Post and parcels – Wrapping your head around getting your Amazon delivery.

Getting my deliveries was something I was confused by when getting ready to go to Edge Hill. As an avid Amazon orderer I usually had some kind of delivery every week back home, but prior to starting in September I wasn’t sure how that was going to work. If you’re in the same position however, worry not, I’m going to break it all down in this blog.

Let me paint the picture; you’ve moved into campus, you’ve been here a few days, you’ve been taking part in your Freshers week activities. Perhaps your room in the morning while getting ready is a little too warm, or you need to buy some academic textbooks so you bookmark important sections and keep one for your entire academic studies. What you will want to do is head to the Edge Hill Website and find your unique postcode first!

Screenshot from the Edge Hill website.

Once you’ve formatted your address as Edge Hill request it, you’re good to go to input the address into Amazon and begin shopping.

Now let us paint a new picture; a day or so has passed and you’ve received an email from titled “Post Received at Durning Centre”, you will learn to love this email. Whenever you receive this email it’s a call to arms to head to the Durning Centre and collect your mail. Where is the Durning Centre? Just behind the Catalyst, near the sports fields, it’s pretty hard to miss.

The Durning Centre, situated behind the Catalyst.

As of writing this blog, the Durning Centre is open only during weekdays, 7AM to 7PM, so if you’re using this blog for guidance in September, remember those are your holy hours for collecting the tat you order online.

Of course you’re not limited to just Amazon deliveries, in my first year I ordered clothes, makeup, many more things and had them delivered to the Durning Centre. Another great thing about Edge Hill’s mail system is as long as you give your family back home the correct address, they can send you things if coming to give them to you yourself is a little tough due to work schedule. I got my family to send me my PS4 at one point, and it arrived perfectly with no damage, and was handled well by the Durning Centre staff.

Getting used to the post system can be a bit confusing, but after your first time it becomes second nature. Just make sure you always remember your Unicard when collecting something!

Alice

The Essential Non-Essentials of University Living

Around this time, you should have heard back from all your University choices. In that case, congratulations on your offers! The UCAS application process is the most difficult part of the University journey, but the next worry for most students is living independently. My main worry was not knowing what I should bring. I knew the essentials: plates, cutlery, bedding, and cleaning products (to name a few) – but I didn’t know what else to bring. Here, I’ll discuss the essential non-essentials I decided to bring University.

Tupperware

Most nights I prepare my lunch for the next day. Having the food ready in Tupperware means you can eat wherever on campus and with friends. It also saves you time during your breaks – so you’re not spending ten-fifteen minutes preparing lunch. As a bonus, you’re less likely to spend money at the canteen (while it is reasonably priced, I prefer to exhaust my food supply at home before buying food around campus).

Decorations

I love the University rooms, but they walls are empty, so make sure to personalise them! I hung up photos from home and some posters I bought during Freshers week to personalise my room and make it feel more homely. You can get tens of photo prints online for free from websites such as SnapFish. Fairy lights are allowed, but they must be battery operated!

Clothes Hangers

There are rails in wardrobes to hang clothes on, but you yourself will need to bring the hangers for them. Being able to hang clothes on rails makes picking clothes out easier, will stop them creasing (saving you time from ironing them), and saves space. While there is space to put some clothing that you don’t have a hanger for, there’s not enough for you to put your entire wardrobe there and not on the rack. As a bonus, you can use a hanger or two to dry some clothes!

Closing Words

All the things I’ve listed have made life at University easier for me. One more thing I can recommend (that I could write an entire blog about) are slippers; bring some. Most showers are wet-rooms and wearing slippers will keep your feet dry and warm when you go into your bathroom after a shower. They’re also very comfortable.

If you want more ideas as to what to bring, drop a comment below!

-Tony

Choosing Accommodation That’s Best for You

Founders Court bedroom

Living independently for the first time is daunting and choosing where to live is even more stressful. Hopefully I’ll be able to address any concerns you might have in this blog!

How do I apply?

You’ll receive an email telling you how to apply for accommodation after accepting your offer from Edge Hill University. Then you’ll get login details for the Accommodation portal, where you’ll choose five accommodations in preference order.

The accommodation at Edge Hill University is award-winning and great value for money, so it’s just a matter of which accommodation is best for you!

Considerations:

Preferences

You can request same-sex, quiet, or alcohol-free rooms. However, your preferred accommodation may not have those halls. For example, you may want to live in Graduates Court and alcohol-free accommodation. Graduates doesn’t have alcohol-free halls. Therefore, you’d have to choose between living in Graduates or alcohol-free accommodation elsewhere.

