When choosing which University is right for you, one of the key things to look out for is what is within The Region. When moving to Edge Hill it was everything about the North West that I found so attractive and different to my home in the South East. Whatever your thing is, there is something in the North West to keep you entertained throughout your studies at Edge Hill.
Shopping – A major part of my life is being a Shopaholic, which means I LOVE shopping – and that is no exaggeration. The Historical Market Town of Ormskirk is great for gift shopping with niche Cottage Crafts and Vanilla and then B&M and Home Bargains have some great novelty gifts too! Then there is Dorothy Perkins and New Look which are both ideal for me as they are two of my favourite high street shops! Looking for more shops? The direct train to Liverpool City Centre takes less than half an hour and then there is everything! From high street to niche to designer to shops you didn’t even think existed anymore. Want somewhere a little less popular and busy? Then Southport is a great alternative, not far by train or in a car with similar shops and less queues it is ideal for a long day of high street shopping… And if you want to venture further or want something more specific there is Preston and Manchester (I love the Trafford Centre!)
Even if shopping isn’t your thing the Christmas Markets in Liverpool and Manchester are irresistible. With Ferris Wheels, mulled wine, german food and some great knickknacks for last-minute family presents. A great sense of atmosphere and Christmas cheer is waiting in these cities from early November.
Nights Out – As Ormskirk is most local it is a great social occasion as you will more than likely bump into people you know from halls, your course, sports teams and socials! And if you don’t already know them, you soon will. Some of my most strong friendships at University have developed from nights out (under the influence of alcohol) discussing how much I like ‘the quiet girl in my class who I had never spoken to before’s dress! In first year there was a chant that was sung around Uni about where to go each night of the week. As we have changed venues and the club promotions have changed so has our chant… ‘A Monday Night’s a Mustard Night, A Tuesday Night’s a Forum Night, A Wednesday Night’s a Social/Venue Night, A Thursday Night’s an Alpine Night!’ And at the weekend why not try a cocktail at The Green Room or Lime Tyger? Or on a Sunday venture to the Pub Quizzes and Karaoke Nights in Styles or Liquid? And of course Southport, Wigan, Preston and Liverpool have a lot to offer! You might even make friends (luckily I did) from Blackpool, Manchester and Chester who might show you a good night in their towns! The Student Union do a great job of organizing nights out around the area and there are always student reps for big nights out in Liverpool such as Carnage and Studentfest.
Culture – As a Creative Student (I Study Advertising) it is ideal to be so close to Liverpool as the Biennial takes over the city every year and transforms desolate and unused buildings into exhibition spaces. If museums, art and history are your thing then pop down to The Docks where there are some great sights as well a mixture of museums for you to explore and great exhibitions within! Locally there are also Antony Gormely’s Iron Men on the Beach who are best seen at low tide which are always nice to see but you may get a bit wet if it’s windy!
Random – There truly is something for everyone around Edge Hill. With a variety of Cinemas locally it is always easy to catch a film. If you are bored of budgeting and eating the same thing then the range of cheap restaurants in Ormskirk is great. And if you fancy a drive or a trip further out there are lots of all you can eat buffets (great to stock up on food for the week!) The Red Hot buffet in Liverpool and Taybarn’s in Wigan are two of the most popular at Edge Hill with a variety of around the world foods at both for great prices. Formby Beach is a great place to take a trip too if the weather is nice, it’s ideal for kite flying, paddling, water fights, playing with sand or generally chilling with friends! The Rose Theatre on the University Campus puts on film nights and theatre productions so keep an eye out for those too! And if you want to venture further you could always walk the lights or watch the switch on of the lights at Blackpool. On the Edge Hill Student Portal there is always information of what is going on in the area that you can attend or get involved in and anything course specific will be emailed to you by your tutor. I’m off to Designival as part of my course in a couple of weeks in Liverpool to be inspired by the creatives of the world!