Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation Lancaster

Tips for Finding Student Accommodation

Heading off to Lancaster University is a big step in any young person’s life, and for the vast majority of young people, going off to university is likely to be the first time they will move away from home to find student accommodation of their own.
Unipad Student Housing is going to make the whole process a little less stressful for you by providing some top tips for finding the best choice in luxury student accommodation. And to avoid some of the pitfalls and make finding your first student house, apartment, flat or studio a dream.

For 1st year students, the accommodation choice is easy, Lancaster University encourages first year (Fresher) student to stop on campus in halls, this allows the new student time to adjust themselves to student life and living away from home.

Find the Best Location

Once you have secured your place at Lancaster University; during your first year living on Campus, You need to start getting to know the area. Get to understand the transport links to and from the University to the City centre. Lancaster University is a short commute and located South of the City centre.

While it may seem that popular University Cities like Lancaster are swarming with students, there are still a large number of families and working professionals living in the residential area, who probably won’t have the same interests or needs as you!
Do some research on your University City and try to find out where the student hot-spots are. You don’t want to end up renting out a property in a suburban, family-focused area where your late-night antics will end up causing a rift with your neighbours. Plus you’ll want to be in an area with other students nearby.

Being First Will Get You the Best Choice!

The most common mistake that many students make is leaving their accommodation search for the second year until the very last moment. A lot of students will start booking up places during the first year whilst in halls, so if you have only just started to look for housing a few weeks before the new term starts,,, you’re going to struggle.
At Unipad we recommend that you start looking for your second, third or fourth-year student accommodation from October onwards to avoid any disappointment.

So there you have it, a quick selection of our top tips for finding student accommodation. We hope you found them useful and we wish you the best of luck in finding your perfect student home.

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Festive Holiday Checklist

Things to Remember before going home for Christmas.

Book your travel home ASAP.
If you haven’t already sorted out your travel arrangements, make sure you do it now!
If you’re travelling home on the train, remember that the earlier you book your journey, the cheaper the tickets will generally be.
Plan the dates you’ll be travelling and try to be as flexible as possible to avoid any peak travelling times as much as possible. Try and reserve yourself a seat as soon as you have a date in mind. You’ll be most grateful for the seat when you see people resorting to sitting on the floor or suitcase because the train is so overcrowded!
Most train ticket websites like Virgin, National Rail, TransPennine and Northern allow you to book journeys up to 12 weeks ahead – and you can save up to 40% depending on where you’re travelling to and from.

Pre-Book Your Student Travel Tickets
Pre-Book Your Travel Tickets

The same applies if the Stagecoach, Megabus or National Express coaches are more your style, as seating is very limited.

Clear your room of festive decorations.
If you’ve had a tree and decorations up in your student accommodation, as painful as this might sound, you may want to think about taking them down and packing them away just before you head home for the festive holiday.

Student Christmas Tree
The Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree 

You don’t want to come back in late January with the post-Christmas blues, only to discover that you still need to take the tree and decorations down and Hoover all the glitter up.

Be Eco friendly and Don’t waste electricity & water.
Just before you all leave to go home, make sure everything electrical is turned off.
Electricals? Off.
Heating? Off.
Taps? Tightly closed.
And remember, this includes turning things off standby – you might want to unplug everything to be extra sure.

                Turn Electric and Taps off
Switch Off & Turn Off 

You don’t want to come back to a scary utility bills allowance usage when no one has even been at home over Christmas, or suffer that wave of panic where you’re 200 miles away but think you’ve left the iron on.
Also, if you’re living in shared accommodation, get everyone to do the same in their rooms!

Empty the fridge of any perishables and empty kitchen waste bins.
The worst thing you can do is head home for three or four weeks, only to return to milk that’s turned to cheese and the stench of food waste in the kitchen bin. Make sure the fridge is completely empty and the kitchen bins are emptied before you go. You’ll thank us for this later!

Keep Your Fidge a Clean
Give Your Fridge a Festive Clean!

The fridge will absolutely stink if you don’t, so make sure that you use up that student Christmas dinner leftovers before you head home.

Lock up securely.
Make sure all windows and doors are locked. If you’re in shared accommodation, make sure that everything in your room is locked away safely, and that the windows are shut.

Lock up securely
Lock up securely!

