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Students – London’s Calling!

It’s that time of year again! The summer term is winding down and students around the world are planning a summer full of backpacking/volunteering/working/sleeping/ *

*delete as appropriate.

For international students coming to the UK, another set of priorities manifests itself. Packing, organising visas and entry requirements, enrolling, organising bank accounts, finding the best late-night fast-food joints and of course finding somewhere to live.

With around 425,000 international students enrolling onto Higher Education courses in the UK this year (in addition to 2m British students), finding suitable student accommodation in London (and the other major university towns in the UK) is becoming increasingly difficult.

Luckily, here at Euracom, we have a fantastic selection of student apartments in London for students on degree courses, short-term study abroad programmes and students on work placements.

We have been providing student accommodation in London for over 25 years and our service is efficient, easy and responsive. Arranging your student accommodation through Euracom means that you can get back to the important things, like looking for the best pubs and clubs in the city!

We have a dedicated section of our website devoted to student accommodation in London here where you can read all about who we are, what we do and examples of our selection of student apartments and study abroad apartments in –

Baker Street NW1
Aldgate East E1 ***Special Offer prices are available until 13 July 2014***
George Street W1
Camden Town NW1
Willesden NW10

Please visit the website for a more comprehensive selection of accommodation in London and keep checking back because we are adding more apartments all the time, including residences for academic year bookings of 36, 43 and 51 weeks, dependent on your preference and how long you’ll be with us.

All our student apartments in London are in Zones 1 & 2 and each one is very well equipped to an international standard and range from traditional apartments sleeping 6-8, residence halls for all those wanting a more ‘international environment’, rooms for two students as well as traditional studio apartments.

We also have availability in our apartments throughout London for July and August so you’ll have plenty of time to get acclimatised and to discover what living in London is all about!

Also on the website we have given you a whole host of useful information about living in London, including advice and support, money and safety, useful contacts, a great entertainment guide and information about how to get around the city.

Don’t forget, we also have a great choice of serviced vacation apartments all over London but you need to be quick, places are filling up very quickly. They are all in the beating heart of the city, close to everything you’ll ever need for a great trip to London this summer!

All you need to do is call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk and we’ll talk you through everything you need to know about student accommodation in London.

Have a great month and we’ll see you in June.

By Rob at 7 May 2014

Staycation is the new Vacation!

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However you say it, we want to welcome you to London, the greatest city in the world!

Here at Euracom, we have some fantastic vacation apartments for rent all over London – from the creative, cosmopolitan hotbeds of Aldgate and Barbican in east London to über-fashionable Kensington to the west of the city.

We have apartments available to suit all budgets across this wonderful city in the summer and if you book an apartment in London through Euracom for July and/or August, you don’t pay a booking fee!

While we usually market our vacation apartments in London to our overseas visitors, there’s an increasing trend for UK residents to remain here for their summer holidays and instead of saying ‘no, we’re not going away this year’, people are having ‘staycations’ and the facts (gleaned from a recent survey by hotel chain Travelodge) speak for themselves –

  • Almost 66% of families are planning a summer ‘staycation’
  • London, the Lake District and Edinburgh top the destination list, usurping Cornwall
  • 42% will staycation for one week, 15% for two and 33% will have up to three short breaks
  • UK resident tourist day-visit expenditure was up 17% to £57bn in 2012 while UK resident expenditure on visits abroad fell by 14% to £31.7bn (Office of National Statistics)

The evidence is there for all to see. More and more people are choosing to take vacations – staycations – in the UK rather than go abroad for their summer holidays.

Why? There are two fundamental reasons. The first is obvious – we are coming out of a severe financial crisis and there is simply less disposable income available than there previously has been. Second (and we might be a little biased here), London is an incredibly rich and diverse city with so much to do for people of all ages and interests.

Think about this question – as a UK resident (from London or elsewhere), when was the last time you did anything ‘touristy’? When was the last time you saw The Monument, Tower Bridge, Nelson’s Column or took a trip down the Thames? Most people will say ‘as a kid’.

London’s world-class museums, theatres, galleries, shopping and sports facilities are the envy of the world, as is the sheer diversity of our restaurants, cafés and bars.

That notwithstanding, we are blessed with 1,000 years of history, from the 11th century Tower of London, the Roman walls around the City, Temple Church, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace all the way up to the city’s newest attractions – the London Eye, the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge (not forgetting M&Ms World in Leicester Square!)

One of the key stats that came out of the ONS report was that the accommodation sector experienced a 16% rise in output between 2008 – 2009 (the point in time when the recession hit as hard as it was going to), from £8bn to £9bn, further fuelling the opinion that the phenomenon of the ‘staycation’ is the holiday of choice for UK residents.

We have a great selection of cost-effective vacation apartments in London for you to choose from so please call us on 020 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk and we’ll talk you through everything you need to know.

In the meantime, have a good April and we’ll see you again in May!

By Rob at 7 Apr 2014

The Best Accommodation in London Just Got Better!

Welcome to March! At last, the weather seems to be turning if not warmer, then certainly a bit sunnier, and with the sun comes thoughts of spring and summer in London.

