Getting ready for Christmas at Uni.

Hi Everyone!

Hope you’re well and feeling ready and excited for Christmas- we finish this week for the holidays! It is my favourite time of year and I really don’t think anything beats that feeling of having friends and family around you at Christmas. That’s why i can be quite difficult before you go home, to feel in the spirit while being at uni, especially when you have deadlines, are budgeting and are away from those you love at home! So  in today’s blog, I thought it would be appropriate to give you some ideas on how to get into the Christmas spirit while at Edge Hill!

Make a Christmas dinner with friends

 

For some of my friends and I, we thought it would be a lovely idea to make a Christmas dinner. In order to keep costs down, each of us prepared a different part of the meal and simply reheated it when it was time for the dinner! This was a great idea, as because I ended up being quite cheap we had money left over to buy Baileys, Christmas

hats and a colour your own table

cloth!

Why not decorate your flat and get involved!

I understand that we are all on a budget, and that when you don’t have a lot of money left, you’d rather spend that money on essentials, but I was surprised with how cheap it can be to buy Christmas decorations. From Poundland, Aldi and B&M, you can get all sorts from tinsel, to mini Christmas trees and even Christmas projectors! And if you split the price with friends and flatmates it would end up being a few pounds each! Also a nice idea is to make decorations, again I understand that at this time of year, we have to prioritise deadlines and work. But as a break it can be therapeutic and fun to do some arts and crafts, for example making paper snowflakes and garlands! Getting involved with activities and things going on around you- for example the Edge Hill Christmas fair or the Ormskirk light switch on!

Keep in touch with Family and Friends!

As I’ve said, Christmas time is all about spending time with those you love so, stay involved! Maybe Facetime your family as they are putting up the Christmas tree or decorations at home and maybe buy some Christmas presents for your friends or make your own! Next week I will be making a blog on cheap, homemade Christmas gift ideas!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and it has got you in the spirit! Thank you for reading, please comment any questions if you have any- would love to hear from you!

Alice! : )

 

 

 

Preparing to Leave Home

Hi everyone, for my second blog I’m just going to talk a little about moving out of home for the first time and going to University, and what you can do to prepare to make the transition more manageable, enjoyable and hopefully A lot less stressful!

1. Pack early: I know this might seem obvious but starting your packing even a week before leaving home is a really good idea, trust me. You don’t realise until it comes to packing how much stuff you need to bring with you, clothes, gadgets, trinkets and whatever else begin to pile up really quickly. In my personal experience even though I had done most of my packing by the time I was ready to leave, I still found myself running around like a headless chicken looking for my headphones and whatever else I realised I would definitely need.

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2. Book travel well in advance: Doing this not only saves a lot of stress but also a lot of money. Obviously depending on where you live or your travel situation circumstances will be different but if you know you will be travelling by train or boat or plane, booking earlier can save you a lot of hassle that can be caused by booked up journeys or lack of luggage, space say if you were going on a busy flight and needed cabin baggage. In my experience if you book for example, A flight a month beforehand which in my case was coming over from Northern Ireland, an early booked flight would only usually cost £10/20 but leave it too close to the date and you could end up paying more like £50/60 which is a LOT more if you’re a budgeting student.

Plane

3. Don’t worry if your late: I know you definitely want to arrive on time for your moving in day and you most likely will, but on the off-chance you don’t (like me) don’t stress, Edge Hill is very accommodating and even though I was one of the last people to pick up my keys, someone still took the time to show me to my accommodation where I finally arrived to meet my flatmates for the first time, which didn’t make any difference that I was late as everyone was also still pretty nervous! Moral of the story, chill out it will be fine :).

First Year Room Tour – Chancellors South

Hello again! ☺️ Today I’m going to give you a little insight and into my room here at Edge Hill and some tips for living comfortably at university. I’m in my first year so I’m on campus living in Chancellors South. The accommodation is absolutely stunning, all over campus, and I feel very lucky to live here.

I’ve always tried to make my space as comfortable and cosy as possible and my uni room was no different. A lot of the stuff you can see is from a shop called The Range – this is a great place to get some cheap decor for your room to make it feel a little more homely. Primark is another good place, I got my bedding and hot water bottle from there and they sell really nice reed diffusers to keep your room smelling nice! 💕

One thing I will suggest is to bring a fan, those rooms are wonderful in the winter because they’re so insulated but in the spring and summer months it can get hot and having a fan definitely helps. I use the door to the bathroom  as a whiteboard which is really great to keep on top of your to-do list, just make sure you don’t buy or use permanent markers 😖! I’ll note here, Chancellors South provide a full length mirror – I nearly bought one until I saw a YouTube video explaining that they provide one!