If you’re super worried about your items, double-check that you have them covered with some decent contents insurance.
Avoid telling the world via Social Media that you will be going home for Christmas and you’re Flat, Apartment or House will be vacant for any opportunist to pay a visit. You never know who you can trust these days…

Before you leave, Check and Double Check.
Just before you leave to go home, double-check you have all your important little bits and pieces, such as your passport and visa, purse or wallet, mobile phone, train, coach or airline ticket, ect.

Dont Forget Your Passport
Dont Forget Your Passport

It sounds stupid, but you don’t want to get to the airport only to find out you don’t have the documents or tickets to actually go anywhere.
This stuff happens, and if you’ve bought an advance ticket, the odds are that you’ll need to buy a brand new one on the spot which will cost you a fortune.

And Lastly, Remember.
On your return back to your student digs after your well deserved Christmas break, go through your checklist again to ensure you have all you need to take back with you.

Dont Be The One Locked Out
Dont Be The One Locked Out.

You will be surprised on how many students return to their digs late at night to find that they have left the keys to the accommodation miles away at home and cannot get in!

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Unipad Lancaster – Top 2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Unipad Black Friday 2017

Save the pennies at university with the Unipad Student Housing Lancaster latest collection of savvy student deals.

At Unipad our team have been busy searching for the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Students Living in Lancaster. By speaking to retailers and gathering tip offs we are able to list some of the biggest and best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals for 2018!

If you come across anymore deals? Hit us up via our Unipad Lancaster Facebook page.

Amazon
Amazon kicked off their 2017 Black Friday deals here early this year, with great offers across a huge range of categories. There are awesome deals on Amazon Kindle, Fire & Echo devices.
Save £35 on Echo (39% off) – Amazon Echo £54.99
Save £30 on the All-New Kindle Paperwhite £89.99
Save £30 on Echo Dot (2nd Gen) – £19.99 List: £49.99 (60% off).
Order online Click Here

Argos
Deals page live here. Various offers on appliances/tv’s and entertainment/computing/mobile phones etc. Check out the Unipad top picks here.
SIM Free Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB Mobile Phone – Save £220, Was £609.95 Now £389.95
Google Home Mini – Save £20, Was £49.00 Now £29
Fitbit Charge 2 – Save £30, Was £109.99 Now £79.99
Visit your local store at St Nicholas Arcades, 12-14 Perpignan Way, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or online Click Here

Topshop
Get up to 50% off all items both in-store or online. Plus free standard worldwide delivery.
Visit your local store at 5-7 Penny St, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or online Click Here

New Look
Deals page is here. There’s up to 50% off everything so it’s a great chance to update your winter wardrobe. We are told that the deals will run until Cyber Monday.
Visit your local store at Marketgate Shopping Centre, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or Online Click Here

The Body Shop
40% off hundreds of items here Use code 19805. Possibly further discounts on Black Friday.
Discover great offers and discounts on the Body Shop cruelty free and vegan beauty products from The Body Shop, inspired by the best of nature. Pamper yourself for less!
Visit your local store at 4-6 Market St, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Or Online Click Here

Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: Information correct as of 24th November 2017. All promotions are not guaranteed.

All information sourced and shared by Unipad Student Housing Lancaster.

Students Guide To Cooking

So, you have started back at university this year?

You’ve probably bought the cook books, packed your bags and even popped along to Ikea for some last minute cooking essentials – but did you remember to learn to cook???
If your skills in the kitchen leave a lot to be desired then fear not; Over the next few weeks “Unipad Luxury Student Homes Lancaster”, will come up with a few favourite student basics that will see you through your term and beyond, as well as saving you money!

Meal Plan 1: Pasta Bake
Pasta Bake

Gnocchi & tomato bake

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins:
Easy to make.
Serves 4.

A comforting veggie main packed with rich Italian flavours:
Freezable.
Vegetarian.

Nutrition: per serving:
kcal 285.
fat 7g.
saturates 3g.
carbs 50g.
sugars 8g.
fibre 4g.
protein 10g.
salt 1.64g.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil.
1 onion, chopped.
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped.
1 garlic clove, crushed.
400g can chopped tomatoes.
500g pack gnocchi.
Handful basil leaves, torn.
Half a 125g ball mozzarella, torn into chunks.

