When you’re viewing a property for university, we understand the importance of asking questions and getting the feel of the space. You might feel pressure to secure student accommodation, but it pays off to be thorough when viewing show flats. We’ve put together a list of the best questions to ask when viewing student accommodation.
Boosting your brain this summer
Enjoying the summer is an essential part of getting ready before university life in September. Let’s be honest, you deserve the break after the last 12 months. And, luckily, you can fit a lot into what’s left of July and August. But if you did want to get into the swing of stretching your brain matter – even if only in short bursts – we’ve got you covered.
July 15th is World Youth Skills Day. Organised by the United Nations as a way to ensure that young people around the world would be equipped with the essential knowledge and skills that they would need to be successful.
University Taster Courses
If you want to have a better feel for what a specific course will be like come September, then taster days can provide that for you. If you’re not sure which course you want to study, they can be especially helpful to find out what to expect for your day-to-day student life – or close enough to it.
You can check out which universities are offering taster courses here. Please note that most taster courses have been moved online again this year.
Online summer courses
You don’t have to pay thousands of pounds to benefit from the wide range of online courses. Good news is that they are available to almost anyone, if you know where to look.
One example is the Open University’s OpenLearn platform. You can study a variety of topics from History & Art to Money and Business. Completion times vary but you will receive a statement of participation after completing the course. It’s worth browsing through the courses on offer and see if anything takes your interest.
Read books designed to prepare you for university study.
Transitioning from A-level to degree level can be a bit of a shock. You’ve swapping three or more subjects for one or two – but the workload can be more intense and structuring your study and assignments will require a bit more thought.
Picking up books that teach you how to best answer the questions asked of you in your assignments will save you time when researching and writing your essays. This allows you to focus on only the relevant material and avoid rambling in the text. Take advantage of your local library or buy books digitally to save money (and bag space).
Study a language.
As we covered in our benefits of learning another language blog, there are a number of reasons why you should improve your language skills this summer. Even if you’re not leaving the country, language skills can be very useful. Especially with employers later on.
Watching a film or tv show in another language, studying with an app, even for an hour a day can help you improve quickly.
Find work experience or volunteer.
Summer is the perfect time to get involved with local organisations. Or find a work placement to fill up some hours. Some placements do pay, but not all. You can also volunteer within your local community or online, which can be beneficial for your health and wellbeing, as well as giving back and giving you valuable experience.
You can learn more about the work being done for young people by the United Nations by visiting the website.
Getting serious about the environment we live in.
To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! For every percent we reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by we donate to one of our nominated charities.Show me all news
This year, Chinese New Year is on Saturday 10th February and it is the year of the Dragon Zodiac. The Chinese New Year date changes every year, but is always held between January 21st and February 20th, as the Chinese year follows the lunar calendar. The holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, (the winter solstice, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun), on December 21st.
Starting university can be a daunting experience for anyone, especially if you’re an international student who has travelled across the world to study in the UK.