general public throughout the summer months. Friends, families, couples, business men, business women – and of course students, are all welcome. If you’re a student already living with us, why not extend your stay through summer? Or if you’re a student visiting from another city or accommodation provider, don’t worry that you’ve not stayed with us before – we’d love to have you stay with us for summer. Whether it’s work or play, we can accommodate you.

If you like the sound of spending summer at The Hub in London, please contact the on-site management team on thehub@host-students or 020 3770 9120 who will be happy to give you further information and prices.

3 top music festivals to enjoy before university starts

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With several weeks left until the new university term starts, there’s still plenty of time to have some fun, catch up with friends and enjoy your free time. And what better way to spend it than at some of this summer’s biggest and hottest festivals?

OK, many festivals such as Glastonbury, Lovebox and Wireless have already been and gone, but there’s still some top events and line-ups for August. Here are some of the UK’s top festivals this month:

BoomTown: Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th August 2016
Located on the Matterley Estate, near Winchester – only 2 hours away from London Victoria Coach Station, BoomTown has become increasingly popular with festival goers in recent years.

BoomTown is a diverse and unique festival experience; it has built its own ‘city’ with shops, a town hall, a post office and even a job centre, which ‘citizens’ descend upon to enjoy all genres of music from folk and gypsy, to disco and bass. With only a few days to go before BoomTown starts, find out more and get your tickets here.

V Festival: Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st August 2016
With two sites across the UK, you can choose a location most convenient for you to attend one of the summer’s most anticipated festivals; V Festival. If you’re travelling from London, the venue at Hylands Park in Chelmsford (just over 1 hour away from our student accommodation at The Hub), will likely be your preferred site to enjoy the A-list line-up.

Acts such as Little Mix, David Guetta and Years and Years will be making appearances at the festival, with Rihanna and Justin Bieber headlining at both the Chelmsford and Staffordshire venues. So, don’t miss your chance to see a variety of chart-topping acts on one stage – get your tickets here.

Reading & Leeds Festival: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th August 2016
With the annual rock festival simultaneously taking place in Reading and Leeds, the only thing you’ll need to decide is which one you’re going to. Reading Festival is located just over 1 hour away from The Hub, or go the distance and head to Leeds which is 4 hours away.

Headlining the Reading and Leeds festivals this year are the likes of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fall Out Boy, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Fouls. Plus, don’t forget that the festival falls across the August Bank Holiday weekend so there’s never been a better excuse to get your tickets booked and revel in some top music.

10 top travel destinations for students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To find out how you can join our thriving student community at The Hub please contact us today on 020 3770 9120 to arrange a viewing.