Packing for the first year of University 🏫💼

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Hello!

Summer is approaching at an insane rate, and the fact that I am nearly no longer a first year is dawning on me. It honestly feels like I’ve been here for a couple of months – time really does fly when you’re having fun. I remember googling and search on Youtube for what I need to pack and what the rooms are like.

My tip? Don’t do this:

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Honestly, the car was so full, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was nearly touching the ground. I packed too much, and it’s understandable but really, it’s not necessary. I’ve started to move my stuff, a suitcase at a time, back home already just to make moving out easier than it was moving in – and I’m on the bottom floor!

Here’s what you need to bring on move in day:

Pillows, a duvet and bedding to go with it
Toilet roll, even if it’s just one roll for the night
Toiletries – Body wash, hand soap, tooth brush and paste
Phones, laptops, chargers – all the tech stuff
A notebook, pens and pencils – things for lectures and seminars
All your clothes that you will need, don’t forget pyjamas and socks!
Shoes, comfy ones and going out ones
Washing basket, coat hangers, an airer, towels
Plates/bowls, cutlery and mugs, pots and pans if not provided
Bring all your university paperwork, any summer work that has been tasked and your passport
Food!

I would say that these are the absolute essentials that you will need to bring for move in day. Of course you may want to bring other things like pictures and blankets and other nice decorative things to make it feel cosy.

Side note: post-it notes may be a good idea:

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First week can be daunting if you’re not a party-goer or drinker of alcohol. I don’t mind a nice drink with friends but I’m not a big club person. However, it’s nice to get out and about in that first week and meet people who are like you. I found a nice group of people who preferred the low-key thing too. Just get out there, your people are out there too!

Good luck, and I hope to see you at Edge Hill in September! ☺️

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House Hunting

Hello everyone, today’s blog is going to be about looking for off-campus housing as a student, I know we are past when a lot of students will have been looking and hopefully a good amount of you guys have found somewhere to live by now, but this doesn’t apply for everyone, different circumstances could mean some of you are still looking but don’t fear there’s still time so here’s a few things to keep in mind.

Always view a property before even thinking of signing a contract, while you might think that pictures and videos of the property, or even the opinion of your mates who have seen it already are enough to go on it is vital that you go see for yourself, photo’s and videos can be misleading and even though your potential housemates might like the look of the property, you could share a different opinion so it’s always best to be certain.

Don’t rush the process, I was definitely guilty of this last year, afraid that everything would be gone in the space of a few weeks and we would have nowhere to live but this isn’t the case. I also found that taking the time to enquire about and view multiple options definitely helped me make a more secure decision overall.house

Find out all the costs, different properties all have different terms and rates and taking the rent per week at face value could leave you paying more than expected. Check what the rent includes, is it just rent, all bills inclusive or only select utilities? You would be surprised how many properties I saw where this was the case e.g. the rent might have covered electricity and gas, but not water or internet. It’s also worth noting depending on personal preference you may rather have all bills paid in the price or doing bills yourself and saving a few quid, it’s up to you.

So there you have it house hunting, just remember to take it slow and consider your options. I will also include a link to Edge Hill’s own accommodation finder with properties registered to the university. https://go.edgehill.ac.uk/info/accommodation/search.asp

Jordan

3 Reasons to Love On-Campus Accomodation – Living in Edge Hill University

Three Reasons to Love Living on Campus


Edge Hill has by far some of the best accomodation in all of the UK when it comes to students, and it has the trophys to prove it. Voted best accomodation by Student Crowd, WhatUni and the National Student Housing Awards you would be hard pressed to find anywhere that comes close to both the experience and the quality of the on campus accomodation on offer.

To celebrate this I want to give you three reasons why you as a new first year will love living on campus that you might not find on the blurb for these awards.


You’ve got a place to sleep when you come falling out of the SU bar at two in the morning with your flatmates. No need to worry about finding a taxi, or rushing for the last train. You’ve got a bed waiting and even some left over pasta in the kitchen. Life is good. Your not so lucky mates can head to the 24/7 Catalyst to study in the library till morning.


Wake up, walk out, class is around the corner and after your late night this is handy, saves you rolling in late to a full lecture hall. Safe in the knowledge that the automaticly locking door closed behind you, everything in your room is safe. Even better, if its a Friday the cleaners will be there at 10 to make sure your kitchen is sparkling clean.


Turn your heating on because its cold and because you are paying bills included in your accomodation you wont have to worry about it. Go out and stick on the TV in the kitchen, because guess what? The T.V. License is taken care of. Have a shower, that hot water might aswell be free because you’ve already paid for it. Dont waste it though, think of captian planet.


Thats three, but here’s the big one.