Method:
1. Heat grill to high. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan, and then soften 1 chopped onion and 1 finely chopped red pepper for 5 mins.
2. Stir in 1 crushed garlic clove, fry for 1 min, tip in 400g chopped tomatoes and 500g gnocchi, then bring to a simmer.
3. Bubble for 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the gnocchi is soft and the sauce has thickened.
4. Season, stir through a handful of torn basil leaves, then transfer into a large ovenproof dish.
5. Scatter with torn chunks of half a 125g mozzarella ball, then grill for 5-6 mins until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

Gather your housemates or friends around the table (or sofa) and enjoy!

All information sourced and shared by Unipad Student Housing Lancaster.

First Student House

Humorous Things You Learn About Each Other When You Move Into Your First Student House!

Students Sharing a House

1/. You will learn to accept a lower standard of hygiene.
Because cleaning rotas never work.
And cleaning takes FOREVER.
And kitchens and bathrooms get really gross, REALLY quickly.
Basically, nothing will ever be completely clean.

2/. You’ll learn that other people have really weird eating habits.
Actually, other people just have really weird habits in general

3/. You’ll learn that drunk flatmates you live with can be really, really stupid.

4/. You’ll learn the hard way that turning the heating on is a controversial topic.

5/. And that there is no house rule about what belongs to who.
And those arguments about milk are inevitable.

8/. At the most inconvenient times, you’ll learn that there will always be one person who constantly forgets their keys, meaning you have to stay in/wait up for them.

9/. You’ll learn that people who don’t wash up are annoying.
You’ll learn how easy it is to want to murder someone over something as simple as the washing up.

10/. But people who do wash up, but do a really bad job of it, are literally the WORST.

11/. You’ll learn that passive aggressive notes are a much better option than actually confronting people in a mature manner.

12/. You’ll learn that no one will ever take responsibility for taking out the bin.
But you’ll also learn that the bin can ALWAYS be pushed down further.

13/. Similarly, you’ll learn that no one will ever take responsibility for cleaning the oven.
And it’ll likely be you who’ll cave, but you’ll have NO IDEA how to do it.

14/. You’ll learn that having a fear of tea towels isn’t actually as ridiculous as it sounds.

15/. You’ll realise that you definitely didn’t praise your mum for her home-cooking enough.
In fact, you’ll learn that your mum did a lot more than you ever gave her credit for.

16/. When you visit home, you’ll learn that there IS a SIGNIFICANT difference between 1 ply and 3 ply toilet paper.

17/. Embarrassed when something breaks and instead of calling the landlord to report this, you’ll just learn to live with it.

18/. You’ll learn that it’s true what they say: you don’t know someone until you live with them.

19/. And you’ll learn that if you’re still friends with someone after living with them, you’re bound to be friends for life.

All information sourced and shared by Unipad Student Housing Lancaster.

 

10 Reasons to Choose Lancaster University

10 Reasons Why Lancaster University Is The Greatest University Of All Time.

Lancaster Uni To 10 Reasons

Here are some of the reasons why Lancaster Uni is just the GREATEST.
1. If you’re into exotic birds!, You will find ducks waddling around all over the campus.
2. If you’re feeling hungry, there is a Greggs right in the centre of campus.
3. The notoriously infamous (debatable?) Student Union run Sugarhouse.
4. The library is open for access 24/7. A good place to visit after a late night at the Sugarhouse.
5. There is a collegiate system and college pride.
6. We are the victors when it comes to Roses.
7. Every college has their own bar and common rooms.
8. In your first year, you have the flexible option of taking up a minor. (Apart from your chosen major, why not take up something else that you’re interested in?)
9. Lancaster University is voted one of the most scenic universities in the UK.
10. They have a Woodland Trail that encompasses the outskirts of the University.

Top 10 and rising
Maybe it’s the fact that Lancaster University happens to be ranked in the top 10 in all UK Major League Tables?  Or perhaps it’s the fact that it’s one of the most vibrant urban centres in the UK? Well, here are what some of the critics have to say…
“A Top 10 University.” – The Times/Sunday Times, The Guardian.
“The best student experience possible.” – The Students.
“The most capable and employable graduates.” – The Employers.
“We simply cannot compete.” – York University.

