Our brand new special offer! Book any room at Roman House for the 2018/19 academic year and you’ll get four of your weeks of living there completely rent-free! Depending on the room that you choose, you’ll save anywhere between £500 and £800 – what would you spend all that extra cash on? Keep an eye on our social medias for our suggestions…
If there’s ever going to be where you need a free treat, to either celebrate or cheer you up, it’s Results Day. Check out our pick of the Thursday Freebies below…
Free eye tests
Can’t quite believe what’s written on the results slip? Head down to Tesco for a free eye test to make sure your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – this will also be handy for when you’re sitting at the back of the lecture hall; no more squinting to see the slides!
Free Goodfella’s Stonebaked Pizza
Whilst you’re in Tesco, check out the pizzas and find that Goodfella’s Stonebaked are down to £1 – keep this voucher handy to pick it up for free. Is there anything better than free pizza?
Free GBK burger + side
You’ll need the Gourmet Burger Kitchen app – download it and look for an offer called “Lapsed Lunch”. For some reason not everybody gets this, but if you’re one of the chosen few you’ll be getting a seriously cheap lunch.
Free face masks
Whichever way the day goes, you’re going to want some downtime to relax and gather yourself – what better way than with a free facemask to keep you feeling fresh! Join the 7th Heaven VIP club here to try the new products before anyone else.
Free glass of prosecco
Whether celebrating or not, a drink is well deserved so download the All Bar One app and get a free glass of prosecco in your local branch. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the post-results weekend.
It’s Results Day-eve – here are our tips for how to prepare and what to do.
It’s important to start the day in the right way – whether you’re jingling with nerves or brimming with excitement, you’re going to need a full stomach to keep you going. Seeing as it’s your big day, you might even be able to blag a special breakfast from the parents…
Make sure you’ve got your Track Login details to hand – this is your first port of call when you’re finding out whether you’ve got in or not. Whilst it won’t tell you your exact grades, you will be able to see whether your uni has accepted you.
University Contact Details
Unsure about something? Your chosen university will be on hand to help you out – they’ve been here before and have seen it all, so try not to panic and let them help you out as best they can.
Next you’ll need to head to school (perhaps for the last time!) and pick up your results. Hopefully you’ll see the rewards of all your hard work over the past two years, and can begin the celebrations. If you didn’t quite get what you hoped for, there are still some options.
Wrong grades; what now?
There are going to be plenty of people around that can offer advice on the day – the main options available to you now are:
- Your grades might be strong enough to get you onto a course at a different university. Remember to think things through and don’t just jump at the first opportunity.
- There’s always a second chance. Retaking you’re A-Levels probably doesn’t sound great right now, but it might be the best option for the long term.
- Take a gap year. Work, travel, study – a chance to decide what it is that you really want to do.
Whatever happens, we’re wishing you the best!
It’s always time for a Nando’s.
Celebrating? Nando’s. Commiserating? Nando’s. Thankfully, the good folk from everyone’s favourite chicken spot are coming through with the freebies for all students this coming Thursday – do we need to remind you what day that is?
All you need to do to get your hands on the good stuff is rock up with some ID and your A-Level results (they’ve promised not to tell; you’re safe). You’ll be served up either some iconic chicken wings or ‘Firestarters’ like hummus, nuts and olives for the vegetarians and vegans amongst us.
The only requirement is that you spend £7 to claim your gifts but seasoned visitors (if you’ll pardon the pun) will know that that’s just a couple of sides. Buddy up and let the chicken run!
We’re sending a million wishes to all students in the hope that it’s a celebratory visit – good luck!
Whether you love them, hate them or are yet to give them a go, it’s hard to deny that 2017 is the year of the podcast. More and more listeners are tuning in on train journeys and treadmills, whilst established names and new sensations alike are setting up studio and starting conversation that they hope will entertain, educate and enlighten.
There is a podcast for everyone. Whatever you want to do – laugh; cry; be inspired or just learn something new, there is certainly a series for you. If you’re yet to find your favourite or decide on this week’s download, here are our suggestions to get you started.
TED Radio Hour – look through our blog and you’ll soon see that we love a TED Talk (there’s one for everything. Stressed? TED talk. Procrastinating? TED Talk.) so we became regular listeners of Radio Hour pretty quickly. Each episode uses multiple TED Talks to examine a common theme – ghost stories to leadership to fake news, and everything inbetween.