You’ll love living on campus, and thats great. But you’ll love it even more when you move out into your own house. Living on campus is great, and an excellent way to get your ready to move out by yourself. Enjoy it while it lasts, but try and pick up on the little things, like budgeting your money for your own bills so when you are trying to pay for household bills like electrictiy if and when you move out it’s not a struggle.


Thats all for this blog. If you want to find out more about on campus accomodation you can read my other blog here:

Accomodation at Edge Hill – Things to do in your first week

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Using Your Holidays Wisely!

Hey everyone and HAPPY EASTER!

I hope you are all stuffing your faces with chocolate eggs and having a nice chill day. However, don’t forget to keep up with all the work you have to do before going back to University.


As I am on my Easter holidays at home in ‘wee’ Ireland, I thought I would share my tips on how to use the uni holidays wisely and still be able to enjoy your time at home.

Utilise your time!

You have so much free time now that you don’t have classes and lectures, why not use this time to get ahead of the game before returning back?

Set yourself a goal everyday in terms of work

For example, I would set myself a word count goal on how many words I want to get written in my assignment. This way I know how much I want to write and then if I get over that word count, I can have more time to spend with my family and friends (and dog).

Use your time alone to catch up on reading and studying

Being away from the distractions of university and halls can be great thing if you want to catch up for time lost. 

Do the most work you can do early in the day so that you can relax with your family in the evening.

I have mentioned in a few blogs that I love waking up early and getting my day started. When I am at home, waking up early, taking my dog for a walk and then getting started on my assignments is the best way I could start my day because I find that I am way more productive in the morning. Try it!

Start to write out a study plan or an assignment writing plan for when you go back to Uni so that you are super organised smash the term.

Returning back to university after a long break can be quite daunting especially when you know you have studying to be doing or assignments to write. I like using my time off to start planning study sessions or plan out an upcoming assignment so that I have a head start. Image result for you can do it


I know that going home for holidays can be very distracting as you have family to catch up with and friends to see, but remember that Uni can be just as distracting especially if you are living in halls.

I love coming back home for holidays, and to be honest, for the first few days I do take time to spend with my family however, I always make sure to stay on top of my work and assignments so that I have less stress to deal with upon returning.

Hopefully this advice is helpful. I really do try to utilise my time off at home to really get into my work and assignment writing. It feels really good knowing that I am ahead of the game!

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

-Bruce Lee-

 

All things Gym at Edge Hill University 🏋🏽‍♀️💪🏼

Hello!

Has anyone been to an Applicant Visit or Open day yet here at Edge Hill University? Did you get to have a look around the campus, more specifically, the gym? If not, don’t worry, everything you need to know about Edge Hill Sport is right here!

Timings and Memberships🕘💰:

The sports centre, this includes the gym, is open 7am – 10pm on weekdays, closing an hour earlier on Friday (9pm). The weekend timings are 9am – 5pm.
The swimming pool is open on Mondays and Wednesdays 7am – 9pm. Tuesday and Thursday’s timings are a little different. They are open 7am-9am then 11am – 9pm. Again, Friday they close an hour earlier: 7am – 8pm. Weekend timings are 9am – 4pm.

This is a screenshot from the Edge Hill Sports Centre website, just to give you a glimpse of what is available at the sports centre.

This year, they offered a ‘residential’ scheme for first years. You were entitled to four weeks free and after that, you can pay £80 for the year, or just opt out. An absolute bargain.

Residential membership

“Students that live on campus are entitled to try out our Premier membership for a trial period of up to 4-weeks from Welcome Sunday on 16 September until 13 October, with the option to then take out our NEW ‘Resident’ membership, which allows full Premier membership for the remainder of the 40-week accommodation contract. You will need to visit Reception in person to activate the trial period and subsequent membership. For our March / April intake of Nursing students, you are entitled to a similar offer to the above with a trial period until 28 April, with the option to then continue in paid membership until 14 September.”

 

What’s on offer? 🏋🏽‍♀️

The Edge Hill University sports centre provides so many opportunities for students. On the residential scheme, you can use every area the centre provides. They ask you to attend an induction to make sure you’re familiar with where everything is or how to use certain equipment – I found this really helpful. They also offer personal training sessions that you can book either alone, or in a group of 3.

My favourite is all the exercise classes they offer. They do everything, from Body Con, Box Fit, Circuits, HIIT to Kettlefit, Pilates, Spin, Step, Yoga and many more. The best thing I’ve found about these classes is they are accessible to all – they allow and plan for different levels of fitness so don’t ever feel afraid of starting a class. Everyone is really friendly and welcoming and the people who run the classes are really lovely and helpful.

