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The Warehouse Team

Yummy Veggie Chilli

Recipe of the Month in May – Veggie Chilli

Join the riddle in reception this week and you could win the entire ingredients to make this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

400g pack oven-roasted vegetables
1 can kidney beans in chilli sauce
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 ready-to-eat mixed grain pouch

Method:

Step 1: Heat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven, or gas mark 6).
Step 2: Cook the vegetables in a pan dish for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Tip in the beans and tomatoes, season, and cook for another 10-15 mins until piping hot.
Step 4: Heat the mixed grain pouch in the microwave according to instructions, and serve with the chilli.

Speedy Prawn Risotto Recipe

Recipe of the Month in April – Speedy Prawn Risotto

Join the riddle in reception this week and you could win the entire ingredients to make this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

– 500g Wholegrain Rice & Quinoa
– 300g Cooked & Peeled King Prawns
– 200g Frozen Garden Peas
– 100g Diced Onion
– 40g Watercress

Method:

Step 1: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a lidded saucepan over medium-high heat, then add 100g Diced Onion and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add the rice & quinoa, and 175ml hot water (or vegetable stock), along with the frozen Garden Peas.
Step 3: Gently break up the rice with a wooden spoon, cover for 3 minutes stirring occasionally, then add the King Prawns.
Step 4: Cook for a further 2 minutes until the prawns, rice, and peas are piping hot and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat.
Step 5: Chop the watercress and stir through; then season to taste. Top with black pepper to serve.

Chicken Naan Wrap Recipe

Recipe of the Month in March – Chicken Naan Wraps

Join the riddle in reception this week and you could win the entire ingredients to make this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

– 300g packs Chicken Pakoras
– 2 x packs Plain Naans
– 35g shredded Iceberg Lettuce
– 20g Sliced Red Onion
– 2 tbsp Raita Dip

Method:

Step 1: Heat your chicken pakoras as per the instructions on the packet.
Step 2: Microwave your naan as per the instructions, then place it on a board and use a rolling pin to flatten slightly.
Step 3: Top the naan with your shredded Iettuce, and add a quarter of the pakoras with your red onion.
Step 4: Drizzle over the raita dip, then repeat with the remaining naan wraps.

Making the Most of Your Student Portal

In the interest of making student life easy, the Warehouse Students Portal keeps everything in one place for our residents.

From keeping an eye on your upcoming rent payments to knowing what exciting events are coming up, this post will help you make sure you’re making the most of your portal.

When you log in to your student portal, you’ll see this page:

You’ll notice at the top there are six menu icons – but what do they all mean?

You

Here, you’ll find your personal information relating to your tenancy, including your contact information.

It’s important you keep this section updated so we can get in touch with any important information and updates. If you need to update anything it’s super easy; simply edit the section and click ‘save details’ at the bottom.

The only thing you can’t update is your username which will be the email address your originally signed up with, so if you need to update this then send us a quick email and we’ll update it for you: preston@warehousestudents.com

Tenancies

The tenancies section has a sub-menu. When you click tenancies, you can load the tenancy agreement for your current booking, any previous bookings, and any future bookings.

You can also access the ‘Account’ page in the tenancies section, which will display all payments made during your tenancy and any that are upcoming, as well as details on how to make payments.

And in the documents page, you’ll find all the important documents associated with your tenancy, including the student handbook and some handy how-to-guides.

Events

Each week we run three events in your building for you to enjoy getting to know your Warehouse neighbours. Click into the events section to see all the upcoming exciting events over the next few weeks.

Deliveries

When a delivery arrives for you, we log it on your student portal which automatically triggers an email notification containing a unique code that only you receive. You can collect your parcel in reception using this code, and you can use the deliveries section on the portal to see any parcels you have that are still awaiting collection in reception.

Maintenance

It’s super easy to log a maintenance request using the student portal. Click into the maintenance section and on the left side you will see our emergency contact information, and the ‘report an issue’ button. Use this button to report any issues encountered in your room or around the building.

In this section, you can also monitor the progress of any maintenance requests you have logged – once the Maintenance Team has attended to the maintenance request, it will be updated here for you to see.

Wellbeing

As one of our five values, the wellbeing of our residents is paramount. In the wellbeing section, you will find important contact information including local health services and helplines.

You can also find many resources to support your wellbeing including fitness routines, and advice on topics like dealing with grief.

