Online social events to help residents socialise at a safe distance. Join us on the ResiLife chat page for daily updates.
Post contributed by Senior CF Grace
My name is Grace and I am the Senior Community Facilitator at KCL. With winter approaching, things aren’t as festive as they usually are this time of year. So, I am bringing to you my favourite good news from the last few weeks to hopefully make you smile and give you a break from the bad news that 2020 has brought us so far.
- Team work makes the dream work
A car blocks the path of a firetruck, so passersby team-up in this brilliant act of teamwork. Just shows how us humans can come together in times of need!
- Diving into the deep end… literally!
Cliff Davies is a cancer survivor and diving teacher. He was diagnosed with cancer in his 20s which left him paralysed on the right side of his body. Every year on his birthday he does something new to challenge himself and embrace life. Certainly we could all take a leaf out of his book…
Sarah McBride is now the first openly transgender state senator after being elected in Delaware.
Ritchie Torres of new York is the first openly gay Black man to be elected to Congress.
Myself and the ResiLife team would love it if you joined us at our online events where you can meet new people and we can all make these weird times a little better. If you need anything or have any questions then please do contact me on Instagram @kingsresilife and join our Resilife Group by clicking HERE and I am more than happy to chat.
Post contributed by Lauren Hammond, Health & Fitness Coach, King’s Sport
If 2020 has taught us one thing, it’s that connecting with our friends and family are key to maintaining a happy mind!
With limited activities currently being allowed in the UK, it’s time to get creative with building new friendships and maintaining your old ones.
- Shared meals: Taco Tuesdays and Sunday roasts are the first that spring to mind, but you can get creative and maybe do a pot luck (everyone cooks or brings one thing to make a meal) , themed nights, like Thanksgiving, or a new country each week, or even get together and have breakfast for dinner
- Sharing ways to keep busy: Create a list of must see Netflix shows, podcasts, or new albums released on Spotify; share great reads either digitally or hardcopies.
- Watch parties: Stream a movie together over a hot chocolate!
- Games night: Games night doesn’t have to involved purchasing games (although there are many great ones to choose from) you can get creative and make your own! A simple deck of cards can produce many hours of fun!
- Keep moving, stay positive: Encourage flatmates to keep active or join you for the Kings Sport Classes (a bit of friendly competition is always fun) or attend one of our many resilife events!
Post contributed by CF Jacky
Did you know that you get a free King’s Sports BeActive membership when you live in King’s residences?
BeActive has over 50 classes a
week from football to Pilates. These events take place in your residences or campus so that they are very accessible to students. There are also Move Your Mind Online events so you can join in even if you are self-isolating!
I participated in a yoga session in the residence I live in (JM). Yoga is a very relaxing thing to do when you’re stressed because of university or just life in general, and it’s amazing t
o have someone teach you how to do it properly. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise, which is recommended by many healthcare services to promote wellbeing, both for the mind and body. You don’t have to have had any practice doing yoga before as the instructors will help teach you as a beginner, or if you are more advanced they will give you modifications so you can keep challenging yourself.
Another perk of the session was that I got the opportunity to meet people responsibly, while following the social distancing rules because of COVID-19. I’d recommend the BeActive program to all students and to really make the most out of it because it’s fun, easy, and free!
To activate your free account please click HERE and entering your King’s email address. After your account is activated you can access the Beactive, Move Your Mind Online and Resilife timetables and book spaces on the events.
Moving into a new place is one of the most exciting things about starting uni, but it is also quite a monumental task. Add a pandemic to the mix, and you have the perfect recipe for a stressful couple of weeks.
But worry not- here at King’s ResiLife we have compiled a comprehensive list of tips and tricks you can use to avoid any hassle and settle into your new home as quickly as possible. It is a by-product of our collective experience of living in student halls, so you know that these recommendations are worth a try!
- Door tags are a wonderful way to introduce yourself to your flatmates, and not to mention, they look extremely cute! If you are self-isolating, you can also put your social media handles on there so your flatmates can reach out to you online.
- Plants fulfil many purposes- apart from adding a pop of colour, they also keep the air in your room fresh and add a homely vibe. Cacti and succulents are extremely popular with students as they require minimal care and are also sold at low prices at local supermarkets.
