Meet the Team: iQ Raffles House, London

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iQ’s base in north west London, Raffles House is just down the road from the capital’s most famous sports venue, Wembley Stadium, and the adjacent SSE Arena. Ideal for those students who prefer to live further out of central London and travel in to university, it’s a short walk from Metropolitan Tube line. There’s also a huge shopping mall about 30 seconds away – the shopaholic’s dream home!

Our residents have the use of a large lounge and outdoor courtyard, and – of course – our team are always on hand to help. So, who’s who at Raffles House? Let’s Meet the Team and check out the score in Zone 4.

 

Hey, it’s Răzvan!

My name is Răzvan. I am the Assistant Manager at iQ Raffles House.

What makes Raffles House a special place to live?

We’re located near Wembley Park, next to the London Designer Outlet and Wembley Arena. Raffles House is a great place to live as there’s always something happening and the staff here do their best to make it a worthwhile place to live for all the residents.

What are your favourite places to go near Raffles House?

I enjoy walking around Wembley because it’s so vibrant and full of life. I’ve been to the London Designer Outlet and met lots of people who work around the area. During my breaks I enjoy going to Wenzel’s bakery and speaking with the staff there about the day. Any time there’s an event at Wembley you’re also bound to spot a celebrity which is quite exciting.

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you?

‘’You’re the reason I chose to stay here. Thank you for being so nice all the time.’’

Razvan

 

 

What about your iQ are you most proud of?

iQ takes care of its staff and pushes them to achieve their personal best. It does not discard people when they are tired or at their lowest. It makes me proud to work for a company that takes care of its own.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie?

It’s very difficult to decide on a favourite band or singer but I’d have to say I listen a lot to Frank Sinatra. My current favourite TV show is BoJack Horseman. My all-time favourite movie is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

What’s your best memory of the last year at iQ?

Meeting different people, ensuring a spot for those in need and having it all culminate on check-in day, where they come to thank you and appreciate your efforts.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently?

Marne-la-Vallée, France. The location of Disneyland.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be?

It’s never too late to be the person you want to be. You need to choose the life you want.

 

Hey, it’s Laura!

I am Laura. One of the Customer Services Advisors at Raffles House.

What makes your iQ a special place to live?

We are working very hard to create a nice atmosphere where our students can relax after university.

What’s your best memory of the last year at iQ?

The sense of family that we have in the team.

What are your favourite places to go near Raffles House?

I love to go to the Boxpark, the shopping centre and to one of the many local pubs, Black Horse.

Laura

 

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you?

That I am very helpful and nice.

What are you looking forward to this year?

All the activities and special days we have planned.

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie?

My favourite TV show is Stranger Things and Outlander.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently?

Gdansk in Poland.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be?

Enjoy life, it’s very short.

 

Hey, it’s Tom!

My name is Tom and I am Operations Manager at Raffles House.

What makes your iQ a special place to live?

The events we put on, the care we show and the homely atmosphere we try to create…. Either that or free coffees in the morning.

What’s your best memory of the last year at iQ?

Joining the company in September, being blown away by how friendly, helpful and warm everyone has been. It’s a real big family feel.

What are your favourite places to go near Raffles House?

I like going to Wembley Stadium to watch sports, unfortunately my team, Preston North End, very rarely get there so I normally have to go as a neutral. The designer outlet is good too.

What are you looking forward to this year?

The challenge of my first moving-in day, I’ve heard a lot about it… mostly good.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently?

St Lucia or Ibiza.

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be?

Go to the gym, it’s a great place to clear your mind.

What about your iQ are you most proud of?

The support we offer our residents and being that first port of call in an emergency.

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I used to manage film premieres in Leicester Square. You don’t realise how many friends you have until you’ve a couple of tickets to give away.

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you?

That I reminded her of Alexander Skarsgaard! The office were too busy laughing to do any work that afternoon!

Raffles House team
Alexander Skarsgaard stops by Raffles House

 

Hey, it’s Ash!

My name is Ash. I am a Customer Service Advisor at iQ Raffles House.

What’s your best memory of the last year at iQ?

Meeting my new team and joining a great company. Meeting the students who are quite friendly and like to engage in conversations. Learning a whole new business and facing new challenges.

What are your favourite places to go near Raffles House?
I visit the designer outlet often to go shopping on my breaks or after work. I usually meet up with friends to go to the restaurants every few weeks. The shopping centre also has a cinema and because I am local to the area I use this cinema often too.

What’s the nicest thing a resident has said to you?

‘’I appreciate your help, would you like anything from the shops?’’

What are you looking forward to this year?

Meeting new students in September and giving them a great Raffles House welcome.

What about your iQ are you most proud of?

We are a great team who take care of a vast number of students. 

What’s your favourite band/ TV show/ movie?

My favourite band would be Linkin Park, my favourite TV show without a doubt would be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and my favourite movie has to be the original Bad Boys.

Where is the best place you have travelled to recently?

Marrakech, Morocco. 

If you could give your younger self some advice about student life, what would it be?

Keep well organised, and always plan ahead.

Any interesting facts about yourself?

I can be very entertaining on a night out. I am very spontaneous... (!) 
 

Thank you to Răzvan, Laura, Tom and Ash for letting us know all about themselves and Raffles House.

Look out for the next Meet the Team soon – and find out more about Raffles House here

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