My name is Ellis and I am a first year student. I study Film and TV Production, and loving every minute of it. I moved here from Milton Keynes (which is down south), so quite far, around 3/4 hours away from home. However, I consider Edge Hill to be a second home to me now.
If you have any questions or concerns about the possibility of starting a new life at Edge Hill, don’t hesitate to ask, i’d be more than happy to offer information.
As we’re getting closer to moving into Uni, you might be starting to think about money. Especially if your maintenance loan isn’t as great as you thought it may be. Here’s a few jobs you could look into whilst doing your studies.
If you search on the internet, there are quite a few survey websites that can earn you a bit of extra cash alongside studying. These can be surveys in exchange for vouchers, Paypal transfer and possibly points which you can then exchange for certain amounts of cash. YouGov surveys is a good one as you get £50 once you’ve completed 5000 points worth of surveys. The amount of points for each survey can differ, but it’s normally 50 points each survey.
Once the Uni year starts, keep an eye on the careers page for Edge Hill. There may be part-time opportunities that pop up. Whether that be in the catering team, or SU Bar work. This is great for new students as its another way of meeting new people and earning money at the same time.
In Ormskirk, there are a few little independent shops as well as chains such as Starbucks or Costa. You could have a look into these stores to see whether they are in need of hiring anyone.
If you’ve got a knack for teaching or helping other people with work, tutoring is another route to go down to earn a little bit of extra money. You can sign up to a few websites that allows students to tutor, and you can choose your preferred subject plus age group to teach. Obviously depending on your experience will determine the rate you set for each student per hour of tutoring.
Getting a job alongside studying also helps with job applications after you graduate as it shows commitment on your CV. So it’s definitely worth a look.
As a student, you get access to loads of student discount. One of the best things to do is to have a look at what kinds of discount you can get before coming to University. There might be things on offer in home, tech, stationary etc, that will help you throughout your Uni journey. Here’s a few student discount deals that I think are worth it.
At the moment, apple are doing an amazing deal where free Airpods are on offer. You need to be buying either a Mac, Macbook or IPad in order to receive this offer. Also, if you’re verified as a student through UNIdays, you’ll get a bit of extra discount off the overall price too. I’ve just bought myself this deal to go back to finish my third year, so for me a 10/10 offer.
With the tech, HP and UNIdays, you can get an offer of up to 35% off. This is an excellent deal if you need something new, and they tend to be slightly cheaper than the Apple Products too. So if you’re looking to try and save money for Uni, I definitely recommend going with this discount offer.
Student Beans, Thorpe Park
If you’re wanting a bit of thrill or adventure before starting Uni, then this is the offer for you. At the moment, Thorpe Park have paired up with Student Beans to offer Students an exclusive £20 ticket for all dates in September and only £25 for other dates.
Student Beans, Mcdonalds
This is definite must! If you didn’t know about this deal already, students get a free Cheeseburger, Mayo Chicken or McFlurry Original by showing your Student ID. You will need to have ordered either an extra value or wrap meal however.
There are so many more discounts on offer. Also remember when you start Uni to keep your student card on you at all times just in case a store offers student discount without you knowing. Plus it will save time logging onto the different apps on your phone, especially if you don’t have data.
The move in day for Edge Hill is fast approaching and there is so much to think about. If you’re starting your first year at Edge Hill, there’s a few tips you should know before moving in.
This is something that Edge Hill will organise. It’s most likely that they will keep the strategy or having people move in by surname to help with the flow and limit how many people move into each flat at one time. Be prepared that you’ll need to enrol first and collect your keys before moving your belongings in.
When you get your student cards for campus, Edge Hill will most likely give the opportunity to send in a photo of yourself so you can just pick it up on the day. I highly recommend doing this and make sure its good! Otherwise you’ll have to wait in the queue to get another picture taken.
When moving in, its an idea to organise all of your belongings by room: kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. This will make it much easier for you to move in knowing where each item is. Also it means less boxes in the way when you’re doing your room decor.
On the move in day it’s likely that there will be trollies and carts that you can use. Also there will be loads of assistance round campus to make your move-in day as easy as possible. Also, if you’re wanting to go out for lunch with your parents on the day, I highly recommend either the Stanley Gate or the Sandpiper. It’s a nice way to say goodbye and they do lovely food!
If you have any questions, just comment down below. Hope this has helped!
What is University going to look like this academic year? The honest answer is no one really knows just yet. Whether you’re a new or current student at Edge Hill, I think it’s safe to say that student life is going to be a little bit different.
