Xenia Students https://www.xeniastudents.com/ A leading UK student accommodation and housing provider Wed, 16 Nov 2022 15:36:44 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 New Bookings Opening Soon! https://www.xeniastudents.com/bookings2023-2024/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 15:17:05 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=29152 We Are Excited To Announce Our New Bookings Open 28th November! Why book with us? Here at Xenia Students we offer accommodation for students attending some of the most popular universities in the UK Chester Glasgow Liverpool Middlesbrough Newcastle Nottingham Sheffield Sunderland   Like having your own space? We offer private student accommodation with all […]

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We Are Excited To Announce Our New Bookings Open 28th November!

Why book with us?

Here at Xenia Students we offer accommodation for students attending some of the most popular universities in the UK

  • Chester
  • Glasgow
  • Liverpool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Sunderland

 

Like having your own space?

We offer private student accommodation with all bills included (this includes water, utilities and Wi-Fi!) at affordable prices.

We have a wide range of room types from private studios to 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

Each room comes with either a single or double bed, personal kitchenen-suite bathroom and a study area. Some studios even come with smart TV’s!

All our students have access to excellent social areas including gymscinema roomsstudy rooms and games rooms.

All rooms at are available for dual occupancy too – at no additional cost!

 

Be quick bookings open on the 28th November…

In the meantime why not join our waiting list here?

Already a student and want to re-book? Speak with your Accommodation Manager today and find out what options are available.

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Money Saving & Living Tips https://www.xeniastudents.com/money-saving-living-tips/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 08:28:00 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=28756 Money Saving & Living Tips “The pound slid to its lowest level in almost four decades…” We could all do with some extra help this year! Follow these steps below to financial security while still making the most of your year… It is a daunting time knowing it’s your first year living away from home […]

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Money Saving & Living Tips

“The pound slid to its lowest level in almost four decades…” We could all do with some extra help this year! Follow these steps below to financial security while still making the most of your year…

It is a daunting time knowing it’s your first year living away from home and hearing all the news headlines about the cost of living going up! So, as it’s a new experience it’s a good idea to budget your way through the weeks.

Tip One:

Create a budget planner, this can be done on excel or on paper! Write into a table your income / student loan & your common expenses including bills and utilities. Add another column for groceries, shopping, Transport, eating out & entertainment. Work out how much you can spend on each and stick to the spending budget. You may even be able to save a small amount each week!

Tip Two:

Whilst making a shopping list for your groceries why not consider these cheap recipes.

“The pound hit the lowest since 1985” leading us to a cost of living crisis, store prices including groceries, clothing etc have increased.

Tip three:

A good way to lower the cost whilst being a student is to sign up to UNiDays and use your student discount in stores & online. Every little saving really does add up and always ask for student discount, if you don’t ask you don’t get!

Tip Four:

Here at Xenia Students we offer a Refer a Friend scheme with a reward of £125 in Gift pay vouchers. These vouchers can be used on meaningful shops… why not use them for groceries and clothing. Gift Pay has a wide range of choices Amazon, Costa, Greggs, Iceland, morrisons and M&S are some of the many stores you could buy some extra food.

“Household energy prices increased by over 50% in April 2022” and are due to increase in October! As a student at Xenia students’ prices only increase YOY (Whilst in a tenancy. T&C apply for Scotland) all bills are included in your stay. So, rest assure you will not need to worry about the rise in electric costs, water or gas bills.

Tip Five:

You can wash and dry clothes in our building’s laundry room. You add credit to the app in order to use the machines! But why not buy a drying rail and air your own washing, out rather than spending money on a drying cycle.

Tip Six:

A part time job. You will usually find yourself with a maximum of 14 hours contact time and roughly 10 hours independent work a week. This still leaves you with 11 hours a week, before you hit the typical 40 hours for full time employment. Why not use this time to pick up some extra work to have extra cash, but don’t worry… you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy your nightlife!

We suggest looking on indeed, looking out for advertisements on shop windows and finally looking on Facebook.

Remember its always kind to help others so if you can donate anything to your local food bank or take anything to charity please do. We hope these tips help you and others, as we all need help through these tough times!