Location

I loved living in Founders Court because it was close to my lessons. However it was further away from other facilities. Therefore, if you’d prefer to be central to everything, you should consider Main Halls or Back Halls. Check out the campus map to see where your lessons will be based and other parts of campus in relation to the accommodation you’re considering.

Cost

Our most expensive accommodation is relatively cheap compared to other Universities, but can be outside people’s budget. Thankfully, there’s a variety of accommodation at different prices. Back Halls is an economical optio ith shared bath room, kitchen, and large social space all for £60 a week. If you’d prefer an en-suite, Forest Court has en-suite options for £105 a week. Neither accommodation has TVs in their rooms (used for games consoles and watching TV if you own a TV license). Luckily, every other accommodation has TVs in their room (and en-suites); priced at £125-140 a week.

Miscellaneous

If you haven’t already, come to an Applicant Visit Day/Open Day to check out the accommodation! Additionally, you can compare our Halls of Residence online, with images of all accommodation. Also, adapted rooms are available.

Closing Words

Hopefully choosing accommodation is seems a bit less scary. I was worried before I moved in, so hopefully that’ll be comforting if you’re feeling anxious.

If you do have any questions, pop a comment down below!

-Tony

Return to University – Post Placement

Hey everyone, as I have been at home for the past 8 weeks completing my second professional practice, I thought I would share with you how I am preparing to return to university after being away for so long.

After being away from university life for so long, I feel that it will be strange to adapt to living away from home again but, luckily I will be going back to some great friends and is the first step to help me prepare to go back to university.

I have already arranged to meet up with friends as soon as I get off the plane which I know will really help me calm the nerves. I always make sure that there is someone in the house or in the flat so that I am not coming back to an empty space. Having friends or someone to meet you when you come back from being away for so long can be calming and help you get right back on track again!

I know that last year when I was at home for Christmas, I left all my packing very last minute before I came back to university which led to even more stress and did not help the nerves of leaving home. I always found the packing element stressful anyway because I am a neat freak and NEED everything to fit into the case and when I left it all to last minute…well, you can imagine how that went…

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This time, I am packing little by little until I leave so that I don’t get overwhelmed and make the process harder and more stressful. It also allows me more time to pack everything nice and neatly and calm my frantic mind.

To soften the blow of going back to university, I have decided to get a start on some assignments I have due in a few weeks and so, I have started to read articles and make rough plans for my next, looming assignment. 

Reading articles with some sweet help!

I find that it is better to ease yourself into uni life again after being away for so long. For me, starting early lessens the stress of all the work that is ahead of me. I often find that working in a group together to get started on something always helps me get motivated and back on track with uni life and work.

I hope that this helps or some find it relatable. If you are like me and struggle to return back to university after being at home for a long period of time, just know that all it takes is a couple of days before you are back into the swing of things again and that there is a load of help and support at Edge Hill University.

“My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress.”


Mahogany SilverRain

Why Moving Out to Uni Helped Me

Hey everyone, I hope your February is going well. I thought that today I would write a blog on how moving out of home to go to university helped me in many different ways. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Independence

I know that this is a big one that everyone hears about moving to university but it is so true. I would say I am lucky enough to already have been quite independent before university in many things but, as I soon found out, there is more to doing your own washing and food shop in terms of being independent.

Knowing when to finally turn off Youtube after an hour or to lock the door on your way out can be just as crucial to independence as washing and shopping. Do not underestimate the power of being able enough to turn off the TV or laptop when it is time to do some actual work.

2. Gaining experience

I did not know that when you gain independence you also gain a lot of experiences. This one may be hard to explain and maybe a little silly but hear me out. I remember one Sunday morning I was in the flat, on campus, very bored and so I decided to go out into town and amuse myself when I walked past a coffee shop and decided I would go in and try something. Luckily I brought a book and so 3 hours later I found myself very much not bored and ready to go back to the flat to make dinner.

It may sound silly but, being able to make that decision and not have anyone say no or have nobody to go with me was an experience I had not had before and what I felt was important for me to be able to do.

3. Social aspects

Before moving out of my own home and to an extent, my own social comfort zone, my social skills were kept to a minimum as I was not one for going out and therefore not giving myself the opportunity to socialise properly. Being at university has taught me so much about socialising and the wonders of it. I now can say that I can go out on a night out and talk away to anyone I run in to and hold a decent conversation with the workers at Morrisons.

I really hope that you have enjoyed the blog today and found it helpful or even relatable.

Thanks for reading, Lauren x

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt –

Halls Vs Student Houses – my experience

Hey everyone, as I know from last year that this is the time that people living in halls of residence in their first year start looking for a place to live in their second year, I thought I would share my experience with student houses and how they compare to accommodation on campus at Edge Hill University.

