My Personal Experience on a Campus Tour

Hello everyone, in my last blog I talked about the various ways you can visit Edge Hill if you are looking at studying here next year as a student. Following on from that, in this blog I will talk about my own experience on a campus tour and how it helped me to choose Edge Hill.

Coming from Northern Ireland it was always going to be more difficult to come visit as in my case it would involve getting a coach then a plane and then trains from John Lennon airport. Because of work and college commitments at home I was unable to make an open day or an applicant visit day which was a real shame so I set looking at finding out other times to visit. This was when I found out about campus tours that run every month.

After booking on to a tour I still felt worried I wouldn’t get to see anything specific to my chosen course in Film and TV Production, So I emailed Think Edge Hill and asked them if there was a possibility, that a lecturer could maybe come talk to me more about the course. Thankfully the university were very helpful and on the day, one of the senior lecturers showed me around Creative Edge as well as answering all the questions I had on the course which was really helpful to me. After this I went on the planned campus tour where I got to see more of Edge Hill like the SU and the library as well as other important things like student accommodation. The guides were really helpful and did there best to answer everyone’s question’s. 

I left Edge Hill that afternoon, after spending only a few hours on campus, feeling certain that I was going to choose Edge Hill to study at, so in my experience even though I missed the other visiting events, I still received enough information and insight to make an informed decision which at the end of the day is what your main aim should be when visiting universities.

Open Days at Edge Hill

When deciding if a uni is the right choice for you, open days can be a huge contributor. Universities and their staff will go out of their way to make sure you have a great time and see everything they have to offer in just one day. At some places, this can all feel a little forced and fake, but at Edge Hill, you feel like you’re home already.

A usual Open Day at Edge Hill will consist of pre-registering before hand, and then on arrival booking in and receiving a bag full of everything you will need for the day, including times for subject and general talks, a map of the campus, and most importantly, a pen!

The general talks will take you through a little bit of history of the uni, the values Edge Hill stands for, and what the uni has to offer you. More specialised talks also take place throughout the day in different departments, and then individual subjects, which gives you a chance to meet and interact with your future tutors and ask any burning questions you may have.

Student Helpers will also be around the campus, helping you to find where you need to be going and offering Campus Tours and Accommodation tours so you can see what life at Edge Hill will be like. On the Accommodation Tours there will be current (usually first year) students in their own accommodation waiting to show you round and answer any questions that haven’t yet been answered, or questions that are student specific, things that the lecturers won’t know, such as ‘how’s the night life?’ or ‘what’s the food on campus like?’ – the answer to both is very, very good!

Speaking of food, on your open day you will be treated to free food around virtually every corner, but with the bulk of it being in the Hub- hosting a massive buffet of lunch time snacks and drinks. During the summer months, there is also usually a free ice cream van which is great for eating whilst having a stroll around one of the two campus lakes, or taking to the campus beach to sit and enjoy.

Lastly, you’ll get to say hello to the famous campus ducks, and if you’re lucky, you might just spot one of the campus cats lurking around in the trees.

That’s all for now, I hope to see you at an upcoming Open Day soon!

Making my final UCAS choices

Anyone applying for university this year has some quick thinking to do! I can’t tell you what is best for you individually, but I can tell you about my experiences and what was best for me, and my thoughts looking back two years later…

One thing that helped me massively when making my decision was attending different university open days. Luckily, my dad was able to either drive or accompany me on the train for a number of them. Being able to physically experience the university and the surrounding area was a huge aid in my decision making process. I visited both campus and city universities, and honestly most of the city uni’s weren’t for me. Living just outside of London for most of my life, and taking frequent excursions into the capital, had got me used to the bustle of the city. But as a place for me to study in a university setting, the cities I visited weren’t for me, and I would never have known that if I didn’t visit them personally.

Then again, some of the campus uni’s felt too secluded. Edge Hill felt like great middle ground. Despite being a campus university, it is only around 10 minutes from Ormskirk town centre (and although Ormskirk is small, it has good character) and only 30 minutes on the train from Liverpool – a city I’ve also come to love. As soon as my open day at Edge Hill was over, it already felt a tiny bit like home – I knew it had earned a place as either my firm or insurance choice.

In the end, I chose Edge Hill University as my firm, and a uni with much lower entry criteria as my insurance. Now, I don’t regret my firm choice for a second, as Edge Hill is a fantastic uni and I know I’ve already grown as a person just from my year and a half studying here. However, I do regret my insurance choice. I should’ve aimed a little higher and been more confident in myself to achieve the grades I had set out to acquire. After all, if I did end up falling below my expectations, I could’ve always looked at Clearing.
Like I said earlier, I can’t know which decision is right for you. Ultimately all I can do is wish you luck, and hope that you found some of my experiences helpful and worth reading. So with that in mind… Good luck!

Campus Tours

Semester two is now in full swing which is excellent but I can’t help think, maybe the swing will snap or something and I won’t need to deal with my adult responsibilities because things are starting to appear way too real for my liking. It was fun buying my own food and making my own dinner but that costs money. I guess this is adult life. Build a bridge and get over it. Nevertheless all is well on this fine Wednesday.

So edge hill is quite a large campus with so much to see. Recently developed sports centre. Brand new accommodation buildings and plenty more. I would suggest taking any opportunity to come and see the campus. The great thing is the campus tours which are offered. They are run by students themselves who will be able to give you as much information as possible about life on campus. The next campus tour is on Wednesday 17th February at 3pm.

https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergraduate/open-events/campus-tours/

By coming to the tour you will be able to speak to students who have been through what you are going through now. They will be able to discuss with you any issues you are having and how you will be able to overcome these before you arrive in September. Not only that you will also receive a beneficial presentation covering student finance, accommodation and student life. You will also be able to see the state of the dreaded halls in which everyone dares to discuss… But in all seriousness they aren’t as bad as they appear.

Whether you’re going to be studying dance or politics a campus tour will benefit you in some way and to give you a brief insight as to what campus looks like I have included a short video below.

Hope this information helps. Have an excellent week.

J.x

Choosing a University

Last weekend I took a trip to visit my friend Hannah who studies at the University of Lincoln. Lincoln was actually one of the universities that I was considering attending myself at one point, and being back there really reminded me of how difficult choosing a university can be.

If you’re struggling to make a decision about where to study, I would highly recommend attending an open day if you haven’t already. Open days are excellent opportunities to look round campuses and to get some more information about your chosen course. To book a place on an open day at Edge Hill, please click here.

If you can’t make it to an open day, a lot of universities conduct regular campus tours, which are a great alternative. Edge Hill runs monthly tours which you can learn more about here. The tour even includes a presentation on finance and accommodation, as well as a chance to chat to current students.

Applicant visit days are definitely really useful too. They allow you to experience what studying your chosen course would be like. I’ve written two blogs about the applicant visit day that I attended which you can read here and here.

If you’ve done the above but are still not sure, I found that reading reviews from students who attended the universities I was interested in really helpful. WhatUni is a website that I used a lot. It has reviews from students that focus on a range of different areas to do with life at the university, as well as lots of other useful information.

Another website that was recommended to me was Push . Push is an independent guide to UK universities. It provides a lot of helpful and interesting information (even the average price of a pint…) but I think it’s important to remember that the opinions expressed won’t be representative of everyone. It can also be a little bit outdated because universities are constantly changing and expanding.

I hope that some of you find the links above helpful in making a decision. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.