If you have any questions about using your Warehouse Students Portal, don’t hesitate to chat with your site team – we’ll be more than happy to help.

Sweet Chilli Chicken Recipe

Recipe of the Month in February – Sweet Chilli Chicken!

Join the riddle in reception this week and you could win the entire ingredients to make this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

– 500g Pack of Breaded Chicken Goujons
– 350g Sweet Chilli Sauce
– 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
– 4 Spring Onions
– 500g Basmati Rice (Microwavable)

Method:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 220°C, spread the chicken goujons on a baking tray, and cook for 12 minutes.
Step 2: Once cooked, cut each goujon in half and toss with the sweet chilli sauce, sesame seeds, and most of the spring onions.
Step 3: Once coated, return to the oven for a few minutes until the sauce is lightly bubbling.
Step 4: Meanwhile, cook the rice as per the instructions on the pack.
Step 5: Serve across two plates, finishing the dish with a sprinkling of the remaining spring onion.

You said… we did! Improvements at The Warehouse Apartments

Warehouse Students has been managing The Warehouse Apartments for almost 10 months, and in that time we’ve made lots of changes – both big and small.

We thought you might be interested to know just what enhanced services you can now enjoy while living at The Warehouse Apartments.

Keep checking back here for updates – we’re making changes that you might not even notice every single day, and will share here for you!

Improvement #1 – Block B External

You said: “The ramp at B Block is too dark.”

We did: We installed new lighting by Block B to illuminate the external area.

Improvement #2 – Inner Courtyard  

You said: “It’s too dark in the inner courtyard.”

We did: We installed new lighting by Block A to illuminate the external area and inner courtyard area.

Improvement #3 – Steps at Laundry Door

You said: “The steps at the Laundry Room door are not visible.”

We did: We installed anti-slip yellow lines to the steps.

Improvement #4 – More Events

You said: “We want to see more events.”

We did: We implemented a busy social calendar, with three events and competitions every week.

Improvement #5 – Home Room Vibe

You said: “The home room isn’t welcoming enough.”

We did: We installed new blinds to replace the broken ones, built a kitchenette area to enjoy drinks and refreshments, created a book station, removed the old décor and replaced with new modern fixtures.

Improvement #6 – Pool Table Cost

You said: “We have to keep paying for the pool table.”

We did: We purchased a brand-new pool table that is now free for residents to use at any time, with regular pool tournaments for your chance to win prizes and vouchers.

Improvement #7 – Improvements to Information Sharing

You said: “I often miss information regarding the building and events.”

We did: We introduced monthly email updates outlining the upcoming events and updates, with said updates also shared on the notice board in reception.

Improvement #8 – Unsafe Bridges to Blocks B-D

You said: “The bridge to block B C and D are slippery.”

We did: We applied anti slip paint, and the bridge decking will be replaced in March 2024.

Improvement #9 – Mixing Students and Professionals

You said: “As a student, I don’t feel comfortable sharing my apartment with non-students.”

We did: We introduced a new system to automatically allocate students and non-students in separate apartments, and introduced further options including selecting a same-sex apartment.

Improvement #10 – Loneliness

You said: “I feel lonely and have nobody to talk to.”

We did: The new onsite team is trained to enhance the wellbeing of our residents, and is available when you need help in reception.

Improvement #11 – Bike Storage Rack

You said: “I don’t feel the bike rack is safe enough.”

We did: In March 2024 the location of the bike storage rack will move to the front side of the building and will be protected by a 24/7 CCTV system.

Improvement #12 – Unclean Shared Kitchens

You said: “The kitchen in my apartment is always dirty and I feel I cannot use it.”

We did: We have implemented bi-weekly kitchen inspections to help resolve any issues with residents not keeping their shared spaces clean and tidy.

Improvement #13 – Dirty Block Stairwells

You said: “The stairwells are dirty and not kept clean.”

We did: Our new, dedicated house-keeping team has drastically improved the upkeep of common areas.

Improvement #14 – Fault Schedule & Maintenance

You said: “Faults are never fixed.”

We did: Our dedicated maintenance team uses a priority list to prioritise incoming maintenance logs. Residents can easily and quickly log requests via their online student portal.

Improvement #15 – Anti-Social Behaviour

You said: “There is always anti-social behaviour in the building.”