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How to support LGBTQ+ and why? https://www.xeniastudents.com/how-to-support-lgbtq-and-why/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:58:04 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=28667 Pride month… is dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQ+ voices, and a celebration of LGBTQ+ culture. The movement is to promote acceptance, equality, and basic human rights to all. Throughout the month of June there are parades, protests, drag performances, live theatre, memorials and celebrations of the life for members of the community. LGBTQ+ events […]

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Pride month…

is dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQ+ voices, and a celebration of LGBTQ+ culture. The movement is to promote acceptance, equality, and basic human rights to all. Throughout the month of June there are parades, protests, drag performances, live theatre, memorials and celebrations of the life for members of the community. LGBTQ+ events continue throughout the year and are for all to be a part of, so get involved and enjoy yourselves! What does LGBTQ+ stand for?

L = Lesbian

G = Gay

B = Bisexual

T = Transgender

Q = Queer or Questioning

+ = Plus, is used to signify all the gender identities and sexual orientations that are not specifically covered by the other five individuals.

As a world we have come a long way and the support for the LGBTQ+ community has grown, but there is always more everyone can do. We recommend learning and teaching yourself the importance through reliable sources and the LGBTQ+ community / society at your Universities’ Students Union. Your Students Union is a great social hub for you to learn about the people in your community and wider world. Additional sources that we suggest you to read is the BBC Newsround for history and details.

You may believe that accepting someone is enough but taking part in pride month is also actively supporting everyone as they are. It also goes beyond the month of June; many events take place throughout the year… so why not get involved?

Further reading that we recommend is from the Government Equalities Office as they have published a Study from 2018. This is a great read on how This government is committed to making the UK a country that works for everyone. We want to strip away the barriers that hold people back so that everyone can go as far as their hard work and talent can take them”.

But the work isn’t over, and progress will be continued to be made “Despite this progress, we cannot get complacent”

It is important to lead by example and help teach the importance at a young age. Additionally, at University you will meet many people from all walks of life, it is important to education yourself about Pride and other communities.

Movements

To celebrate 50 years since the UK had its first Pride Protest March in London of 1972, the Royal Mint and Pride in London have worked together to create a Pride 50p coin. This huge milestone is the first time the LGBTQ+ community has been celebrated on a currency, to share the importance of Pride and the LGBTQ+ community.

Do you know what the stripes of the pride flag represent?

Get involved and let your rainbow colours show this month and every month.

Where you can celebrate pride as a student:

Chester Pride: Starting from 12pm on the 13th of August at Castle Street, CH1 2DN

Glasgow Pride: Starting from 12pm on the 25th of June at Greendyke Street, G1 5

Liverpool Pride: Starting from 12pm on the 30th of July at St Georges Hall, L1 1JJ

Newcastle Pride: Starting from 12pm on the 23rd of July at The Town Moor, NE2 4PZ

Nottingham Pride: Starting from 12pm on the 30th of July at Market Square, NG1 1PB

Sheffield Pride: Starting from 11am on the 16th of July at Peace Gardens, S1 2HH

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Three Reasons to Study In… https://www.xeniastudents.com/three-reasons-to/ Fri, 27 May 2022 14:09:50 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=28634 Three Reasons to Study In… So, you’ve finally chosen what you’d like to study and now realised picking the right location is equally, if not more important? Well, look no further because we’re going to be highlighting a handful of reasons to study in some of the UK’s most popular student hotspots. Choosing the right […]

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Three Reasons to Study In…

So, you’ve finally chosen what you’d like to study and now realised picking the right location is equally, if not more important? Well, look no further because we’re going to be highlighting a handful of reasons to study in some of the UK’s most popular student hotspots. Choosing the right environment can really shape how your University experience goes, so be as picky as you would if you were booking a holiday!

Chester

  • Originally founded as a Roman fortress named “Deva” in the year 79, Chester has a rich and exciting history which can still be seen everywhere you turn.
  • Despite the hundreds of shops and activities available such as a day out at Cheshire Oaks, the zoo or racecourse, you still won’t have to travel far due to Chester’s compact size!
  • Chester is perfectly situated next to North Wales for all your summertime adventures.

Glasgow

  • As the biggest city in Scotland its no surprise that Glasgow has so much to offer including four leading universities to choose from!
  • Balance is key to a happy life and luckily Glasgow is surrounded by some of most incredible nature spots so if you get bored of the city life you can always take a hike in any direction to disconnect.
  • Glasgow’s legendary music scene has something for everyone and events that you won’t want to miss including TRNSMT and Riverside Festival.

