Summer Festivals in Nottingham.

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Is there really a better way to spend a summer’s day than taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of a festival?

Festivals are also the perfect place to meet new people. Whether you get lost and find a cool group of people, or a lost soul stumbles upon your group, they are a great place to meet incredible people.

Here is a round-up of events that you won’t want to miss over the next few weeks:


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Lightest Night 2019 – Friday 21st June 2019

To celebrate the summer solstice, Nottingham will host its first-ever Lightest Night on Friday 21 June. Making the most of an expected 17 hours of daylight, the City will come to life from 5pm; offering all kinds of FREE entertainment.  Sample tasty treats from across the continent at the European Market in Old Market Square (until 10.30pm) and enjoy a few summery songs from the Nottingham City Tuneless Choir on the Council House steps (7pm). Throughout the evening, you can catch Can Samba doing their thing across the City Centre in a colourful carnival of tropical rhythms, then dance the night away with DJ Steve Cutz in Trinity Square.

You can find out more about Nottingham’s Lightest Night here.


The Great British Gin Festival - Nottingham

The Great British Gin Festival – Saturday 13th July 2019

The UK’s biggest gin festival arrives in town. Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by over 100 different gins from around the world! You can enjoy cocktail demonstrates and sample the many gins whilst enjoying live entertainment.

You can find out more about The Great British Gin Festival here.


Rum & Reggae Festival

Rum & Reggae Festival – Saturday 13th July 2019

Take a Rum journey around the world. Enjoy tasting rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, Cuba, South America & The United States.  There will be Carnival Dancers and Performances and traditional Jamaican food served such as jerk chicken and peas.

You can find out more about the Rum & Reggae Festival here.


Splendour Festival,

Splendour Festival – Saturday 20th July 2019

Nottingham’s favourite festival returns to the beautiful setting of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.

Headliners, Manic Street Preachers and The Specials, as well as Rag’n’Bone Man, All Saints and a whole host of artists, comedians and entertainers, will perform at the huge outdoor music event. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a fun fair, entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is Nottingham’s biggest party of the summer.

You can find out more about the Splendour Festival here.


Like the sound of life in Nottingham? See here for more information about Host student accommodation in Nottingham city centre or contact us on 0115 8240590 and we’ll be happy to help.

Top 5 Nottingham Events in Early May.

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With Easter holidays behind us and a new term about to start we have discovered plenty of things happening to beat those holiday blues. Check out our list of events happening in the city and discover poetry, ancient tents and pamper sessions.

Here are our top picks:


Nottingham Poetry Festival - 26th April to the 5th May

Nottingham Poetry Festival – 26th April to the 5th May

Calling all poets and poetry lovers, this is festival for you.   An array of acclaimed national and local poets and performers will be providing ten days of word jams, poetry slams, performances, songs and readings from some of the most renowned poets in the country.

You can find out more and the various locations at https://nottinghampoetryfestival.com/


The SunSet Run – 7th May – Lee Westwood Sports Centre

Make the most of a spring evening on Tuesday 7 May at 6.30pm and join like-minded runners in a 5k or 1.5k fun run around Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus.

The route will include the nature trail and surrounding areas, and there’ll even be a BBQ at the finish, so runners and their friends and family can purchase a bite to eat. It costs £5 for students entrants must be registered by Friday 3rd May.


Yoga Classes – 1st and 8th May at 7pm – Lace Market Studios

With deadlines looming, you’re bound to feel stressed.  While your student budget may not allow for regular classes at the local yoga studio, you can enjoy the perks of ‘free’ stress busting yoga right here in our social area, provided by All You Yoga.

Yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety.  Perfect to shake of the stresses and strains of studying.


The Magnificent Spiegeltent - 4th to the 18th May -  Old Market Square

The Magnificent Spiegeltent – 4th to the 18th May – Old Market Square

Spiegeltent literally translates as ‘mirror tent’. These 100yr old tents were built in Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and now regularly tour the world’s cities and festivals, showcasing music, circus, cabaret, theatre and comedy as well as food and drink.

The shows are of varying price and are expected to sell out quickly.    

More info and booking.


Unlimited Wellbeing Festival – 12th May – Motorpoint Arena

Enjoy free workshops and classes, browse amazing products from all over the world and get free advice from some of the most respected practitioners in the UK before indulging yourself with a luxurious massage or spa treatment in the pamper zone.

Tickets can be purchased online, via 0843 373 3000 or in person at the Motorpoint Arena Box Office and Nottingham Tourism Centre.