Due to the wonderful Catalyst, we don’t have computers in our rooms but we still have the TVs ☺️! The desk is nice and spacious and the space behind the TV is all cork-board so get some pushpins to hang the important stuff up. I brought my printer but the ink can get expensive so it’s easier and cheaper to just use the Catalyst, if I’m honest. The draws are also really spacious, I’ve added a picture to show you my ‘work’ one:

The little pot in the bottom right hand corner is where I keep all my paracetamol, antihistamine, blisters and flu stuff – bring this, you are bound to get the fresher flu! I also brought a little sewing kit that you can see in the middle near the top, I have used this a handful of times now so it’s good to have around. ✂️

In Chancellors South we have a designated house keeper that comes in Mon-Fri to give the place a little dust, hoover and mop. She doesn’t do our rooms, just the kitchen and hallway, so I keep a little box of cleaning products in my room for when I need to give my place a dust or clean my bathroom. 🚿

The bathroom is set out like a wet room so I keep my towels on the back of the door using this over the door hanger I got from B&M. I also got a cheap standing wire storage holder to put all my shampoos and body soaps in! B&M have some really good products for storage. 😊

The accommodation is really stunning and it’s no surprise that it is award-winning. The wardrobe space is great and it includes a mini fridge to hide all your chocolate or expensive food. There’s storage under your bed to keep boxes, shopping bags or shoes. The storage in the kitchen is excellent too but that’s for another post 😃. I hope you have enjoyed this and I hope it has given you a better insight into the accommodation for Chancellors South. See you next time! 💕

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Accommodation!

Hey everyone!

Here in Edge Hill, you surely will not be short of choice when it comes to accommodation. You have Forest Court, Palatine Court, Chancellors Court, Chancellors South, Founders East, Founders West and that’s just a few you can choose from.


My favourite part about living on-campus is that it is only a small walk away from anything you need. The Catalyst building, the Hub, McColls and the student union (aka Subway) are only a few of the places that are easy to get to from any of the halls of residence.

In addition, the (free) bus to and from Ormskirk is easily accessible as there are two pick up and drop off points on the campus, making it easier for students to get into town and back to university without having to walk miles. Even though it is a very scenic 15 minute walk, you can never trust the English weather!

Moving from Ireland to a completely new environment was so daunting, however, moving into my halls was the first part of helping me overcome my nerves. I found that I settled in much quicker than I expected and this was partly due to the fact I was able to personalise my room and make it more homely by adding pictures, books and other personal items around the room.

The safety of the halls also made settling in to my new home much easier.  If, at any point, you have any concerns, the rooms have a contact sheet at the back of every door with numbers and guidance on who to call if you have any problems. However, with the 24 hour security team, there is nothing to worry about.


I feel like it is also important to add how much easier living in the accommodation on campus made making friends. Moving into a flat with 8 strangers was rather nerve-wracking to start with however, on the first night of moving in, I new I made really great friends and would fit right in.

Do not be afraid to move into accommodation here at Edge Hill University because I can easily say that it is one of the best experiences of my university life so far as it has allowed me to grow more independent and helps waking up early for lectures even more worth it.

I love my accommodation and living on-campus and I am sure you will love the experience as much as I do.

If you want any further information about accommodation here at Edge Hill University please feel free to ask me anything or follow this link to the accommodation home page – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/accommodation/

Thanks for reading!


“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling”

-Cecelia Ahern-

Karaoke Fridays, and the SU bar

Generally every Friday, at the SU bar there is a Karaoke night, which is always absolutely thriving and full of life. Lots of people go to karaoke and it is always a good laugh. A mixture of songs are available for you to sing from Disney such as Moana, Musicals on the West End such as Matilda and even some classics such as Queen and Abba. Even if you are not up on the stage singing your heart out, most people sing from the audience and are really encouraging whoever is on stage. Generally karaoke Friday has a real closeness about it with everyone socialising and having fun.  The bar is open and usually very busy, however the bar tenders always work as quick as they can to get you served.

During the week, the SU has other events available such as a quiz which is on every Monday and the social every Wednesday, generally for all the sports teams to get together. The SU bar isn’t just open in the evenings, it is also open in the day, where it is a nice place to chill out with friends. They usually have some music playing or have the T.V. on which creates a nice relaxing atmosphere for everyone.

The SU also open for special events, for example when there is a big football match or boxing match, they generally have this on the big screen for everyone to see and watch. During Welcome week, the SU sometimes opens up into the Venue which has more of a club feel to it. They are also opening up the venue this week for the Christmas Ball they are running.

The SU is a great place to go day or night and always have things planned for students to do. Image result for karaoke

“Be selective in your battles sometimes peace is better than being right.”

Looking after yourself at Edge Hill!

Hi Guys!

I hope you are well, and congratulations to everyone who has been offered a place to study here. I hope you are all excited for the journey that lies ahead of you, I remember that feeling well!