Liverpool

  • Scousers are some of the most loud, loyal, and cultured football fans that you’ll ever meet considering Liverpool is home to not one but two Premier League teams!
  • Recent studies have shown that Liverpool is the 8th cheapest place to study as well as party with bars such as the The Raz serving £1 drinks on selected beers and ciders.
  • Experience the full British music experience here in the city that gave us The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Elvis Costello & Deaf School.

Middlesbrough

  • Due to the industrial decline, Middlesbrough is the cheapest town on our list, take advantage of the low living costs as you study towards your degree.
  • Birthplace of the Parmo, a shallow fried breaded cutlet of chicken or pork, oven baked with a coat of bechamel sauce and cheddar cheese.
  • Middlesbrough has great links outside of the city centre offering a bus network which makes it possible to venture out and enjoy the nearby beaches that Teesside has to offer! You can even catch the train to Newcastle City Centre in under an hour.

Newcastle

  • Understanding the local accent may be challenging at first but Geordies truly are a friendly group of people, and their witty humour is undefeated.
  • Newcastle is one of the most condensed cities in the UK meaning every part is within a 15-minute walk.
  • There is a night out for everyone here and if you manage to get bored then just make your way down to Newcastle’s neighbouring student city – Sunderland, as stated before you can get there in under an hour.

Nottingham

  • If you’re a fan of history and adventure, then what better city to study in than the birthplace of Robin Hood? The 500+ caves are sure to keep you occupied too, just don’t get lost!
  • Social life is booming with more than 60,000 students living here each year and the high employment rate means its common for graduates to stay in Nottingham.
  • You can expect to find some very well-connected transport links here in Nottingham which is lucky considering you’ll be at the heart of the UK.

Sunderland

  • Cost of living here has always been more reasonable compared to the alternatives, a bus ticket to the beach will cost you no more than £2.50.
  • Sunderland may be smaller than Newcastle, but the good news is you’re only a short train journey away.
  • If you’re a morning person, then you won’t want to miss the sunrise at the beautiful golden beaches of Roker and Seaburn!

Sheffield

  • Formerly known as the “Steel City”, Sheffield is now the greenest city in Europe thanks to its two million trees and 650+ designated green spaces.
  • Sheffield’s Students’ Union has been ranked as the best in the UK for four years running! You don’t need a better reason to get involved with their plentiful activities and societies.
  • If you’re a true explorer, then you’ll be over the moon to hear that the Peak District National Park is Sheffield’s back garden.

If you’re still unsure of where you’d like to spend the next few years, then don’t worry as we’ve barely touched surface on what each area has to offer. On the other hand, if you’re ready to fly the nest then you may benefit from our other blogs such as Top Tips for Students Moving in & First Year Student Survival Guide.

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Health & Fitness https://www.xeniastudents.com/health-and-fitness/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 13:27:37 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=28567 How To Improve Your Health and Fitness It’s no secret that looking after your health and fitness is the best investment you can make, especially at a young age. Do you know why exercise has a multitude of benefits? It can help reduce the risks of developing many physical and mental health conditions. So, what’s […]

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How To Improve Your Health and Fitness

It’s no secret that looking after your health and fitness is the best investment you can make, especially at a young age. Do you know why exercise has a multitude of benefits? It can help reduce the risks of developing many physical and mental health conditions. So, what’s stopping you? Sometimes getting started can be the hardest part!

Getting Started

Before getting started, it is important to highlight your own goals and not to compare your journey to anyone else; it’s you, against you. Did you know that 42 percent of people are more likely to follow through with a goal if it’s been written down? Well now you do! So, get your notebook at the ready and don’t worry about what goals other people are setting for themselves. As everyone is on their own unique path. You may be ready to run your first marathon or simply want to walk more often. No matter your goal the first step to a healthier lifestyle is acknowledging that change is required.

Health Tips

Staying hydrated – It’s common knowledge that water is important for your health, and avoiding sugar filled drinks. However, this doesn’t mean cut them out completely, be more conscious of better choices. Aim for 8 pints of water a day.

Breakfast – The most important meal of the day as it breaks overnight fasting and gives you an energy boost which can shape how your day starts.