We did: The implementation of our strict anti-social behaviour policy, with an out-of-hours security team on-hand for any escalated incidents.

Roasted Tomato Soup

Recipe of the Month in January – Roasted Tomato Soup #NationalSoupMonth.

Join the riddle in reception this week and you could win the entire ingredients to make this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

– Can of Crushed Tomatoes
– Vegetable Broth
– 1 Large White Onion
– 3 Tbsp Butter
– 3 Garlic Cloves

Method:

Step 1: Chop the onion and garlic into small chunks (the smaller the better if you prefer a smooth soup).
Step 2: Cook the onions in a pan with the butter; before they start to brown add in the garlic.
Step 3: Add the crushed tomatoes into the pan, followed by the vegetable broth, and mix everything together.
Step 4: Simmer and cook uncovered for half an hour.
Step 5: If you prefer a smooth soup, then you can put the soup into a blender.

Navigating Clearing 2023

A Level Results Day is just around the corner for English and Scottish students.

You might be waiting for your results to know what offers you’ve received from universities, or you might have decided later in the year that university is the path for you.

Either way, preparing for Clearing is a good idea – for some, it can be a second chance at enrolling in a university course in September.

So, what is Clearing?

Clearing is the process that universities use to fill any remaining spaces they have left on their courses after results day.

The Clearing process is ideal for student who may not have received a placed on their Firm or Insurance choice, for students who have decided not to go ahead with their Firm or Insurance course, or for students who have decided to go to university after the application deadline has passed earlier in the year (June 30th).

How do I Access Clearing?

Clearing can seem like a stressful process, but using the UCAS Clearing Plus tool can make things seem much simpler. It’s available in the UCAS Hub and is simple to use; the Hub looks at your original choices and matches you to similar courses by looking at other universities offering that course, as well as courses that are very similar to your original choice.

Alternatively, you can search for courses that are available through Clearing directly by using the UCAS Clearing search tool.

All you need to do is express your interest in a course and the university or college will contact you regarding next steps.

It’s advised that you do this quickly, as Clearing courses can be competitive and fill quickly.

How do I Arrange Accommodation if I’ve got a Place Through Clearing?

Once you are offered a place through Clearing, you can add the Clearing course as your choice and start preparing for the next steps.

If you have chosen to live away from home, the next step is to search for student accommodation.

Student halls are a popular choice for first-year university students; you can either choose to live on campus with your university provider (if that is an option) or you can look around for privately built student accommodation.

Secured a place at UCLan? The Warehouse Apartments can guarantee you a room through Clearing. Simply get in touch with the friendly site team and we will take all the stress out of your accommodation search for you.

We have something for all budgets starting from just £90 per week with all bills included, and we carefully allocate our residents to apartments with students with similar interests to you. Many people make friends for life at university, both on their course and with those they live with.

Get in touch with the Warehouse site team today: enquiries@warehousestudents.com / 01772 200 949.

We wish you the best of luck for A Level Results Day 2023.

Delicious Prawn Carbonara

July’s Recipe of the Month! An easy recipe with just five yummy ingredients and five easy steps.

Join the riddle in reception each month and you could win the entire ingredients.

Delicious Prawn Carbonara

Ingredients:

– 320g Spaghetti
– 3 Eggs, lightly beaten
– 70g Parmesan
– 150g Cooked King Prawns
– 2tbsp Finely Chopped Parsley

Method:

Step 1: Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water for 8 minutes, until al dente, then drain, reserving a cupful of pasta water.
Step 2: Add the beaten eggs and Parmesan and toss with the spaghetti until well coated.
Step 3: Toss in the prawns, adding a splash of pasta water to create a silky sauce.
Step 4: Leave to sit for 1 minute until the prawns are warmed through, then stir in most of the parsley.
Step 5: Serve immediately with the remaining parsley scattered over the top.

Decorating Tips – Personalising Your Room

Adding some personal touches can quickly transform your student apartment into a cosy home away from.

We’ve got some easy tips on decorating your student space without spending too much money.

Adding Colour

Invest in a few sets of new bedding; having two sets allows you to manage having to visit the Laundry Room every week, and choosing two different sets with a pop of colour that suits your style can bring your room to life, and make it feel like home.

To make it feel super cosy, you could buy some scatter cushions and a throw to match!