Di$unomics – this podcast says that ‘everything in life is a transaction’, and sets about simplifying economics and politics for the masses. It’s understandable that the housing market and mortgages aren’t at the forefront of your thoughts whilst studying, but there is certainly something to be said about getting the knowhow now.
Myths and Legends – Jason Weiber started his series by hammering out scripts in his car whilst on lunch, instantly making it a bonafide “started from the bottom” podcast. He tells stories of myths, legends and folklore from around the world in as entertaining a way as possible. Did you know that the original Beauty and the Beast story has monkey butlers with parrots strapped to their heads so that they can talk to you? No? Maybe you should check out Episode 35…
Cracked Podcast – an extension of entertainment website cracked.com, the Cracked Podcast fearlessly debate the topics that the masses demand to hear – from a glorious history of failed amusement parks to fierce discussion about how every movie is spoiled by characters’ hair. You might learn some useless trivia, you’ll definitely laugh.
Serial – an award-winning investigative journalism podcast, Serial is responsible for a lot of people’s first foray into podcasts. True stories about love, death, justice and truth are told over the course of a season which brings suspense, surprise and suspicion – not even the host knows how it will end. Follow the facts to separate truth from fiction and find out what really happened.
What’re you listening to at the moment?
They say that variety is the spice of life, and what better time to try something new than National Vegetarian Week – meat-free meals that might not have crossed your mind otherwise can be a just-as-tasty treat as your usual dishes. Struggling students can benefit too; you’ll be saving some money by forsaking the burgers and resisting the sausages – no meat in your trolley guarantees a lower total at the till.
Here’s what we’ll be cooking to kick off National Vegetarian Week.
Simple bean and rice burritos
Fry up some onion and taco seasoning for a few minutes before adding in Mexican mixed beans, chopped tomatoes and sweetcorn.
Splash in three tablespoons of water and keep it going until it starts to boil, at which point you can add a packet of microwavable quick-cook rice.
When the rice has absorbed the water and softened, you can pop it all into a tortilla wrap and top with guacamole, sour cream and cheese.
The hardest part of this recipe is folding the tortilla into something that resembles a burrito!
One-pan chickpea curry
Less chicken, more chickpea…
Fry some onion for a few minutes. When your eyes start to water, it’s time to chuck in the chickpeas and some chopped tomato.
Sprinkle (salt bae style) a tablespoon of curry powder and mix it all together, leaving to simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the rice and then serve with the curry. Get yourself a naan bread for authentic and aromatic Indian cuisine – jai ho!
Vegetarian cooking level: easy…
Free reign for this one – pick your favourite vegetables and chop them into stir-fry sized pieces (we normally go for peppers, beansprouts, mushrooms, garlic and onion) and start frying in a wok.
When the vegetables are getting done, add in some straight-to-wok noodles and let them soften, mixing them amongst your veggie ensemble until they’re looking good to go.
Add in a sachet of stir fry sauce (or add hoisin, soy and water if you’re maestro enough to make your own) and mix well. Pro tip: sprinkle some sesame seeds on top to make your stir-fry look like the real deal.
Not all heroes wear capes…unless it’s graduation day
Superhero Day 2017 couldn’t have come at a better time, with The Avengers currently assembling in Durham, just down the road from our brand new student accommodation The Clink. Sometimes the idea of taking Thor’s Hammer to your laptop when it crashes on Deadline Day Eve, or Hulk Smashing your way out of that 9am lecture to get back to bed is tempting, but our kind of superheroes are a little less Stark, and a little more student. Take a look at our pick of the good guys.
Bethel Tadesse – Hidden Scars
Fighting the good fight…
Bethel didn’t use her placement year just to gain experience and get through her degree – she’s used it to make a vitally important and tangible difference by setting up Hidden Scars, a charity that raises awareness of, and works tirelessly to prevent, female genital mutilation in the UK. Bethel runs regular events to explain the dangers of the procedure alongside her full time studies and other projects to improve women’s rights and health. A superhero if ever we’ve seen one.