Whole Foods Throwing a pizza in the oven or calling your local takeaway might be the easiest option but over time it can impact your health. Look for whole foods that haven’t been industrially processed as they offer the most nutrition and vitamins. Read this article for more information.

Sleep – Many people overlook the fact that they aren’t doing the basics. A good night’s sleep has many benefits, aim for 8 hours at a similar time to give your body and mind the rest it needs.

Disconnect – Sometimes you just need to unplug from what we now call “reality” and instead spend more time living in the moment. Focus on reconnecting with nature or finding an interesting book to get lost in. You can learn a lot about yourself through meditation, it can be a method to disconnect properly from digital life. Read this beginners guide.

Socialise – University offers an abundance of social opportunities, be tactful and chose which would benefit you most. Don’t always seek night outs, you can socialise and join clubs that get you active.

Health and Fitness Apps

Nike Training Club – Great range of workouts.

Completely Free.

MyFitnessPal – Track calories, break down ingredients, and log activities to reach your goals.

Free or £7.99 a month.

Headspace – Mindfulness app for stress, insomnia, anxiety, meditation, yoga and self-improvement.

Free or £9.99 a month.

Down Dog – Beginner’s guide to Yoga.

Free or £9.99 a month.

Map My Run – Best app for tracking runs, walks, hiking and cycling.

Free or £3.56 a month.

7 Minute Workout – Short workout guides that require no equipment.

Free or £17.49 every 3 months.

*All available on iOS & Android

Find your Local Gyms

Chester

  • Xenia Students – Free on-site Gym at Chronicle House
  • PureGym, Stendall Road, CH1 4LU – 29 min walk from Chronicle House

 

Glasgow

  • Xenia Students – Free on-site Gym at Robert Owen House
  • PureGym, Bath Street, G2 3ER – 2 min walk from Robert Owen House
  • The Gym Group, Argyle Street, G2 8BU – 1 min walk from Central House & 13 min from St Andrews Court
  • PureGym, Hope Street, G2 6AE – 6 min walk from Central House & 16 min from St Andrews Court

 

Liverpool

  • Xenia StudentsFree on-site Gym at Stanley Court
  • The Gym Group, Great Charlotte Street, L1 1QR – 8 min walk from Stanley Court & 28 min from St. Cyprians
  • PureGym, Ranelagh Street, L1 1QE – 11 min walk from Stanley Court & 26 min from St. Cyprians

 

Middlesbrough

 

Newcastle

  • Xenia StudentsFree on-site Gym at Burgess House
  • PureGym, St. James’ Blvd, NE1 4BN – 1 min walk from Burgess House
  • The Gym Group, Newgate Street, NE1 5RF – 12 min walk from Burgess House

 

Nottingham

  • Xenia StudentsFree on-site Gym at Avalon Court, Maid Marian House & Minerva House
  • The Gym Group, Trinity Square, NG1 4AF – 3 min walk from Bard House, 7 min from Avalon Court, 9 min from Minerva House & 10 min from Maid Marian House

 

Sunderland

  • Xenia StudentsFree on-site Gym at All Saints House
  • PureGym, Newcastle Road, SR6 0BN – 3 min walk from All Saints House

 

Sheffield

  • Xenia Students Free on-site Gym at Sovereign Newbank
  • PureGym, Manton Street, S2 4BA – 23 min walk from Sovereign Newbank
  • The Gym Group, Brookshaw Park, S3 8RW – 8 min walk from Sovereign Newbank

Gym Prices

Xenia Student Accommodation Gym – Completely Free!

PureGym – £9.99 a month – Students can join for free and receive 30% off with Unidays

The Gym Group – £18.99 a month – Students can receive 15% off with Unidays

As the days become longer and spring turns into summer, it’s a great opportunity to get yourself into a good routine and focus on your health and fitness. Which in-turn can help you through the final stages of your university year, as stress levels rise during this period, exercise can help you reset. Doing the basics on drinking more water and sleeping for 8 hours can also help alleviate those stresses but boost your mental state. Our recommendation is to focus on your physical and mental health. Take advantage of our on-site gyms or close by facilities that are within walking distance. Summer is just around the corner and we can’t wait!

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Second Term Blues https://www.xeniastudents.com/second-term-blues/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 12:51:44 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=28463 Second Term Blues – are you stuck between too much socialising or not enough work? What are second term blues This is quite common among students, going from your first term into your second term. This can be because your first term is usually full of fun and opportunity to socialise more than you usually […]

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Second Term Blues – are you stuck between too much socialising or not enough work?