Information Shared by Unipad Student Housing Lancaster

Lancaster University Campus Tour 28th April 2018

Lancaster Uni Campus Tour

Lancaster University Campus Tours are designed to acquaint you with our friendly campus and show you the facilities available to our students. The tour begins at 10.30am at the Welcome Centre
Current students will take you on a guided tour of the campus, showing you our award winning student accommodation, social venues, library and a lot more besides! The tour finishes at approximately 12.00pm. Please be aware that the route for the campus tour is outdoors and will take place whatever the weather.

If you are interested in the sports facilities at Lancaster you may wish to factor some time into your schedule to take the opportunity to visit our state of the art sports centre, which is located at the entrance to campus. Staff from the Sports Centre will show you the facilities and answer any questions you may have about sport at Lancaster.

You will receive an email approximately 1 week before the event with further information.

Please note that guests accompanying students are not required to register to attend.

Click Here To Register.

Information Provided by lancaster.ac.uk & Shared by Unipad Student Housing Lancaster

Watching Netflix Tips

Consider Other Housemates When Watching Netflix on the same shared WiFi Connection

Netflix Eats Students WiFi Data!
Netflix Eats Students WiFi Data!

Did You Know! Watching TV shows or movies on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. Downloading and streaming consume a similar amount of data. If you are concerned with congested and slow broadband speeds during peak times in your student share, you can adjust your data usage settings by following the steps below.

  • Adjust your data usage settings
    1. Sign in to Netflix.com.
    2. Select the profile you’d like to change your data usage settings for.
    Note:
    Data usage settings cannot be adjusted from a Kids profile.
    3. Select Account.
    4. Under My Profile, select Playback Settings.
    5. Select your desired data usage setting (please note that each estimate below is per stream, and that restricting data usage may affect video quality):
  • Low (0.3 GB per hour)
  • Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour) – Best Choice to use!
  • High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)
  • Auto (Adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current Internet connection speed)

6.    Select Save.
Note:
It may take up to 8 hours for these changes to take effect.
Data usage settings only apply to the Netflix profile you set them from, meaning you can have different data usage settings for each profile. If you are concerned about the total amount of data that Netflix uses, make sure to change this setting for each profile.

All information is sourced and shared to you by UNIPAD Student Housing Lancaster.

Being a Student at Lancaster University

Planning your arrival at Lancaster University

Like many others you will be “So Excited” to start your course at Lancaster University?
So Unipad Luxury Student Housing Lancaster has put a few key things together to help you get ready before you head-off to Lancaster.
Just follow these simple steps to ensure you are prepared.
1. Pay your fees : Many students arrange for their fees to be financed by Student Finance. Ensure that you have completed and uploaded all your student finance applications in time.
You may be eligible to receive scholarships and bursaries depending on your family income and academic performance.

  • Check whether you are eligible to receive an award
    Check the lancaster.ac.uk scholarships and bursaries page, this provides details of eligibility for a variety of funding opportunities as well as their cash value. See whether you are likely to receive a scholarship or bursary.
  • Find out more about how the system works
    Get answers to all your questions at the lancaster.ac.uk scholarships and bursaries FAQ page. Topics include applications, eligibility, payments and what happens if your situation changes.
  • Authorise payments
    Find detailed instructions at lancaster.ac.uk/student-based-services/ on how to nominate a bank account to receive payments

2. Arrange accommodation : Before you arrive you will be invited to apply for accommodation on campus for your first year at Lancaster. Undergraduates will also be invited to apply to a college while all postgraduates become Grad College members. Alternatively you might want to consider living off campus in the heart of the City in a Studio, Apartment or House Share with friends.
If you decide to live on Campus for the first year and move off Campus for the second year; To avoid disappointment, be ready to start your hunt for accommodation in late October as this is when all the best private luxury student housing in Lancaster is snapped up.

3. Begin Registration : Registration is the process of becoming an official member of the University. Simply follow the steps.

  • Look out for the University registration email
    Thirty days before the start of your course, the University will send you an email asking you to begin Registration online. A link in the email will take you to webpages where you will:
    • Confirm personal and course details
    • Agree to the rules of the University.
    Make sure to check your junk email folder if you don’t receive this email.
    If you are eligible to vote in local, national or European elections, you will also be given the opportunity to register as a voter.
  • Receive your University Account username, and set your password
    Once you have completed step one, you will:
    • Receive your University Account username – this will be based on your name
    • Be directed to set a password for your University Account
    • Confirm a personal email address if you want to be able to reset your password online.
    Using your University Account username and password you can access University IT services and will be able to get online as soon as you arrive. Please note that some IT services may not be made available to you until after your course start date.
  • Attend your Registration event
    You will complete the Registration in person at your Registration event once you arrive on campus.