Like the sound of life in Nottingham? See here for more information about Host student accommodation in Nottingham city centre or contact us on 0115 8240590 and we’ll be happy to help.

6 ways to show kindness every day.

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Kindness is a choice and the more we choose to respond with kindness the more natural it will become. We must remember that It isn’t always apparent on the outside what struggles others may be facing are on the inside.

The good thing about kindness is that it’s contagious… it all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a person in need, one favour for a friend.

Here are a few simple ways to show kindness:

1 – Have a judgement free day.

Make today a day free of judgement in your words, thoughts and actions. Don’t let your fears or insecurities get in the way of truly getting to know someone.

2 – Encourage a classmate.

Who doesn’t love a little cheering on? Sometimes a few words of encouragement really go a long way if someone is feeling uncertain or unmotivated.

3 – Make a donation.

Even the smallest amounts can help.  Whether this is donating a food tin to the collection box at the check-out in the supermarket or sparing a few pennies to local charities.

We know that being a student means that sometimes funds can be tight, why not donate your time instead? Volunteer a few hours at a local charity shop, not only does this do wonders for the soul and the community it looks great on your C.V.

4 – Smile more.

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours” Smiling not only shows people that you are happy it is proven to make you feel happier and those around you.

5 – Strike up a conversation with a stranger.

For most people, striking up a conversation with strangers can be intimidating. However, doing so can lead to rewarding conversations and maybe brighten someone’s day that you took the time out to say hello. Why not strike up a conversation up someone in the library or the canteen and ask them what they are reading or what’s on the menu today?

6 – Give up your seat.

We all dash to get that last seat on the bus or the tram and feel some satisfaction that we don’t need to stand up hanging on for dear life to our stop. However, next time you are on a crowded tram or bus, why not give up your seat to the struggling mother or elderly person? Your kindness will not go unnoticed. 

So, if you want to feel instantly happier, try one of our top tips and spread the kindness on.

6 ways to spend less this Valentine’s Day

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailLove it or loathe it, the 14th February – or Valentine’s Day as it’s also known, is coming. Every year the prospect of Valentine’s Day is simultaneously met with excitement and horror.

If your bank account will barely stretch to another packet of M&Ms, let alone the Michelin star restaurant and bed of rose petals your other half has their eye on, then fear not, there are many fun ways that you can spoil your loved one without breaking the bank. To help you out, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite ideas to help get you started:

1. Eat out for less

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to go out with your date; more often than not, restaurants have set menus and special offers running on these special occasions. Whether it’s 3 courses at a discounted price or a free glass of bubbly with your meal, you’re sure to find something to suit your budget. Visit your favourite restaurant’s website or give them a call for more information or visit Go Dine for some of Nottingham’s top deals.

2. Dine in

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If you want to avoid doe eyed diners, why not treat your loved one to a home cooked meal? Cook up your favourite dish from scratch, have some fun cooking some heart-shaped pizzas together or buy a pre-made meal from the supermarket so you spend more time with your date, and less time in the kitchen! At Tesco you can buy one of their Finest meal deals for two which includes a starter, main dish, side dish, dessert and a bottle of wine for just £20.

3. Valentine’s scrapbook

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Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect card with just the right verse. So, why not add that personal touch and create your own? You could even make your own Valentine’s scrapbook and show your recipient just how much they mean to you. Shops such as Hobbycraft and Paperchase make it easy to get your hands on arts and craft materials, and they won’t break the bank either. If you’re more techy, you can upload photos and get a card or book printed online from sites such as Moonpig, Funky Pigeon or Snapfish.

4. The Lost City Adventure Golf

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If you’re looking for something a bit more entertaining this year, then head to The Lost City and celebrate with a difference. Whether it’s a date night or a mate night, enjoy a game of adventure golf before heading to the Tiki Bar for a limited-edition cocktail – all for just £13.50 (or 18.50 for two games).

5. Celebrate early

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Break the mould and celebrate a romantic evening with your loved one early! Not sure what to do? Why not take an orbital journey across the city of Nottingham to discover stunning light installations and exciting performances?  This year’s Light Night will take place on Friday 8th February from 6pm onwards. In Old Market Square, you can take a selfie in front of the massive 25m-wide installation or enjoy the Light Market attractions with a hand-picked selection of some of Nottingham’s best street food and independent traders.

6. Gift basket

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Show the person you love how well you know them by filling a small basket with some of their favourite things.  This doesn’t need to be expensive, you could fill it with bubble bath, chocolates, a small bottle of their favourite drink or their favourite snacks.