Yoga is definitely my favourite class to take. I’ll do a more in-depth post about that next time but for now, I hope you have enjoyed reading all about the wonderful Sports Centre we have here at Edge Hill. I was taken aback at how amazing it really is. Please feel free to ask any questions you make have, I am happy to help. ☺️

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Easter Holidays

Hi everyone, we are into the Easter holiday’s now and most people have left campus for the time being. It can feel like a strange time to have a break so close to the end of the year considering most of us are only a month or so away from finishing for the year. Easter to me always feels like one of those times that passes by ridiculously quick since there can be so much going on and that’s without including any of the usual Easter festivities like an egg hunt. Speaking of which there was one on campus last week, which wEgg huntas a fun change from the norm, managed to snag myself a Milkybar egg because white chocolate is obviously the best kind!

Now that most people have gone home, maybe yourself included, this is the perfect time to get on top of all that fun (sarcasm) uni work you’ve been saving up. If your already on top of all your deadlines then nice one. Try to prioritize work like essays etc. that can be done off campus while your away freeing up your time when your on-campus for stuff that might only be doable at uni or at least easier, say if there’s software here you can use.

If you are living on campus and are staying at Edge Hill throughout the Easter holidays then enjoy, it is pretty chill when it’s really quiet. It is also important to know that various outlets and services throughout Edge Hill will have different working hours with most services closed on the Easter weekend, I have linked Edge hill’s own guide for more specific information. https://issuu.com/ehucampuslife/docs/easter_on_campus_guide_2019_large

Whatever you’re doing for Easter enjoy yourself, don’t forget about your work but don’t let it control your holidays either, till next time.

Jordan

 

Accommodation AFTER First Year

Hello friends!

I hope you are having a lovely Mother’s day. As I have written about first year accommodation before, I thought I would talk about accommodation for second and third year students. Edge Hill’s fantastic accommodation was voted best student accommodation in the UK and Ireland and best value for money (National Student Housing Awards, 2018)… and I am not surprised one bit! However, you do not have to stay on campus, it is completely up to you!

Living in Ormskirk

The perks of living in Ormskirk is that you are VERY close to the town centre, which means you are a short walk away from Morrison’s, Aldi, Maccies, Superdrug, Spoons, Alpine… the list goes on! And when I say ‘walk away’ I mean they are literally on your door step. AND the bus that travels to Edge Hill’s campus is free for all students when you show your student ID card. However, my housemates and I usually walk as it is only 10 minutes away, and a breath of fresh air is a good way to get the day of work started!

Living on Campus

If you prefer to stay on campus however, you can apply to stay in Edge Hill’s accommodation or in Woodland Court (brand new flats for third year students). You can find out everything you need to know including facilities and costs on Edge Hill’s website. Although you will have to get a bus into town, there is still plenty going on at the Student Union bar such as karaoke, quizzes and Wednesday socials! You also get to be a 2-minute walk away from Edge Hill’s new library, the Catalyst (where I have been living the past couple of weeks).

Commuting from Home

If you would rather stay at home, commuting is always an option (depending on where you live and how far you are willing to travel of course!). You can apply for a parking permit so you can park in Edge Hill’s car park which is always open and right on campus.

Let me know if you have any more questions about accommodation for second and third years!

Until next time,

 

Quriky Differences between Edge Hill and N. Ireland – Dont get caught out with Ulster Bank notes

Quirky Differences between EHU and NI


If your like me and grew up in the North of Ireland your’ll know we’re a different breed to the rest of the world. It goes without saying that things are a little different there. When I first landed in Ormskirk and realised that getting a packet of Tayto at the shop wasn’t going to happen I was surpirsed. The little things about home seem to fade away here. In cases that can be annoying but in others it can be downright disastourous. I want to take a look at the differences that can acutally impact you.


The money might be sterling but dont expect to spend your hard earned Ulster bank, Bank of Ireland or First Trust notes in shops or out and about. Some places will accept them but more will give you a look like you have two heads. Its unfortunatly not against the law for shops to refuse to accept these notes and many do refuse to take them. Paying by card is an easy way to go, but if you do have N. Irish notes to exchange the post office in Ormskirk town will gladly help you out.


You might not find your bank on the main street in town. If you have a account with an N. Irish bank account like First Trust, Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland or Dankse Bank you can forget about dropping into the branch for anything. If you bank with a bigger bank or building society you will find these, Ormskirk is home to a Halifax, HSBC, Barclyes, TSB, Santandar, NatWest and Nationwide. Unfortunatly the RBS branch has recently closed.


Your car insurance needs to be updated. If you hold a policy in N. Ireland and take your car to England for more than 90 days you must inform your insurance company or it will be invalid. If you decide to swap your license over be aware that the issuing autority is differnt also, nolonger the DVANI but simply the DVLA. Fun fact on things that are also differnt, ‘R’ plates dont exist in England, there’s no restriction.


