Clayhill students outraged at the announcement of key charges when getting locked out of their flats

By Aneesa Anwar

Clayhill residents are outraged and confused after the announcement that they will now be charged £10 plus an admin fee for locking themselves out of their rooms or flats.

It has come as a surprise since all the doors in Clayhill lock automatically meaning keys must be taken with residents at all times but can easily be forgotten.

Clayhill resident and chemistry student Inga Tymczuk said: “I think the charge is horrible, I’m super paranoid about locking myself out and have to check my pockets five times before I leave because I don’t want to get charged.”

Although the key charge is in fact in the Clayhill contract, they were not made clear or even mentioned until after the Christmas holidays when signs were then put on the front doors of flats alerting residents of the changes.

Drama student and Clayhill resident Zoe Divers said: “I think we should have all read over the contract in more detail prior to moving in but it also should have been emphasised by staff when we first moved in.”

When asked, the receptionists said that the charge was in fact in the contract, however refused to make any further comments on the issue.

Pharmacy student and Clayhill resident Isaac Haynes said: “I’ve been locked out a few times but I’ve never been charged, unless it comes out of your deposit (£300) immediately but I’m not sure if it does.”

Many students who have been locked out since the charge was introduced have been unsure whether they have actually been charged leading to further anger and confusion.

Resident Amelia Mae said: “They are trying to find anyway to drain money from our pockets and they had seen there was a high influx in the number of lockouts so they decided to use it as a money making scheme.”

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How to buy your weekly food shop for £10

By Ellie Ideson

We’ve all been there. When you pop to the supermarket for some milk and bread and come back with ice cream, cookies and a bottle of wine. That £2 you were meant to spend turning into £10 for one night of movie snacks and not much else. Budgeting is hard, preparing food for the week as a student is even harder. You don’t know if you’ll even be in tonight to eat, let alone having the time, or motivation, to actually cook. But planning is key to not overspending on food each week and it is a great habit to get into. It will save you money, probably make you eat healthier and will allow you to impress your flat mates with your new cooking skills. So here are some tips on buying your weekly shop for just £10 if you plan well, prepare your meals and are not afraid to try new things.

Buy vegetables loose

If you take anything away from this, take this: vegetables are so much cheaper to buy loose. Being a student you will most likely only be cooking for yourself, so a bag of four courgettes is too much and half will end up in the bin. Even at supermarkets like Sainsbury’s you can pick up a loose onion for 17p, a carrot for 11p, a whole broccoli for 37p. Fancy a jacket potato? Great, you can pick one up for 27p. Not only does this save you money, but it also reduces waste and gives you a variety.

Learn to cook

You don’t need to be the next Gordon Ramsey, but learning to cook will help you save money and eat healthier. Take-aways and ready meals are great for one-offs, but eating them every day is costly, boring and unhealthy. Cooking can be very simple and there are so many student recipe books out there and online. If you are looking for the queen of budgeting, look no further than Jack Monroe. Her recipes are cheap, tasty and easy to make.

Buy value

There has always been a stigma attached to value ranges in supermarkets, but like David Ellis, editor of studentmoneysaver.co.uk, wrote in The Telegraph: “The bottom ranges deliberately have unattractive packaging and unappealing names like ‘Value’”. Why? Because supermarkets are businesses and want you to spend as much money as you can. Value ranges are cheap and mostly do not taste any different to the ones more expensive.

Food staples that will fill you up

Cans. Value cans, even better. By being on a low budget you need to think carefully on what is going to fill you up for the longest, be nutritious and satisfying. The best go-to in the cans range are beans, pulses and lentils. With a can of kidney beans at 35p, chickpeas at 45p, a bag of red lentils for £1, that’s less than £2 on staples that could serve you dinner for a week (obviously cooked in a tasty recipe). Even for breakfast, you can pick up tins of beans for 25p which will keep you full until lunch. Be smart about what you buy.

But as much as these tips will keep you full on a shoe-string budget, remember to plan first, never go to the supermarket hungry (you will overspend) and don’t be afraid to try new things. Good luck.

First-year Film students feel confused after the Film Department is set to move faculties later this year

By Ellie Ideson

Film students are confused after the film department said they were moving the course to the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture later this year.

The BA Film course is currently under the Faculty of Social Sciences based at Penrhyn Road but after review, the university intends to move all film courses to Knights Park by 2020.

“I don’t understand why we need to move as the course seems to be fine at Penrhyn, we have the mac and the loans room available all the time, as well as the DVD and film books in the library.” Said Emily Walker, a first-year film student.

Kingston University has made these changes so that all research and film teaching can combine and be managed under one faculty.

But film students do not feel they have been well informed about the move and would have preferred to have more say.

Attendance

“I don’t feel that we as students have been well informed about this change. I don’t think it will affect the course in terms of how it’s structured but may affect people’s attitudes towards attendance.” Ryan Chapman, a first-year film student said.

Walker said: “All we were sent was an email which didn’t really inform us, so I feel we could have been given more information and more of an option when they decided on the move.”

Professor Simon Morgan Wortham, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has emailed the students and reassured them that there is “no need to worry” and that their degree will “continue as usual.”

Reputation

The changes are seen as a boost to Kingston University’s reputation in film and discussions are being held at the moment to discuss these changes further.

As part of the 2020 transformation programme, the film department is excited for the opportunity to be able to work together as one faculty.

Students views on the proposals have been encouraged by the faculty which can be shared by speaking to their student representatives or the Union of Kingston students.