What are second term blues

This is quite common among students, going from your first term into your second term. This can be because your first term is usually full of fun and opportunity to socialise more than you usually would. So, you can imagine already the pitfalls of now going back to a more ‘normal’ routine, as university coursework and exams start to kick in again. Or for the first time if you are a first year. This is the time period when you see most people drop out of university.

It can be overwhelming when a lot of university work starts to come your way. And you might be experiencing thoughts like – Am I good enough? Do I want to be here? I am getting into a lot of debt, and many more reasons.

We are here to tell you that you are experiencing normal feelings!

Below we have addressed some of the common reason that might be causing the second term blues, but also how to can combat them going forward and get through your second term, even if you have been here before.

Coming Back To Reality

For first years this can be the hardest thing, due to your first term being fully about settling in, making friends and seeing the city.

Add structure to your day, your routine might be off due to staying up late and not having much of a focus from university and work.

Our tips would be to create your own routine in preparation and look at the academic year ahead, start planning your free time. Also, join a society that you can start to structure your time around, so you don’t find yourself drifting through university life. The biggest, get active and get some monostructural exercise in… in other words GET SWEATY. This helps re-balance your brains chemicals after loads of drinking and gets positive endorphins flowing.

Changes In Friends

Friendship groups change consistently at university and you will find yourself in a few circles but eventually lean towards one more than the other. Others around you will do this too, this is okay – find your groove, people that like you. Equally, you might find yourself having not made that many friends yet and in need of a group that you can relate to.  Sometimes it takes time and don’t be upset that you haven’t found it yet.

Our tip is to continue to be yourself, try new things that excite you and expose yourself to new activities with like minded people. Join a gym, join a group, join a book club, join the cricket team, whatever it may be – just make sure you put yourself out there and follow your path.

Academic Challenges

You might not be doing as well as you thought.

You might find the new way of learning challenging, as the independent approach isn’t taught prior to university. This is a big learning curve that takes time to understand, learning and working independently can be hard for everyone but a skill that must be acquired to achieve at your work and beyond the scope of University.

We have a solution, as you make friends with people on your course, you should offer to meet up and study together. This allows you to bounce ideas off each other and even find the answers together… like the old saying, two brains are better than one.

We already touched on this early but find a structure and find a plan that you can stick to and balance with your social life.

Finances

A struggle for many students as they start to weigh up how much things are going to start costing, as you might have spent most of your summers savings on going out and drinking.

Form a budget and stick to it but make it flexible so you can still have freedom.

Take on a part time job – the extra pennies could help support your nights out. It will also allow you to build your CV, which is very important come post university.

Its Dark and Cold

Seasonal blues impact many people as its dark and cold out. The lack of vitamin c your body is naturally getting during summer can cause you to feel down. Sunlight is a natural anti-depressant, so trying to expose yourself to it every day is important. While you are studying try and get outside for at least 20-30 minutes during day light.

Uncertainty Around Coronavirus

A common issue that has surrounded all of us over for the past two years and we can now start to see the worst of it is behind us. You might be entering your second term with new regulations and new standards of work again. The constant change can challenge your ability, but you should be proud of yourself for being flexible and adapting through the hard times as these lessons will a lifetime.

We’d like to mention our partners Student Minds, as they continue to support students cross the country.

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January Exams https://www.xeniastudents.com/january-exams/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 09:16:42 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=28160 How to start the new year by acing those exams This might sound counterproductive, but every student needs time off during Christmas to relax. Much like everyone else, for Students, Christmas holidays can be a hard and stressful time to switch off and enjoy themselves. Whether it be working, planning Christmas events or the worry […]

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How to start the new year by acing those exams

This might sound counterproductive, but every student needs time off during Christmas to relax. Much like everyone else, for Students, Christmas holidays can be a hard and stressful time to switch off and enjoy themselves. Whether it be working, planning Christmas events or the worry of January exams. So, the first tip is:

Take time off during December

Use this period wisely or not so wisely, either way make sure you have some time off to reset your body and mind from the year you’ve just completed. It is important to reflect and reset your goals for the new year. This builds the foundations for another great year. Even better, start your first exams of the year with a successful result.