Beating the back to uni blues

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailJanuary; it’s cold, it’s dark and the festive fun is over for another year. You may have spent the past few weeks with family and friends, indulging in delicious food and drink, and enjoying long lie ins. But now it’s back to university, and back to the reality of revision, exams and a busy semester – it’s enough to make anyone feel a little blue.

But it doesn’t have to be all bad. It’s the start of a new year, which should be seen as a positive thing. You’ve got a whole year ahead of you to embrace opportunities, work hard and achieve your goals – whilst having fun and making wonderful memories along the way. Below are a few tips to help keep you positive and upbeat during the post-Christmas period…

1. Catch up with your friends
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Saying goodbye to your family and friends from home can be tough after the holidays, but don’t forget as you head back to your accommodation, your uni friends will be doing the same too so you won’t be alone. As it’s probably been a few weeks since you’ve all seen each other, why not arrange to get together and catch up on all the gossip before term starts?

2. Have a detox
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For most people, Christmas is an indulgent time of year with most diets going out the window. And after a few weeks of over eating and drinking, you may be feeling lethargic and bloated – which certainly won’t do your mood any favours. So, ditch the carbs and junk food and give your body a healthy detox. Opt for fresh, colourful and wholesome foods that are packed with vitamins and nutrients to keep you energised. You could even try drinking no alcohol and taking part in Dry January.

3. Focus on your studies
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Keeping yourself busy at university and working hard will not only distract you from the January blues and the winter lull, but it will do wonders for your grades. With the first semester already under your belt and only a few months until the end of the year, now is the time to really knuckle down, attend all of your lectures and really focus on being fully prepared for upcoming exams, assignments and dissertations.

4. Look ahead to summer
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The shortest day has already passed (21st December), which means things are already looking brighter – quite literally! The evenings will start to gradually get lighter and before we know it summer will be upon us. So, why not start planning how you’ll spend your summer? Whether it’s a holiday abroad, various shorter breaks in the UK, camping or festivals, having something planned will give you something to look forward to and work towards.

Hopefully keeping yourself occupied with something to focus on will lift your spirits and before you know it the long month of January will have passed. But if you are still feeling blue, be sure to talk to someone – whether it be a friend, flatmate, family member or someone at university or here at Host and let them know how you’re feeling.

Looking for student accommodation in Nottingham? Take a look at the room types available at Lace Market Studios or contact us on +44(0)1158 240 590 or at lacemarketstudios@host-students.com for more information about our accommodation for 2019/20.

Help stop hunger in the UK

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailAs the term draws to an end and Christmas is fast approaching, you’re probably feeling excited and getting ready to head home to your loved ones for Christmas.

And although for many, Christmas can be an exciting time of year, for those people living in poverty, this time of year can present its own difficulties. Some people are struggling to buy the basics, like food, and being able to afford toiletries and cleaning products can be out of the question, let alone having the money to buy extras like a Christmas tree or gifts.

But that’s where charities such as The Trussell Trust come in. They help to make a difference and provide support to those in desperate need – not just over this festive period, but all year round.

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, which work out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK and provide emergency food to people referred for support. Offering food, support services and signposting, the foodbanks all over the UK are there to help people out of the cycle of poverty.

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That’s why this December, we’ve chosen to support The Trussell Trust with their Christmas Appeal. In the reception of Lace Market Studios, you’ll find a very festive looking collection box where students and staff can donate any unwanted food items.

So, before you head home, why not check your cupboards and see what’s lurking at the back that you’ve not yet used. Whether it’s pot noodles and pasta, or soup and cereal, as long as it hasn’t been opened and is a non-perishable food item, we’d really appreciate your donations.

Although providing emergency food will not make someone’s Christmas perfect, it will help stop people going hungry, and remind them that they are not alone or forgotten.

To find out more about our collection at Lace Market Studios please pop down to Reception.     

Get involved with the #HostEnvironmentalPledge

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailAs October draws to a close, it’s hard to believe that university and lectures have been in full swing for several weeks already; where has the time gone?

And as you settle into your accommodation, if you haven’t already, we’d love for you to get involved with the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign.

What is the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign?

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We want to become more environmentally friendly and drive sustainability at Lace Market Studios. With the help from those living with us, we’re aiming to reduce our overall utilities (gas, electric and water) consumption by saving energy.

By adopting small actions such as turning off lights when leaving a room, or unplugging chargers when not in use, you can help. And in return for saving energy, we will be donating money to charity.