A Statement Rug For Your Bedroom Floor

Choose a patterned or colourful rug for your new room to add to that cosy feel. Not only will it give your feet a treat in the morning, but it can also complement your personality and the style of your room.

Details for Your Desk

Make your desk a fun place for your studies with a few simple accessories. You could add some unique photo frames filled with photos of family and friends, and some small plants (or faux plants if you’re not the best at remembering to water it!). There are lots of charity shops in Preston – see what bargains you can pick up.

Decorate your Notice Board

Notice boards provided in your room and kitchen are ideal for adding colour and personalisation through photos, postcards or small posters and flyers. Plus, adding decor to the noticeboard (and not the walls) means you won’t be breaking your tenancy agreement!

Brighten your Day with Flowers

Colourful flowers can add vibrancy to any room – and they don’t have to be real, you can get some wonderful faux bouquets at shops like The Range.

Spicy Salmon Burgers

What are we cooking in June with just five ingredients, in five simple steps?

Join the riddle in reception each month and you could win the entire ingredients.

Spicy Salmon Burgers!

Ingredients:

– 690g Sweet Chill Infused Salmon Fillets
– 30g Fresh Coriander
– 5 tbsp Chilli Mayonnaise
– 280g Coleslaw
– 4 Burger Buns

Method:

Step 1: Put the salmon, half the coriander, and 1 tbsp mayonnaise into a food processor and blitz.
Step 2: Form the mixture into 4 burger patties and put them onto a plate.
Step 3: Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat and fry the burgers for 3-4 mins on each side, until golden and cooked through.
Step 4: Remove to a clean plate and toast the burger buns in the pan.
Step 5: Put the remaining coriander onto the bottom of the buns, top with the burger, add a tbsp of mayonnaise to each burger, and finish by putting the slaw over the top.

Don’t forget to share your food with us on Instagram.

Packing up to Move to Student Halls

Packing to move to university halls – where to start?

We’ve put a list together to give you a head start, plus some handy tips to keep your move as stress-free as possible.

Make a list of items you use every day

Start making a list a few weeks before. You’re more likely to remember everything doing this, rather than trying to remember while out shopping. It’s a good idea to tick items off your list as you’ve bought and packed them too, so you don’t double up.

Check how much storage you have in your new room

What wardrobe and storage space do you have in your new room?

All rooms at The Warehouse Apartments have a large wardrobe and under-bed storage. You can always buy the odd thing once you’ve moved in. The Warehouse is located opposite a supermarket, and if you are traveling here from another country it might be cheaper than bringing everything with you.

Our recommended packing list:

The important stuff:

  • Paperwork/documents – e.g., for accommodation, university, and student finance
  • ID/passport
  • Purse/wallet
  • Medication

For your bedroom:

  • Bedding – Duvet, pillows, bedding sets, mattress protector
  • Blankets/throws – make it homely!
  • Cushions
  • Rug
  • Decorations – photo frames and ornaments
  • Plants – a brilliant way to promote wellbeing and keep your room looking fresh. If you’re not very green-fingered, why not try a low-maintenance succulent or even a faux plant?
  • Posters and pins for your notice board
  • Coat hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • Laundry basket

Electricals and things for uni:

  • Laptop/Computer
  • Phone
  • Charging cables
  • Extension lead
  • Hair dryer, straighteners, curlers
  • Headphones
  • Memory stick
  • Notepad & stationery
  • Post-it notes
  • Notepad

For your bathroom:

  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hand soap
  • Toilet bleach
  • Toilet roll
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste (surprisingly easy to forget)
  • Towels and bathmat
  • Plasters

Things for your kitchen:

  • Cutlery
  • Plates/bowls
  • Mugs/glasses
  • Scissors
  • Tupperware – Great for leftovers and saving money!
  • Bottle/ can opener
  • Chopping board
  • Pans
  • Measuring jug
  • Spatula
  • Washing up liquid/sponges (Dishmatics are very handy)
  • Tea towels
  • Oven Gloves
  • Bin bags
  • Tin foil/cling film
  • Cleaning products
  • Recipe books

Cupboard essential:

  • Tea & coffee
  • Milk (consider long-life)
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oil
  • Chopped tomatoes – versatile for many different dishes!
  • Pasta/rice
  • Beans
  • Soup
  • Bread
  • Spices
  • Sauces – Ketchup, mayonnaise, soy, BBQ…