- Photos of friends and family, or postcards of places you have visited are a great way to personalise the space. Websites like Snapfish will print your photos out for you and deliver them to your door. Photographs also go well with fairy lights and will look great on your notice board!
- Most rooms in residences have two main areas for storage- under your bed, and on wall-mounted shelves and cabinets. It is best to use the under-bed storage for larger items such as suitcases, and items you do not use often- for instance, you could store your winter clothes under your bed during warmer months. Shelves can be used for books and trinkets, or any other items you need often.
- Drawer dividers are an efficient way to organise underwear, socks, and other small items. They make it easy to find your things and utilize drawer space that otherwise might go wasted.
- Desk organisation units are a great way to make the most out of your workstation. Most stationery shops like Ryman and WH Smith sell file racks, bookends and pen stands in sets; consider buying these for a more cohesive look!
- A list of equipment you will need to maintain a clean bedroom:
- Multi-purpose spray
- Glass cleaner spray
- Microfiber clothes
- Dustpan and brush
- Optional: Mini vacuum
**Pro tips: Try talking to your flatmates about pitching in to buy a set of these for everyone’s use!
2. Make a cleaning timetable for yourself. Look at your university timetable and extracurricular activities and find the days which work best for you to clean do your laundry and freshen up your room. Your laundry day might be different than your cleaning day!
3. Here is the most efficient set of steps to clean your room, so that you don’t have to repeat any task:
- Dust: When dusting, make sure you work from top to bottom, left to right. This way you’re not scattering dust on surfaces you have already cleaned.
- Glass: Wipe mirrors with a microfiber cloth and some glass cleaner spray, also useful for picture frames.
- Wipe surfaces: Wipe surfaces using a j-cloth and some multi-purpose spray.
- Vacuum: After dusting / wiping, vacuum your room. Make sure you go under your desk too!
- Take out the trash!! Take the rubbish out your bin and replace the bin-liner. Make sure you take the rubbish to your buildings rubbish room and separate into recycling/rubbish.
4. Clean up spillages as soon as they happen. Take out old plates and used dishes when you are done eating- this way your room won’t smell of old food.
5. Since candles and incense sticks are not allowed in residences, you may use room spray or a reed diffuser to make your room smell nice. Reed diffusers can be bought at Sainsbury’s for £3.
We hope that these tips are helpful for you! Tag us on social media using #kingsresilife if you use these so we can see you thriving in residences!
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
- Oat Milk
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Step 1: Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl.
Step 2: Make a well in the centre and add the egg, milk and oil. Use a whisk or a spatula to beat until combined.
Step 3: Spoon into a 400ml mug or whatever size is available to you this size I have just found works best.
Step 4: Spoon the Nutella into the centre. Microwave 70 seconds or until risen.
Top with double cream or ice-cream and dress with some fruits!
Vegan Brownies Recipe – Nora Cooks
- 4 Tbsp Ground Flax
- ½ Cup water
- ½ Cup Vegan Butter
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Flour
- Prep a pan by placing baking paper into it and set to the side
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Make the flax eggs by stirring together the ground flax and water. Set aside to thicken
- Melt the vegan butter and measure 1/2 cup either in a saucepan which is quick or in 20 second intervals in the microwave
- In a large bowl, whisk the melted vegan butter and sugars together. Add the flax eggs and vanilla. Whisk until combined and smooth
- Into the same bowl, sift flour and cocoa powder. Add a pinch of salt and baking powder and combine simply with a spatula
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top with a spoon or your hands
- Bake for 35-40 minutes
- Allow to cool for around 15 minutes and this usually allows them also to firm up
- Remove from the pan let cool for another 15 minutes before slicing them and serving
- Brownie Batter
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup flour
- Cheese Layer
- 225g cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat Oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Line a baking tin with baking paper
- Melt the butter down either in a saucepan or in the microwave in 30 second intervals
- Add in the cocoa powder and mix together
- Add sugar and whisk until combined. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and combine them into the mixture
- Add flour and fold, using a rubber spatula, just until combined. Set aside 1/3 cup of the batter and pour the rest into the prepared pan. Smooth the top
- Beat together the cream cheese and the sugar until a smooth paste forms
- Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined
- Dollop onto the brownie batter then take the reserved brownie batter and dollop that on top of the cheese
- Using a fork or a toothpick swirl the two together to create a marbled effect
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cheesecake is set and an instrument inserted into the brownies comes out with just moist crumbs and not batter. It should not be dry
- Allow the cheesecake to set and cool down completely
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days
- For a Gluten Free version simply purchase gluten free flour!
