Second-Year Accommodation

As Housing Week as recently passed, I thought I would talk about my housing experience during my second year of university.

Who?

This year I am living with three other girls from my course. Two of them are in classes at university and we looked for a 4-bed house. House sizes can go up to 12, although I feel that somebody told me about a 16-bed house but I could have just been very sleepy that day. I wanted to stay small, and luckily these girls felt the same. You may also find that you want to live with the same people you did in halls, and that’s also fine. My advice would be to get a plan together and stick to it. Otherwise, it might end a little messy.

When?

We started looking very early, I think around November time. I wouldn’t recommend this, but if you want to get it sorted sooner rather than later than you can look around and get it sorted before Christmas. It’s doable. A slight caution to look out for is that some lettings agency can be pushy and a little pressuring on you to sign contracts. Don’t sign anything until you have read the contract, looked at the payments, seen the house and talked to someone knowledgable about the contract. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either, check over everything.

Where?

The house we are in is just lush. I’m really happy we managed to get this one and I don’t regret it. The only downside is that it’s a little too far from university for my liking. It’s not too far, a 25-minute walk -which is fine, it’s just rough when it’s cold/rainy/windy. Apart from that, the house is great.

How?

We went through a lettings agency in Ormskirk that has student houses. We viewed a few houses but none were as good as the one we are in now. Once we were set on that we emailed to say that we would like to live there. They operate on a first-come service and we were told another group had asked before us. We waited to hear and they never turned up to sign the contracts so the house was ours if we wanted it. Hoorah.

Anything else:

Just don’t rush. I know in my experience, we did rush and we ended up with a nice house – but if I could do it again, I’d have liked to be closer.

As always, if you have any questions please drop them below.

Amy

A Guide to Living in Halls

Hello everyone, in my last blog I talked about the different types of accommodation Edge Hill offers, following on from that I thought I would give my own experience of living in said halls and some things to keep in mind if you do end up living in them.

Loud noise and dealing with it:


Nobody wants to have to listen to the block downstairs partying  or someone having a full-blown argument while you’re trying to sleep at three in the morning, but sometimes these things happen. Things like earplugs are definitely an option but if they are too loud for too long then maybe calling campus security is the best bet to get things sorted out. At the same time it’s important that you cut people some slack, sometimes other’s don’t know when there being too loud or don’t mean to be and the noise could subside within a few minutes, so in my opinion you shouldn’t have to call security unless the noise is constant. Luckily I never had to call security while in halls but that’s probably because sometimes I can sleep through anything if I’m tired enough!

Keeping the place tidy:


This one’s simple enough, while your room is your room, the kitchen has to be shared by everyone so do your best to keep the place tidy, no one likes the sinks being full of dishes and old food way past its use by, not fun. There are cleaners who come in every weekday, ours was really great and was always very pleasant, so it’s appreciated by them if you can make the effort to keep the place reasonably tidy to make their lives easier.

 

Designate your space:


At the start of the year everyone is buying lot’s of food and wants somewhere to store it so the fridges/freezers can get full. The best thing I can suggest is everyone decide together who get’s which space. Alternatively to that, if spaces are already filled, pick a shelf and stick to it so everyone else knows that’s where your food is going. Personally, I think another fridge would help for most blocks but I was lucky enough to share a fridge with people who didn’t eat nearly as much as me so I had all the space I needed (most of the time). If you have a mini-fridge you will probably end up using it for groceries.

I hope you enjoyed reading and this helps and till next time!

 

Jordan