Routine

Now, you might hear often, ‘get your revision done early’ and ‘you have the rest of the day for yourself’. We are here to tell you that isn’t the case. We want you to find your own routine, what ever that may be for you. We understand that everyone has their own routine but many of us don’t find what works for us and our lifestyles. You might prefer exercising in the morning and getting your revision done in the evening before bed. You might be able to cram revise weeks before. You might have to start your revision months in advance and chip away at it slowly over time. The important take away is you should find what your strengths are with revision and use them. Once you get this it will flow, and you will be able trust in yourself to achieve the best grade you possibly can.

Sleep enough

With tip 2 being said the most valuable form of recovery is sleep. Mentally and physically it will reset you for another day of work. We recommend getting around 8 hours of sleep as this is the average for a grown adult. However, every human has their optimal time to sleep. Some people feel more tired for sleeping more and can be counterproductive for their day. Equally not getting enough sleep can result in having less energy and lack focus for the day ahead. Research and figure out your optimal time for sleep is, it could be 6, 7, 8 or 9 hours of sleep. Make a routine and form a body clock to make sure it all comes naturally, rather than dipping in out of different body clocks. Which we understand can be difficult being a student when going out only appears around the hours of 9pm and 4am, prime sleeping time.

Food

Food is fuel, and fuel is energy for you to work. Make sure you are eating a variety and balanced diet that hits your MACROs. This mean the amount of carbs, proteins, fats and nutrients you need in relation to your weight and goal. We expect students to eat more during exam periods due to the sedentary lifestyle that will come with reading and doing mock exams for hours on end. It is important to move regularly but understand the correct food to fuel your study sessions. And yes, a sweet treat and plenty of sugar is okay! Use it to reward yourself, you deserve to eat well and study well.

Phone Free Zone

Spend a proportion of your day and revision session away from your phone. Don’t worry the world isn’t going to change if you don’t see that Instagram story or reply to that text about a night out straight away. Spending some valuable time away form your phone each day can increase your productivity and focus you on the task in hand. It is recommended to wait an hour after you wake up before looking at your phone to focus you on a morning routine. Also, to spend another hour before bed away from your phone to help you unwind correctly, away from led lights and distracting videos or social media posts. When you are revising it is good to take breaks but when working we encourage you not to look at your phone in this time zone. Once on break you can consume as much phone as you want. Over the course of a day your breaks should get more regular and top up your focus.

Sometimes its not your day

It’s okay to have unproductive days and days where work is harder than usual, or you might not get as much work done. What is important is to forgive yourself and move on, as this does not define you but the way you react does. Wake up the next day wanting to work again, and the next day and the next day. Putting 100% in will always, always give you the results you want.

Our final tip would be to check out student minds for their support during the Christmas exam period or any exams in the future. They offer support during other worries in your life too, they can be a community to lean on when things are hard but also when things aren’t. Someone to talk to and share your problems with and solve.

Dedicated Exam Stress Page

Support Section

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Parent and Guardians Guide to University https://www.xeniastudents.com/parents-guardians-guide-to-university/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 16:03:36 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=27171 Parents and Guardians Guide to University Are they leaving the nest for the first time? Or are they preparing for another year? Whichever one it is, as a parent it can be worrying leaving them in their new home. We want to help answer your concerns and tell you all about how we’re making conscious […]

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Parents and Guardians Guide to University

Are they leaving the nest for the first time? Or are they preparing for another year? Whichever one it is, as a parent it can be worrying leaving them in their new home. We want to help answer your concerns and tell you all about how we’re making conscious efforts to support all our students. Not just from a Letting agent and housing point of view, but from a mental health front too. This is because we are partnered with Student Minds, they are a UK charity that creates confidence in young minds, creating a community for them to talk openly about their struggles. Our work alongside them involves raising awareness, money and creating content for students to interact with and be a part of. Take a short read of our Walking Challenge ‘ The 20 mile Edale Skyline Walk from Hope Valley’ blog where we raised over £980 for Student Minds. Our pledge to make an impact and be the front runners in raising awareness for student’s mental health.

Discover more about us and what we stand for in our short video:

All Bills Included

Nice and simple, all bills are included in their rent, so our students won’t incur any hidden costs or go over on usage for water, electricity and Wi-Fi. We also include contents insurance, so personal belongings are protected too!