In my first year of university I lived in Chancellors Court with 7 other people. I loved living in halls especially because I got on so well with my flat-mates and can say that I have made friends for life. 

The accommodation that I lived in also had en suite bathrooms which was nice because it meant that you could have a shower anytime you wanted and didn’t have to wait until someone else was finished using it.

Other aspects of halls that I liked; 

  • Close to lectures 
  • Close to the library 
  • There are more people in the flat than there is in a typical house and so there is less chance to feel lonely. 
  • 24 hour security 
  • More social (in my opinion)
Lake on the eastern side of campus lined by Chancellors Court and Chancellors South.

For my second year, me and three other girls found a house in town about a 5 minute drive from the university and quite close to the town centre. I really love the idea of living in a house because it feels very homely and you don’t feel as though you are constantly on university grounds. It is nice to feel as though you are not always in university when you go back to your living space. 

Living in a house also has made me a little more independent. It’s strange because I feel like more of an adult since living in an actual house as you have to handle the rent, bills, cleaning it and making sure that the bins have been taken out. I got used to this when living in halls of residence as we had lovely cleaners that took them out everyday.

Other aspects I like about living in a house;

  • Close to town 
  • Less confined 
  • No circuit laundry (if you know, you know)
  • No one living above or below you 
  • More freedom
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So, when it comes to choosing which one I prefer, I lean more towards halls because it is more social and I like being closer to lectures and the library. However, living in the house has given me a lot more freedom to do things and I don’t feel the same pressure to always have to be productive and go to the library. I am more relaxed and can ‘chill’ better in the house better than I ever could in halls.

I really hope that you like this post. I really do like living off campus and having even more independence but, I also really miss living on campus because of how close it was to everything that I needed and because I miss living as a big flat and making memories. 

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”

Jim Henson

Receiving a Halls Offer from Edge Hill

As some of you who are looking to come to Edge Hill get closer to Results day, you may also be waiting to learn of what accommodation you are offered and what to do next. So here’s a quick breakdown of everything you need to know leading up to moving in date.

Receiving your offer

I can’t say for certain but you will probably receive your offer via email on results day, but you could receive it after this date as well I imagine so don’t worry if it’s a bit later. This email will provide you with the details of your offer such as the room you have been given and the cost of said room. Once you have your offer and if you choose to accept it, you can sign your license agreement online. You will also have to pay your damage deposit for the room and set up how you are going to pay for your room, which for most people will be in installments from your student loan.

Changed your mind?

If you decide you no longer want to live in halls at all then this is best communicated to the university as soon as possible so they can offer the room to someone else. If you still want to live in halls but are unhappy with what room you have been given, you should contact the accommodation team directly to discuss.

Final steps

Once you are happy with your living arrangements, all that’s left to do is pick up your keys on Welcome Sunday which is also when you will be given your student Unicard! You might also want to check out the halls handbook because there’s loads of information in those that people always ask me. Hope this helped clear up any questions you may have had, thanks for reading!

Jordan

Organisation for Your Course!

Hey everyone! Not long now until you find out if you have made it into Edge Hill University! I know the feeling of awaiting results all too well and trust me, try not to overthink it, what is for you won’t go by you!

If you have applied to study Primary Teaching at Edge Hill University, I thought I would write a post on how I organised myself before starting the course so that I would be prepared!


Pre-Course Tasks!

Before I started my course at Edge Hill, a couple of weeks after I was accepted into the course, the students were emailed a pre-course booklet that told us about the course, the teaching standards and some tasks for us to engage with before starting.

These tasks included; reading children’s novels, engaging with course reading, updating your subject knowledge and familiarising yourself with the curriculum. It really is not that much work if you start when you get it and just chip away at it each day. My favourite part was reading children’s books because what better excuse do you need to relive your childhood than for your future career?

Text Books!

You will usually have a list of required texts to have before starting the course and you don’t HAVE to buy them but, in my opinion, I found it a lot less stressful to have my own text books for assignments as I didn’t have to fight my way through the library to try and get a copy!

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Campus Society and Facebook Groups

The best thing that I did before starting the course in September was join Campus Society. It is an app that allows you to find people on your course and who live in your accommodations. This helped me feel more relaxed about starting the course as I was already talking to people who were also studying Primary Teaching and knew how I felt.

After being accepted on to the course, I was added into Facebook groups with other people from Primary Teaching. We then made an online group chat and were able to talk to each other about the pre-course task and any worries that we had. I really recommend joining these online platforms if you are worried about starting your course, it helped me a great deal.

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Experience!