For today’s blog, I thought it would be appropriate to write about ways in which you can take care of yourself at uni, and making sure you can be the best you can be mentally, physically, emotionally and in your studying.  My tutor told us that around this time of year he notices a lot of students missing lectures, therefore vital information and teaching, so I am going to give you some tips to make you feel the best you can and therefore prevent you from missing lectures and going out!


Treat yourself!

I remember, a few weeks into uni I phoned my Dad and told him how I was struggling as I was missing home and feeling down and he told me to treat myself. So whether this be with something like a nice lipstick or some home comfort food, but obviously I do this in moderation! But for me, it really helps to cheer me up and remind myself that I am worth it, just taking that time to watch a film on a Saturday night with a face mask and chocolate never fails to make me feel better.


Exercise

I know, this one is quite subjective, but for me I always feel so much better after doing a bit of exercise! I really enjoy going to the gym on campus, only a two minute walk from my accommodation and going to yoga or zumba and going for a swim! Or going on a walk or jog into Ormskirk and around Coronation park. This doesn’t have to be alone either, it might be nice to invite someone from your flat or course or join a sports team where you can meet like minded people!


Plan things to look forward to!

This one is definitely a big one for me and I know friends who feel exactly the same! This could be anything from planning on having my boyfriend, friends or family from home to visit, going on a night out, or like me and some friends from my course are doing- making a Christmas dinner before we all going back home for Christmas! It’s always nice to plan fun things to do when you have a bit of free time.


I hope this has helped you in getting an idea of what uni life is like and ways you can look after yourself in order to make sure you are happy and well. Always remember that there are people here to help, whether that be your lecturers, fellow students or campus life, everyone will be there for you! Please ask any questions you’ve got!

Alice : )

Homesickness

When coming to Edge Hill, I thought that I was going to be the only one missing home and everyone would think I’m a baby for it. However this is completely not the case, even people that come from near by get homesick. For some people it is really easy for them to get home, however some it is not so easy, for example I have to get a plane to get home, so it is not something that I get to do all that often. However I have found a few things that have really helped me to feel less homesick.

  • One of the main things that have really helped me is FaceTime/video calling friends and family. I call my parents every few days to keep them updated with what I’m doing but also for them to tell me what is happening at home so that I don’t feel left out (even if they go out for dinner or go and watch a movie I want to see, without me).  I also call my friends from home every now and again and we often do a big group FaceTime, it made it really exciting as we were all showing our rooms and flats. I really think that this has helped me feel less homesick as it is something I really look forward to each week.
  • Another thing that has really helped is pictures in my room. Before coming to university I got lots of pictures printed off, of memories from the summer, pictures of family and lots more. I stuck them (with white tack) all around my room, this makes it feel very homely and also makes me smile when I look at them.
  • Finally, the last piece of advice would predominantly be for the first week or 2, when you are settling in. I would advise spending as much time in the kitchen and with your flat mates as possible, as it is really important to get to know them as you will be living with them for the next year. This will also help to hopefully stop you from feeling home sick, as you won’t be thinking about home or whoever has just dropped you off. I found this really helpful because if I was by myself, I would have felt sad and really missed home

This weeks quote is…

“Where we love is home- home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Why The Catalyst Building Will Be Your Best Friend!

So, the new Catalyst building at Edge Hill University may be my favourite building on the campus. Seriously, ask anyone who knows me because they will tell you that I spend a lot of my study time there. Don’t worry though, I still manage a social life.

I thought that it would be a fun idea to talk a little about the Catalyst building and sing its praises through a list of why I believe it will be your best friend as a student of Edge Hill University.


  • The Top Floor – I was going to save this point until the last but as I am currently writing this on the top floor, I couldn’t wait. This floor is known as the quiet study space, with a computer suite and a separate space with tables for those with their own laptops or who just have a lot of highlighting to do. This is the perfect space for people who prefer to work in quieter environments like myself and enjoy a spectacular view over the campus!

 

  • The Café – We’ve all been there, you’re typing away and suddenly you get an overwhelming urge for something sweet and a hot beverage. Well, you are in luck because the 53.3 Degrees Coffee Shop has everything from brownies, tea-cakes, sandwiches (vegan options also) and a range of drinks to choose from. You can all guess where most of my money goes to…

 

  • The Staff – I don’t think the catalyst would be as great as it is without the amazing staff that keep it running from 8AM – 8PM every day! There is always somebody at the ‘help-desk’ ready to direct you anywhere you need to go or tell you information about the services available.

  • The services – This leads me nicely to my final point about what the catalyst has to offer. You didn’t think there were just books and a café, did you? You can talk to people regarding accommodation, money/jobs, transition difficulties or the well-being and counselling services. Make sure you follow the link provided below to find out more about the many services available to students.