Thats all for this blog. If you want to read more about Edge Hill in general check out this blog on Edge Hill life hacks:

Edge Hill Life Hacks – Everyone’s free (to wear sunscreen)

If you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

[Part Two] Studying in Ireland and thinking of Edge Hill? – UCAS and Results

Irish Leaving Certificate and EHU


As someone who has experienced the Irish Leaving certificate first hand and furthered my education at Edge Hill there are a few things that can trip up the unsuspecting student. This four part guide will hopefully give you an insight into some of the points to consider when coming to Edge Hill from Ireland.

In this part two of the four part guide I want to take a look at the differences between CAO and UCAS, and how to make the most of your results. But bottom line, wither you are happy or sad about what you got there are always pathways open to wherever you want to go.


UCAS

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the UK variant of CAO. The UCAS system is the application gateway to higher level institutes within the UK. Applying from an Irish perspective is easy, but there are a few trappings. First you will need to speak to your guidance councilor. When applying they will be required to prepare a recommendation for you and project your grades for your exam. Unlike CAO offers for UCAS come early and you are then expected to meet the conditions of the offer.


Your results

When all is said and done, your results are in and you open the envelope hopefully your predicted grades have come through and you have what you need to meet the conditions of your offer. If this is the case then you need to scan the certificate and send a copy to admissions@edgehill.ac.uk.

But what if they haven’t gone to plan. First, don’t panic. I know I did. If you hasn’t made exactly the grades you are looking for, unlike CAO, the UCAS system is prepared for that.  The university may still choose to accept you if they wish. But you have other pathways open to you if not.


Other pathways

If your offer hasn’t been accepted it might be worth looking at UCAS clearing. This is a service that allows you to apply for new courses or universities. The clearing service opens after the A level results have been sent out.

Taking a gap year is another opportunity for you to reconsider your choices. Possibly applying for new courses or even taking a booster course that will improve your chances of being accepted to University.

Finally, repeating. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Repeating your exams is a great way to really focus in on what you want and achieve your goals. Some of the smartest people I know have repeated their Leaving Certificate. Doing it again doesn’t mean you failed, it means you are dedicated.


That’s everything, but if you want to learn more about offers from Edge Hill and UCAS you can check out my other blog post here:

UCAS offers from Edge Hill University – No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!

Accommodation – My View

Hey everyone!

I know there have been a few posts on accommodation on this platform but I believe that the more opinions you have on something, the easier it is to make your decision!


Chancellor’s Court 

My first pick to live on campus was in Chancellor’s Court and I am so grateful that I got a place here. There were so many options that I could chose from and after a long decision making process, I finally settled.

The size of the room is perfect for me! Originally, I was worried that the room would be too small as I did move over with A LOT of things, however, once I had unpacked and put all my things away, I realised how much space there actually is.

The wardrobe is the best place for storage because of how big it is and the extra room above makes for some handy storage!

Plus, there is a mini-fridge in the wardrobe, really useful if you want to hide some of chocolate from friends….


Making sure that I had the opportunity to personalise my space and make it seem more like home was so important to me. This meant that I needed somewhere that I could hand up pictures, shelf my books and store my folders for school.

That is one of my top tips about moving into accommodation; make it your own! There is no better way to make yourself feel right at home than hanging up some pictures, cards and posters. I am sure you have already seen this tip before but it really does help.

The university used to provide computers for these rooms but after the opening of the amazing catalyst building there was no need for them. The monitor is still in the room however, it does require a TV license if you wish to use it.

There are so many little nooks in the desk area where you can store all kinds of things. Great for shopping bags and laundry baskets!

So, as you can see, my accommodation is so nice and comfortable to live in but my favourite part about it has to be the en suite/wet room.

It may be a strange thing to get excited about if you’re like me and grew up having to share a bathroom with five other people, you will understand my feelings.

The wet room is a good size, with a shower curtain to stop the walls and towels getting wet, a toilet (obviously), a mirror and a shower wrack to keep your showers gels and shampoos on. I recommend buying some extra shower room storage as you will need more place to keep additional bathroom essentials but other than that, Edge Hill provide you with the basics to get you started!


I settled in really well to my new room knowing that I was safe and secure due to the 24-hour security and locked doors that require your own key to enter.

There is no better feeling than coming back from long day of lectures, coming into your room and relaxing in your own personal space. However, do remember to come out and socialise with the rest of your flat so that you can experience university life to the fullest!

My room is nice and simple but like I said, you can personalise it any way you like!

I hope that you enjoyed my view of the accommodation at Chancellor’s Court here in Edge Hill University! I love my space on campus and I am very grateful to the university for providing me with such a comfortable living space.

For more opinions and information about accommodation, please make sure to have a look at the other blog posts here at Inside Edge!

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/?s=accommodation

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/03/02/edge-hill-university-room-tour-chancellors-south/

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/03/01/accomodation-at-edge-hill-things-to-do-in-your-first-week/

“There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.”

– Rosalynn Carter –