If we can reduce our overall energy consumption at Host by 1% then we will donate £10,000 to charity. A 2% reduction will see a donation of £20,000. 3% is £30,000, and so on. The 3 charities we’ve chosen to donate the money to at the end of the campaign are LandAidStudent Minds and Just A Drop.

While we recognise that switching things off isn’t the solution to climate change on its own, we think saving energy is a good building block. The actions adopted will also help to save you money on your bills if you move into private accommodation in the future. Not only that, but you will be helping to support these charitable causes through responsible living.

So, if you’re a current resident living with us, pop down to reception and find out more about making your pledge and how to get involved.

Keep an eye out throughout the year for more information on the campaign, the charities we’ll be supporting and some top energy saving tips!

10 top tips to help you meet new people

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailGoing to university is a big decision. You’re not only starting a journey to study something you have an interest in and eventually graduate with a degree, but you’re probably moving away from home for the first time and living in a new city where you might not know anyone. That’s why below, we’ve pulled together 10 top tips that will help you to meet new people in and around your student accommodation:

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If you’re interested in finding out more about our student accommodation or living with us here at Lace Market Studios in Nottingham, drop us an email at lacemarketstudios@host-students.com, call us on +44(0)1158 240 590 or pop in and see us and we’ll be happy to help.

7 ways to improve your health and wellbeing at university

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailAlthough many people will be excited and will embrace student life, for some, starting university and being a student can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. So, to ensure you make the most of your time as a student, there are some simple things you can do to help improve your health and wellbeing whilst at university…

1. Sleep

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Pulling the odd all-nighter and having a late night out with your friends every now and then is fine, but not getting enough sleep affects chemicals in the brain which can make us feel low and anxious. So, make sure you get as many good night’s sleep as possible to feel refreshed and recharged – you’ll wake up with a more positive attitude ready to take on the day ahead.

2. Get active

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Regular activity and exercise is not only good for your waistline and physical health, but also for your mental health and wellbeing. When you exercise you’ll see an immediate boost in your overall mood because your body releases chemicals called endorphins and these endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body. And you don’t need to run marathons to be active, even a brisk walk around the local park will help!

3. Do something for someone else

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Whether it’s volunteering in the community, raising money for a good cause or a simple random act of kindness such as helping an elderly person with their shopping bags or giving up your seat on a train for a pregnant person, helping others can make us feel good and improve our self-esteem, whilst reducing stress and negative feelings.

4. Stay social

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Long periods of being alone and isolated aren’t healthy, so interact with people regularly and grow your friendship network. Chat with others on your course, introduce yourself to fellow residents at your accommodation, join clubs and societies, get involved with any events at your university/college, accommodation or student’s union, volunteer in the community and embrace any work opportunities.

5. Have fun

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University isn’t just about studying and deadlines. It’s important to have fun, laugh as much as possible and enjoy yourself. Whether it’s playing a team sport, watching the latest movie at the cinema, catching up with friends over dinner or getting lost in a novel, be sure to make time for doing the things that make you happy.

6. Eat well

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Reaching for the convenience foods and sugary snacks might be an easy option as a student but they’re not the healthiest. These sugary foods are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream which may cause an initial ‘high’ or surge of energy, but it will soon wear off as the body increases its insulin production, leaving you feeling tired and low. However, a balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be protected by eating a well-balanced diet containing adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water.

7. Drink well

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Similar to your diet, you should maintain a health intake of fluids. Avoid drinks high in caffeine, or at least drink them in moderation, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, particularly if you are drinking alcohol. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll become dehydrated which can cause headaches and make you feel tired and dizzy.

Following these simple tips will help to improve your health and wellbeing whilst at university. However, if you do experience any problems throughout your studies, no matter how big or small they may be, you should always speak to someone and seek advice. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, a doctor, a support group, your university’s welfare department or a member of the Host team, they will be able to offer support, help and guidance.

 

8 Tips for international students moving to the UK

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailIf you’re an international student moving to Nottingham in the UK to study, you’re probably feeling excited, nervous and everything in between.

Not only are you getting ready to further your education, but you’ll be doing it in a completely new country that you’ll need to become familiar with; there’s a lot of things to consider in preparation for arriving in the UK.

But don’t panic, we’ve gathered a short list of some of the top things you need to consider prior to moving and for when you arrive in the UK…

1. Pack appropriate clothing

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If you hadn’t already heard, the UK is known for being wet and can also get quite cold at times! And when university starts in September, it will be autumn, which then moves into winter. So, it’s probably a good idea to pack suitable winter clothing such as a raincoat, jumpers, hat, scarf and gloves.