Neil Jennings – Student Switch Off
Saving the world, one light switch at a time…
Neil runs the Student Switch Off campaign, a not-for-profit mission that encourages students to save energy whilst living in halls of residence or private rented accommodation. Student Switch Off operates in Universities throughout the country and offers incentives such as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, communal parties and event tickets – more than enough reason to be environmentally friendly. Ice cream in exchange for a tiny good deed? He’s the hero we need, but not the one that we dessert deserve.
Rosie Tressler – Student Minds
There’s a hero inside all of us…
Rosie is the CEO of Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity. Thanks to the work of Rosie and her team, mental health amongst students is more talked about than ever, but the mission is far from complete. The charity’s campaigns continue to inspire chat about students’ wellbeing amongst themselves, their peers and their families. The charity vows to transform the state of student mental health, one conversation at a time. If that’s not a cause to get behind, we don’t know what is.
Xie Xu – The Local Hero
The Hero indeed for the Friend in Need…
We can all be a hero to someone, and nobody exemplifies this more than Xie Xu. Xie’s friend, Zhang Chi, suffered from muscular dystrophy, so from 2012 – 2015 Xie carried him to class every day. Thanks to Xie, Zhang sat amongst the top students in their class and has since gone on to college. A true heart-warming hero.
We’re all guilty of going to bed early and enjoying a good night’s internet. Whether you’re clicking around whilst watching TV or have given in to temptation and become a semi-professional procrastinator (check out our blog on how to deal with that here), there are always new places to discover online. Here are the things that have been taking up most of our time this week…
Student life is stressful (too stressful? Check this blog out), so it’s totally acceptable to treat yourself now and then to a sale item or two. At least it would be, if it weren’t for that pesky student budget that you’re living on; this is where Honey comes in. This handy browser extension works in the background, looking for discount codes, and will pop up with one whilst you’re checking out. It makes entering your card details that little bit easier…
By students, for students – Brainly is like being a part of the biggest study group ever; ask a question that you just can’t find the answer to and somebody will surely be able to help. Build the community by sharing your knowledge with other struggling students and this site will soon turn into your go-to for revision and research.
A great place to practice, learn and develop new skills. This website has a range of free online courses that could make student life that little bit easier – from touch type training, helping you reach a deadline, to study skills designed to serve you for life, there’s certainly something useful to be found here.
You’ve been working on an essay for an eternity; the font is looking fuzzy and the word count is still worrying, so you decide to take a break and get some fresh air…except, you’re all-nightering in the library and it’s 2:30am. The next best thing is sitting back and exploring Everest from the comfort of your chair. Put a fan on and wear a rucksack for an even more authentic experience.
Select a few things that interest you and let Stumble Upon take you on a journey through weird and wonderful websites that you might’ve never found otherwise. Some you’ll love, some you’ll hate, but this is a top time killer for when you’re taking the break that you’ve definitely, definitely earned.
Struggling to stream or always waiting for websites? Our accommodations have fast, free wifi that can cope with all of your internet needs. Find your university home here.
Our accommodation in Newcastle, Roman House, is so good that you could be forgiven for opting to spend most of your time in the awesome common room playing some pool, working up a sweat in the on-site gym or chilling with your flatmates in the movie room rather than getting out and about to see the sights of The Toon. We’ll be venturing outside in the Easter break here’s what we’ve got on the to-do list…
Boiler Shop Steamer
Described as “industrial, urban & chic”, this unique space is just a few hundred yards from Roman House and regularly has music nights, exhibitions and one-offs. Boiler Shop claims to be different to other venues and it certainly is; expect this place to quickly become your go-to for things to do and a hub of cultural buzz.
Statistically, the average person’s three favourite C’s are coffee, cake and cats…combine all three and we’re happier than we ever could’ve imagined. The fantastically named CatPawCino and the fabulous Mog On The Tyne is where we’re planning to go on those days where you just miss your pets.
There’s nothing like a bit of sun to make you want to descend underground and enjoy a bit of darkness. We’re suckers for a spook and often find ourselves hankering after some history, and the Victoria Tunnel can provide both. Tours of the tunnel give an insight into wartime Newcastle, with recreations of air raid sirens and planes flying overhead. Worth noting that you also might pick-up the trivia that’s going to win the next pub quiz.