Here at Euracom, we offer some of the best accommodation in London and we think it’s time to make the offer EVEN BETTER!

From April 15th through to July 15th, we are offering a VERY special deal on our Assam Place accommodation in Aldgate East, London E1 –

We are discounting our per night rate to just £45.00 and our weekly rate to a recession-busting £315 with a minimum stay of seven nights!

The offer is available to students, individuals and groups, tourists and corporate guests.

Book NOW because we know that this offer will disappear FAST! 

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For more images and information about our accommodation In Aldgate East, click herebut the headline facts are these –

  • Modern and stylish classic studio apartments with larger than average rooms (17m²)
  • Double beds for single or double occupancy
  • The fastest broadband in London
  • Outstanding communal areas including Sky Sports and FREE access to the gym
  • Whitechapel and Aldgate East tube stations are just minutes away
  • The West End and City of London are very close by and easily accessible
  • Amenities include CCTV, fitted kitchen, courtyard, phone, lifts and laundry facilities

THIS REALLY IS A GREAT OFFER AND IT WON’T BE AROUND FOR LONG SO DON’T FORGET TO CALL US ON 020 8420 7666 OR EMAIL info@euracom.co.ukNOW!

About Aldgate
The areas around Aldgate including Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Old Street are some of the most colourful, cosmopolitan and vibrant areas of London. People of all colours and nationalities flock to the area renowned for its bars, restaurants and art scene and thousands of tourists, business travellers, students and young professionals are drawn to the area because it offers all the benefits of central London living without the price tag!

You’re in central London’s business hub in 10 minutes with all its amazing amenities, restaurants, theatres and bars and if you venture north, you will find quiet London suburbia with parks, high streets and boutique shops.

Don’t forget we also have a comprehensive range of outstanding student accommodation in London, short-stay and holiday/vacation rentals in London andcorporate apartments for long or short-stay business lets in London.

As always, the team are available to answer any questions you have or if you need any further information about any of the accommodation options on our website, call us on 020 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk you though anything you want to know.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine and we’ll see you again in April!

By Rob at 6 Mar 2014

March in London

No, it’s not an instruction. The Poll Tax guys aren’t about to reclaim the streets and nor are we about to see hoards of the middle classes saunter around in annoyance at the rising cost of smoked salmon.

Rather, the month of March is upon us, the buds of spring are starting to shoot and London is awash with fresh optimism as we put the rainy, dreary, cold winter behind us!

Valentine’s Day is on Friday so by the time you read this, you should have booked the restaurant, ordered the flowers, written something appropriately romantic in the card and, perhaps for some of you, bought the ring…! If you’re coming to London from further afield, you still have time to book a short-stay apartment in London so call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk.

I know we keep saying it, but we think London really is the very best city in the world. There’s so much to do so get your diary and start planning where you’re going to go and what you’re going to do when you’re here!

Music in London

Indie-inspired contemporary hip-hop ‘bright young things’ Rizzle Kicks are playingHammersmith Apollo, as is ex-Westlife star Shane Filan, The Stranglers, Mike & The Mechanics and Status Quo with Tinie Tempah playing the O2.

For the more cultured among you, the London Handel Festival returns for its 26th year and the English Touring Opera are bringing Mozart’s The Magic Flute to the Hackney Empire. You will also be ecstatic to know that The X Factor Live Tour featuring all your favourite, instantly-forgotten Cowell-cash-cows is at Wembley Arena!

Sport in London

March is a great month for live sport in London with the highlight being the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley. Manchester City comfortably beat West Ham 9-0 on aggregate in the first semi-final and Sunderland narrowly saw off Manchester United in one of the worst penalty shoot-outs in living memory. We can only see a City win but in one-off games, who knows?

England face Denmark, also at Wembley, in our penultimate World Cup warm-up match; England’s rugby union stars play Wales at Twickenham in our second and last Six Nations home game and on the 29th, the Energizer Night Run takes place. There’s a 5k or 10k illuminated run followed by a massive party at Battersea Park!

Museums in London

The Natural History Museum are putting up a tropical butterfly house on the front lawn where visitors can take on butterfly challenges, games and activities as well as strolling around surrounded by thousands of free-flying butterflies!

At Tate Britain, there’s a photography exhibition called Ruin Lust which explores our endless fascination with images of ruined buildings and at the British Museum, they have the first major Vikings exhibition there for over 30 years.

Festivals and Shows in London

Some are wacky, some are serious and some capture the zeitgeist perfectly but as with all events in London, there is literally something for everyone! For the fashion-aware, the Vogue Festival returns for its third year at the Southbank Festival with workshops, performances and of course makeovers from fashion’s biggest names.

If you were proposed to on Valentine’s Day, then grab your future husband and head down to Brides The Show at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park. It’s interactive, there’s loads to do and he’ll love it. Probably. Perfectly timed by luck or judgement, you can go from the bridal show to the Cruise Show at Olympia and book a honeymoon! Honestly, he’ll have a fab day…!