Though, the UK has great shops to buy new items so if you don’t want to pack everything or don’t have room in your bags, you can purchase clothes while you’re here.

2. Check for any baggage restrictions

When packing your bags, you should bear in mind the number of bags you are permitted to check-in and the weight allowance of your baggage when travelling to the UK. The last thing you want is to be stung with an additional baggage charge when you arrive at the airport.

There will also be restrictions on the types of items and quantities (e.g. 100ml liquids) that you can carry in your hand luggage. Double check the guidelines of the airline you are flying with for more information on baggage allowances and restricted items prior to travelling to prevent any problems.

3. Set up a UK bank account

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If you’re staying in the UK for more than a few months, you should consider setting up a UK bank account. Having a UK bank account will make it easier for you to pay any bills, help keep your money safe and you will avoid having to pay foreign currency charges.

There are lots of banks in the UK that you can open an account with including HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest, Santander, Halifax and Barclays. To open an account, you will need appropriate identification and documentation. Click here for more information about UK bank accounts.

4. Register with a local doctor

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When you arrive in the UK, you should register with a doctor at a surgery or health centre in the local area as soon as possible. The local doctor – also known as a ‘GP’ (General Practitioner), will be your first point of contact if you are ill and require medical treatment.

You shouldn’t wait until you are unwell or require medication to register as you may find yourself in a situation where you have to wait weeks rather than days to be seen. Similarly, you should register with a local dental practice as soon as possible.

5. Stay connected

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When you arrive in the UK, you’ll probably want to let your family and friends know you have arrived safely. But will your mobile phone work? If you have a mobile phone, then yes, it is likely it will still work in the UK. However, if you use your current international mobile service provider in the UK, there will be extremely high call and message charges when contacting home and even ringing local numbers.

So, if you’re staying in the UK for a while, you should purchase a UK SIM for day-to-day use. You can register for a Pay As You Go (PAYG) SIM card which means you have to top up the phone when your credit runs out. Or you can sign up for a monthly contract and pay a set amount each month and enjoy the benefits of inclusive minutes, messages and mobile date.

If you want to make an international call when you are in the UK, it is likely to be cheaper to use a provider such as LycaMobile or RebTel as they offer low-cost international calls.

And don’t forget if you’re staying with us at Lace Market Studios, we provide free internet and Wi-Fi in all bedrooms and throughout the building, so you can make free calls and video calls via apps such as Skype, Whatsapp and FaceTime.

6. Find your way around the city

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Travelling in a new country can be daunting. But the UK is well connected and offers various forms of transport, which makes getting about quick and easy.

For shorter journeys in Nottingham, you can travel by road in a taxi. Taxis are a convenient way to get from A to B, such as from the train station to your accommodation or back to your accommodation after a night out. You can order a taxi in Nottingham from your phone using the Uber app.

Travelling by bus is often one of the cheapest ways to travel around the local area. You’ll find bus stops located in various places around the city centre, with universities having dedicated bus stops and bus services running to the campuses.

In Nottingham there’s also a tram service operating in the city. The trams run along tracks right through the streets of the city, stopping at specific stops along the lines.

7. Stock up on the essentials

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In Nottingham, there are a variety of supermarkets to shop in – with many being open 24/7. Some of the main UK supermarket chains include Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s Aldi, Lidl, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

You’ll also find that these chains have smaller, more convenient express stores which offer extended opening hours and can be found on high streets and in smaller districts of the city.

Many of the large supermarkets have aisles dedicated to international cuisine, where you can find foods and ingredients that you are familiar with back home.

But if you’re new to the UK and want to try something new, some traditional British dishes include fish and chips, sausages and mash, a full English breakfast, a Sunday roast and afternoon tea.

8. Find a place to live

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If you’re moving to the UK, you’re going to need somewhere to live whilst you study. There are many options available to students including living in private student accommodation such as Lace Market Studios.

Our luxury student accommodation is hassle-free and all-inclusive so you haven’t got to worry about paying any bills – it’s all included in your rent. We have a variety of studios to choose from, all of which come fully equipped with everything you need to make yourself at home as a student, including an en-suite bathroom, private kitchen area and dedicated study space.

Take a look at our room types or contact us on +44(0)1158 240 590 or at lacemarketstudios@host-students.com for more information about our student accommodation.