- Flat iron
- A steak house that actually tastes alright while being economically viable, and eh, you don’t see that every day in London. Or, as they say it themselves, great steak, at affordable prices.
- A mouth-watering flat iron steak served with house salad for £10, accompanied by a choice of sides like dripping cooked chips, creamed spinach and market greens. This easily makes up for the fact that you can’t reserve a table, instead they have a nifty way that involves texting when there is a space available.
- They also offer free icecream! After your steak, you will merrily receive a Mr. Whippy-style caramel mousse in a mug, with rock salt crystals to scatter according to your whim.
- They have many restaurants within the reach of central London, located in London bridge, Covent Garden, Hackney and Spitalfields.
- The breakfast club
- This is probably London’s most popular all-day breakfast and brunch place. It’s been called many names, the ‘London must-do’, the ‘most amazing all-day breakfast’. And it’s not just the food that’s perfect. It’s also bright, colourful, saturated with cultural references and intriguing ornaments and memorabilia. If you are into the styles of the 1980s, or just wish to experience some pop culture, here would be the perfect place to walk down.
- Price range quite affordable, £12.50 for full Monty, which is one of the more expensive dishes.
- They have an all-day breakfast menu, including the classics, such as Eggs Benedict (£9.50), Berry pancakes (£9.50) and Avocado on Rye (£7.00)
- I recommend the All American (pancake stack, bacon, sausage, crispy homestyle potatoes, fried eggs and maple syrup); as well as the Full Monty, a deviation from full English (bacon, sausage, crispy homestyle potatoes, garlic mushrooms, hash brown, black pudding, beans, tomato, fried eggs and toast).
- These cafes are easy to find. They can be found all around London, Battersea, London Bridge, Soho and Spitalfields.
Post contributed by Jasmin, Welfare Lead
I’m Jasmin, and I’m one of the Residence Welfare Leads here at King’s. Members of our team live on-site at each residence to provide welfare support for our student community. Moving into residences is a big change, even without some of the additional stresses we are facing this year, and it’s totally normal to be feeling worried or overwhelmed. Your wellbeing is really important and so we thought we’d share a bit about self-care!
It can be really easy to get lost in buzzwords, so we’ll keep it simple here. Self-care is anything you consciously do to promote your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
What kind of things can I do?
Self-care is a personal thing and it looks different for everyone! It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming and regularly choosing an activity that takes 10 minutes or less can make a real difference. Action For Happiness have some great tips on their #SelfCareSeptember daily action calendar.
We’ve also listed a few ideas below, and you can check out the KCLSU Wellbeing Hub for activities, events and resources around King’s to boost wellbeing all year round.
- Taking an online exercise class
We all know exercise is physically good for us, but it can also give a real boost to your mood too! King’s Sport offer access to their BeActive program for free if you are a resident at King’s Halls.
- Listening to music
Music can be a powerful tool for both relaxing and getting motivated. Whatever you choose to listen to, taking some time for your favourite music can help in making your new space feel a bit more like home.
- Doing something creative
Spending some time on a creative hobby can provide the break you need to boost wellbeing. You might want to learn a new skill or practise an old one! If you’re looking for inspiration, keep an eye on the King’s ResiLife virtual events for their Creativity Nights.
- Having a nice cup of tea
Or any hot drink really – I’ve saved one of the simplest until last! Taking ten minutes to step away from daily stresses and relax.
About the Residence Welfare Lead Team
We’re a group of friendly, trained volunteers who live in the King’s Residences to support with student welfare.
Our duty hours are between 8PM – 8AM on weekdays and 24 hours on the weekend. We can be reached over text, phone or email and you can find our contact details around the residence as well as on our webpages here.
*This article was written prior to COVID-19 restrictions*
Are you ready for move-in day?
It’s so close now, you can almost smell it!
I’m Lukas, a second year Business student at King’s. Last year, I moved into King’s Residences, which meant moving away from home for the first time, so trust me, I know exactly how excited, nervous and maybe even a little bit apprehensive you’re feeling right now. Continue reading