There’s the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival at the BFI Southbank; join 100,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade; the Ideal Home Show at Earl’s Court and Britain’s current Queen of Funny, Miranda Hart is playing five live shows at the O2 Arena.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre celebrates ‘the formidable power of women to make change happen’ and as any man can attest to, they really do have formidable power!

Lastly, is any trip to London complete without stopping off at The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race? No, we don’t think so either! There’s fancy dress, running with frying pans and batter, wandering clowns and string bands…what’s not to love?!

Whatever you’re into, you can find it in London that’s for sure! This is only a snippet of what you can find to do in London in March but whatever you do you’ll need a base that’s central and economical so have a look at our apartments in London and call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk.

Have a great month and we’ll see you again in March.

By Rob at 10 Feb 2014

Has London REALLY changed in the last decade?

Has London changed that much in the last ten years? Did we really do anything hugely different then than we are now? Has the landscape changed much in terms of the arts, business, sports and economics? This article will take a fun, irreverent and reminiscent look at how our wonderful city has shifted in time over the last decade…

Let’s start with the facts –

 

2004

2014

Prime Minister

Tony Blair (Lab)

David Cameron (Con)

Mayor of London

Ken Livingstone (Lab)

Boris Johnson (Con)

Tallest Building in London

One Canada Square (771 ft)

The Shard (1,004 ft)

Unemployed in London

260,000 (approx.)

368,000 (approx.)*

Population

7.3m (approx.)

8.3m (approx.)

Average House Price

£125,000 (approx.)

£380,000 (approx.)

Pint of Milk

35p

49p

*Source: Office of National Statistics

In the news, serial killer Harold Shipman was found dead in his cell; 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned at Morecambe Bay; Maxine Carr, convicted of ‘assisting an offender’ in the Soham murder case was released under a false identity;  relatively unknown football coach Jose Mourinho is appointed manager of Chelsea; it was the 60thanniversary of D-Day; England are (unsurprisingly) knocked out of Euro 2004 on penalties by Cristiano ‘winker’ Ronaldo  and his Portugal team; Chancellor Gordon Brown announces plans to cut 100,000 civil service jobs; Great Britain won nine gold, nine silver and 12 bronze medals at the Olympics in Athens; British hostage Ken Bigley is beheaded by Iraqi militants; Home Secretary David Blunkett resigned and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed 228,000 people including 9,000 Europeans.

In the world of entertainment, the biggest selling artists in the UK were Eminem, Britney Spears, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and The Streets; films released includedAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Scorsese’s The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Pegg and Frost-inspired Shaun of the Dead and Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby.

In sport, Mourinho-inspired Porto beat Monaco in the Champions League final, Greece surprise everyone by beating Portugal on their home turf in the final of Euro 2004, legendary football manager Brian Clough died at the age of 69, Justin Gatlin was Olympic 100m champion winning in a time of 9.85s (Usain Bolt’s record is now 9.58s), the Great Britain 4x100m team triumphed in Athens, Team Europe beat Team USA 18½ – 9½ to retain the Ryder Cup, Amberleigh House won the Grand National and ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan won the World Snooker Championship.

Fast-forward a decade and where the news is concerned, nothing very much has changed. People are still doing awful things to each other, politicians are headline news often for the wrong reasons and England are still rubbish at football!

It’s evident that after years of recession, public sector cuts and financial turbulence, London remains a spectacularly exciting, vibrant and global city at the forefront of fashion, trade, technology and food (we now have 61 Michelin-starred restaurants in London). Also, due to the dearth of creative talent, we can now attract world-class tech behemoths such as Amazon, Google, Cisco, Facebook and Intel. While we retain cautious optimism, the economy is showing real and lasting signs of recovery as more and more businesses look for commercial property in the West End and surrounds. Of course with international businesses arriving, international staff will arrive and Euracom has a wide range of corporate apartments in London. Have a look at our site and then call us for information.

There has been a noticeable move towards a denser, more sustainable and urban style of living (with a much higher concentration of tall buildings going up). There are noticeably more bicycles on our streets, more and more people and businesses paying attention to recycling and having one eye on sustainability and over the last decade, there has been an explosion of farmer’s markets popping up all over the city trying to persuade Londoners to buy local. And we are.

Immigration has been the textbook political hot potato for the last decade and with any diaspora, issues will almost certainly arise about the numbers coming in but collectively, we rely more and more on Europe, so can we have our cake and eat it? It’s a discussion that will undoubtedly run and run.

As with any major city, London has it’s fair share of challenges moving forward into 2014 and beyond including urban regeneration, housing and economic development and given our unprecedented funding and delivery situation, it’s become vital for people to come together to share best practice, to develop thinking that is both innovative yet practical and to invest in the future to keep our city relevant, vibrant, cosmopolitan and exciting.

What are your memories of London over the last ten years? What changes have you seen that you like and dislike? What should we be doing but aren’t? We’d love to hear your feedback, thoughts and ideas.

As always, Euracom can satisfy your accommodation requirements in Londonincluding holiday and vacation apartments in London, student apartments in Londonand corporate accommodation in London so please call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk and we will happily talk you through everything you need to know.

By Rob at 20 Jan 2014

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