Security

All our buildings have CCTS and a dedicated out of hours team are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! We understand that safety is of the utmost importance. We want you to feel happy knowing your loved one is in safe hands.

On-site Accommodation team

Each city has its own Accommodation Team who are on hand to assist with any problems or concerns. They’ll offer support throughout a Students stay with us and be their first point of contact. They also help organise social events and gatherings which helps create a friendly, comfortable and positive place to stay.

Student Ambassadors

We encourage students staying with us to get involved with us straight away. By becoming one of our Social Ambassadors! They could have the opportunity to organise the next social event and be regularly involved with social activities for the building. This is a great way for them to enjoy themselves and boost their CV, we want to provide skills for our students to take away beyond their stay with us.

Double Occupancy Studios

For any students wanting to live with a friend or partner, we don’t charge any extra for double occupancies! Lots of our rooms are available for double occupancies so contact us today to find out more.

How can you help prepare them for this move?

Our work with Student Minds will help students feel at ease, especially if they’ve never lived away from home before. Get them prepared with the right information, not just what they are going to pack for the move. Take a light read of our ‘Top Tips for Students Move In 2021’ blog. We also encourage bringing less and giving them a good excuse to visit home again. This is a great tip for easing them into their new home. Also, most little things you can pick up cheaply from a local store to save some space on the car trip, making your journey safer and less expensive.

Check out their university website for details on semester dates, so you can arrive early to unpack and be organised for the year. We provide every student with one of our welcome packs which includes a variety of different things such as: a handwritten welcome card, a Student handbook with handy tips and tricks, a city map to make navigating easier, a notepad, Xenia custom coffee cup and lanyard for their door key.

Need ideas on activities when you drop them off?

Sometimes figuring out a new city can be difficult if you’ve never been there before. We are on hand to suggest secret gems and common places to go in each city. This is a sure way for you as a parent too, to feel like you know the new city like the back of your hand. This can help students settle in but also give you ideas on where to take them when you visit. Take a read of ‘What to do now you’ve moved in?’ for helpful information.

Rooms professionally clean for new tenants, ensuring Covid cleanliness to all our building

We know you might be worried about what University looks like post pandemic, as students start to mix again. We take cleanliness in our buildings really seriously and ensure each room is prepared for new students. We also encourage each student to do their bit in keeping the building clean and to take their rubbish out to our secure rubbish disposal areas. We understand that life can get busy and cleaning chores are the last thing anyone wants to do, that’s why we say, little and often works best. Don’t let it build up and take things out whenever you pass the bins. We carry out routine checks on each room to ensure standards are being met for the whole building, so they can enjoy student life feeling like they’ve never left the comfort of their own home.

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Haunted Accommodation https://www.xeniastudents.com/haunted-accommodation/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 08:12:17 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=27324 The Haunted Student Accommodation Watch out Halloween is around the corner; you don’t want it to creep up and scare you. So, we’ve put together a list of recipes and things to do. So, you can enjoy a thrilling Halloween with plenty of tricks and mainly TREATS. Recipes You might be too old to go […]

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The Haunted Student Accommodation

Watch out Halloween is around the corner; you don’t want it to creep up and scare you. So, we’ve put together a list of recipes and things to do. So, you can enjoy a thrilling Halloween with plenty of tricks and mainly TREATS.

Recipes

You might be too old to go trick or treating, so why not skip the long walk and just make the treats? We recommend taking a look at BBC Good Food, they have scarily good inspiration.

These are some of our favourites from BBC Good Food. This will get your Halloween off to a spooky start.

cocktail halloween

Night Outs

Fancy Dress night outs. Yes, you heard me correctly, many night clubs will hold a fancy-dress event. Become your favourite Halloween character and get into the spirit of things. Search on Facebook, Twickets and Skiddle for events near you this Halloween, so you don’t miss out.

Fancy Dress Ideas

Are you struggling to decide what fancy dress is the scariest? Or which fake blood will last the longest? Or maybe you don’t know where to start with best practise to be a ghost. We recommend find your local fancy dress shop and support the local economy after a tough year. Luvyababes is a common fancy dress shop in most cities across the UK, they have a great selection of everything you need. Check out their website before you head to the store.

Film Night

Not going out? We’ve got a list of films that will make you hide behind your sofa. From classic jump scare films to the ones that leave you with a long chill afterwards.

