The Accommodation Team

Here at Edge Hill, everyone understands that some times things just don’t go quite as planned the first time around – especially when it comes to living space.

As written about last week, Palatine was my first choice accommodation and I was lucky enough to get it when I first arrived at Edge Hill. Despite absolutely loving my room and all the facilities it provided, being central on campus and close to my subject building and making some very good friends in the flat, I also had some disagreements with others in the building and decided over the Christmas break that I would be happier somewhere else.

The procedure was incredibly easy and simple. I emailed the Accommodation Team and they sent me a Request to Transfer form to fill out and send back. When I arrived back at Uni after the Christmas break, because I had filled out the form, I could go straight to the Student Information Centre (SIC – where many student services are housed, including Accommodation) to arrange a move.

I was offered the choice of which cluster on campus I would like to move to, if I wanted single sex or combined flat, if I wanted self-catered, and if I wanted an en suite. As my previous flat had had most of these things, I decided to stick with a similar cluster at the same price as the previous.

I managed to move the majority of my stuff over that day, with the help from some friends. I’m now in Chancellors South, which is an incredibly pretty area of the campus as it overlooks one of the lakes, the beach and several fountains- which all mean we get to see plenty of famous Edge Hill ducks! The new flatmates I live with have been incredibly welcoming and friendly, but have also managed to stay connected with friends I had made in the first few months in my old flat.

 

 

 

 

The moral of this story is that although moving in with new people as a fresher can be scary, there will always be people ready and willing to help you out with any concerns, no matter how big all small.

Real housemates of Ormskirk

One of the most important transitions you make whilst at university is the transition from halls (or home) into a student house. For me this is transition is terrifying, am I even old enough to be renting an actual house?

There is a wide range of student accommodation both in Ormskirk and in Liverpool. When looking for a house for second or third year one of the first and most important things to do is to decide who you wish to live with. Often this will be people from your current accommodation, friends from your course or other people you know from university. My advice would be to really consider who you wish to live with as once you have signed for a property you will be living with these people for at least a year, so take time to ensure you know the people you’re living with thoroughly. The next step once you’ve decided who to live with is to look for housing suitable for that number of people. Many people focus their search by looking for a certain number of bedrooms in a property in local estate agents. Although this is important you should also consider other factors such as the size of the kitchen, if it is furnished and how many bathrooms the property has. You can view as many properties as you wish and I would recommend that you do so, you can begin to compare the properties you have seen and decide what will work best for you and your future housemates. There is often the perception that you should rush and go for the first property but this is not the case. As well as liking a property it is important that you work out whether or not it is financially viable for you and if you could maintain the costs as well as allowing yourself money to live from.

To help with any worries during the process of finding a house the university runs housing week in December. During housing week there are workshops that help with advice when finding a house, people are there to answer your questions and the off campus housing list also gets released. The off campus housing list is a list created by the university of landlords that are approved. The list is helpful as it puts all the houses in one place alongside descriptions and contact numbers making it much easier for you.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentservices/accommodation/housing-week/

This link provides much more information on what the university offers in terms of advice on finding a house and can help with things such as:

  • budgeting
  • deposits and insurance
  • paying bills

The university have also created a helpful guide to take with you when viewing properties so that you know exactly what to look for this can be found here:

https://issuu.com/edgehillsu/docs/housing_checklist_leaflet

Overall finding a house should be a fun experience and the university has a lot on offer in order to make this as stress free as possible. Take as much advice as you can get, take your time making a decision and ensure that you are completely happy before you sign up to something.

 

Which Accommodation is Right for Me?

I’m back again with another accommodation post as a sequel to my previous post which gave you an insight into my university bedroom! However, while my accommodation is ideal for myself, it may not be for you! So explore your options shall we?

Edge Hill currently has over 2,000 single study bedrooms available located across campus. While some are catered, others are self-catered! (But lets face it, we all just want to live in a block that’s less than a 30 second walk from your faculty building – shhh, I know your secrets okay).

Students living in catered halls of residence will be issued with a unicard which is automatically loaded with a cash value which will then be used instead of money when purchasing food from various on-campus, including Starbucks!

Self-catered offers students a fully equipped kitchen which includes a cooker, microwave and freezer (there’s enough drawers and cupboards scattered around for both yourself and your flatmates to stash away your chocolate bars and multiple tins of ravioli). You are also provided with a kettle, toaster, iron and ironing board!

All rooms are furnished with  bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and you can personalise your space with posters, photos and other items of your choice! You will need to bring your own bed linen, towels, crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots and pans (although flats with induction hobs include a small selection of pans already). Your communal kitchen also includes a TV which includes a TV license, which unfortunately the TV in your bedroom doesn’t include.

Those blocks of a newer build come equipped with a flatscreen computer which duplicates as a TV screen (excellent for watching Netflix on), a mini fridge and heated towel rails!

All halls of residence are based on a 40 week contract, running from September to late June. Prices for 2016 will range from £68-£115 per week which includes all of your utility bills (excluding your damage deposit fee of £150). Payment schedules will be arranged before you move in with details sent to your e-mail closer to the date.

If on-campus accommodation doesn’t suit your fancy, there is always off-campus accommodation available. Edge Hill’s accommodation team will be more than happy to help, providing you with advice and guidance when choosing private housing in the local areas surrounding the university.

But most importantly of all, let’s cut to the chase and discuss what you actually and probably only care about; wireless enabled internet access is readily available, free of charge and in all halls of residence! Yay!

Asking for help when needed

No-one can do absolutely everything themselves, after all we all need help with something from time to time. This is particularly true when you’re at university. At Edge Hill there are a number of different services who can offer you help whenever you might need it. They include

  1. The Careers Service – They offer advice on CV writing, applying for part-time jobs, volunteering and other employment opportunities. They also advertise vacancies through their Facebook page
  2. The Accommodation Team – Pretty self explanatory. They are in charge of matters related to living on campus and advertise off campus accommodation too.
  3. Student Union – They are can point you in the right direction if you’re not sure where to go for help and can offer advice on legal matters should they ever arise dying your time at university. They will also help you set up a society if there’s one your itching to create and run.
  4. Counselling Service – This is a service I’ve started accessing recently. They will help you with more personal matters and run workshops to help you improve your mental well being.
  5. Facilities Management – They are in charge of running the campus and based at the During Centre behind the Wilson building. If you ever need to put up a poster about something, ask them first.
  6. Departmental Tutors- As mentioned in my other blog on student support (here) when you first come to university you will be assigned a personal tutor from within your department who you can speak to on a one to one basis. You can also make appointments with tutors for specific modules if you need to talk someone about a particular piece of coursework whether it’s getting them to check an essay plan or discuss feedback with you. It is worth making use of this service.