This goes without saying that you need to have some sort of experience of primary teaching before starting the course. I was lucky that my mum is a Primary School teacher and I had loads of time in the classroom before starting which made me feel more prepared about starting practice in first year. I even was able to squeeze in a little more experience before starting the course which is never a bad idea!

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I hope that you enjoyed this blog and found it useful! Being more organised and prepared before starting my course really did settle my nerves and lesson the blow of starting university. Just remember that you are doing what you really want to do with your life and so you should enjoy this experience!

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

-Abraham Lincoln-

Being Vegan or Vegetarian at Edge Hill University!

Hey everyone! With the rise in veganism, vegetarianism and just the general rise in people eating less meat in their daily lives, I thought that I would put a simple post together on how this can be done at Edge Hill and in Ormskirk as it is a small area with a much more limited choice than you would get in a city. I myself don’t consider myself vegan or vegetarian as I still eat fish and eggs but no dairy, red meat, chicken, etc. When I moved into university and was living on my own, I began to make more plant based and vegetarian meals which were quite easy. I know that this lifestyle can be quite tricky for people but hopefully this post will help some of you!


Shopping!

This was what I found the easiest when I first started eating more plant based. I shop in Aldi and Iceland because they are cheap and I can get everything I need for a week for under £20! Iceland have a whole section of plant based foods such as pizza, sausages, meatballs, burgers, pies and chicken strips! Aldi have the most amazing beetroot burgers and sweet potato burgers that go amazing with some frozen and roasted veg and potatoes! I also bulk buy the cans of chickpeas and butter beans because these can be so amazing in a curry or in a salad. Leading a more plant-based lifestyle does not have to be expensive!

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I would also shop a little in Holland and Barrett for things I might not be able to get in the main food shops such as tofu, tempeh and Linda McCartney items (if you know, you know) and these items would usually last me a couple of weeks as they can be frozen. Morrisons is also a good place for vegan, vegetarian and free from options but if you want to stick to a cheaper option, I would opt for Aldi or Iceland.

Eating Out!

I thought that when I moved to Ormskirk I would never be able to find anywhere with vegan or dairy free options but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was way easier than it was in my own home town. I will compile a little list of all the places that have a vegan menu or that I find are really accommodating to this type of lifestyle;

  • The Fat Italian – has a full vegan menu
  • Cobble – really good carrot and hummus bagel, just saying
  • Nordico Lounge – vegan-friendly
  • The Bagel Deli – vegan bagels, need I say more?
  • Wetherspoons – vegan meals on a budget? Perfect.

You can also treat yourself to going into Liverpool if you want even more options but for Ormskirk being so small, it is amazing what you can get.

Take Outs!

This is what I have found to be the hardest part about living this lifestyle because there is cheese or milk in A LOT of takeaway places however, I did manage to get a vegetarian dominoes pizza delivered to my flat with the rest of my flat mates which was really really nice but not vegan. Also, in terms of getting a Chinese takeaway, there is no harm in asking what they have that you could eat. I got a black bean dish from a local Chinese takeaway which was dairy free and full of veggies!

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Ordering food to the flat and getting a takeaway is a lot harder on this lifestyle but if you know that your flat mates will be having food like this, be prepared and have a frozen pizza in the freezer just incase so that you don’t feel like you are being left out.


I hope that some of you found this useful and are not so worried about having difficulty with continuing your amazing vegan/vegetarian/dairy free lifestyle. It was only when I started university that I cut out a lot of meat products and started cooking plant based meals and I would not have been able to do that if Ormskirk had not made it as accessible as it has.

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

-Albert Einstein-

Packing for University – Three things you need for Edge Hill Halls


Packing for University can be daunting at the best of times, if you havn’t been away from home before it can be even scarier. Breaking things down into what you need and what you don’t can really help you get your mind straight and put you on the right track to taking what you need to University and not just everything that will fit in the car with you. In this blog I want to talk about my top three things that you should bring with you to Edge Hill University.


Bedding

Top of my list for a few reasons, not least of all the fact that it can make your room really feel like home. Bedding is important to bring for many reasons. Having a few spare pairs while you are washing one is great. Keeping your bed feeling comfy is another and I have said, it makes everything feel like home.


Something for the walls

Having bare walls can make a room feel empty, but using your new room as a way to express yourself can make everything feel calmer when you are stressed from all that is going on around you. Its important to follow University rules regarding sticking things to the walls, no nails!


The kitchen, just not the sink

Taking kitchenware with you is also very important. You might over look this. Pots, pans and cutlery. All important and should be taken with you for cooking and day to day living. Trust me, I didn’t bring a cup with me on my first day, you need those to get a drink!


That’s everything for this weeks blog, stay tuned for more about moving to Edge Hill in the future.

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!