I really could go on all day about why I love the Catalyst, but I thought I would leave you wanting more.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and please don’t hesitate to ask me anything about Edge Hill University, as I am more than happy to help you!

P.S, did I mention that the Catalyst is open 24/7 for all students? However, this does not mean that you leave assignments to last minute…

For lots more information please follow this link –  https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/location/catalyst/


And, as promised, here is my inspirational quote of the blog!

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible!”

– Audrey Hepburn –

My favourite spots on campus! 😍🌲

Hey everyone!

I’ve seen a few people on Twitter today saying they’ve had offers from Edge Hill, and on campus today people have been graduating. Full circle! If you’ve been offered a place, congratulations! Today I wanted to share my favourite spots on campus, and to try and persuade you that Edge Hill is not only the best university but also the most aesthetic! 😋 

Catalyst (The library) 📚 :

 

The Catalyst is where I spend most of my time, if not in bed sleeping or in lectures. It’s only just opened for this academic year and I don’t know what I would have done without it. It’s stunning and is a great place to study, on your own or with friends. They have isolated booths if you want to block everyone out or group rooms if you want to work with your friends. It caters for everything and everyone. (There’s a little clip here to show you a more detailed view of the inside!) It’s amazing to have this comfortable space to go to if on Tuesdays (student night) you have to work and the accommodation area is a little noisy.

The Hub 🏢 :

I don’t spend enough time in this place. Every time I pass through there always seems to be something on in there. I walked past the other day and captured the picture above – I loved this idea! 💕 There’s an abundance of places to get and grab food in here but they also have people come in on certain days and set up stalls selling food from Asian street dishes to homemade treats. Not only this, the real winner here is the fact they serve Starbucks! ☕️

The Lakeside and the duckies 🦆 :

I’m lucky enough to live in an area of campus where I get to pass these beauties every day. It’s adorable in the mornings when they’re all on the grass nestled into themselves. It just starts your day off the right way seeing such beautiful nature, literally on your doorstep and it’s a lovely stroll in the morning. As you can tell by the pictures above, it’s hard to get near them. You can usually find me in the mornings trying to stroke one, probably shouting something along the lines of: “Please come here and let me love you!” 

My room 🙋🏽 :

The Edge Hill accommodation is truly amazing. It, of course, differs on price range. I live in Chancellor’s South and it’s a perfect size, so cosy and the view from my bedroom window is amazing. I’m really lucky with where I was allocated. I spend the majority of my time here and it’s a great workspace. Make sure you try and look around the halls of residence if you come to visit!

 

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed a little insight into some of my favourite spots at Edge Hill. The university campus is stunning and I feel very lucky to live in such a nice place. Thanks for reading, see you in my next post! 👋🏼

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3 Things to Make You the Favourite Flatmate – Living at EHU

Three Things to make you the fav flatmate


Moving into a flat with new people can be  daunting and exciting all at the same time. Believe me, i’ve been there, and I know that you want to make a good impression from the moment you walk in the door. Over my first year there were a number of things that were great about my own flat but three things stand out that just made the experience better. So without taking up any more of your time here are three things that you too can bring with you to make you the favorite flatmate, at least in my flat.


1. Games

And not just drinking games, although they are great too if your flat is into that. Monopoly is just such a good game to play with mates. Everyone ends up either laughing or shouting because someone was cheating the whole time and the banker can never be trusted. If you want to know who your true friends are, its the ones who bail you out when you are about to go bankrupt in monopoly. Beer pong, truth or shots and a deck of cards for Kings (Someone told me they call it Ring of Fire here, that’s wrong though just saying) are also awesome ways to get ready for a night out.


2. Good food

This one is a little more difficult. When we say good food we don’t actually mean a take away or pizza, we mean a good recipe. If you can make a curry that draws everyone out from their rooms then you know you are onto a winner. This makes a lot of sense around Christmas time. Not a lot of students can make a full Christmas dinner  but if you are willing to take on the challenge your flatmates will thank you. Try pick a night for flat dinner night in. We had Mondays, my favorite was the time we made pizza. Shoutout to everyone in Blake 101-108 who was there.


3. Firestick / Chromecast / Something with Netflix

The TV provided in the kitchen is unfortunately not a smart TV and this can make watching movies a real pain. Bring a cheap fire stick or something else for maximum flat happiness in the kitchen at all times. For music during cooking, nights out and movies late at night or early in the morning having some form of device on your kitchen TV is going to make the flat fitter, happier and more productive. And in turn you will be praised trust me.


That’s everything. Take these three things and you will be praised, trust me. If you want to learn more about what other useful things you should bring to university check out my other post here:

Walking out the door – Getting ready to leave home for Edge Hill University

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!