I remember looking around Edge Hill at an open day.The main thing that I remembered when I was back at home was the accommodation. I wanted to live in some of the newer halls and that was my main focus. I loved them. The living space was really nice and easy to keep clean, the oven was nice and big, lots of surface space and cupboards The bedrooms were a good size and they had the benefit of having an en suit; which I really really wanted, because it was my first time moving away from home and I didn’t know who I would end up living with.
The day came when we had to apply online for our accommodation and I was sat at my laptop ready. Because I am so unlucky though my laptop crashed as I pressed apply so I had to apply again!! I was worried that I would not get the halls I wanted! But in the end I did! And I was so excited.
Moving day quickly came and I remember introducing myself to my flat mates and finding out that two of them were from my home town! All my flat mates were nice which I was glad about and we all go on very well.
Living in halls was a lot better than I first thought, everyone was pretty clean and tidy which I was so thankful for as I am a bit of a clean freak!! It was also good that I cleaner would come in once a week (I think it was once I week, I can’t completely remember, I don’t think that it was once a day) to make sure that everything was nice!
The halls were also good because the security was very strong, only people who live in the halls can access them (other than the cleaners & security of course) and you were provided with a number for security in case you ever had any issues or problems.
Living on campus was like living in a small village, I really enjoyed it. Plus the Edge Hill campus is beautiful so it was really lovely. I was dreading having to move off campus for second year! When the time came to start looking for a place me, a friend from back home, one of her flat mates and a friend off my course began looking for a place to live. We managed to find a bungalow about a 15 minute walk away. It was good living with friends and they really do become a second family to you. The most important things when looking for a place off campus would be;
1) think about how far you want to move away? Do you want to stay in Ormskirk? How long a walk are you willing to take? Or do you want to move to a city like Liverpool? What time are the trains? etc.
2) Price… Be realistic, the cheaper the rent is it is more likely the house is not going to be as nice as you want. When I was in halls I paid £93 a week, which included my bills. Second year I paid £70 a week, not including my bills. This year I pay £57 per week, but that is because I am in the tiny box room! And that does not include bills. Also think about internet and tv costs etc.
3) Who do you want to live with? Friends from your home town? Friends from your course? Or strangers? Do you want to move away from you family home at all? Personally, if I could have commuted to uni I probably would have, but I am lazy and I didn’t want to have to get the bus at 6 am. So I chose to live with my friends from my home town and friends off my course. However, second year we found the place we wanted but someone else was going to be living with us who had lived there previously. To begin with that wasn’t an issue. But. We did end up disliking that person because he was very dirty. This year we also are living with another ‘random’ person but this time the person is nice.
It seems like a lot of work but there is a lot of help available at Edge Hill if you are struggling or do need any help.