At the moment, we’ve been given a brief description of what the Campus may be like in September. One way systems and sign posts might be the life we have to live by for the next semester or so, but at least it’s going to keep us safe. Edge Hill has also opted to go cashless. So whether you want to get some food in the HUB or a drink at the SU, you’ll have to pay by card. There’s also a UPAY app which allows you to collect points in order to get free food or a free hot drink on campus. This is a definite must, whilst saving a bit of money too.
Lectures and seminars will probably be different, with having a mix between in person and online learning. This is to limit contact between staff and students. Edge Hill are also trying to timetable in different year groups within the year so there are not many clashes, and less people to deal with on campus at any one time.
Overall, I think Edge Hill is doing a good job with putting things in place to keep staff and students as safe as possible through the pandemic. If you have any questions about this, I would contact the University directly, as they will know more about what systems will be in place etc.
Hope you all have a good rest of your summer, and see you in September!
Trying to keep motivated throughout your studies can be difficult and stressful. Especially during this time, most students were told to go home from March because of the pandemic and let’s be honest, it threw everyone. Specific assignments couldn’t be done, coursework had to be changed. It was just a panicked mess, but we coped with it. I know I struggled with keeping myself motivated to do work at Uni and at home. So I’ve researched into a few tips on how to keep on top of everything, whilst still enjoying your Uni life!
Create a Schedule
Whatever you’re trying to keep motivated with, whether that’s the working out or studying, keeping to a schedule is a great way to stick to it. I would suggest creating a weekly schedule with specific days and times in place to keep to those things. Whilst I was at Uni, I tried to keep a specific day and time for extra studying for a particular module. I also tried creating a plan for going to the gym, although that quickly failed.
Remembering why you’ve gone to University in the first place is a good way to keep yourself motivated. For most people it’s to better their future and get a career in something they’re really passionate about.
Healthy Balance is Key
Trying to find a balance between everything you do at Uni is key to keeping yourself motivated. This is so that you don’t burn yourself out too much concentrating on one thing. As an example, if you concentrate too much on studying you can find that you don’t put any free time in for yourself, which will just make you more stressed about the work.
Remember, everyone is going through the same thing when they start University. It may take just a little bit of time to adjust. But try to keep yourself motivated and you can achieve whatever you want to.
The 30th July is also known as Friendship Day! This is classed as a holiday and is celebrated in several countries.
Whilst you’re at University, you’ll meet so many different people. Some you may even keep in contact with for the rest of your life. If you’re worried or anxious about making friends at University, here’s a few things you can do to overcome those worries.
By joining different societies, you’ll end up meeting loads of new people. There’s a list of societies on the Edge Hill’s website which you can look into. From Cheerleading to Tabletop society, there’s something for everyone! Edge Hill also offers extra classes for learning languages if this is something you’re interested in.
Online Group Chats/Pages
Joining these online chats and pages is a good way of introducing yourself. When I joined the Edge Hill Freshers page, I posted what Halls I was in. Within the first hour, I got added into the flat group chat, and this made me feel much more settled when I moved onto Campus.
Organise an Outing Together
If you’ve joined a group chat for University, asking to see whether they want to go out is a good way of making friends. There’s a few independent cafes, pubs and restaurants in Ormskirk that you could go to. When I first joined a group chat with people in my accommodation, we planned to have a night in together, playing games with pizza to get to know each other.
Remember, you have a whole 3 years of making friends at University. You could end up joining a society in your second or third year, and meet people you’ve never met before. Making friends doesn’t just happen overnight, but making an effort trying goes a long way.
When I was coming to Edge Hill for an Open Day I didn’t really know what to expect. It was the furthest University I had picked away from home, and I only found out about Edge Hill through a friend. I had no expectations of what it was going to be like, but I’m so lucky I did go as now I’m about to go into my third year and I love it here! Saying this though, within my University experience, there are some things I wish I did differently.
Check out the surrounding location
This is probably the thing I wish I did the most whilst choosing a University. It is important to check out the University first of course. But if you have some extra time, I do recommend seeing the surrounding location. This will give you a feel of what the place is going to be like living in. You’ll be able to see where the closest town centre is, if its near any cities, beaches, shopping centres etc. Edge Hill has a small town centre in Ormskirk, with a few shops including a few independent cafes. You can also get a train from Ormskirk straight into Liverpool in around 35 minutes.
Have a look all around Campus
Many people, myself included, go to to the main space, their course talk building, and one/two blocks of accommodation. Looking back on this now, I wished I had visited more of the space around campus as there is so much more to see.
Talk to more students
On the Open Days, there are so many students around to help you where you need to go. I would use them to your advantage and ask them about their lifestyle at the University, what they think is best etc. Just start to talk to as many people as you can to try and get a vibe of what other students think about the University.