It

If clowns are your thing, then you won’t go far wrong with the iconic Pennywise giggle. When all he wants to do is play a game, how could you refuse? One of our top recommendations and should be a staple of your scary film night in.

Gerald’s game

A Netflix’s original that will certainly get you with a few jump scares, and leave you running up your stairs when the lights go out. An easy background watch that is a certain crowd pleaser, it has everything you in need in a late-night popcorn flick.

It Follows

Unusual, interesting and will make you watch your back. This horror film is a modern classic. It’ll certainly give you the creeps when you’re with a lot of people, a new twist. A typical a horror film will scare you to never be alone, this flips that idea on its head.

The Visit

Just off to visit your grandparents, what could possibly go wrong? Yes, you guessed it, quite literally everything. It’ll be one of your most terrifying visits to your grandparents and make you think twice before going to get treats. This film rates highly on IMDB and rotten tomatoes, get it on and don’t think twice. Well maybe because you won’t forget it.

The Strangers

A remote house? Nothing scary about that is there. However, a knock, knock comes, and you are beginning to think just why you would ever want to be in a house in the middle of nowhere. As this couple spends some quality time away with each other, this trip certainly changed their lives for ever.

 

We hope this spooky addition to our blogs has got you in the mood to be scared.

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Xenia Students Walking Challenge https://www.xeniastudents.com/xenia-walking-challenge/ https://www.xeniastudents.com/xenia-walking-challenge/#comments Tue, 28 Sep 2021 14:58:26 +0000 https://www.xeniastudents.com/?p=27073 Xenia Students Walking Challenge ‘The 20 Mile Edale Skyline Walk from Hope Valley’ We are thrilled to say that WE DID IT! in just over 10 hours, more importantly that we’ve currently raised £700 for Student Minds. The fund raising hasn’t stopped there, any additional donations would be greatly appreciated to help highlight the importance […]

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Xenia Students Walking Challenge ‘The 20 Mile Edale Skyline Walk from Hope Valley’

We are thrilled to say that WE DID IT! in just over 10 hours, more importantly that we’ve currently raised £700 for Student Minds. The fund raising hasn’t stopped there, any additional donations would be greatly appreciated to help highlight the importance of mental health.

We started the journey in high spirits. As rain set in on the first leg of the journey, character, teamwork and strength was tested to navigate through the clouds.

We quickly found ourselves at the 10-mile mark and we headed out of the rain as quick as we could. The pub was tempting at this stage, however we continued to push on.

The monotonous pounding to the feet, knees and legs started to take its toll as the rolling hills set in for the final stretch. We found ourselves on top of Mam Tor trig point almost being blown away, not just by the views.

After setting off around 8am we had finally made it back in to Hope Valley Village. Rewarding, painful, fun and testing are all words we would use to describe this challenge. Would we do it again? YES.

Purpose

Student Minds are a UK charity that empower students and members of the university community to look at their own mental health, support others and create change. Through collaborative work with institutions, students’ unions and other organisations involved in the higher education, they take a whole-university approach giving knowledge, confidence and skills to look after your own mental health. While supporting peers and enabling them to create change in their community, a community we want to be a part of.

Our Partnership with Student Minds and Student Space is top priority, as we understand the impacts university can have on a student’s mental health. Needless to say, the past year with the global pandemic has added to the pressure of staying on top everyone’s mental health state. We’ve gone another step beyond with supporting blogs and dedicated social media posts.

Challenge

An epic walking challenge across the Peak District, more specifically the Edale Skyline walk from Hope Valley stretching 20 miles. We aimed to raise a target of £400 and we smashed that with £700 so far, we’d like to thank everyone for their donations!

Sponsorship

It would mean a lot to us and Student Minds for any additional sponsorship, to collaboratively help raise funds and awareness to students’ mental health. We’ve linked below our JustGiving page and greatly appreciate small or big donations.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/xeniastudents21

 

This isn’t the last challenge, keep an eye out for our next. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who took part, helping and donating to this tough challenge. As we aim to raise awareness to the brilliant work at Student Minds!

If you are looking for help, motivation or support as you navigate through university. Get in touch with Student Minds, find them here:

– To start a conversation, text ‘STUDENT’ to 85258?
– Call us FREE on 0808 189 5260 between 4pm and 11pm.

Go directly to Student Space for additional support

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