4. Plan your journey and what to pack : Whether Lancaster is a short road trip or a long haul flight away, here is all the information you need to pack your suitcases and make your way to Lancaster

  • How to get to Lancaster
    Information on how to get to the University campus is available on the university Maps and Travel page. It includes sections on road, air, rail, bus and cycle travel.
    If you are an international student you can find information about immigration and how to travel between UK airports and campus on the university International webpages.

5. Download iLancaster : The free ‘iLancaster’ app will be an essential companion during your time at Lancaster
iLancaster is available as an app to download for Android and Apple devices. Alternatively, you can access it via a web browser.
In the build up to Welcome Week, iLancaster will contain handy tools for new students including a ‘Prepare for Lancaster’ checklist of things you need to do, a ‘Welcome Guide’ version of this website, and a Welcome Week schedule that you can personalise.
To get access to the full set of services you’ll want as a Lancaster student (including your personal course timetable, and an attendance check-in feature for undergraduates to automatically record your attendance at teaching sessions), log in with your University Account username and password then make sure you select the ‘Student/Staff User’ profile.
If you’ve already been using iLancaster (eg you’re currently using the ‘Visiting Lancaster’ or ‘Future Student’ profile) you’ll have to log out of iLancaster, then log back in with your University Account username and password and select the ‘Student/Staff User’ profile.
You’ll have your University Account username and password once you’ve done the online stage of registration.

Most of All; Make the Most of Your University Lifestyle and Enjoy Your Time Living and Studying in Lancaster.

All information is sourced by lancaster.ac.uk and is shared to you by Unipad Student Housing Lancaster.

A Cheap and easy recipe for students on a budget.

Big bowls of pasta, stuffed peppers, jacket potatoes and mug cakes: these are just some of the perfect recipes to get you through your term at university!

Being at university can be daunting: meeting new people, living away from home and cooking for yourself for the first time.
Unipad Student Housing Lancaster, have some easy recipes no student should be without.
Try this recipe for healthy, quick and tasty dinners that won’t cost you the earth – and are perfect for sharing with friends.

Spiced potato cakes with tomato sauce recipe
Spiced potato cakes with tomato sauce recipe

SERVES 4
INGREDIENTS
For the potato cakes:
• 5 potatoes/750g (I use maris piper potatoes)
• handful of fresh coriander (around 20g)
• 1 red chilli
• 1 tsp of cumin
• 1 tsp of paprika
• 1 tsp of turmeric
• 1 tsp of chili powder
• juice of 1 lemon
• 2 cloves of garlic
• salt and pepper
• 3 tbsp of olive oil
• flour (I use gram flour)
For the sauce:
• 750g cherry tomatoes
• 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 6 tbsp olive oil
• salt and pepper
For the sautéed greens:
• 1 large head of broccoli
• olive oil
• salt and pepper
• 400g spinach
• 1 lemon

METHOD
Peel the potatoes and chop them in half, then place them in a saucepan of cold water.
Cook the potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re really soft. At this point drain the water and place them in a mixing bowl.
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
Finely chop the coriander and the chilli.
Once the potatoes have cooled add all the remaining ingredients (except the flour and oil) and mash together until the potatoes are smooth and you have a delicious mix.
Drizzle olive oil on to a baking tray and then dust it with flour.
Shape the potato mix into four cakes on the tray, then place in the oven to cook for about 20 minutes, until the tops start to go golden brown.
Take the cakes out the oven, place them on the bed of sautéed greens and pour the garlic tomato sauce on the top to serve.
Chop the tomatoes into quarters and place them into a saucepan with the crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Let the mix simmer for about 20 minutes, to coincide with the completion of the cakes.
Chop the broccoli into small pieces and place it in a frying pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Sauté the broccoli for about five minutes, then slowly add the spinach until it has wilted.
Once all is cooked, drizzle the lemon juice on top.

Why not share a Video of you making your meal or a photo of the finished masterpiece?
Email this into Unipad Student Housing Lancaster on accounts@unipad.co.uk along with any cooking tips, and we will share the best meals on our Facebook Page.