Students at Penrhyn Road are angry after the university kept quiet on increased canteen food prices

By Ellie Ideson

Students at Penrhyn Road campus are angry with the university’s lack of communication following an increase in canteen food prices.

Food and drink prices have increased up to 29 per cent this month with bottled water increasing the most from 50p to 70p.

“I just noticed it, no one actually told us or emailed us which feels shit.” Pamelah Nunez, a second-year forensic science student said.

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Elior is Kingston University’s catering supplier and has said that the increased prices follow a review of supplier demands.

Strength of pound

The rising costs of raw materials and the strength of the pound have affected the cost of supplies Elior uses, such as tinned-tuna increasing by 35 per cent.

“I’ve noticed that the prices have raised, but the uni hasn’t said anything. I feel deceived because I think the uni should help students and convince the company not to change it or find another company to keep the prices low.” Natasza Rybka, a first-year human geography student said.

The university has labelled all the increased prices with signs below the food or drink that shows the old and new price to make students aware.

Value offers

Elior Student Experience and Marketing Manager Kirsty Robinson said: “We are acutely aware of the cost associated with attending university and will ensure that there is always a good array of value offers.”

Elior has assured the university that their products will be reviewed regularly to maintain the quality and value of the products.

The price increase has been made across all Kingston University campuses.

Get Out

By Charlotte Beasley MV5BNTE2Nzg1NjkzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTgyODMyMTI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,631,1000_AL_

Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, is full of plot holes but all the components of the film that are put together make it completely satisfying to watch.

It is a horror film that is never horrifying but instead makes you laugh with one or two jump scares. Get Out is a mystery and a good one, which keeps your brain working as you try to figure out what is going on and honestly, you will probably leave the cinema still wondering what was going on.

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a photographer who goes with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to a remote area to meet her parents. Everything about their first encounter is weird and it only gets more strange but the film mainly revolves around the odd behaviours of Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson). They are two black characters who work for the family and when meeting them, you realise that not everything is what it seems.
The acting from the whole cast was incredible to the point that I felt like I was part of the film and that is precisely what cinema should do. From the opening scene, I was hooked and by the end, I just wanted more.

The film is full of symbolism from separating milk from a colourful bowl of cereal to fire and deer but I won’t give any spoilers. This is Peele’s first time directing a film and it is all about racial commentary. He uses the horror genre to discuss how black people feel around a white American family and it is executed perfectly. I suppose the real horror is the reality of it.

Get Out is fresh and exciting with a topical plot we have been waiting to hit cinemas and will keep you on the edge of the seat from start to finish.

Top four places to visit in central London

By Charlotte Beasley
  1. The Shard

It may sound expensive but tickets for The Shard can be purchased online for just £15. It is worth the money because the view is amazing, especially if you want to be a tourist for the day or do some photography,

2. Westminster and Southbank

Both of these places are great for a student budget because they cost nothing. Again, they are both perfect for a ‘tourist’ day out but it can get busy so be prepared. If you are looking to do some photography, a clear sky or a sunset would be the perfect time to go. Also, if you have some money spare you can always go on the London Eye as well – it will give you a fantastic view of the city.

3. Graffiti tunnel

This may not be for everyone but it is extraordinary and again, it costs no money at all. Near the back of Waterloo station is the graffiti tunnel, where artists are free to express themselves. The work is amazing and should be more appreciated.

4. Hyde Park

If you want a nice walk in the sunshine this spring/summer but don’t want to stay in Kingston, Hyde Park is a good place to visit. You could even bring a picnic to save yourself some money on food.

 

Five tips to help you juggle work and university life

By Aneesa Anwar 

Financially, university life can be difficult for students. With high rents to pay, food to buy, laundry to do and the cost of socialising, money is often tight regardless of how much your student loan is.

For Kingston students it’s even more difficult as we live in one of the most expensive areas in the country. Sometimes student loans barely even cover living costs.

Many students at Kingston work part time jobs to keep up with the financial demands of living in the most expensive city in the UK.

However it is not always easy to juggle your university work with your part time job.

We’ve compiled a list of five things that will help you manage your jobs and your studies without stressing.

  1. Make sure you aren’t working to many hours.

Working extra time often means a bigger pay check at the end of the month which can be appealing. However working too many hours can leave you feeling tired and unmotivated when it comes to university work. Make sure you are working a maximum of 10-15 hours a week to insure you are keeping up with all your uni work. The results will pay off in the long term!

  1. Plan ahead

When you know you will be working over weekends or late night shifts make sure you plan ahead and get all your work done for the week or the day to make sure you don’t miss any assignment deadlines. That way you will be able to work without the stress of uni hanging over your head.

  1. Cook meals in advance

After a full day of work or uni the last thing you want to do is come home and cook. Instead of resorting to unhealthy meals or takeaways, cook meals in advance on your days off and freeze them. This way you will be able to heat up meals quickly and with minimal effort whilst still eating healthy.

  1. Avoid working too many late shifts

Late shifts sometimes pay more and can often be very appealing to a struggling student. However late night shifts, especially on uni nights, can often lead to you being exhausted and unmotivated to go to uni and complete assignments. Keeping night shifts to a minimum will allow you to get the sleep you need and have enough energy to keep up with both work and studying.

  1. Don’t forget to socialise

Working and studying usually leaves you with little time to do anything else. It is important to maintain a healthy social life and see friends and family. Having one or two days off a week is recommended for you to balance all three aspects of your life whilst also living comfortably, getting all your studying done and getting the full university experience.