Freshers week is one of the many things first year students look forward to. There’s always loads going on from SU events to workshops in the HUB. From my experience Freshers is great! You get to know more people, join societies, go round Ormskirk etc. And there’s help along the way too, to help new students get their bearings round campus.
During my Freshers week, I signed up to so many societies that I think I ended up losing count. Now I’m not actually apart of any society but I’m hoping this may change for third year. This is probably one of my regrets, but it won’t be the same for everyone. Don’t feel like you have to sign up to any societies if you don’t want to.
If you like to go out, there are plenty of different events the SU and clubs in Ormskirk hold too. But beware as Freshers-flu ain’t a myth. I know because unfortunately I got it. Luckily it was quite mild, but just try to remember to keep up your fluids and always have paracetamol in your halls. It always comes in handy.
I went out with my flat a lot during Freshers week as they were the first people I met at Uni. For a lot of you, this will probably be the same. It’s a great way to know everyone and we didn’t go out all the time. We stayed in and played Cards Against Humanity during Freshers and had snacks. It was definitely one of the best nights I had.
At the end of the day, this is only me speaking from my experiences. The likely-hood is that all of you will have a different experience to me. Just remember to enjoy it, have fun, and stay safe!
When thinking about what to bring for a student kitchen, IKEA is honestly your saviour. I think when I shopped, I got all of my kitchen essentials from IKEA. It’s affordable and everything you need is there. Here’s a few things you may need, whether you’re a basic cook or an excellent chef.
What you might not know is that some of the accommodation blocks will have induction hobs. This is quite important as you’ll need to bring induction saucepans and frying pans with you, otherwise nothing will cook. Also it will be worth saying that depending on your flatmates, they may use you utensils without asking. If you don’t want this to happen, politely say. For me personally, I talked to my flat once I moved in and expressed that I have an allergy, so no one touched or used my stuff without asking.
Mugs: There will be times when you just want some biscuits and a cup of coffee/tea. You can go to so many different places and find cute and quirky mugs to suit your taste.
Cutlery: This is a bit of a given. As a rule, I would try and get a set of 4 for each piece. For plates and bowls, I would go for 2. If your flat does a flat meal, you can all use your own so it works out nicely. Also, a flat dinner is a great way to get to know each other.
Chopping boards/Knives: If you tend to cook a lot, this is a must really. You’ll also need some cutting knives with this.
Oven gloves/Tea Towels: Most people wouldn’t think about this, but this is an essential. Especially if you cook using the oven a lot.
Plastic boxes or freezable bags: Cooking in big batches will save you time and money. Make sure you bring some of these and put the leftovers in here ready for another dinner or lunch.
One of my tips is to start learning the basics of cooking whilst you can at home before coming to University. This will help you feel more comfortable coming to Uni. And maybe you can try new foods, try and experiment with different recipes. One of my favourite apps for this is BBC good-food.
I wish I knew more about the accommodation that Edge Hill offered before going to University. It was mainly just simple things like: how much storage do I have? What do I need to bring? How many people are in a flat? etc. When I got my accommodation, I was given Palatine Court, Pankhurst as my halls, so I do apologise as my pictures will be from that accommodation. But if you have questions about any others, either follow the link down below or drop me a question in the comment section.
You get a lot of storage in Edge Hill’s accommodation. Most of the accommodation blocks will supply a wardrobe, draws under a desk, shelving and under-bed storage. The under-bed storage is perfect for those of you who overpack. Trust me, a lot of you will, but this is something you will learn from in the future. The wardrobe is spacious and has a few shelves inside for extra space. This is useful if you don’t bring hangers or don’t have enough. For a little extra, I know that in Palatine’s accommodation, we were also equipped with a small mini fridge inside of the wardrobe.
What do I bring?
I’m going to do a bit more of a breakdown in a separate blog for what you need to bring, but here are a few essentials.
Bedding: Try to bring a thick enough duvet and 2 pillows. You can add accessories to your bed later.
Clothing: I know in my first year I packed so many clothes but honestly, you won’t need many. Just some basics and then then some going out outfits will do.
Fairy-lights/Lamp: Not many people think about bringing a lamp, but I found it was quite useful. Fairy-lights are almost an essential for quite a lot of people, but it’s totally fine if you don’t bring any.
ID: For any nights out or getting drinks, you will need your ID. Although you will have your Uni ID, most places still require proof of age.
Pictures: This is for those of you who like to look back on memories. Plus they are a nice touch to your room.
Games Console: Just something to do when you have a bit of free time.